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 By Derek McKissock    News    May 20, 2019

School Board Presents Budget To Commissioners

With a 10.5-cent property tax increase likely to be approved to pay for the $68 million school construction bond, some county commissioners are voicing concerns at the Board of Education’s latest budget request. As previously reported, the school...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    May 16, 2019

County Seniors Report Released

It’s probably not news to most county residents that more than a quarter of Transylvania’s population of roughly 34,000 are over 65 years old, with the percentage expected to increase to 31 percent by 2035. But it may not be so well known about...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    May 6, 2019

Crosby Talks On The Craft Of Writing A Song

David Crosby was 20 years old when he wrote his first song, but it “wasn’t that good,” he said. Now, more than 55 years later, Crosby, a founding member of The Byrds and Crosby Stills & Nash,... Full story

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 29, 2019

County's 'Health' Being Studied

As far as leading causes of death, Transylvania County is in "really good shape," according to Tara Rybka, with Transylvania Public Health. In age-adjusted mortality rates in 12 different areas,...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 11, 2019

Blue Ridge Health Relocating To French Broad Place

In the near future, the nonprofit Blue Ridge Health will move from its current site on Hospital Drive to a bigger location in the French Broad Place building in downtown Brevard. Blue Ridge Health CEO Dr. Richard Hudspeth and Dr. Macy Latter told...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 1, 2019

Courthouse Back On The Agenda Of Commissioners

After an absence of several months, the county courthouse, its condition, use and limitations are back on the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners’ agenda. During the board’s regular meeting last week, commissioners heard about a March 15...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    March 18, 2019

County Seeking Workforce Housing Proposals

The county is seeking requests for proposals (RFPs) from companies to build workforce housing on property behind the animal shelter in Rosman. The county Board of Commissioners approved the move last week during its regular meeting. The 25-acre...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    March 14, 2019

Sheriff's Office Struggles To Attract Deputies

Out of roughly 28 graduates from a recent basic law enforcement program, the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office was able to recruit just one officer. The reason, according to Eddie Gunter, the Sheriff’s Office chief deputy, was that...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    March 4, 2019

County Considering New EMS Station

During a presentation, county staff showed a new EMS base station is needed because the current building is too small, has several structural and site issues, and is in a dangerous location. The EMS...

 

Child Protection Team Highlights Needs

The shortage of inpatient psychiatric-treatment beds, the need to protect LGBTQ youth and the limited access for residents to effective early intervention programs were among the findings of a report by the Transylvania County Community Child Protect...

 

Commissioners Face Demographic, Economic Realities

With the Transylvania County budget process underway, the Board of Commissioners faces decisions on how to provide services while being challenged by demographic and economic realities. Commissioners heard some of those realities last week during...

 

Communities Have Option To Plan

Transylvania County commissioners have approved a process for each community, if they want, to develop small area plans. By a 3-2 vote, commissioners approved the process (see chart on 10A) during their meeting last week. Prior to the vote, County...

 

County Park Decision Delayed

The Transylvania County Board of Commissioners voted to extend the due diligence period to Oct. 31 on whether to buy the roughly 55 acres behind the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club off Gallimore Road in Brevard. During their regular meeting Monday, com...

 

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...

 

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