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 By Park Baker    News    June 14, 2018

Town Of Rosman Strikes Leachate Deal With Gaia Herbs

The town of Rosman has entered into an agreement with Gaia Herbs to take up to two truck loads, about 4,000 gallons, of leachate, Monday through Friday, from its plant and process it through the town’s wastewater treatment system. Leachate is...

 
 By Park Baker    News    May 28, 2018

TNRC Gets To See Courthouse Creek Logging Project Up Close

A recent field trip with the Transylvania County Natural Resources Council (TNRC) to the logging project off Courthouse Creek Road highlighted the "active management" that some have been talking...

 
 By Park Baker    Outdoors    May 28, 2018

Celebrate National Trails Day This Saturday

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of the National Trails System, and on Saturday the American Hiking Society is celebrating its 26 year celebrating National Trails Day, a...

 
 By Park Baker    News    May 17, 2018

Birders Get An Eyeful During Tour

"Chick-bree. Chick-bree. Chick-bree." At the sound, Michael Plauche paused his group of fellow birders who were on the lookout for the scarlet tanager, a medium-sized American songbird. For the past...

 
 By Park Baker    News    May 14, 2018

Nora Jane Montgomery Riding 3,000 Miles To Raise Awareness For Affordable Housing

On Wednesday, Brevard resident Nora Jane Montgomery embarks on a 3,000-mile bike ride to raise awareness about affordable housing in the United States. Her journey starts in Key West, Fla., where she...

 
 By Park Baker    News    May 10, 2018

Local Panel Has Its Say On Gun Violence

Recently, roughly 130 community members gathered for a discussion about gun control, mental health and legal loopholes present in both the federal government and state laws concerning access to firearms. Brevard Police Chief Phil Harris moderated a...

 
 By Park Baker    Outdoors    May 7, 2018

Weed Patch Mountain Trail Opens For Hikers, Bikers, Climbers

The new Weed Patch Mountain Trail invites people into a stunning backcountry wilderness-traversing a 1,327-acre tract that was recently added to the Town of Lake Lure's Buffalo Creek Park. This land...

 
 By Park Baker    Education    May 7, 2018

Brevard Elementary Enjoys Color Run Fun!

The Brevard Elementary School Color Run took place Friday afternoon during the Health Fair. Students and parents endured laps around the school track while being doused with colored chalk and water...

 
 By Park Baker    News    May 7, 2018

Different Perspectives Get Heard During Guns Discussion

Recently, roughly 130 community members gathered for a discussion about gun control, mental health and legal loopholes present in both the federal government and state laws concerning access to firearms. The discussion was put together by Project...

 
 By Park Baker    News    April 26, 2018

Climate Change Discussed At TNRC Meeting

According to the U.S. Global Change Research Program and its Climate Science Special Report, which was released last fall, the globally averaged surface temperature has increased by 1.8 degrees during the past 115 years, making it the warmest period...

 
 By Park Baker    News    April 16, 2018

Third Pisgah Pride Day Set For May 5

The Pisgah Conservancy, U.S. Forest Service and a host of supporting organizations have announced their third annual "Pisgah Pride Day 2018," which will be held on May 5. Most work crews will convene...

 
 By Park Baker    News    April 12, 2018

Town Rejects Baggy Pants Ban - Rosman, NC

The Rosman Board of Alderman Tuesday night unanimously voted to kill an agenda item regarding a request from a town citizen to ban the wearing of baggy pants. Rosman Mayor Brian Shelton said a town resident made the ordinance request. Alderman Mark...

 
 By Park Baker    News    April 9, 2018

Latest Census Shows Population Growth

Transylvania County’s population grew about 2.6 percent between 2010 and 2017, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. That reflects a nationwide trend of rural counties growing and attracting younger generations of people. Rur...

 
 By Park Baker    News    April 5, 2018

Panel: Yearly User Fees In Forest Under Discussion

Editor’s Note: The following is the second part of the story about last week’s panel discussion at the library concerning the future of both Pisgah and Nantahala national forests. The first part appeared in Monday’s paper. The U.S. Forest Servi...

 
 By Park Baker    News    April 5, 2018

Pagano Saying Goodbye To Gorges, For Now

Steve Pagano's career began about 30 years ago with trail building, and at the end of April it will conclude with trail building. The past 19 years were spent as the first superintendent of Gorges...

 
 By Park Baker    News    April 5, 2018

TNRC Discuss Landslide Mapping, Invasive Species

Editor’s Note: The following story reports on the conclusion to the recent Transylvania County Natural Resources Council meeting. A story about the first part of the meeting appeared in the March 19 edition. During the last Transylvania County Natu...

 
 By Park Baker    News    April 2, 2018

U.S. Forest Service Seeking Trail Feedback

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking the public's input on proposed changes to trails in the Pisgah Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest. The proposed changes may be viewed on the maps on this...

 
 By Park Baker    News    April 2, 2018

Forum Focuses On Forest Revisions

Roughly 200 people turned out for the recent panel discussion at the library concerning the future of both Pisgah and Nantahala national forests. The U.S. Forest Service will soon release the first...

 
 By Park Baker    News    March 19, 2018

Forest Land Managers Rely On Science

Science-based predictions for the future of forests and how that science is relayed to land managers were among the topics discussed at the most recent Transylvania Natural Resources Council (TNRC) meeting. The TNRC, which meets once a month, is a...

 
 By Park Baker    News    March 15, 2018

Walkout Held On College Campus - Brevard, NC

Roughly 100 students, faculty, staff and community members huddled in the cold Wednesday morning at Brevard College morning in observance of National School Walkout, a nationwide movement that saw...

 
 By Park Baker    News    March 12, 2018

Sliding Rock Fee Set To Increase - Pisgah Forest, NC

When Sliding Rock in Pisgah National Forest opens with lifeguards on Memorial Day this spring, there will be an increase in the entry fee from $2 to $3 per person. The fee last increased from $1 to...

 
 By Park Baker    News    March 8, 2018

New Outdoors 'Czar' Visits Transylvania

David Knight, the state's newly appointed director of Outdoor Recreation, met Tuesday with local industry leaders and elected officials at SylvanSport, the makers of the popular GO trailer in...

 
 By Park Baker    News    February 26, 2018

TNRC Continues To Push For 'Natural Resources Specialist

Discussions about Transylvania County government funding a “natural resources specialist” was raised again at the most recent Transylvania Natural Resources Council (TNRC) meeting. The TNRC is a roundtable meeting held once a month, excluding the...

 

Adlai Marquez Ready To Rock In Salt Lake City

Fifteen-year-old Adlai Marquez, a local rock climber, has made it to the national stage. Marquez, his mom and grandmother leave today for Salt Lake City, Utah, for the 2018 USA Climbing Bouldering...

 
 By Park Baker    News    February 1, 2018

Local Takes Home A Grammy - Brevard, NC

Local musician Travis Book and his band The Infamous Stringdusters shared the Best Bluegrass Album award last week at the Grammy's for their latest album, "Laws of Gravity." Book plays upright bass in...

 

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