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 By Derek McKissock    News    December 5, 2019 

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...

 

Parades and Twilight Tour To Be Held This Weekend – Transylvania County, NC

Brevard and Rosman help to kick off the holiday season this weekend in Transylvania County. At 3 p.m., Saturday, the Brevard-Transylvania Chamber of Commerce will host its parade, which will honor...

 

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...

 

Blood Drives Planned During December – Transylvania County, NC

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, more than 1 million units of blood could be transfused in the United States. Individuals are urged to give a lifesaving gift this holiday season by making an appointment to donate blood or platelets and help the...

 

HOB Names Its New Director – Brevard, NC

The Heart of Brevard (HOB) Board of Directors has announced that Nicole Bentley will begin work as its new executive director on Jan. 6. A search committee, comprised of both board and community...

 
 By Matthew McGregor    News    December 5, 2019 

Store Opposition Meets To Organize – Transylvania County, NC

Community members gathered at Duckpond Pottery off Greenville Highway on Friday to discuss their plan to prevent the proposed Dollar General from being built across the street. The proposed location is a cornfield that sits in a floodplain and is...

 

Johnson Files For District 113 – Transylvania County, NC

On Monday, N.C. Rep. Jake Johnson filed for N.C. House District 113. Johnson will be running as the incumbent Republican representative for the district. He was appointed earlier this year by the executive committees from all three county Republican...

 

Holiday Fest And Hours Change At Farmers' Market – Transylvania County, NC

The Transylvania Farmers’ Market will celebrate the holiday season with a Holiday Fest this Saturday morning, Dec. 7. The event will also mark the first day of winter hours, as the market will be...

 

BRCC Plans Seminar On Fiduciary Responsibility Of Nonprofits Dec. 10 – Brevard, NC

A seminar on the role of the fiduciary in a nonprofit organization and how to avoid bad outcomes will held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Dec. 10, at Blue Ridge Community College. The seminar will be presented by auditor Samantha Winogrond and attorney...

 

Santa Coming To VFW 4309 – Brevard, NC

Santa’s Elves are busy at work preparing the Winter Wonderland for Santa’s upcoming visit scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 8. VFW 4309 Auxiliary will hold its annual Visit with Santa for children up to 10 years old from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the VFW...

 

Audio Recordings Of Government Meetings

The Transylvania Times is pleased to provide the most up-to-date recordings from recent government meetings. For a complete listing of recordings, visit https://soundcloud.com/tran...

 
 By Alex Perri    News    December 2, 2019

Witness Tells Of Events Leading To Ayala's Death

Court in Transylvania County recessed Wednesday for the Thanksgiving holiday, with state witness Nioka Metcalf in the middle of her testimony about the night of July 20, 2017, when 18-year-old Saul Ayala died from stab wounds on Washington Avenue in...

 

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...

 

Jobless Rate Below State Average

Transylvania County’s jobless rate in October was 3.4 percent up from 3.2 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 une...

 
 By Matt McGregor    News    December 2, 2019

City Committee Backing Concrete Skate Park Proposal

The skate park dominated the recent city of Brevard Parks, Trails and Recreation Committee meeting, including a proposal to include plans for a concrete skate park in the city’s 2021 budget. After a lengthy discussion, City Manager Jim Fatland...

 

Mediation Center And PLS To Host Information Session On Homelessness Prevention – Brevard, NC

The Mediation Center and Pisgah Legal Services (PLS) are hosting an information session on their collaborative project, Homelessness Prevention through Mediation and Litigation. The session is 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the Election...

 

Nominate Local Volunteers For Governor's Service Award – Transylvania County, NC

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Governor's Volunteer Service Awards. Transylvania County nominations are being coordinated by United Way's TRAIN (Transylvania Resource Access...

 
 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...

 

Proposed New Dollar General Causing Concern – Brevard, NC

A permit for the construction of a Dollar General off U.S. 276 was filed Nov. 4 with the Transylvania County Building Permitting and Enforcement office and is concerning some of those who live in the area. The site of the proposed seventh store in...

 
 By Ray Tuers    News    November 28, 2019

'Festival Of Trees' Returns Dec. 5 At Porter Center – Brevard, NC

Scores of volunteers at the Children’s Center of Transylvania County are scurrying through a checklist of last-minute preparations for one of the area’s major holiday happenings, the Festival of...

 
 By John Lanier    News    November 28, 2019

Board Of Education Discusses Several Policy Changes – Transylvania County, NC

At its recent meeting, the Transylvania County Board of Education discussed several policy changes as a first read and will vote upon the policies at their next meeting. One policy, 7240, includes changes in the language regarding use of CBD...

 

Turkey Time – Brevard, NC

On Wednesday morning, Michael Collins and others were busy cooking turkeys and all the fixings for the annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Bread of Life. More photos are on page 2B. (Times photo by...

 
 By Alex Perri    News    November 25, 2019

Opening Statements Made In Murder Trial – Brevard, NC

After eight days of jury selection, the trial in the murder case of 18-year-old Saul Ayala began Friday morning, with opening statements. Connell Dixon Hawkins, Chadley Tyrone Norris and James Alexander Ray face charges of first-degree murder,...

 
 By John Lanier    News    November 25, 2019

School Officials Provide Budget News – Transylvania County, NC

“We actually do have some budget news,” Norris Barger, director of business services and plant operations, told the Transylvania County Board of Education Thursday evening. Although the state General Assembly has adjourned without passing an...

 

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