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 By Matt McGregor    News    April 18, 2019 

Affordable Housing Project Given A Boost

Brevard City Council approved a rezoning application Monday that allows for the possibility of the construction of an affordable housing development along the Rosman Highway and Nicholson Creek Road. Jim Yamin, the applicant and president of...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    April 18, 2019 

Rescue Made On Horsepasture River

A close call on the Horsepasture River in Gorges State Park led to a successful rescue of two people who were caught in rapid, high waters on Tuesday. According to Katie Hall, the public information officer for N.C. State Parks, the people rescued...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    April 15, 2019

Father, Son Brought Together

Austen Taylor, a fourth-grade student at Pisgah Forest Elementary School, hadn't seen his father, Seth, in a year. Seth, who is from Raleigh and had been serving in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army,...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    April 11, 2019

Hailstorm, Rain Bombard Brevard

A sudden, icy bombardment of hail clattered down on Brevard Tuesday, covering the ground in slippery slush, followed by a recorded 2.23 inches of rain to wash it away. "I've never seen anything like...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    April 11, 2019

New Car Wash And Cook Out Coming, ALDI Still Planned

There are future plans to demolish the old Sagebrush Steakhouse on the Asheville Highway and to build a W4 car wash in its place. According to Paul Ray, the city’s senior code enforcement officer, the $2.5 million W4 carwash will be 4,375 square...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    April 8, 2019

Bascom, The Rescue Dog, Saves The Day

Well-known local author Megan Shepherd can usually get her rescue dog, Bascom, to calm back down if he makes a ruckus in the pre-dawn hours when everyone is still asleep in their Etowah home. But on...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    April 4, 2019

New McDonald's Building Planned

The city of Brevard's Planning Department has approved plans for the demolition and rebuilding of the Brevard McDonald's on Asheville Highway. Demolition on the current building is scheduled to begin...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    April 4, 2019

Autopsy: Pisgah Inn Employee Strangled

Sara Ellis, The Pisgah Inn employee who was found deceased in June 2018, died from “strangulation by asphyxia in the manner of homicide,” according to an autopsy report from the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The autopsy report...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    March 28, 2019

Arrest Made After Police Vehicle Damaged

A car chase ended in a glancing blow to a Brevard Police Department vehicle and a damaged Comporium pole on Tuesday morning on Everett Farm Road. Robert Rogall was later arrested and charged with one...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    March 21, 2019

Council Hears Grant Requests

Brevard City Council heard grant requests from nonprofits during its regular meeting Monday. Shelly Webb, the Sharing House’s executive director, requested an amount of $10,000 through the Brevard Community Development grant, the same amount that...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    March 18, 2019

Pilot Escapes Serious Injury In Crash

A pilot escaped with minor injuries last Wednesday after his plane skidded off the runway at Transylvania County Airport. The Little River Volunteer Fire Department and other local emergency services responded to a plane accident at 6 p.m. near the...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    March 14, 2019

Hemp Having A Growing Local Impact

After two tours of duty in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army in the late 2000s, Justin Fisher battled with chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder and the effects of a minor, traumatic brain...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    March 11, 2019

Henson Issued Criminal Summons

The Transylvania County Sheriff's Office served a criminal summons Thursday to N.C. Rep. Cody Henson for one misdemeanor count of cyberstalking. Kelsey Henson, the lawmaker's wife, filed the...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    March 7, 2019

Cat Café Plans To Be A Hangout Spot With A Difference

Cat café fever has come to Brevard with a local rescue organization and a Brevard College business class teaming up to create a community hangout spot where patrons can relax with kitty companions. Erica Erickson, who runs the Pisgah Animal Welfare...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    March 4, 2019

Fire Causes Major Damage To Home

A house fire this morning left significant damage to a home in Connestee Falls but no major injuries. Firefighters received a call just before 3 a.m. to the home at 2815 Connestee Trail, according to Connestee Fire Rescue Chief Chase Owen. When...

 

Henson Receives Domestic Violence Order

On Tuesday, Judge Fritz Mercer granted a Domestic Violence Order of Protection against N.C. Rep. Cody Henson, who represents District 113, which includes Transylvania County. In Transylvania County Civil Court, after hearing almost four hours of text...

 

Council Reverses Vote On Changes To Steep Slopes

On Monday, Brevard City Council voted 3-2 against a proposal that would have allowed for construction on steep slopes from a maximum of roughly 25 percent to a roughly 50 percent grade. Councilmen Maurice Jones and Mac Morrow supported the change,...

 

Jury Trial, Pleas Heard

A Transylvania County Superior Court jury has found 30-year-old Dakota Ray Griffith not guilty of attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Griffith was arrested by the Transylvania...

 

Arrest Made After Shooting Incident

Mark Anthony Rushton, 35, has been charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury after an early morning shooting incident, Thurs-day, at 228 Oakdale...

 

After 67 Years, Valentine's Day Still Special

After 67 years of marriage, Jim and Gloria Sanders, of Brevard, still celebrate Valentine's Day. "Let me tell you how we celebrate," Gloria began. "He used to bring me candy and roses. But I now have...

 

Anonymous Couple Buys A Camper For Fire Victims

A charitable couple who wish to remain anonymous has donated a travel-camper to the newly wed Josh and Stephanie Flood, who lost their old camper in a fire on Jan. 31. As previously reported, a few...

 

Steep Slope Changes On City's Radar

Brevard City Council is currently moving toward increasing the allowable construction on steep slopes from a maximum of roughly 25 percent grade to just shy of a 50 percent grade. The current proposal also recommends changing the formula for...

 

Movie Magic Found In 'The Good Things Devil's Do'

It was supposed to be one last heist, but it shouldn't be a surprise that a burglary in Transylvania County would be interrupted by an ancient vampire's awakening, resulting in a night of terror....

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    February 4, 2019

Couple's Home Lost To Fire

A couple lost all their possessions after a travel-camper fire Thursday morning at 2910 Asheville Highway gutted Josh Flood and Stephanie Galloway's home in a matter of minutes. While there were no...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    January 28, 2019

Ice Patch Blamed For Road Accident

An ice patch reportedly was the cause of a three-car accident on Rosman Highway on Friday morning. According to the N.C. Highway Patrol, the accident was called in at 7:51 a.m. “There were two vehicles, a Toyota Tacoma and a Toyota Sienna,...

 

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