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 By Park Baker    News    March 21, 2019 

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 focusing her energy on a...

 

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 U.S. Forest Service...

 
 By Park Baker    News    February 18, 2019

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 open in a chlorine...

 
 By Park Baker    News    February 14, 2019

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 for the N.C. Office...

 
 By Park Baker    News    February 7, 2019

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, concludes that Hens...

 
 By Park Baker    News    February 7, 2019

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 without power for...

 
 By Park Baker    News    January 24, 2019

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 Recreational Forest, likely...

 
 By Park Baker    News    January 24, 2019

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 and concluded with...

 
 By Park Baker    News    January 21, 2019

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 of the N.C. Wildlif...

 
 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...

 

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