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City Moving Forward On Gallimore Sewer Project

Brevard City Council recently approved moving forward with the Gallimore Road Sewer Rehabilitation Project. According to the city staff report, the project will cost about $2.3 million, with a $500,000 grant and $1.8 million no... — Updated 5/24/2021

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Average Property Values Have Increased By 17 Percent

On average, property values in Transylvania County have increased by 17 percent since 2016, according to Tax Administrator Jessica McCall. The county recently completed its latest property value appraisal, which impacts how much... — Updated 4/26/2021

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New City Of Brevard Planners Embrace The Area – Brevard, NC

The attraction to working in a small community is how two new city planners found their way to Brevard. Both Kaitland Finkle and Leigh Huffman started their positions as assistant... — Updated 8/12/2020

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Account Given Of Rescue At Turtleback Falls

Sunday afternoon Don Sandy grabbed a girl's arm just as the current appeared to be taking her over Turtleback Falls in Pisgah National Forest. Sandy saw her slip after walking... — Updated 6/29/2020

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Council Discusses Streetscape Program Changes-Brevard NC

On Monday, Brevard City Council discussed the strategy for a new Streetscape Pilot Program (SPP) to replace the recently abandoned design, and members discussed what went wrong... — Updated 6/17/2020

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Hispanic Community Helps One Another During COVID-19 – Transylvania County, NC

The local Hispanic community functions within an “economy of caring” as the coronavirus restrictions deplete the resources of many. “I’ve talked with the key members of the community and they say that they are helping each... — Updated 6/10/2020

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Harris, Mahoney Comment On 'Defunding Police' – Transylvania County

In the wake of George Floyd's death on May 25 and the protests and riots that followed, nine of the 13 members of the Minneapolis City Council said they plan to vote to dismantle... — Updated 6/10/2020

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Black Community Members Hope For Change

Change and unification are what Tommy Kilgore hopes to see rise from the death of George Floyd. "A change is evident; change is coming," said Kilgore, president of the Transylvania... — Updated 6/10/2020


Hair Salons Adjusting To New Normal-Brevard NC

As hair salons reopen during Phase Two of Gov. Roy Cooper's May 22 executive order allowing for easing of restrictions, local salon owners are adjusting to more meticulous ways of... — Updated 6/8/2020


Artists Find Ways To Support One Another-Brevard NC

Though the art community has been marginalized by the pandemic, Kristen Nec-essary, owner of Starfangled Press on West Jordan Street, has brought a social media movement to Brevard... — Updated 6/3/2020


Some Summer Camps Will Not Open -Brevard NC

Some local summer camps are staying open and changing their schedules to adapt to Gov. Roy Cooper's Executive order 138, but many have closed for the summer. "We made the... — Updated 5/25/2020

 By Matthew McGregor    News

Brevard Manager Calls For No Tax Increase -Brevard NC

Brevard City Manager Jim Fatland has recommended no property tax increase for the 2020/2021 fiscal year, which begins July 1. Brevard City Council heard Fatland’s proposed budget Monday. Fatland said the $20.4 million budget... — Updated 5/21/2020

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Dollar General Protestors Want Elktoe Study -Brevard NC

At a press conference on Wednesday, the South Carolina Environmental Law Project (SCELP) announced its initial steps in legal proceedings pursuant to the Endangered Species Act.... — Updated 5/19/2020


Manager To Ask For No Property Tax Hike - Brevard NC

Brevard City Manager Jim Fatland will recommend no property tax increase for the 2020/2021 fiscal year, which begins July 1. Brevard City Council met on Monday in the County Administration building, where the meeting was live... — Updated 4/23/2020


Seniors Stay Connected, Sing And Play Games-Brevard NC

From their balconies, patios and driveways, residents of College Walk, the retirement community in Brevard, came out to sing together on Friday in a ritual of connecting, a... — Updated 3/30/2020


Local Couple Trapped By Coronavirus-Brevard NC

For many Americans, COVID-19, or the coronavirus, has loomed in the distant periphery like the ominous cloud of Third World poverty and foreign war, but for locals Victoria and... — Updated 3/19/2020

 By Matthew McGregor    News

Elizabeth Silversteen Celebrated – Brevard, NC

The Waightstill Avery Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) gathered at Silvermont mansion on Thursday to honor one of the founding members of the Brevard... — Updated 3/2/2020

 By Matthew McGregor    News

Robinson: Homeless Youth Shelter Needed – Brevard, NC

With the help of softball, Brevard local Micky Robinson has been raising money to build a shelter for homeless young people ages 13 to 24 called the Isaac Homes Youth Shelter (IHYS)... — Updated 2/25/2020

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Council Approves Historic Signage Project – Brevard, NC

Brevard City Council approved a historic signage project that falls under the African American Storyline Project, a nonprofit initiative that received a $23,000 grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation to erect 34 signs througho... — Updated 2/24/2020

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City Council To Ask HCA For Meeting – Brevard, NC

Brevard City Council will request a face-to-face with HCA, the owners of Mission Health, which includes Transylvania Regional Hospital, as well as the Dogwood Health Trust (DHT). During the council’s regular meeting Monday,... — Updated 2/19/2020

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Council OKs Skate Park Funding – Brevard, NC

In moving forward with opening the temporary skate park, while building a new, concrete park, Brevard City Council Tuesday unanimously approved a $120,000 budget recommendation from staff. Of the amount, $100,000 will go to Pillar... — Updated 1/22/2020

 By Matthew McGregor    News

Blue Zones Survey Sent Out To Brevard Residents – Brevard, NC

After two community input sessions last week at Brevard City Hall, the Blue Zones Project – Brevard (BZPB) continues its research stage of the formation of its strategic, community planning with a mail-out “Well-being Index... — Updated 1/15/2020

 By Matthew McGregor    News

Oskar Blues Tells Stories Through Brews – Brevard, NC

Not only does beer need to taste good, it needs to tell a story, said Ryan Dunnavant, operations manager at Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard. One of the brewery's beers, the imperial... — Updated 1/8/2020

 By Matthew McGregor    News

UWTC's Demise Forcing Funding Changes – Transylvania County, NC

The imminent dissolution of United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) on Jan. 31 foretells a need for a changing model for fundraising nonprofits, while leaving a gap to fill for local 15 programs that were recipients of its... — Updated 1/8/2020

 By Matthew McGregor    News

United Way Of Transylvania Closing Its Doors – Transylvania County, NC

The Board of Directors of United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) will dissolve the organization after it distributes its remaining funds to the 15 local programs to which it was committed. The 15 programs are connected to 53... — Updated 1/3/2020


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