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Gas Situation Still Not Resolved

By noon on Wednesday, the situation remained the same for getting gas in Transylvania County during the past few days: some stores had it and some didn't. This was still the case despite the gasoline...

 

County To Fix Landfill Issues

Commissioners approved budgeting roughly $90,000 to help fix problems at the county landfill after the state issued a list of violations. The funding was approved during the commissioners’ regular meeting last week. The state told the county,...

 

Board Of Education Candidates Under The Spotlight

Editor's Note: The Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce held a candidate forum Thursday in the library's Rogow Room. Candidates for the Board of Education, N.C. House and Senate took part. The...

 

Planning Board Reaches Compromise On 2025 Plan – Brevard NC

The draft document of the 2025 Transylvania County Comprehensive Plan was unanimously approved Thursday by the county’s Planning Board. The document, which will guide policy and development issues in the county for the next several years, now goes...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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,"...

 

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...

 

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....

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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....

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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