News Bulletins

MHU’s Bailey Mountain Cloggers dance their way to 31st National Championship

Press release from Mars Hill University: The Bailey Mountain Cloggers, Mars Hill University’s precision dancing team, is a national champion for the 31st time. The team won the title for its 8-Couple Southern Appalachian Hoedown in the Young Adult Team category. The America’s Clogging Hall of Fame National Championships were held October 20-21 in Sevierville, Tennessee. […]

ArtsAVL announces 11 Arts for Schools grantees

Press release from ArtsAVL: ArtsAVL is thrilled to announce that 11 artists and arts organizations have been awarded the Arts for Schools Grant. The grant supports nonprofit arts organizations and qualified teaching artists in Buncombe County providing arts-focused performances, workshops, residencies, and field trips for K-12 students in public schools. ArtsAVL believes that arts education is […]

Apply for Legacy Investment From Tourism grants from BCTDA

Press release from Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority: The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) invites Buncombe County-based non-profit and government organizations to submit applications to the Legacy Investment From Tourism (LIFT) Fund cycle opening today, October 31. The LIFT Fund was created to provide financial investment for tourism-related capital projects that increase patronage of lodging […]

Shannon Baggett named ACS Principal of the Year

Press release from Asheville City Schools: Asheville City Schools is proud to announce that Shannon Baggett, Principal of Montford North Star Academy (MNSA), has been named Principal of the Year for her exemplary leadership and ongoing commitment to Asheville City Schools. With an impressive career spanning over two decades within the Asheville City Schools family, Shannon’s […]

Open burning ban issued for Buncombe County

Press release from Buncombe County: Due to high fire danger, low humidity, and strong gusty winds, the Buncombe County Fire Marshal has issued an open burning ban for Buncombe County starting at noon on Oct. 31, 2023 in accordance with North Carolina Fire Prevention Code 307.1 and the Buncombe County Fire Prevention Ordinance. This ban […]

Pisgah Legal Services’ longtime leader announces retirement

Press release from Pisgah Legal Services: Jim Barrett, CEO of Pisgah Legal Services, announced his plan to retire in August of 2024. “I am incredibly grateful to have had the privilege of working at Pisgah Legal for more than 40 years, and leading the organization for 30 of those years,” said Barrett. “I have witnessed firsthand […]

APD seeks public help identifying East Asheville bank robber

Press release from Asheville Police Department: Asheville Police Department Detectives are asking for the public’s help locating an East Asheville bank robber. At 9:57 a.m., a man walked into First Citizens Bank (1201 Tunnel Road), passed a note to a teller, then demanded cash. After taking the cash, the man then took off before the police arrived […]

Temporary closing of Sunrise Community for Recovery and Wellness Drop-in Community Center

Press release from Sunrise Community for Recovery and Wellness: Sunrise Community for Recovery and Wellness has temporarily closed its Drop-in Community Center from the Westgate Shopping Center and are in the process of finding a new location. All other programs besides its Drop-In Community Center remain unaffected by this decision and will continue un-interrupted. During the […]

Long term lane closure resumes on I-40 in Haywood County

Press release from N.C. Department of Transportation: A stretch of Interstate 40 in Haywood County is reverting to a winter season traffic pattern to accelerate construction of bridges at two locations in the Pigeon River Gorge. N.C. Department of Transportation officials have designed a traffic management plan to retain one lane of travel in each direction […]

Asheville home improvement spending above U.S. average

Press release from Lattice Publishing: Construction Coverage just released a new report looking at the U.S. locations whose homeowners are investing the most in home improvements. During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, homeowners nationwide used their spare time to tackle overdue home projects. As the year continued, a combination of factors, including low interest […]

DuPont Forest invites public to participate in Master Recreation Plan

Press release from DuPont State Recreational Forest: DuPont State Recreational Forest (DSRF) and Mattern & Craig will hold a public event to receive input for the DSRF Master Recreation Plan. The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Transylvania County Parks and Recreation Gym in Brevard. “Our goal is […]

Buncombe County nominations are open for the 2024 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards

Press release from Buncombe County: Every year, Buncombe County honors community volunteers through the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award program. The program honors the true spirit of volunteerism by recognizing individuals, groups, and businesses that make significant contributions to their community through volunteer service. Created by the Office of the Governor in 1979, the award honors those people who […]

Sheriff’s Office seeking help to locate a missing juvenile from Leicester

Press Release from the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office: The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate a missing juvenile from the Leicester area of Buncombe County. Sarah Liniker is age 16, approximately 5’ 8” and 150 pounds with brown eyes and brown/black hair. Ms. Liniker was last seen on October 25th at around 4 […]

Eight-mile section of the Blue Ridge Parkway temporarily closed due to bear interactions

Press release from the National Park Service: After multiple documented reports of visitors feeding and attempting to hold a young bear in recent weeks at the Lane Pinnacle Overlook, Blue Ridge Parkway officials are closing a portion of the scenic route from milepost 367.6 near the Craggy Gardens Picnic Area to milepost 375.6 at Ox […]

Severe drought conditions identified in parts of four North Carolina counties

Press release from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality: North Carolina’s Drought Management Advisory Council (DMAC) has introduced its Severe Drought category (D2 classification) for parts of Cleveland, Polk, Rutherford and Transylvania counties. Severe drought is the second category of the four drought classifications based on the U.S. Drought Monitor. Twenty-three counties in western […]

APD apprehends 49 repeat offenders in special operation

Press release from the Asheville Police Department: Detectives and Officers recently conducted an operation targeting quality-of-life issues in the downtown area. As the operation moved into the night to respond to violent crime hotspots, the Asheville Police Department partnered with Alcohol Law Enforcement.   The operation addressed criminal behavior by repeat offenders. The focus was […]

Code Purple for Wednesday, 11/1/23

Press release from the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Coalition: Code Purple for Wednesday, 11/1/23. Additional weather information found at Purpose of Code Purple: Code Purple is a coordinated effort among Asheville and Buncombe County shelters and other organizations to provide emergency overflow shelter to people experiencing homelessness during extremely cold weather (at or below 32 degrees, […]

Street Creature Puppet Collective debuts its newest Halloween installation

Press release from Street Creature Puppet Collective: As builders of the “Stranger Things” house last year, at Vermont Avenue’s famous Halloween event, Street Creature Puppet Collective rocked the block. Complete with a Surfer Boy Pizza van, a creepy Vecna tangled in vines and a portal to the Upside Down, the popular installation set a high […]

Code Purple for Tuesday, 10/31/23

Press release from the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Coalition: Code Purple for Tuesday, 10/31/23. Additional weather information found at Purpose of Code Purple: Code Purple is a coordinated effort among Asheville and Buncombe County shelters and other organizations to provide emergency overflow shelter to people experiencing homelessness during extremely cold weather (at or below 32 degrees, […]

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