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Picturing The Past: Brevard Jewelry Stores Also Sold Eye Glasses

Brevard has been the home of a number of jewelry shops since the early 1900s. The earliest mention of a jewelry shop in the Sylvan Valley News was for Hawkin's Jewelry Store in 1903. The 1900 Federal...

 
 By Susan Matthes    Features    March 27, 2017 

Donated Cars Mean More choices, Resources

The Sharing House's Wheels to Work Program is exactly what it says it is-an innovative way to supply critical transportation needs for hard working people. We have a critical need for donations of...

 

High School Blue Devils Help Out College Tornados – Brevard NC

During the past several weeks, members of the Brevard High School chapter of The National Art Honor Society have been brightening up each room of Brevard College's Office of Athletics with a mural,...

 

Brevard Department Stores Were Popular

This week Picturing the Past will look inside a few of Brevard's former department stores. General stores had been popular in most communities in the 1800s. They were normally small structures and...

 

Beauty Shops Focused On More Than Hair

Last week's Picturing the Past mentioned that Smith's Barber Shop also had a women's department. According to Smith's obituary, Dock Ramsey's wife managed that part of the shop and did the first hair...

 

United Way Recognizes Campaign Contributors – Brevard NC

United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) and its event sponsor, The Phoenix, dished up breakfast and appreciation to representatives of local workplace giving sites Friday, Feb. 24. Every attendee...

 

Neighbors Unite To Restore A Dividing River

"I would like to make that my home one day," Woody Platt would say, as he passed by the white 1930s farmhouse nestled between rolling hills with the East Fork of the French Broad River winding behind...

 

Trip Included Pirates, Swimming With Whales – Brevard NC

Chuck and Lynn Evans were in Cannes, France, walking along a pier looking at boats when they decided that someday they would sail around the world. It was 1973. Chuck was in the Navy, and Lynn had bee...

 

Barber Shops Were Busy Businesses

Like drug stores and cafes, barber shops and beauty shops were important businesses in mid-20th century downtowns across America. People were able to take care of their shopping, banking and other nee...

 

Pickleball Growing In Popularity Locally – Brevard NC

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports nationwide and is alive and well in Transylvania County. Once an oddity, it has exploded across the country in popularity. Courts and clubs are...

 

Warm Weather Ushers In Early Blooming

Spring doesn't officially begin until March 20, but already trees and flowers are beginning to bloom throughout the county. (Times photos by Michael Rogers)...

 

Friends, Family Celebrate Eagle Scout Recognition – Brevard NC

Fourteen-year-old Nathan Mahoney of Rosman was recently presented the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement in the Boy Scouts of America. Mahoney has been a member of Troop 703 in Brevard...

 

Gaither's Was Brevard's Longest Operating Restaurant

Since the early 1900s, downtown Brevard has been home to numerous cafes and restaurants. The earliest mention of a local restaurant found in the Sylvan Valley News is for Jim Aiken's Restaurant and Ba...

 

AAUW Seeking Book Donations For Annual Sale – Brevard NC

Are you downsizing to a smaller home and have shelves of used books that need to go? Why not put them in one of the yellow boxes found in convenient locations around town? Your donation will help loca...

 

Local Cub Scouts Head To Webelos Expedition – Brevard NC

The Cub Scouts from Pack 703 recently made the annual journey down to Camp Bob Hardin in Saluda, N.C. to participate in the 2017 Webelos Expedition. This event is two-day, one-night camping trip that...

 

Drug Stores Offered Wide Variety Of Services

In the early to mid-1900s small towns often had two or three drug stores. They offered medication prepared by a pharmacist and first aid supplies. Sundry items including books, magazines, school or...

 

Artists Display Talents With Folk Arts Show – Brevard NC

Rodney Leftwich of Mills River created his "Oh God" face jug by combining stoneware and wood ash glazes.(Times Photos By Michael Rogers)...

 

Veteran Likes To Toy Around In His Spare Time – Brevard NC

After retiring and moving to Brevard, Harold Wellington had a lot of time on his hands, and scrap lumber. "I just started making these little wooden cars and giving them away," said the 92-year-old We...

 

Tail Chaser Benefit Will Speed Through County – Brevard NC

On April 1, a different kind of two-wheeled event will take place on roads through the mountains. The Tail Chaser 250 is a 175-mile dual-sport motorcycle ride that will benefit The Cindy Platt Boys...

 

Beulah May Zachary Worked In Early TV

Beulah May Zachary was born in Brevard to Beulah McMinn and Woodford William Zachary on Aug. 13, 1911. She was the youngest of four children and her father died when she was just over two years old....

 

Keith Parker: Transylvania's 'Hidden Figure'

The title of the popular movie "Hidden Figures" is a double entendre. First, it refers to the math "beyond" what was known at the time of early space flights, new math that would have to be used to...

 

Pisgah Trout Unlimited Helps Restore River – Pisgah Forest NC

Under direction from the Pisgah District fisheries biologist, Lori Stroup, 18 volunteers met Thursday to help restore sections of the Davidson River to a more natural state. Members of the Pisgah...

 

The Toxaway Inn Was Demolished In 1947

Last week Picturing the Past looked back at Transylvania County in 1912, 1927, and 1937. This week the journey to yesterday's news by decade continues with events of 1947, 1957, and 1967. The once...

 

Working Hard To Make Every Summer Season Better Than The Last – Brevard NC

By all measures – performances, educational instruction, program variety, revenue, attendance, acoustics, etc. – 2016 was a spectacular year for the Brevard Music Center. "It was great," said Mark...

 

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