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Adlai Marquez Ready To Rock In Salt Lake City

Fifteen-year-old Adlai Marquez, a local rock climber, has made it to the national stage. Marquez, his mom and grandmother leave today for Salt Lake City, Utah, for the 2018 USA Climbing Bouldering...

 
 By Park Baker    News    February 1, 2018

Local Takes Home A Grammy - Brevard, NC

Local musician Travis Book and his band The Infamous Stringdusters shared the Best Bluegrass Album award last week at the Grammy's for their latest album, "Laws of Gravity." Book plays upright bass in...

 
 By Park Baker    News    February 1, 2018

Rosman Welcomes Wi-Fi - Rosman, NC

The town of Rosman now has four Wi-Fi access points thanks to a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). The $5,780 grant, which was matched by local funds from Comporium as a community economic investment, is part of a $272,000 pilot pr...

 
 By Park Baker    News    January 29, 2018

New Restaurant, Grocery Store Planned - Brevard, NC

An ALDI grocery store is planned for the former Mr. Pete's Market site on the Asheville Highway in Brevard, while plans for a Cook Out restaurant are moving ahead. Thom Behtz, the vice president of...

 
 By Park Baker    News    January 29, 2018

Cherokee Life Was Centered Around Seven Clans

Editor’s Note: During a recent Transylvania Natural Resources Council (TNRC) meeting, Yvonne McCall-Dickson, a local Native American historian and continuing education professor at Blue Ridge Community College, spoke about the impact the Cherokee...

 
 By Park Baker    News    January 25, 2018

Origins Of Cherokee Society Discussed At Meeting

Once called “the principled people,” the Cherokee were the largest tribe of the southern Native Americans. About 25,000 strong, the Cherokee were part of the Five Civilized Tribes, along with the Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw and the Seminole...

 
 By Park Baker    News    January 18, 2018

State Coyote Population To Be 'Managed'

Many have stories about coyotes on their property, or of a cat or dog that has gone missing in the night. Some resolution may be coming across the state, as North Carolina is one step closer to...

 
 By Park Baker    News    January 18, 2018

Cyclists To Compete For U.S. In Holland

Two local cyclists, Tristan Cowie and Hannah Arensman, have been chosen to represent the U.S. for the 2018 UCI Cyclocross World Championships set for Feb. 3 -4 in Valkenburg-Limburg, Holland....

 
 By Park Baker    News    January 11, 2018

State Accepts Land Donation For DuPont

On Tuesday, the state officially accepted a property donation that will see DuPont State Recreational Forest grow by 753 acres this year. The late Charles Pickelsimer gifted the parcel to the state...

 
 By Park Baker    News    January 4, 2018

Homeless Have Shelter Options

It’s brutally cold. There’s just no escaping it, with temperatures not expected to get into the 40s until Monday. For those without a roof over their heads, it’s a particular trying time. In Transylvania County, Brevard Community Church on...

 
 By Park Baker    News    January 1, 2018

Retailers Report Good Local Support

If holiday sales are a measure of success, then “shop local” is more than just a bumper sticker for the county. Across the county, businesses The Transylvania Times spoke with had better numbers than last year, which some shopkeepers attribute...

 
 By Park Baker    News    December 18, 2017

Scientists Studying Historic Impact Of Fires On Forests

During the most recent Transylvania Natural Resources Council meeting, the council and audience heard from Katie Greenberg, an uplands hardwoods ecologist. Greenberg works for the U.S. Forest Service in a branch called research and development,...

 

Young Bat Co. Knows How To Find The Sweet Spot

In an absolute labor of love, the Young Bat Co. (YBC), makers of fine baseball bats, has reopened its doors for business. The YBC was a supplier to some major league players in the 1990; players such...

 
 By Park Baker    News    December 7, 2017

Mountain Bikers, Equestrians React To Fee Proposal

Mountain bikers and equestrians could soon be required to pay user fees to use the trails in Pisgah National Forest, according to Dave Casey, head ranger for the Pisgah Ranger district. The proposals were announced during the most recent Transylvania...

 
 By Park Baker    News    December 4, 2017

Cradle Group Loses Forest Contract - Pisgah Forest, NC

The Cradle of Forestry Interpretive Association (CFAIA), the concession vendor in charge of managing several sites in Pisgah National Forest, lost the bid for the contract, and effective Jan. 1, a new vendor, Pisgah Hospitality Partners, LLC, will...

 
 By Park Baker    Sports    December 4, 2017

Lady Tigers Finish Strong To Earn Win Over Blue Ridge - Rosman, NC

In a back-and-forth contest that came down to the wire, the Rosman Lady Tigers outscored Blue Ridge by 10 points over the final four minutes to earn a 71-65 win in their season opener Friday night. Gr...

 
 By Park Baker    News    November 27, 2017

Mountain Bikers Could Face User Fees - Pisgah Forest, NC

Pisgah National Forest head ranger Dave Casey announced proposals for user fees for both mountain bikers and equestrians during the most recent Transylvania Natural Resources Council (TNRC) meeting. The proposal comes after further budget cuts and...

 
 By Park Baker    News    November 23, 2017

State Officials Note Changes In Trout Population - Brevard NC

The trout fishing experience in the Davidson River has been on a steady decline in the last couple of decades, according to representatives from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWCR) and local anglers. Some local anglers say that the...

 

For Some, Bikepacking Is The Only Way To Travel -Brevard NC

For Brevard resident Logan Watts, the bicycle is absolutely the best way to travel. And many people agree with him - more than one million a month to be exact. That's the number of visits he gets to...

 

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...

 

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