Western North Carolina's central point is Buncombe County North Carolina. We will be updating this site daily with fresh news from the area, and from several points of view. Stay tuned for some of the best info ever.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Reynold's Mountain new entrance right off the Highway!

Reynold's Mountain has their new entrance in right off of the New Bridge exit in the North Asheville Woodfin area. They are preparing for a beautiful little Town Square soon with the Food Lion shopping center. One of the main foundation buildings is under construction and the YMCA is the main tenant. Other shops and offices will also be in the building. The roads are paved and several other building pads are sitting around getting ready for construction. Awesome plans for this development and the entrance right off of the highway is a key attraction. Talk about directional marketing. Just get off of the New Bridge exit in North Asheville Buncombe / Woodfin, go to the light, and just go straight ahead up the nicely paved mountain.

Versant on the other hand is getting hassled by local creditors and subcontractors. Reynold's Mountain is much more involved in the local community, while Versant focuses on networking outside of Asheville.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

West Buncombe Sand Hill Road Expansion

Finally, the road is widening in this booming area on the West Side of Buncombe County. Sand Hill Rd. has a lot of traffic. It connects you into West Asheville, Candler, and Brevard Road. A large development was planned to go in on the right side of this road, but the market conditions forced them to postpone construction. The Biltmore Square Mall is about 3 minutes up the road to the right from this location.

Sand Hill Elementary, schools out... cars go in and out like clockwork

With the small layout of space that they have over here in this West Buncombe Elementary School, they do wonders. The cars go through a type of maze, you call your kids name out at one place, you go around a little circle and your child is out there waiting. Great school and great staff. One of the benefits of living in Buncombe County. Also a pic of some students taking the flag down for the evening. Check out the Western North Carolina mountains in the backround of this bottom photo. Beautiful!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Barnardsville, Woman Found Dead on 12/8/08

Buncombe County Deputies investigate the discovery of a female body under a bridge on Highway 197 near Barnardsville. A DOT worker found the body while conducting a routine inspection of the bridge Monday afternoon.

Investigators are not giving out many details about the case, but say the body will be sent to Chapel Hill Tuesday for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
They are also checking to see if the body matches any local missing persons reports.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office at 828-250-6670.

See the video on ABC 13.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Adding AskAsheville.com Banners to your website

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

North Buncombe Weaverville Christmas Parade 2008

Everyone was excited about the Weaverville North Carolina Marching Band and Flaggers!

One of the only times you get to ride your tractor down Main Street anymore

This lady was too excited about catching a stuffed animal off one of the floats

Military gives out info at the Weaverville Christmas Parade

The cold happy Weaverville residents loving the Christmas Parade

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Building in North Buncombe still vacant

This beautiful building, right next to the big Post Office and new State Employees Credit Union in Weaverville North Carolina is sitting here vacant waiting for the market to pick back up. Great location in a big growing area.

Buncombe County Building Inspectors Truck

I know some of these guys are wondering where their 4x4's are in this County. I know contractors who can hardly get to some of their jobsites without a giant 4 wheel low, so I do not know how they do it.

New Bridge Baptist Church in North Buncombe

Well technically it is right outside the Asheville City limits, and a nice property positioned well with a great group of people who care about the community.

Prisoners Work the Highways, by shotgun

Inmates, most likely from the Buncombe County Correctional facility, regularly clean up the highways in the area. These inmates are in brown meaning that they have been serving felon time. Inmates in green do not have armed officers supervising them usually.

North Buncombe, New Bridge Commons under construction

As the North end of Asheville Buncombe expands, developers are building the New Bridge Commons in Woodfin North Carolina right across from New Bridge Baptist Church. Coming from Asheville, you go North on 19/23, get off on the Elk Mountain Road exit, bear right to the light, make a left, and it is down the road on the left right before the light.

Some Hwy Signs in Buncombe County

Just snapped a few photos off of my videos and I always like directional signs for some reason, so here they are.

Logging goes on all of the time

Here is a photo of a log transport truck on I-26 in Buncombe County. I hear people constantly looking for someone to come and get some trees off if their property. Sometimes if this property is in the right place, the loggers will even pay for the lumber. I believe most of them ask for easy access and at least a double load like this photo shows. If it is any different of a situation, you may end up paying to have them removed. The life of a logger!

Friday, November 28, 2008

McCafés Attack on Asheville, Nice

McCafe is a world of delicious coffees and drinks. They have a wide selection of exclusive expresso cofffee, gourmet cakes and muffins, and delicious snacks. Note that McDonalds is taking some "green" steps in making every McCafe coffee out of 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified Arabica coffee beans. This is big for Asheville.

There will be 5 new McCafés going up in the Asheville area. You can view the plan approvals by clicking HERE. Other nearby McCafés will be in Fletcher, Old Fort, Forest City, Columbus, and Marion North Carolina. This is big and fits in perfectly with the paced area growth that is sneaking in the area. Obama, Tiger Woods, and now McD's making a sustainable move in Western North Carolina. They need to put one in Weaverville to go along with the new Super Wal-Mart about to open.

To view McDonalds McCafé information, click HERE.

See the McDonalds on Patton being demolished to make way for the new McCafé by clicking HERE.

Photos above are some McCafés around the world including the dessert display in Paris, France

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Buncombe County Video Gaming Headquarters

This gaming place in Asheville Buncombe is just too cool. From Patton Ave, you turn right on Leicester Hwy, go about 5 miles, and it is right behind McDonald's on the right. A nice relaxed environment with plenty of big screen tv's, game tables, pool tables, ping-pong tables, giant wall tv (football was on when we were there), drinks, snacks (lower pricing if I may add), and a line of computer against the side wall. This is the perfect place to go and take the family for a few hours, and that is very very possible when it is only 4 bucks an hour! They will have a great time want to come back for weeks. Great business that is run by a retired Army MP and his two sons who are very good at dealing with a bunch of gamers, lol. You can visit their website at www.VirtualAmbush.com. Averages ages that were there when we went... from 5 years old to some parents, teens, and some adults playing on the large game board in the room center on the right side. Boy/Girl ratio was 75% boys, and 25% girls. Non-Smoking and no alcohol at all.

Enka Candler Fire Dept & Buncombe EMS to the rescue

Out on the West Side of Buncombe County the other day, we saw Engine 10 from the West Asheville Fire Department racing out toward Candler. They ended up going into the Food Lion parking lot (behind Sonic) and heading toward Rite Aid. Engine 10 ended up turning around because the Enka Candler Fire Department already had it covered. Somebody had a seizure and they quickly came to rescue. Thank you. It is so good to know that the people in public service and rescue efforts all team up together to save a life. Firefighters risk their lives daily to protect and save each one of us. Sometimes I have to see a situation like this to stress the importance of this type of work. In a day when most of the "Heroes" our kids see are on TV, please remember the folks that go out there every day protecting and preventing accidents and other mishaps. Buncombe Country is such a great place with so many great people.

Buncombe County works their prison inmates

If you drive around Buncombe County or the Asheville area, it will not be long till you see inmates picking garbage off of the highways, working with a road crew, or directing traffic as you see above.

Friday, November 21, 2008

The Hottest Highway Point in Buncombe County NC

This spot may just look like another highway to you, but let me talk about it for a minute. This is the intersection of I-26, I-40, and I-240. You can go straight (to the left) on this road and head toward the Enka / Candler end of Buncombe County, you can bear to the right and go through Asheville locally and then toward UNCA and Weaverville if you need, or you could turn off right (about 100 feet back from where I took this photo), and head toward the Oteen, Swannanoa, and Black Mountain area of Buncombe.

Years ago there were two churches (Pentecostal and Baptist) sort of battling for a piece of land right around here. I believe the Pentecostal church was thinking of selling, the Baptist church jumped on it... and then the Pentecostal church changed plans and they ended up building a giant church in on this property. No problem, the Baptist church just built on the many acres they already had.

Back to this spot. It is a key highway connection point and a very major business spot in Buncombe County.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Town of Woodfin in Buncombe County

Woodfin is a little town nestled in-between Asheville and Weaverville. Right to my left here is the Town Hall and Woodfin Police Department, and a wonderful playground that was built in memory of Avery King, a toddler from Weaverville that was killed in 2006 after being ran over by a car in a parking lot in Covington, Ga. For more info on the Town of Woodfin, please visit www.woodfin-nc.gov

Weaverville or Asheville North Carolina, you pick

Quick directional sign in the Woodfin area of Buncombe County. You can make a right here and head to downtown Asheville, UNCA, and South Asheville. Or you can go over the overpass ahead, make a left and head to Weaverville, Marshall, Mars Hill, and into Tennessee. You can also go straight and this road brings you into the Merrimon Avenue part of North Asheville.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Bucombe Hair Salon, Bakery, Florist

This photo was just taken at the Food Lion (New Bridge) shopping center in the Woodfin area of North Buncombe. Baked Goods, Flowers, and Haircuts! We know several people that go here to get their haircut including Pastor Jimmy Dykes of North Asheville Baptist Church. All of us always go to Sisters McMullen Bakery for breakfast, pastries, and lots of good baking, and this florist is one of the 3 we use for flowers when needed. Reynolds Mtn Real Estate and Development is also in this shopping center and the new YMCA is about 300 feet away from this point. Props... Hair: www.impressivesalon.com Bakery: www.thesistersmcmullen.com Florists: www.ashevillesbest.com

North Buncombe/Asheville YMCA

Where other than Reynolds Mountain making their mountain community even better. So this is the new North Buncombe (Northest at least) YMCA building and it will also have a bunch of retail and office space available on this great end of Buncombe County in Woodfin. KCB Construction is the Contractor. Much more development to come in this area. Everyone is excited about the great development that is going on in Buncombe County.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Snow in the Buncombe County Mountains

Living above 1500 feet elevation can be eventless sometimes. While the rest of the world is up and running around, some are very snowed in. In Asheville the sun may be shining, but there are areas around Buncombe County (as shown in this photo) where there is nothing but a snow blanket. Glad this is Sunday and not Monday! The mountains of Buncombe County are beautiful, and even more so in leaf season with a little snow.

North Buncombe Emerald Ridge Mock Fire

Woodfin Fire Department tests their fire evacuation plan. More pics on http://www.weavervilletribune.blogspot.com/

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Are you in Construction, Home Building, or Realty?

Here you can see the member page of this new Asheville Construction & Home Building network.

Construction in Buncombe County is growing rapidly. Several home building clubs, associations, and groups have been in the area for years. Here is a new, free membership, construction network based in Asheville North Carolina. You can read great information on many Builders, Subcontractors, Realtors, Materials Suppliers, and more. If you know anyone in the Construction industry that is in or does work in Buncombe County, here is a great place for them to "connect". http://www.ashevillehomebuilders.ning.com/

Thursday, November 13, 2008

New SECU in North Buncombe, Weaverville

The new State Employees Credit Union is now open for business. The Contractors base was about 2 hours away in Morganton NC so the job dragged a little.... but the end result is beautiful. Everything from this corner to Reems Creek is eventually going to be developed. If you live in North Buncombe, and use the SECU; this is your new stop!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Buncombe County North Carolina, blog time

Buncombe County consists of many cities including it's Capital, which is Asheville North Carolina. These other cities include Weaverville, Arden, Candler, Black Mountain, and more. Stay tuned for a lot of information on Buncombe County from all ends of it! www.buncombecounty.org

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