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Commissioner Candidates Square Off – Transylvania County, NC

Seven candidates seeking three seats on the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners went head to head last Thursday night during the Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of... — Updated 9/22/2020

 By Alex Perri    Features 

Wildlife Rehabber Retires After Lifetime Of Caring

Jeanette Schmitt’s neighbors are going to miss her dearly now that she’s moved to Asheville in her retirement – her bird neighbors that is. Schmitt recently retired from her 4... — Updated 9/21/2020

 By Alex Perri    News

Courtine Family, Community Celebrate A 'Hard,' 'Special' Day

Wednesday, Sept. 9, was a "hard" and "special" day, according to Dan Courtine. Courtine was speaking during the ribbon cutting for the Jameson's Joy Memorial Fitness Park, named... — Updated 9/14/2020

 By Alex Perri    News

Local Environmentalists Worry About Changes To Clean Water Act – Transylvania County, NC

Area environmentalists are concerned about rollbacks to the Clean Water Act, announced by the Trump administration earlier this year, and the impact it could have on water quality... — Updated 9/7/2020

 By Alex Perri    News

Sharing House Seeing More Demand – Transylvania County, NC

The Sharing House saw a dramatic uptick in demands for its services in August as many emergency COVID-19 relief benefits ended recently, said its executive director, Shelly Webb.... — Updated 9/2/2020

 By Alex Perri    News

Fatal Wreck On Ecusta Road – Brevard, NC

Authorities have confirmed that 78-year-old Mary Tinsley Tucker died Tuesday afternoon due to injures sustained in a traffic accident at the intersection of Morris Road and Ecusta Road. The three-car accident occurred around 4:15... — Updated 9/2/2020

 By Alex Perri    News

Steep Canyon Rangers Return To The Stage – Brevard, NC

After doing so many shows over the years, Woody Platt said it was "weird" to feel anxious Thursday morning just hours before playing with his fellow Steep Canyon Rangers members at... — Updated 9/1/2020

 By Alex Perri    News

Several Felony Pleas Heard During Superior Court – Transylvania County, NC

The following felony cases in Transylvania County Superior Court were recently presided over by Judge Peter Knight. •Eric Todd Boyer pleaded guilty to felony probation violation. He received a 30-day active sentence. •Derek... — Updated 8/31/2020

 By Alex Perri    Features

Work Returns River Section To Natural Habitat

A popular section of the Davidson River is now enhanced thanks to work from the Pisgah and Rocky River chapters of Trout Unlimited, along with the U.S. Forest Service and the North... — Updated 8/26/2020

 By Alex Perri    News

Some Restaurants Closing Temporarily Because Of COVID-19 – Transylvania County, NC

Five Transylvania County restaurants have been linked to COVID-19 diagnoses, according to Transylvania Public Health (TPH) public information officer Tara Rybka. Falls Landing, Marco Trattoria and Jets Pizza have publicly... — Updated 8/19/2020

 By Alex Perri    News

Students Learn Lessons About Underage Drinking – Brevard, NC

The C.A.R.E. Coalition of Transylvania County, along with the ABC Board of Transylvania County, Brevard College and the Brevard Police Department, recently teamed up to provide... — Updated 8/17/2020

 By Alex Perri    Arts

Artist Ben Long Now Calls Brevard Home – Brevard, NC

One of North Carolina's most accomplished artists has traveled and lived all over the world, but now he calls Brevard home. Ben Long, a UNC Chapel Hill graduate, is one of the most... — Updated 8/6/2020

 By Alex Perri    News

New Bike Park Has A Novel Approach – Kanuga Conference Center

The COVID-19 pandemic provided an unlikely opportunity for the Kanuga Bike Park to get up and running this summer, and with the park's novel business model, it will likely lead the... — Updated 8/5/2020

 By Alex Perri    News

Grocery Stores Not Enforcing Customer Masks – Brevard, NC

All area grocery stores The Transylvania Times spoke with said they recommend customers wear face coverings but do not enforce the state mandate if a customer is not wearing one. All employees, however, are required to wear face... — Updated 7/29/2020

 By Alex Perri    News

Mask Rules Applied Differently – Transylvania County, NC

Amidst the prolonged phase two of reopening Gov. Roy Cooper has mandated for North Carolinians, Brevard restaurants are grappling with how to approach the recommendation that folks should wear a mask when out in public at all... — Updated 7/27/2020

 By Alex Perri    News

Accommodations Facing Differing Impacts – Transylvania County, NC

The county’s accommodations and lodging industry is facing both feast and famine as some accommodations experience record years while others are struggling with prolonged revenue losses. In April, Transylvania County commissioner... — Updated 7/23/2020

 By Alex Perri    News

Law and Order: July 23, 2020

The Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office reported the following felony arrests between July 14 and July 22 in the county. •Michael Chad Gardner, 33, was arrested for one count of sex offender registration violation on July 17.... — Updated 7/22/2020

 By Alex Perri    Outdoors

Destination Hike: Avery Creek Falls In Pisgah

A trip to Avery Creek Falls can be hiked as a roughly 1-mile out and back hike, or extended into a loop trail for a longer Pisgah adventure. I recently explored these falls for the... — Updated 7/20/2020

 By Alex Perri    News

Camps Hopeful For A Normal 2021 – Transylvania County, NC

The COVID-19 pandemic started to fully take hold on the United States right as one of the area’s most important industries, summer camps, began preparing for campers to descend on western North Carolina. The industry brings in... — Updated 7/20/2020

 By Alex Perri    News

Law and Order

The Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office reported the following felony arrests between July 7 and July 20. Mitchell David Collins, 38, was arrested for one count of failure to appear on July 13. He was placed in the county... — Updated 7/20/2020

 By Alex Perri    News

Naked Man Arrested – Transylvania County, NC

A Transylvania County Sheriff’s Deputy arrested a 50-year-old male on July 12 in the Connestee Falls neighborhood for two counts of felony indecent exposure after the male allegedly “chased a woman and her children on a trail... — Updated 7/20/2020

 By Alex Perri    News

Local Public Lands Under Pressure – Transylvania County, NC

In June, DuPont State Recreational Forest (DSRF) saw an increase of at least 10,000 additional cars visiting its access area parking lots compared to June 2019. Pisgah National... — Updated 7/13/2020

 By Alex Perri    News

MacDonald Moves On After Being At DuPont Forest's Beginnings

Former DuPont State Recreational Forest ranger Bruce MacDonald has worked with the N.C. Forest Service in some capacity since he was a student at Warren Wilson College in the... — Updated 7/9/2020

 By Alex Perri    News

Law and Order

The Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office reported the following felony arrests and incidents from May 28 to July 7. Arrests •Mitchell David Collins, 38, was arrested for one count of failure to appear on July 4. He was placed... — Updated 7/9/2020

 By Alex Perri    Features

Annual Duck Race Shown Virtually-Brevard NC

The T.C. Arts Council aired its annual 4th of July Duck Race virtually this year on Saturday. The race, which took place in secrecy recently, was filmed prior to the race's... — Updated 7/7/2020


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