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Transylvania Needs Page And Mike

Although COVID-19 has thrown some big hurdles in our path, Transylvania County has made some great progress in recent years. A great deal of credit is due to the leadership of Page Lemel and Mike Hawkins. They have focused their... — Updated 10/12/2020

 

Lemel, Hawkins Are Good People

As I enter my third decade in Transylvania County, I continue to treasure the many good people here. At the top of that list are Page Lemel and Mike Hawkins. It has been an honor to know them and see their dedication to our... — Updated 10/12/2020

 

Commissioner Candidates And Issues

The upcoming election seems to be on everyone’s mind. Although the top of the ballot will be recognized by many to represent the most important races, our county residents will encounter and sustain the more immediate results of... — Updated 10/5/2020

 

Commissioner Candidates: Community Plans

Commissioner candidates Larry Chapman and Jason Chappell spoke in absolute terms on topics of preserving communities, land use, and Small Area Plans during the two recent candidates’ forums; both stated that they would only... — Updated 10/5/2020

 

Support Page And Mike

My name is Brady Odell, I am 14 and go to Brevard High School. I have been excited about politics since I was 9 and the history of The United States much earlier. I was excited that democracy gave everyone a voice, in the big... — Updated 9/30/2020

 

We Can't Afford To Lose Page And Mike

I have been impressed by the dedication and hard work of Page Lemel and Mike Hawkins as members of our County Commission. They believe that the job of being a county commis-sioner must go beyond merely attending meetings, each... — Updated 9/30/2020

 

Re-elect Lemel, Hawkins

Listening to the Chamber’s candidates’ town hall and subsequent discussions with the candidates, it’s clear the county needs to re-elect Page Lemel and Mike Hawkins. There are several issues the commissioners will consider... — Updated 9/28/2020

 

Commissioner Candidates Square Off – Transylvania County, NC

Seven candidates seeking three seats on the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners went head to head last Thursday night during the Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of... — Updated 9/22/2020

 

Decency And Competence

Decency, honor, integrity, truthfulness, even competence – is that really too much to ask of our highest elected officials? Has the winning of elections become, like war, more important than the welfare of the people and nation,... — Updated 9/14/2020

 

Poor Choice Of Reason To Leave

D.G. Martin’s column of Sept. 10 focuses on Mike Hawkins, Page Lemel and David Guice, the three Transylvania County Commissioners who resigned from the Republican Party, and changed their registration to Unaffiliated. I had no... — Updated 9/14/2020

 

Hawkins, Lemel Maintain Values

Last year, Transylvania County Commissioners Mike Hawkins and Page Lemel left the Republican Party, fully aware that it could affect their reelection chances. Nevertheless, they did so because they put their conscience and... — Updated 9/9/2020

 

Page Lemel And Mike Hawkins

Voting for the county commissioners is coming up, along with the rest of the people we have to vote for. Page Lemel and Mike Hawkins I don’t mind being inconvenienced for. They have both served our county extremely well. Their... — Updated 9/7/2020

 

Virtual Candidate Forum Thursday – Transylvania County, NC

The Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Candidates Forum from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, virtually, due to COVID-19. The forum will be made available to the public via several options, according to a... — Updated 9/7/2020

 
 By John Lanier    News

Commissioner Candidates Square Off For First Time – Transylvania County, NC

The nine candidates for the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners discussed infrastructure, housing, child care, jobs and other topics during an online candidates’ forum held last Thursday evening. The event was sponsored... — Updated 9/2/2020

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

Advice: Morris Road Or South Broad Best Sites For Courthouse – Transylvania County, NC

Transylvania County commissioners are being advised to build a new courthouse either beside the Public Safety Facility on Morris Road or on South Broad Street, where the park and... — Updated 8/26/2020

 
 By Matt McGregor    News

Officials Say They Are Working To Improve Broadband – Transylvania County, NC

In response to an Opinion of the Readers, county officials said they have been working hard to improve broadband service in the county. In late July, an Opinion of the Readers letter from a local couple claimed they have received... — Updated 8/5/2020

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

Pearsall Focused On Helping Veterans – Transylvania County, NC

When asked why he was the county’s Veterans Service officer, Frank Pearsall said it was not a job but a “calling.” The 80-year-old, a retired master sergeant for the U.S. Marine Corps, has served in the position for 14... — Updated 7/29/2020

 
 By Alex Perri    News

Camps Hopeful For A Normal 2021 – Transylvania County, NC

The COVID-19 pandemic started to fully take hold on the United States right as one of the area’s most important industries, summer camps, began preparing for campers to descend on western North Carolina. The industry brings in... — Updated 7/20/2020

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

County Approves Annual Budget-Brevard NC

On Monday the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a $61,041,976 general fund budget for the new fiscal year, which begins July 1. The tax rate will remain at $.636 cents per $100 of valuation, and the fi... — Updated 6/24/2020

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

BRCC President Gives College Overview-Brevard NC

Blue Ridge Community College’s summer enrollment is up 20 percent and close to 1,000 students, the most in 10 years, said Dr. Laura Leatherwood, the college’s president. During last Monday’s Board of Commissioners’ budget... — Updated 6/9/2020

 

Russell Explains Contact Tracing Of Virus, Board Discusses Masks-Brevard NC

As of this morning, Transylvania County had 14 residents confirmed to have contracted COVID-19. In each case, Transylvania Public Health initiated “contact tracing,” which helps to understand how the person may have been... — Updated 6/1/2020

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

Jake Dalton Takes Seat On Board - Brevard NC

Jake Dalton was appointed and sworn in Tuesday to the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners. As previously reported, Dalton was the local Republican Party nominee to see out the term of recently deceased Commissioner Will... — Updated 5/27/2020

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

County Approves Business Loan Program-Brevard NC

Transylvania County commissioners Monday approved providing $150,000 for a new loan program for local small businesses. The loans, which will have to be repaid, have a $10,000 maximum and will be eligible to for-profit businesses... — Updated 5/15/2020

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

Sheriff Talks Recruitment, COVID-19, Crime Numbers -Brevard NC

Sheriff David Mahoney said he no longer feels his hand being near the "panic button" when it comes to deputy recruitment and retention for his office. Mahoney was speaking during... — Updated 5/11/2020

 
 By Derek McKissock    News

State Sets Rules To See Out Cathey's Term-Brevard NC

Picking a replacement to see out the term of recently deceased Commissioner Will Cathey has a few twists and turns. Cathey, a Republican who was elected to a four-year term on the Board of Commissioners in 2018, died on April 30.... — Updated 5/6/2020

 

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