News Bulletins

Asheville Police seek help locating Asheville Humane Society trailer and suspected thief

Press release from Asheville Police Department: Asheville, NC (June 28, 2024): Asheville Police are asking for the public’s help locating a trailer stolen from the Asheville Humane Society and the suspect charged with stealing it. Following an investigation into the theft of an Asheville Humane Society trailer from the non-profit’s premises on the morning of […]

Buncombe County Family Justice Center launches PorchLight Project

Press release from Buncombe County: The PorchLight Project is a collaborative initiative of the Buncombe County Family Justice Center (FJC) partner agencies Helpmate and Our Voice. The project aims to create a network of local businesses that have agreed to present themselves as a place for survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and/or Sexual Violence to […]

Drought, dry conditions impacting 99 North Carolina counties including WNC

Press release from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality: The North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council (DMAC) has classified all or part of 99 counties as in moderate drought or abnormally dry, with high temperatures and low precipitation driving the rapid deterioration of conditions across the state. DMAC classified 57 counties as in moderate drought, […]

UPDATE: Buncombe Sheriff’s Office attempting to locate missing Asheville woman

June 27 update from Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office: This person has been located. Original June 25 press release from Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office: The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate a missing woman from the Asheville area of Buncombe County. Jessica Blankenship Age: 43 years old Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown Ms. Blankenship was last […]

Buncombe County offices will be closed July 4 in observance of Independence Day Holiday

Press release from Buncombe County On Thursday, July 4, all Buncombe County administrative offices will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Offices will be open on their regular schedule on Friday, July 5. Please see more information on County schedules below. Buncombe County Animal Shelter The Buncombe County Animal Shelter will be closed […]

Asheville City Council’s Action Agenda from June 25, 2024 meeting

Press release from the City of Asheville Action Agenda for June 25, 2024 City Council meeting The action agenda is intended to provide the reader with an overview of the council meeting and any decisions that were made. For detailed information on this meeting, please either view the video of the meeting or the minutes of the meeting […]

YMCA and Hopscotch partner to enhance healthy aging programs

Press release from YMCA of Western North Carolina: The YMCA of Western North Carolina today announces a strategic partnership with Hopscotch Primary Care to improve the lives of older adults throughout the region. Hopscotch Primary Care is now the presenting sponsor of healthy aging programming at eight YMCAs in Buncombe, Cleveland, McDowell, and Mitchell counties. […]

City of Hendersonville awarded AARP Community Challenge Grant

Press release from City of Hendersonville The City of Hendersonville is excited to announce it has been selected for a 2024 AARP Community Challenge grant. Out of over 3,300 applications from across all 50 states, Washington D.C, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hendersonville is one of only 343 grantees chosen for this grant. […]

Asheville Police Department requesting public’s help after Haywood Road shooting on June 24

Press release from Asheville Police Department Asheville Police are investigating a shooting on Haywood Road in west Asheville Monday afternoon. Officers responded to a report of a gunshot wound victim at Mission Hospital around 3:22 p.m. on June 24th. When officers arrived, they located a victim with what appeared to be a singular bullet hole […]

City Board & Commission vacancies

Press release from City of Asheville: Since our last mailing, we have added the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville. Please visit the Boards and Commissions Homepage for a complete list of current Board and Commission vacancies. The deadline for applications is August 5, 2024, at 5:00 p.m.  Please share this information with your networks. Application Instructions are available on our website. Please note: […]

Leading with Race Summit set for July 20

Press release from Buncombe County: Mark your calendars for Buncombe County’s Racial Equity Action Plan Leading with Race Summit on July 20. Almost four years after the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners declared racism a public health and safety crisis, named equity a foundational value, and adopted a Racial Equity Action Plan, we’re sharing our […]

Student artwork goes from schoolhouse to State House

Press release from Buncombe County Schools: Two Buncombe County Schools students have had their artwork go from the schoolhouse to the state house. Vivian Hoffman, a fourth grader at Haw Creek Elementary, traveled to Raleigh last week with her piece entitled “CityScape.” It was chosen at the North Carolina State Art Educators Conference to be […]

APD seeking information on Monday night shooting

Press release from Asheville Police Department: ***UPDATE*** APD Detectives are releasing the name of the homicide victim from Monday night following next of kin notification and have charged and arrested one of the shooters. Ashley Ryan Waddell (11/29/1983) has been identified as the homicide victim; next of kin has been notified. Investigators have arrested one […]

All lanes opening on I-40 in Gorge

From N.C. Department of Transportation: Contract crews for the N.C. Department of Transportation have completed major operations at two locations of Interstate 40 in the Pigeon River Gorge, allowing all four lanes to open Tuesday for the summer travel season. Kiewit Construction operated since November with one lane closed in both directions from mile markers […]

APD investigating Saturday night shooting that injured two

From Asheville Police Department: Asheville Police are investigating a shooting that took place Saturday night, leaving two with non-life-threatening injuries. APD officers responded to an apartment complex on Atkinson Street around 10:16 p.m. on June 22nd to investigate reports of two people shot. Immediately upon arrival, officers located a victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds […]

Ramble Charitable Fund awards $100,000 in grants

From The Ramble Charitable Fund at The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC): The Ramble Charitable Fund at The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC) recently awarded ten grants totaling $100,000. The Fund was established to improve the quality of life in Shiloh and South Buncombe communities by supporting education, economic development, health […]

Scammers target vulnerable lost pet owners in Buncombe County

From Buncombe County Government: Numerous reports from owners of lost animals claim that scammers are targeting them for money. Scammers are posing as individuals associated with the Buncombe County Animal Shelter or Animal Control and contacting by phone or text saying: 1) That they are in possession of the lost animal 2) That said animal […]

Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office detectives are attempting to identify the driver of a blue Dodge truck

From the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office: Detectives with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office are attempting to identify the driver of a blue Dodge Truck. the person was involved in the theft of another vehicle. We ask that anyone with any information contact Detective Brookshire at (828) 250-4442.    

ArtsAVL accepting applications for 2024-25 Arts Build Community Grant

From ArtsAVL: Now in its 8th year, the Arts Build Community (ABC) grant supports innovative, arts-based projects that inspire diverse groups of participants to be more active, involved, and civically-engaged by creating together. ArtsAVL will accept ABC grant applications from June 24, 2024 through July 22, 2024 for the 2024-2025 award cycle. ABC grants are […]

Regular monthly meeting of the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority is June 26

From the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority: The regular monthly joint board meeting of the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, a Public Authority and a Nonprofit Corporation, is Wednesday, June 26, 9–11 a.m. at The Explore Asheville Board Room, located on the first floor at 27 College Place, Suite 200 Asheville, NC 28801. It is also […]

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