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 By Mark Todd    News    April 12, 2012

Wilson Suggests No Tax Increase In County Budget

Transylvania County Manager Artie Wilson is now looking at a proposed 2012-2013 budget of $40.7 million. The budget is still in the formative stages and must be adopted by county commissioners sometime before July 1. Wilson continues to suggest that...

 
 By Mark Todd    News    April 12, 2012

Economic Development Effort Supported

Officials from Transylvania County, the city of Brevard, the town of Rosman and the county board of education are looking to join forces to promote economic development in the community. Their common cause is to encourage growth of existing...

 
 By Mark Todd    News    April 9, 2012

Report: County’s Health In Fairly Good Shape

Transylvania County is a relatively healthy place to live, according to a new national report that looks at every county in the United States. The county was ranked 24th overall healthiest out of North Carolina’s 100 counties, according to the...

 
 By Mark Todd    News    April 5, 2012

Gains In Commercial Construction Reported

After many months of slumber, commercial construction is beginning to pick up in Transylvania County. The total amount reported as permitted in March was $847,899. Sherry Reese, permit specialist for the county Building Department, said two major...

 
 By Mark Todd    News    April 2, 2012

Rails To Trails Still Faces Opposition

The proposed Rails to Trails project (see article below) that would connect Hendersonville to Brevard on the right-of-way now owned by Norfolk-Southern Railway faces some opposition in Transylvania...

 
 By Mark Todd    Features    March 29, 2012

Sawmill Carries On An Old Tradition

On Asheville Highway, just after drivers come down Little Mountain, three natives of Transylvania County are carrying on a long tradition at the Piney Mountain Sawmill. The mill is the last operating...

 
 By Mark Todd    News    March 26, 2012

Dunn’s Creek Church Rising From The Ashes

Dunn’s Creek Baptist Church will be rebuilt by this fall on the same ground where it was badly damaged by fire just a little more than one year ago. The old church, a historic wooden structure on See Off Road, sat on a level spot just below an old...

 
 By Mark Todd    News    March 22, 2012

Bank Replies To French Broad Lawsuit

Asheville Savings Bank has filed an answer to the January lawsuit filed by the developers of French Broad Place. The bank says the French Board Place lawsuit, which asks for $10 million, is without merit and should be dismissed. The bank denies most...

 
 By Mark Todd    News    March 19, 2012

Signs Of Improving Economy Are Seen

With the first quarter of 2012 nearly complete, business leaders are seeing small but mildly encouraging signs of improvement in the slumbering local economy. Real estate sales and construction have suffered since a good run of economic success...

 
 By Mark Todd    News    March 19, 2012

Army Strong Community Center Wants To Hear More From ‘You’

The Army Strong Community Center in Brevard is making a renewed effort to serve members of the military community. The center, located at the Miller/Duckett U.S. Army Reserve Center just south of Brev...

 
 By Mark Todd    News    March 15, 2012

County Logo Winner Chosen

Brevard resident Maria Sentelle is the winner of the Transylvania County Logo Contest. She was awarded the recognition Monday during the regular Transylvania County Commission meeting. The logo was...

 
 By Mark Todd    News    March 12, 2012

Campaign Finance Reports Show Council Election Spending

The five candidates who ran for seats on the Brevard City Council last year have filed campaign finance reports with the Transylvania County Board of Elections. Contributors had to give a candidate more than $50 to be listed in the report....

 
 By Mark Todd    Features    March 8, 2012

Coan Still Has A Love For Baseball

Gil Coan of Brevard can only look at the multi-million dollar contracts offered to today’s major league baseball stars and shake his head. Coan, for whom the Brevard College baseball field is named,...

 
 By Mark Todd    News    March 1, 2012

County Alcohol Vote Won’t Happen This Year

There will be no referendum this year on the issue of the sale of beer and wine in the county. That outcome is based on a decision Monday by members of the Transylvania County Commission. A group of business owners and their friends who live outside...

 
 By Mark Todd    News    March 1, 2012

Market Coming To Old Poppies Location

A new grocery, Food Matters Market, is coming to Brevard at the former location of Poppies on Asheville Highway. One of the partners in the project, Al Kirchner of Asheville, confirmed plans for the store, which will fill the space vacated by...

 
 By Mark Todd    News    February 27, 2012

United Way Meets Its Goal

More than $407,000 has been raised for the current Transylvania County United Way campaign, according to Executive Director Steve Pulliam. United Way has exceeded its goal of $395,000 in fundraising for 2011-2012, he said. Pulliam made the...

 
 By Mark Todd    News    February 20, 2012

County Funds Log Jam Removal

County commissioners have agreed to spend $12,000 in local funds to help with the removal of the giant log jam in the French Broad River that endangers the safety of boaters on the river and could cause additional flooding when it rains. The state...

 
 By Mark Todd    News    February 20, 2012

Business Opens In Vacant Location

A manufacturing business, Mountain International, has purchased and moved into the old EZ Flow building on Old Hendersonville Highway, adjacent to the Transylvania Vocational Services (TVS) building. The company, owned Jerry Gaddy and Bruce Rau, has...

 
 By Mark Todd    News    February 20, 2012

Brevard College President Meets The Community

If a sense of humor and deep ties to North Carolina give the new president of Brevard College a head start in his early days as chief of the institution, David Joyce is probably well ahead of schedule...

 
 By Mark Todd    News    February 16, 2012

County Hears Tax Views

Transylvania County commissioners heard competing views Monday on raising taxes. County commissioners recently said after a first look at the proposed 2012-2013 budget with county staff that they have no intention of raising taxes. During the first...

 
 By Mark Todd    News    February 16, 2012

County, Animal Groups Meet

County officials and members of local animal rescue groups appeared to reach a general consensus Tuesday after a meeting at the conference room at the county administration building. They talked about the future of the county’s 50-year-old animal...

 
 By Mark Todd    News    February 13, 2012

GOP Hopefuls Attend Forum

Seven Republican men who want to be the next congressman for the 11th District spoke Saturday at Brevard Middle School. Brevard resident Jeff Hunt, Dan Eichenbaum of Murphy, Spence Campbell of Hendersonville, Kenny West of Hayesville, Mark Meadows...

 
 By Mark Todd    News    February 13, 2012

Economic Group Traveling To Pickens

While Pickens County, S.C., is immediately south of Transylvania County, its economic situation is worlds apart. New jobs and new industries are moving into the county at a rapid pace, and local economic development officials are going to take a...

 
 By Mark Todd    News    February 9, 2012

Agents See Uptick In The Real Estate Market

The real estate market in Brevard and Transylvania County is finally picking up steam, as it is in many parts of the country after years of recession since late 2007. Lynda Hysong, the 2012 board chairman of the Brevard Board of Realtors, is among...

 
 By Mark Todd    News    February 6, 2012

‘Citizen’ Joe Pickelsimer Remembered

Joseph “Joe” E. Pickelsimer, who played a leading role in the development of the Brevard Fire Department and Citizens Telephone, now known as Comporium, was memorialized on Saturday. Fire Chief Craig Budzinski said Pickelsimer was the fire chief...

 

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