News Bulletins

Septic Repair Assistance Program provides financial support for eligible Buncombe County homeowners

Press release from Buncombe County: If you’ve been struggling to complete a septic system repair at your home, Buncombe County may be able to help homeowners with the cost of the project through a unique grant opportunity. The Septic Repair Assistance Program (SRP) provides financial assistance to repair failing septic systems for qualifying homeowners who […]

Submit your stories to the 2023 NC State Fiction Contest

Press release from N.C. State University: RALEIGH — The annual NC State Fiction Contest is a free literary competition open to all North Carolina residents, including out-of-state and international students who are enrolled in North Carolina universities. It remains one of the largest free-to-enter fiction contests in the South. This year’s guest judge is Smriti […]

Disadvantaged business enterprise outreach event

Press release from NC DOT: The N.C. Department of Transportation wants more small, women- and minority-owned businesses to compete for state transportation contracts. This month, NCDOT’s Division of Highways of Office of Civil Rights are hosting outreach meetings in all 14 highway divisions to help educate disadvantaged enterprises, or DBEs, how to do business with […]

Several Buncombe County offices, Charles D. Owen Park closing Sept. 21 for employee appreciation event

Press release from Buncombe County: On Thursday, Sept. 21 most Buncombe County Government offices including libraries and the Health & Human Services Immunization Clinic will close at 2:30 p.m. so employees may attend an end of summer appreciation event. The following services will remain open on a regular schedule: Emergency Medical Services Public Safety Communications […]

The City of Asheville releases the below statement on behalf of the City Council

Press release form the City of Asheville: Mayor Esther Manheimer tonight read the following statement on behalf of the Asheville City Council. The statement was made at the beginning of the September 12, 2023, City Council session.   The city council has completed its annual review of its appointees, the City Manager, the City Attorney, […]

Updates on the Carter-Ann-Patton stormwater improvement project

Press release from City of Asheville: Work progresses steadily on the Carter-Ann-Patton Stormwater Improvements Project. City staff want to update the community on what to expect as the project enters its next phase. Phase 5 – Patton Ave. structure installation between Ann St. and French Broad Ave. As construction moves along Patton Avenue during this […]

MountainTrue statement on Black Mountain resolution in support of a plastic bag ban

Press release from MountainTrue: On Monday, September 11, Town Commissioners in Black Mountain unanimously (with one absence) approved a resolution calling on Buncombe County to pass an ordinance that would ban single-use plastic shopping bags at the checkout aisle and styrofoam takeout containers. With the passage of this resolution, Black Mountain has become the second municipality […]

APD seeking public assistance on early morning break-in

Press release from Asheville Police Department: The Asheville Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects they believe are responsible for an early morning break-in of businesses on Charlotte Street. APD officers responded to a business alarm near the 130 block of Charlotte Street around 1:43 a.m. on Sept. 12. Upon […]

Buncombe County names Melissa Moore finance director

Press release from Buncombe County: Following a nationwide search for Buncombe’s next finance director, we’re excited to announce Melissa Moore will permanently fill the position. From the pool, the County looked to Texas to find the right fit. “Melissa’s public and private experience as well as her interpersonal skills made her stand out,” noted County […]

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians elect Michell Hicks chief, approve recreational marijuana

Michell Hicks overwhelmingly defeated incumbent Richard Sneed in the race for principal chief of  the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on Thursday, the Smoky Mountain News reports. Hicks, who previously served as principal chief from 2003 to 2015, got 65% of the vote and won in each of the tribe’s six townships. “We are presented […]

APD arrest four while conducting crime prevention

News release from Asheville Police Department: Asheville, NC (September 8, 2023): Asheville Police arrest four while conducting crime prevention in various Asheville locations on Sept. 6. APD Detectives and Officers worked diligently to apprehend four on various offenses, including drug possession, firearm charges, open warrants, and failing to appear in court on open charges. Seized: […]

UPDATE: APD investigating shooting that sends man to hospital in critical condition

Press release from Asheville Police Department: Update: Asheville Police Department detectives have identified the shooter as Terrence Lamont Burt Jr. (11/25/1999). He has been charged with attempted 1st degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury, and discharging a weapon into occupied property. He was arrested with the help […]

Edwards accepting U.S. service academy nomination applications

Press Release from Congressman Chuck Edwards: Congressman Chuck Edwards (NC-11) is accepting United States service academy nomination applications from current high school seniors in North Carolina’s 11th district. As a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Edwards can nominate applicants who legally reside within the boundaries of the 11th congressional district of North […]

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