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Many Questions Posed At HCA Meeting – Brevard, NC

Editor’s Note: Last Thursday, The Transylvania Times published the first part of an article on a town hall meeting arranged by Gibbins Advisors, a health care consulting firm, in which the Transylvania County community expressed frustration with...

 

Public Raises Concerns About Hospital Care – Transylvania County, NC

A health care consulting firm called Gibbins Advisors met with community exasperation at a town hall meeting in Brevard Tuesday regarding what many reported as a reduction in quality of care at...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    February 6, 2020

'E.T.'s' Dee Wallace Stars In Brevard Filmmaker's Latest Movie – Brevard, NC

Dee Wallace, who starred in movies such as "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," "Cujo" and "The Howling," took her lunch break last week in her trailer after a day of shooting inside a house in Mills River....

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    January 30, 2020

Agencies Address UWTC's Upcoming Closure – Transylvania County, NC

Finding the missing financial piece of the puzzle within an already shifting nonprofit budget has become more challenging for local agencies that have lost their biggest piece, United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC). After 65 years of service, its...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    January 27, 2020

Housing Plans On The Table – Brevard, NC

A proposed mixed-used development that includes senior living and workforce housing apartments along Deerlake Road in Brevard has raised some concerns among residents of the adjacent Deerlake Village. Tore Borhaug, owner of Tore’s Home, Inc.,...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    January 20, 2020

City Facing EPA Scrutiny – Brevard, NC

The N.C. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued several subpoenas to city of Brevard employees to appear before a grand jury, with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte in charge of the investigation, according to a press release...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    January 6, 2020

Retailers Report Good Holiday Sales – Brevard, NC

Downtown Brevard businesses reported an increase in holiday sales from last year, plus minimal impact from online sellers, such as Amazon, syphoning from the in-person shopping experience. Martha...

 

Engel Highlights The Magic Of 'The Andy Griffith Show' – Brevard, NC

In what is considered the only Christmas episode of “The Andy Griffith Show,” Andy Taylor, Barney Fife, friends and family celebrate the season in Mayberry’s jailhouse with a moonshiner and a...

 

Committee Continues Work On Skate Park – Brevard, NC

Updates on the skate park were presented Wednesday during the city of Brevard’s Parks, Trails and Recreation Committee meeting. Paul Ray, city planning director, said the N.C. League of Municipalities (NCLM) agreed to drop the fence requirement...

 

Many Things Can Lead To Homelessness – Transylvania County, NC

Emily Lowery and the late Thomas Medlock had found themselves homeless for different reasons before they met at Transylvania County's homeless shelter, The Haven, on South Caldwell Street in Brevard....

 

Cemetery Thieves Common At Christmas

When Linda Petit took her husband, Ray, to see the floral arrangement on her parents' gravestone on Sunday at the Blue Ridge Gardens of Memory (formerly Pisgah Gardens) off Hendersonville Highway,...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    December 9, 2019

Rosman Welcomes Home Injured Student – Rosman, NC

Love and support greeted 16-year-old Devin Galloway Thursday when he stepped out of his dad's truck in front of Rosman High School. Cheering friends gathered outside the building with green signs...

 
 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....

 

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