Capt. Bowen’s named added to Buncombe County memorial

Asheville Fire Department Captain Jeff Bowen, who died in the line of duty during a 2011 fire, was honored Saturday, June 2 in a ceremony at the Buncombe County Courthouse. Capt. Bowen’s name was added to a memorial stone located outside the courthouse dedicated to emergency personnel who have lost their lives in the service [...]

City of Asheville turns to cloud technology to back up essential systems

The City of Asheville’s IT Services Department has found a new home for some city emergency backup applications, using a cloud technology platform provided by CloudVelocity and Amazon Web Services. The development, announced in May, ensures that two of the city’s important, but previously unprotected systems – the point-of-sale system for the U.S. Cellular Center and [...]

City of Asheville resumes neighborhood traffic calming projects

Following a revision to the City’s traffic calming policy and approval by Asheville City Council, the City of Asheville Transportation Department has resumed projects designed to ease traffic speed on neighborhood roads. Speeding and unnecessary through-traffic presents dangers that affect the quality of life in residential areas. In order to provide a safer environment, the City [...]

USS Asheville Commander and Officers visit City Hall exhibit

From left to right: Lieutenant Aaron O’Hern, Commander Doug Bradley, Ken Vasilik, Petty Officer Anh Tinh, Petty Officer David Christensen The Commander and several officers of the USS Asheville visited an exhibit at Asheville City Hall dedicated to the naval vessels that have borne that name throughout history. Commander Doug Bradley, alongside Petty Officer Anh Tinh, [...]

It’s Official: APD puts longstanding outreach approach to homelessness into policy

An approach developed four years ago by the Ashville Police Department to interacting with people experiencing homelessness has proved so successful it is now official departmental policy. The APD’s homelessness strategy prioritizes connecting people with available services and housing assistance over making arrests, and giving people using illegal camps seven days to vacate. The success of [...]

Water and Public Works crews gear up for NC811 “Call Before you Dig!” changes

The City of Asheville’s partnership with NC811 is a great way to keep people safe from injury and reduce damage to underground utilities by encouraging people to “Call Before You Dig.” Residents can call “811” and a technician will mark the underground utilities before digging begins. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has declared April 2014 as [...]

Handicapped Parking Enforcement Program starts up for 2014

The City of Asheville is looking for applicants to participate in this year’s Volunteer Handicapped Parking Enforcement Program. Each year, the City of Asheville Police Department trains volunteers how to write citations and warnings to drivers who park illegally in handicapped spaces. The program has been a great success for the city over the years [...]

City Announces Youth Leadership Academy’s Class of 2015

The City of Asheville is proud to announce the incoming class of the City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy (CAYLA). CAYLA, created in 2007, places Asheville High School students in prestigious summer internships and offers ongoing leadership development throughout the academic year. The vast majority of CAYLA students will be the first in their [...]

Asheville Battalion Chief Joy Ponder Selected for Fire Service Executive Development Institute

Exciting news from the Asheville Fire Department: Battalion Chief Joy Ponder has been awarded a scholarship to the Fire Service Executive Development Institute, a year-long program designed to advance the leadership development of firefighters serving at the top of their field. Ponder is a graduate of the four-year National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program [...]

Register now for the Senior Games and Silver Arts Showcase!

It’s time again for the Senior Games! Here’s the registration info from the City of Asheville Parks and Recreation Department: Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games & The Silver Arts Showcase May 13-June 3, 2014 The 2014 Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games are fast approaching! Competitors from around the area will gather for a few unforgettable weeks of athleticism and fun. Spend your [...]

City of Asheville Water Resources Department Distributes 2013 Annual Water Quality Report

The City of Asheville’s Water Resources Department continues to deliver water that meets or exceeds federal water quality regulations, and an annual report currently being delivered to water customers displays the results of water quality testing. Each year, the City of Asheville distributes its annual water quality report in water customers’ bills and posts it [...]