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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 Full story

 

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

 

The Housing Conundrum

For the past few months, the local real estate market has been “hot.” As we reported on Aug. 20, the market has been “booming.” Closed sales in July were almost 24 percent higher than a year ago and pending sales were... — Updated 9/2/2020

 

CDC Change Hurts Recovery

The announcement last week by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) that people who have been exposed to COVID-19 but present no symptoms “do not necessarily need a test” is not only a reversal from the previous... — Updated 8/31/2020

 

Kudos To Heart Of Brevard

Under the leadership of executive director Nicole Bentley, the Heart of Brevard has taken several steps to support local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic and its decimation of small businesses. The organization initiated... — Updated 8/24/2020

 

Feeding The Children

It became apparent last March just how vital the Transylvania County Schools child nutrition services staff are to this county. When the county schools physically shut down, the school system, with a lapse of just a few days, was... — Updated 8/24/2020

 

Medical Misinformation

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion th... — Updated 8/19/2020

 

Ensuring Every Vote Counts

In today’s paper, readers will find one letter and a guest column regarding our recent editorial about mail-in voting and drop-off ballots. Ms. Santeiro states that in North Carolina absentee ballots and mail-in ballots are the... — Updated 8/17/2020

 

Reopening Risks, Rewards

On Monday, Transylvania County Schools and Brevard College will hold their first in-person classes since school buildings closed last March. The reopenings involve risk but also rewards. Both entities, as well as Brevard Academy,... — Updated 8/12/2020

 

Improving Broadband

One reason members of the Transylvania County Board of Education voted to open schools under Plan B is the fact that at least 10 percent of the students do not have reliable internet connectivity. If the schools opened under an... — Updated 8/10/2020

 

Mail Or Drop Off Ballots

Due to COVID-19, millions of Americans rightfully are concerned about casting their ballots in person in November. They are concerned about standing in long lines with people who may be infected. At some of our smaller community... — Updated 8/5/2020

 

Saving Lives And Jobs

Last week, the United States reached a tragic milestone – 150,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. What is more horrific is that thousands of those deaths were avoidable. From July 21-27, the U.S. recorded 463,109 new cases of... — Updated 8/3/2020

 

Agonizing Decisions

Anyone who watched school board member Courtney Domokur’s heartfelt explanation Monday evening as to why schools should be reopened for students on Aug. 17 witnessed how deeply invested school board members have been in trying to... — Updated 7/29/2020

 

Sharing House's Success

Sharing House of Transylvania Christian Ministry, Inc. recently released its 2019 report, a report that shows community-wide support for an organization that helps to provide for those in need. In 2019, Sharing House had 177... — Updated 7/27/2020

 

Graduation Issue Thursday

In May, the local school system surveyed the high school seniors regarding their preference for graduation. The overwhelming majority voted to delay graduation ceremonies until later in the summer with hope that COVID-19... — Updated 7/27/2020

 

Better To Have Made Decision

Like all school boards in North Carolina, the Transylvania County Board of Education faces a difficult decision in determining how to reopen school this fall. Whether or not it decides to open schools on Aug. 17 under Plan B, a... — Updated 7/22/2020

 

Reach Out

It’s a simple photo on the front of today’s B section: one white Army veteran and one black Navy recruit reaching out to shake hands while meeting on a hiking trail. In this time of divisiveness and fear, of people recoiling in... — Updated 7/20/2020

 

Reopening Plan Is Reasonable

The decision by Gov. Roy Cooper that schools should reopen next month under Plan B, which calls for both in-person and online instruction, is the most prudent one at this time. Plan A, which called for all students to attend... — Updated 7/15/2020

 

Control Virus To Protect Schools

The goal of schools should be to reopen fully this fall for multiple reasons. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) succinctly stated the reasons to strive for a full reopening when it stated: “The AAP strongly advocates that... — Updated 7/13/2020

 

The Definition Of Community

In Monday’s paper we ran a story entitled, “Powell Town Rallies Around The River.” The story epitomizes the combined definitions of community as “a group of people living in the same locality” as well as “a group of... — Updated 7/9/2020

 

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