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Sunday: More roads re-open, some remain closed, following flood

  Asheville Public Works crews remain out on our streets, monitoring river overflow levels and road closures. Here is where things stand on this Easter Sunday.   Roads that remain closed Inglewood Road at Elk Mountain Scenic Highway Riverside Drive at the railroad trestle Old Toll Road on Town Mountain Blue Brier Road, also on Town Mountain It should be noted that a section of [...]

Asheville Police Department offering free gun locks

    The Asheville Police Department both practices and encourages firearms safety. Beginning today, APD is making 200 gun locks available on a first-come, first-served basis. The locks are available at the front desk of the Asheville Police Department, 100 Court Plaza.   No personal information is required to obtain a gun lock. Simply come to [...]

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 [...]

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.

Asheville, Buncombe officials outline winter storm preparedness, share safety messages

  More snow than we thought could be coming. During a joint press conference and community briefing on winter storm response, Buncombe County and City of Asheville officials shared safety messages and updates on what to expect. As the snow began falling outside Buncombe County Emergency Services Headquarters, Director Jerry VeHaun shared information from a conference call Saturday [...]

ART transit suspends bus service during winter storm

    With a Winter Storm upon us, bringing multiple inches of snow to Asheville Saturday through Monday, ART bus will suspended transit service at 2 p.m. Saturday. Service remains suspended on Sunday.   This will give the buses time to come out of service before major road safety hazards occur.   “Our goal is always to keep our buses running [...]

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Homeless Coalition issues Code Purple as frigid temps arrive

With temperatures expected to be below freezing overnight much of this week, the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Coalition issued its CODE PURPLE overnight through Dec. 8 and will likely extend it further in the week due to impending winter weather. The purpose of the CODE PURPLE procedure is to provide a coordinated effort among Asheville and Buncombe County, [...]

Asheville Fire Department to kick off prevention campaign

Today’s home fires burn faster than ever. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Knowing how to use that time wisely takes planning and practice.   The Asheville Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) ­‑‑ the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week™ for more than 90 years ‑‑ [...]

Interim City Manager updates community regarding West Asheville notices of violation

Update to the community from Interim City Manager Cathy Ball:   We wanted to provide an update on the Notice of Violation to Firestorm and Steady Collective. After careful review of the information, the determination that the syringe exchange program is most similar to a “shelter” as defined by the UDO stands and will not be revoked. As [...]

City of Asheville launches Community EMT Pilot Program downtown

  In response to feedback from downtown stakeholders about the need for increased resources to maintain a welcoming, safe downtown experience, the City of Asheville has launched a Community EMT Pilot Program.   The vision is for this six-week pilot program to integrate the roles of public safety official and medical responder into one team. Under this pilot [...]