Asheville Police Professional Standards Report shows dramatic decrease in use of force

  The Asheville Police Department has released its 2017 Professional Standards annual report.  The Professional Standards report is released yearly to provide a comprehensive picture of the Asheville Police Department’s performance. The report analyzes the department’s vehicle pursuits, use of force, assaults on officers, bias-based policing and administrative investigations for calendar year 2017.   “One of the highlights [...]

Asheville’s SoCon returns, bringing college hoops excitement, Downtown Dribble and more

The Southern Conference Basketball Championships comes to Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center March 1-5. All weekend, men’s and women’s college teams from the Southeast will battle it out for the championship title. The SoCon, as it is called, is an exciting event for local fans as well as out-of-towners who visit Asheville for the tournament. Find [...]

City of Asheville launches online Development Portal as streamlined option for development review applications

Large construction projects continue to dot the downtown Asheville skyline. At right, the 45 Asheland Condominiums are under construction. At left in the background are the twin cranes erecting the Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine addition.   Developers, online applications for development review have come to the City of Asheville. Now you can file your applications for development review from the [...]

Asheville joins hundreds of mayors in opposing Clean Power Plan repeal

  This week, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer joined more than 200 mayors from across the United States to express her support for the Clean Power Plan (CPP) — an essential public health protection and climate change solution that sets the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants and helps cities transition to a [...]

Asheville Mayor Manheimer issues statement on the passing of the Rev. Billy Graham

Photo courtesy of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Evangelist Billy Graham died Feb. 21 at his home in Montreat. He was 99.   A message from Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer: As Mayor of the City of Asheville, I would like to express my deep condolences to the Graham family on the passing of the Rev. Billy Graham, at age [...]

ART buses on-time arrivals on the rise under new management

  Less than five months into the City of Asheville’s new Transit Operations and Maintenance Contract with RATP Dev (formerly McDonald Transit), on-time performance of ART bus service has noticeably improved. In October 2017, the City moved to a new management model with RATP Dev to improve system reliability and on-time performance (OTP).   On-time performance refers to the [...]

Asheville Police Department recognizes the anniversary of 911 technology

  The Asheville Police Department today recognizes and celebrates  the 50th anniversary of the first 911 call.   On Feb. 16, 1968, Alabama Speaker of the House Rankin Fite made the first 911 call from the Haleyville City Hall.  From that small beginning, 911 technology has become more sophisticated in response to consumer expectations.   Each advancement has improved our [...]

Asheville parking garages now feature electric vehicle charging stations

John Himmelheber of West Asheville charges his Ford C-Max enregi hybrid at the top of the Wall Street Parking Garage. He said he is pleased to learn of its installation.     Need a jolt? If you park your electric vehicle at one of three City of Asheville parking garages you can charge your car while you are dining or [...]

Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer announces City Manager Gary Jackson’s retirement

Gary Jackson today is publicly announcing his retirement as City Manager of Asheville.   Gary has served Asheville faithfully and effectively since June 27, 2005. He has served with dignity and integrity. The City of Asheville owes Gary a huge debt of gratitude for his leadership and effectiveness throughout his tenure. We will miss Gary greatly and [...]

Asheville Fire Division Chief and cancer survivor runs Black Mountain Marathon

Asheville Fire Department Division Chief Joy Ponder, third from left, stands with her crew, which has been very supportive as she battled cancer herself. Update: On Feb. 24, 2018, Asheville Fire Department Division Chief Joy Ponder finished the Black Mountain Marathon  in 7 hours, 26 minutes, 13 seconds.   Related coverage, Citizen-Times video of Joy Ponder and AFD Chief Scott Burnette:

U.S. Tennis Association pledges $35,000 to Asheville’s Aston Park Tennis Center

  Following its successful and sold out Fed Cup Asheville debut this past weekend, the U.S. Tennis Association announced that it will donate $35,000 for improvements to the Aston Park Tennis Center.   The grant is through the USTA’s legacy program. Started more than a decade ago, the program is designed to leave a lasting mark in the communities [...]

New Asheville parking citation management partnership has new online payment system

Asheville Transportation Director Ken Putnam displays a plaque from Passport Parking congratulating the City of Asheville on its more than half a million transactions with the online parking platform.     Enforcement officers now using real-time platform for more accurate enforcing   Got a parking ticket? Here’s information you need to know. Passport Parking has partnered with the City of Asheville on a [...]

Time lapse video: Asheville Fed Cup court build

The 2018 Fed Cup brings international professional tennis competition to the ExploreAsheville.com Arena in Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center on Feb. 10-11 for the USA vs. Netherlands World Group First Round. Here’s a look at what went into building the court earlier this week.     Fed Cup information Insider guide to traffic/parking for Asheville’s first Fed Cup

Asheville’s Mardi Gras Parade moves to the South Slope

For a decade, Asheville’s Mardi Gras Parade rolled through downtown, bringing fun and frivolity to the dreary winter season. From 2012-2017, the route wound down Wall Street to Haywood Street and back up around Page Avenue. This year, it moves to the South Slope and will feature a street party along a portion of Coxe [...]