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 By Mark Todd    Front Page    June 17, 2011

County Rejects City’s Septage Facility Offer

Transylvania County commissioners have decided not to participate in a project with the city of Brevard that would provide a new facility for collection of septic tank waste collected around the county. Commissioners voted 4-1 Monday night, with Comm...

 

Crime Figures Don’t Match

The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) said there were two main reasons why the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office’s crime numbers didn’t match the numbers reported by the state in 2009. One reason was the Sheriff’s Office switched...

 

Falls Overlook Is Now Open To All The Public

A labor of love for some and the focus of some seven years of dedication and effort for many, the Connestee Falls Overlook officially became a reality on Saturday morning. Supporters of the project...

 

Silvermont Center Receives ‘Excellence’ Tag

A long-awaited distinction was recently awarded to the Silvermont Opportunity Center. It became a certified “Center of Excellence.” To be certified, senior centers must demonstrate that they provide access on site or assistance in gaining access...

 

Steep Canyon Rangers, Steve Martin Release CD

The Steep Canyon Rangers (SCR) has joined comedian Steve Martin on his sophomore album "Rare Bird Alert," which was released Tuesday. With Martin, SCR played for more people than any other bluegrass...

 

Operation Medicine Drop Will Begin Sunday

The Transylvania County Sheriff's Office and the Brevard Police Department are asking the public to take part in the second Operation Medicine Drop. The public is asked to drop off expired or unneeded medication from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. this Sunday...

 
 By Mark Todd    Front Page    March 18, 2011

County Wants City Help

Transylvania County commissioners want the city of Brevard to share in the cost of fixing drainage problems in and around the public safety complex. County Manager Artie Wilson initially asked the board during its regular meeting Monday for...

 

Lift Every Voice

Altha Gordon performed several solos during the concert. (Times photos by Mark Todd.)...

 

Lift Every Voice

Four local Baptist churches participated in last Sunday's Rosenwald Gospel concert. "A Charge To Keep I Have" was held as part of the county's year-long sesquicentennial celebrations. Members of...

 

School Board Eyes Budget

Transylvania County Schools will be asking for at least a 3.5 percent increase in its next budget from the county. Norris Barger, the school system's director of business services, told the Board of Education during its recent meeting the requested...

 

Japan Trip Is More Than Student Expected

Just in case, Bailey Reidinger has a bag packed with her passport, some granola bars, water and other supplies. The 20-year-old Brevard High School graduate is currently living and studying just 500...

 

School Board Eyes Budget

Transylvania County Schools will be asking for at least a 3.5 percent increase in its next budget from the county. Norris Barger, the school system’s director of business services, told the Board of Education during its recent meeting the...

 

Japan Trip is More Than Student Expected

Just in case, Bailey Reidinger has a bag packed with her passport, some granola bars, water and other supplies. The 20-year-old Brevard High School graduate is currently living and studying just 500 m...

 
 By Mark Todd    Front Page    March 15, 2011

Smart Start Director Worries What State May Do

Joe Castro, director of Smart Start in Transylvania County, is alarmed that state lawmakers are considering eliminating his agency, which oversees programs that promote early childhood education. Several appropriations sub-committees in the N.C....

 

Study Sizes Up Water Plant

If the city of Brevard's population growth rate is 2 percent per year, its water plant will not be able to handle the demand by 2024. This scenario and others, plus recommendations on how to handle future demand, were part of a study of the city's...

 
 By Mark Todd    Front Page    March 15, 2011

Watershed's Future Up For Debate

Passage of legislation by the state House of Representatives that would block reclassification of 16 miles of streams in the Boylston Creek watershed in Transylvania and Henderson counties has local...

 

School Student Dropout Numbers Fall

Transylvania County Schools reported a decrease in its student dropout numbers for the second year in a row. In the 2009-10 school year, 44 students, 3.62 percent, dropped out of school. In 2008-09, 52 dropouts (4.19 percent) were reported. So far...

 
 By Mark Todd    Front Page    March 11, 2011

Weather Service Issues Flash Flood Warning

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Transylvania County and the western Carolinas Wednesday. Rain and rising stream levels were expected to cause problems at least until this morning, officials said. "If it's flooding, stay...

 

Norman Could Be Eligible For Parole in 2012

If he successfully completes a program, Jacob A. Norman, who was convicted of the first-degree murder of his wife, could be released from prison after serving 20 years of a life sentence. The N.C....

 

City Taking Another Look At Fluoride

Prior to deciding in July 2007 to remove fluoride from the city's drinking water, Brevard City Council was given stacks of information for and against. During its meeting Monday, Council again asked staff to do research and evaluate the use of...

 

Council Backs ‘Kennel' Change To City Codes

By a 3-2 vote Monday, Brevard City Council approved allowing kennels, with a special-use permit, within neighborhood mixed use (NMX) zoning districts. A kennel applicant would still have to go before the city's Board of Adjustment for the...

 

Troops Gearing Up For Madi

For the fifth year, Ecusta Credit Union's "Madi's Troops" is raising money for and bringing awareness to Cystic Fibrosis and how it effects some Transylvania County children and their families....

 
 By Mark Todd    Front Page    March 8, 2011

Commissioners Planning Early Budget Meetings

The office of Register of Deeds Cindy Ownbey will operate with one less employee for at least a few weeks while the Transylvania County Commission reviews county finances. During their recent meeting, commissioners declined to immediately approve...

 
 By Mark Todd    Front Page    March 8, 2011

Elected Officials: Census Numbers Not Too Surprising

The chairman of the Transylvania County Commission and the mayor of Brevard say they think countywide population numbers announced last week by the U.S. Census Bureau are about what they expected. Commission Chairman Mike Hawkins said he thinks more...

 

Board: School Consolidation Is Not Feasible

The Board of Education says consolidation of Rosman and Brevard high schools is "impossible" at this time. During its recent annual retreat, school board members discussed what it would mean financially and structurally to consolidate the county's...

 

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