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 By John Lanier    News    February 11, 2019

Local School Expenses Projected To Go Up

Norris Barger, director of business services and plant operations for Transylvania County Schools, has projected a possible increase of 2.95 percent, the equivalent of $378,585, in local expenditures for daily operational costs next year. Barger...

 

Transylvania's Jobless Number Inches Up In December

Transylvania County’s jobless rate in December was 3.8 percent, up from 3.4 percent the previous month, according to preliminary figures from the state Department of Commerce. The local jobless numbers only take into account those who qualify for...

 

Pisgah District Back In Business After Shutdown

Federal employees, volunteers and others in the Pisgah District of Pisgah National Forest have been busily back at work since the 35-day federal government shutdown ended on Jan. 25. "We've had one...

 
 By John Lanier    News    February 7, 2019

School Board Approves Bond Agreement With County

The School Board unanimously passed an interlocal agency agree-ment with the Board of Commissioners that establishes a School Bond Construction Committee and other procedures regarding implementation of the $68 million school bond that was passed...

 
 By Park Baker    News    February 7, 2019

Lawmaker Issued Domestic Violence Order

N.C. Rep. Cody Henson, who represents District 113, was served with a 50B Ex Parte Domestic Violence Order of Protection on Jan. 31, according to court documents. The order, signed by District Court Judge Mack Brittain on Jan. 30, concludes that Hens...

 
 By Park Baker    News    February 7, 2019

Power Bill Concerns Voiced On Social Media

Concerns about recent Duke Energy utility bills have lit up local social media groups. Brevard resident Lisa Clark is one of Duke Energy’s 15,387 customers in Transylvania County. During Winter Storm Diego last December she was without power for...

 

Movie Magic

Movie Magic The movie "The Good Things Devils Do" has been shooting in different locations in Brevard and using many locals as extras. A story about the movie and its production will appear next...

 

Robert Merrill Inducted Into Masonry Hall Of Fame

The late Robert Merrill, a former Transylvania County commissioner and school board member, was one of six individuals recently inducted into the 2019 Masonry Hall of Fame. On Jan. 24, the Mason...

 

Holocaust Survivor Coming To Brevard

Holocaust survivor Walter P. Blass will speak at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18, at Brevard College's Dunham Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. By age 5, Blass was taken out of Nazi...

 

Academy Has A 'Deep Clean' To Stave Off Illness

With roughly 30 percent of Brevard Academy’s students out, Ted Duncan, the school’s director, said Tuesday the academy would be closed Wednesday to allow for a “deep clean at the school,” including sanitizing surfaces. Duncan said he...

 

Only The Brave Take The Polar Plunge

Do you feel brave? If you do, you may want to sign up to take the “Polar Plunge” on Feb. 23 to benefit the Special Olympics of Transylvania County. The fifth annual “Polar Plunge” will be held at Lake Atagahi in Connestee Falls. Things will...

 

Land Of Sky Recognizes Commissioner Mike Hawkins

Transylvania County Board of Commissioners Chairman Mike Hawkins has been named the 2018 recipient of the Parrish Award, given annually by the Land of Sky Regional Council of Governments. The award is given to a person who provides “exemplary...

 

Carrick Properties, Looking Glass Realty Teaming Up

Mike Carrick, of Carrick Properties, and Paul Wilander, of Looking Glass Realty, have announced they are teaming up to create one of the area’s most innovative real estate firms, according to a press release. Both companies have been on the...

 

Brevard Academy To Be Closed Wednesday -Brevard NC

With roughly 30 percent of Brevard Academy’s students out, Ted Duncan, the school’s director, said the academy will be closed Wednesday to allow for a “deep clean at the school,” including sanitizing surfaces.” Duncan said he couldn’t...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    February 4, 2019

Couple's Home Lost To Fire

A couple lost all their possessions after a travel-camper fire Thursday morning at 2910 Asheville Highway gutted Josh Flood and Stephanie Galloway's home in a matter of minutes. While there were no...

 

Pete's Predictions

On Saturday, Pisgah Pete predicted an early spring in front of a large crowd at the Blue Ridge Bakery. Pete, however, got at least one thing wrong Saturday, picking the Rams to beat the Patriots in...

 

HCA Completes Purchase Of Mission Health

HCA Healthcare announced Friday it has completed the purchase of Mission Health, a six-hospital system, including Transylvania Regional Hospital , for approximately $1.5 billion. “The team at Mission Health has been nationally recognized for...

 

Mothers, Sons Dance For The Family Place

The Family Place of Transylvania County held its Mother+Son Dance on Sunday, Jan. 27, at Lola's Old Hickory House. With a total of 78 adults and 100 children, the celebration was a smash hit. There...

 

Dogwood Health Trust Now Operating

With Friday’s announcement of the completion of Mission Health System’s sale of assets to HCA Healthcare, Dogwood Health Trust is now officially operating as a private, nonprofit foundation whose purpose is to dramatically improve the health and...

 

Climber Rescued After Falling At Looking Glass

The condition of the climber who fell 100-to-150 feet on Looking Glass Rock Saturday evening was unknown as of this morning. The climber was transported by helicopter to Mission Hospital after being aided by the Transylvania County Rescue Squad. The...

 

Communities Have Option To Plan

Transylvania County commissioners have approved a process for each community, if they want, to develop small area plans. By a 3-2 vote, commissioners approved the process (see chart on 10A) during their meeting last week. Prior to the vote, County...

 

Groups Team Up To Tackle Ash Tree Killer

Two local conservation groups are teaming up to save ash trees in Pisgah National Forest from the blight of the emerald ash borer beetle (EAB). MountainTrue and The Pisgah Conservancy have launched...

 
 By Jeremiah Reed    News    January 31, 2019

Undefeated Team Gathers 50 Years Later

It was a special gathering last Friday, as eight friends and former teammates came together with their beloved coach to celebrate a remarkable 50-year milestone. In 1969, a group of 14 girls and one...

 

County Park Decision Delayed

The Transylvania County Board of Commissioners voted to extend the due diligence period to Oct. 31 on whether to buy the roughly 55 acres behind the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club off Gallimore Road in Brevard. During their regular meeting Monday, com...

 

Pisgah Pete Set To Predict, Squirrel Count Returning

Brevard's white squirrel ambassador, Pisgah Pete, returns this Saturday to predict whether there will be six more weeks of winter, but have you ever wondered how many white squirrels there really are...

 

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