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 By Eric Crews    News    January 13, 2014

Rainfall Reaches Record Amount -Brevard NC

It's official - 2013 will go down as the rainiest year in more than 100 years. According to rainfall data collected through the National Weather Service's NOAA online weather data service (NOWdata),...

 
 By Eric Crews    Features    January 6, 2014

'Missing Link' Would Complete Epic Trail

For around five years, staff at the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy have been working on gaining access to a tract of land in southeastern Transylvania County they've dubbed "The Missing Link."...

 
 By Eric Crews    News    January 2, 2014

Frigid Weather Forecast For The New Year - Brevard NC

A combination of frigid temperatures and winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour has National Weather Service meteorologists warning that tonight’s and Friday morning’s weather will be extremely cold. “In a nutshell...this will be a night fit...

 
 By Eric Crews    News    December 30, 2013

Group: Work Not Finished - Brevard NC

After organizing in opposition to a proposed biomass project in Penrose, members of People For Clean Mountains say their work is not yet complete. “The first goal of People For Clean Mountains was to stop the biomass burner,” said Ned Doyle, a...

 
 By Eric Crews    News    December 26, 2013

Groups Reach Agreement On Logging Plan - Brevard NC

Area environmental groups have a reason to celebrate this year after they were able to reach a resolution with the N.C. Forest Service regarding a proposed logging project near Courthouse Creek in Pisgah National Forest. After filing an appeal with...

 
 By Eric Crews    News    December 19, 2013

Airport Owner Pulls Out Of Biomass Project - Brevard NC

Nine months after plans to build a $23 million biomass power plant at the site of the Transylvania Community Airport were announced, Ken Allison, a partner in the proposed facility who owns the airport property, announced he is pulling the plug on...

 
 By Eric Crews    News    December 16, 2013

Audit: County Fund Balance Grew By $1 Million - Brevard NC

The first look at the financial audit for fiscal year 2013 found that lower than expected expenditures and higher than anticipated revenues led to an increase of around $1 million in Transylvania County government’s unassigned fund balance. While...

 
 By Eric Crews    News    December 16, 2013

Newman Explains Glaze Decision -Brevard NC

Despite having little or no new evidence in the case of Edna Glaze's disappearance 17 years ago, Transylvania County's District Attorney Greg Newman feels there is more than enough evidence to send...

 
 By Eric Crews    News    December 12, 2013

County OKs New Pay Study - Brevard NC

Transylvania County commissioners moved forward Tuesday night with a plan to hire an outside agency to evaluate the salaries of county employees and see how they compare to other governments across the region. The 5-0 vote to approve up to $35,000...

 
 By Eric Crews    News    December 12, 2013

River Rescue Successful - Brevard NC

When John Wayne Hardison, owner of High Country Tree Service, headed out last Friday to assess the potential challenges and costs of removing a dangerous and rapidly growing logjam on the French Broad River, he wasn’t necessarily planning on gettin...

 
 By Eric Crews    News    December 12, 2013

Oskar Blues Celebrates First Anniversary - Brevard NC

When he started Oskar Blues Restaurant in Lyons, Colo., on April 25, 1997, Dale Katechis said he wasn't sure his business would survive being hit by a 4-foot-deep snowstorm, running out of food by 7...

 
 By Eric Crews    News    December 9, 2013

Hearing Held On Armed Robbery - Brevard NC

After hearing a first-hand account of an alleged armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon that allegedly occurred in the early morning hours of July 27 in Brevard, Transylvania County District Court Judge Emily Phillips found there was...

 
 By Eric Crews    News    December 5, 2013

Commissioners Discuss Land Use Options - Brevard NC

In the months ahead, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners will be taking a closer look at several options heard during a special workshop Monday that would, if approved, effectively limit high impact land uses in the county. The workshop,...

 
 By Eric Crews    News    December 2, 2013

Dalton Trial Delayed Again - Brevard NC

For the second time in a month, Transylvania County’s longest-standing murder trial was delayed again after Superior Court Judge Marvin Pope granted a motion to continue the trial until April 7, 2014. Amber Dalton, who was charged with one count of...

 
 By Eric Crews    News    December 2, 2013

County Has New Dedication Policy - Brevard NC

County commissioners have approved a new policy and procedure for the naming and dedication of county-owned and leased properties, facilities and parks. The new policy, approved during a recent commissioners’ meeting, requires that a person be meet...

 

Couple Thankful After Typhoon Hits Home – Brevard NC

As missionaries, Timothy Owen and his wife, Gera, know that sometimes the only thing one can do is to trust in God. Recently, when the couple was back in Brevard with their two children on furlough fr...

 
 By Eric Crews    News    November 28, 2013

County Approves Funding For Logjam Cleanup - Brevard NC

County commissioners moved ahead Monday with a plan to clear out current logjams along the French Broad River in an effort to maintain the recreational value of one of the county’s most popular attractions. By authorizing $20,000 in funding from...

 
 By Eric Crews    News    November 25, 2013

Local Brewers Report Business Continues To Boom - Brevard NC

Business for Transylvania County's two breweries is booming, and both are optimistic that the rapid growth they've seen this year will continue to outpace their expectations. At its downtown...

 
 By Eric Crews    News    November 25, 2013

Spare A Thought For The Turkeys - Brevard NC

While most people won't think too much about where the turkeys they'll likely eat for Thanksgiving come from this year, a local farmer who raised her own turkeys this year said she certainly will....

 
 By Eric Crews    News    November 21, 2013

Rotary Members Told Local Outdoor Industry 'Exploding' - Brevard NC

During his opening remarks at Tuesday’s Brevard Rotary Club luncheon, Todd Branham, a local trail builder and event organizer, told members of the club that the outdoor industry in Transylvania County “is exploding right now.” His 30-minute...

 
 By Eric Crews    News    November 18, 2013

Man Dies Swimming At Racquet Club - Brevard NC

A 32-year-old Florida resident died while swimming at the Brevard Racquet Club last Thursday. The cause of his death has not yet been determined. According to Josh Vandegrift, a general manager at the Brevard Health and Racquet Club, the man was an...

 
 By Eric Crews    News    November 18, 2013

Teen Dies Friday In 1-Vehicle Accident - Brevard NC

An 18-year-old Hendersonville man was killed early Friday morning when the truck he was driving ran off the road and struck a tree, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol. According to the report, the accident occurred on U.S. 64 East near Vineyard...

 
 By Eric Crews    News    November 18, 2013

Mike Carrick Lives 'Off The Grid' - Brevard NC

For most people, colder winter weather brings with it the dread of higher energy bills. But for Mike Carrick, a local real estate agent who lives in a solar-powered home in Transylvania County,...

 
 By Eric Crews    News    November 14, 2013

Commissioners Get Lesson In 'Water 101' - Brevard NC

The county’s location at the headwaters of the French Broad River provides it with an advantageous location that can benefit from a bountiful clean, unpolluted water source, but a prolonged drought could have a significant negative impact on the ci...

 
 By Eric Crews    News    November 14, 2013

New Machining Lab Given More Funding - Brevard NC

Construction costs for a project to convert an existing picnic shelter at Blue Ridge Community College into a 1,200-square-foot machining lab exceeded estimates by around $50,000. The commissioners previously authorized the use of $150,000 in capital...

 

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