Buncombe County

Hunger Rises This Holiday Season In WNC

Nov 22, 2016
Matt Bush WCQS

As Thanksgiving dinners start to come together all across western North Carolina, the region’s largest food bank is asking residents to help those who won’t have enough to eat.  Hunger is on the rise this holiday season according to Manna Food Bank.

The town council of Weaverville unanimously passed a resolution Monday evening saying the town is 'welcoming and diverse community' where all citizens can live and work 'without fear of physical violence, threats, harassment or intimidation." 

City of Asheville

Temperatures are expected to dip below freezing Saturday & Sunday night in Asheville and Buncombe County.  Therefore, a 'Code Purple' has been declared for homeless shelters this weekend.  Shelters will be open to the homeless during the day and other times when they would typically be closed.   Shelters offering 'Code Purple' services include  -

A-Hope Day Center


How Buncombe County Voted

Nov 9, 2016

Turnout in Buncombe County was just over 71%, slightly above the state average for North Carolina.

North Carolina Election Results

Nov 8, 2016

Election Day Is Here - What You Need To Know

Nov 8, 2016
North Carolina Board of Elections

It's the day we've been building toward for almost two years.

Need to find your polling place?  Click here.

Matt Bush WCQS

This story originally aired as part of the WCQS 2016 Election Special, which can be heard in its entirety here.

It's safe to say this has been an election year and an election cycle like no other before it.  And that is particularly true in North Carolina, which has become one of if the not the bell weather state in this election…so move over Ohio. 

Asheville Bonds - What Would They Pay For?

Nov 3, 2016
Matt Bush WCQS

This story first appeared as part of the WCQS 2016 Election Special which can be heard in its entirety here.

Matt Bush WCQS

Slightly more than a third of registered voters in Buncombe County have already cast a ballot during early voting, which ends later this week.



For a few short weeks, every year, the mountains of Western North Carolina are renowned for their bright autumn leaves. The generations have brought to the region countless so-called “leaf-lookers” enthralled by their fiery shades of yellow and red come mid-October. Even this year, when area biologists are expecting fall leaves to be duller, and less-vibrant, all local economists can see on the horizon is the color of money for the mountains.

New In-Roads For WNC Public Transit

Sep 22, 2016


For millions of people across the United States, the beginning of their day starts at a bus stop.


Common Sense Crime Prevention

Jan 8, 2016

Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan told a breakfast meeting of the Council of Independent Business Owners in Asheville that common sense could reduce vehicle break-ins by 80% .  The Sheriff delivered a mix message of good news, the county's overall crime rate is down,  and bad news, heroin is a growing problem in the county.  Following the meeting the Sheriff spoke with David Hurand.

AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty via Asheville Citizen-Times

The Buncombe County Board of Elections wants to reduce early voting hours ahead of the 2016 primary by nearly 40 percent from four years ago, prompting concern by the local branch of the NAACP that problems will result.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports polling sites will be open for 791 hours in 2016, down from 1,287 in 2012.

Mountain XPress

After serving on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners for twenty years,  David Gantt recently announced he won’t seek re-election in 2016. Gantt says he made his intentions known early to give other potential candidates time to consider a run for  political office.  Gantt, who is serving his second term as Chairman, says he will spend more time with his family, practicing law, and make time for travel.  He spoke with David Hurand.

Jon Ostendorff/Asheville Citizen-Times

Todd Williams has served as Buncombe County's District Attorney for about six months now, after defeating the long-time DA Ron Moore.  Williams stopped by WCQS for a conversation with Jeremy Loeb about how the job's been going, about issues facing Buncombe County, and about several initiatives he's been working on. 

Asheville Mayor No Fan of Senate Sales Tax Plan

Jun 23, 2015
Max Cooper/Mountain XPress

State lawmakers in the House and Senate are trying to reconcile two competing budget plans.  The Senate plan includes a change to the way sales taxes are distributed to favor rural counties over more urban ones like Wake, Mecklenburg, and Buncombe.  WCQS’s Jeremy Loeb spoke with Asheville mayor Esther Manheimer about what the plan would mean for Buncombe County and the city of Asheville.   They also touched on the city budget and county room tax. 

Mountain XPress

State figures show a rise in the rate of children in Buncombe County opting out of required vaccinations.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that about one in 20 kindergarten students at the beginning of this school year had opted out of immunization, a higher percentage than the previous year. Almost all claimed religious beliefs.