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 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....

 
 By Park Baker    News    July 17, 2017

Rivers Eligible To Be 'Wild, Scenic'

Many local residents will remember the push to save the Horsepasture River from a proposed hydroelectric facility that began in 1984. The river flows into Transylvania County as it heads towards Lake Jocassee, dropping 1,700 feet over a stretch of...

 
 By Park Baker    News    July 13, 2017

Aging Fish Hatchery Earmarked For Improvements - Pisgah Forest, NC

Numbers don't lie. Trout fishing is big business in western North Carolina. Statewide, trout fishing has a $384 million economic impact, according to a study published in 2015 for the North Carolina...

 
 By Park Baker    News    July 10, 2017

Protests Held At Meadows' Fundraiser - Brevard, NC

A private fundraiser Friday for Republican U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows at Hawg Wild Barbecue in Pisgah Forest was met with about 50 protestors. The protest was organized by the Transylvania County...

 
 By Park Baker    News    July 10, 2017

Input Sought On N.C. 280 Bike Path

Public input concerning the proposed N.C. 280 bike path is now open. The proposed roughly 15-mile path, which is still in the planning stages, would stretch from Sierra Nevada Brewery to Pisgah Forest along the N.C. 280 corridor. Mark Burrows, the co...

 
 By Park Baker    Outdoors    June 29, 2017

Planning For Pisgah/Nantahala Forests Continues

The latest on the project to provide a framework for managing the Pisgah/ Nantahala national forests during the next 10 to 15 years was heard during the recent Transylvania Natural Resources Council...

 
 By Park Baker    News    June 29, 2017

Town Of Rosman Approves Its 2017/18 Budget - Rosman, NC

Last week, the Rosman Board of Alderman unanimously approved its 2017/18 fiscal year budget. The $253,271 general fund budget is roughly $7,750 more than the previous fiscal year’s. The town’s property tax rate is $.44 per $100 of valuation,...

 
 By Park Baker    News    June 22, 2017

Platt Architecture To Feature On TV Show

Brevard’s Platt Architecture will be featured on the TV show “Barnwood Builders” this Sunday at 9 p.m. on the DIY Network. Parker Platt, with Platt Architecture, and Mark Bowe, of Antique Cabins and Barns, LLC, will highlight salvaged...

 
 By Park Baker    News    June 22, 2017

Dollar General Store Heads To Cedar Mtn. - Cedar Mountain, NC

A new Dollar General store is planned for the corner of See Off Mountain Road and U.S. 276 in Cedar Mountain. Dollar General representative Laura Somerville said that the store would be open by winter. Somerville said that the store would employ...

 
 By Park Baker    News    June 19, 2017

Local Band Shoots First Video At Brevard's Sunset Motel

Local band Sarah Siskind and SUNLINER's first music video for their song "Not Enough" went live this past Friday. The video was shot entirely at the Sunset Motel in Brevard, using local film...

 
 By Park Baker    News    June 15, 2017

Dog Bite Victim Left With Hefty Bill-Brevard NC

Brevard College graduate Travis Wireback was running on the North Slope Trail last week when he came up on a hiker with two dogs on what he said were “broken retractable leashes.” Wireback said that one of the dogs bit him on the knee as he...

 
 By Park Baker    News    June 15, 2017

U.S. Forest Service: Bear Canisters Required In Avery Creek Road Area

Due to increased bear habituation, the U.S. Forest Service is requiring bear canisters for campers within 1,000 feet of Avery Creek Road until Oct. 5. All food and food-related items must be stored in a hard-sided bear-resistant canister, or in the...

 
 By Park Baker    News    June 12, 2017

Bear Canister Required In Avery Creek Road Area

Due to increased bear habituation, the U.S. Forest Service has required bear canisters for campers within 1,000 feet of Avery Creek Road until Oct. 5, 2017. All food and food related items must be...

 
 By Park Baker    Features    June 8, 2017

Program Dedicated To Wilderness Stewards

Managing public lands is a constantly evolving endeavor. Each year there are new infrastructure needs, access issues, educational opportunities and, of course, there is trail work to be done. All of t...

 
 By Park Baker    News    June 5, 2017

Ranger Discusses Waterfall Safety - Brevard, NC

There is a direct correlation between gender and age when it comes to mistakes being made while exploring waterfalls, according to DuPont State Recreational Forest Supervisor Jason Guidry. Young men, he said, put themselves in more danger than the...

 
 By Park Baker    News    June 1, 2017

State Beer Bill Has No Local Impact - Brevard, NC

Local craft beer brewers say that legislation limiting their production won’t affect their business like some other North Carolina beer brewers. HB500 was introduced to the General Assembly, in an attempt to raise the state limit on production to 2...

 
 By Park Baker    News    May 29, 2017

County To Keep Transportation

Based upon County Manager Jaime Laughter’s recommendations, last Monday night the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners County unanimously rejected bids from organizations to provide transportation services. In December 2016, county...

 
 By Park Baker    News    May 25, 2017

Commissioners Deny Funds For Tactical Vehicle - Brevard NC

Sheriff David Mahoney’s request for a tactical vehicle was voted down 3-2 by the county commission during Monday night’s regular meeting. Commissioners Jason Chappell and Page Lemel voted to approve the request while Larry Chapman, Kelvin...

 
 By Park Baker    News    May 22, 2017

Cascade Lake Dam Needs Inspection - Brevard, NC

Recommendations that the owners of the Cascade Lake Dam hire an independent engineering firm to conduct a thorough inspection have been ignored, according to the North Carolina Department of...

 
 By Park Baker    Outdoors    May 18, 2017

Playprints - Brevard, NC

Hugh MacMillan has been busy this week painting different murals on the bike path through town. This hopscotch painting on the section by the middle school is meant to be fun way to attract kids to...

 

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