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County Approves Annual Budget-Brevard NC

On Monday the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a $61,041,976 general fund budget for the new fiscal year, which begins July 1. The tax rate will remain at $.636 cents per $100 of valuation, and the fi... — Updated 6/24/2020

 
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Public Silent On Budget During Hearing

No one spoke Monday during the public hearing on the proposed 2020/2021 general fund budget for Transylvania County government. The proposed budget includes no property tax increase, with the tax rate remaining at $.636 cents per... — Updated 6/10/2020

 
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BRCC President Gives College Overview-Brevard NC

Blue Ridge Community College’s summer enrollment is up 20 percent and close to 1,000 students, the most in 10 years, said Dr. Laura Leatherwood, the college’s president. During last Monday’s Board of Commissioners’ budget... — Updated 6/9/2020

 
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Budget Workshop Focuses On Local Education Spending-Brevard NC

Education spending makes up roughly 25 percent of Transylvania County Manager Jaime Laughter’s proposed $59.7 million general fund budget for the 2020/2021 fiscal year. The school system requested $15.9 million for the 2020/2021... — Updated 6/3/2020

 

Russell Explains Contact Tracing Of Virus, Board Discusses Masks-Brevard NC

As of this morning, Transylvania County had 14 residents confirmed to have contracted COVID-19. In each case, Transylvania Public Health initiated “contact tracing,” which helps to understand how the person may have been... — Updated 6/1/2020

 
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COVID-19 Hangs Over County Manager's Budget -Brevard NC

With the impact of COVID-19 in mind, County Manager Jaime Laughter’s $59.7 million general fund budget for the 2020/2021 fiscal year features no property tax increase and a 9 percent spending decrease from the current year... — Updated 6/1/2020

 
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Jake Dalton Takes Seat On Board - Brevard NC

Jake Dalton was appointed and sworn in Tuesday to the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners. As previously reported, Dalton was the local Republican Party nominee to see out the term of recently deceased Commissioner Will... — Updated 5/27/2020

 

Official Explains Testing Numbers, Recovery - Brevard NC

As of Sunday, 12 Transylvania County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Though low compared to surrounding counties, there was a slight uptick in the number of positive... — Updated 5/25/2020

 
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GOP Names Its Board Nominee -Brevard NC

The Transylvania County Republican Party has chosen Rosman resident Jake Dalton as its nominee to see out the term of recently deceased Commissioner Will Cathey. Cathey, a Republican who was elected to a four-year on the Board of... — Updated 5/20/2020

 
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County Approves Business Loan Program-Brevard NC

Transylvania County commissioners Monday approved providing $150,000 for a new loan program for local small businesses. The loans, which will have to be repaid, have a $10,000 maximum and will be eligible to for-profit businesses... — Updated 5/15/2020

 
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Sheriff Talks Recruitment, COVID-19, Crime Numbers -Brevard NC

Sheriff David Mahoney said he no longer feels his hand being near the "panic button" when it comes to deputy recruitment and retention for his office. Mahoney was speaking during... — Updated 5/11/2020

 
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State Sets Rules To See Out Cathey's Term-Brevard NC

Picking a replacement to see out the term of recently deceased Commissioner Will Cathey has a few twists and turns. Cathey, a Republican who was elected to a four-year term on the Board of Commissioners in 2018, died on April 30.... — Updated 5/6/2020

 

County Remains At Seven Virus Cases -Brevard NC

Transylvania County remains at seven confirmed COVID-19 cases after it was revealed an eighth person, identified as a county resident on Saturday, was actually a Henderson County... — Updated 5/4/2020

 

Resolution Closing Lodging Facilities Set To Expire-Brevard NC

Today, the March 31 resolution that closed the majority of lodging facilities, including campgrounds and direct-reservation facilities, such as AirBnb and VRBO, in the county will expire, allowing these businesses to again receive... — Updated 4/29/2020

 

County Faces Significant COVID-19 Financial Impact -Brevard NC

COVID-19’s impact on Transylvania County government’s revenues will be significant but just how much is still unclear. Last week during the Board of Commissioner’s meeting, county officials said the worst-case scenario ... — Updated 4/22/2020

 

County Sending Letter To Property Owners -Brevard NC

Second-home owners in Transylvania County whose permanent residence is outside the county will receive a letter from the Board of Commissioners asking them to consider not coming to the county during the “remainder of this... — Updated 4/21/2020

 

County Sending Letter To Property Owners-Brevard NC

Second-home owners in Transylvania County whose permanent residence is outside the county will receive a letter from the Board of Commissioners asking them to consider not coming to the county during the “remainder of this... — Updated 4/20/2020

 

Public Health Director: Measures To Slow COVID-19's Spread Are Working-Brevard NC

Social distancing, restrictions on businesses and other areas have slowed COVID-19's spread – flattening the curve – so that fewer people have needed to seek treatment at a give... — Updated 4/17/2020

 

County OKs Temporarily Closing Lodging Facilities

The Transylvania Times is making this story free to readers because of the need for information about the coronavirus (Covid-19). We encourage you to support our efforts to keep the public informed by subscribing at https://www.tra... — Updated 4/2/2020 Full story

 

Community Comes Together To Tackle COVID-19 Crisis

The Transylvania Times is making this story free to readers because of the need for information about the coronavirus (Covid-19). We encourage you to to support our efforts to keep the public informed by subscribing at... — Updated 3/19/2020 Full story

 
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Mental Health Services Facing Financial Crunch – Transylvania County, NC

Vaya Health, which oversees funding for services related to mental health, substance abuse and intellectual/developmental disabilities in 22 counties, including Transylvania, is under “severe financial stress,” according to... — Updated 3/10/2020

 
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County Commissioners Still Assessing Fire District Funding – Transylvania County, NC

The Transylvania County Board of Commissioners will hold a yet-to-be-scheduled board workshop to further discuss the options for funding fire and rescue services in the county. Commissioners reached this decision after hearing a... — Updated 2/17/2020

 
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Dollar General Store Permits Approved – Transylvania County, NC

All of the necessary submittals for local regulations have been received, according to County Manager Jaime Laughter, and permits under county jurisdiction have been issued for the construction process to begin on the proposed... — Updated 2/5/2020

 
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City Of Brevard Audit Presented During Council Meeting – Brevard, NC

During last week’s regular Brevard City Council meeting, the city received a “clean audit” report for the close of the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2019. Dan Mullinix, assurance manager for Gould Killian CPA Group, P.A.,... — Updated 1/27/2020

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

Transylvania County Commissioners Hear Audit Report – Transylvania County, NC

Kelly Gooderham, with Martin Starnes & Associates, a chartered accounting firm, recently presented to the Transylvania Board of Commissioners the county’s annual financial report for the fiscal year, which ended June 30 of last... — Updated 1/27/2020

 

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