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 By Park Baker    News    January 17, 2019 

Cooperative Extension Explains Its Role

At the most recent Transylvania County Natural Resources (TNRC) meeting, the council heard about the work of the county Cooperative Extension office. The TNRC has a monthly meeting of public land managers, environ-ment nonprofit members and...

 
 By Park Baker    News    January 14, 2019

Shutdown's Impact Being Felt In Transylvania

Over the weekend, the partial government shut-down surpassed the previous 21-day record and its impacts are being felt in Transylvania County, from trail maintenance on public lands to the wallets of...

 
 By Park Baker    News    January 10, 2019

New Laws, Including Income Tax Rate, Go Into Effect For 2019

With a new year under way, several new laws have gone into effect in North Carolina, including changes in the personal income tax rate. Starting Jan. 1, the state’s personal income tax rate dropped from 5.499 percent to 5.25 percent. The corporate...

 
 By Park Baker    News    December 27, 2018

Shutdown Impacts Forest Service

An automated email reply Wednesday from Alice Cohen, a U.S. Forest Service spokesperson, reads “due to the lapse in federal government funding I am on furlough without access to email. I will return your message as soon as possible once funding...

 
 By Park Baker    News    December 17, 2018

Athlete Running To Help St. Jude's - Brevard NC

Local athlete Jessica Dawn Payne is on a mission to raise $5,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through its St. Jude Heroes program. By registering for events, such as the upcoming Rock n'...

 

Public Comment Period Concerning Clean Water Act Open

In its latest legal bout, the Trump administration is attempting to roll back regulations and change the language of the Clean Water Act by redefining "waters of the United States," which could have...

 
 By Park Baker    News    December 13, 2018

Wednesday Morning Earthquake Felt In Transylvania - Brevard NC

Locals shaken awake Wednesday morning can fear not, it was just a little earthquake, hitting 4.4 on the Richter scale. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake occurred at 4:14 a.m. A second, smaller quake, registering 3.3 on the Richter...

 
 By Park Baker    News    November 26, 2018

Desmelik Family Believes In The Power Of Music - Brevard NC

The Desmelik family believes the power of music unifies and that love heals. That is why Dave Desmelik and his wife, Clare, are hosting a fundraiser on Dec. 9 at The Grey Eagle in Asheville to give...

 
 By Park Baker    News    November 12, 2018

The U.N. Settles On Travel Company - Brevard NC

Brevard resident Michael Youngblood's travel company has been named as the best travel startup company in the world out of 3,000 participants in the United Nation's inaugural tourism startup competiti...

 
 By Park Baker    News    November 5, 2018

UPDATE: Final Unofficial Elections Results: School Bond Approved; Guice and Cathey Elected to Board of Commissioners; Mahoney Re-elected Sheriff; Griffin and Domokur elected to School Board

Editor's Note: The following are the unofficial election results only for Transylvania County. They are not the final results in the state or Congressional races. Those final numbers will appear in Thursday's paper. •The Transylvania County...

 
 By Park Baker    News    November 5, 2018

Film Lover Wants To Start A Conversation - Brevard NC

Brevard resident Philip Henry wants everyone who is passionate about film to join him for the Pisgah Film Project, a series where Henry hopes to not only showcase film as art but to also engage...

 
 By Park Baker    News    November 1, 2018

Campaign Funding Looked At - Brevard NC

A look at the campaign donations for the N.C. House District 113 race between Democrat Sam Edney and Republican incumbent Cody Henson shows Edney has almost tripled the number of campaign contributions as Henson. Edney, who is running for the...

 
 By Park Baker    Arts    November 1, 2018

Film Lover Wants To Have A Conversation-Brevard NC

Brevard resident Philip Henry wants everyone who is passionate about film to join him for the Pisgah Film Project, a series where Henry hopes to not only showcase film as art but to also engage...

 

Fire Officials: Brace For A Smoky Winter

Transylvania County residents, get ready for a potentially smoky winter as much of the Blue Ridge Escarpment is slated for controlled burns between now and the spring. Both Gorges State Park and...

 
 By Park Baker    News    October 25, 2018

Mail Bomb Suspect Was Former Brevard College Student

Cesar Sayoc, the man suspected of sending mail bombs to prominent Democrats, attended Brevard College in the early 1980s. The 56-year-old Aventura, Fla., resident Cesar Sayoc was arrested this...

 
 By Park Baker    News    October 25, 2018

German Group Sees U.S. Forest Practices Up Close - Brevard NC

Visiting foresters and scientists from Germany recently took a tour of public lands in Transylvania County, and other parts of the southeast U.S., to learn more about public and private land management. Among them were a count, a baron, a member of...

 
 By Park Baker    News    October 1, 2018

Effort Eyes Collecting $1 At A Time - Brevard NC

Brenda Birrell is just visiting Brevard, but while she is here she is on a mission to raise $6,000 for the One Dollar For Life (ODFL) nonprofit. Birrell, the ODFL’s program manager and media relations director, has only been in town for two weeks...

 
 By Park Baker    News    September 13, 2018

Florence's Potential Local Impact Unclear - Brevard NC

As Hurricane Florence approaches landfall, Transylvania County residents might recall back-to-back hurricanes Frances and Ivan in 2004 that brought torrential rains, devastated crops, roads, homes and lives. Ivan, a category 5 storm, brought 17...

 
 By Park Baker    News    September 10, 2018

Health Officials Monitor Bugs - Brevard NC

The Transylvania County Public Health Department has confirmed one case of La Crosse Encephalitis virus this year, according to Tara Rybka, public health educator. The Centers for Disease Control describes La Cross Encephalitis (LACV) as a virus tran...

 
 By Park Baker    News    September 10, 2018

Headwaters State Forest Now Open To The Public - Brevard NC

It's official. Headwaters State Forest is now open to the public. The N.C. Forest Service, state legislators, former Congressman Charles Taylor and his family, community members and local media gathered at the Carolina Point summer camp on Thursday...

 
 By Park Baker    News    September 10, 2018

Board Rejects Shooting Range - Brevard NC

The city of Brevard Board of Adjustment unanimously denied the police department’s application last week for a new outdoor firing range located upstream of the city’s water plant on Cathey’s Creek Road. The board, citing a lack of information,...

 
 By Park Baker    News    August 27, 2018

Study Looked At River Quality - Brevard NC

A new study recently published about the health of the Davidson River has revealed that some effluent from the Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery is negatively impacting aquatic life downstream, but as the river flows on, its health improves....

 
 By Park Baker    News    August 13, 2018

Children Learn About Summer On The Fly -Brevard NC

While the summer camp season is coming to end, the memories created for most campers will last a lifetime, and for one local camp owner those memories he hopes will instill a sense of wonder, in...

 
 By Park Baker    News    August 9, 2018

Locals Weigh Tariff Impact -Brevard NC

Some local manufacturers, such as Oskar Blues Brewery, say they are taking a financial hit because of the recent import tariffs imposed by the Trump administration, while others aren’t sure what the long-term impact will be. The import tariffs...

 
 By Park Baker    News    August 6, 2018

Roundabout Projects Approved For Pisgah Forest Area-Brevard NC

Two roundabouts, one at the entrance to Pisgah National Forest and the other at the entrance to the Forest Gate shopping center, have been approved, according to staff at the Land of Sky regional planning office. N.C. Department of Transportation...

 

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