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 By Derek McKissock    News    February 15, 2018 

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...

 

Alliance Explains Its Economic Development Focus

Editor’s Note: Recently, The Transylvania Times sat down with Josh Hallingse, the Transylvania Economic Alliance’s executive director, and Jeremy Owen, the Alliance board chairman. The Alliance is a public-private economic development entity...

 

County, City To Look At Fire Department Contract

The county wants to look at its contract with Brevard Fire Department (BFD) before considering committing to helping fund a new rescue truck for the department. During its regular meeting Tuesday, the Board of Commissioners instructed staff to look...

 

Residents Moved After Pipe Bursts

Roughly a year after a similar incident, residents and staff members at Cedar Mountain Home had to be evacuated because of flooding caused by a burst pipe. Connestee Fire Rescue was called out about...

 

Audit: County Revenues Increase

Transylvania County received a clean financial audit during the Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting last week. Kari Dunlap, with Martin Starnes & Associates, gave an overview of the county’s financial report for the 2016-2017 fiscal year,...

 

County Has To Rehire Fired Worker

After the N.C. Supreme Court declined to hear a case involving a former Transylvania County Department of Social Services employee, the county will rehire the employee fired in November of 2015 and pay her roughly $163,000 in salary and benefits. On...

 

Friends Play Key Role, So Ted Tawney Can Stay Home

Friends and their generosity are among the reasons that Ted Tawney can still live in his own home and not be forced to move into an assisted-living center and lose the independence he cherishes. "I...

 

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...

 

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