News Bulletins

Congressman Chuck Edwards holds office hours in Asheville Tuesday, Aug. 22

Notice from the Office of Congressman Chuck Edwards: On Tuesday, Aug. 22 from 9-11 a.m., members of Rep. Chuck Edwards’ staff team will be holding office hours at the Health and Human Services building, 40 Coxe Ave. According to an email message from Edwards, his staff will be assisting constituents with casework.

Public notice of meeting of The University of North Carolina Asheville Chancellor search advisory

Notice from UNCA: The University of North Carolina Asheville Chancellor Search Advisory Committee will hold listening sessions on Friday, August 18, 2023.The sessions will be held virtually via Zoom webinars at the following times:12:30 p.m.: Staff2 p.m.: Faculty3:30 p.m.: Students5:30 p.m.: Community/AlumniThe Chancellor Search Advisory Committee meetings are subject to North Carolina’s Open Meetings Act, […]

Hendersonville resident among first Peace Corps volunteers to return to service overseas

Press release from Peace Corps: Hendersonville resident Sheridan Mentch is among the first Peace Corps volunteers to return to overseas service since the agency’s unprecedented global evacuation in March 2020. The Peace Corps suspended global operations and evacuated nearly 7,000 volunteers from more than 60 countries at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.   “I […]

Buncombe County invests in Child ProtectiveServices Investigations recruitment and retention

Press release from Buncombe County Government: On Tuesday, August 15, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners approved investing in solutionsaimed at addressing the recruitment and retention challenges facing the Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS) Child Protective Services (CPS) investigations team. The BCHHS CPS investigations team began experiencing significant recruitment and retention challenges starting […]

Kenny Barnwell and Carol Coulter inducted into the2023 WNC Ag Hall of Fame

Press release from WNC Communities: Kenny Barnwell and Carol Coulter were inducted into the WNC Agricultural Hall of Fame, presented by WNC Communities at an Aug. 11 luncheon at the WNC Agricultural Center – Davis Event Center in Fletcher. This annual event recognizes stewards of the Western North Carolina agribusiness sector and honors the visionaries […]

Commissioners approve expanding affordable parking program, get Equity Mural update, & more

Press release from Buncombe County Government: The Board of Commissioners is moving forward with an expansion of the affordable parking program. During their meeting on Aug. 15, Commissioners approved opening 50 additional parking spots at a second location. The initiative already includes 150 spots at the Coxe Avenue parking deck for a discounted price of […]

An amendment: A necessary path towards reimagining public safety for all

Press release from Council member Kim Roney: Friends and Neighbors, Considering the recent letter by a majority of my colleagues outlining a “Both/And” approach to public safety, I hear and reiterate shared concern as I offer this amendment. Everyone in our community deserves to be safe! Council has both obligations and opportunities to strategize a […]

Grassroots Arts Program now open for applications

Press release from ArtsAVL: Now through September 15, Buncombe County arts programs and nonprofit arts organizations are invited to apply for the 2023-24 Grassroots Arts Program (GAP) grants. Created in 1977 by the North Carolina Arts Council, GAP grants provide funding for programmatic and operating support to arts programs or nonprofit arts organizations across the state. […]

WNC Citizens for Equality files federal civil rights complaint against Asheville’s Peak Academy for racial discrimination

News Release from WNC Citizens for Equality: WNC Citizens for Equality (WNCCE) is a citizen watch dog organization that promotes racial equality and defends the civil rights of persons living in western North Carolina. WNCCE believes that all persons should be entitled to equal protection under the law, regardless of race. As such, WNCCE has […]

N.C. Board of Elections recognizes No Labels as a political party

The State Board of Elections on Sunday voted to recognize the No Labels Party as an official political party in North Carolina. Recognition of No Labels means voters now have another choice of party affiliation when registering to vote or updating their registration. Voters may register with the Democratic, Green, Libertarian, No Labels, or Republican […]

Asheville Police Department seeks the public’s help after two police cars are set on fire

News release from Asheville Police Department: The Asheville Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding the person or persons who set two marked APD vehicles on fire early Aug. 14. The Asheville Fire Department responded to a parking lot near the 30 block of Lynndale Ave. in West Asheville in the early […]

Asheville City Schools unveils new public communication portal

News release from Asheville City Schools: The Asheville City Board of Education is excited to announce its transition to the cutting-edge Diligent Community platform, a move that underscores the board’s commitment to enhancing communication, collaboration, and transparency within the community and among its stakeholders. The Diligent Community platform, known for its intuitive design and user-friendly […]

Pisgah Legal to host community forum on Medicaid expansion

News release from Pisgah Legal Services: Confused about expansion and the current changes to Medicaid in North Carolina? Join Pisgah Legal attorneys and other nonprofits to get a better understanding of Medicaid Expansion and the anticipated impact on folks here in WNC. Medicaid Community Forum Changes to Medicaid in NC: Transformation, Unwinding & Expansion A […]

Woodfin and Mars Hill receive Multimodal Planning Grants from NCDOT

News release from the North Carolina Department of Transportation: A dozen North Carolina municipalities will receive assistance with bicycle and pedestrian plans, thanks to grants awarded recently by the N.C. Department of Transportation. The NCDOT Multimodal Planning Grant program helps North Carolina communities develop a comprehensive strategy for expanding bicycle, pedestrian and public transit facilities, […]

EPA to begin additional cleanup at CTS Superfund Site in Asheville

Press release from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: ASHEVILLE, N.C. (August 10, 2023) – During the week of August 14, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will begin additional cleanup work at the CTS of Asheville, Inc. Superfund Site (Site) located at 235 Mills Gap Road. The cleanup will consist of using In-Situ Chemical Oxidation […]

Sheriff’s Office releases name of deceased in homicide investigation

Press release from Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office: (August 11, 2023)  – Jeruan William Spencer, age 22, is the deceased individual who was located in a wooded area off of McKinney Road yesterday afternoon.  Next of kin to Mr. Spencer was notified prior to this release. Anyone with tips or information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s […]

City of Asheville transfers real estate at 3 Hunt Hill Place to My Daddy Taught Me That

Press release from city of Asheville: On Friday, the City of Asheville announced that the conveyance of City-owned property at 3 Hunt Hill Place was complete. The new owner, KL Training Solutions, received the property for $1 after the City Council voted on April 25, 2023 in support of the transaction. According to the April staff […]

Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office seeks help identifying suspect

Press release from Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office Detectives with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office are requesting assistance in locating and identifying the suspect in this video. The suspect arrived in the white BMW and has a distinctive limp. This suspect is stealing rent from affordable housing communities. This crime occurred at Perry Lane Apartments close to […]

Meeting today at 3 p.m. regarding public restroom facility downtown

Press release from City of Asheville – Urban Design & Place Strategies The City is moving forward with the purchase and installation of a prefabricated public restroom facility to be located in the public space on the College Street side of the Rankin Avenue parking garage. (This is the area where a porta-potty is located […]

Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office request for information

Press release from Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office Detectives with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office are attempting to identify and locate the person pictured here. The suspect is wanted for obtaining property by false pretenses, possession of a stolen debit card and credit card fraud. The card was taken from the area of Black Mountain and then […]

APD news release on CALEA law enforcement public comment portal

Press release from Asheville Police Department The Asheville Police Department participates in the CALEA Law Enforcement Accreditation process. As part of this process, we provide an opportunity for public feedback via the CALEA online accreditation public comment portal. The purpose of this public portal is to receive comments regarding our compliance with CALEA standards, engagement […]

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