Employment Opportunity – Counseling Program Coordinator


Helpmate, Inc., a domestic violence agency in Asheville, NC, seeks a Counseling Program Coordinator to assist survivors of domestic violence.  The primary responsibilities of this Read more »

A Nation in Crisis

Protesters march through the streets of downtown Asheville recently during a Stop the Violence rally.  Photo: Micah Simpson/Urban News

by Johnnie Grant – The growing national wave of shooting deaths of black men has put our nation on high alert. As cities erupt in Read more »

Arthur R. Edington Education & Career Center Dedicates Gym

Members of Garry Briggs family stand behind an emblazoned branding of Briggs’s name on the gym floor. 
Photo: Andrea Wright/Urban News.

The Housing Authority of the City of Asheville, along with local government officials, recently dedicated the newly renovated gymnasium at the Arthur R. Edington Education Read more »

The Thirteenth Juror

The Thirteenth Juror is journalist Nelda Holder’s investigative report on the contents of more than 6,466 pages of transcripts and documents released in the Missouri Read more »

Legislature Wraps Up Short Session

By Nelda Holder – State Representatives Head Home for Campaign Season. The North Carolina General Assembly has closed its 2016 “short” session in an almost Read more »

Student is Afraid for Friends and Family in Turkey

Selin Talay, a native of Ankara, Turkey, is a student at Mars Hill University.

by Teresa Buckner – Selin Talay, a rising junior at Mars Hill University, already has plane tickets to go see her parents at Christmas time. Read more »

Eliada Homes Employment Opportunity

Join Eliada’s team of 
behavioral health specialists.

Eliada Homes, Buncombe County’s open arms for children and youth in need, is hiring a Residential Treatment Program Director. Join Eliada’s team as a change Read more »

Racial Justice Coalition Weighs in on Jai Williams Case

Memorial poster created by 
the organizers of the New Orleans 
Comic and Zine Festival.

On Tuesday, July 5, 2016, representatives from the Racial Justice Coalition (RJC), Asheville-Buncombe Branch of the NAACP, Stop the Violence Coalition, Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA) Read more »

Lyric to Perform July 18

Lyric (Leeda Jones)

Asheville’s own Lyric will take to the UNC Asheville Quad stage at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 18, and provide the closing act for the Read more »

Federal Funds Available for Emergency Food and Shelter Programs


Qualifying Organizations Urged to Apply Buncombe County has been awarded $90,273 in Federal funds to supplement emergency food and shelter programs. The funds were made Read more »

YMCA of Western North Carolina Participating in Summer Food Service Program

Good nutrition is crucial to children’s 
health and development.

by Melissa Pennscott – Day campers at select YMCA of WNC camps receive free healthy meals. The YMCA of Western North Carolina is ensuring local Read more »

ARC of Buncombe County Hosts Appreciation Luncheon

Pictured Left-Right: David Gantt, speaker; Herman Turk, GM-Renaissance Hotel (ARC Sponsor); Dounla Bennett, Treasurer and Volunteer honoree; Lisa Stevens, Teacher of the Year, Asheville City Schools; Virginia Ostgaard, Teacher of the Year, Buncombe County Schools; Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan, Master of Ceremonies; Chris Cassels, Volunteer, ARC of Buncombe County.
Not pictured: Isabel Fraga, Operation Santa Supporter and Volunteer; and Alfred Whitesides, Chairman.

The ARC of Buncombe County recently hosted its appreciation luncheon to thank the organization’s many supporters, volunteers, and sponsors.   The ARC of Buncombe County was Read more »

STEM Scholarships Enters Second Phase

Dr. Jon R. Wiener, Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences.

Nine students have been selected for the next round of scholarships for the Ignite Inspiration and Innovation, or I3 project at A-B Tech. In the Read more »

Dealing With Mental Illness

By Maceo Keeling – Mental illness very often occurs without being talked about in our community. Instead we make jokes about yellow buses and folks Read more »

Date My City

Sheneika E. Smith

By Sheneika E. Smith – Black Leadership NOW My Return to Asheville Five years ago, circumstances brought me back home to Asheville from Charlotte, NC Read more »

Mars Hill University Professor Receives Choice Award for Book


Dr. David Gilbert, visiting assistant professor of history at Mars Hill University, has received a Choice Award for his book, The Product of Our Souls: Read more »

Evening Cosmetology Classes at A-B Tech Streamlined

A-B Tech offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 60 curriculum programs through its five academic divisions.

A-B Tech Community College has restructured its evening Cosmetology program to enable students to earn a diploma in only five semesters by attending approximately 20 Read more »

Warren Wilson College Sophomore Named to Inaugural Class of Conservation Scholars

Juanita Falice is one of 20 U.S. students selected for the inaugural class of The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Understanding a complex subject like conservation biology is one thing, but being able to communicate the intricacies in a way the public can understand takes Read more »

Songs, Movies & Moments: July 2016

Kanye West / Lena Dunham

A Look at Entertainment by T.J. Moore – Just when you think that he can’t push the envelope of controversy further than he already has, Read more »

St. Matthias Church Celebrates 150 Years

St. Matthias Episcopal Church

Challenging America’s “Most Segregated Hour” Half a century ago, Dr. Martin Luther King said 11 a.m. on Sunday morning is “the most segregated hour in Read more »

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