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'No Dollar In The Holler' Effort Visits Board Again – Transylvania County, NC

Just like in December, on Monday another large number of residents attended a Transylvania County Board of Commissioners' meeting to raise concerns about the proposed Dollar General store off U.S. 276...

 

County Limited On What It Can Do On Store – Transylvania County, NC

A large number of people opposed to the proposed Dollar General off U.S. 276 attended Monday’s Board of Commissioners meeting and learned the county is limited in what it can do. A permit for the co...

 

4 Sites On Table For New Court Building – Transylvania County, NC

An architect will look at four sites in the county to do an “apples to apples” comparison and find out if they are suitable for a new courthouse. During their regular meeting Monday, the Board of Commissioners approved hiring Moseley Architects...

 

Officials' GOP Exit Decision Discussed – Transylvania County, NC

Transylvania County Commissioner Jason Chappell said he would have resigned his position on the board if he had quit the Republican Party. Chappell made the comment after being reached for reaction to the decision by Commissioners David Guice, Mike H...

 

Three County Commissioners Leave GOP – Transylvania County, NC

Transylvania County Commissioners David Guice, Mike Hawkins and Page Lemel have left the Republican Party. In an announcement, (see statement below) the three said they were changing their political...

 

County, Jameson's Joy Partner On Fitness Course – Transylvania County, NC

Jameson Courtine's favorite TV show was "American Ninja Warrior," where competitors attempted to complete increasingly difficult obstacle courses. In February, the 9-year-old Brevard Elementary...

 

Commissioners OK Bike Plan, Tobacco And Vaping Ban – Transylvania County, NC

The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a county Bicycle Plan last week that should help with the funding of bike facilities during N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) road improvement projects. The plan includes detailed recommendations...

 

Hawkins: Court Decision Is Top Priority – Transylvania County, NC

Commission Chairman Mike Hawkins said making short-term and long-terms decisions about the courthouse “needs to be at the top of the list” of his board’s priorities. Hawkins made the comments...

 

County Moves On Gaia Sewer Line – Transylvania County, NC

Commission Chairman Mike Hawkins called his board’s decision Monday to apply for a grant to help pay for a sewer line between Gaia Herbs and Rosman as “the most important thing” its done all year. During its regular meeting Monday, the Board of...

 

TDA Report: Accommodation Revenues Doubled – Transylvania County, NC

In the 2011/12 fiscal year, slightly more than $9 million in accommodation revenues was reported in Transylvania County, while this past fiscal year that number had jumped to more than $18 million....

 

State Cuts Mental Health Funding – Transylvania County, NC

The Transylvania County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution asking the N.C. General Assembly to stop cutting Vaya Health’s single-stream funding and to allow it to use its savings to reinvest in services and community support....

 

County, Alliance To Discuss Future Goals – Transylvania County, NC

Commission Chairman Mike Hawkins believes it’s time for the county to have a “conversation” with the Transylvania Economic Alliance about future economic development efforts, the county’s “expectations” and whether things are “going in...

 

Homeland Security Inspects County's Election Process – Transylvania County, NC

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security believes Transylvania County is doing a good job making sure the local election process remains secure, according to Jeff Storey, the county’s director of elections. Last month, a Homeland Security official...

 

County Officials Talk Vision – Transylvania County, NC

Editor’s Note: Recently, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners held a workshop to discuss the county’s strategic plan, which includes goals and strategies that guide county departments in their day-to-day actions and, in particular, infl...

 

County Looking For Temporary Courtroom Space – Transylvania County, NC

Transylvania County commissioners face major long-term and short-term decisions on the courthouse. During their regular meeting Monday, commissioners supported the formation of a committee in the next few weeks to tackle the courthouse’s long-term...

 

Fire Tax District Change On The Table – Transylvania County, NC

This fall, Transylvania County will host a series of public information meetings as it considers replacing the various fire tax districts in the county with one single tax district. The Board of Commissioners approved the meetings during its regular...

 

Impact Of County's Strategic Plan Discussed – Transylvania County, NC

Recently, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners held a workshop to discuss the county’s strategic plan, which includes goals and strategies that guide county departments in their day-to-day actions and, in particular, influences budget...

 

Commissioners Taking Another Look At County's Strategic Plan – Transylvania County, NC

In December of 2014, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners began a process to develop a strategic plan, which would have goals and strategies that would guide county departments in their day-to-day actions and, in particular, influence budge...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    July 29, 2019

Larry Chapman, Theresa McCall Seeking 113 Seat – Transylvania County, NC

Former Commission Chairman Larry Chapman and former School Board Chairwoman Theresa McCall are among those hoping to be chosen to see out the term of N.C. Rep. Cody Henson, who stepped down last week....

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    July 25, 2019

Commissioners Approve $2.7 Million Pay Plan – Transylvania County, NC

The Board of Commissioners Monday unanimously approved a roughly $2.7 million pay plan the board believes will help make the county more competitive in recruiting and retaining quality employees. County employees’ pay will be adjusted in September...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    July 25, 2019

Chairman Speaks Out Against Racist Comments – Transylvania County, NC

Editor’s Note: During Monday’s Board of Commissioners’ meeting, Chairman Mike Hawkins read during the period set aside for commissioner comments what he characterized as a “story.” Prior to speaking, Hawkins emphasized he was talking not...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    July 1, 2019

Museum Seeking Two-Year County Lease-Transylvania County, NC

The Transylvania County Board of Commissioners is moving toward approving a two-year lease for the Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas, which is located in the former county administration building beside the courthouse. During its meeting last...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 27, 2019

Commissioners Approve Budget, 12.5 Cent Tax Increase

On Monday, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners approved a $63,936,857 budget for the 2019/2020 fiscal year, including the 10.5 cents voter-approved tax increase to pay the $68 million school construction bond and a further 2 cents to help...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 27, 2019

New Organization Will Work On Helping Transylvania's Poor

Beginning July 1, Community Action Opportunities (CAO) is taking over the work of Western Carolina Community Action to help some of Transylvania County’s poorest residents. CAO will now administer the roughly $60,000 Community Services Block Grant...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 24, 2019

County Closes Out New Building Project

Efforts are underway to try and recoup some of the costs that caused the construction of the now finished Sylvan Valley Industrial Facility on Ecusta Road to run over its initial budget. During its recent meeting, the Transylvania County Board of...

 

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