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 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....

 
 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,...

 

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