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Holiday Safety Tips from the BC Sheriff's Office

Holiday Safety Tips from the BC Sheriff's Office


Easy Holiday Crime Prevention Tips

Learn how to keep your belongings & yourself safe & secure during the hectic holiday season.

Buncombe Commissioners Official

Commissioners were sworn in on December 1. Here are some pictures from the ceremony.

Take a Look at the Year in Review

A year can fly by, let's take a look at some of the things that happened this year.

Top 20 Baby Names in Buncombe

Here's a list of the top 20 baby names for girls and boys born in Asheville/Buncombe County in 2014.

Whooping Cough Cases on the Rise in Buncombe County

Buncombe County currently has an outbreak of pertussis with 19 cases.

Don't Miss the Festival of Lights!

Come drive through our winter wonderland at the Lake Julian Park Festival of Lights & help Special Olympics.

County Blood Drive - Dec. 29

It's not the fanciest accessory. Nor the most expensive. But to someone in need of lifesaving blood, it's the most important.

Green Dot Phone Scam

Scammer calls BC residents & threatens arrest if funds are not placed on a Green Dot card.

Did You Know?

The Perfect Gift - A Gardening Guide for our Mountains

Need an inexpensive and very useful holiday gift for a gardener, for a gift exchange, or for yourself? Buncombe County Cooperative Extension offers an attractive and informative 30 page Guide tailored to growing conditions in Buncombe County and Western North Carolina. 

Monthly To-Do lists help you remember essential garden tasks. Special topics abound, including those listed below and many others. The Guide is in "magazine" format 8 and 1/2" by 11" with a handy hole at upper left for pinning on a bulletin board or hanging in your workspace.

  • Firewise Landscaping
  • Shade: A Cool Place to Garden
  • Compost
  • Caring for Trees and Shrubs
  • WNC Vegetable Garden Planting Guide
  • Helpful Definitions
  • Resources
  • Toward an Environmentally Friendly Garden


  • Garden Guides can be purchased at the Buncombe County Extension Office, 94 Coxe Avenue, Asheville for $10 (cash or check). There is free parking for your visit in the lot across the street.
  • Have it mailed to you by sending a check for $12 (made out to BCMG Enhancement Fund) to BCMG Enhancement Fund, c/o NC Cooperative Extension Office, 94 Coxe Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801.
  • CLICK HERE to purchase a guide online with a credit or debit card. Have your Guide mailed to you ($12), or for speedy service, purchase online and come to the Extension Office to pick it up ($10).

Questions?  Call the Buncombe County Extension Office at 255-5522.

Holiday Festivites in Black Mountain

Join us for these festivities taking place in Black Mountain this holiday season.

  • Through December 31:  Deck the Trees - View 20 Christmas trees decorated beautifully at the Monte Vista Hotel.
  • December 19 & 20:  Participating shops open until 7 p.m. Street performers, storytelling at the library 2-4 p.m. and more!

Rabies Shots - December 27

Don't miss the Low-Cost Shot Clinic!










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