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County Backs Jail Initiative

An initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illness being in jail was supported Tuesday by the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners during its regular meeting. Prior to the approval, Carolina Carter, with Meridian Behavioral...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    July 31, 2017

No Plans To Extend Sunday Alcohol Hours

As of now, there are apparently no plans to extend the hours of alcohol sales on Sundays in Transylvania County. On June 30, Gov. Roy Cooper signed a bill into law, allowing bars, restaurants and retailers to begin serving alcoholic beverages at 10...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    July 31, 2017

Family Celebrates The 100th Birthday Of Mildred Tawney

Ellen Mildred Tawney was born on July 30, 1917, in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1917, America entered World War I, the first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded and women were still three years away from receiving...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    July 27, 2017

Fourth Person Charged With 18-Year-Old's Death - Brevard, NC

A fourth person, Nioka Faye Metcalf, 34, of Pisgah Forest, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with last week's stabbing death of 18-year-old Saul N. Ayala in Brevard. Metcalf was...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    July 27, 2017

New Tax Bills Include Revenue, Spending Info

Jessica McCall, the county’s tax administrator, presented the tax settlement for the 2016 tax year to the Board of Commissioners Monday during its regular meeting. McCall’s office reported a 99.82 percent collection rate, one of the highest in...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    July 17, 2017

County: We Don't Want Squad To Fail

On at least two occasions, Dale Whitlock, the Transylvania County Rescue Squad’s chief, has suggested provisions in its contract with the county appeared to be setting the squad up to fail, something commissioners vehemently deny. Whitlock made...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    July 13, 2017

County Fares Well Compared To 'Peers'

For the past few years, as far as trends in jobless rates, wages, population growth and other factors, Transylvania County has been performing better than its “peer” counties. This was one of the findings from a presentation Tuesday by Josh...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    July 10, 2017

School Board Bill Not Heard

The bill that would have returned Transylvania County Board of Education elections to non-partisan was not heard during the recent General Assembly session. In February, N.C. Rep. Cody Henson, who represents District 113, which includes Transylvania...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    July 6, 2017

Jobless Numbers Jump In May - Brevard, NC

Transylvania County’s jobless rate in May was 4.2 percent, up from 3.9 percent the previous month, according to preliminary figures released from the state Department of Commerce. The local jobless numbers only take into account those who qualify...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    July 6, 2017

Election Filing Begins Friday - Brevard, NC

Election filing for municipal races in Brevard and Rosman starts at noon on Friday. Brevard’s mayoral seat, currently held by Jimmy Harris, and two council seats, currently held by Mac Morrow and Anne Hollingsworth, will be on the ballot on Nov....

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 29, 2017

Commissioners OK $51.2 Million General Fund Budget

Transylvania County commissioners Monday unanimously approved the 2017/18 fiscal year budget, which includes no property tax increase. The $51,243,973 general fund budget goes into effect July 1, the start of the new fiscal year. Compared to the...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 26, 2017

State Funds Boost Project

The proposed state budget includes $200,000 for the economic development project on Ecusta Road. The initial project, a partnership between the city, the county and the Transylvania Economic Alliance, called for the construction of a...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 26, 2017

Officials React To Proposed State Budget

As of this morning, the Republican-controlled N.C. Legislature’s roughly $23 billion budget faces a likely veto from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and an equally likely override from lawmakers. Cooper and most fellow Democrats have attacked the...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 19, 2017

Commissioners OK Most Of Recreation Plan

The Parks & Recreation Master Plan for Transylvania County and the city of Brevard was approved, in part, by the Board of Commissioners last week. During their regular meeting, commissioners approved the master plan, leaving out references to a...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 19, 2017

Library Comes Up With Goals

Improving outreach efforts and getting the word out about all the things the Transylvania County Library offers are among the goals the staff has set for itself. During their regular meeting last week, the Transylvania Board of Commissioners...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 15, 2017

Public Silent At County Budget Hearing - Brevard, NC

No one spoke during the public hearing Tuesday for the 2017/2018 fiscal year budget for Transylvania County. The Board of Commissioners is now scheduled to approve the budget at its June 26 meeting. The budget will go into effect July 1. County...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    May 11, 2017

County Manager Proposes $51.2 Million Budget - Brevard, NC

No tax increase is called for in Transylvania County Manger Jaime Laughter’s proposed budget for the 2017/18 fiscal year. Laughter presented her roughly $51.2 million budget Tuesday to Transylvania County commissioners during their regular...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    May 11, 2017

Land Trust Seeks To Increase Workforce Housing - Brevard, NC

The Community Land Trust wants the county to develop a plan to increase workforce housing in Transylvania County over the next 10 years. During the Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting Tuesday, Claudia Hawkins, chair of the Community Land Trust,...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    May 11, 2017

County Approves Lease For Military Museum - Brevard, NC

A majority of Transylvania commissioners Tuesday voted to allow the WNC Military History Museum to lease the former county administration building beside the courthouse for a year. The lease agreement is still to be worked out. In March, museum...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    May 8, 2017

N.C. Rep Cody Henson Continues Work As Lawmaker

The Transylvania Times has periodically been updating the bills either sponsored or co-sponsored by Transylvania County's representatives in Raleigh, N.C. Rep. Cody Henson and N.C. Sen. Chuck...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 27, 2017

County OKs Radio Upgrade

Transylvania County commissioners have approved spending $530,000 to improve radio communications for fire, EMS and Sheriff’s Office dispatch. Commissioners backed the expenditure Monday during their regular meeting. Kevin Shook, the county’s com...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 6, 2017

House Bill Would Eliminate City ETJs - Brevard, NC

A proposed bill in the N.C. General Assembly would, if approved, eliminate extraterritorial jurisdictions (ETJ) across the state, including the city of Brevard's. N.C. Rep. Cody Henson, who...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 3, 2017

County Supports Study Of N.C. 280 – Brevard, N.C.

Transylvania County commissioners have approved a resolution supporting efforts to evaluate the feasibility of a N.C. 280 multi-use path between Mills River and Brevard. During the commissioners’ recent meeting, County Manager Jaime Laughter...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 3, 2017

Board Approves Comprehensive Plan

After more than two years of work, Transylvania County commissioners unanimously approved the 2025 Comprehensive Plan last week during their regular meeting. The 42-page document will guide policy...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    March 27, 2017

Edwards Eyes Election Changes

Editor's Note: The Transylvania Time has recently published stories about the bills sponsored and co-sponsored by N.C. Sen. Chuck Edwards and N.C. Rep. Cody Henson during the current session of the General Assembly. The following story is about some...

 

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