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 By Derek McKissock    News    May 10, 2018

County Upset At School Funding Critics

Transylvania County commissioners expressed frustration Tuesday that they are accused by some of not supporting the school system, while they also approved motions asking for, among other things, more details about capital spending in the schools....

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 26, 2018

County Grants Museum 12 More Months

Transylvania County commissioners approved another 12-month lease for the WNC Military History Museum to be housed in the old county administration building, but the suggestion was made they would not support extending the lease in the future....

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 19, 2018

Question: What If School Bond Fails?

County Commission Chairman Larry Chapman wants to know what is the “Plan B” if the proposed $68 million school bond referendum fails in November. Chapman made the comment at last week’s regular commission meeting during discussion of a request...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 16, 2018

County Approves Funding For SROs

The Board of Commissioners has approved the funding for 11 school resource officers (SROs) in the county for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. During its regular meeting last week, commissioners approved $685,672 in county funds to pay for...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 12, 2018

Official: No Decision On Courthouse Tree - Brevard, NC

No decision has been made yet on the fate of the large Norwegian spruce tree that sits in front of the courthouse in downtown Brevard, according to County Manager Jaime Laughter. "We are working on a...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 12, 2018

County Approves Center Grants - Brevard, NC

The Transylvania Board of Commissioners has approved grant funding totaling roughly $50,000 that will go to the county’s community centers to make improvements, including being able to provide WiFi. In February, the county sought grant...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 2, 2018

County Offering Housing Option

The Board of Commissioners has approved county staff to seek interest from for-profit or nonprofit groups and others to design, construct and manage a multifamily, rental workforce housing development on county property. The county-owned property is...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    March 29, 2018

Official Talks About Possible Hospital Sale

Michele Pilon, the president of Transylvania Regional Hospital, talked Monday about the “why,” “how” and “what” concerning the possible sale of the nonprofit Mission Health to HCA Healthcare, a for-profit company based in Nashville....

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    March 22, 2018

County Compares Budget With Its Peers

Between 2007 and 2017, Transylvania County government’s annual percentage increase in expenditures out of the general fund budget outpaced the percentage revenues it received, “raising (the) eyebrows” of County Manager Jaime Laughter and...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    March 19, 2018

BRCC Makes Budget Request

Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) is seeking an increase in its operating budget for the Transylvania County campus, plus funds to make improvements to the building. Dr. Laura Leatherwood, BRCC’s president, presented the proposed 2018/19 fiscal...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    March 15, 2018

Local GOP Gathers

Unfunded pension and health care liabilities are the most serious threat to North Carolina's and the country's financial future, said Dale Folwell, the North Carolina state treasurer. Folwell made...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    March 15, 2018

Moseley To Design Court

Moseley Architects, which designed the Public Safety Facility on Morris Road in Brevard, will design the proposed new county courthouse for the site. During its regular meeting Tuesday, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners authorized...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    March 8, 2018

County Wants Input On Fire Dept. Funding

Property owners in the Lake Toxaway Fire Rescue district currently pay the lowest tax rate in the county — 4.79 cents — for those services, while those in the Cedar Mountain Fire Rescue pay the highest — 13.78 cents. The method that determines...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    March 5, 2018

Mahoney Highlights Recruitment Challenges

Sheriff David Mahoney has been “sounding the alarm” about recruiting and retaining qualified people for his office for the past two years. In the past, he’s been asked whether he was “pushing the panic button.” Mahoney said he replied that...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    March 1, 2018

$68 Million Bond Proposal Gets Official Send Off

Transylvania County staff received the go-ahead Monday to begin the process for a $68 million school improvements bond to be placed on the November general election ballot. During its regular meeting Monday, the Board of Commissioners tasked staff...

 

Filing For Local, State And National Races Continues

As of this Wednesday morning, the following candidates have filed to run in the May primaries: •Incumbent David Mahoney has filed for the Republican primary for sheriff. •Incumbent Marty Griffin has filed for the Democratic primary for the Board...

 

Commissioners Hear Department Accomplishments, Goals

Last week during the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners’ meeting each government department gave its semi-annual report on accomplishments, trends and goals. The first reports were published in this past Thursday’s and Monday’s papers....

 

Depts. Spotlight Goals, Trends

Last week during the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners’ meeting each government department gave its semi-annual report on accomplishments, trends and goals. The first nine reports were published in this past Thursday’s paper. The...

 

Departments Talk Accomplishments, Goals

Transylvania County government departments Tuesday gave their semi-annual reports on accomplishments, trends and goals. The reports were made during the Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting and signaled the beginning of the budget process for...

 

DSS Child Protective Services Working On Trust

In October of last year, Darrell Renfroe was appointed director of Transylvania County Social Services (DSS). During the same month, Renfroe, who had been interim director since August before his full-time appointment, sent a memo to County Manager J...

 

Filing For May 8 Primary Begins This Monday

Filing for the May 8 primaries, which include races for county commissioner, school board and sheriff, begins at noon, Monday. The filing period ends at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 28. Filing for the following contests takes place at the Transylvania...

 

Fire/ Rescue Options To Be Presented

During the upcoming budget process, Transylvania County staff plans to recommend strategies and options for the county’s fire/rescue services, including how these services are funded. During its recent regular meeting, the Board of Commissioners...

 

County To Seek USDA Loan For $31 Million- Brevard NC

To pay for the proposed $31 million new courthouse, Transylvania County commissioners have approved beginning the process to secure a 40-year loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Commissioners unanimously accepted staff’s...

 

County Approves Funds For Landfill Upgrades

Transylvania County commissioners recently approved $447,200 in funding for the Solid Waste Department, and specifically the landfill, to make sure the county remains in compliance, can address major equipment breakdowns and other issues, and to prov...

 

Partisan Board Election Coming

Filing for the May 8 primaries begins Feb. 12 and will include for the first time partisan elections for the Transylvania County Board of Education. As previously reported, in 2016 Chris Whitmire, then state representative for District 113, which...

 

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