BUYING TIME: While some requested data about the Asheville Police Department will be released soon, city staffer Scott Barnwell, right, told City Council, other records requested by activists and Council members will take longer to be made public. Photo by Daniel Walton

Police accountabi­lity and transparen­cy focus of City Council meeting

Amid calls for increased public access to policing data, Asheville City Council left the city’s volunteer board dedicated to hearing residents’ concerns about law enforcement in place for now. At the same time, the elected officials noted many vacancies on the Citizens Police Advisory Committee and signaled their longterm intent to dissolve the body once the newly forming Human Relations Commission has gotten up and running.

Students in the Green Opportunities Greenway Construction Training program smooth out the temporary trail on the Town Branch Greenway behind the Wesley Grant Southside Center.

Green Opportunit­ies partners with city to build greenway trail

Funded by a $10,000 grant from Mountain Area Workforce Development, a $5,000 grant from New Belgium Brewing Co. and $2,400 from the city Transportation Department, the project established a 6-foot-wide trail on the Town Branch Greenway surfaced with fine gravel. The trail will serve pedestrians and cyclists until its planned removal in 2020 to make way for the greenway’s permanent path.

GUNNING FOR THE BADGE: Five experienced law enforcement officers (some retired) are battling for position to step into Sheriff
Van Duncan’s shoes. The candidates are, from left, Randy Smart, Quentin Miller, R. Daryl Fisher, Chris Winslow and Rondell Lance.
Early voting is underway for the primary, to be held May 8. Photos courtesy of the candidates

Five Democrats vie to advance to general election for Buncombe sheriff

Buncombe County Democrats are picking their choice for a new sheriff in the primary election on May 8. The five Democratic candidates have differing takes on how to shape the next iteration of the office. And though they find common ground on topics from drugs to community engagement, competition is fierce as they vie for […]