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 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...

 By Matt McGregor    News    May 13, 2019

Box Derby Will Not Race At Festival

The box derby races will not be held during this year’s White Squirrel Festival, with last year’s accident during a race the apparent reason. Gary Kendrick, one of six people injured on May 27, 2018, during the box derby race, died a few days...

 By Matt McGregor    News    May 13, 2019

Guilty Pleas Heard, Arrests Made

Larry Turlington pleaded guilty Thursday to one felony count of obtaining money by false pretense and was sentenced to 20 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections. Turlington’s plea came during Criminal Superior Administrative Court, with...

 By Matt McGregor    News    May 2, 2019

Volunteers Recognized By Governor's Award

Five residents and one organization were honored Tuesday during the Governor's Volunteer Service Award presentation at the library's Rogow Room. "There is tremendous volunteerism in Transyl-vania...

 By Matt McGregor    News    April 25, 2019

NEW: Homicide Suspect In Custody

Thursday afternoon Update: The homicide suspect, Joseph Barker, has been found and is in custody. A press briefing will be held at 3 p.m. More to follow. As of Wednesday afternoon, the Transylvania...

 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... Full story

 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...


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