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County Halts Courthouse Plans, Drops Tax Hike-Brevard NC

During a nearly five-hour meeting Monday, Transylvania County commissioners approved a $51.6 million budget for the 2019 fiscal year, ceased all current work on a new courthouse until a later date and dropped a proposed 2.5-cents property tax increas...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 4, 2018

Board Backs 2.5-Cents Tax Hike For Courthouse

A 2.5-cents property tax increase to help pay for the proposed new courthouse is scheduled to be approved as part of the county’s 2019 fiscal year budget. During this past Thursday’s budget workshop, the Board of Commissioners reached unanimous c...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    May 10, 2018

County Upset At School Funding Critics

Transylvania County commissioners expressed frustration Tuesday that they are accused by some of not supporting the school system, while they also approved motions asking for, among other things, more details about capital spending in the schools....

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 26, 2018

County Grants Museum 12 More Months

Transylvania County commissioners approved another 12-month lease for the WNC Military History Museum to be housed in the old county administration building, but the suggestion was made they would not support extending the lease in the future....

 

Candidate Profiles: Commissioners

Two open commissioner seats will be on the ballot in November. Incumbent commissioners Larry Chapman and Kelvin Phillips have chosen not to file again. No Democrats filed to run, while three...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 16, 2018

County Approves Funding For SROs

The Board of Commissioners has approved the funding for 11 school resource officers (SROs) in the county for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. During its regular meeting last week, commissioners approved $685,672 in county funds to pay for...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 2, 2018

County Offering Housing Option

The Board of Commissioners has approved county staff to seek interest from for-profit or nonprofit groups and others to design, construct and manage a multifamily, rental workforce housing development on county property. The county-owned property is...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    March 29, 2018

Official Talks About Possible Hospital Sale

Michele Pilon, the president of Transylvania Regional Hospital, talked Monday about the “why,” “how” and “what” concerning the possible sale of the nonprofit Mission Health to HCA Healthcare, a for-profit company based in Nashville....

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    March 22, 2018

County Compares Budget With Its Peers

Between 2007 and 2017, Transylvania County government’s annual percentage increase in expenditures out of the general fund budget outpaced the percentage revenues it received, “raising (the) eyebrows” of County Manager Jaime Laughter and...

 

Uncontested

The candidate filing period for the upcoming May primaries has closed. Unfortunately, in three of the eight races on the ballot, the eventual winner will be selected in the primary because the Democratic Party has no candidates. No Democrats filed...

 
 By Staff Reports    News    March 1, 2018

Hemphill, Mahoney Will Square Off Again For Sheriff

Incumbent David Mahoney and William Hemphill will again run for Transylvania County Sheriff, while Kelvin Phillips has not filed for another term on the Board of Commissioners. Filing for the May 8 primaries ended Wednesday. In 2014, Mahoney, a...

 

Filing For May 8 Primary Begins This Monday

Filing for the May 8 primaries, which include races for county commissioner, school board and sheriff, begins at noon, Monday. The filing period ends at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 28. Filing for the following contests takes place at the Transylvania...

 

Partisan Board Election Coming

Filing for the May 8 primaries begins Feb. 12 and will include for the first time partisan elections for the Transylvania County Board of Education. As previously reported, in 2016 Chris Whitmire, then state representative for District 113, which...

 

Transylvania Records Another Big Year For News (July - September)

Editor's Note: The following are some of the top news stories that appeared in The Transylvania Times during 2017. JULY •Sandy Blythe was sentenced to roughly six to eight years in prison after she...

 

County: Schools Funded 'Better,' Comparatively

“By any standard, Transylvania County Government funds schools better relative to economic peers, school system peers, and neighbors in both capital and annual expenses.” That was one of the key points found, according to the county, after it did...

 

Commissioners Approve New Courthouse - Brevard, NC

A new county courthouse will be built beside the public safety complex on Morris Road. That was the unanimous decision Tuesday by the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners. Specifically, commissioners voted for a new courthouse that would includ...

 

Chapman Won't Run In 2018

Transylvania County Commission Chairman Larry Chapman announced during Tuesday’s board meeting that he would not seek re-election in 2018. Chapman will have served two terms on the all-Republican board when his current stint ends next year. The...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 15, 2017

Public Silent At County Budget Hearing - Brevard, NC

No one spoke during the public hearing Tuesday for the 2017/2018 fiscal year budget for Transylvania County. The Board of Commissioners is now scheduled to approve the budget at its June 26 meeting. The budget will go into effect July 1. County...

 
 By Park Baker    News    May 29, 2017

County To Keep Transportation

Based upon County Manager Jaime Laughter’s recommendations, last Monday night the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners County unanimously rejected bids from organizations to provide transportation services. In December 2016, county...

 
 By Park Baker    News    May 25, 2017

Commissioners Deny Funds For Tactical Vehicle - Brevard NC

Sheriff David Mahoney’s request for a tactical vehicle was voted down 3-2 by the county commission during Monday night’s regular meeting. Commissioners Jason Chappell and Page Lemel voted to approve the request while Larry Chapman, Kelvin...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    May 11, 2017

County Approves Lease For Military Museum - Brevard, NC

A majority of Transylvania commissioners Tuesday voted to allow the WNC Military History Museum to lease the former county administration building beside the courthouse for a year. The lease agreement is still to be worked out. In March, museum...

 
 By John Lanier    News    April 27, 2017

School Board, Commissioners Discuss Facility Options

Members of the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners posed several questions regarding the school system’s Master Facility Plan at a joint meeting with the Transylvania County Board of Education Monday evening in the commission chambers. Chad...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 3, 2017

County Supports Study Of N.C. 280 – Brevard, N.C.

Transylvania County commissioners have approved a resolution supporting efforts to evaluate the feasibility of a N.C. 280 multi-use path between Mills River and Brevard. During the commissioners’ recent meeting, County Manager Jaime Laughter...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    March 2, 2017

Planning Board Back To Full Strength – Brevard NC

Transylvania County Commissioners appointed four members to the Planning Board Monday, bringing the advisory group to its full complement of seven. During their regular meeting, commissioners — minus Commissioner Kelvin Phillips who didn’t...

 

County Wants Growth Focus – Brevard NC

Transylvania County commissioners want the Planning Board to focus more on where should growth occur in the county and the steps needed to manage that growth. During its recent meeting, commissioners discussed what they would like the Planning Board...

 

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