Early Childhood Education Investments Struggling

Numerous studies have shown that children who participate in high-quality early childhood education programs are more likely to graduate from high school, abstain from crime, maintain employment, avoid receiving public assistance, be healthier, and be more productive than those who do not. County commissioners should already be aware of these findings.

Workers Demanding Affordable Parking

The Buncombe County Commissioners are getting bombarded by requests for affordable parking, as it is not uncommon for wage earners to pay over 20% of their income in fees and fines. Those who park free in surrounding neighborhoods find the midnight walks among people living on the streets intimidating.

Harris Named New Weaverville Fire Chief

Weaverville finds a new fire chief in Scottie Harris, who was formerly Black Mountain's fire chief. Harris comes to the town by way of the Northern Wake Fire Department, where he is currently chief. He is expected to start his new job on October 10th.

Town Presents Preliminary Water Plan of Action

Weaverville rolled out more details about its steps for the future of its water system. At least one group doesn't like it and is threatening to sue.

Asheville Pours $7.6M in Subsidies for Affordable Projects

Asheville City Council essentially approved $7.6 million in subsidies for two projects that will create 265-275 units of affordable housing.

The New “Shot Heard ‘Round The World”

Just days before 2020 voting records were set to be destroyed, in perhaps what will be known as the new “Shot Heard ‘Round The World”, a notice of prospective litigation and demand for records retention was sent to quite possibly every county in every state in the country, including being hand delivered here in Asheville […]

Traffic Calming Measures Coming to Lake Louise

Among other matters discussed at the Weaverville Town Council in August were traffic calming measures for the Lake Louise area. Read that and more actions in this article.

Loading Docks Booting Bike Lanes

The City of Asheville had planned to get bike lanes on the north end of Biltmore Avenue with state funds as the North Carolina Department of Transportation restripes the road. Property owners and tenants, however, told the city they had a far more urgent need.

Board Hears Pros and Cons of New Affordable Housing Project

A low-income apartment project who wants the Town of Weaverville to supply water to the project located outside the town limits was presented to the town council at their August meeting.

Commissioners Enlist Nurses’ Union to Build Case

In their latest attempt to force reforms at Mission Hospital before it is awarded a certificate of need for expansion, the Buncombe County Commissioners invited Lori Hedrick to speak on behalf of the nurses' union about understaffing and working conditions.