Courtesy of Maureen Copelof

Maureen Copelof won the city of Brevard with 47 percent of the vote. She was previously a member of city council for four years. Copelof says that time on city council has given her a deep understanding of the regional issues facing Brevard and its neighbors across Western North Carolina.

She tells BPR’s Lilly Knoepp that healthcare, housing, development and the environment are all at the top of her list of goals as mayor. The former U.S. Navy captain served for 30 years before retiring to Brevard.

Photo courtesy of MAHEC

Mountain Area Health Education Center is expanding its partnership in Transylvania County.

When Mission Health System was purchased by HCA Healthcare in 2019, many local medical care providers found themselves re-negotiating their contracts.

“I've been working here as an OB-GYN for 11 years.”

That’s Dr. Brian Barrow. His Transylvania Women’s Care office was connected with Mission Health but now his office is called MAHEC Women’s Care at Brevard in partnership with Mountain Area Health Education Center.

Photo Courtesy of FIND Outdoors

Just in time for Earth Day, The Cradle of Forestry in Transylvania County is re-opening this week after being closed. During the pandemic it was open on a limited schedule. 

The 6500-acre site in the Pisgah National Forest is a museum and trail system that was the location of the first national science-based forest management program established in the 19th century.  

Matt Bush / Blue Ridge Public Radio

Authorities have arrested a Brevard man and charged him with leaving several incendiary devices around the city on Sunday.

Cass Herrington / BPR News

One town in Transylvania County has begun issuing identification cards to those who may not be able to obtain a government-issued state ID or driver’s license. The grassroots initiative wants to serve the community’s residents who don’t have legal citizenship. 

Matt Bush BPR

The number of visitors at Dupont State Forest more than doubled this decade.  It’s just one of the many outdoor destinations that has helped form Asheville and Western North Carolina’s national profile.  Something else is now getting national attention – the region’s industry that builds the products those outdoor visitors use.

Matt Peiken | BPR News

Most people associate the Brevard Music Center with summer classical concerts featuring world-class performers in an open-air auditorium. Away from the spotlight, about 400 teens and twentysomethings come from around the country to spend most of their summer studying classical performance at Brevard Music Center.

“I’m totally illiterate when it comes to pop culture, because my head is in classical music,” said Myles McKnight, an 18-year-old violinist from Hendersonville.

BPR News

The August 21st Great American Solar Eclipse  was one of the most  watched and studied astronomical events in  history.  Western North Carolina was a great place to do both.   BPR’s Helen Chickering spent the day at the Pisgah National Research Institute in Brevard.   The former NASA tracking station was in the path of totality and hosted a day of stellar science for the public.

Dennis di Cicco / Sky & Telescope

Blue Ridge Public Radio is providing live video streams on total solar eclipse day from two locations within the path of totality.  The links are below!

From our tower on Wine Springs Bald near Franklin

From our tower on Rich Mountain near Brevard

School systems across western North Carolina are starting to grapple with the winter weather, and the inherent problems it causes.  In Transylvania County, they're trying something new to avoid missed instruction time, what they're calling "Virtual Days."  For more, WCQS's Jeremy Loeb spoke with Transylvania Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey McDaris.  

You can hear that interview by clicking the audio above.  The audio below is a shorter version for broadcast.