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Bill Calls For Non- Partisan School Elections – Brevard NC

N.C. Rep. Cody Henson filed a bill Thursday that, if approved, would return Transylvania County Board of Education elections to non-partisan. Last year, Henson's predecessor in District 113, Chris...

 

County Wants Growth Focus – Brevard NC

Transylvania County commissioners want the Planning Board to focus more on where should growth occur in the county and the steps needed to manage that growth. During its recent meeting, commissioners discussed what they would like the Planning Board...

 

Commissioners Hear Overview Of Wildfire Response – Brevard NC

During their recent meeting, Transylvania County commissioners heard an overview of last year’s wildfires and the local response. The local response was mainly focused on the wildfire that originated Nov. 9 on Pinnacle Mountain, just off the...

 

Board Changes Meeting Schedule – Brevard NC

In March, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners will start holding one of its two monthly meetings during the day. During their regular meeting Monday, a majority of commissioners voted to hold one meeting at 9 a.m. on the second Tuesday...

 

Henson's Bill Would Allow Schools To Begin Earlier – Brevard NC

N.C. Rep. Cody Henson is a primary sponsor of a bill that would allow school districts to begin the school year earlier. Henson, a Transylvania County resident who represents District 113, is a...

 

Edwards' Bill Seeks To Tackle Unfunded Retiree Benefits – Brevard NC

In a recent Associated Press story, N.C. Sen. Andy Wells, a Catawba County Republican and co-chairman of the Senate pensions and benefits committee, said unfunded retiree benefit obligations for...

 

Heart Of Brevard Maintains Pulse Of Downtown – Brevard NC

This time of the year can be particularly slow for retail businesses, restaurants and others in downtown Brevard and the rest of the county. Despite that, there's plenty going on in the Heart of the...

 

County Provides Animal Transport Services – Brevard NC

County commissioners have approved setting a $10 fee to transport privately owned pets to and from Asheville for spay/neuter services. During last week’s commissioners’ meeting, Animal Services Director Elma Rae Greene recommended the proposal....

 

Grand Jury To Hear Raines' Case – Brevard NC

More than $90,000 was embezzled from the Transylvania County Rescue Squad’s bank accounts by Annette Raines, the county’s former tax administrator, according to a letter sent from the squad to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In June of last...

 

Old Face Giving Historic Building A New Lease – Brevard NC

In the early 1980s, when he was 13 years old, Bruce Stewart used to build the fire at The Cabin in the Pines restaurant on Country Club Road in Brevard. Over the years, the building has housed...

 

County To Hire In-House Attorney – Brevard NC

A majority of Transylvania commissioners has backed seeking a full-time in-house county attorney, saying it will save money, and improve accountability and efficiency. During their regular meeting last week, commissioners were presented two options:...

 

Audit Spotlights Transylvania's Financial State – Brevard NC

Transylvania County has received a clean bill of health on its finances, according to an audit on the previous fiscal year, which ended June 30. During the Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting Monday, Kari Dunlap from Martin Starnes &...

 

Sheriff's Office To Offer Tuition Help – Brevard NC

A new tuition assistance policy for the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office — partly designed as a recruitment and retention tool — was approved last week by the Board of Commissioners. During its regular meeting, commissioners approved the...

 

County Backs Effort To Improve Brevard Park – Brevard NC

The county will seek a $240,000 grant to make significant improvements to the South Broad Park in Brevard. On Monday during their regular meeting, Transylvania commissioners approved applying for the...

 

Ted Still Has One Holiday Wish – Brevard NC

Ted Tawney is doing all he can to remain in his Brevard home, but he still needs some help from his many friends. In January of 2015, The Transylvania Times reported how the now 64-year-old, who has...

 

Natural Resources Council Recaps The Past 12 Months – Brevard NC

The past 12 months have been a “busy and productive time” for the Transylvania Natural Resources Council (TNRC). This was one of the findings reported to the Board of Commissioners during its regular meeting last week. During the meeting, Lee McM...

 

Commissioners Want More Study Done On Recreation Options – Brevard NC

Five options are currently on the table as work continues on ways to improve recreation services in the county, including Brevard and Rosman. The Transylvania County Board of Commissioners was presented the options during its regular meeting Monday....

 

Portions Of Old 64 To Be Closed – Brevard NC

Beginning today, Old Highway 64 will be closed from Osborne Road to Chestnut Street in Brevard as work continues on the replacement of sewer pipe in the area. One lane of Neely Road will also reopen to through traffic on Monday. From Monday through J...

 

Time To Practice Patriotic Duty And Vote – Transylvania County NC

One-stop voting ended Saturday, and the local Board of Elections had some record numbers to report. During early voting, the Board of Elections had the largest opening day, with 905 voting, the...

 

Brevard Visit Leads To Broadway – Brevard NC

People with Transylvania County connections have been making a splash recently in show business, including "Big Brother," "Master Chef" and "House Hunters." A Broadway musical can now be added to that...

 

Commissioners Presented Comprehensive Plan – Brevard NC

The draft 2025 Transylvania County Comprehensive Plan was presented to the Board of Commissioners last week during its regular meeting. Commissioners didn’t formally adopt the plan at the meeting but will study it and hold at least one public...

 

Committee Makes Wilson Road Recommendation – Brevard NC

The county’s Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) is recommending one of the three alternate plans for the Wilson Road project, but the Board of Commissioners is not backing any of the plans at this time. During their regular meeting Monday, com...

 

Summer Business Gets High Marks – Brevard NC

Overall, summer was good for business in downtown Brevard, according to Heath Seymour, the Heart of Brevard’s executive director. “There are some who have been slightly up, while some even had record sales during certain months, but, of course,...

 

Parties Complain About Theft Of Political Signs – Brevard NC

The local Democratic and Republican political parties are complaining about stolen political signs, something that brings with it a criminal charge. On Monday, Aubrey Woodard, chairman of the...

 

County OKs More Staff For Shelter – Transylvania County NC

More staffing for the Transylvania County Animal Shelter was approved Monday during the Board of Commissioners regular meeting. The board approved turning a part-time shelter tech into a full-time position and hiring a full-time shelter attendant....

 

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