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Forest Service Planning Controlled Burns-Brevard NC

Over the next several months as weather allows, the U.S. Forest Service will conduct several controlled burns across the four National Forests in North Carolina — Pisgah, Croatan, Uwharrie and Nantahala. The agency will notify... — Updated 2/10/2017


PE, Arts Are Important

Last year the state General Assembly passed a law calling for a reduction in class sizes in the primary grades. The idea is sound. The fewer students in a class, the more individual instruction students could receive, particularly... — Updated 2/10/2017

 By Derek McKissock    News

Edwards' Bill Seeks To Tackle Unfunded Retiree Benefits – Brevard NC

In a recent Associated Press story, N.C. Sen. Andy Wells, a Catawba County Republican and co-chairman of the Senate pensions and benefits committee, said unfunded retiree benefit... — Updated 2/9/2017


Carolyn G. Webb

Carolyn G. Webb, 78, a resident of Kingsbridge House in Brevard, passed away Wednesday evening, Feb. 1, 2017. She is survived by one sister, Linda Bates (Joe), of Texas; two... — Updated 2/8/2017


Dr. Benjamin Moseley (Mo) Waite

Dr. Benjamin Moseley (Mo) Waite, 80, a native of western North Carolina, died Feb. 3, 2017. Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Helen; his daughters, Noni Waite-Kucera (Greg) and... — Updated 2/8/2017


Edith Riddle

Edith Riddle, 65, of Pickens, S.C., passed away Jan. 28, 2017, in Anderson, S.C. She was the daughter of the late Jack and Willis Riddle. In addition to her parents, her son, Johnny Lee Riddle and brothers, John and John Jr.,... — Updated 2/8/2017


Charles Richard O'Shields

Charles Richard O’Shields, 50, of Pisgah Forest, passed away Feb. 3, 2017. Born to Joyce Moore and Russell O’Shields Feb. 24, 1966, he grew to be a strong, hardworking man who loved his family deeply. A love so strong, that he... — Updated 2/8/2017


Ann Katherine Schreiber Propst

Ann Katherine Schreiber Propst, 79, of Brevard, passed away peacefully at her home Feb. 2, 2017. She was born Aug. 1, 1937, in Washington, D.C. to the late Alton Schreiber and... — Updated 2/8/2017


William Ryan Gregory

William Ryan Gregory, 52, of Murrells Inlet, S.C., formerly of Brevard, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at MUSC after losing his battle with lung cancer. Heaven gained a special angel. Born in Mooresville, N.C., he was a son of... — Updated 2/8/2017


Sumner Curtis "Curt" Goodfellow

Sumner Curtis “Curt” Goodfellow, 80, of Brevard, passed away Jan. 22, 2017, at his home. A native of Normal, Ill., he was the son of the late Sumner Owen Goodfellow and Ruth Lillian Kies Stainton. He was an alumnus of Arizona... — Updated 2/8/2017


Spring-Like Fun

The unseasonably warm weather Tuesday saw young and old alike enjoying the outdoors. Damian and Shane Whitmire played some hoops at the basketball courts on the grounds of... — Updated 2/8/2017


State, County Launch eBooks For Children – Brevard NC

A first of its kind statewide eBook consortium specifically for children has launched in the Tar Heel State. The North Carolina Public Library Directors Association (NCPLDA) together with OverDrive and support from the state of Nor... — Updated 2/8/2017


Sheriff's Office Reports Recent Arrests, Incidents – Brevard NC

•William Brennan Vaughan, 19, was arrested on Thursday, Jan. 26, for one felony count of first-degree burglary and one felony count of larceny of a motor vehicle, according to the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office. He has... — Updated 2/8/2017

 By Matt McGregor    News

City, HOB Look To Join Forces On Master Plan – Brevard NC

The Downtown Master Plan Committee and the Heart of Brevard Design Committee are looking at merging to increase focus on completing the master plan. In a recent Downtown Master Plan Committee meeting, Heath Seymour, the Heart of Br... — Updated 2/8/2017

 By Park Baker    News

Rules To Protect Streams Rolled Back – Brevard NC

The 115th Congress voted 228 to 194 last Tuesday to roll back protections on streams and rivers. The Stream Protection Rule extended protections to waterways near coal mining operations. President Barack Obama had finalized a... — Updated 2/8/2017

 By John Lanier    News

School Board Sees Early Budget Numbers – Brevard NC

A preliminary budget for fiscal year 2017-18 projecting an increase of $318,788 in local funding was presented at a work session of the Transylvania County Board of Education Monday night. “These are some very, very preliminary... — Updated 2/8/2017


News Of Organizations

Parkinson’s Support Group Valentine’s Day, Tuesday Feb. 14, will be the first Brevard-Hendersonville Parkinson’s Support Group meeting for 2017. Due to weather conditions, the January meeting was cancelled. The support group... — Updated 2/8/2017


Take Care Of Your Heart On Valentine's Day – Brevard NC

Join AAUW in welcoming North Carolina native, Dr. Rachel Keever, a cardiologist with Asheville Cardiology Associates, who will be presenting a program on heart health and advances... — Updated 2/8/2017


Legal Notices for February 9, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE: The N.C. Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources The N. C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources hereby gives public notice that the Governor and Council of State on February 7, 2017 approved an amendment to... — Updated 2/8/2017 Full story


Robert Blocker To Present Dedicatory Piano Concert – Brevard NC

Dr. Robert Blocker will present a piano concert on Friday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Brevard First United Methodist Church to dedicate the church's new piano. The church recently... — Updated 2/8/2017


Church Activites – Transylvania County

Brevard- Davidson River Presbyterian This Sunday, Feb. 12, the guest preacher will be Dr. Tom Lewis, the former director of the Spirituality Program at Columbia Theological Seminary. Sandra Eastman, flutist, and the Chancel Choir... — Updated 2/8/2017


Senators Need To Explain DeVos Vote

Tuesday our North Carolina Senators both voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary. DeVos is arguably the least qualified nominee in a proposed cabinet selection that breaks all norms. Did our senators vote to affirm her... — Updated 2/8/2017


Talent Lost

In honor of Black History Month, a viewing of “Hidden Figures” would be well worthwhile. Three women who were designated as “computers” because of their outstanding mathematical skills were used by the NASA program during... — Updated 2/8/2017


Selective Outrage

I remember how disturbed Mr. Charles Brendle was by the frequency with which President Obama issued executive orders. He complained Obama was acting like a king. I wonder how he likes the fact that our new president issued four... — Updated 2/8/2017


Faith Calls Us To Help Refugees

“You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. You shall not afflict any widow or orphan” (Exodus 22:21-22). “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some... — Updated 2/8/2017


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