Playground opens at MLK park

Asheville – MLK, Jr. Park was upgraded recently with an all new and safer playground. Despite the cold weather, the ribbon for the park was cut by Mayor Terry Bellamy and others November 17th making the official opening a success. Children in the East End neighborhood joined in on the festivities and were the first to [...]

Fire extinguisher training caps ‘Fire Safety Month’

ASHEVILLE – In recognition of Fire Safety Month and fire dangers associated with the fall and winter seasons – wood burning stoves, Christmas trees, etc. – the City of Asheville’s Risk Management Division and the Asheville Fire Department this week hosted portable fire extinguisher training for staff. Asheville Assistant Fire Marshal Kelly Hinz starts a [...]

Residents urged to be ‘bear smart’

ASHEVILLE – Black bears are an important part of North Carolina’s fauna. However, as people move into bear country in increasing numbers, it is ultimately human attitudes toward bears that will determine whether bears will continue to exist in our state. Unfortunately, bears are viewed either as dangerous animals or cuddly pets.  Wildlife experts urge us [...]

Transit marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month

ASHEVILLE – Asheville Transit drivers proudly wore pink on Oct. 21 – either a shirt, a pin or a ribbon – to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to reflect on a disease that affects about 1 in 8 women in the United States over the course of a lifetime. Doors to the buses [...]

New community center honors pastor’s legacy

  The Rev. Wesley Grant, Sr. stands with his choir at Worldwide Missionary Baptist Tabernacle, 97 Choctaw St. He founded the church and served there for nearly 50 years. Grant, who was born in 1915, died in 2007. The City of Asheville is recognizing his legacy by naming its newest community center after him.   ASHEVILLE – [...]

APD promotes newest sergeant

ASHEVILLE – The Asheville Police Department on Friday celebrated the promotion of Scott C. Pruett to the rank of sergeant. Pruett has served at APD since 1992. He had previously been a member of the high-profile Traffic Safety Unit, where he eventually led as acting sergeant for several months before assuming acting supervisor duties in the [...]

City offers more frequent leaf collection

ASHEVILLE – In an effort to address community concerns, conserve costs and improve water quality, changes to the brush and leaf collection program were submitted as part of the budget that was adopted by City Council on May 24. As of July 1, the frequency of brush and bagged leaf collection changed from [...]

Film Festival brings local fare to movie lovers

ASHEVILLE – This year’s Asheville Film Festival: “A Day at the Movies” celebrated productions that were filmed in and around the Asheville area. The one-day, free event showcased “Patch Adams,” “28 Days” and “In Dreams.” Sam Powers, director of Economic Development and of the Asheville Civic Center, described the festival as “a way to fulfill the Civic [...]

APD hosts ‘Night to Unite’ for community

ASHEVILLE – Despite a cold fall night, the Asheville Police Department held its Night to Unite event at Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Oct. 1. Night to Unite brings residents and police officers together to discuss concerns and issues that may be happening in neighborhoods. During “Night to Unite,” residents and police came together to [...]

APD takes on SHP in charity football game

UPDATED: 10/3, 3:30 p.m.: Due to a last-minute scheduling conflict, Rep. Heath Shuler will be unavailable for Sunday’s game. An updated date and time for the game will be released as soon as possible. ASHEVILLE – At 2 p.m. on Oct. 9, employees of the Asheville Police Department and the N.C. Highway Patrol will face off at [...]

Harvest House clinches win in recycling drive

ASHEVILLE – The City of Asheville’s first AT&T Project ReDirectory Telephone Book Recycling Drive was a big success, with 9,020 pounds of telephone directories collected through the local recreation center recycling challenge. Barry Lawson, president of Curbside Management, Inc., said that’s a total of 4,864 phone books. Recycled phone books are made into useful products such as [...]

City approves updated hazard mitigation, emergency management plan

ASHEVILLE – Local leaders say the community is best served during emergencies and national disasters when area governments work together, sharing information and resources under the unified goal of lessening risks and hazards to the public. This type of cooperation has a name: hazard mitigation. On Tuesday, Asheville City Council approved a resolution adopting the latest [...]

Community marks 10 years since 9/11

ASHEVILLE – Members of the Asheville community, city leaders and staff on Sunday gathered to observe the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The ceremony was led by the Asheville Fire Department and was held in the Ferguson Auditorium of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. Officials say the total number of people killed in [...]

City launches interactive recycling kiosk

ASHEVILLE – About two dozen people came out to Tuesday’s official launch of the city’s new interactive recycling kiosk at the Asheville Civic Center. The kiosk – which urges people to “be social, do good” – was funded by a grant from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and was created through a partnership [...]

Development Services builds on positive customer feedback

ASHEVILLE – The Development Services Center is continuing its emphasis on providing excellent customer service by seeking regular feedback from the people it serves. Staff recently issued an online customer service survey to gauge their performance. The goal is to keep doing what customers say is working and to improve in areas that customers felt were [...]

Goombay wraps up 30th year

ASHEVILLE – The 2011 edition of the African-Caribbean “Goombay!” festival once again drew hundreds of people to the Eagle/Market Streets area, the historic heart of Asheville’s black community. Each year for three days, Goombay fills Eagle and Market – also called The Block – with marching bands, African-America dancers, stilt walkers, as well as gospel, reggae [...]

APD hosts softball tourney to benefit Fallen Firefighters Fund, Special Olympics

ASHEVILLE – The Asheville Police Department hosted the 2011 BadgeBall softball tournament Aug. 13-14 to raise money for the Fallen Firefighters Fund and North Carolina Special Olympics. Games were played the first day at Jackson Park in Henderson County, and the championship games were Sunday at McCormick Field in Asheville. The team from Henderson County took the [...]