Buncombe Explores Incentive Updates

The policy Buncombe County uses to guide awards of economic development incentives to corporations for capital investment and job creation has not been updated since 2017. Incentivizable high wages, therefore, have fallen out of alignment with the cost of living. Strategies to reward corporations for paying high wages, and paying them to persons with criminal records or in jobs training programs, were discussed.

Disregarding Road & Sidewalk Closures Just Got Costly

People in Weaverville might want to think twice before walking around barriers or driving around them to gain access to a closed road or sidewalk. At their July meeting, the Weaverville Town Council made it a $300 offense to do so after several incidents where it endangered lives. Before the council got to that issue, […]

Asheville City Council Puts Money Where Mouth Is

Asheville City Council has been earning a reputation for demanding affordable housing, but then finding reasons to thwart proposals brought before them. This time, when presented with an opportunity to award Land Use Incentive Grants to a developer of micro-apartments, the majority went against staff recommendations and approved the application.

Buncombe County Taxpayers Lose Advocate

Don Yelton, a tireless advocate for Buncombe County taxpayers and a relentless investigator of government corruption, passed away last week, leaving behind a legacy of uncovering wrongdoing and exposing the convictions of county officials such as former County Manager Wanda Greene, who was sentenced to seven years for federal program fraud, tax evasion, and accepting kickbacks.

Growth Shows No Signs Of Letting Up

Despite higher interest rates, the Town of Weaverville is experiencing significant growth, along with the North Buncombe area, and there are no signs of this growth slowing down. According to James Eller, the Weaverville Planning Director, the number of zoning permits issued during the second quarter of this year has increased substantially compared to the […]

NCGOP Sued by Own Members

Several members of the state GOP are suing the NCGOP for actions taken at the state GOP convention in June of this year. Mike Urben, Andrea DeHaan, and Aryn Schloemer, who attended the convention, are suing the state GOP for how the election for state officeholders was conducted. The Tribune first reported on this in […]

Revitalizing Asheville: Auditorium Woes and Affordable Housing Plans

Mayor Esther Manheimer suggested that Asheville City Council revisit what appear to have been commitments to capital investment that fell by the wayside. These investments include funding needed repairs for the now offline Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, reconsidering the highest and best use for the Pit of Despair, and building affordable housing into an upgraded transit station downtown.

Edwards Celebrates Inclusion of Amendments in Defense Act

The first amendment put forth by Edwards is aimed at bringing the Department of Defense (DOD) to Western North Carolina (WNC) to explore the potential for military and training installations in the region.

Airport Annual Report: Record-Breaking Passenger Numbers & Economic Impact

The Asheville Regional Airport's 2022 annual report provides updates on ongoing expansions to keep up with significant growth.

Town Workshop Hints at Removing Fireworks from July 4th 

At a workshop held by the Weaverville Town Council, alternatives to the costly fireworks display for the Fourth of July celebration were discussed, including a laser light show, a drone light show, and a close proximity fireworks show, while the possibility of hosting a festival instead was also considered.