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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

 By Matt McGregor    News

Brevard Opposes Housing Bill

Brevard City Council has unanimously approved a resolution opposing a bill in the N.C. General Assembly it says limits the city’s authority over zoning and allows for unrestricted development in muni-cipalities. Those who back Se... — Updated 4/26/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

Mack McKeller Returns To The City – Brevard, NC

On Monday, Brevard City Council welcomed Mack McKeller to replace Michael Pratt as the new city attorney. McKeller is in private practice with Carr, Blackwell, and Associates P.C.... — Updated 4/22/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

City OKs Event Reviews – Brevard, NC

Though there will be no White Squirrel or Fourth of July festivals this year, special event permits that follow the Gov.’s Executive Order guidelines could still be approved by city of Brevard staff. On Monday Brevard City... — Updated 4/21/2021


Development Gets Boost – Brevard, NC

A proposed 80-unit affordable housing development at the intersection of Rosman Highway and Nicholson Creek Road is getting closer. Jim Yamin, president of Workforce Homestead, Inc., had requested $300,000 from the city of Brevard... — Updated 4/21/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

Arson Suspected In Rosman Area Fire – Rosman, NC

On Monday night, 20 junked cars and surrounding forest land off Dodson Road in the Rosman area were burned in what investigators suspect was arson. According to Deputy Fire Marshall Scott Justus, the fire was called in... — Updated 4/15/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

Business Owners Don't Feel They Have Been Treated Fairly By City – Brevard, NC

Two business owners are seeking clarity and an "equal playing field," they say, from city of Brevard leadership for the issuing of special event permits. Both Bruce Stewart, owner... — Updated 4/14/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

Pisgah Forest Site Being Considered For Incinerator – Pisgah Forest, NC

A site in Pisgah Forest is being considered for the construction of an Air Curtain Incinerator (ACI), though no official applications for permits have been filed, yet. According to a public notice for an air quality permit filed... — Updated 3/31/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

An Average of 6.5 Inches Of Rain Was Dumped On The County

Transylvania County's penchant for extreme rainfall events returned on Thursday accompanied by thunder, lightening and an average of 6.5 inches of rain throughout the county. From... — Updated 3/29/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

The BI-LO In Pisgah Forest Will Close On April 11 – Pisgah Forest, NC

The BI-LO grocery store in Pisgah Forest will close April 11, according to company officials, but plans for the building haven’t been revealed yet. According to Joe Caldwell, with corporate communications and government relations... — Updated 3/29/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

License Plate Office Closed – Brevard, NC

The License Plate Agency office in Pisgah Forest officially closed today due to a “mutual termination of contract,” but will reopen when new management is hired. Since 1998, Richard Bowers has been the owner and operator of... — Updated 3/24/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

Former Landfill Director Pleads Guilty – Transylvania County, NC

Former Transylvania County Solid Waste Director Jeffrey Brookshire pleaded guilty on Monday to the charge of “illegal storage and disposal of hazardous waste without a permit.” Brookshire has been released on bond, with no... — Updated 3/24/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

The Cost Of Renting In Transylvania Exceeds The Fair Market Value – Transylvania County, NC

To rent a home in Transylvania County significantly exceeds the fair market value, according to data gathered by the city of Brevard planning staff. During last week’s regular Brevard City Council meeting, Aaron Bland, the... — Updated 3/22/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

Council Wants State Study – Brevard, NC

Brevard City Council will send a letter to Attorney General Josh Stein requesting a state-level study about the impacts of the change in the nonprofit to for-profit business model for rural health care in western North Carolina.... — Updated 3/22/2021

 By Matt McGregor    Features

New Gorges Campground Set For Fall Opening – Transylvania County, NC

By fall, a new $3.5 million campground in the 7,709-acre Gorges State Park in Sapphire should be open to the public. "We have a new site, RV site and five cabins," said Ranger... — Updated 3/18/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

Mike Pratt Stepping Down As City Attorney – Brevard, NC

After 28 years, Brevard City Attorney Michael Pratt is resigning as city attorney. Pratt announced his decision during Monday’s Brevard City Council meeting. Pratt, with Ramsey, Pratt & Camenzind, P.A., on North Gaston Street in... — Updated 3/17/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

Volunteers Take Trash Off The Roadsides – Transylvania County, NC

On Saturday morning, local volunteer teams consisting of over 40 people picked up to 80 bags of trash in a litter sweep of Wilson Road, sections of Old Hendersonville Highway and... — Updated 3/15/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

Salvation Army Recognizes A 'Secret Santa' – Transylvania County, NC

When Dawn Ellis was a child, she didn't have a lot, but her parents did make sure she and her sister had a big Christmas, even going so far as wrapping socks separately to give... — Updated 3/8/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

Brevard City Council Approves Annexations, Code Amendments – Brevard, NC

During a meeting last week, Brevard City Council approved two proposed voluntary contiguous annexations and six amendment proposals. The meeting was held on Monday, Feb 22, for the purpose of voting on the proposed annexations and... — Updated 3/3/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

State Lawmakers Critical Of Cooper's Bill Veto – Transylvania County, NC

State lawmakers who represent Transylvania County were critical of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper after the N.C. Senate failed Monday to override the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 37, which would have assigned in-person learning... — Updated 3/3/2021


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