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 By Derek McKissock    News    June 20, 2016

Ecusta Rail To Trails Ranked Second In Survey - Brevard, NC

The survey for the proposed 2025 Comprehensive Plan may be found on the county’s Planning and Community Development department’s website. Supporters of the Ecusta Trail have pointed to a particular survey question that, they say, shows the level...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    March 28, 2016

Smoky Mountain Gets Better Grades – Brevard NC

After previously raising concerns about what they viewed as a lack of accountability and transparency, Transylvania County commissioners now appear a little more satisfied with the Smoky Mountain Center. Smoky Mountain is a local management...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    November 12, 2015

Rosman Pool Unlikely To Open In 2016 - Brevard NC

It's highly unlikely Champion Pool in Rosman will open next summer. Carleen Dixon, the county's parks and recreation director, revealed the pool's status during the Board of Commissioners' regular...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    November 2, 2015

Effort Focuses On Workforce Levels – Brevard NC

Among the factors in attracting new business or industry to a community are the education and skill levels of the workforce. One effort locally underway is the ACT Work Ready Communities Initiative, which allows the county to “identify skill gaps...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    October 29, 2015

Economic Impact Appears Unclear If Court Moves - Brevard NC

If courthouse functions are moved out of downtown Brevard, some worry about the possible negative economic impact it could have, but there is a lack of actual statistical evidence to back those concerns. That was one of the takeaways Monday when the...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    October 19, 2015

Board Asked To Look At Survey's 'Contradictions' - Brevard NC

When asked in a survey, “Do you like living in Transylvania County?” more than 64 percent of respondents said they “love it” and another 25 percent said they “like it.” But in the very next question, when asked, “Is (Transylvania...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    October 15, 2015

Court's Future Divides Public - Brevard NC

Opinions were divided Monday among those who spoke about the future of court operations in Transylvania County. During its regular meeting, the Board of Commissioners set aside time to gather public...

 
 By Derek McKissock    Features    October 15, 2015

Illustrator Uses 'Dull Pencils, A Sharp Mind' – Brevard NC

llustrator Aaron Harris likes to think his work is done with "dull pencils and a sharp mind." The 23-year-old Brevard High School graduate recently had one of his illustrations, "The Dad Restaurant,"...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    October 5, 2015

County Looks At Court's Financial Impact - Brevard NC

If the county decides to either build a new courthouse or renovate and expand at the current location, the cost to do either option will have to be factored in with the financial burden of other...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    October 1, 2015

County Tackling Animal Shelter Issues-Brevard NC

Transylvania commissioners Monday heard praise and criticism of the county's animal shelter, and staff's plans to correct the problems that saw the state issue fines. As previously reported, the N.C....

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    October 1, 2015

Animal Shelter Fines Could Have Been Much Greater-Brevard NC

The total amount of the fines Transylvania County faces for unauthorized euthanasias performed at the animal shelter could have been more than $1 million had county staff not begun to correct the problems. Instead, the state fined the county $10,150...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    September 24, 2015

City Begins Process To Change Development Codes - Brevard NC

In August, the city of Brevard began a roughly 18-month process, which when finished, officials hope, will create new development regulations that will act as an instruction manual for how the community wants itself to look. The city is planning to...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    September 21, 2015

Mental Health On The County's Radar

After claiming the entity that coordinates mental health services for Transylvania County isn’t being fully transparent or accountable, commissioners last week approved three recommendations to address those concerns. The Smokey Mountain Center...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    September 17, 2015

Court's Pros, Cons Heard – Brevard NC

If Transylvania County commissioners decide to build a new courthouse, making sure the current courthouse building remains a vibrant part of downtown is critical. That sentiment was repeatedly heard Monday during the commissioners’ regular meeting....

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    September 14, 2015

Court's Future On The Docket - Brevard NC

The pros and cons of whether to renovate and expand the current courthouse, build a new one or do nothing is scheduled to be discussed tonight during the Transylvania Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting. As previously reported, supposed...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    September 7, 2015

County's Jobless Rate In July Was 6 percent, Below State Rate -Brevard NC

Transylvania County’s jobless rate increased from 5.9 percent in June to 6 percent in July, according to preliminary figures from the state Department of Commerce released last week. The local jobless numbers only take into account those who...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    September 7, 2015

Annual Conference Provides Commissioners Insight On Issues – Brevard NC

Mental health, infrastructure development, pandemic preparation and urban/rural trends were among the workshops offered during the recent N.C. Association of County Commissioners' (NCACC) annual...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    August 31, 2015

Commissioners Scrap Human Relations Council – Brevard NC

Transylvania County commissioners’ decision to disband the county Human Relations Council, at least for now, has those associated with the group and the local NAACP upset. During their regular meeting last week, commissioners voted 4-1 to scrap...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    August 31, 2015

County, Schools Send Letters To State, Federal Elected Officials About Education Funding-Brevard NC

The county and school system are sending joint letters to state and federal elected officials that voice concerns about reduced public school funding and its impact locally. The Board of Commissioners approved the letters (see below) last week...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    August 27, 2015

Courthouse Design Options Unveiled - Brevard NC

The public got to see Monday what a new county courthouse could look like if the Board of Commissioners decides to go that route. During Monday's regular commissioner meeting, Dan Mace, with Moseley...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    August 24, 2015

Probart Street Design Backed - Brevard NC

A committee recently reached consensus on a design concept for a sidewalk along Probart Street to the Brevard Music Center. The city's Parks, Trails and Recreation committee, which includes two...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    August 20, 2015

Fatland Gets Manager Position Full Time - Brevard NC

Jim Fatland, who has been interim Brevard city manager since April 1, got the job full time Monday evening. After a closed session meeting to discuss personnel, Councilman Mac Morrow made a motion,...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    August 20, 2015

Council Votes To Not Accept $9 Million Loan - Brevard NC

Brevard City Council voted unanimously Monday not to accept the nearly $9 million no-interest loan from the state to renovate the city’s wastewater plant. As previously reported, the city’s Public Works and Utilities Committee, which includes...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    August 17, 2015

Broad Street Work Facing Delay - Brevard NC

The earliest construction work will likely begin on changing a section of North Broad Street in Brevard into a tree-lined boulevard is the summer of 2017. That was the news members of the city's...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    August 13, 2015

City Taking Another Look At Water - Brevard NC

For the past few years, Brevard has seemed, outwardly at least, on a path to eventually build a new water plant, but since former city manager Joe Moore resigned March 31 that project’s progress is less clear. Interim City Manager Jim Fatland said...

 

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