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Mountain Skies: Mars Slides Across The Seagoat This Month - Brevard NC

The Stars Some refer to this time of the year as the Capricorn Hour since this faint but beautiful constellation is easily situated for viewing in the southern skies as night falls. Capricornus is known as the “seagoat” and is really a celestial...

 

Vietnam Veterans: Honor Flight Offers Vets Special Homecoming

(On Oct. 6, 2018, I accompanied 92 Vietnam veterans to Washington, D.C., as a guardian on a Blue Ridge Honor Flight. Among the veterans was David Crandal of Brevard. The following article chronicles...

 

Picturing The Past: 'Lewis Redmond, The King Of Moonshiners' Unravels The Story

Lewis Redmond — moonshiner, murderer, notorious outlaw or folk hero? In “King of the Moonshiners: Lewis R. Redmond in Fact and Fiction” historian Bruce Stewart brings together Redmond’s family history, a sympathetic newspaper interview, a...

 

How To Avoid Waste in the First Place - Reduction and Reuse - Brevard, NC

Welcome back to our series on waste, recycling, and materials management in Transylvania County. So far, we've examined the landfill and the costs associated with long-term disposal of materials, the...

 

Quilts Of Valor Will Honor Local Veterans - Brevard NC

Quilts of Valor, an organization whose members produce handmade patchwork quilts to honor veterans, will present quilts to five Transylvania veterans and three additional veterans from the region on...

 

Hawkins To Discuss 'World War II - The Forgotten Russian Front'

The public is invited to a free lecture at the WNC Military History Museum on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. for historian Frank Hawkins' presentation, "World War II – The Forgotten Russian Front."...

 

Transylvania County Marines To Celebrate Corps' Birthday

Transylvania County Marines will celebrate the 243rd birthday of the Corps at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, at the American Legion Hall, 55 E. Jordan St. in Brevard. The event will take place in the Little Theater wing of the building and is being...

 

Picturing The Past: Book Offers Picture Of Connestee And Carson Creek Area

In the preface of his book, "Shadows of the Past: Return to Reba," Ed Comer wrote, "Long before the Connestee Falls community existed, its land held pockets of hardy souls that built their homes...

 

Forest Festival Day Was All The Buzz

The annual Forest Festival, held at the Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah National Forest, drew hundreds of people. The event also featured the John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen's...

 

David B. Grant: Phantom Pilot And Prisoner Of War

On June 24, 1972, U.S. Air Force Captain David B. Grant was flying a mission from Thailand into conflict-ridden North Vietnam when his F-4 Phantom took a direct hit and exploded. The fuselage was...

 

Picturing The Past: 'Transylvania Memories' Captures Oral History

"Transylvania Memories," published in 2011, captured the stories of some of Transylvania County's older residents through oral interviews. Peggy Hansen recorded their memories of growing up in the...

 

Mountain Skies: The Arch Of Planets Begins To Disappear

The Planets Throughout the summer we have had an arch or bridge in the early evening formed in the south by all five of the naked-eye planets (although a maximum of four at a time). As the nights have progressed, this parade of planets has been...

 

Putting Your Garden To Bed For The Winter

The temperatures around here are still warm. The sun still shines a lot, so it is hard to think about winter, even though, officially, it is only 10 weeks away. But our gardens doneed attention at thi...

 

Vietnam Memorial Welcomes Veterans Home HomeBrothers And Sisters

Family members searching a black granite wall for remembrances of their loved ones. A grieving mother touching the engraved name of her son, lost to her decades ago in a war on the other side of the...

 

Picturing The Past: Stinson's Stories Give Readers A Picture Of Mountain Life

Vera Jones Stinson was born into a family of storytellers and was a natural storyteller herself. She was born and raised in Cedar Mountain, where her father was the caretaker at the hotel at Caesar's...

 

2018 National Allison Family Reunion Marking 360 Years In America Will Be Held Oct. 19-20

The 2018 National Allison Family Reunion will be held in Brevard on the weekend of Oct. 19-20 with three events spread across the two days. The 2018 reunion marks the 360th anniversary of the immigrant ancestor, Thomas Allan-son-Allison, Lord of...

 

Massimino Encourages Youth To Persevere

For NASA astronaut Mike Massimino, the fourth time was a charm. Massimino, who was on two missions to repair the Hubble space telescope, flew as fast as any astronaut and inspired the role of George...

 

Savvy Senior: Health Insurance Tips For Traveling Abroad

Dear Savvy Senior, How does health insurance and Medicare cover health care outside the U.S.? My husband and I have a trip abroad planned this fall and would like to find out if we should buy extra insurance. What can you tell us? Almost Retired...

 

Free History Movie Is 'We Were Soldiers'

On Thursday, Sept. 27, at 6 p.m., at the WNC Military History Museum bring your friends to see “We Were Soldiers,” a 2002 film that dramatizes the Battle of Ia Drang on Nov. 14, 1965. The United States is fighting the Vietnam War. U.S. Army...

 

Picturing The Past: 'Mountain Doctor' Is The Story Of Dr. Gaine Cannon, His Medical Work And Reverence For Life

"Mountain Doctor" by LeGette Blythe is the biography of Dr. Gaine Cannon and his work to provide medical care for the people of the more isolated areas of Transylvania and Jackson counties in the mid-...

 

Vietnam Veterans: James Clark Murray - Overseeing The Big Guns Along The Ho Chi Minh Trail

Fort Lauderdale High School senior James "Clark" Murray never imagined that his proficiency in mathematics would lead him to a remote jungle village in South Vietnam, close to the Cambodian border....

 

Brevard High Homecoming Queen Crowned

Zeena Abdulkarim was crowned Brevard High School's Homecoming Queen Friday night. She is pictured with (left to right) Cedar Ann Skeen, Leah Netherton, Maddie Monteith, Grace Adams, Celia Richmond...

 

Sept. 21 Designated National POW/MIA Recognition Day - Brevard NC

The United States' National POW/MIA Recognition Day will be observed across the nation on Friday, Sept. 21. Transylvania County residents are encouraged to take time to honor and remember the...

 

Burrows Closes Chapter In Service To County - Brevard NC

Described as an advocate for the citizen, with a tireless commitment to the community, Mark Burrows closed a 30-year chapter of service to Transylvania County residents at a reception at Brevard...

 

Mountain Skies: Autumnal Equinox To Occur Saturday, Sept. 22

The Stars The brightest star in our nighttime sky tonight is the brilliant Vega in the constellation of Lyra, the lyre (or harp). At sunset, Lyra lies almost overhead just a little to the west of Cygnus the swan described in the previous column....

 

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