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WLOS — A Macon County Road has reopened after a landslide caused a closure for most of the day Sunday. Officials say heavy rains Saturday night contributed to the landslide across Wayah Road, just northwest of Franklin. Crews from Macon and Clay County were on hand to clear the debris.
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Tryon Daily Bulletin

Landrum Farmers Market Pavilion debut was a hit

On Saturday, hundreds of people showed up for the first morning the Landrum Farmer’s Market was held in its new venue. The parking lot was packed, and vendors and customers we happy to finally be in the new structure after several delays. Landrum Fire Department, Landrum EMS, and Landrum...
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Best AAPI-Owned Breweries and Brands to Support Right Now (And Forever)

When Oscar Wong left Jamaica, where his parents had immigrated from China, to attend Notre Dame at eighteen years old, he never imagined he would one day open a brewery. But in 1994, the then-retired mechanical engineer did just that, launching Highland Brewing in Asheville, NC. At the time, Highland was the first legal brewery in Asheville since Prohibition and certainly one of the only AAPI-owned breweries in the area (if not the only).

Airport expansion, 299 apartments, 74-unit residential development all green-lighted

ASHEVILLE - Three significant projects, including the expansion of Asheville Regional Airport and two new residential developments, have gotten the green light from Buncombe County. The Board of Adjustment on May 11 approved a special use permit for the Asheville Regional Airport and its plans for a terminal expansion and modernization, which could cost...

Answer Man: Are corporations buying up homes here? What's a 'revocable trust?' An 'LLC'?

Today’s batch of burning questions, my smart-aleck answers and the real deal: Question: Could you explain the nature of "Revocable Trusts" and "LLCs" that are increasingly appearing as property buyers in the weekly Buncombe Property Transfers? Not that they are suspicious or illegal, but given the shrinking market for home buyers in Asheville,...

Campaigning for US Senate: Chrelle Booker hopes to address voting restrictions and bring people together

Chrelle Booker is mayor pro tem and a native of Tryon, North Carolina. She sits on the board of directors for the National League of Cities — an organization of city, town and village leaders focused on improving the quality of life — where she chairs the Information Technology and Communications Committee. She is also first vice president of Women In Municipal Government and a member of the Legislative Action Committee and Small Cities Council.

Meet the coalition working to get more locally grown food in N.C. schools

This is the first article in a three-part series on farm-to-school efforts in North Carolina. In Halifax County Schools, a district-owned farm grows fresh fruits and vegetables that are integrated into school meals. In Asheville City Schools, cooking and gardening classes connect to standards in subjects like math, reading, and science. And in Guilford County, a network of school gardens provide living laboratories where students learn by observing and doing.
Tryon Daily Bulletin

Southern Gospel music heard in Columbus

Toes were tapping and heads were swaying as the Gospel singers of the Rock Hill, S.C. quartet Molded Clay performed at Columbus’ Veterans Park on Saturday evening, May 14. From under the pavilion, Darrell Duggins, Joel Roberts, Matthew Benton and Drew Laney regaled a large crowd in lawn chairs as part of Isaac’s Well Southern Gospel Bluegrass Spring Celebration. (Photo by Claire Sachse)
FOX Carolina

Investigation underway after body found in NC creek

ASHEVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Asheville Police Department said officers are investigating a body that was found in a creek near Depot Street this morning. Officers said they responded to the scene just after 11:00 a.m. on May 16, 2022. According to officers, they are working with the medical...
Mountain Xpress

Why I volunteer: Dr. John Stewart on Helpmate

Editor’s note: In the spirit of our spring Nonprofit Issue, we reached out to volunteers from several local nonprofit organizations, asking them to reflect on what inspired them to begin their work and the impact it has had on both the community and themselves. Very early in my medical...

Man pleads guilty to scamming elderly NC man out of $48,000

TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY, N.C. (WSPA) – A man was sentenced Monday to 19 to 32 months in prison after pleading guilty to elder exploitation in Brevard. The Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office said 36-year-old Travis Galloway took $48,000 for contracting services from a 72-year-old victim and never completed the work. Deputies said the investigation began when deputies […]

Welcome home celebration for Blue Ridge Honor Flight veterans set for May 21

Blue Ridge Honor Flight will host a welcome home celebration for their upcoming flight at the Asheville Regional Airport beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. The community, family, and friends are invited and encouraged to be present upon the return of World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans from their visit to their memorials in Washington, D.C. earlier that day.

Employees of the Year Honored at End of Semester Celebration

Six employees were selected for annual honors during A-B Tech’s employee spring picnic on May 12. They were nominated by peers and students earlier in the year. Final selections were made by the college’s Faculty and Staff associations. Staff Member of the Year: James Atkinson, Infrastructure Systems Analyst...

Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

Pollen-induced spring allergies have seemed particularly high in our region this year. Many of us are searching for miracle cures to stop the sneezing. Farmers markets right now offer a few traditional herbal or food-based remedies for allergic reactions that might just work for you. (And even if they don’t, they’re delicious!)

Fire Districts, Schools Present Buncombe County Commissioners With Budget Requests

During their last budget workshop, Buncombe County Commissioners discussed requests from fire districts, Asheville City and Buncombe County school districts, and A-B Tech. The May 10 meeting is the latest step of a months-long process of identifying priorities and working toward crafting a Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) spending plan reflective of those goals. The proposed FY23 budget runs July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023, and the public will have a chance to weigh in during a public hearing next month.
Mountain Xpress

Grant Millin formally announces his 2022 Asheville City Council campaign

Grant Millin has formally announced his 2022 Asheville city council campaign. The kind of solutions needed at city hall do not appear with a snap of one’s fingers. It took the amount of time it took me to really assess, once again, where city hall seems to be at these days. The upsides of change with City of Asheville (COA) can be celebrated. I have also been checking for anything really new that incumbent and other challenger candidates seem to be saying in contrast to what I’m hearing from a range of Asheville citizen voices and seeing in the news.
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NC DMV Saturday service hours to begin at driver license offices

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will add Saturday hours at 16 driver license offices starting May 21 as the agency prepares for the busy summer season. Services will be provided on Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon at the following driver license offices:. Asheville, 1624 Patton...