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Weekly Destination Hike: Cantrell Creek Lodge

Our weekly destination hike is the site of the Cantrell Creek lodge in Pisgah National Forest. Access to where the lodge once stood can be easy, with little elevation gain for hikers, or it can be...

 
 By Park Baker    News    November 13, 2017

Academy Applying For Loan - Brevard, NC

Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy is applying for a U.S. Department of Agriculture loan to help pay off their renovated building, the former location of the Woods Chevrolet dealership on the New Hendersonville Highway. Through the...

 
 By Park Baker    News    November 9, 2017

Proposed Federal Forests Act Sparks Debate

Concerns about the recently passed Resilient Federal Forests Act in the U.S. House have some of the key players in the ongoing Pisgah/Nantahala Plan Revision Process looking for alternatives. The measure passed the House 232 to 188 last week, and if...

 
 By Park Baker    News    November 2, 2017

Experts Call For Different Approach To Drugs - Brevard, NC

Editor’s Note: During the past month, four presentations on drugs, addiction and drug policy were held at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Brevard. The following is the second part of coverage of the second meeting, which focused on the War on...

 
 By Park Baker    News    November 2, 2017

Bluegrass Bash Set For RHS - Rosman, NC

This Saturday is the third annual Roy Chapman and Joe Byers Memorial Bluegrass bash at Rosman High School. Bobby Powell and Tim Jones, both members of local bluegrass band Carolina Blue, are hosting...

 
 By Park Baker    News    October 30, 2017

'War On Drugs' Focus Of Talk - Brevard, NC

Editor’s Note: The second of four presentations on drugs, addiction and drug policy was recently held at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Brevard. The series’ goal has been to advocate for a more compassionate, productive approach to drugs...

 
 By Park Baker    News    October 19, 2017

Peaks And Creeks Brewery Setting Up In Lumberyard - Brevard, NC

A new brewery, Transylvania County's fourth, is located at the Brevard Lumberyard. Jon Bowman and Tracy Walker are the owners of Peaks and Creeks Brewing. Mountain bike trails and the right location...

 
 By Park Baker    News    October 9, 2017

Local Rock Climbers Have A Narrow Escape

It was a close call for Caleb Spradlin and his friend Barrett Pauer on Sept. 27. The pair were climbing the "Shortest Straw," a 15-pitch climb on El Capitan in California's Yosemite National Park...

 
 By Park Baker    Features    October 5, 2017

Kayak Maker Prefers Traditional Methods - Brevard, NC

Chad Quinn knows a thing or two about paddling. He has used nearly every boat there is - from cheaper one-man kayaks all the way up to a $6,000 fiberglass model that he was terrified to unload....

 
 By Park Baker    News    September 28, 2017

Local Resident On A Forest Protection Mission - Brevard, NC

Brevard resident Danna Smith is on a mission to put forest protection at the forefront of the national climate agenda. Smith is the founder and executive director of the Dogwood Alliance, an...

 
 By Park Baker    News    September 25, 2017

Official: Davidson River's Health At Risk

A presentation and discussion on the health of the Davidson River and Pisgah National Forest, in general, were held during the recent Pisgah Chapter of Trout Unlimited meeting. Patrick Weaver, who works for the Fish and Wildlife Commission and teache...

 

Outdoor Destination: Confusion And Moonshine Falls

Our weekly destination hike takes explorers to two locations, Moonshine and Confusion Falls in the nearby South Carolina wilderness. About a 30-minute drive from Brevard, these falls are directly...

 
 By Park Baker    News    September 18, 2017

Public Land Managers Warn Of Dangers After Hurricane Irma

After the remnants of Hurricane Irma brought heavy rain and winds last week, local public land managers warn that while in the woods visitors should take extra precaution about downed trees on trails and be on the lookout for trees and limbs hanging...

 
 By Park Baker    News    September 14, 2017

TNRC Supports Landslide Mapping Project

The Transylvania Natural Resources Council (TNRC) will recommend that the county commissioners fund a landslide-mapping project. A subcommittee was tasked to study the pros and cons of funding a map for high-risk areas in the county after the...

 
 By Park Baker    News    September 11, 2017

'Friends' Of Public Lands Share Project Plans

A nod to the volunteers who dedicate their free time to local public lands took place at Friday’s Transylvania Natural Resources Council meeting, the first after a summer hiatus. The council is a group of public land managers, concerned citizens...

 
 By Park Baker    News    September 7, 2017

Experts: Fall Webworms Harmless To Trees

Every fall the webworms come back, but this year, in particular, it seems like they are everywhere. In the western North Carolina region, they favor trees like sourwood and sweet gum, but can be...

 
 By Park Baker    News    September 4, 2017

Discussion Focuses On French Broad River

Tom Adams said that in the 1870s the French Broad River was dredged 26 miles, starting within the Brevard city limits and heading downstream, to help barges with the transportation of logs and produce to Asheville and beyond. The project was...

 
 By Park Baker    News    August 24, 2017

Officials: Eclipse Day Went Fairly Smoothly

While the clouds may have moved in for some folks during the solar eclipse on Monday, people funneled in and out of Transylvania County smoothly, with just one incident reported. N.C. Highway Patrol reported one accident on N.C. 215, and no one was...

 
 By Park Baker    Features    August 10, 2017

Thomas And Mary McEntire Finally Retire

Thomas and Mary McEntire are enjoying their first summer of retirement after 42 years of running the Pines Country Inn on Hart Road. Both are in their early 90 and may have the record for one of the...

 
 By Park Baker    News    August 10, 2017

Big Changes Eyed On Asheville Highway

The past few months, travelers along the Asheville Highway in Brevard will have noticed surveyors beside the road busy at work. Some of the work they are doing is part of a big picture project aimed at reducing congestion and improving safety from...

 
 By Park Baker    News    August 3, 2017

Hunters Discuss Forest Plans

Hunter access, young forests and “letting the Forest Service do its job” were the main topics of conversation at last week’s Fish & Wildlife Conservation Council (FWCC) meeting at the Lake Toxaway Community Center. Formed in the 1990s, the...

 

Massive Manhunt Continues In Forest - Pisgah Forest, NC

The search continues for an armed suspect in Pisgah National Forest. As of going Monday evening, Phillip Michael Stroupe II is believed still to be at large in the forest. Stroupe, 38, of...

 
 By Park Baker    News    July 20, 2017

Logging Causing Issues In Creek

A logging operation on 461 acres in the Courthouse Creek area of Pisgah National Forest is underway, but sedimentation in the Class C trout stream has some upset. Photos taken during and after a...

 
 By Park Baker    News    July 20, 2017

Sheriff Explains Deputy Presence At Event

Editor’s Note: This is a follow-up article in response to a letter to the editor and questions concerning law enforcement presence on July 7 at Congressman Mark Meadows’ fundraiser at Hawg Wild Barbecue. Members of the local NAACP were also in...

 
 By Park Baker    Outdoors    July 17, 2017

Outdoor Destination: The Thompson River

This week's Outdoor destination is two waterfalls, Big Falls and Rich Falls on the Thompson River. The Thompson River is located in the Jocassee Gorges area, and is about an hour drive from Brevard....

 

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