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 By John Lanier    News    February 22, 2018

Board Moving Toward Teacher Contract Changes

By a 3-2 vote Monday evening, the Transylvania County Board of Education approved the first reading of Policy 7410, which covers contracts for non-career status teachers. For decades, teachers in North Carolina worked on one-year contracts for their...

 

Tough To Attract, Retain Teachers

Within the next few years, North Carolina, particularly its non-urban areas, including Transylvania County, could face a serious problem attracting and retaining veteran teachers. As Colin Campbell notes in his adjacent column, new teachers in North...

 

Time To Say "Enough"

How many tears must we cry as we read about innocent schoolchildren slaughtered in a hail of bullets? As we read about loving parents who sent their sons and daughters happily off to school one morning and spent the evening making funeral arrangement...

 

Support Our JROTC Students

Members of the Transylvania County Honor Guard recently had the privilege of standing on the “Red Carpet” at the “Night To Shine” event sponsored by Brevard Community Church. Many area residents volunteered that evening to ensure that those...

 

Filing For Local, State And National Races Continues

As of this Wednesday morning, the following candidates have filed to run in the May primaries: •Incumbent David Mahoney has filed for the Republican primary for sheriff. •Incumbent Marty Griffin has filed for the Democratic primary for the Board...

 

Those To Be Admired

This is President’s Day and for a very few blessed moments I heard the remarks of two very gifted speakers. Abraham Lincoln’s address at Gettysburg remains a classic and did much to help heal our nation at a time of crisis. I heard actor Henry...

 

Danger To Civil Society

The National Rifle Association has become a danger to civil society and should be treated as a threat to public safety. It spends millions of dollars bribing politicians and sabotaging the most minimal restrictions on gun purchases. The NRA says...

 

A Kind People

Brevard is that gracious town with kind people. Saturday I experienced a stalled car in the middle of Main Street. The engine wouldn’t start. I started walking in search of a truck or car with jumper cables. I found a car with a gentleman who...

 

Inaction Is Collusion With Murder

How many children and teachers have to die and how many families must endure the worst tragedy imaginable before Congress will act to stop gun violence? The spate of school shootings and mass murder has not emboldened Congress into action. Where are...

 

Commissioners Hear Department Accomplishments, Goals

Last week during the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners’ meeting each government department gave its semi-annual report on accomplishments, trends and goals. The first reports were published in this past Thursday’s and Monday’s papers....

 

Politicians Top Priority Is Themselves

Just as President Trump announced plans to cut entitlement programs, The Week magazine reported the following quote, “Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Scott Pruitt, often flies first class for what he says are security reasons. He...

 

Chappell Files For Clerk Position

Jason Robert Chappell has announced he will seek the Republican Party nomination in the May 8 primary for the office of Clerk of Superior Court in Transylvania County. Chappell, who currently serves as a county commissioner, has filed along with incu...

 

City Considering Greater Density For Residential - Brevard, NC

Brevard City Council voted 3-2 Monday on text amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), which would allow for higher densities in particular zoning districts. The amendments, according to a city staff report, address the “many...

 

Recognition

Sammy Kicklighter, chairman of the Transylvania County Republican Party, presents a certificate of appreciation to Betty and Charles Taylor at the Republican Breakfast Club on Saturday morning at...

 

BC Remembers William Stanback

William C. Stanback, a member of the Brevard College Board of Trustees for over 60 years, a husband, father and philanthropist, died on Wednes-day, Feb. 7. He was 95. Stanback gave generously to Brevard College during his many years on the board....

 

Recalling The Day 'The Marines' Hymn' Rang Out

It's odd how a particular sound or smell has the power to transport one back to a place in time when that person experienced that unique sound or smell. For myself and, I'm certain, other aging...

 

Delta Kappa Gamma Elects Officers - Brevard, NC

On a balmy Feb. 15, afternoon, 23 members and guests of the local Gamma Upsilon Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International gathered for a delicious meal, enlightening program and important business meeting. Hostesses were Betty Padrick,...

 

DAR Member Presents Flag To New Home Owner

The Waightstill Avery Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) provided the U.S. flag and the U.S. flag code to Eric Edwards, the most recent Habitat for Humanity homeowner. A large...

 

At Annual Luncheon: Habitat For Humanity Honors Volunteers

On Feb. 11, local Habitat President Don Campbell, ReStore manager Kari Ward, assistant manager Amanda Landreth, and project manager Mike Krauter welcomed approximately 80 volunteers and their spouses...

 

Guest Column: Progress Made On The Railroad Depot Project - Brevard, NC

I am excited, and many of you are too, that the old Railroad Depot is going to be recreated and relocated on Railroad Avenue. Several weeks ago, before Christmas, Greg Frady and I visited my good friend, Tim Hall, where he shared in conversation...

 

Registration Now Open For Oskar Blues 4-Miler Run

The sixth annual Oskar Blues 4-Miler and kids' fun run is set for Saturday, March 3, and registration is now open for those interested in participating. The event begins and ends at Oskar Blues' Breva...

 

Pisgah Center Offers Free Classes In March - Pisgah Forest, NC

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is offering free outdoor-related workshops for people of all ages and skill levels throughout the month of March. Online registration is required for the workshops,...

 

Rhyne Leads Tornados' Golf Team At Converse - Brevard, NC

Senior Kelsie Rhyne fired a two-day score of 187 (96-91, +43) and finished in 41st to lead the way for the Brevard College women’s golf team at the Converse Spring Invite that concluded Tuesday afternoon. Taylor Scovel finished three shots back...

 

Pisgah United Competes At Spring Classic

Pisgah United Competes At Spring Classic The Pisgah United U10 soccer team traveled to Lawrenceville, Ga. to compete in the Steamers FC Spring Classic soccer tournament over the President's Day...

 

Visit Local Brings Residents And Visitors Together - Brevard, NC

Once again, the Brevard/Transylvania Chamber's Visitor Center celebrated the area by hosting the 2nd Annual Visit Local event. And, once again, everyone who dropped in had a wonderful time. Steel...

 

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