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Emily Patrick


Asheville, NC, United States

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Past articles by Emily:

County commits $4.2 million to rebuild Lee Walker Heights public housing

The county funding will help the Asheville Housing Authority get matching funds from the NC Housing Finance Agency. → Read More

Buncombe passes $433 million budget, funds teacher raises

Commissioners and members of the public acknowledged this budget was a challenge to create. → Read More

Line-item budget sparks deep discussion among commissioners

Commissioners are scheduled to vote on a budget Tuesday night, but the recent release of a line-item budget is complicating the situation. → Read More

Home stagers reimagine Asheville houses

The industry that claims to make homes sell faster is active in the Asheville area → Read More

Health and human services director named new county manager

Ten days after outgoing County Manager Wanda Greene announced her retirement, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners appointed her replacement. Greene announced May 30 that her last day with the county will be June 30. She has led Buncombe County's approximately 1,400-person staff for the past two decades. Mandy Stone, director of Health and Human Services, will replace her, the board… → Read More

LEAF seeking money for downtown arts center; other TDA grant requests

LEAF Community Arts is one of seven organizations to apply for hotel tax funding this year → Read More

Buncombe turns out to debate the $419 million budget

About 50 people shared their views on Buncombe County's largest budget → Read More

Up for debate: raises for sheriff, fire districts

Commissioners will hear public feedback Tuesday about the proposed budget → Read More

230 apartments in the works near Hendersonville Road

A Greensboro area developer is proposing a 25-acre complex that would add about 400 bedrooms to South Asheville → Read More

County seeks solar farm proposals, despite Duke deal

The county planned to partner with Duke, but after transparency concerns, the government is sending out a request for proposals. → Read More

Small town taxes: What to expect where you live

Buncombe County's small towns are announcing their property tax recommendations after the revaluation. → Read More

Good news from the local beer scene: Riverbend Malt expands

Riverbend Malt House will expand its headquarters and manufacturing operations in Asheville with 15 jobs and a new location. → Read More

What will happen to Asheville's baby boomer businesses?

Baby boomers employ about 27,000 people in Buncombe County. As the second-largest generation approaches retirement, they must plan for their own financial futures and those of their businesses. → Read More

Buncombe sheriff makes case for $1.2M budget increase

Sheriff Van Duncan said increased call volumes and equipment costs are driving his request for an increased budget → Read More

Potential Duke solar farm becomes controversial

Commissioners had indicated unanimous support for a solar farm on a former county landfill, but process questions split the board Tuesday → Read More

Fire departments seek more taxpayer money

Nearly all of Buncombe County's 20 fire departments are asking for increased funding, which could mean higher tax bills for homeowners. → Read More

What happened to the $2 billion tourists spent last year?

Tourists spent about $2 billion in Buncombe County in 2016. That amount is equivalent to the entire gross domestic product of a small nation, such as St. Lucia or Gibraltar. → Read More

Buncombe, Duke collaborating on solar farm

Duke Energy is signaling its interest in building a solar farm on a former landfill Buncombe County owns. → Read More

Plans for new Woodfin park show stage, train station

A 4.2-acre park is taking shape along the river in Woodfin as part of the town's plan to create a recreation corridor connected to Asheville. → Read More

Are mobile home parks good for Asheville? Depends who you ask

Mobile homes account for 16 percent of all housing in Buncombe County → Read More