News Bulletins

Community Reparations Summit to be held Oct. 7; public invited to attend

Press Release from Buncombe County: Since March of 2022, the Community Reparations Commission has been working to establish short-, medium-, and long-term recommendations for consideration by the City of Asheville and Buncombe County Government. On Saturday, Oct. 7, a Community Reparations Summit will be held, providing an opportunity for the public to hear directly from […]

Health care enrollment for Western North Carolina veterans who deployed to combat zones

Press release from U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs: Until 11:59pm local time on Sept. 30, 2023, Veterans who deployed to a combat zone, never enrolled in VA health care, and left active duty between Sept. 11, 2001 and Oct. 1, 2013 are eligible to enroll directly in VA health care.   This special enrollment period […]

N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation seeks public input on Pisgah View State Park master plan

Press release from North Carolina State Parks: The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation is seeking public input on the Pisgah View State Park Master Plan. The Master Plan will be a 20-year plan that covers the entire state park, which contains over 1,600 acres spanning Buncombe and Haywood counties and is sited within the […]

City of Asheville to hold 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony, open to the public

Press release from the City of Asheville: The City of Asheville will hold a 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at the City Municipal Building, 100 Court Plaza. This event is to pay solemn tribute to those who heroically sacrificed their own lives to save thousands of others and to remember those who […]

Grants for family farms in 2024

Press release from WNC Communities: WNC Agricultural Options is now accepting grant applications from farmers diversifying or expanding their businesses. With funding from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, WNC AgOptions is distributing $228,000 to western North Carolina farmers in 2024. The application deadline is Nov. 17. WNC AgOptions helps offset farmers’ risk of trying […]

Dogwood Health Trust announces webinar on the economic impacts of the closure of the Canton Paper Mill in Western NorthCarolina

Press release from Dogwood Health Trust: Dogwood Health Trust is hosting an informational webinar on Thursday, Sept. 21 to share the findings from a study analyzing the economic impacts of the closure of the Pactiv Evergreen paper mill on the Western North Carolina region. The results of the study are intended to offer residents and […]

Asheville City sued again for racial discrimination

Press release from WNC Citizens for Equality: Citizens file federal civil rights lawsuit against City of Asheville after city denies them service opportunities because they are white Five individuals living in and around Asheville, NC have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Asheville after the City refused to appoint them to […]

Buncombe County Commissioners hear update on Clean Water Fund pilot project

Press release from Buncombe County Government: Buncombe County Board of Commissioners received an update on the new Clean Water Fund, a pilot project aimed at improving water quality in Buncombe County. The Board of Commissioners set aside $100,000 in the FY24 budget to fund the Clean Water Fund which engages nonprofits and government agencies in […]

Land of the Sky Association of Realtors housing fair set for Sept. 23

Press release from Land of the Sky Association of Realtors: The Land of the Sky Association of REALTORS® (“LOTSAR”) will hold its 6th Annual Housing Fair featuring private affordable housing developers and City and County officials working in Planning, Housing, and Economic Development. The event will also include the formal rollout of a new Affordable […]

City of Asheville to hold Disparity Study public hearing on Sept. 19

Press release from City of Asheville: The City of Asheville’s Community and Economic Development Department announces its upcoming Disparity Study Public Hearing, an essential step in evaluating and improving the City’s Business Inclusion program. The study aims to determine the effectiveness of the City’s efforts in promoting the participation of minority and women business enterprises […]

Rally for health care justice and workers’ rights at Pack Square Park, Sept. 7

Press release from National Nurses United: Hundreds of union members including nurses, electricians, food and beverage workers, and other workers from across North Carolina will rally for health care justice and workers’ rights in downtown Asheville’s Pack Square Park on Thursday, Sept. 7 beginning at 4 p.m. The post-Labor Day event will feature speakers from a […]

Buncombe Board of Education regular meeting set for Sept. 7

Press release from Buncombe County Schools: The Buncombe County Board of Education will meet in regular session on September 7, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. in the Minitorium at 175 Bingham Road, Asheville. Board updates and closed session will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Executive Conference Room for the purpose of discussing confidential personnel, student, […]

UPDATE: APD seeking help to locate missing person, James Henery Sorenson

Press release from Asheville Police Department: UPDATE (Sept. 5, 2023): James Henery Sorenson has been safely located. Asheville Police Department is requesting the public’s help in locating a missing man. James Henery Sorenson (06/11/1955  ) was last seen on Brookshire Place in West Asheville on September 4. He is known to frequent Tunnel Road. Sorenson is […]

Asheville City Council special meeting set for Sept. 12

Press release from City of Asheville: The Asheville City Council will hold an in-person special meeting on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at 3:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber, located on the 2nd Floor of City Hall. Council will immediately go into closed session (1) to prevent disclosure of information that is privileged and confidential pursuant […]

Builders Blitz Celebration set for Sept. 6

Press release from BeLoved Asheville: BUILDERS BLITZ CELEBRATION, September 6th,  5:30-8 p.m. The Outpost, 521 Amboy Rd., Asheville, NC  28806 BeLoved Asheville partnering with the builders of the Blue Ridge Association of the Blue Ridge mountains have reached success on framing 4 homes in 4 days as a way to honor local workers ahead of Labor […]

UPDATE: Asheville Police Investigating Sunday afternoon cyclist fatality

Press release from Asheville Police Department: UPDATE: The cyclist, Patrick Jeffery Leroy (10/20/1988), has been identified; next of kin has been notified.Asheville Police Department Officers continue investigating and will consult with the Buncombe County District Attorney’s Office regarding charges.  If anyone has any information about the incident, please contact APD at 828-252-1110, or you can send an anonymous […]

Be Buncombe Ready: Take steps today to prepare for natural and manmade Disasters

Press release from Buncombe County: September is Preparedness Month, and there is no better time than right now to get Buncombe Ready for sudden weather-related and manmade events. Buncombe County officials encourage individuals, households, and communities to discuss and plan for natural and manmade disasters. While no two events will be the same, the same […]

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