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County Officials Talk Vision – Transylvania County, NC

Editor’s Note: Recently, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners held a workshop to discuss the county’s strategic plan, which includes goals and strategies that guide county departments in their day-to-day actions and, in particular, infl...

 

Fire Tax District Change On The Table – Transylvania County, NC

This fall, Transylvania County will host a series of public information meetings as it considers replacing the various fire tax districts in the county with one single tax district. The Board of Commissioners approved the meetings during its regular...

 

Pedestrian Bridge In Place – Brevard, NC

On Wednesday morning, a 20,000-pound pedestrian footbridge was placed over King’s Creek off Railroad Avenue in Brevard. The 10-foot-wide and 80-foot-long bridge arrived pre-constructed from Contech...

 

Legal Notices: August 29, 2019

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE Section 5311 (ADTAP), 5310, 5339, 5307 and applicable State funding, or combination thereof. Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held on the proposed Transylvania County Community Transportation Program... Full story

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    August 26, 2019

City To Consider Selling Land For Housing – Brevard, NC

The city of Brevard’s planning staff will research the feasibility of selling an 8-acre piece of residentially zoned land off Cashier’s Valley Road, next to the Public Works Facility, to a housing assistance company to build eight single-family...

 

Bracken Mountain Preserve Features New Trail – Brevard, NC

A new trail for hiking and mountain biking just opened in Bracken Mountain Preserve. The approximately 1.5-mile Pinnacle Trail offers a steep climb with 500 feet of elevation gain and creates a new loop. It brings the trail system in Bracken...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    August 22, 2019

Brevard Wants To Beautify City's 'Entrance' – Brevard, NC

On Monday, Brevard City Council discussed the beautification and landscaping of the two proposed roundabouts at the intersections of U.S. 64, U.S. 276 and U.S. 280 at the forest intersection and the Forest Gate Shopping Center entrance. Council appro...

 

Impact Of County's Strategic Plan Discussed – Transylvania County, NC

Recently, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners held a workshop to discuss the county’s strategic plan, which includes goals and strategies that guide county departments in their day-to-day actions and, in particular, influences budget...

 

Proposed Ecusta Trail Gets $6.4 Million Boost – Transylvania County, NC

Transylvania County officials remain “neutral” on the proposed Ecusta Trail after it was announced last week that Conserving Carolina was awarded a $6.4 million N.C. Department of Transportation...

 

City Employees Praise Wellness Program – Brevard, NC

In response to questions regarding the city of Brevard’s Wellness Fitness Program for employees, nine department heads and employees recently gathered at City Hall to provide testimonials to The...

 

Rosman Booster Dalton Was Early Recipient

In 1988, John "Jake" Dalton received the second scholarship made possible by the Connestee Falls Student Scholarship Program; the first had been awarded in 1987. At that time, money for the...

 

Eric Edwards Returns From D.C. Homelessness Conference – Brevard, NC

On July 23, 2015, Eric Edwards sat in his apartment in Rutherfordton, N.C., with a bottle of Jim Beam, ready to end his life. Fast-forward four years later to July 23, 2019, and Edwards was in...

 

City Infrastructure Receives Funding – Brevard, NC

The N.C. Division of Water Infrastructure (NCDWI) has approved a $500,000 grant and a $1,583,000 no interest loan for the city of Brevard’s Gallimore Road Sewer Rehab Project. “The purpose of this project is to reduce rain dependent inflow and...

 

Comporium Offering Faster Download Speeds

Broadband customers in Comporium’s Transylvania County service area are now able to get even faster download speeds. Comporium has wrapped up a system-wide upgrade at the end of July that will enable any address in the county that is served by the...

 
 By Matthew McGregor    News    July 22, 2019

Officials Looking At Water, Sewer Violations – Brevard, NC

The city of Brevard is waiting to hear the outcome of final reports after a state agency issued violations late last year for the city’s Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) on Wilson Road and the city’s Water Treatment Plant (WTP) on Cathey’s...

 
 By Matthew McGregor    News    July 15, 2019

City Dog Park Getting Closer To Reality – Brevard, NC

Brevard's own long-awaited dog park is finally happening. HCA (Hospital Corporations of America) has agreed to deed land owned by HCA to the city of Brevard for the use of a 2.7-acre dog park at the...

 
 By John Lanier    News    July 15, 2019

Board Hears Employee Pay Plan Options – Transylvania County, NC

The Transylvania County Board of Commissioners last Tuesday received two options regarding employee compensation that are aimed at making the county more competitive in recruiting and retaining quality employees. County Manager Jaime Laughter said...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    July 15, 2019

Last Phase Of City's Multi-Use Path System Gets Underway – Brevard, NC

The last phase in the completion of the city's multi-use path system has begun with the construction of the pedestrian footbridge over King's Creek on Railroad Avenue last week. The bridge will be 10...

 

A Matter Of Patriotism And Respect

I have never been so dismayed as when I read about the city manager’s recent actions and firings. What kind of leadership do we have running our town as one who has such blatant disrespect for military uniform? I served in the United States Navy...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 24, 2019

County Closes Out New Building Project

Efforts are underway to try and recoup some of the costs that caused the construction of the now finished Sylvan Valley Industrial Facility on Ecusta Road to run over its initial budget. During its recent meeting, the Transylvania County Board of...

 

Veterans Should Not Demean Another Veteran

I had presumed that the tempest in a thimble over Jim Fatland’s uniform fiasco was behind us, but yesterday’s paper (June 20) proved otherwise. I would like to present a perception that the tempest has sadly distorted reality. The facts seem...

 
 By Matthew McGregor    News    June 20, 2019

City Council Approves Its 2020 Budget

Brevard City Council unanimously approved a $24.3 million budget for the 2020 fiscal year Monday, including no property tax increase, a 4 percent increase in water and sewer fees and $530,000 in funding for the Railroad Depot project. Tom Whitlock,...

 
 By Matthew McGregor    News    June 20, 2019

Public Questions Brevard City Manager's Actions, Firings

During Brevard City Council’s regular meeting Monday, several people addressed City Manger Jim Fatland’s recent military uniform controversy and the subsequent firing of two part-time city fire department employees. As previously reported, the...

 

Free Speech And Work

Based on several of the comments made in meetings, letters, phone calls and internet postings regarding City Manager Jim Fatland’s mismatched uniform in the Memorial Day Parade and Brevard Fire Chief Bobby Cooper’s subsequent dismissal of two par...

 

Firefighters Deserve Better

The recent dismissal of two Brevard firefighters over remarks related to Memorial Day and the city manager is nothing short of outrageous. It could be their constitutional right to free speech has been violated. I have heard many people say it is a...

 

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