2011 Boards and Commission openings offer opportunity for citizen involvement in local government

An Asheville City Council meeting may be the big event for those who follow local government, but meetings of council’s boards and commissions offer plenty of opportunity to participate in crafting city policy. 2011 will see seats becoming available on a wide variety of those boards and commissions, (click here for a PDF of upcoming [...]

Air quality grant funds fire engine emission reduction upgrades

Twenty fire engines from departments throughout Buncombe County – including four trucks from the Asheville Fire Department – have been outfitted with equipment that drastically cuts back on their emissions of particulate matter, hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide. The upgrades, announced November 19 at Fire Station One in downtown Asheville, come thanks to a $31,500 North Carolina [...]

Speedway memorial dedicated at Carrier Park

Racing veterans, fans, and representatives from the City of Asheville and Buncombe County convened at Carrier Park on Amboy Road September 23 for the unveiling of a monument commemorating the former Asheville Motor Speedway. The site was home to the popular speedway from the early 1960’s until the track closed in the late 1990’s. It is [...]

N.C. Mayors meet in Asheville

On Thursday Sep. 24 and Friday Sept. 25, Asheville was host to a gathering of the N.C. Metropolitan Mayors Coalition. Mayors from North Carolina’s 26 largest cities, including Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy, gathered to discuss important issues common to their municipalities and build an advocacy agenda to present to the North Carolina General Assembly. The N.C. [...]

Making the Connection on homelessness: Project Connect brings together service providers and those seeking assistance

The Homeless Initiative of the City of Asheville and Buncombe County holds meetings throughout the year to coordinate efforts among area service providers and bring them together with people who may be experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. But the year’s biggest event is Project Connect, a comprehensive conference of providers and those [...]

Asheville Police Department: Business owner example of community policing effort

The Asheville Police Department presented business owner Russell Wood with a certificate of appreciation Wednesday, Sept. 1 in thanks for information he provided that resulted in Tuesday’s successful apprehending of Kenneth E. Allison. Wood, owner of Remax Advantage Realty, alerted police on Aug. 30 that Allison had visited his office the day before and had been [...]

City of Asheville employees pitch in for Day of Caring

Carrier Park got a new coat of paint on Thursday, Sept. 2, as City of Asheville employees joined other organizations in the United Way Day of Caring. The event, coordinated by the United Way’s volunteer arm Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, encourages and highlights volunteerism in the community. Throughout the community on Thursday, groups and individuals participated in [...]

Brush collection schedule to change July 1

In an effort to conserve costs and use city resources more efficiently, the frequency of brush collection will change from twice per month to once per month beginning July 1. Revised brush collection schedules will be mailed to residents over the next few days. New schedules can also be viewed and downloaded on the City’s website [...]

Butterflies return to WNC Nature Center on Saturday

The summer months will see the WNC Nature Center hosting more than 20 species of butterflies and moths for the center’s highly-anticipated Beauty of the Butterfly exhibit. The exhibit opens on Saturday, June 26 as part of the center’s Nectar Collector Day and will run through August 24. The popular exhibit allows WNC Nature Center visitors [...]

City of Asheville announces 2010 Bele Chere music lineup

The City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce the musical lineup for the 2010 Bele Chere Festival held July 23-25 in Downtown Asheville. Click here for the 2010 Bele Chere entertainment schedule. The weekend will feature 43 musical acts over four stages throughout the festival, many of which call Western [...]

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