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The Hammer Comes Down At Village Blacksmiths

Wield the hammer and channel your inner blacksmith at the Village Blacksmiths at 161 N. Broad St. in Brevard. Not just a blacksmith shop, the smithy, which opened in May, provides... — Updated 7/5/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

BPD Wants To Increase Social Media Reach

Law enforcement trad-itionally relies on media reports, press conferences and press releases to communicate information to the public about major events. With the rise of social media through Twitter and Facebook, however, the... — Updated 6/30/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

What To Do When You Find An Abandoned Animal-Brevard NC

If one doesn’t know the proper protocols, finding a baby bird, mammal or reptile seemingly stranded on the ground can trigger a feeling of helplessness. However, the majority of found wildlife does not need human intervention.... — Updated 6/29/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

City To Lead Ecusta Trail Project-Brevard NC

Last week, Brevard City Council approved a resolution that places the city at the helm of the Transylvania County portion of the proposed Ecusta Trail project. The city will now take the lead on securing funding, as well as... — Updated 6/29/2021


A Timeless Sliding Rock Offers Rejuvenation

A billion years ago – give or take – the drama of frictional tectonic plates, driven by convection currents of semi-molten magma, began the preliminary design phase of what we... — Updated 6/23/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

City Council Approves New Budget, Tax, Fee Hikes

On Monday, Brevard City Council approved its 2021/2022 fiscal year budget, which includes a 3-cent tax increase and hikes in garbage, water and sewer rates. During May’s council meeting, Assistance Finance Director Tom Whitlock... — Updated 6/23/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

Ground Broken On New Mary C. Jenkins Center

A grateful congregation of community members gathered Saturday to celebrate the ground-breaking for the new Mary C. Jenkins Community Center in Brevard "This has been a long time... — Updated 6/21/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

Mary C. Jenkins Community Center Getting Closer

A groundbreaking ceremony at 11 a.m., Saturday, for the future 5,000-square-foot Mary C. Jenkins Community Center (MCJCC) will bring the center another step closer to becoming a... — Updated 6/18/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

Estatoe Trail Plans Moving Ahead

A proposed $1 million for extending the city's Estatoe Trail system will be on the table Monday during the Brevard City Council meeting. In April, the city of Brevard's Parks,... — Updated 6/18/2021

 By Matt MCGregor    News

Businesses Facing Worker Shortage

As in many places right now, the unprecedented "perfect storm" of a worker shortage hangs over Transylvania County. "I've never seen anything like this before," said Clark Lovelace,... — Updated 6/15/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

St. Baldrick's Fundraiser Was The Best Yet

The fifth annual St. Baldrick's fundraiser at Rockin' Bowl on the Rosman Highway last week was the most successful bowling event yet. "So far, we have raised over $7,300, of which... — Updated 6/14/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

Council Sends Steep Slope Issue To Board

Brevard City Council’s discussion on making changes to building restrictions on steep slopes continued Monday, with a vote to table the issue and send it back to the Planning Board. In May’s meeting, Council revisited the... — Updated 6/9/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

Wait Still On For License Plate Office

Transylvania County is still waiting on a new location for a License Plate Agency (LPA), but the process is moving forward. All applications to operate an agency have been received and interviews completed after the office’s... — Updated 6/7/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

Silversteen Playground's New Basketball Court Opens

The new basketball court at Silversteen Memorial Playground in Brevard officially opened last week, adding new amenities to an expanding Rosenwald revitalization project. Thanks to... — Updated 6/7/2021


RV Tour Brings The Love To Local Educators

On Tuesday, Transylvania County marked the 91st of 100 bus stops for the "We Heart Public Schools Apple RV" tour. The RV tour is an N.C. Association of Educators (NCAE) event that b... — Updated 6/4/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

Summer Camps Return

Summer camps in Transylvania County either had to close or reduce operations last year because of COVID-19, but this year they will reopen for their usual June to August run. According to Sandi Boyer, executive director with the... — Updated 6/2/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

Council To Look At Steep Slope Rules

Brevard City Council is revisiting an ordinance that currently restricts con-struction on steep slopes to a maximum of 25% grade. The current Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) defines steep slopes as areas with a slope of 15% or... — Updated 6/2/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

Proposed City Budget Includes Rate Increases

The city of Brevard’s proposed budget for the 2021/2022 fiscal year calls for setting the property tax rate at $.45 cents per $100 of valuation and for increases in garbage, water and sewer rates. At Monday’s Brevard City... — Updated 5/20/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

Gas Supply Still Spotty In Transylvania County

In the wake of news of a cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline Company on Friday, May 7, gas supply in Transylvania County has continued to fluctuate and only two gas stations this morning reported having gas. Colonial Pipeline... — Updated 5/17/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

Storage Facility To Replace Rundown Sapphire Building

A new, climate-controlled storage facility will be constructed after the demolition of a dilapidated, 50-year-old building in Sapphire, once called Youngbloods of Sapphire. Located... — Updated 5/12/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Visits County

N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Newby visited the Transylvania County Courthouse Wed-nesday morning as a part of a statewide county courthouse tour. Over a two-year period,... — Updated 5/12/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

Gas Shortage Sparks Long Lines

≠ On Wednesday, at least two gas stations in Brevard reported gas supply refills after people lined the pumps in droves on Monday and Tuesday in reaction to reports of a possible... — Updated 5/12/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

Cyberattack Could Impact Gas Prices, Cause Shortages

A cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline Company on Friday may increase gas prices and cause shortages in North Carolina and other states. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) declared a regional state of emergency after the... — Updated 5/10/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

City Looking To Increase Electric Vehicle Stations

Four Duke Energy-sponsored electric vehicle (EV) charging stations may be installed in the public parking lot on the corner of Main and England streets in downtown Brevard, across from City Hall. In April’s meeting, Brevard City... — Updated 5/6/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

Hotel's Ground Floor Square Footage Increased

A conditional zoning hearing for the site of the proposed hotel off North Broad and East Appletree streets closed with Brevard City Council approving an increase in “ground floor” square footage. During its recent meeting,... — Updated 4/28/2021


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