Carolina Brotherhood rides into Asheville

On Friday, August 16, the Carolina Brotherhood, a group of firefighters, police officers and emergency personnel riding 700 miles across North and South Carolina in honor of their fallen comrades, rode into downtown Asheville on their way to their final stop in Boone. The group of bicyclists included Asheville’s own Landon Davis, Dan Flinn, Joe Hallam, [...]

School starts Aug. 21. Be careful out there!

The Asheville Police Department has the following information and video about staying safe as school starts back: On Wednesday August 21, 2013, Asheville City Schools will be back in session. We ask for your assistance in keeping our children safe as they return to school. Please remember that traffic will be congested near city schools and [...]

“Sharrows” point the way for sharing the road

Bicyclists and drivers alike in north Asheville have probably noticed new markings being installed on the streets there. Shared lane markings, or “sharrows” are yet another tool being used by the City of Asheville to provide multi-modal transportation options within the city and enhance safety for both bicyclists and drivers. Kimberly Avenue and surrounding streets are [...]

Heroism, accomplishments by city employees, recognized by Mayor and City Council

Six city employees were recognized by Asheville City Council at its August 13 meeting. Council thanked for their hard work, drive for improvement, and, in one case, heroism. Darlene Barnwell, who works in the city’s Customer Service Division, received a standing ovation for her heroic rescue of an 8-year-old boy who was being attacked by dogs [...]

Ride the ART offers translation services for non-English speakers (updated with Spanish and Russian versions!)

Asheville Redefines Transit continues to employ strategies that improve the ridership experience, and that goes for the City of Asheville’s non-English speaking population as well. In response to the growth of Spanish-speaking and Eastern European populations in Asheville, as indicated by census data, Ride the ART offers multi-lingual services at the downtown ART Station, 49 Coxe [...]

City of Asheville employees selected for Leadership Asheville

The City of Asheville is pleased to announce that Deputy Finance Director Eric Hardy and Asheville Fire Department Public Information Officer Kelley Klope have both been selected to attend the 32nd Leadership Asheville Class beginning in September.   Leadership Asheville, operated through UNC Asheville is an important resource to the community, with participants honing leadership and collaborative [...]

Water Services employee steps up for children’s charities

Last Friday, Brandon Buckner, the City of Asheville’s Meter Services Superintendent sat down before his peers (and a dubious looking set of pruning shears) and donated his hair to Locks of Love, the nonprofit that creates hair pieces for children who have lost their hair due to medical procedures, including treatments for cancer. “There was [...]

Cherokee Road retaining wall project echoes historic look

There’s not a lot of existing documentation about the original dry-stack retaining wall that used to hold up Cherokee Road in the Albemarle Park Historic District. The rustic character of the wall fits the vision of the Raoul Family, who developed Albemarle Park over 100 years ago, and an inscription of “1962” in a mortared [...]

Plugged in with the APD’s hybrid electric car

Asheville Police Officer Boyd McCaskill says he gets a lot of thumbs up from passers by when he is patrolling his beat in the Downtown Business District. Some of that can be credited to the community outreach and increased visibility of the APD’s downtown unit, but he also thinks it has to do with his [...]

U.S. Cellular Center prepares for audience of conferences and trade shows

The U.S. Cellular Center continues to evolve and make upgrades to improve downtown Asheville’s largest entertainment venue. Already, the U.S. Cellular Center has made strides in attracting big name acts and sports. Sold out shows like the annual Christmas Jam continue to garner national attention, while the Southern Conference Basketball Tournament recently announced that it [...]

Complete Streets presentation highlights community benefits

In 2012, Asheville City Council approved a Complete Streets policy that ensures transportation planning and street maintenance that accommodates pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, people with disabilities, children and the elderly among others. Supporting multi-modal transportation in the City of Asheville is one of City Council’s strategic goals. On Monday, June 3, a presentation at 36 Montford [...]

River District project meet up May 31

This Friday evening, take a stroll along the French Broad River while helping make four upcoming projects in the River Arts District and West Asheville better at the River District SpeakUP. From the City of Asheville Office of Economic Development: Drop in at Jean Webb park on Riverside Drive Friday evening between 5 and 8 p.m. to [...]

2013 Asheville-Buncombe Memorial Day Ceremony

On Monday, May 27, the City of Asheville Mayor’s Committee on Veterans Affairs and Buncombe County presented the 2013 Memorial Day ceremony at Roger McGuire Green in Pack Square Park. The ceremony commemorates the sacrifice and service that men and women have given in the name of protecting the nation, and was attended by veterans and [...]

Five promoted in Asheville Police Department

The Asheville Police Department and the City of Asheville is proud to announce the promotion of five APD officers at a May 8 ceremony at City Hall.     Sgt. Janice Hawkins and Sgt. Curtis Jones were promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Detective Keith Cloer, Senior Police Officer Mike McClanahan, and Senior Police Officer Brandon Moore were [...]

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