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Transylvania Records Another Big Year For News (January - March)

Editor's Note: The following are some of the top news stories that appeared in The Transylvania Times during 2017. JANUARY •John Johnson would have to wait roughly 12 months to try and seek rezoning...

 

BRCC And NCWorks TCS Honored For Collaborative Partnership

At the recent Mountain Area Workforce Development Luncheon held at Blue Ridge Community College, Transylvania County Schools (TCS) Career and Technical Education Program was recognized as the...

 

County: Schools Funded 'Better,' Comparatively

“By any standard, Transylvania County Government funds schools better relative to economic peers, school system peers, and neighbors in both capital and annual expenses.” That was one of the key points found, according to the county, after it did...

 

Red Kettle Campaign Rings In The Season

The Salvation Army of Transylvania County kicked off its Red Kettle Campaign for 2017 on Friday at Walmart in Pisgah Forest. The kickoff marks the 127th year of the national Red Kettle Campaign, in wh...

 

Commissioners Approve New Courthouse - Brevard, NC

A new county courthouse will be built beside the public safety complex on Morris Road. That was the unanimous decision Tuesday by the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners. Specifically, commissioners voted for a new courthouse that would includ...

 

County Approves Contract With Economic Alliance

The Transylvania Economic Alliance’s contract with the county has been changed to a yearly one, with slightly different expectations and requirements. The county’s initial contract with the Alliance, which was signed in October of 2014, was for...

 

County Backs Jail Initiative

An initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illness being in jail was supported Tuesday by the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners during its regular meeting. Prior to the approval, Carolina Carter, with Meridian Behavioral...

 

Term Limits For Local Offices

It is interesting that only two of our local elected officials do not list their home or office addresses. Those two officials are Jason Chappell and Marty Griffin. Chappell and Griffin list post office boxes for their address. I guess their...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    July 27, 2017

New Tax Bills Include Revenue, Spending Info

Jessica McCall, the county’s tax administrator, presented the tax settlement for the 2016 tax year to the Board of Commissioners Monday during its regular meeting. McCall’s office reported a 99.82 percent collection rate, one of the highest in...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 19, 2017

Library Comes Up With Goals

Improving outreach efforts and getting the word out about all the things the Transylvania County Library offers are among the goals the staff has set for itself. During their regular meeting last week, the Transylvania Board of Commissioners...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 15, 2017

Public Silent At County Budget Hearing - Brevard, NC

No one spoke during the public hearing Tuesday for the 2017/2018 fiscal year budget for Transylvania County. The Board of Commissioners is now scheduled to approve the budget at its June 26 meeting. The budget will go into effect July 1. 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 Derek McKissock    News    May 11, 2017

County Approves Lease For Military Museum - Brevard, NC

A majority of Transylvania commissioners Tuesday voted to allow the WNC Military History Museum to lease the former county administration building beside the courthouse for a year. The lease agreement is still to be worked out. In March, museum...

 
 By Park Baker    Business    May 11, 2017

Transylvania County Certified As Work Ready Community - Brevard, NC

Officials from the North Carolina Chamber Foundation have approved Transylvania County as an NC Works Certified Work Ready Community. The announcement was made last week at the Blue Ridge Community College Brevard campus to an audience of local key...

 
 By John Lanier    News    May 1, 2017

Funding Options Presented For County's Capital Needs - Transylvania County, NC

At the joint meeting of the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education last Monday evening, David Cheatwood, director of First Tryon Advisors, presented all of the county’s potential major capital needs and how they could be...

 
 By John Lanier    News    April 27, 2017

School Board, Commissioners Discuss Facility Options

Members of the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners posed several questions regarding the school system’s Master Facility Plan at a joint meeting with the Transylvania County Board of Education Monday evening in the commission chambers. Chad...

 

Local Results From Frank Patton Classic Track Meet

The following is a list of individual results for Brevard and Rosman athletes from last week’s Frank Patton Classic track meet held at Brevard College. Girls’ 100M Hurdles 1) Madison Baldrige (Brevard) – 17.9 seconds; 3) Willow Michael (BRE)...

 

Challenges Chappell

I would like to comment on Commissioner Jason Chappell’s response to Commissioner Mike Hawkins’ comments on the ACA in last week’s paper. Commissioner Chappell failed to offer any analysis of the effects of the repeal of the ACA and failed to...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    March 20, 2017

Tourism Impact Touted

If the local tourist industry were a single employer, it would be the largest and the highest revenue producer in the county. So said Clark Lovelace, executive director of the Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority (TDA), during a...

 

County Expands Efforts To Engage Residents – Brevard NC

Transylvania County has expanded its efforts to provide citizens with opportunities to observe county commissioner meetings, and learn of decisions made during the meetings, according to information assembled by the county in March. These efforts inv...

 

Health Care Is A Moral Issue

Seven years ago, in March 2010, Josh Holmes, adviser to Senator Mitch McConnell, and other Republican functionaries came up with the phrase “repeal and replace.” The House Republicans have since voted 52 different times either to repeal (and repl...

 

Chappell Responds To Hawkins – Brevard NC

Each of the Transylvania County commissioners were contacted to provide feedback on Commissioner Mike Hawkins’ comments on the Affordable Care Act (see related story). Commissioner Jason Chappell was the only one to respond: “I personally want...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    March 2, 2017

Planning Board Back To Full Strength – Brevard NC

Transylvania County Commissioners appointed four members to the Planning Board Monday, bringing the advisory group to its full complement of seven. During their regular meeting, commissioners — minus Commissioner Kelvin Phillips who didn’t...

 

Increased Participation

In an effort to increase community participation at county commission meetings, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners last week voted 3-2 to hold one of their monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of the month at 9 a.m. The goal of having...

 

County Wants Growth Focus – Brevard NC

Transylvania County commissioners want the Planning Board to focus more on where should growth occur in the county and the steps needed to manage that growth. During its recent meeting, commissioners discussed what they would like the Planning Board...

 

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