News Bulletins

Air quality code yellow for Tuesday, Feb. 27

Press release Asheville-Buncombe Air Quality Agency: Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 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 additional information concerning the air quality forecast including a detailed forecast discussion, please visit the […]

Groundbreaking lawsuit takes aim at U.S. Forest Service’s timber targets

Press release from Southern Environmental Law Center, Chattooga Conservancy and MountainTrue: A new lawsuit alleges the U.S. Forest Service’s practice of setting ‘timber targets’ puts the climate at risk, undermines the Biden administration’s important climate goals, and violates federal law. The Southern Environmental Law Center filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia […]

Attorney General Josh Stein to Host Social Media Town Hall in Buncombe County Tuesday, Feb. 27

Press release from Attorney General Josh Stein Attorney General Josh Stein is hosting a social media town hall in partnership with Buncombe County Schools and Asheville City Schools tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. to speak to with parents, teachers, caregivers, and local leaders on how we can better protect our kids online. Who: Attorney General Josh Stein […]

Rep. Chuck Edwards announces Carolina Cruiser mobile office hours

Press release from U.S. Congressman Chuck Edwards:  U.S. Congressman Chuck Edwards (NC-11) announced new mobile office hours with the Carolina Cruiser. Buncombe County Who: Congressman Edwards’ staff When: February 27 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Where: Inside the Health and Human Services building, 40 Coxe Ave., Asheville, NC Polk County Who: Congressman Edwards’ staff When: February 27 from 1:00-2:30 […]

325.5 million visits to national parks in 2023, 16.7 million visits to the Blue Ridge Parkway

Press release from National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior: This week, the National Park Service announced that 400 national parks reported a total of 325.5 million visits in 2023, an increase of 13 million or 4% over 2022. On the Blue Ridge Parkway, visitation numbers saw an increase of 1 million or 6% […]

Henderson County Democratic Party files complaint against Congressman Chuck Edwards

Press release from Bruce Macdonald: Today the Henderson County (North Carolina) Democratic Party filed a complaint against 11th District Congressman Chuck Edwards alleging that a recent mailer that was delivered throughout the 11th Congressional District was a violation of federal law, which prohibits taxpayer funded communications that are “politicized” and that “disparage political parties.” “The […]

Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority meeting Wednesday, Feb. 28

Press release from Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority: NOTICE: REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING OF BUNCOMBE COUNTY TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY Wednesday, February 28, 2024 | 9–11 a.m. Explore Asheville Board Room | 27 College Place, Suite 200, Asheville WHAT: The regular monthly joint board meeting of the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, a Public Authority and a Nonprofit Corporation. […]

Asheville Police asking for help to locate Pete Ramsey, open warrant for second-degree forcible rape

Press release from Asheville Police Department: Asheville, NC (February 23, 2024):  Asheville Police Detectives are asking for the public’s help locating Pete Ramsey (02/15/1975 ) Ramsey has an open warrant for Second Degree Forcible Rape. His charges stem from an incident in which a woman was sexually assaulted downtown last December. Ramsey is described as […]

Weaverville student among NCDOT 2024 Aviation Art Contest winners

Press release from N.C. Department of Transportation: The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation today  announced the winners of the 2024 North Carolina Aviation Art Contest, which is hosted to inspire and engage young people in aviation. NCDOT received entries from 1,646 students in this year’s contest. After weeks of judging and voting, the winners […]

City Council Agenda – February 27

Press release from City of Asheville: The electronic agenda for the February 27, City Council formal meeting is now available by clicking on the link below.  If you have any questions, please call the City Clerk’s Office at 259-5601. Persons wishing to speak live at the meeting will be required to attend in person and […]

Report: Asheville’s real estate market losing steam

News release from Construction Coverage: While 2023 marked a notably more subdued year for real estate compared to the preceding years, recent signs suggest market conditions could be heating up again—though some geographies are seeing more activity than others. To determine the locations with the hottest real estate markets in 2024, researchers created a composite […]

Buncombe rolls out new vendor portal with updated features

Press release from Buncombe County: Are you interested in doing business with Buncombe County or learning about outreach opportunities for your business? If so, Buncombe County’s new vendor portal has upgraded features so vendors can now self-register with a variety of new options. The new portal will also make it easier for all vendors to access information […]

10 days left to apply to serve on the Tourism Product Development Fund (TPDF) Committee

Press release from Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority:  The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) is seeking candidates to serve on the nine-member TPDF Committee. This volunteer group makes recommendations to the authority for investing in major tourism capital projects that will increase patronage of lodging facilities in and further economic development of Buncombe County. […]

Coxe Avenue affordable housing development community input meeting happening Feb. 22

Press release from Buncombe County: Buncombe County is taking steps to convert County-owned properties into affordable housing. In March 2023 the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners prioritized sites for potential development of affordable housing, including 50-52 Coxe Avenue. The public is invited to participate in the next round of community meetings to help determine the […]

State announces $1.9M to Waynesville for water lines

Press release from North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality: Governor Roy Cooper announced today that communities statewide will receive more than $238 million in water and wastewater infrastructure funding and stormwater planning grants to help pay for 114 projects in 52 counties statewide, including 28 construction projects. The awards include drinking water, wastewater and stormwater projects, as […]

Attorney General Josh Stein invites Buncombe County parents, caregivers, teachers, and students to join a social media town hall

Press release from Attorney General Josh Stein: Attorney General Josh Stein is inviting parents, caregivers, teachers, administrators, and students to discuss youth social media use in a town hall in Asheville on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 12:30 p.m. in partnership with Buncombe County Schools and Asheville City Schools. “Too much of anything can be harmful, especially […]

Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office request information about stolen motorcycle

Press release from Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office: Detectives with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating the theft of a Motorcycle from 17 Perry Lane in Arden on February 17, 2024. The suspect vehicle appears to be a Chevrolet Tahoe pulling a small utility trailer. The stolen motorcycle is a 2008 Suzuki GSXR600. If […]

Commissioners declare February Black Legacy Month, donate used laptops, approve additional Lakeshore Villas funding

Press release from Buncombe County: Buncombe County is committed to advancing equity through actions such as the Racial Equity Plan, acknowledging racism as a public health and safety crisis, and more. During their meeting on Feb. 23, Commissioners declared February as Black Legacy Month, a celebration and recognition of the struggles, successes, and contributions of […]

Medical providers offer response to HCA’s Plan of Correction for Mission Hospital

Press release February 20, 2024 To: Mark Benton, Chief Deputy Secretary for Health, NC Department of Health and Human Services From: Drs. Clay Ballantine, Brian England, Scott Joslin, Bruce Kelly, Robert Kline, Allen Lalor, Mike Messino Missy Harris, Pastor and former Mission Hospital chaplain Victoria Hicks, Health Equity Coalition Karen Sanders, RN Patient Advocate Miriam […]

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