Articles by: Brooke Randle

Asheville city attorney outlines upcoming investigation into police actions

Asheville city attorney outlines upcoming investigation into police actions

The city of Asheville plans to hire a consultant to provide an analysis of whether the strategies and tactics employed by local police during the recent racial justice protests were consistent with best practices of law enforcement agencies.

by June 26, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
A group of protesters stands by their "Defund The Police" mural on Spruce Street on Monday morning, June 22. The activists said that in the early morning hours, a group of armed counter-protesters showed up and tried to intimidate them and paint over their yellow-lettered message with blue paint. A city of Asheville crew arrived later Monday to wash away the mural./ photo by Jason Sandford

Asheville City Council to consider ban on tear gas; reviews open-carry gun laws 

The review of open-carry gun laws and their enforcement comes following a clash Monday between a group of protesters and counter-protesters who faced off over a “Defund the Police” mural painted on a city street.

by June 24, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
Buncombe TDA announces Tourism Jobs Recovery Fund grant recipients

Buncombe TDA announces Tourism Jobs Recovery Fund grant recipients

Earlier this year, Asheville tourism officials took $5 million of hotel room tax collections and created a Covid-19 emergency relief fund to help tourism-related businesses in Buncombe County.

Asheville Police Department Chief David Zack at a downtown Asheville protest on June 6./ Photo courtesy of Zach Greenwald

Asheville police chief announces investigation, department restructuring, following protests

Two Asheville City Council members separately requested that City Manager Debra Campbell facilitate an investigation into the Asheville Police Department and its officers’ actions during the protests.

by June 11, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
An arial shot of the 2017 summer LEAF Festival. Photo courtesy of LEAF Global Arts

Asheville summer festival organizers get creative as coronavirus concerns linger

Festival organizers say its all about staying engaged with audiences. This weekend, Downtown After 5 kicks off a new streaming series, and LEAF goes virtual this weekend as V-LEAF.

by May 13, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
Asheville city budget takes hit from coronavirus crisis

Asheville city budget takes hit from coronavirus crisis

City officials currently have no plans to lay off or furlough city staff during the coronavirus crisis.

by April 17, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
Founder of Masks of Love, Dr. Carly Brown, says that the group plans to utilize a team of amateur and professional sewers to produce thousands of reusable face masks for health care workers and the general public. Photo courtesy of Masks of Love

Masks of Love unites Asheville businesses, community members in face of shortages

At Masks of Love, a small dedicated band of doctors, home sewers, business owners, professional seamstresses and other volunteers are working around the clock to produce face masks.

by April 7, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
The Westville Pub in West Asheville boarded up its outdoor seating area to deter people from gathering amid concerns about the spread of COVID-19./ photo by Brooke Randle

Asheville City Council affirms participation in One Buncombe emergency fund

The One Buncombe emergency relief fund will include both a both an individual and a small business relief component.

by March 25, 2020 0 comments Asheville News