Overnight at the WNC Nature Center

When night falls on the WNC Nature Center, the animals that live there usually have the place to themselves. But on the evening of September 3, about 25 adults and children got a rare chance to stay overnight at the center, camping out, visiting animals, and participating in games and stories around the camp fire. Participants [...]

Asheville Police Department: Business owner example of community policing effort

The Asheville Police Department presented business owner Russell Wood with a certificate of appreciation Wednesday, Sept. 1 in thanks for information he provided that resulted in Tuesday’s successful apprehending of Kenneth E. Allison. Wood, owner of Remax Advantage Realty, alerted police on Aug. 30 that Allison had visited his office the day before and had been [...]

City of Asheville employees pitch in for Day of Caring

Carrier Park got a new coat of paint on Thursday, Sept. 2, as City of Asheville employees joined other organizations in the United Way Day of Caring. The event, coordinated by the United Way’s volunteer arm Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, encourages and highlights volunteerism in the community. Throughout the community on Thursday, groups and [...]

Fleet Management keeps the wheels turning

Inside the City of Asheville’s Fleet Management garage on South Charlotte Street, there is a good sampling of the kinds of vehicles that keep city departments moving: Asheville Police cruisers are up on lifts. A Water Services Department pickup truck is getting its fluids checked. Technicians are testing the hydraulic arm of a knuckle boom [...]

Asheville Police Department promotes 17 officers

In a ceremony on August 27, the Asheville Police Department issued 17 promotions to officers within the department. The ceremony, attended by family, fellow officers, Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy and City of Asheville personnel, took place in the Ferguson Auditorium of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. The occasion marked the promotion of 14 officers to the [...]

Participation from cycling community continues to help improve Asheville’s bike access

The City of Asheville’s Comprehensive Bicycle Plan was adopted by Asheville City Council in 2008 after extensive involvement by the city’s bicycle community. But the input and participation from those active groups and other community organizations continues to be critical to making Asheville more and more bicycle friendly. “The cycling community really is our [...]

Asheville landlords part of homeless conversation

The effort to address homelessness in Asheville and Buncombe County relies on as many partnerships and as many voices as possible. After all, the motto for the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Initiative is, “Ending Homelessness Together.” That’s why, on August 13, the City of Asheville, alongside the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Coalition, hosted a landlords’ luncheon at the Asheville Area [...]

City of Asheville Parks Maintenance sees green

Going green is big. But sometimes big ideas come in the form of little changes. That’s what the City of Asheville Parks Maintenance staff is finding out as it tries to tweak more of its operations in the direction of environmental sensitivity. From mop heads to cleaning solution to recycling strategies, the department is finding new [...]

Asheville Police Department’s Computer Crimes Unit cracks cyber cases

To keep kids safe, police are doing more than community policing and patrolling streets. Detectives in the Asheville Police Department also patrol the high-tech corridors of online communication. The job falls to APD’s Computer Crimes Unit, which was recently recognized in a regional, multi-agency law enforcement announcement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Perhaps the most high-profile [...]

Asheville’s Building Safety Department gears up for arrival of electric cars

With auto companies announcing their intention to roll out new electric cars in the next year, the City of Asheville’s Building Safety Department is preparing for residential requests for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (EVCS) by examining and simplifying the required approval process. While electric cars that charge on existing 120 volt outlets will not require any [...]

Teens graduate the Asheville Police Department’s Junior Academy

On Friday, July 30, about 20 teens and their parents gathered in a room above the Asheville Police Department to graduate from the department’s Junior Police Academy. The free week-long academy is operated out of the APD’s Crime Prevention Unit and gives teens ages 14-17 first-hand exposure to various elements of criminal investigation such as [...]

Share the Ride

In a push to reduce expenses and trim emissions, the City of Asheville is conducting a shared-vehicle program that lets city staff have use of a compressed natural gas car and two bicycles. Launched in January, the City Share program allows multiple departments access to the vehicles to run city-related errands. Maggie Ullman, Energy Coordinator for [...]

Asheville Civic Center awarded $2 million grant by Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority

From the Asheville Civic Center blog: The Asheville Civic Center has been awarded a $2 million dollar grant, to be funded over a 4-year period, from the Tourism Product Development Fund of the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, the City announced today. The grant will help fund a proposed $5.45 million dollar renovation of the Asheville [...]

The Bele Chere Breakdown, part 2

Since pedestrians are still walking around the festival area after Bele Chere closes, officers from the Asheville Police Department stand guard at the festival barricades, keeping the streets closed to traffic. By about 6:30, when pedestrian traffic has thinned enough, festival officials put out a call to APD officers and festival staff that vendor vehicles [...]

Picking up what you’re throwing out

Within the boundaries of Bele Chere, there are approximately 210 trash barrels and 120 recycling bins. Still, without regular rounds by the City of Asheville’s sanitation crews, those containers would be piled beyond capacity. Crew leader Booby Austin says teams of two crew members hit each container every 45 minutes on Friday, the slowest day of [...]

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