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County Approves Contract With Economic Alliance

The Transylvania Economic Alliance’s contract with the county has been changed to a yearly one, with slightly different expectations and requirements. The county’s initial contract with the Alliance, which was signed in October of 2014, was for...

 

County Closer To Making Courthouse Decision

After years of study and deliberation, commissioners could make a decision on the Transylvania County Courthouse during their first scheduled meeting in November. During Tuesday’s commissioner meeting, Dan Mace, with Moseley Architects, gave a revi...

 

County Hears Possible Insurance Impact

Unless an agreement is reached before Oct. 5, Mission Health will terminate its contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of North Carolina. What that could mean to local residents and county employees was discussed during Monday’s Transylvania B...

 

Road Project Listing Heading To State

A proposed road project list for Transylvania County was approved last week by the Board of Commissioners. The projects (see below) will now go to the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) for further consideration and possible funding. The list...

 

Center For Domestic Violence Victims Moving Forward

A move to allow local victims of domestic violence to get the support and the services they may need beneath one roof took a step forward Tuesday. The Transylvania County Board of Commissioners voted during its rescheduled regular meeting for repairs...

 

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...

 

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