Mackenzie Wicker,

Mackenzie Wicker

Arden, NC, United States

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Past articles by Mackenzie:

Asheville ‘defund police' vote: City reallocates $770,000 from APD budget

Asheville approved a $29.3 million police budget, representing a 3% decrease that is unlikely to satisfy activists who have called for slashing the department's funding in half. → Read More

COVID: What to know Sept. 25 about the coronavirus in Asheville, Buncombe County

As of Sept. 24, there had been 2,977 cases of COVID-19 in Buncombe residents, including 83 deaths. → Read More

Asheville condo goes for $2.1 million, less than 1 week after $7.7 million home sale

Less than a week after the most expensive private home sale in the area, a realtor closed the sale of the most expensive condo in Asheville for $2.1 million. → Read More

COVID-19: Buncombe, Mission Health seeing fewer new cases

Buncombe's increase of COVID-19 cases remained low this week and daily hospitalizations associated with the illness within Mission Health dropped into the 20s. → Read More

What to know Sept. 18 about COVID in Asheville, Buncombe

Here's what you need to know Sept. 18 about the coronavirus pandemic in Asheville and Buncombe County. → Read More

COVID: Buncombe metrics continue to improve, but officials warn of possible Labor Day uptick

Buncombe County’s metrics for gauging the coronavirus’s spread in the community continued to improve this week. → Read More

Asheville health experts: Managing anxiety amid the coronavirus pandemic, social unrest

Characteristics of a panic attack might include "a sudden and overwhelming sense of dread or terror, coupled with shortness of breath, a racing pulse, shakiness and — very understandably — an inability to focus upon anything else," according to one Asheville health expert. → Read More

COVID: Buncombe aligned with NC in Phase 2.5 and other things to know Sept. 4

Here's what you need to know Sept. 4 about the COVID-19 pandemic in Asheville and Buncombe County. → Read More

Buncombe health officials brace for flu season, COVID-19 overlap

Health director Stacie Saunders said public health staff have been discussing how to manage the likely overlap of COVID-19 and influenza this fall. → Read More

COVID: Buncombe cases increased by 200 this week as Mission hospitalizations crept back up

As of Aug. 17, there had been 2,092 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Buncombe residents, including 54 deaths. → Read More

Buncombe sees fewer new COVID-19 cases, Mission hospitalizations decline this week

As of Aug. 10, 1,892 cases of COVID-19 had been reported in Buncombe residents — 177 more than last week. → Read More

Police investigate West Asheville homicide

This marks the ninth Asheville homicide victim of 2020. There were six people killed in homicides in 2019, with three by Aug. 6 of last year. → Read More

Coronavirus: What you need to know in Asheville, WNC on August 1

Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in Asheville and WNC August 1. → Read More

Breaking: Ex-commissioner Ellen Frost reaches plea agreement with federal prosecutors

Former Buncombe County Commissioner Ellen Frost has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. → Read More

Buncombe County surpasses 1,000 cases of COVID-19: Most are under 50 years old.

Buncombe County's COVID-19 case count reached 1,044 on July 17, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. → Read More

Police charge man shown in video with assault, ethnic intimidation on Walmart employees

"The man loudly commented several times how he hated the young employee’s pants being low," a witness said. Police say the investigation is ongoing. → Read More

Coronavirus pandemic: What you need to know in Asheville, WNC on June 26

Here's what you need to know about case counts, Phase 2 in NC and Buncombe and loosened lodging restrictions. → Read More

Coronavirus: 7 takeaways from Buncombe's June 11 COVID-19 briefing

Here are seven takeaways from Buncombe's June 11 COVID-19 update ranging from protests to testing. → Read More

Coronavirus: 30 deaths in Buncombe, disproportionate infection in people of color and more

Thirty Buncombe County residents have died due to COVID-19, 25 of which were residents of long-term care facilities. → Read More

Coronavirus: Buncombe to require face coverings in Phase 2 for certain public settings

Buncombe residents and visitors will be required to wear face coverings in certain public settings during Phase 2. → Read More