Articles from the May 1, 2014 edition

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Marian McMahon Felty

Marian McMahon Felty, 84, of Penrose, died April 28, 2014. She was born in Swannanoa, N.C. to the late Gilbert Kenneth and Linda Arwood Morgan. In addition to her parents, she was... — Updated 5/2/2014

 By Jeremiah Reed    News

GOP Candidates Spar At Forum – Brevard NC

With the primary election Tuesday, six Republican candidates vying for two seats participated in an open forum last Thursday at the Transylvania County courthouse. The forum was sponsored by The Transylvania County Republican Party... — Updated 5/2/2014


River Access Dedication

in Penrose. Dave Russell, with RiverLink, gave brief opening remarks and spoke about the work RiverLink does to revitalize the French Broad and get more people to enjoy the river.... — Updated 5/2/2014



The story entitled “County Growth Stalls” in Monday’s issue of this paper points to some very serious long-term problems facing this county. The article reveals that Transylvania County is falling behind our neighboring... — Updated 5/2/2014


Linda Brock Waldrop

Linda Brock Waldrop, 67, of Marion, N.C., passed away Sunday, April 27, 2014, at the John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville, with her loving family by her side. Born Oct. 2,... — Updated 5/2/2014


Jack Carroll "Jacko" Bassett Sr.

Jack Carroll “Jacko” Bassett Sr. left this world peacefully Thursday, April 24, 2014, after a period of declining health. He was born Jan. 11,1961, to the late Billy James Bassett and Eulene Perry Bassett from Asheville. In... — Updated 5/2/2014

 By Jeremiah Reed    News

Hospital Drops Plans For Wellness Center – Brevard NC

Despite receiving support throughout the community, Transylvania Re-gional Hospital’s board of directors has nixed the proposal to construct a new Healthy Living Center on the Asheville Highway after being unable to raise... — Updated 5/2/2014

 By Jeremiah Reed    News

Tower Ordinance Discussed – Brevard NC

Transylvania County Commissioners heard both positive and negative comments from local residents and telecommunications representatives during a public hearing on the proposed cell tower ordinance Monday night. The county Planning... — Updated 5/2/2014

 By Park Baker    News

Special Olympics Cancels State Trip – Brevard NC

Transylvania County Special Olympics athletes will not be attending the upcoming state track and field competition held in Raleigh due to volunteer scheduling conflicts and lack of a practice facility. Special Olympics athletes, ho... — Updated 5/2/2014


Watchful Eyes

Sergeant Ronnie Bickford, with Brevard Police Department, gives some last minute instructions to local kids before they start pedaling through a bicycle safety-training course as... — Updated 5/2/2014


Scott Elliott Named Watauga County School Superintendent

Dr. Scott Elliott has been appointed by the Watauga County Board of Education as superintendent of Watauga County Schools effective July 1.Elliott has served the past two years as... — Updated 5/2/2014


Legal Notices for May 1, 2014

HAYWOOD ELECTRIC MEMBERSHIP CORPORATION VEHICLES FOR BID MAY 2014 Haywood EMC is now accepting sealed bids on the following vehicles: Truck 7 2002 Chevy Trailblazer LS, 4x4, Vortec 4200 6 cylinder engine, Forest green, automatic,... — Updated 5/2/2014


Church Activities – Transylvania County

NEXT Church NEXT Church has moved to 5620 Asheville Highway, 3.2 miles past the Walmart intersection, in a big building on the right. The first worship in the new location will be celebrated with a hot dog lunch after the service... — Updated 4/30/2014


News of Organizations

AARP AARP Chapter 8 will meet Wednesday, May 14, at 11:30 a.m. for their lunch (Dutch-treat) meeting at Kelsey’s on Spartanburg Highway. Special guest Joe Elliot will give a presentation about the Vet Card Campaign. Visitors are... — Updated 4/30/2014


Keys To Keeping A Job

One of the major concerns of our county is finding jobs for the people who live here, bringing in industry, creating businesses, etc. In the spirit of encouraging that, I have some general advice for the native people, based on... — Updated 4/30/2014


Saving Hemlocks

The recent article documents the tragedy of the loss of large hemlocks to Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) and the resulting threat to hemlock riparian ecosystems. It also documents the active role that USDA has played in attempting... — Updated 4/30/2014


Transylvania Tea Party Reborn

For over 150 years, the citizens of Transylvania County have held together as one patriotic and civic-minded entity, enduring two world wars, multiple global skirmishes, poverty, depression, and other societal ills which have... — Updated 4/30/2014


A Time Of Hope

Spring is a time of hope and optimism. Warm sunshine, budding branches, Carolina wrens returning to familiar nesting spots. This is so for many of us who spent the winter with depression and other mental illnesses. We have learned... — Updated 4/30/2014


Site Ready To Develop

I have followed the discussion and write ups on the subject of economic development in Transylvania County. I think there is something missing from this whole conversation. That is, we already have a world class site in... — Updated 4/30/2014


Setting Me Straight

I appreciated William Muir setting me straight in his recent letter to your paper regarding President Obama’s failure to militarily support Ukraine. When he quoted the Wall Street Journal columnist accusing the West of... — Updated 4/30/2014


Voting Rights

Recently I watched the Afghanistan election on television and was amazed to see long lines of people waiting for hours to vote, many for the first time in their lives. Even more amazing and encouraging were the lines of women,... — Updated 4/30/2014


Keep Human Relations Council

As a former member of the Brevard/ Transylvania Human Relations Council, I am concerned about the recent city council vote (4 to 1) to relegate oversight of the Human Relations Council to the county. I hope the council’s vote... — Updated 4/30/2014


Justice Was Served

A quiet, soft spoken and compassionate man who wouldn’t hurt a thing is how we would describe Richard Holden. A stroke had rendered him unable to defend himself a few years before his death in August 2009. This man didn’t... — Updated 4/30/2014


Colorful Floral Carpet

The beautiful trees lining downtown French Broad and Main streets shed their blossoms in this week's high wind, giving shoppers a colorful carpet on which to walk from store to... — Updated 4/30/2014


Early Voting Off To A Hot Start Prior To Primaries – Transylvania County

Early voting totals in this year’s primary elections are running ahead of those in the 2010 primaries. According to the Transylvania County Board of Elections, as of the end of the day Tuesday, April 29, there were 794 local... — Updated 4/30/2014


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