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Times Photographer Gets Stranded In Kenya Due To Coronavirus

What started as a three week trip to see a female friend in Nairobi, Kenya, has turned into much more than I bargained for. COVID-19 has changed life for all of us, no matter where... — Updated 4/1/2020

 By Park Baker    Outdoors

Outdoor Destination: High Falls In Nantahala National Forest

This week’s outdoor destination is High Falls, also known as Cullowhee Falls, in neighboring Nantahala National Forest. Just north of Cashiers, High Falls marks the beginning of... — Updated 6/3/2019

 By Park Baker    Outdoors

Destination Hike: Upper Bearwallow Falls

This week’s outdoor destination is Upper Bearwallow Falls in Gorges State Park. Bearwallow Creek meets the Toxaway River after flowing five miles through the state park. In that... — Updated 5/21/2019

 By Park Baker    News

2019 Taste of Transylvania

Jared Handle, a chef at Magpie Meat and Three on King Street, serves up ham biscuits with pineapple butter, a crowd favorite Tuesday during the Taste of Transylvania, a fundraiser... — Updated 5/9/2019

 By Park Baker    News

Jim Reynolds Plans To Keep On Rocking In Retirement

After 20 years of teaching students at Brevard College, Jim Reynolds is retiring, but it won't mean pipe and slippers. The geology professor will attend the 2019 graduation this... — Updated 4/24/2019

 By Park Baker    News

Blue Smoke BBQ Food Truck Opening Stationary Location

The owners of Blue Smoke BBQ food truck have purchased the space at the corner of Caldwell and Broad Streets and will soon start offering drive-through meals on one side of the space and a walk-up counter on the other side. Owners... — Updated 4/24/2019

 By Park Baker    News

New BMC Concert Hall Planned

On Friday, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new Parker Concert Hall at the Brevard Music Center. The indoor concert hall on the lake is scheduled to open in summer 2020... — Updated 4/15/2019

 By Park Baker    News

Bike Bill Impact Unclear

On Saturday, the 20th annual Assault on the Carolina’s (AOTC) drew riders from all over the country, and a few internationally, to ride from Brevard, over the South Carolina state line, and back up over Caesar’s Head. With so... — Updated 4/8/2019

 By Park Baker    News

Bill Calls For Fee Study At DuPont

“Pay to play” might be coming to DuPont State Recreational Forest sooner than anticipated. N.C. Sen. Chuck Edwards is the primary sponsor of Senate Bill 390, which was filed in the General Assembly on Thursday, that directs... — Updated 4/1/2019

 By Park Baker    News

River Tour Looks At Needs

Sections of the upper French Broad River are being overused, while other sections are being underused, according to local officials. Last week, a group of conservationists, land... — Updated 3/25/2019

 By Park Baker    News

Broadband Feedback Needed

More choices for broadband Internet access may be coming to Transylvania County in the near future but more local feedback on the subject is needed. Sara Nichols, a Land of Sky Regional Council regional planner, is currently... — Updated 3/20/2019

 By Park Baker    Outdoors

Destination Hike: Yellow Mountain Fire Tower

This week's destination hike is the Yellow Mountain fire tower above Lake Glenville. About an hour drive from Brevard, this stone foundation fire tower was built in 1934 by the... — Updated 2/25/2019

 By Park Baker    News

Town Asked To Pay For Dead Wildlife

The Rosman Board of Aldermen voted last week to make a counter offer to the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for replacing wildlife killed when 300 gallons of chlorine spilled in the French Broad River. A valve left... — Updated 2/18/2019

 By Park Baker    News

Panel Discusses Impact Of Outdoor Recreation Industry

Social, economic and environmental sustainability issues that surround the outdoor recreation industry were the focus of a panel discussion last week. David Knight, the director... — Updated 2/13/2019

 By Park Baker    News

Lawmaker Issued Domestic Violence Order

N.C. Rep. Cody Henson, who represents District 113, was served with a 50B Ex Parte Domestic Violence Order of Protection on Jan. 31, according to court documents. The order, signed by District Court Judge Mack Brittain on Jan. 30,... — Updated 2/6/2019

 By Park Baker    News

Power Bill Concerns Voiced On Social Media

Concerns about recent Duke Energy utility bills have lit up local social media groups. Brevard resident Lisa Clark is one of Duke Energy’s 15,387 customers in Transylvania County. During Winter Storm Diego last December she was... — Updated 2/6/2019

 By Park Baker    News

Voices Raised In Celebration, Unity - Brevard, NC

The community celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday night during the annual "Unity in the Community" event that began with a march from Bethel "A" Baptist church... — Updated 1/25/2019

 By Park Baker    News

DuPont Forest Receives Another Land Donation - Transylvania County, NC

The Conservation Fund, an environmental non-profit, has conveyed 778.5 acres owned by the Pickelsimer estate to the state, with the property becoming part of DuPont State... — Updated 1/23/2019

 By Park Baker    News

Officials Concerned By Dead Deer In East Fork Area

Sixteen shot dead deer were found recently, left on the side of the road in the East Fork community, according to David Whitmire. Whitmire, owner of Headwaters Outfitters and chair... — Updated 1/21/2019

 By Park Baker    News

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... — Updated 1/16/2019

 By Park Baker    News

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... — Updated 1/15/2019

 By Park Baker    News

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... — Updated 1/9/2019

 By Park Baker    News

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... — Updated 12/26/2018

 By Park Baker    News

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 th... — Updated 12/17/2018

 By Park Baker    Outdoors

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... — Updated 12/17/2018


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