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Asheville Police arrest wanted felon on drug and assault charges

Press release from Asheville Police Department: Asheville, NC (May 31, 2024): Asheville Police Department officers and detectives located and apprehended a wanted felon in possession of crack cocaine, as well as wanted for assaulting an officer. While on routine patrol on May 30th, around 1:54 p.m., an officer in the area of Livingston Street attempted […]

Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy announces 7,500-acre South Yellow Mountain Preserve

Press release from Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy: Avery and Mitchell Counties, NC –  The nonprofit Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) has accepted the donation of 7,500 acres, creating the new South Yellow Mountain Preserve. Tucked between Spruce Pine and Roan Mountain, SAHC’s South Yellow Mountain Preserve provides a haven for wildlife and natural beauty, permanently protected […]

Commissioner negotiates settlement on dwelling rate request

Press release from N.C. Department of Insurance: RALEIGH – Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that the N.C. Department of Insurance has settled its legal dispute with North Carolina insurance companies over a dwelling rate increase. Commissioner Causey negotiated an average statewide increase of 8%, which is 42.6 percentage points lower than the 50.6% increase […]

Buncombe County Parks & Recreation launches summer recreation programming

News release from Buncombe County: Buncombe County Parks and Recreation’s Community Outreach and Recreation Experiences (CORE), an innovative program aimed at providing free and engaging recreational activities that travel to various areas around Buncombe County, is set to begin on June 11. CORE provides residents with exciting opportunities for fun and active play. Aligned with […]

Asheville Police Department seeks answers in 3-year-old homicide case

News release from Asheville Police Department: Asheville Police Department investigators are still seeking answers in a homicide case in which a man was fatally shot three years ago in a west Asheville business. Around 1:00 a.m. on May 29th, 2021, Keith Larnel Blair, 31, was fatally shot inside Westville Pub at 777 Haywood Road. Another […]

Warren Wilson College announces new director of the Swannanoa Gathering

News release from Warren Wilson College: After 33 years of dedicated service, Jim Magill will step down from his role as Swannanoa Gathering director at the end of the summer season. Dr. Kevin Kehrberg, an acclaimed musician and professor at Warren Wilson, has accepted a two-year appointment as the new interim director. Magill will continue […]

Buncombe County Comprehensive Plan wins American Planning Association award

News release from Buncombe County: Promoting growth while protecting the environment and preserving small-town characteristics might seem like competing interests, but the Buncombe County Planning Department proved that a skilled touch can combine all of those goals together. Earlier this year, the American Planning Association’s (APA) Small Towns and Rural Division awarded the 2043 Comprehensive Plan the […]

First funds of the $3-million Mellon Foundation Grant invested into boosting the Block Project

Press release from City of Asheville On May 28, Asheville City Council authorized 180 thousand dollars to fund a contract for community facilitation, engagement, and project support services for  the “Boosting the Block” Project, one of three projects funded by the Mellon Foundation to implement components of the Pack Square Plaza Vision Plan. The Block […]

Dogwood Health Trust and Affiliated Monitors announce six independent monitor community meetings in June

Press release from Dogwood Health Trust Dogwood Health Trust and Affiliated Monitors, Inc. (Affiliated Monitors) announce the schedule for six independent monitor community meetings to be held in June. The newly selected Independent Monitor (IM) is responsible for overseeing HCA Healthcare’s compliance with its commitments set forth in the purchase agreement for Mission Health System. The upcoming community meetings […]

UPDATE: Blue Ridge Parkway reopened between milepost 393.6 and 405 after shooting investigation

Press release from National Park Service UPDATE: Blue Ridge Parkway law enforcement rangers have cleared the shooting scene, and the road has reopened. The single shooting victim is a 19-year-old male, who is in critical condition at Mission Hospital. The investigation is active and ongoing. The National Park Service Investigative Services Branch is leading the […]

Stephens-Lee alumni invited to celebrate 100 years of the ‘Castle on the Hill’ at centennial reunion celebration

Press release from City of Asheville Stephens-Lee Alumni Association’s biennial alumni reunions offer a chance to reminisce about days in the “Castle on the Hill” with former schoolmates, but this year’s celebration marks 100 years since the first class graduated from a school that became well known across the southeast for its excellence in academics, […]

Pertussis (whooping cough) cases begin to rise in Buncombe County

Press release from Buncombe County As of today, May 29, 2024, Buncombe County Public Health has confirmed five cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in Buncombe County since late April 2024. All affected individuals have been children. While no direct connection to any of the outbreaks occurring elsewhere in Western North Carolina is known at this […]

Asheville Police investigating three breaking and entering cases in South Asheville, seeks public’s help

Press release from Asheville Police Department Asheville Police are investigating three breaking and entering cases of businesses that occurred over the weekend in South Asheville. The first incident, APD officers responded to a business located near the 100 block of Julian Lane around 2:52 a.m. on May 25th to investigate a breaking and entering in […]

Asheville Police Department seeks public’s assistance identifying gunman

Press release from Asheville Police Department: The Asheville Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a gunman who shot into an occupied home early Sunday morning. Thankfully, no one was injured; only property damage has been reported at this time. Officers responded to a residence on Hibernia Street to investigate reports of a […]

AFD Safety and Training Officer Jeff Lyon’s death ruled line-of-duty death

Press release from Asheville Fire Department: The North Carolina Industrial Commission has ruled Safety and Training Officer Jeff Lyon’s death from cancer as a line-of-duty death. This ruling validates the growing crisis of the increase in cancer among firefighters which is now the leading cause of death. This ruling is a huge step for the fire […]

Update on Haywood County fuel spill

Press release from Haywood County Emergency Services: A significant diesel fuel spill has impacted Haywood County waterways and agricultural property over the weekend. The spill was reported around 8 p.m. Saturday, May 25 in Jones Cove Branch, Clyde. Junaluska Fire Department, supported by the Clyde Fire Department, responded and identified diesel fuel in the creek. The […]

Asheville Parks & Rec announces changes to Pack Square Park’s lawn

Press release from City of Asheville: A solution to a frequent challenge for Asheville’s festival and event organizers – and the municipal parks management team – is on the horizon in Pack Square Park’s Roger McGuire Green. The “cool season” grass currently in that part of the park will be replaced with “warm season” hybrid bermudagrass […]

Buncombe Sheriff’s Office attempting to locate missing child from Marshall area

Update, May 29, 2024: Madison Culton has been located; thank you to all who shared this message. Press release from Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office: The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate a missing child from the Marshall area of Buncombe County. Madison Culton is a 14 year old white female who is approximately 5’ […]

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