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 By Derek McKissock    News    August 22, 2019 

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...

 

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...

 
 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...

 
 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 Derek McKissock    News    May 30, 2019

Fire Dept. Funding An Issue For Most Counties

Last year, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners approved subsidizing the cost of fire services in the North Transylvania district with a $102,000 grant from the general fund budget. Prior to that decision, after reviewing budget needs, the...

 

Balsam Grove News

Community Club Meeting There will be a community club meeting at 7 p.m., June 3, at the Balsam Grove Community Center. Everyone is invited to attend. Bingo There will be bingo at the Balsam Grove Community Center on Friday, June 7, starting with food...

 
 By John Lanier    News    May 23, 2019

School Board Discusses Bond Choices

In a special meeting Tuesday morning, the Transylvania County Board of Education discussed the top choices of architects and CMARs (construction managers at risk) to implement the renovations and additions to Brevard High School and Rosman...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    May 20, 2019

School Board Presents Budget To Commissioners

With a 10.5-cent property tax increase likely to be approved to pay for the $68 million school construction bond, some county commissioners are voicing concerns at the Board of Education’s latest budget request. As previously reported, the school...

 

Legal Notices: April 29, 2019

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF TRANSYLVANIA IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION FILE NO. 19E109 EXECUTOR’S —- ADMINISTRATOR’S NOTICE Having qualified as Executor of the Estate of Betty Sue Parker of Transylvania County, N...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 29, 2019

County's 'Health' Being Studied

As far as leading causes of death, Transylvania County is in "really good shape," according to Tara Rybka, with Transylvania Public Health. In age-adjusted mortality rates in 12 different areas,...

 

Bike Community Challenged To Make Plan Work

The many cyclists and mountain bikers who helped fill the Board of Commissioners’ chambers Monday were challenged to help the county realize the goals and recommendations laid out in the draft Transylvania County Bicycle Plan. During their regular...

 
 By Park Baker    News    April 15, 2019

New BMC Concert Hall Planned

On Friday, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new Parker Concert Hall at the Brevard Music Center. The indoor concert hall on the lake is scheduled to open in summer 2020 with a seating...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 11, 2019

Blue Ridge Health Relocating To French Broad Place

In the near future, the nonprofit Blue Ridge Health will move from its current site on Hospital Drive to a bigger location in the French Broad Place building in downtown Brevard. Blue Ridge Health CEO Dr. Richard Hudspeth and Dr. Macy Latter told...

 

Architects, Construction Companies Make Their Case To Bond Committee

Architectural and construction management firms visited the Transylvania County Board of Education on April 2 and April 4 to make their case for designing and building new and renovated school buildings in Brevard and Rosman after the passage of the...

 

Wilhelmenia Benjamin Gray

Wilhelmenia Benjamin Gray, born to the late Elliott and Esther Benjamin, Nov. 17, 1941 in Brevard, departed this life March 30, 2019, in Carrboro, N.C. She was married to the late William Gray Sr. for 36 years. In her early childhood, she was...

 

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