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Outdoor Industry Association Visits Transylvania-Brevard NC

Transylvania County was chosen by the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) as one of the destinations to showcase western North Carolina's outstanding recreational activities during... — Updated 10/10/2014


Lay On, MacDuff

MacDuff, the cat, looks none too pleased after a visit to the vet recently. His owners are Bill and Judy Smith. (Times photo by Sean Trapp)... — Updated 10/9/2014


Support A Living Wage

If you could walk a day in the shoes of the working poor in our community, what would you discover? In 2012, 29.9 percent of Transylvania County’s children and 15.8 percent of its adults lived in poverty, according to estimates... — Updated 10/8/2014


Vote For Lee McMinn

There are many reasons I support Lee McMinn for county commissioner. He is well informed and eager to work on issues of economic development, education, environment, and a good quality of life for the residents of our county.... — Updated 10/8/2014


Vote For Good Moral Character

Nov. 4 will be a day to make important decisions. As Election Day approaches, we will be considering candidates vying for positions in national, state, and local offices. While all these offices are important, let us give equal... — Updated 10/8/2014


Vote For Chapman

I have known Larry Chapman for 36 years. I worked with him at Ecusta for 22 of those years. During this time I have known him as a good friend as well as a business associate. I know Larry to be a highly capable and dedicated perso... — Updated 10/8/2014


Supporting Local Business

I want to thank the folks over at the Whistlestop Market in Cedar Mountain. We are very fortunate to have such a quality produce market so close to us. All year long, my wife and I have enjoyed the best fruits and vegetables in... — Updated 10/8/2014


Each Child Matters To Scruggs

I have known Betty Scruggs since 1992 and have had the rare opportunity to be able to say I have seen her in many roles: as a parent concerned for the wellbeing of her own child, as a teacher building the reading skills of young ch... — Updated 10/8/2014


What Will Candidates Do?

Enough of the television political bashing and mud slinging between candidates! Isn’t it time to hear what a candidate hopes to accomplish if elected? With the election just a month away, it appears that the candidate wearing... — Updated 10/8/2014


Support Marty Griffin

With the current problems with funding for our public school systems, it is imperative that we elect school board members who understand our local needs. Marty Griffin is a candidate who will do everything possible to see that we... — Updated 10/8/2014


McMinn For Commissioner

I strongly support Lee McMinn for the Transylvania Board of Commissioners and urge everyone to cast a vote for him. Lee is a truly committed individual who takes personal responsibility for the welfare of all Transylvania County... — Updated 10/8/2014


Rogers Is A Voice For Children

In my opinion Michael Rogers is the best candidate for the job of school board, not just because he has experience, but that does help. Rogers coached the Little League Baseball Team this summer. He also helped coach a team on the... — Updated 10/8/2014


For Jobs, Vote Edney

The candidates forum this past month was a wonderful opportunity to gain insight into how candidates think about governance and economic prosperity in our county. It was therefore revealing to hear one candidate for county... — Updated 10/8/2014



Do we want to pay taxes to support schools which can do as they please? Or do we want accountability for public education dollars? As a retired teacher, I cannot believe that our legislature voted to give away tax dollars to... — Updated 10/8/2014


Scruggs Brings Experience, Vision

As parents of two Transylvania County students who moved through the county school system under Betty Scruggs’s leadership and guidance all 13 years, we heartily endorse her merits and the vision and passion that Betty will... — Updated 10/8/2014


Vote For Norm Bossert

Headlines around the state proclaim that according to WalletHub, a national rating and ranking organization, North Carolina is the worst place in the nation for teachers. No wonder the state of Texas recently carried out such a... — Updated 10/8/2014


Supports Tillis, Chapman

As a conservative unaffiliated voter who has never voted a straight party ticket in my life, allow me to comment on two contests, one national and one local. The issue for me in the race for U.S. Senator is who controls the... — Updated 10/8/2014


To Be Safe, Register Now

As Patrick Gannon notes in his column today, the voting situation in North Carolina is very confusing and fluid. Two items are of particular immediate concern: same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting. The 2013 voting law... — Updated 10/8/2014


To Be Safe, Register Now

As Patrick Gannon notes in his column today, the voting situation in North Carolina is very confusing and fluid. Two items are of particular immediate concern: same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting. The 2013 voting law... — Updated 10/8/2014



Brevard College held its homecoming ceremonies during last weekend's game with Lenoir-Rhyne. From left are president David Joyce, Lynn Joyce, Jeremy Chandler (2014 Homecoming... — Updated 10/8/2014


August Jobless Increase – Transylvania County NC

Transylvania County’s jobless rate increased from 6.6 percent in July to 6.8 percent in August, according to preliminary figures from the state Division of Employment Security (DES). The local jobless numbers only take into... — Updated 10/8/2014

 By Derek McKissock    News

City, State Reach Wastewater Agreement – Brevard NC

Brevard City Council Monday approved entering an agreement with the state to fix the discharge problems at the wastewater treatment plant. Since April 2013, the city has violated its discharge permit with the N.C. Department of... — Updated 10/8/2014

 By Park Baker    News

Gambling Machines Seized From Business – Pisgah Forest NC

Riverside Grocery, located near the gateway to Pisgah National Forest, recently had 20 gambling machines seized by the Brevard Police Department and could face state and federal charges. The gas station owners, according to the... — Updated 10/8/2014

 By Park Baker    News

DuPont Plans For The Future – Cedar Mountain NC

DuPont State Recreational Forest rangers are winding down from a busy summer season of patrolling, keeping the area clean, responding to emergency calls and working to ensure that visitors have a great experience in the forest.... — Updated 10/8/2014

 By Jeremiah Reed    News

Same-Sex Marriage Decision Reaction – Brevard NC

For gay rights advocates, action – or in this case inaction – spoke louder than words on Monday as the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to hear appeals cases from five states regarding bans on gay marriage could signal another... — Updated 10/8/2014


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