Articles from the December 9, 2019 edition

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DNA Evidence Introduced In Murder Trial – Brevard, NC

The trial in the murder case of 18-year-old Saul Ayala continues today after another week of testimony from state witnesses. Today is the 18th day of the trial since jury selection began on Nov. 12. Last week, Assistant District Attorney Beth...

 

Officials' GOP Exit Decision Discussed – Transylvania County, NC

Transylvania County Commissioner Jason Chappell said he would have resigned his position on the board if he had quit the Republican Party. Chappell made the comment after being reached for reaction to the decision by Commissioners David Guice, Mike H...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    December 9, 2019

Rosman Welcomes Home Injured Student – Rosman, NC

Love and support greeted 16-year-old Devin Galloway Thursday when he stepped out of his dad's truck in front of Rosman High School. Cheering friends gathered outside the building with green signs...

 

BHS To Again Host Miss Brevardier Pageant – Brevard, NC

It's been 35 years since the last time Brevard High School hosted the Miss Brevardier pageant, but thanks to the hard work of one student, in just a few weeks the tradition will return once again....

 

Sam Edney Files For House Seat – Transylvania County, NC

Transylvania County businessman Sam Edney officially launched his campaign to restore responsible government to North Carolina Friday morning at the Board of Elections in Brevard, according to a...

 

Chapman Looking To Return To Commission – Transylvania County, NC

Former County Commission Chairman Larry Chapman has filed for the Republican primary on March 3 for another term on the board. Chapman served on the board from 2008 until 2016. "After eight years on...

 

Moe Davis Running For Congress – Transylvania County, NC

The poverty rate in western North Carolina is soaring, according to a press release from Moe Davis, who filed last week for the Democratic nomination for the 11th Congressional District, which...

 

C.A.R.E. Coalition Receives Funds To Tackle Local Substance Abuse – Transylvania County, NC

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) recently announced 150 new grants for its Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program. The C.A.R.E. Coalition of Transylvania County was one of the grant recipients and will receive $125,...

 

Nonpartisan Boards Work

One of the reasons county commissioners David Guice, Mike Hawkins and Page Lemel gave for switching their political affiliation from Republican to Unaffiliated is their belief that “local government should not be partisan in nature.” They stated...

 

Proposed Store Is Major Risk

There is a proposed Dollar General for the bottom of Becky Mountain Road in a field which floods frequently. The field is significantly lower than the two roads, Becky Mountain Road and Highway 276. It’s the perfect floodplain for the French Broad...

 

Bells, Books, And Brevard

I was fortunate to attend the “Christmas Around The World” concert presented by the Blue Ridge Ringers at our wonderful library! The musical selections were superb, sharing the spirit of the holidays, and show-cased the true talent and...

 

Brave And Bold

Kudos to our three county commissioners for their extremely brave and bold announcement last week. I am a longtime Democrat and their decision filled me with pride, not because of my politics but because they made their decisions for all the right...

 

Quiet Time

I really appreciated Dr. John Campbell’s column entitled “Can Solitude Help with the Impeachment Crisis?” in the Dec. 5 Transylvania Times. It brought to mind that Dec. 10 marks the 51st anniversary of the accidental death of Thomas Merton, a...

 

Proud Of Commissioners

I am so very proud of Mike Hawkins, Page Lemel and David Guice in their decision to leave the Republican Party and becoming Unaffiliated. Hooray for them. They have honest convictions and are standing up for them. This is unusual in “these...

 

Local Historian Concerned About Proposed Dollar Store

The Transylvania Times article about a proposed new Dollar General Store off U.S. 276 at the intersection of Becky Mountain Road and Rich Mountain Road raises many serious questions for residents in south Transylvania County, not just Dunn’s Rock...

 

A Christmas Angel

On Wednesday morning I went to Food Lion to purchase the items needed to cook for the St. Nicholas Dinner at St. Philip’s. While standing in line to check out, a little lady came in the line behind me. She commented on my cart full of food and...

 

Time To Be Awakened

The commander of the Japanese fleet on Dec. 7, 1941, after an unprecedented attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor, killing thousands of military and civilians, famously stated, “I am afraid that we have only awakened a sleeping giant.” Japan...

 

The New Courthouse A Bad Deal

We already have a perfectly fine courthouse. The county’s job is to look after its property, including the courthouse. When things age, they fall apart. Wear and tear associated with age is unavoidable. Proper main-tenance and preventative work...

 

Who Lacks Common Sense?

I gather that Mr. Donoghue of Lake Toxaway has had, as a businessman, 40 years of unhappy dealings with environmental regulations. He goes on a rant about environmentalists in general having no common sense at all, and how it is businessmen who are...

 

Cathey's Creek Was 'Winter Wonderland'

The following briefs are from the Thursday, Dec. 11, 1969 edition of The Transylvania Times. The Commission on Elementary School of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools recommended system-wide accreditation for Transylvania County at its...

 

Honoring Promise Of Equity For All Students

In a recent article I wrote for The Transylvania Times, I outlined the Transylvania County School System's efforts to offer students, particularly high school students, a variety of course and...

 

BRCC Students Prepare For Exams

Blue Ridge Community College fall semester ends Dec. 11, and spring semester starts Jan. 7. Spring admissions are happening now through Dec. 20. Call (828) 883-2520 or visit www.blueridge.edu for...

 

How To Create A Durable Gingerbread House

Gingerbread cookies and houses are one of the many symbols of the holiday season, alongside Christmas trees and twinkling lights. In fact, few confections symbolize the holidays more so than...

 

Browns Celebrating 55 Years of Marriage

Ernest Lee and Edna Crane Brown, of Pisgah Forest, celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary Dec. 5, 2019. They were married Dec. 5, 1955, in Pickens, S.C. They have two children, daughter, Karen...

 

BLT's 'Christmas Belles' Is A Holiday Romp

As Christmas approaches in tiny Fayro, Texas, it’s time for the Christmas pageant at the Tabernacle of the Lamb Church, but this year something has changed. The new director, Honey Raye Futrelle, wants to add pizzazz to the affair. The renamed...

 

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