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Asheville 2018 in review: New leadership, APD data releases, bond projects advance and more

  With 2018 nearly in the books, it’s time to take stock of City of Asheville projects and developments from the past year. Here are 10 topics that your City government advanced in 2018. We’ll have 2019 initiatives to look for in another roundup Jan. 1.   Debra Campbell becomes Asheville City Manager The search for a new City Manager [...]

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WNC Nature Center Red Panda Exhibit to Open Feb. 14

The City of Asheville is excited to announce that the WNC Nature Center’s new red panda exhibit will open to the public on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2019 and includes the introduction of our new resident pandas, Leafa (pictured above) and Phoenix.   The red pandas arrived at the Nature Center in November, have passed the [...]

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City of Asheville announces winter break holiday closings

ART bus suspended on Dec. 25     Asheville City government offices will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 26 and Jan. 1 in observance of the winter holiday break and New Year’s Day. The following is a roundup of services affected by holiday closures.     ART bus service City bus service will be suspended starting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 24 [...]

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Apply now: City of Asheville has openings on nine committees

  Do you want to have a voice in the City of Asheville’s growth and future? Have you wondered, “Can the City benefit from my experience and knowledge?” If you’ve answered yes to these questions, here are some opportunities for you to get involved and provide local leadership. The City of Asheville has openings on nine committees [...]

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While e-scooters are banned in Asheville for now, their use is under review

  In November, Asheville City Council voted to ban the use of e-scooters in the city — for now. Related: Asheville e-scooters staff report and City Council resolution   This came after the Bird e-scooter company deposited a few hundred scooters on Asheville streets without permission in October.   Still, the e-scooter conversation is continuing at the City of Asheville [...]

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Step up your recycling game this holiday season

  ’Tis the season — to recycle! Seriously, between now and the end of the year…  Asheville, we love you, and you are going to generate a lot of….STUFF. You know, all those boxes and bags, tinsel and tags. As part of the City’s sustainability and trash-reduction goals, we certainly want to keep as much of these materials [...]

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Asheville Police Department releases use of force data

    In a continuing effort to increase transparency and provide the community with access to data, the Asheville Police Department has worked in partnership with several community members to release use of force data online through the City of Asheville Open data Portal.   The data will include all records on/after Jan. 1, 2018. The data [...]

City Council’s scheduled Dec. 21 meeting cancelled

This meeting has now been cancelled.   The Asheville City Council will hold a special meeting in the Council Chamber, Second Floor of City Hall, at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21.   Council will immediately go into closed session to consider the qualifications, competence, performance, character, fitness, or conditions of appointment of an individual public officer or employee pursuant [...]

Learn about home composting at free workshops

  Composting is the ultimate in home-based recycling. Through composting, you can feed your landscape, not the landfill. When added to the garden, compost conditions our heavy North Carolina clay soil so that plants grow better and faster. The City of Asheville partners with Asheville Greenworks for composting education, including these upcoming composting workshops: Dec. 18, 6 to [...]

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Get involved: City of Asheville has openings on nine committees

  Do you want to have a voice in the City of Asheville’s growth and future? Have you wondered, “Can the City benefit from my experience and knowledge?” If you’ve answered yes to these questions, here are some opportunities for you to get involved and provide local leadership. The City of Asheville has openings on six committees [...]

Interfaith service set to honor Asheville’s homeless who have died

  An interfaith memorial service to honor Asheville’s homeless and formerly homeless citizens who died in 2018 is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Dec. 19 at Haywood Street Congregation, 297 Haywood St. The Haywood Street Congregation provides several ministries to those experiencing homelessness, including twice-weekly meals and worship services and a medical respite care program. The Rev. [...]

City of Asheville offices to open at 10 a.m. Tuesday, trash service resumes

Asheville City government offices, will open at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11.  City Council will hold its formal meeting at 5 p.m. as scheduled. The following is a list of city services for tomorrow.   Art bus service ART services will be delayed with services beginning at 10 a.m. For more information visit  RideTheART.com. The City of [...]

ART buses resume modified routes

  Following diligent work by City of Asheville snow removal crews, the streets are safe for ART to resume bus service at noon Monday. The buses will run until 5 p.m. Please note: All routes will begin at the Transit Center. The S3 won’t start until 1 p.m.     ART general snow routes (subject to modification per weather event) N Beginning at 12pm Snow [...]

Monday snow updates: Streets improve, City Hall closed, trash/recycling pickup rescheduled

  ART buses back on the road noon, Monday Dec. 10 ART buses resume modified routes at noon   Updated snowfall totals 9:45 a.m., Dec. 10 Updated snowfall totals posted Monday by the National Weather Service: Asheville, 8” Biltmore Forest, 6.5” Leicester, 8” Swannanoa, 17”   Find more totals at this link. Though it is snowing off and on in Asheville, the National Weather Service [...]

Winter storm emergency shelter now closed

Updated information: The emergency shelter at Trinity Baptist Church is now closed. Original announcement from Buncombe County: An emergency shelter has been opened at Trinity Baptist Church, 216 Shelburne Road, Asheville, NC 28806. The shelter is jointly staffed by American Red Cross and Buncombe County Health & Human Services. Note: only service animals will be permitted.