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 By Alex Perri    News    February 27, 2020 

Riverkeeper Touts Benefits Of Maintaining French Broad's Health – Transylvania County, NC

MountainTrue’s Hartwell Carson and Gray Jernigan say the French Broad Riverkeeper program has helped to contribute to more recreation on the French Broad River, which, in turn, generates more interest in river water quality. Carson and Jernigan...

 By Alex Perri    News    February 24, 2020

Court Hears Felony Verdict, Pleas – Transylvania County, NC

The first Transylvania County Superior Court term of 2020 took place earlier this month, with Judge Bradley Letts presiding. Letts heard the following felony trial and pleas: •A Transylvania County jury found Joseph Edward Alexander guilty of assau...

 By Alex Perri    News    February 24, 2020

Fugitive Captured In Oconee

The fugitive whose search led law enforcement to put Rosman schools on code yellow last Wednesday was apprehended in South Carolina on Saturday. Douglas Aaron Holcomb was arrested in Oconee County on numerous federal and Transylvania County charges...

 By Alex Perri    News    February 20, 2020

Plan Suggests Recreation Alternatives – Pisgah National Forest

Editor's Note: The story has been updated to reflect a correction. The original story incorrectly reported that hunting was not allowed in wilderness areas. The U.S. Forest Service is asking for...

 By Alex Perri    News    February 10, 2020

Brevard Residents Bring Riveter To Area – Mills River, NC

Anyone who's been to Sierra Nevada Brewery in Mills River recently has likely noticed the Riveter's construction – a massive 40,000-square-foot climbing gym, bike park and yoga studio facility...

 By Alex Perri    News    February 3, 2020

Brevard College Has Big Plans For Its Campus – Brevard, NC

Brevard College is going to look much different in the coming years, with the addition of several new buildings and expansions of existing ones, according to college officials Within 24 months, the...

 By Alex Perri    News    January 30, 2020

Report: County Should Be Healthier – Transylvania County, NC

Brevard and Transylvania County should be healthier than they are, according to Margaret Adamek, a food policy expert with the Blue Zones Project. The Blues Zones Project is an initiative that seeks to makes healthy choices easier through permanent...

 By Alex Perri    News    January 20, 2020

Rosman: Water Safe To Drink – Rosman, NC

The water is now safe to drink in the town of Rosman, according to a message on the Rosman Town Hall Facebook page. On Friday, another Facebook post said lightning had struck the town’s water pump and work was underway to fix the break. The...

 By Alex Perri    News    January 20, 2020

TNRC Approves Resolution Supporting Ecusta Trail – Transylvania County, NC

The Transylvania Natural Resources Council (TNRC) recently voted on a resolution supporting the concept of the Ecusta Hike/Bike Trail, as well as to elect Stephanie Adams as the chairperson to...

 By Alex Perri    News    January 13, 2020

New Details Lead To Dropped Charges – Transylvania County, NC

After 48-year-old Lynn Benton spent more than a year in the Transylvania County Detention Center, charges, including felony indecent liberties with a child, were dropped against him, and now he wants...

 By Alex Perri    News    January 13, 2020

A Number Of New Laws Went Into Effect At The Start Of New Year

Eighteen new laws went into effect on New Year’s Day in North Carolina covering a broad variety of topics, from storm disaster relief to new fees for hunting and fishing licenses. One law makes several changes to the statutes governing the...

 By Alex Perri    News    January 9, 2020

Search On For Missing Teenager – Transylvania County, NC

As of going to press Wednesday afternoon, local authorities were still searching for 16-year-old Alexander Charles “Alex” Sweet, who went missing around 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, from the Indian Camp...

 By Alex Perri    News    January 2, 2020

Catholic Diocese Names Priests Accused Of Abuse – Brevard, NC

Deceased former Catholic priest Andre Anthony Corbin Jr., who spent time in Brevard in the 1960s, was among those named in a list published Monday by the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte of 14 clergy accused of child sexual abuse in western North...

 By Alex Perri    News    December 19, 2019

Latest Sheriff's Office Arrests Reported

The Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests and incidents in November and December. Arrests •Kimberly Dawn Duncan, 45, was arrested for felony possession of a schedule I drug on Dec. 12. She was placed in the detention...

 By Alex Perri    News    December 12, 2019

Judge Sentences 3 To Life Without Parole – Brevard, NC

On Tuesday evening, a Transylvania County jury found Connell Dixon Hawkins, 30, of Hendersonville, Chadley Tyrone Norris, 36, of Brevard, and James Alexander Ray, 23, of Wilmington, guilty of first-degree murder in perpetration of robbery with a...

 By Alex Perri    News    December 2, 2019

Witness Tells Of Events Leading To Ayala's Death

Court in Transylvania County recessed Wednesday for the Thanksgiving holiday, with state witness Nioka Metcalf in the middle of her testimony about the night of July 20, 2017, when 18-year-old Saul Ayala died from stab wounds on Washington Avenue in...

 By Alex Perri    News    November 25, 2019

Opening Statements Made In Murder Trial – Brevard, NC

After eight days of jury selection, the trial in the murder case of 18-year-old Saul Ayala began Friday morning, with opening statements. Connell Dixon Hawkins, Chadley Tyrone Norris and James Alexander Ray face charges of first-degree murder,...

 By Alex Perri    News    November 18, 2019

Jury Still Being Chosen In Murder Trial – Brevard, NC

As of this morning, and after four days, only eight jurors have been selected, so far, in the trial of Connell Dixon Hawkins, Chadley Tyrone Norris and James Alexander Ray for the alleged 2017 murder of 18-year-old Saul Ayala in Brevard. Ayala was...

 By Alex Perri    News    November 14, 2019

October Sheriff's Office Arrests Reported – Transylvania County, NC

The Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests and incidents for the month of October. Arrests •Steven Ray Rathbone, 31, was arrested Oct. 31 for one felony count of possession of controlled substance in prison/jail...

 By Alex Perri    News    November 14, 2019

Study Looks At River Access – Transylvania County, NC

A new study on access to the French Broad River suggests investing in river “blueway” infrastructure will boost the local economy. The study, which was recently approved by the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners, was written by Rachel...

 By Alex Perri    News    November 7, 2019

Wrongful Death Suit Ends With Not Guilty Verdict – Transylvania County, NC

Seven years after the death of Hank Few, his mother, Donna, had her “day in court” after a week-long trial ended when a Transylvania County Superior Civil Court jury unanimously found the 10 defendants named in her wrongful death lawsuit not...

 By Alex Perri    News    October 28, 2019

Forest Management Plan Release Date Still Unknown – Transylvania County, NC

It’s still unclear when the long-anticipated new forest management plans for Nantahala-Pisgah national forests will be released, according to Pisgah Ranger District Ranger Dave Casey. During the recent Transylvania Natural Resources Council...

 By Alex Perri    News    October 21, 2019

Gaia Herbs Opening New Facility In Mills River

Gaia Herbs is planning a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday for a new facility in Mills River and still plans to continue operations at its Transylvania County facility. Gaia Herbs’ Transylvania County facility is located off U.S. 64 and Island...

 By Alex Perri    News    October 21, 2019

Presentation Covers Climate Change And Birds – Transylvania County, NC

The Transylvania Natural Resource Council (TNRC) met recently to hear Tom Tribble of the Audubon Society give a presentation about the impacts of climate change on birds. Tribble is the former president of the Elisha Mitchell Audubon society, which...

 By Alex Perri    News    October 14, 2019

Dogwood Health Trust Gets Going

The Dogwood Health Trust met at Southwest Community College in Sylva on Thursday morning with local and national health care leaders as a part of a series of community meetings on factors that influence health. The meeting was somewhat of a... Full story


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