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City of Asheville transitions emergency homeless shelter to motel, continues agreements with partner agencies

  The City of Asheville, Buncombe County, Homeward Bound and numerous community partners organized a resource for individuals without homes at Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville on April 8. As the City of Asheville’s 30-day agreement with Homeward Bound to manage an emergency homeless shelter at Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville has expired, staff and community partners [...]

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City of Asheville plans budget for next year while analyzing financial effects from pandemic

  During every budget season City staff work to analyze trends and develop forecasts that provide the financial context for City Council decisions during the budget process. For the fiscal year that begins July 1, those decisions will have to be made with limited information about the length and severity of the economic downturn we are [...]

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2020 Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games cancelled

  The Asheville Parks & Recreation Department announced today that the 2020 Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games, originally scheduled to begin in April then postponed to June, have officially been cancelled.     All registered participants will be issued a refund of their registration fees.  North Carolina State Games are tentatively scheduled for fall 2020 and all participants currently registered in [...]

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City of Asheville, Buncombe County to host virtual Memorial Day Ceremony and here’s how you can view it 

  This year’s Asheville-Buncombe Memorial Day Ceremony will be held as a virtual ceremony, because of the need for physical distance with the State of Emergency posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The keynote speaker will be Anne Adkins, a Gold Star Mother who lost her son Matthew during his active duty in Iraq.   The ceremony, planned in [...]

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Be BearWise, especially in spring, when bears are looking for food

  Asheville bear Zoom discussion Pack Memorial Library will host a Zoom BearWise at Home presentation virtually from 4 to 5 p.m. May 13. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/832450390581893. To join the Zoom meeting visit , https://zoom.us/j/96568183392. Meeting ID: 965 6818 3392. Password: Bears! You can dial in to listen as well. Find your local number: [...]

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Buncombe County and the City of Asheville align with Gov. Cooper’s Phase 1 Executive Order, City parks to open

The City of Asheville, in partnership with Buncombe County, continues to take proactive steps to keep our community safe and healthy during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. To bring our community in closer alignment with Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 138, Buncombe County Public Health has issued a superseding Stay Home, Stay Safe [...]

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Asheville City Council meeting to be held remotely and here’s how you can participate

    Top priority is the safety of our community and to minimize the spread of COVID-19 while conducting City business   The May 12 Asheville City Council meeting and budget work session will be held remotely. Due to the locally declared State of Emergency and Stay Safe, Stay Home order, there will be no public attendance at these meetings. [...]

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Asheville Water Resources reminds businesses about recommended quality measures that need to be taken before reopening 

    As state and local public health officials begin to ease restrictions, and outline what businesses can reopen, we wanted to share with you some necessary water information and precautions. Although water has been flowing continuously through the City of Asheville’s water system, private plumbing lines at local businesses closed during the Stay Home, Stay Safe [...]

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Bell to ring atop Asheville City Hall in recognition of public servants everywhere

  The bell atop of Asheville City Hall will ring at noon each day this week in observance of Public Service Recognition Week. (Listen to the bell ring at this link.) Since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week has been celebrated the first week of May to honor the people who serve our nation [...]

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Asheville Police Department launches online reporting as part of upgraded Police to Citizen Tool

  The Asheville Police Department is excited to announce an upgrade to our Police to Citizen (P2C) tool. The upgrade includes a new look, ease of access to incident, crash, and arrest reports, and includes the new ability for individuals to report incidents online. You can access the Police to Citizen Tool by visiting

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City of Asheville marks Earth Week by joining Amicus brief in objection to EPA power plant rule

  The City of Asheville continues its support of the creation of clean energy by signing an Amicus brief criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule. The rule, we believe, fails  to reduce dangerous air pollution and address climate change, increasing health and safety risks for Americans, including [...]

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Closures coming up for pre-resurfacing construction on two street bond projects

  Short-term pain for long-term gain. Please keep that in mind during road closures coming up for two transportation bond projects. In March, the City of Asheville shared information regarding a general construction schedule for the Kenilworth Road and State Street bond projects. (Find that announcement at this link.) Now we’re getting closer [...]

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Road milling in advance of paving to begin on Charlotte Street this week

  The construction phase of the Charlotte Street road diet is underway and the timeline is being adjusted to do the work during the day rather than at night. There have been significant reductions in traffic volumes on Charlotte Street because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so the City has worked with its contractor to revise the [...]

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