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Just over two years ago, Asheville Watchdog began its mission of bringing to the citizens of Asheville fair, factual, and reliable in-depth news stories about local government, institutions, issues, and people. And we’ve been doing that even since.

Rather than compete with local media, we seek to complement and expand the critical services they provide. For this reason we have always offered, free of charge, all of our articles to The Asheville Citizen Times, Blue Ridge Public Radio, Mountain Xpress, and other local publications.

Three months ago, The Asheville Citizen Times (which is owned by Gannett Co., Inc., a subscription-led digitally focused media and marketing solution company that owns hundreds of other media outlets in 46 states across the country) made the decision to stop publishing our articles.

We therefore find ourselves wanting to let readers of The Citizen-Times know that we are still here, still doggedly digging deep into crucial local stories that might otherwise go untold.

Making sure that you never miss any of our investigative articles is as easy as signing up for our Watchdog News Alert. Give us your email address (which we promise to never sell or share with anyone), and whenever we publish a new article here on our website, we’ll send you an email telling you . . . well, the news.

Asheville Watchdog is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We depend upon reader donations and support for everything from keeping our lights on to covering the liability insurance to protect our volunteer reporters from potential lawsuits. Help us keep watch over Asheville by making a tax-free donation here.

Asheville Watchdog is a nonprofit news team producing stories that matter to Asheville and Buncombe County. John Shore is The Watchdog’s engagement editor. Contact him at