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 By Matt McGregor    COVID-19 

Virtual Meetings Becoming The Norm For Some

Maintaining a human connection is vital medicine for many in support groups and therapy, however, the once restorative interaction with others, now hazardous, has become replaced with virtual meetings and counseling sessions. “Co... — Updated 4/2/2020

 By Matt McGregor    Features

Seniors Stay Connected, Sing And Play Games

From their balconies, patios and driveways, residents of College Walk, the retirement community in Brevard, came out to sing together on Friday in a ritual of connecting, a... — Updated 3/30/2020

 By Matt McGregor    COVID-19

Church Congregations Adjust To Virus Restrictions-Brevard NC

Despite the quarantined congregations, local churches persist in faith and deed within the belly of the coronavirus whale now that it has arrived in Transylvania County. While some... — Updated 3/30/2020

 By Matt McGregor    COVID-19

Toilet Paper Wiped From Local Grocery Shelves – Brevard NC

Finding a raided toilet paper aisle in the grocery store has become the new normal for many people's shopping experience, though it doesn't actually address the Centers for Disease... — Updated 3/20/2020

 By Matt McGregor    COVID-19

TCS Begins Virtual Days, Food Delivery - Transylvania County, NC

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... — Updated 3/19/2020 Full story

 By Matt McGregor    News

City's Depot Park Nearing Completion- Brevard NC

The Depot Railroad Avenue Park is nearing completion and will arrive at its terminal on May 23, when the city of Brevard is scheduled to hold a dedication ceremony during the White... — Updated 3/16/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

City Looking To Buy Property – Brevard, NC

Brevard City Council is considering the purchase of 2.85 acres of property at the intersection of East Probart, North Broad and East Appletree streets for $1.9 million. The purchase... — Updated 3/4/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

Pendergraft Receives Life Sentence For Pisgah Inn Murder – Transylvania County, NC

Derek Shawn Pendergraft, 22, was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for the murder of his 29-year-old coworker Sara Ellis at the Pisgah Inn in 2018. “When a life is cut short at the hands of another individual, no prison... — Updated 3/2/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

Anti-Dollar General Folks Make A Music Video – Transylvania County, NC

"Hey-hey dollar store, don't go muckin' up the valley floor, because there's one thing, we all know: You don't go building where the water flows." The above is the opening lyric in... — Updated 2/26/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

Many Questions Posed At HCA Meeting – Brevard, NC

Editor’s Note: Last Thursday, The Transylvania Times published the first part of an article on a town hall meeting arranged by Gibbins Advisors, a health care consulting firm, in which the Transylvania County community expressed... — Updated 2/17/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

Public Raises Concerns About Hospital Care – Transylvania County, NC

A health care consulting firm called Gibbins Advisors met with community exasperation at a town hall meeting in Brevard Tuesday regarding what many reported as a reduction in... — Updated 2/15/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

'E.T.'s' Dee Wallace Stars In Brevard Filmmaker's Latest Movie – Brevard, NC

Dee Wallace, who starred in movies such as "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," "Cujo" and "The Howling," took her lunch break last week in her trailer after a day of shooting inside a... — Updated 2/6/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

Agencies Address UWTC's Upcoming Closure – Transylvania County, NC

Finding the missing financial piece of the puzzle within an already shifting nonprofit budget has become more challenging for local agencies that have lost their biggest piece, United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC). After 65... — Updated 1/29/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

Housing Plans On The Table – Brevard, NC

A proposed mixed-used development that includes senior living and workforce housing apartments along Deerlake Road in Brevard has raised some concerns among residents of the adjacent Deerlake Village. Tore Borhaug, owner of... — Updated 1/27/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

City Facing EPA Scrutiny – Brevard, NC

The N.C. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued several subpoenas to city of Brevard employees to appear before a grand jury, with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte in charge of the investigation, according to a... — Updated 1/20/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

Retailers Report Good Holiday Sales – Brevard, NC

Downtown Brevard businesses reported an increase in holiday sales from last year, plus minimal impact from online sellers, such as Amazon, syphoning from the in-person shopping... — Updated 1/6/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

Engel Highlights The Magic Of 'The Andy Griffith Show' – Brevard, NC

In what is considered the only Christmas episode of “The Andy Griffith Show,” Andy Taylor, Barney Fife, friends and family celebrate the season in Mayberry’s jailhouse with a... — Updated 12/26/2019

 By Matt McGregor    News

Committee Continues Work On Skate Park – Brevard, NC

Updates on the skate park were presented Wednesday during the city of Brevard’s Parks, Trails and Recreation Committee meeting. Paul Ray, city planning director, said the N.C. League of Municipalities (NCLM) agreed to drop the... — Updated 12/23/2019

 By Matt McGregor    News

Many Things Can Lead To Homelessness – Transylvania County, NC

Emily Lowery and the late Thomas Medlock had found themselves homeless for different reasons before they met at Transylvania County's homeless shelter, The Haven, on South Caldwell... — Updated 12/16/2019

 By Matt McGregor    News

Cemetery Thieves Common At Christmas

When Linda Petit took her husband, Ray, to see the floral arrangement on her parents' gravestone on Sunday at the Blue Ridge Gardens of Memory (formerly Pisgah Gardens) off... — Updated 12/11/2019

 By Matt McGregor    News

Rosman Welcomes Home Injured Student – Rosman, NC

Love and support greeted 16-year-old Devin Galloway Thursday when he stepped out of his dad's truck in front of Rosman High School. Cheering friends gathered outside the building... — Updated 12/10/2019

 By Matt McGregor    News

City Committee Backing Concrete Skate Park Proposal

The skate park dominated the recent city of Brevard Parks, Trails and Recreation Committee meeting, including a proposal to include plans for a concrete skate park in the city’s 2021 budget. After a lengthy discussion, City... — Updated 12/3/2019

 By Matt McGregor    News

Proposed New Dollar General Causing Concern – Brevard, NC

A permit for the construction of a Dollar General off U.S. 276 was filed Nov. 4 with the Transylvania County Building Permitting and Enforcement office and is concerning some of those who live in the area. The site of the proposed... — Updated 11/27/2019

 By Matt McGregor    News

City Places Moratorium On Moving Electronic Signs – Brevard, NC

Last week, Brevard City Council approved a six-month prohibition, or moratorium, on permitting moving, electronic display signs. The purpose, according to the city’s Planning Department during last week’s council meeting, is... — Updated 11/25/2019

 By Matt McGregor    News

Cat Café Owner Disputes State's Latest Findings – Brevard, NC

Pisgah Paws Cat Café on North Broad Street in Brevard received a “disapproved” follow-up facility-compliance inspection (FCI) from the N.C. Department of Agriculture (NCDA) on Oct. 23 but is being allowed to continue its opera... — Updated 11/22/2019


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