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 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...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 13, 2019

Schenck Job Corps' Fate On County's Radar-Transylvania County, NC

With the proposed privatization of Schenck Job Corps in Pisgah National Forest on the table, Transylvania County officials have reached out to Congressman Mark Meadows’ office and will host a meetin...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 13, 2019

Board Members Speak Out On Meeting Attendance-Transylvania County, NC

At the beginning of Tuesday’s regular Transylvania County Board of Commissioners’ meeting, Commission Chairman Mike Hawkins noted that Commissioner Jason Chappell was absent because he was on vacation, but he didn’t know why Commissioner Will...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 10, 2019

County Budget May Include 12.5 Cents Tax Increase-Transylvania County, NC

On top of a proposed 10.5 cents property tax increase to pay for the voter-approved $68 million school bond, a majority of the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners are recommending a further 2 cents tax increase for long-term capital needs,...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    May 30, 2019

Fire Dept. Funding An Issue For Most Counties

Last year, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners approved subsidizing the cost of fire services in the North Transylvania district with a $102,000 grant from the general fund budget. Prior to that decision, after reviewing budget needs, the...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    May 27, 2019

County Manager Submits $60.4 Million Budget - Transylvania County, NC

County Manager Jaime Laughter is recommending a $60.4 million general fund budget, including a 10.5 cents property tax increase to pay for the school bond, for the 2019/2020 fiscal year. Laughter...

 
 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...

 

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