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Now Is Time To Shop Local

2020 has been a year of paradoxes, and the economy has been no exception. With millions of Americans losing their jobs for several months and COVID-19 infections increasing across the U.S., there were concerns retail sales on... — Updated 12/2/2020


Good News On Ecusta Trail

The recent announcement that Conserving Carolina has purchased the railroad corridor between Hendersonville and Brevard is good news. If the railroad corridor does become the proposed Ecusta Trail, it could benefit county... — Updated 11/30/2020


Corralling COVID-19

If it seems like we are “beating a dead horse” when it come to COVID-19, that’s because the COVID-19 horse isn’t dead. It’s not even been corralled. In fact, it has once again has broken out, has multiplied and is... — Updated 11/16/2020


Invest More In Public Education

Earlier this month Transylvania County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff McDaris presented the Board of Education with information regarding college and career readiness in the county and state. That information came from... — Updated 11/12/2020 Full story


Veterans: Now And Tomorrow

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., many Transylvanians will gather in front of the county courthouse to honor our veterans. Similar scenes will take place across the nation. We should use this time not only to honor our veterans... — Updated 11/9/2020


Challenges Lie Ahead

Congratulations to Jason Chappell, Larry Chapman, Jake Dalton and Teresa McCall on their election to the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners and Tawny McCoy, Richard “Kimzey” Jackson and Ron Kiviniemi to the Transylvania... — Updated 11/5/2020


Voting And Patience

Although tomorrow is Election Day, the majority of Transylvania’s registered voters have cast their ballots. That is a good thing. Despite expectations for an overall high voter turnout, most polling venues could see smaller... — Updated 11/2/2020


Last Letters

In an editorial we ran on Monday, Oct. 12, we stated that after Monday, Oct. 26, “no political letters will be printed unless those letters were received before the deadline and we have run out of room to print the letters by... — Updated 10/29/2020


ACA Affects Medicare

In a recent interview with “60 Minutes,” President Donald Trump expressed his desire for the U.S. Supreme Court to find the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. “I hope that they end it. It’ll be so good if they end it,... — Updated 10/29/2020


Election Guide

In today’s paper readers will find our election guide for 2020. It contains sample ballots, as well as information about voting and polling places. It also contains general... — Updated 10/28/2020


Wrong Time For Concert

Last week we expressed our concern that the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) is allowing too few spectators for fall sports. On the other end of the spectrum is a plan by Asheville Music Hall and Harmonia to... — Updated 10/26/2020


Too Few Spectators

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) recently released its guidelines for the number of spectators who can attend high school sporting events this fall. While we understand the need to be extremely... — Updated 10/21/2020


A Dangerous Idea

Dr. Scott Atlas, President Trump’s science advisor, has advocated the concept of “herd immunity” to defeat COVID-19. Earlier this month, a small number of medical professionals released the Great Barrington Declaration,... — Updated 10/19/2020


Another Calculated Risk

Next week students in kindergarten through fifth grade will be able to attend Transylvania County Schools and Brevard Academy under Plan A, in which students receive in-person instruction for a regular school day Monday through... — Updated 10/14/2020


Political Signs And Letters

In the last several weeks, numerous political signs in the county have been removed or vandalized. These are actions reprehensible and criminal. If anyone has any information regarding those committing these criminal activities,... — Updated 10/12/2020


Virtual Schools Are Inferior

COVID-19 has made some things obvious. One is that face-to-face instruction is far superior to virtual instruction. That acknowledgement undermines the claims made by tech companies and full-time virtual schools, many of which are... — Updated 10/7/2020


Pass A Second Stimulus Package

When much of the country shut down this past spring, Congress quickly passed the CARES Act to keep Americans and the economy afloat. Most Americans received a $1,200 check, thousands of small businesses received substantial financi... — Updated 10/5/2020


Somebody Is Guilty

Late last month city of Brevard Public Works Director David Lutz was issued a federal indictment on charges related to “Handling, transportation and storage of hazardous waste” in May of 2016. The Department of Justice alleges... — Updated 9/30/2020


Extending Deadlines

Two recent decisions to extend deadlines could have a significant impact on the upcoming election and politics for the next decade. In North Carolina, a group of retirees had sued the State Board of Elections over the discounting... — Updated 9/28/2020


Careful Consideration

Last week when Gov. Roy Cooper announced that school systems could hold full-time classes for kindergarten through fifth grade as early as Oct. 5, some school systems announced immediately they would reopen those grades fully on th... — Updated 9/23/2020


N.C.'s Cautious Approach Works

Last Thursday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced that school systems throughout the state could under open under Plan A for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. As he did with his earlier announcement on reopening s... — Updated 9/21/2020


City's Tough Decision

In October of last year, Tore Borhaug filed plans for a 17-acre mixed-use development as a planned development district (PDD) to be located between the Asheville Highway and the Deerlake Village subdivision. A PDD is a form of... — Updated 9/16/2020


Illegal And Irresponsible

Twice this month President Trump has encouraged his supporters in North Carolina to break the law and vote twice. As Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections, wrote on this page last... — Updated 9/14/2020


Some Schools Control Virus

In the past week, East Carolina University reported it had surpassed 1,000 COVID-19 cases. UNC-Chapel Hill sent students home shortly after it had opened for in-person classes last month due to COVID-19 clusters. While these... — Updated 9/9/2020


Message To N.C. Voters

(The following is a message to North Carolina voters from Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections) It is illegal to vote twice in an election. N.C.G.S. § 163-275(7) makes it a Class I... — Updated 9/7/2020


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