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Board Appoints DSS Special Counsel

On July 12, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to appoint James “Jay” H. Taylor III as the full-time special counsel to the Department of Social Services. Commissioners reached this decision based... — Updated 7/19/2021


County And Fire Depts. Differ On Contracts

Three fire and rescue departments in Transylvania County have not yet signed new contracts with the county, prompting the Board of Commissioners (BOC) to vote to exercise a notice of termination for the existing contracts.... — Updated 7/19/2021

 By Derek McKissock    News

County Approves Budget, Tax Increase

The Transylvania County Board of Commissioners approved its 2021/2022 budget Monday, which includes tax increases to help pay for fire and rescue services and solid waste operations. The ad valorem property tax rate for the county... — Updated 6/23/2021

 By Derek McKissock    News

County May Run License Plate Agency

Transylvania County Government is in the running to be the new License Plate Agency (LPA) for the county. During last week’s Board of Commissioners’ meeting, County Manager Jaime Laughter said county staff had completed an... — Updated 6/21/2021

 By Derek McKissock    News

County Set To Change Trash Fees

The funding of solid waste collection in Transylvania County took another turn Monday when a majority of Transylvania County commissioners decided to scrap the earlier proposed $200 annual parcel fee and instead backed raising... — Updated 6/16/2021

 By Derek McKissock    News

Second Courtroom Decision Back On The Table

The county is back looking for a location for a second courtroom until a new courthouse is built after scrapping the plans to use the elections office conference room. During last week’s Board of Commissioners’ meeting, County... — Updated 5/31/2021

 By Derek McKissock    News

County Moving Toward $200 Fee For Trash

A majority of Transylvania County commissioners support, although somewhat reluctantly, funding the future of solid waste with an annual $200 parcel fee instead of a tax increase and for residents to use the garbage collection... — Updated 5/26/2021

 By Staff Reports    News

Pardee Hospital Offering New Option To Transylvanians Suffering Heart Attacks

Patients suffering a heart attack in Transylvania County now have another option for 24/7 ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) care. Pardee UNC Health Care has been designated a Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)... — Updated 5/26/2021

 By Derek McKissock    News

County Faces Garbage Decision

Currently, Transylvania County faces a shortfall of roughly $1.7 million to operate solid waste operations in next year’s budget. County government staff say increasing charges on the public to offset those annual loses is... — Updated 5/17/2021

 By Derek McKissock    News

Board Agrees On Fire Dept. Funding

County commissioners appear likely to approve a 5 percent personnel line item funding increase for all fire departments and the Transylvania County Rescue Squad, resulting in a $.0253 cents property tax increase above revenue... — Updated 5/13/2021

 By John Lanier    News

School Board Concerned About Teacher Supplements

On Monday evening, members of the Transylvania County Board of Education expressed disappointment and concern that no money for increasing teaching supplements has been included in the county budget proposed by County Manager... — Updated 5/6/2021

 By Derek McKissock    News

Inspectors Tell County To Repair Dog Kennels - Transylvania County

The Board of Commissioners has approved $47,000 to repair the dog kennels at the Animal Shelter after a state inspection. On March 31, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences conducted a random site inspection of t... — Updated 5/3/2021


Hogan Installed As Clerks' President

On April 23, Transylvania County’s Clerk to the Board Trisha Hogan was installed as president of the N.C. Association of County Clerks. She was elected at the association’s... — Updated 4/28/2021

 By Derek McKissock    News

Manager Presents County Budget

On Monday, County Manager Jaime Laughter presented her proposed $67.9 million budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, which calls for a decrease in the property tax rate and to keep spending fairly flat across the board. Laughter,... — Updated 4/28/2021


Commissioners Plan To Make Courthouse Decision By End of the Year, Hear Manager's Budget

During the Board of Commisssioners' regular meeting Monday night, Board Chairman Jason Chappell said he wanted the board to make a final decision on a new courthouse by the end of... — Updated 4/27/2021

 By Matthew McGregor    News

Average Property Values Have Increased By 17 Percent

On average, property values in Transylvania County have increased by 17 percent since 2016, according to Tax Administrator Jessica McCall. The county recently completed its latest property value appraisal, which impacts how much... — Updated 4/26/2021

 By Derek McKissock    News

Some Commissioners Mention Pausing The Process

Recently, Transylvania Commissioners David Guice and Teresa McCall have publically suggested stopping the current $68 million school bond process and taking another look at the plans to make major renovations at Brevard High and... — Updated 4/26/2021


Development Gets Boost – Brevard, NC

A proposed 80-unit affordable housing development at the intersection of Rosman Highway and Nicholson Creek Road is getting closer. Jim Yamin, president of Workforce Homestead, Inc., had requested $300,000 from the city of Brevard... — Updated 4/21/2021

 By Derek McKissock    News

Elections' Conference Room To Serve As Courtroom – Transylvania County, NC

On Monday, Transylvania County commissioners backed, for the short term, using the Board of Elections’ conference room as a temporary second courtroom to help with non-jury court cases. The second courtroom in the current... — Updated 4/14/2021


'Deep Dive' Into Financing $225 Million Capital Projects Scheduled

During its regular meeting today, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to take a “deep dive” into the financial options to pay for capital projects, such as a new courthouse and EMS base, and a replacemen... — Updated 4/12/2021

 By Derek McKissock    News

BRCC Explains Campus Limits – Brevard, NC

In the near future, Transylvania County will have two renovated high schools, thanks to the $68 million voter approved bond, but if local students go to the Blue Ridge Community... — Updated 3/29/2021

 By Derek McKissock    News

Museum Reopens, With Two-Year Lease Extension – Brevard, NC

Today, the Military History Museum of the Carolinas reopens, with two years added to its lease of the former county administration building beside the courthouse, but with changes in the use agreement with the county still to be... — Updated 3/24/2021

 By Matt McGregor    News

Former Landfill Director Pleads Guilty – Transylvania County, NC

Former Transylvania County Solid Waste Director Jeffrey Brookshire pleaded guilty on Monday to the charge of “illegal storage and disposal of hazardous waste without a permit.” Brookshire has been released on bond, with no... — Updated 3/24/2021

 By Alex Perri    News

Pastor, County Manager Recall Incident – Brevard, NC

When the first incendiary device was discovered near the First Baptist Church of Brevard on Sunday morning, Pastor Jeff Maynard said his security team found a device on fire. The fire, it appeared, was just seconds away from lighti... — Updated 3/17/2021


Public Health Expands Vaccine Eligibility – Transylvania County, NC

When the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services allowed COVID-19 vaccine pro-viders to expand eligibility to education and childcare workers on Feb. 24 and other frontline essential workers on March 10, Transylvania County re... — Updated 3/8/2021


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