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County Approves Building Contract

The contract to build a new 60,750-square-foot light industrial building in Brevard was approved last week by the Board of Commissioners during their regular meeting. Commissioners awarded the contract to the Harper Corporation, which had the lowest...

 

County: Schools Funded 'Better,' Comparatively

“By any standard, Transylvania County Government funds schools better relative to economic peers, school system peers, and neighbors in both capital and annual expenses.” That was one of the key points found, according to the county, after it did...

 

Reaction Given To Court Decision

Editor’s Note: Last week, Transylvania County commissioners unanimously voted to build a new courthouse — currently estimated to cost $31.1 million — beside the law enforcement facility on Morris Road in Brevard. It’s anticipated it will take...

 

Commissioners Approve New Courthouse - Brevard, NC

A new county courthouse will be built beside the public safety complex on Morris Road. That was the unanimous decision Tuesday by the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners. Specifically, commissioners voted for a new courthouse that would includ...

 

New Industrial Building Gets A Step Closer - Brevard, NC

A legal agreement was signed Tuesday that moved along the eventual construction of a roughly 60,750-square-foot light industrial building on Ecusta Road. During its regular meeting Tuesday, the...

 

Greystone Inn Has New Owners, Plans To Upgrade Property

The Greystone Inn has been bought by an Aiken, S.C., couple who plan to make improvements and to reopen the historic building, which has been closed for the past few years. Last month, Ellis Mountain Management, LLC, closed on the deal to buy the...

 

Children Issues Dominate Meeting

Issues centering on the welfare of local children dominated much of Monday’s Transylvania Board of Commissioners’ meeting. Since late 2014, the number of Transylvania County children in foster care has increased from 34 to 59. Twenty-three of...

 

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...

 

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