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 By Matt McGregor    News    October 16, 2017 

Breast Cancer Survivor Recalls Battles For Her Life

When Nancy Stricker got hit with her second diagnosis of breast cancer in 2012, 14 years after her first, she knew she needed to prepare herself for battle. "There is a fine line between knowing that...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    October 12, 2017

Locals Worry About DACA's Future

Laura Perez has built a life for herself in Transylvania County after her grandmother put her and her two brothers on a bus in Veracruz, Mexico, that would bring them to the United States in 2003, when she was only 14. Perez first found herself in Et...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    October 12, 2017

Ex-Tax Administrator Hires New Lawyer, Update On Transportation Case

Former tax administrator Annette Raines, who was indicted for felony embezzlement, has changed lawyers, and the new lawyer has filed a motion to continue. “Her court date is set for (today),” said Beth Dierauf, assistant district attorney for...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    October 9, 2017

'Tin Goose' Still Soars

Though the 1928 Ford Tri-Motor aircraft, also called the "Tin Goose," is no time machine, the pilot and passengers agreed the 30-minute ride on the first commercial aircraft and mass-produced...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    October 9, 2017

High Winds Knockout Power

High winds from tropical storm Nate moved into Transylvania County Sunday, causing power outages as a result of trees taking out power lines. “At the height of the outage, we started getting calls in yesterday afternoon from primarily outages from...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    October 5, 2017

Children Bearing The Impact Of Drug Addiction - Brevard, NC

Drug addiction is reported to be one of the most corrosive threads that dissolve the family dynamic in Transylvania County, leaving children victims of abuse and neglect, then tossed into an unpredictable system, not knowing where they may find their...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    October 5, 2017

Board OKs Dog Training Facility - Brevard, NC

The city of Brevard’s Board of Adjustments unanimously approved Jodi Miller’s application Tuesday for a special use permit to operate a dog training and day care facility at the former Marcum’s location on U.S. 276 near Brevard Elementary. The...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    October 2, 2017

Sonic Closure Temporary - Brevard, NC

Without warning, the Sonic Drive-In location on College Station Drive closed, leaving many patrons of the fast-food franchise baffled. According to Drew Ritger, senior vice president of development for Sonic Drive-In, the closure is temporary....

 

Locals Celebrate Multiple Wins During Fair

Transylvania County residents won big during the 10-day N.C. Mountain State Fair this year, including the members of the Rosman Elementary 4-H Club. According to Heather McNeely, the agricultural...

 

Storm Causes Damage At Historic Site - Brevard, NC

In the windy wake of Hurricane Irma, a felled oak tree shattered a piece of Brevard's history. "I was fast asleep, and I heard an enormous crash," said Karen Palmer, who lives in a home behind St....

 

'D-Day' Veteran Celebrates His 100th Birthday

John E. Williams celebrated his 100th birthday on Friday at Tore's Home in Brevard. According to his 93-year-old wife, Ruth, to whom John has been married 71 years, John was born in Wakefield, Va. He...

 

Dunkin Donuts, Two Other Eateries Planning To Open In Brevard - Brevard, NC

Three new eateries are planned for Brevard in the coming months. A Dunkin Donuts is planned for the former Clock of Brevard site off the Asheville Highway, with construction set to begin Oct. 2. The former Clock building will be torn down. The John...

 

Sewage System Improvements Nearly Finished

Repairs and updates to the city of Brevard’s sewage system infrastructure will be finishing up this year. During Monday’s City Council meeting, Public Works Director David Lutz announced that repairs to the Neely Road force main pump station and...

 

Sapphire Man Faces Sex Offense Charges With Three Juveniles

Charles Clayton Moore, a 67-year-old Sapphire resident, has been indicted for two counts of first-degree sexual offense with a minor and seven counts of taking indecent liberties with a child. "He's...

 

Marijuana Use Discussed At Forum - Brevard, NC

A discussion about the pros and cons of marijuana was held Thursday by the C.A.R.E. Coalition at the Board of Elections. Kristen Gentry, youth and community outreach coordinator for the C.A.R.E....

 

Man Dies in Motorcycle Accident - Pisgah Forest, NC

Bradley Aaron Phillips of Charlotte was killed Thursday evening after his 2016 Indian Scout motorcycle collided with a Toyota Yaris on U.S. 276 in Pisgah National Forest. N.C. Highway Patrol troopers were dispatched to the scene at 6 p.m. The...

 

Florida Resident Comes Home To Mom, Brevard, NC

When Kellie Otero of Homestead, Fla., heard about impending Hurricane Irma, she began planning her family’s trip to Brevard, where her mom, Barbara Wells, now lives. At 40, she had lived through Hurricane Andrew in 1992, which killed 65 people,...

 

County A Billion Years In The Making

A billion-year history of tumultuous topography can be credited for Transylvania County's landscape of steep slopes and lots of waterfalls, while its geological metamorphoses can also be blamed for...

 

Balloon Climbs 20 Miles To View Eclipse

Among the many scientific experiments that took place at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute in Rosman during the eclipse on Aug. 21, one professor and his team of student scientists were playing with a balloon. Doug Knight, professor of...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    August 31, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Hits Home For Former Local - Brevard, NC

As Hurricane Harvey moves out of Houston, Texas, leaving the city with record-breaking rainfall and 30 confirmed deaths, former Brevard local Keith Whitt, who now lives in Houston, is preparing for a...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    August 31, 2017

Tricky Turkey Causing Traffic Troubles Hard To Catch - Brevard, NC

A renegade, car-chasing turkey has been sighted paying frequent visits to Rosman Highway, wreaking mild havoc in traffic. Many fear for its safety, as well as the safety of drivers, leaving people to...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    August 28, 2017

City Council Approves Road Project Priorities - Brevard, NC

Brevard City Council unanimously voted to approve transportation priorities during its regular meeting last week. Specifically, the council approved the county Transportation Advisory Committee’s recommendations on the N.C. Department of Transporta...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    August 24, 2017

Moon Tree Planted At PARI During Eclipse

To commemorate the solar eclipse on Monday, Rosemary Roosa, daughter of Apollo 14 astronaut Stuart Roosa, planted a tree at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) in Rosman. Rosemary was 7 years old when her father joined astronauts Alan...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    August 24, 2017

City Council OKs 10 a.m. Alcohol Sales On Sundays - Brevard, NC

Brevard City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to allow for the sale of alcohol at 10 a.m. on Sundays instead of noon. As previously reported, on June 30, Gov. Roy Cooper signed N.C. Senate Bill 155 into law, which allows bars and restaurants to...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    August 21, 2017

NAACP Gathers To Address Charlottesville - Brevard, NC

The local NAACP chapter gathered on the courthouse steps Thursday afternoon to highlight the events that took place Aug. 12 in Charlottesville, Va. "Brevard does not sit in a cocoon," said Tommy...

 

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