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Florence And Regulations - Brevard NC

Transylvania County residents were fortunate this past weekend when the remnants of Hurricane Florence brought us little wind and just a few inches of rain. Meanwhile, thousands of people in eastern North Carolina are still fleeing floodwaters or are...

 

School Board Receives Ideas, Not Final Plans

In today’s paper, readers will find a story and graphics of several options for the renovation and reconstruction of Brevard High School should the $68 million school bond referendum pass in November. A similar story about an option for Rosman...

 

Poverty And Report Cards

The state of North Carolina has released its school report cards for last year, and once again the report cards reveal there is a direct link between poverty and academic growth and achievement. In fact, poverty is easily the single greatest...

 

Business Leaders: Past And Present

At the end of last month, Ray Simmons passed away. Many newcomers to the county may never have heard of Simmons, but he was an important business leader in this community for decades. After serving in the Army Air Corps in World War II, Simmons...

 

State Deserves Some Blame

On today’s front page, readers will find a story about the county commissioners expressing frustration over the school board waiting until literally the last day before approving an application for capital needs grants that amount to more than $19...

 

The Widening Economic Gap

Based on the unemployment figures and stock market, it would appear that the American economy is doing well. But those numbers are misleading when it comes to working people, the vast majority of Americans whose main source of income is from the...

 

Reining In Coaches

This weekend the 2018 college football season hits full stride, and as is all too often the case, it is being accompanied by scandals. This year the scandals involve a player’s death, domestic violence and a cover-up. On May 29, Jordan McNair, a...

 

McCain: Great Public Servant

When U.S. Sen. John McCain passed away Saturday from his battle with brain cancer, America lost a great public servant. He had served the U.S. in some capacity for the entire 60 years of his adult life. McCain was born at a U.S. naval air station in...

 

Be Involved In Education

As of today, all the major educational institutions in Transylvania County – Transylvania County Schools, Brevard Academy, Blue Ridge Community College and Brevard College – are fully operational with classes and extracurricular activities...

 

Concerns About National Security

Two events last week revealed some serious transgressions of national security protocol. The first involved Omarosa Manigault Newman, who actually produced a tape of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly firing her. She made the recording while in...

 

Bipartisan Opposition

An extraordinary event happened Monday. North Carolina’s five former governors – two Republicans and three Democrats – joined forces to publicly announce their opposition to two proposed constitutional amendments. “The legislature should be...

 

Teacher Shortage

This month, public school teachers are returning to their classrooms, preparing their classrooms and lessons for the upcoming school year. However, many schools are facing a shortage of qualified teachers. Principals and administrators are...

 

Silvermont

Late last month, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners heard a presentation on new site plans for Silvermont. The design proposal calls for the eventual elimination of the site’s basketball and tennis courts. Steven Lee Johnson of...

 

Share The Fliers

In the last three years, eight people have died at waterfalls in Transylvania County. Several more have died in other areas of western North Carolina. The Transylvania Times, in conjunction with the Transylania County Tourism Development Authority,...

 

Opening The 64 Corridor

At their meeting last Monday evening, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to seek a $300,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and provide nearly $400,000 in county matching funds in order to install a sewer...

 

Tariffs Are Not 'The Greatest'

On Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted “Tariffs are the greatest!” Just hours later his administration announced that it would provide up to $12 billion in emergency relief to farmers to compensate for financial losses resulting from...

 

'Uncomfortable'

At the July 16 Board of Education meeting, board member Alice Wellborn said she was “uncomfortable” with having to spend money for quasi-battlefield trauma kits that supposedly will be paid for by the state. Her discomfort was based on having to...

 

No One Is Above The Law

Last week, President Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. While there are dozens of issues that could come before the court in the coming years ...

 

Supporting Fire/Rescue

Nearly every day during the summer, one can hear sirens somewhere in Transylvania County as members of our communities’ fire/rescue squads head out to extinguish a fire, extricate people from a vehicle involved in an accident or rescue a person in...

 

Deadly Waterfalls

Every summer, people slide over one of our many waterfalls to their death. Tragically, this summer has proven to be no different. The two fatalities thus far this summer have been at Rainbow Falls in the upper end of the county. On July 4,...

 

We Need Immigrants

Last month two immigration bills were brought before the U.S. House but neither one passed. Both of them would have significantly reduced legal immigration. Depending upon the bill and its analysis, the number of legal immigrants would have been...

 

Freedom For All

(This editorial is being reprinted from the July 2, 2015, issue of The Transylvania Times.) “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that...

 

What's Next For Courthouse?

Monday night the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners reversed course and decided to cease work on a new courthouse on Morris Road. It was certainly not an easy decision for the commissioners, who had spent time reviewing options and investing...

 

The Greater Crime

It’s a misdemeanor. Under federal statute, illegally entering the United States is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $5,000 and/or a maximum of six months in prison. Yet, parents who are charged with this misdemeanor are being physically...

 

In Praise Of Tyrants

Criticism of President Trump for meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un last week in an attempt to resolve a potential nuclear conflict is somewhat misguided. Many prior presidents have made similar overtures: Richard Nixon talked with the...

 

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