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 By Matt McGregor    News    December 2, 2019

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 Manager Jim Fatland...

 

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 seventh store in...

 

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 to suspend the...

 

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 operations. The NCDA rep...

 

Paul Ray Named As City Of Brevard's Planning Director – Brevard, NC

Interim Planning Director Paul Ray dropped “interim” from his title Monday when he was sworn in as the city of Brevard’s planning director. “I feel honored to have been chosen as the new planning director,” Ray said in a later email. “In...

 

City To Consider Paid Parking – Brevard, NC

A system for paid parking in downtown Brevard was discussed at Brevard City Council’s fall retreat last week, though council took no action. Aaron Bland, a city planner and assistant zoning administrator, presented the city’s research on how to...

 

Council Approves Center's Design, Budget – Brevard, NC

Brevard City Council voted unanimously last Wednesday to approve the design plans and budget for the new 5,000-square-foot Mary C. Jenkins Community Center (MCJCC). During the council's fall retreat,...

 

N.C. State Bar Disbars Local Attorney For Notary Fraud – Brevard, NC

Local attorney Erica Erickson has been disbarred from the N.C. State Bar for “notary fraud.” In September, the State Bar stated that Erickson “knowingly made false statements to the court,” made “false certifications” and failed to...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    November 7, 2019

Write-In Candidate Dinkins Wins Council Seat – Brevard, NC

A write-in candidate for the Brevard City Council, Geraldine Dinkins, and incumbents Gary Daniel and Maurice Jones were elected on Tuesday for four-year terms, while Kevin Jones missed out. In Rosman,...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    October 31, 2019

Council OKs Pay Hike, To Opt Out Of County Fire Tax – Brevard, NC

Last week’s Brevard City Council meeting saw its members approve a pay increase for themselves and the mayor, decide to “opt out” of a countywide fire tax, if one is approved, and hear parting remarks from a councilman at his last meeting....

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    October 24, 2019

Council Hears Skate Park Concerns – Brevard, NC

The proposed Tannery Skate Park was the main topic during the public comment period at Monday’s Brevard City council meeting. The recently built skate park has never been opened, as previously reported, because of liability concerns. During public...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    October 10, 2019

Downtown Brevard Businesses Report Good Summer Sales – Brevard, NC

Several downtown Brevard storeowners reported sales were good this summer. Ann Hollingsworth, owner of Main Street, Ltd., said her store fared well during the summer because of her “loyal customers,” but added that she is seeing a trend away...

 

City Declines To Accept Skate Park – Brevard, NC

After volunteers raised $72,000 and spent nearly 500 hours constructing a skateboard ramp, the city of Brevard will not accept the Tannery Skate Park off Silversteen Drive due to liability concerns....

 

Doug, Ellen Harris Now Ready For New Adventures – Brevard, NC

After 21 years of business, Doug and Ellen Harris of Harris Architects on West Probart Street in Brevard have begun the design on their latest project: closing Harris Architects to seek out new...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    August 26, 2019

City To Consider Selling Land For Housing – Brevard, NC

The city of Brevard’s planning staff will research the feasibility of selling an 8-acre piece of residentially zoned land off Cashier’s Valley Road, next to the Public Works Facility, to a housing assistance company to build eight single-family...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    August 22, 2019

Brevard Wants To Beautify City's 'Entrance' – Brevard, NC

On Monday, Brevard City Council discussed the beautification and landscaping of the two proposed roundabouts at the intersections of U.S. 64, U.S. 276 and U.S. 280 at the forest intersection and the Forest Gate Shopping Center entrance. Council appro...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    August 15, 2019

Memories Of Woodstock 50 Years Later – Brevard, NC

In a Volkswagen Beetle, they pulled off the freeway onto a road taking them in the direction of culminating change – a brief pivot in Western Civilization – and severe gridlock. Fifty years ago,...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    August 1, 2019

GOP Picks Johnson For 113 District – Transylvania County, NC

Jake Johnson, a 22-year-old Polk County commissioner, has been chosen to finish the term of the N.C. Representative for District 113, which had been held by Cody Henson, who resigned last week. “I...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    July 22, 2019

N.C. Rep. Cody Henson Pleads Guilty To Cyberstalking-Brevard NC

N.C. Rep. Cody Henson was placed on supervised probation for 18 months after pleading guilty in Transylvania Criminal District Court on Tuesday to one misdemeanor count of cyberstalking, involving his estranged wife, Kelsey. Judge Robert Martelle...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    July 18, 2019

One-Hundred-Year-Old College Building To Be Demolished – Brevard, NC

Brevard College's oldest building, the 100-year-old Ross Hall, will exit the stage of the institution's history through a controlled burn this fall to make way for "new opportunities." Brevard...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    July 15, 2019

Last Phase Of City's Multi-Use Path System Gets Underway – Brevard, NC

The last phase in the completion of the city's multi-use path system has begun with the construction of the pedestrian footbridge over King's Creek on Railroad Avenue last week. The bridge will be 10...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    July 11, 2019

Three New Musical Sculptures Are Going Up – Brevard, NC

Brevard city workers have poured concrete in the first stages of setting up three musical-themed sculptures to welcome people driving toward downtown Brevard on Broad Street. One sculpture will be a...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    June 13, 2019

Council Talks About Budget Changes-Brevard, NC

Nonprofit funding, major capital projects and employee salaries were discussed by Brevard City Council during a budget workshop last week. The council will hold a public hearing Monday on its proposed budget for the 2019/2020 fiscal year, which...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    June 10, 2019

Social Media Posts Lead To Firings-Brevard, NC

Two part-time Brevard Fire Department employees were fired because of Facebook posts each made about Brevard City Manager Jim Fatland on Saturday, May 25, regarding Fatland’s military attire during the American Legion’s Memorial Day Parade....

 
 By Matt McGregor    Features    May 30, 2019

Tucker Comforts The Bereaved

In that aching place where loss knocks the lives of the bereaved out of the orbit of day-to-day life, Tucker, an 11-month-old grief dog, is there to meet those mourning with a good-natured smile and a calming presence. "When he comes into the arrange...

 

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