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Learning To Read Begins In Infancy

It has been known for decades that reading is an essential skill for academic and economic success. The illiterate and semi-literate struggle not only in school but also throughout their lives. Many states, including North Carolina, have tried to...

 

Prisoners Have Families Too

Whenever there is a life-altering incident, whether it is a car accident or a diagnosis of cancer or dementia, the ramifications reach far beyond the individual involved to family and often friends. The same is true for those who have family members...

 

Read Beyond The Labels

In today’s edition of The Transylvania Times, readers will find our Transylvania County Election Guide 2018. It contains questions and answers posed to 16 candidates running for various offices, information on the six proposed state constitutional...

 

Republicans Oppose Three Amendments

There are six proposed state constitutional amendments, the most at any one time in modern history, on this year’s ballot. Although the Republican-led General Assembly decided to put the amendments on the ballot, Republicans at the state and local...

 

Holding The Powerful Accountable

American politicians have often criticized the press. Usually politicians criticize those journalists, newspapers or TV stations that point out the formers’ hypocrisy, incompetence, corruption, deceitfulness or other unworthy traits. As Thomas...

 

Small Papers Reflect Life

(The following is written in celebration of National Newspaper Week, which is Oct. 7-13.) In journalism, newspapers are often divided into two groups: dailies and community newspapers. Nearly all Americans are familiar with the first – The New...

 

Information Has Been Provided

Prior to the school board meeting held at Brevard High School last Monday evening, on its Facebook page the Transylvania County Republican Party said it needed a “large number of conservatives” to attend the meeting for several reasons. Some of...

 

Warning Signs - Brevard NC

Ten years ago this month, the housing market collapsed, the financial markets plunged and the Great Recession began. The situation was so dire that then presidential candidates and U.S. senators John McCain and Barack Obama briefly suspended their...

 

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...

 

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