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State Candidates Take Questions – Transylvania County, NC

Editor's note: The Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce hosted a virtual forum for the Board of Education and the Board of Commissioners, which were recently reported on, and... — Updated 9/22/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News 

PARI One Of Many Targeted For A Cyber Attack – Transylvania County, NC

The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) sent a notice to its donors last week stating its third-party fundraising and donor engagement software company, Blackbaud, Inc., had been the target of a Ransomware attack, accordi... — Updated 9/21/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News 

Public Works Director Charged – Brevard, NC

The city of Brevard’s Public Works director, David Lutz, has been issued a federal indictment on charges of environmental crimes related to the “handling, transportation and storage of hazardous waste” in May 2016. According... — Updated 9/21/2020

 By Matt McGregor    Features

Community Joins Effort To Combat Childhood Cancer – Transylvania County, NC

Barbary Ritchey knew she was destined to work with the St. Baldrick's Foundation of Transylvania County. When her 12-year-old daughter, Becky, was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic... — Updated 9/18/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

'Option B' Proposed For Apartment Complex Project – Brevard, NC

In a special meeting Sept. 3, Brevard City Council inspected the site of the proposed Tore’s Home residential apartment complex that would be located along Deerlake Road, near the Deerlake Village residential community. At the... — Updated 9/16/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

BPD Sees Advantages In Going Digital – Brevard, NC

It's a scenario that police officials say should never have to happen, but it has. In it, officers communicate their next move over the radio, whether it be to serve a warrant or... — Updated 9/9/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

Council Approves Fireworks Funds Going To City Parks – Brevard, NC

During its recent meeting, Brevard City Council voted to reallocate $15,000 in funds that had been budgeted for the July 4 fireworks display to go to the Brevard dog park and the Silversteen Memorial Park Playground instead. With... — Updated 8/31/2020

 By Matt McGregor    Features

Special Parade Provides Encouragement, Fun – Brevard, NC

Families of residents at the College Walk Retirement Community gathered on Friday morning to form a parade of encouragement and well wishes to their loved ones. "Before the summer... — Updated 8/31/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

City Council Discusses Fate Of Tannery Skate Park – Brevard, NC

Brevard City Council recently voted to approve a resolution that accepted the Tannery Skate Park as complete and authorized the disbursement of the remaining unspent funds to the Community Focus Foundation Skate Park account, “Sk... — Updated 8/31/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

Concrete Skate Park Nearly Finished, Logo Created For Proposed Dog Park

The concrete skate park at the city of Brevard's Sports Complex is expected to be finished this week, while the proposed dog park has a new logo. "We still don't know when (the... — Updated 8/24/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

Council To Inspect Site Of Proposed Housing Complex – Brevard, NC

After three hours of presentation and discussion, Brevard City Council voted Monday to inspect the land proposed as a site for a residential apartment complex that would be located along Deerlake Road, near the Deerlake Village res... — Updated 8/20/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

City Addresses Local Government Commission's Concerns About Fund

The city of Brevard responded to a letter from the Local Government Commission (LGC) expressing concern regarding “indicators of financial weakness in the Water and Sewer Fund.” The letter was addressed during a recent Brevard... — Updated 8/19/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

Real Estate Agents Report 'Booming' Housing Market – Transylvania County, NC

Though real estate agents and brokers could not foresee how COVID-19 was going to impact the housing market, flight from cities to rural areas has resulted in a “booming housing market,” including sight unseen purchases.... — Updated 8/19/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

Mental Health Experts See Virus' Effects – Brevard, NC

Even for those who have not been directly impacted by COVID-19, its all-pervasive, invisible nature can be a trigger for once dormant emotional struggles, now surfacing due to the... — Updated 8/17/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

Love Of Squirrels Inspires Adoption – Brevard, NC

Evelyn Brooks is just a girl who loves squirrels. In fact, that's exactly what her T-shirt said: "I'm just a girl who loves squirrels." When her mom, Stephanie, was trying to... — Updated 8/12/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

Officials Say They Are Working To Improve Broadband – Transylvania County, NC

In response to an Opinion of the Readers, county officials said they have been working hard to improve broadband service in the county. In late July, an Opinion of the Readers letter from a local couple claimed they have received... — Updated 8/5/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

Cozart Said It Takes A Community To Raise A Dentist – Brevard, NC

In reflecting on his retiring after 37 years as a dentist in Brevard, Sim Cozart said his education didn’t conclude with school, but continued throughout his practice in the... — Updated 8/5/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

ALDI Permit Resubmitted – Brevard, NC

A developer for the ALDI grocery store chain has submitted new permits for construction on the former Mr. Pete's Market site on the Asheville Highway in Brevard. The ALDI grocery st... — Updated 8/5/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

City Council Hears About Downtown Curbside Pickup Project – Brevard, NC

The city of Brevard has continued in its effort to assist downtown business by establishing curbside pick up zones. “When we first went into the emergency restrictions because of the pandemic, businesses, restaurants and retail... — Updated 7/22/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

Dentist Offices Work To Protect Patients And Employees

After the North Carolina Dental Society issued a recommendation that dentists treat only emergency cases on March 16, dentist offices in Brevard closed for two months. They have now... — Updated 7/21/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

Brevard Lights To Change To LED – Brevard, NC

City streetlights in Brevard will soon be converted to the more energy efficient, longer lasting light-emitting diode (LED) lights, with the help of a collaborative effort. On Wednesday, City Council voted to approve an agreement w... — Updated 7/20/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

Virus' Business Impact Discussed – Brevard, NC

The business community in Brevard has struggled to meet the new trends in consumer activity as downtown returns, slowly, to its pre-COVID-19 status as a hub of tourism. Clark Lovelace, executive director of the... — Updated 7/13/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

Brevard Provides Business 'Toolkit' – Brevard, NC

The city of Brevard has developed a “COVID-19 Emergency Response Toolkit for Businesses,” designed to help businesses “navigate and respond to capacity restrictions, social distancing guidelines and customer preferences... — Updated 7/9/2020

 By Matt McGregor    COVID-19

Long-Term Care Facilities Work To Keep Virus At Bay-Brevard NC

Long-term care facilities in Transylvania County persist in keeping an outbreak of COVID-19 at bay with facility-wide testing protocols amid a national climate in which nursing homes are being impacted the most by the pandemic. Tra... — Updated 7/6/2020

 By Matt McGregor    News

City OKs Budget, Property Purchase-Brevard NC

On Monday, Brevard City Council approved the 2020/2021 city budget for the fiscal year, which began Wednesday, and includes no tax increase and for capital projects to be deferred to September. As previously reported, City Manager... — Updated 7/1/2020


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