Local news in brief from our issue of Aug. 8, 2018

TAKING ACTION: The Hendersonville HOPE Aktion Club, a Kiwanis International program for adults with disabilities, donated 150 items to Interfaith Assistance Ministry of Hendersonville. Photo courtesy of Kiwanis Carolinas District

Club donates to interfaith ministry

The nonprofit Hendersonville HOPE Aktion Club, a program of Kiwanis International for adults with disabilities, has donated more than 150 items to Interfaith Assistance Ministry in Hendersonville.

“This important group of people are putting aside their own daily life challenges to help children in our community,” says Vickie Ewing, club administrator. “In addition to the donations to IAM, the Aktion Club members have also donated cleaning supplies to Safelight, a shelter for children and families escaping abusive situations.”

For more information on the club, contact Rob Weeter, club adviser, at 828-772-9512 or rcweeter@gmail.com.

Veterans Services gets new home

Buncombe County Veterans Services has moved from College Street to the renovated and expanded Buncombe County Health and Human Services facility at 40 Coxe Ave. The new location offers convenient access to the downtown bus station as well as additional supportive services provided by the county Health and Human Services Department.

Free parking in the new parking deck adjacent to the building is available to those visiting Veterans Services.

Buncombe County Veterans Services offers assistance in burial benefits, disability benefits, education and training, home loans, health care services, survivor benefits and other services. Veterans, their dependents, the surviving spouse or child of a deceased veteran, members of the Reserves or National Guard and active duty service members may be eligible for benefits from Veterans Services.

More information is available at avl.mx/56t or  828-250-5726.

Serve on a city board

Asheville residents may apply for seats on several city boards and commissions by Monday, Aug. 20, at 5 p.m. Positions are available on the following boards:

  • Board of Adjustment (alternate)
  • Citizens-Police Advisory Committee (this seat is for a resident of an Asheville Housing Authority property)
  • Historic Resources Commission
  • Neighborhood Advisory Committee
  • Noise Ordinance Appeals Board (alternate)
  • Tree Commission

Applications and more information are available at avl.mx/3wv or by contacting Deputy City Clerk Sarah Terwilliger at sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov or 828-259-5839.

Asheville City Council meets Aug. 28

The next formal meeting of the Asheville City Council will be held Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 5 p.m. Prior to the meeting, City Council will hold a work session at 3 p.m. to review the 2019-20 budget process. Both meetings are open to the public and will be held in the council chamber on the second floor of City Hall, 70 Court Plaza.

School board races uncontested

Only three candidates, all incumbents, filed for the Buncombe County Board of Education election by the filing deadline of Aug. 3: Enka District’s Max Queen of Candler, Erwin District’s Pat Bryant of West Asheville and Reynolds District’s Cindy McMahon of East Asheville.

The school board has seven members, six from districts and one at large. Three seats are up for grabs this year. All voters within the county’s six school districts vote on all the positions, but the candidates must live in their respective districts.



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