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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 shutdown surpassed the...

 

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, retired in March...

 

Filing Complete For 2020 Primary – Transylvania County, NC

Filing for the March 3, 2020, primary has ended and the contest is set for the Board of Commissioners, Board of Education, Register of Deeds, state House and Senate and statewide seats, judicial seats and national races. For the Board of Commissioner...

 

Filing For 2020 Primary Ends On Friday – Transylvania County, NC

Filing for the March 3, 2020, primary continues until noon, Friday, for the Board of Commissioners, Board of Education, Register of Deeds, state House and Senate and statewide seats, and national races. As of this Wednesday morning, incumbent...

 

Importance Of Integrity

I am a Democrat. I have my beliefs about the role of government. I have my beliefs about the importance of integrity. Speaker Black, a Democrat, was dishonored when in office and ended up serving jail time. As a Democrat, I am not proud of his...

 

Committed To Ethical Behavior

I wish to add my voice to those who support and admire the recent decision of county Commissioners Page Lemel, Mike Hawkins and David Guice to leave the Republican Party and declare themselves as Independent. By leaving the party of Trump — no...

 

Nonpartisan Is The Best

I am so proud of David Guice, Mike Hawkins and Page Lemel. All three have been exemplary commissioners. Their records reflect their decisions based upon what is good for our citizenry. I am a Democrat who voted for all three of them because of their...

 

County Limited On What It Can Do On Store – Transylvania County, NC

A large number of people opposed to the proposed Dollar General off U.S. 276 attended Monday’s Board of Commissioners meeting and learned the county is limited in what it can do. A permit for the co...

 

McCall Files For Board – Transylvania County, NC

Former Board of Education Chairwoman Teresa McCall has filed for the Republican primary for the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners. Three seats currently held by Jason Chappell, Mike Hawkins and Page Lemel will be on the ballot. “As a...

 

Election Filing Continues – Transylvania County, NC

Filing for the March 3, 2020, primary continues until noon, Dec. 20, for the Board of Commissioners, Board of Education, Register of Deeds, state House and Senate and statewide seats, and national races. As of this Wednesday morning, incumbent...

 

Courage, Integrity And Civility

I am writing in response to the announcement in the Dec. 5 edition of this newspaper that David Guice, Mike Hawkins and Page Lemel had decided to depart from the Republican Party. The story was striking in its content, and I imagine many people were...

 

Courageous Decision

After reading the front page article “Three County Commissioners Leave GOP,” I wanted to write to thank David Guice, Mike Hawkins and Page Lemel for the courageous decision made to change their affiliation status from Republican to Unaffiliated....

 

Admires Three Public Servants

You will no doubt receive many letters like this, but I cannot resist saying that the recent action by our three county commissioners leaves me feeling tremendous relief and hope that we Americans can live up to the aspirations of our Declaration...

 

Officials' GOP Exit Decision Discussed – Transylvania County, NC

Transylvania County Commissioner Jason Chappell said he would have resigned his position on the board if he had quit the Republican Party. Chappell made the comment after being reached for reaction to the decision by Commissioners David Guice, Mike H...

 

Chapman Looking To Return To Commission – Transylvania County, NC

Former County Commission Chairman Larry Chapman has filed for the Republican primary on March 3 for another term on the board. Chapman served on the board from 2008 until 2016. "After eight years on...

 

Nonpartisan Boards Work

One of the reasons county commissioners David Guice, Mike Hawkins and Page Lemel gave for switching their political affiliation from Republican to Unaffiliated is their belief that “local government should not be partisan in nature.” They stated...

 

Proud Of Commissioners

I am so very proud of Mike Hawkins, Page Lemel and David Guice in their decision to leave the Republican Party and becoming Unaffiliated. Hooray for them. They have honest convictions and are standing up for them. This is unusual in “these...

 

Three County Commissioners Leave GOP – Transylvania County, NC

Transylvania County Commissioners David Guice, Mike Hawkins and Page Lemel have left the Republican Party. In an announcement, (see statement below) the three said they were changing their political...

 

Primary Filing Begins – Transylvania County, NC

Filing for the March 3 primary started Monday for several races, including the Board of Commissioners, Board of Education, Register of Deeds, and state House and Senate. As of Wednesday morning, incumbent Commissioner Jason Chappell and former...

 

Principles Before Party

The decision by Transylvania County Board of Commissioners Chairman Mike Hawkins, Vice Chair David Guice and former Vice Chair Page Lemel to leave the Republican Party and become Unaffiliated should lead all of us to some intensive reflection. As...

 

Hawkins Named Top N.C. Rural Advocate

Transylvania County Commission Chairman Mike Hawkins has been named as the 2019 North Carolina Rural Advocate of the Year by the North Carolina Rural Center. The award, given annually to a North Carolinian whose public leadership has resulted in...

 

Kudos To Hawkins

In today’s paper, readers will find an article about County Commission Chairman Mike Hawkins being named 2019 Rural Advocate of the Year. It is a honor that is well deserved. The NC Rural Center, which works to develop and implement economic...

 
 By John Lanier    News    November 28, 2019

School Construction Contracts On Hold – Transylvania County, NC

Some members of the Transylvania County Board of Education expressed frustration last Thursday evening that the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners had not approved the contracts for the architects and CMAR (construction manager at risk) for t...

 

County, Jameson's Joy Partner On Fitness Course – Transylvania County, NC

Jameson Courtine's favorite TV show was "American Ninja Warrior," where competitors attempted to complete increasingly difficult obstacle courses. In February, the 9-year-old Brevard Elementary...

 

Commissioners OK Bike Plan, Tobacco And Vaping Ban – Transylvania County, NC

The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a county Bicycle Plan last week that should help with the funding of bike facilities during N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) road improvement projects. The plan includes detailed recommendations...

 

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