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County Board Challenges Fellow Member – Transylvania County, NC

Transylvania County Commissioner Will Cathey cited health issues as the reason for his absence from meetings as fellow board members expressed frustration during their regular meeting Monday about his attendance record and general participation....

 

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...

 
 By Alex Perri    News    September 2, 2019

Magazine Highlights Local Landmarks – Transylvania County, NC

Three Transylvania landmarks and families are featured in the September issue of Our State magazine, including the old Shuford Farm barn on Everett Road, now owned by Clay Sykes and family, the...

 

County Looking For Temporary Courtroom Space – Transylvania County, NC

Transylvania County commissioners face major long-term and short-term decisions on the courthouse. During their regular meeting Monday, commissioners supported the formation of a committee in the next few weeks to tackle the courthouse’s long-term...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Kudos To Hawkins, Lemel, Guice And Lanier

My respects to one of the best editorials I have read to date in the Monday, July 29, edition of The Transylvania Times. (If you missed that edition, go get it online or at The Transylvania Times office.) These people are what this country is about!...

 

Need More People Like Hawkins

I would like to thank Board of Commissioners Chair Mike Hawkins for his remarks at the last commissioners’ meeting; Commissioners Page Lemel and David Guice for supporting his remarks; and The Transylvania Times for reporting them in full in its...

 

Respect, Not Demagoguery

   County Commission Chairman Mike Hawkins is to be commended for his comments last Monday night denouncing the troubling statements made during President Trump’s campaign rally at East Carolina University. The support expressed by Commissioners...

 

Thoughtful Representative Is Needed

I will keep Thursday’s edition of The Transylvania Times for its juxtaposition of the sad story of our recent state representative and his wife - may they come to know peace and happiness in their lives - and the thoughtful, unifying letter from...

 

Appreciates Hawkins' Comments

I would like to publicly thank Mike Hawkins for his eloquent comments at the commissioners’ meeting on Monday night which appeared in Thursday’s paper. It was a powerful reminder of who we are as a country and of how important it is for us to...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    July 25, 2019

Commissioners Approve $2.7 Million Pay Plan – Transylvania County, NC

The Board of Commissioners Monday unanimously approved a roughly $2.7 million pay plan the board believes will help make the county more competitive in recruiting and retaining quality employees. County employees’ pay will be adjusted in September...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    July 25, 2019

Chairman Speaks Out Against Racist Comments – Transylvania County, NC

Editor’s Note: During Monday’s Board of Commissioners’ meeting, Chairman Mike Hawkins read during the period set aside for commissioner comments what he characterized as a “story.” Prior to speaking, Hawkins emphasized he was talking not...

 
 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...

 

Balsam Grove News – Transylvania County, NC

Kiesee Wildlife Club Meeting The Kiesee Wildlife Club will meet at the Balsam Grove Community Center on Monday, July 15, starting at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. Celebration Of Life There will be a Celebration of Life Service for Peggy...

 

Gary David Holliday

Gary David Holliday, 67, of Brevard, left his earthly bonds Friday, July 5, 2019, with his loving wife by his side. He is now rejoicing in Heaven with his family and friends who have passed before...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 27, 2019

Commissioners Approve Budget, 12.5 Cent Tax Increase

On Monday, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners approved a $63,936,857 budget for the 2019/2020 fiscal year, including the 10.5 cents voter-approved tax increase to pay the $68 million school construction bond and a further 2 cents to help...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 27, 2019

New Organization Will Work On Helping Transylvania's Poor

Beginning July 1, Community Action Opportunities (CAO) is taking over the work of Western Carolina Community Action to help some of Transylvania County’s poorest residents. CAO will now administer the roughly $60,000 Community Services Block Grant...

 

BES Announces Fourth Quarter Honor Roll

The following students were named to the Brevard Elementary School’s Honor Roll for the fourth quarter of 2018-19 school year. 4th Grade A Honor Roll Odin Cleveland, Rion Coadwell, Ella Crider, Marlena Daves, Elena Durant, Justin Elmore, Eli...

 

Bonnie Hawkins Grose

Bonnie Hawkins Grose, 86, of Pisgah Forest, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2019, at Hendersonville Health and Rehab. She was a daughter of the late Ragan Morris Hawkins and Ethel Leigh Turner Hawkins....

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 13, 2019

Schenck Job Corps' Fate On County's Radar-Transylvania County, NC

With the proposed privatization of Schenck Job Corps in Pisgah National Forest on the table, Transylvania County officials have reached out to Congressman Mark Meadows’ office and will host a meetin...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 13, 2019

Board Members Speak Out On Meeting Attendance-Transylvania County, NC

At the beginning of Tuesday’s regular Transylvania County Board of Commissioners’ meeting, Commission Chairman Mike Hawkins noted that Commissioner Jason Chappell was absent because he was on vacation, but he didn’t know why Commissioner Will...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 10, 2019

County Budget May Include 12.5 Cents Tax Increase-Transylvania County, NC

On top of a proposed 10.5 cents property tax increase to pay for the voter-approved $68 million school bond, a majority of the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners are recommending a further 2 cents tax increase for long-term capital needs,...

 
 By Matthew McGregor    News    May 30, 2019

City To Collect Its Own Taxes

After nearly 70 years of the county collecting property tax revenues within Brevard, the city plans to take over the responsibility. During its recent meeting, the Brevard City Council approved a recommendation from the city’s Finance Committee to...

 

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