News Bulletins

Celebrate the spirit of Southside at block party and community center ribbon cutting on August 4

Press release from Asheville Parks & Rec: After years of neighborhood input, planning, and construction, Asheville’s Southside neighborhood has a brand new gymnasium, outdoor swimming pool, more community rooms for meetings and classes, outdoor basketball court, and spacious open areas to study and socialize at Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Community Center, located on 285 Livingston […]

Invitation to Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office National Night Out event on August 1st

Press release from BCSO: The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office invites our community to attend our National Night Out Event on August 1st. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign promoting partnerships between law enforcement and the community. “We remain committed to creating a Community of WE and this event is another step in that […]

High-speed internet to come for more households in Buncombe County

Press release from Buncombe County Government: More Buncombe County households will get access to high-speed internet thanks to a  third installment of grant funding. Governor Roy Cooper recently announced that across North Carolina, an additional 25,825 households and 862 businesses in 33 counties will get high-speed internet thanks to nearly $80 million in additional Growing […]

Commissioners honor Parks & Rec month, move forward with reparations audit, & More

Press release from Buncombe County Government: From soccer fields to dog parks and greenways to disc golf, Buncombe County’s park portfolio is a great way to enjoy our natural beauty. During their meeting on July 18, Commissioners honored July as Parks and Recreation Month with a proclamation. It reads in part: “Parks and recreation programs […]

Jail inspector’s report finds “no deficiencies” with Buncombe County Detention Facility

Press release from Buncombe County Government: On July 5, 2023, the Jail Inspector with the Division of Health Service Regulation conducted their biannual inspection to “determine compliance with 10 NCAC Subchapters 14J-Jails, Local Confinement Facilities” and “found no deficiencies, no correction action is necessary, and no further action on your part is required.” This inspection […]

Buncombe air quality forecast for July 19: Yellow

Press release from Asheville-Buncombe Air Quality Agency: Wednesday, July 19, 2023, is a code YELLOW air quality forecast day for the valleys and ridge tops of Asheville and Buncombe County.  Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities. For up-to-date forecasts and discussion, go to:

City of Asheville implements changes to leafbag collection beginning Aug. 1

Press release from city of Asheville: The city of Asheville is committed to promoting environmental sustainability and reducing plastic waste. As part of these efforts, the city will be implementing a new ordinance, effective August 1, 2023, that prohibits the use of plastic bags for brush and leaf collection. This regulation is in accordance with […]

Hayden Plemmons appointed executive director of Asheville Downtown Association

Press release from Asheville Downtown Association: The Asheville Downtown Association is delighted to announce the appointment of Hayden Plemmons as Executive Director, effective July 12, 2023. Hayden brings a wealth of leadership and operational experience to the role, with a diverse background in place-based economic development, city building and hospitality. Prior to joining the Asheville Downtown […]

Unhealthy air possible in NC this week due to Canadian wildfires

Press release from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality  North Carolinians sensitive to air pollution should exercise caution this week as a plume of smoke from wildfires in Canada enters the state. The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) issued Code Orange Air Quality Action Day alerts […]

Orange air quality alert in Buncombe County on Tuesday July 18, no open burning

Due to western Canadian wildfires, Western North Carolina is currently experiencing code Orange levels of particle pollution, which is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups. Children, teenagers, older adults, people with heart and lung disease such as asthma, and people who are active outdoors, are all considered sensitive groups to PM exposure. It is recommended that […]

Board of Elections swearing-in ceremony, Tuesday, July 18

Press release from Buncombe County New and returning Buncombe County Board of Election members will be sworn in on Tuesday, July 18 from noon-1 p.m. The swearing-in ceremony will take place in courtroom 3A of the Buncombe County Courthouse at 60 Court Plaza in downtown Asheville. New members are required to take the oath of […]

Local moonshine film will have its NC PBS debut Aug. 3

Press release from Center for Cultural Preservation The award-winning moonshine history documentary by David Weintraub and the Center for Cultural Preservation will have its public television debut on PBS NC (formerly UNC-TV) on August 3 at 10:00 p.m.. According to Weintraub, “everything we know about moonshiners and moonshining history is wrong.” The Spirits Still Move Them weaves […]

Group of juveniles steal a car at gunpoint July 14, APD seeks public assistance

Press release from Asheville Police Department Asheville Police Department Officers responded to a business just south of Biltmore Village, on Belvedere Rd. for a juvenile bleeding from the head. Last Friday, July 14th, at 9:00 p.m., the victim was accosted by a group of juveniles who had robbed him of his wallet, bookbag and the […]

Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church summer racial justice series Sunday, July 16

Notice from Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church: This summer at GCPC we have the gift of multiple opportunities to deepen our collective work of disrupting the ways white supremacy culture impacts of bodies, our relationships, and our communities. If you have not had an opportunity to attend the first two events in our Summer Racial Justice […]

Justice Resource Center has a new entrance on 14th floor of courthouse

Press release from Buncombe County Government: The Justice Resource Center (JRC) and the services provided by Buncombe County Justice Services are now accessible in a new entrance on the 14th floor of the Buncombe County Courthouse. Previously Pretrial Services was accessed from the 14th floor, and all other services were accessed on the 15th floor. […]

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