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 By Derek McKissock    News

Court Heading To The Elections Office

The county Board of Elections’ conference room will be used as a second courtroom starting in August. During its regular meeting last week, the Board of Commissioners approved court being held in the conference room twice a... — Updated 6/30/2021

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

County Approves Budget, Tax Increase

The Transylvania County Board of Commissioners approved its 2021/2022 budget Monday, which includes tax increases to help pay for fire and rescue services and solid waste operations. The ad valorem property tax rate for the county... — Updated 6/23/2021

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

County May Run License Plate Agency

Transylvania County Government is in the running to be the new License Plate Agency (LPA) for the county. During last week’s Board of Commissioners’ meeting, County Manager Jaime Laughter said county staff had completed an... — Updated 6/21/2021

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

County Set To Change Trash Fees

The funding of solid waste collection in Transylvania County took another turn Monday when a majority of Transylvania County commissioners decided to scrap the earlier proposed $200 annual parcel fee and instead backed raising... — Updated 6/16/2021

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

Davidson River Graduates Told A Plan In Store For Them

E. J. Scalf told the Davidson River School 2021 graduates Thursday that there is a "plan for them," that it's OK to ask for help and to keep being "real and authentic." Scalf was th... — Updated 5/31/2021

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

Second Courtroom Decision Back On The Table

The county is back looking for a location for a second courtroom until a new courthouse is built after scrapping the plans to use the elections office conference room. During last week’s Board of Commissioners’ meeting, County... — Updated 5/31/2021

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

County Moving Toward $200 Fee For Trash

A majority of Transylvania County commissioners support, although somewhat reluctantly, funding the future of solid waste with an annual $200 parcel fee instead of a tax increase and for residents to use the garbage collection... — Updated 5/26/2021

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

County Faces Garbage Decision

Currently, Transylvania County faces a shortfall of roughly $1.7 million to operate solid waste operations in next year’s budget. County government staff say increasing charges on the public to offset those annual loses is... — Updated 5/17/2021

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

Board Agrees On Fire Dept. Funding

County commissioners appear likely to approve a 5 percent personnel line item funding increase for all fire departments and the Transylvania County Rescue Squad, resulting in a $.0253 cents property tax increase above revenue... — Updated 5/13/2021

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

The Sound Of Brood X Cicadas Likely To Be Muted In Transylvania

At any moment, the Brood X cicadas are expected to emerge from the ground and to start making a lot of noise. Transylvania County, however, isn't expected to hear, or see, many of... — Updated 5/10/2021

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

Inspectors Tell County To Repair Dog Kennels - Transylvania County

The Board of Commissioners has approved $47,000 to repair the dog kennels at the Animal Shelter after a state inspection. On March 31, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences conducted a random site inspection of t... — Updated 5/3/2021

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

Board Asked To Make Court Decision

During the Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting Monday night, Board Chairman Jason Chappell challenged the board to make a final decision on a new courthouse and its location by the end of 2021. His call to make a decision on... — Updated 4/28/2021

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

Manager Presents County Budget

On Monday, County Manager Jaime Laughter presented her proposed $67.9 million budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, which calls for a decrease in the property tax rate and to keep spending fairly flat across the board. Laughter,... — Updated 4/28/2021

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

Some Commissioners Mention Pausing The Process

Recently, Transylvania Commissioners David Guice and Teresa McCall have publically suggested stopping the current $68 million school bond process and taking another look at the plans to make major renovations at Brevard High and... — Updated 4/26/2021

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

Elections' Conference Room To Serve As Courtroom – Transylvania County, NC

On Monday, Transylvania County commissioners backed, for the short term, using the Board of Elections’ conference room as a temporary second courtroom to help with non-jury court cases. The second courtroom in the current... — Updated 4/14/2021

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

Officials: A Second Courtroom Critical – Transylvania County, NC

Options for a needed second courtroom space will be discussed today during the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners' regular meeting. The second courtroom in the current... — Updated 4/12/2021

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

BRCC Explains Campus Limits – Brevard, NC

In the near future, Transylvania County will have two renovated high schools, thanks to the $68 million voter approved bond, but if local students go to the Blue Ridge Community... — Updated 3/29/2021

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

Health Director Provides Latest Vaccination Totals – Transylvania County, NC

As of Monday, 15.8 percent (5,431 residents) of Transylvania County’s population has been fully vaccinated, according to Public Health Director Elaine Russell. On Monday, Russell gave a vaccination update during the Board of... — Updated 3/24/2021

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

Museum Reopens, With Two-Year Lease Extension – Brevard, NC

Today, the Military History Museum of the Carolinas reopens, with two years added to its lease of the former county administration building beside the courthouse, but with changes in the use agreement with the county still to be... — Updated 3/24/2021

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

Commissioners Hear Latest On Drug Abuse In Transylvania – Transylvania County, NC

“Eye opening” was the reaction by some Transylvania County commissioners recently to statistics about local substance abuse and its impacts. In 2018, a Community Health Assessment reported 42 percent of Transylvania County... — Updated 3/23/2021

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

Commissioners Hear Update On School Bond Project – Transylvania County, NC

Last week, the Board of Commissioners heard an update on the voter-approved $68 million school bond project that calls for major improvements to Brevard High and Rosman Middle/High schools. Chad Roberson, with architectural firm... — Updated 3/15/2021

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

Health Director Gives Update – Transylvania County, NC

As of Monday, 5,463 Transylvania County residents (15.9 percent of the population) have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Public Health Director Elaine Russell. Russell was speaking Monday during the... — Updated 3/10/2021

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

DSS, Elections, Planning And Transportation Updates – Transylvania County, NC

Editor’s Note: During the Board of Commissioners’ last meeting, county departments and offices continued to give their semi-annual reports, focusing, in general, on accomplishments, trends and goals, as part of the kickoff to... — Updated 3/8/2021

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

Editor: Commissioner Chapman's Comments Incorrect

County Commissioner Larry Chapman's claim he was denied the opportunity to respond to criticisms printed in The Transylvania Times is incorrect, according to John Lanier, the... — Updated 3/3/2021

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

Sheriff's Office, EMS, Library Report To The County – Transylvania County, NC

Editor’s Note: During the Board of Commissioners’ last meeting, county departments and offices continued to give their semi-annual reports, focusing, in general, on accomplishments, trends and goals, as part of the kickoff to... — Updated 3/2/2021

 

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