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Stories From 2019 Featured In Review – Brevard, NC

Editor's Note: The following are some of the top stories that appeared in The Transylvania Times during 2019. JANUARY •Over the Jan. 12-13 weekend, the partial government... — Updated 12/31/2019


Many Changes In 2019

While Transylvania County has always experienced some changes every year, 2019 was a year of extraordinary change, particularly in leadership positions throughout the county. Frank Porter, after 34 years of working for Comporium,... — Updated 12/30/2019

 By Matt McGregor    News

City Places Moratorium On Moving Electronic Signs – Brevard, NC

Last week, Brevard City Council approved a six-month prohibition, or moratorium, on permitting moving, electronic display signs. The purpose, according to the city’s Planning Department during last week’s council meeting, is... — Updated 11/25/2019

 By Matt McGregor    News

Paul Ray Named As City Of Brevard's Planning Director – Brevard, NC

Interim Planning Director Paul Ray dropped “interim” from his title Monday when he was sworn in as the city of Brevard’s planning director. “I feel honored to have been chosen as the new planning director,” Ray said in a... — Updated 11/21/2019

 By Matt McGregor    News

Council OKs Pay Hike, To Opt Out Of County Fire Tax – Brevard, NC

Last week’s Brevard City Council meeting saw its members approve a pay increase for themselves and the mayor, decide to “opt out” of a countywide fire tax, if one is approved, and hear parting remarks from a councilman at... — Updated 10/30/2019


Jimmie Peterson Loftis Ferguson

Jimmie Peterson Loftis Ferguson, 90, of Brevard, passed from her earthly home to her heavenly home Oct. 8, 2019. She was the oldest child of the late Macie Wells Peterson and James... — Updated 10/9/2019

 By Matthew McGregor    News

City Asked To Allow E-Bikes On Its Paved Trails – Brevard, NC

Art Odell, Sycamore Cycles’ manager, asked Brevard City Council at its Monday meeting for a text amendment to its regulations prohibiting motorized vehicles, specifically E-bikes, from operating on paved sections of the city’s... — Updated 9/18/2019


Municipal Candidate Filings End For Nov. 5 Election – Transylvania County, NC

Candidate filing for the November elections in the city of Brevard and town of Rosman has ended with uncontested races. On the Nov. 5, the seats currently occupied by Brevard Councilmen Gary Daniel, Maurice Jones and Charlie... — Updated 7/22/2019


Municipal Candidate Filing Ends This Friday – Transylvania County, NC

Candidate filing for the November elections in the city of Brevard and town of Rosman ends at noon on Friday, July 19. On Nov. 5, the seats currently occupied by Brevard councilmen Gary Daniel, Maurice Jones and Charlie Landreth,... — Updated 7/17/2019


Tourism Grant Aims To Help French Broad Stay Clear Of Debris

Transylvania County Tourism (TCT) provided a $10,000 grant in the spring to support the efforts of Transylvania County to keep the French Broad River clear of debris that causes erosion problems and poses a threat to recreational... — Updated 7/5/2019


Candidate Filing For Municipal Elections Begins This Friday

Candidate filing for the November elections in the city of Brevard and town of Rosman begins at noon on Friday and ends at noon on Friday, July 19. On the Nov. 5, the seats currently occupied by Brevard Councilmen Gary Daniel,... — Updated 7/3/2019

 By Matt McGregor    News

Council Talks About Budget Changes-Brevard, NC

Nonprofit funding, major capital projects and employee salaries were discussed by Brevard City Council during a budget workshop last week. The council will hold a public hearing Monday on its proposed budget for the 2019/2020... — Updated 6/14/2019


Adult Spelling Bee Raises More Than $21,000

The BEE, an adult spelling bee and costume contest co-hosted by Augustine Literacy Project-Brevard and Brevard Elementary OPT, was held on March 30 at the DFR Room in downtown... — Updated 4/10/2019


Keep Homes Off Steep Slopes

The Brevard City Council reversed course last week, voting 3-2 against increasing construction slopes from grades of 25 percent or less to nearly 50 percent. It was a prudent reversal. Earlier this month the council had voted 3-2... — Updated 2/25/2019

 By Matt McGregor    News

Council Reverses Vote On Changes To Steep Slopes

On Monday, Brevard City Council voted 3-2 against a proposal that would have allowed for construction on steep slopes from a maximum of roughly 25 percent to a roughly 50 percent grade. Councilmen Maurice Jones and Mac Morrow... — Updated 2/20/2019

 By Matt McGregor    News

Steep Slope Changes On City's Radar

Brevard City Council is currently moving toward increasing the allowable construction on steep slopes from a maximum of roughly 25 percent grade to just shy of a 50 percent grade. The current proposal also recommends changing the... — Updated 2/13/2019

 By Jeremiah Reed    News

Chamber Recognizes Local Businesses

D.D. Bullwinkel's Outdoors was named Business of the Year and Lucia Gerdes, owner of Cedar Mountain Canteen, was named Business Person of the Year during Saturday's... — Updated 1/28/2019

 By Derek McKissock    News

County Land Deal On Hold - Brevard NC

The Transylvania County Board of Commissioners’ previous move to buy the roughly 55 acres behind the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club off Gallimore Road in Brevard is not a done deal just yet. Last Friday at a special called... — Updated 12/12/2018

 By Matt McGregor    News

Hearing For Trail, Train Depot Set - Brevard NC

Brevard City Council voted three to two on holding a public input session on the Brevard Area Trails System, including the proposed construction of a train depot on Railroad... — Updated 11/6/2018

 By Derek McKissock    News

TDA: Tourism Impact Rising - Brevard NC

Last fiscal year, a record amount of occupancy tax revenues — $793,876 — was collected in Transylvania County. For Clark Lovelace, that one number alone shows “tourism is good in Transylvania County.” At last week’s Board... — Updated 10/15/2018

 By Matt McGregor    News

Council OKs Skate Park - Brevard NC

Brevard City Council has unanimously approved the construction of the Tannery Skate Park, which would be the first constructed amenity in the proposed park’s master plan. The council’s decision during its regular meeting... — Updated 10/10/2018


Forum To Be Held On Train Depot - Brevard NC

On Monday, Brevard City Council voted unanimously to hold a public forum for citizens to discuss the proposed railroad depot project. A date for the forum has not been set, as of... — Updated 10/10/2018


Council Approves Depot Project - Brevard NC

In a four to one vote Monday, Brevard City Council approved a $530,000 plan to reconstruct the city's old train depot on Railroad Avenue near the intersection with Burrell Avenue.... — Updated 9/21/2018

 By Matt McGregor    News

Council Suspends Parking-In-Lieu-Of Fee Increase - Brevard NC

Brevard City Council approved a motion Monday to suspend the city’s parking-in-lieu-of fee sche-dule until next year’s budget discussion. Parking in-lieu-of is an option for developers or businesses within the downtown mixed... — Updated 8/24/2018

 By Matt McGregor    News

Council Approves Brevard Budget, Tax Increase

Brevard City Council unanimously voted Monday to approve a $22.2 million budget for the 2019 fiscal year, including a 1.5-cent property tax increase to help pay for the new Mary C. Jenkins Community Center and increases in water... — Updated 6/20/2018


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