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Support Given To Update Farmland Ordinance

There was unanimous support among those who spoke during a public hearing Tuesday on a proposed update of the county’s Voluntary Agriculture District (VAD) ordinance. The public hearing was held during the Transylvania County Board of...

 

County Land Deal On Hold - Brevard NC

The Transylvania County Board of Commissioners’ previous move to buy the roughly 55 acres behind the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club off Gallimore Road in Brevard is not a done deal just yet. Last Friday at a special called meeting — the first for...

 

New Cell Tower To Improve Coverage - Brevard NC

County Commissioners unanimously approved a permit variance that will see the replacement of a telecommunications tower on Rich Mountain with a new one, which should significantly increase cell phone coverage in the Cedar Mountain area, including...

 

Chapman, Phillips Bow Out As Commissioners - Brevard NC

Last Thursday’s Transylvania County Board of Commissioners’ meeting was the last for Larry Chapman and Kelvin Phillips. Each received a plaque and a resolution honoring their time as commissioners. Chapman served eight years on the board and...

 

Commissioners Vote 3-2 To Buy Property - Brevard NC

By a 3-2 vote, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners voted to buy the roughly 55 acres of property behind the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club off Gallimore Road in Brevard, with the...

 

County Approves Military Museum's Lease Extension - Brevard NC

During its regular meeting Thursday, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners approved declaring its intent to extend the WNC Military History Museum’s lease of the old county administration build-ing. The museum’s current lease ends June 3...

 

Master Plan Approved For Silvermont Park - Brevard NC

Last week, Transylvania County commissioners approved a final master plan for the Silvermont Park, but the phasing of the work will be decided at a later date. At the commissioners' meeting, Jared...

 

Military Museum's Location Up In The Air - Brevard NC

A decision on whether to extend the WNC Military History Museum’s lease of the old county administration building was tabled Tuesday by the Board of Commissioners. The museum’s current lease ends June 30, 2019, and those who operate the museum...

 

Land Available For County Park - Brevard NC

At its Nov. 29 meeting, the Board of Commissioners will consider whether it wants to buy roughly 55 acres of property for a new county park. The property sits off U.S. 276 and Gallimore Road and is...

 

County Disputes Section 8 Rental Amounts - Brevard NC

County officials will reach out again to U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows to help address what they believe are incorrect Fair Market Rents (FMR) issued for Transylvania County by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As...

 

TDA: Tourism Impact Rising - Brevard NC

Last fiscal year, a record amount of occupancy tax revenues — $793,876 — was collected in Transylvania County. For Clark Lovelace, that one number alone shows “tourism is good in Transylvania County.” At last week’s Board of Commissioners...

 

County Talks About Bond Impact - Brevard NC

The county has faced several questions from the public about the upcoming $68 million bond referendum and its potential financial impact. During the Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting Tuesday, Finance Director Jonathan Griffin addressed some...

 

Hawkins Discusses State's Response To Economic Development - Brevard NC

How to promote economic growth in North Carolina’s rural areas, such as Transylvania County, is one of the focuses of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC). During Monday’s Board of Commissioners’ meeting, Commissioner...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 25, 2018

Fire Dept. Funding Under Review

With county commiss-ioners expected to approve a $51.2 million budget tonight, the funding of the county’s fire departments has been widely discussed during the budget process. At their June 12 meeting, commissioners approved the tax rates for the...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 18, 2018

School Board, County Spar Over Capital Spending

In her recommended budget for the 2019 fiscal year, County Manager Jaime Laughter said all future school system capital projects at $50,000 or more will require school officials to submit draft contracts or purchase orders and then the county would...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 14, 2018

Public Hearing Held On County Budget

The courthouse, education funding and fire district tax rates dominated Tuesday's public hearing on the proposed $51.2 million Transylvania County general fund budget for the 2019 fiscal year, which...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 4, 2018

Board Backs 2.5-Cents Tax Hike For Courthouse

A 2.5-cents property tax increase to help pay for the proposed new courthouse is scheduled to be approved as part of the county’s 2019 fiscal year budget. During this past Thursday’s budget workshop, the Board of Commissioners reached unanimous c...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    May 31, 2018

Kelly's Restaurant Returns To Brevard After Long Absence

At Kelly's Family Restaurant there is a special item on the menu. It's called Thelma's Country Breakfast and includes eggs, country ham, grits and red-eye gravy. Brother and sister, Randy Pace and...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    May 24, 2018

Manager's Budget Calls For More Education Spending

County Manager Jaime Laughter presented a $51.2 million general fund budget Monday that proposed no property tax increase and operations funding that exceeded what school officials wanted. Laughter presented her proposed budget for the 2019 fiscal ye...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    May 10, 2018

County Upset At School Funding Critics

Transylvania County commissioners expressed frustration Tuesday that they are accused by some of not supporting the school system, while they also approved motions asking for, among other things, more details about capital spending in the schools....

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 26, 2018

County Grants Museum 12 More Months

Transylvania County commissioners approved another 12-month lease for the WNC Military History Museum to be housed in the old county administration building, but the suggestion was made they would not support extending the lease in the future....

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 19, 2018

Question: What If School Bond Fails?

County Commission Chairman Larry Chapman wants to know what is the “Plan B” if the proposed $68 million school bond referendum fails in November. Chapman made the comment at last week’s regular commission meeting during discussion of a request...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 16, 2018

County Approves Funding For SROs

The Board of Commissioners has approved the funding for 11 school resource officers (SROs) in the county for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. During its regular meeting last week, commissioners approved $685,672 in county funds to pay for...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 12, 2018

Official: No Decision On Courthouse Tree - Brevard, NC

No decision has been made yet on the fate of the large Norwegian spruce tree that sits in front of the courthouse in downtown Brevard, according to County Manager Jaime Laughter. "We are working on a...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 12, 2018

County Approves Center Grants - Brevard, NC

The Transylvania Board of Commissioners has approved grant funding totaling roughly $50,000 that will go to the county’s community centers to make improvements, including being able to provide WiFi. In February, the county sought grant...

 

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