Here’s more of what’s going around, including news that the amount of farmland in Buncombe County has been on the increase. Here we go:

-In a remarkable turn-around, the amount of farmland in Buncombe County has increased by 1 percent from 2012-2017, reversing a trend of steady loss of farmland mirroring the decline of tobacco and a rise in development, county officials report. Buncombe County now has more than 1,000 farms using more than 70,000 acres of land, says county N.C. Cooperative Extension Director Steve Duckett in a press release.

-Sports betting is now legal at two Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians casinos in Western North Carolina. It hasn’t started yet, but Harrah’s Cherokee Casino officials are working on the roll-out, reports the Cherokee One Feather.

-Chris Bailey, the city of Asheville’s new police chief, starts work today. He comes to Asheville from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, where he most recently served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Investigations Division. Here’s the city’s announcement of his hiring.

-Richard J. White III, a new assistant city manager in Asheville, also starts work today. Here’s the city’s announcement of his hiring.

-Jeff Anderson has been named chief operations officer and chief marketing officer for Nantahala Brewing. Anderson, who had been marketing and creative director at Urban Orchard, will step into a role that will allow Nantahala to restructure it’s management team and free up found Joe Rowland to focus on the future of the business, according to a press release.

-For the next two upcoming weekends, Aug. 3-4 and Aug. 9-10, the WNC Ag Center will host the Wee Trade Consignment Sale, the area’s largest children’s consignment sale. The event includes more than 1,500 sellers.

-Cool air blew into Western North Carolina last week, offering a rare reprieve from the summer’s heat. For three consecutive days, Mount Mitchell State Park recorded record low temperatures. Mount Mitchell is the highest peak east of the Mississippi River.

-Film star Kelly McGillis, who has been living in the Hendersonville area, tells USA Today that she was not asked to participate in the “Top Gun” sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick,” which is set for release next summer. Tom Cruise returns to star, with Jennifer Connelley starring opposite him.

 

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