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Henderson County News

County to form Ecusta Trail stakeholder advisory committee

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Henderson County commissioners voted on Monday to form a Stakeholder Advisory Committee to monitor the design, construction and operation of the Ecusta Trail but not before ensuring the county would control a majority of the appointments and appoint the chair.   Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | Ecusta Trail claims | Ecusta Trail Stakeholder Advisory Committee

Henderson County News

'Everybody wins' with Swamp Rabbit rail-trail

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TRAVELERS REST, S.C. — On Monday night, the Transylvania County Commission raised a question about the planned Ecusta Trail’s potential “negative impact on existing manufacturing employers or businesses.”   Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | rail to trail | railbanking | Swamp Rabbit Trail

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Friday the 13th was our lucky day

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If Friday the 13th connotes bad luck, no one told hundreds of Ecusta Trail supporters. They celebrating that day on Monday as the most important milestone to date in the evolution of the trail.   Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | greenways

Brevard News

Corridor purchase puts trail on track

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A small group hatched the idea quietly 13 years ago of transforming the idle Hendersonville-to-Brevard rail line into a paved greenway that would be called the Ecusta Trail.   Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | greenways

Henderson County News

Commissioners, Ecusta Trail advocates to celebrate purchase of rail corridor

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners scheduled a ribbon cutting for 4 p.m. today to celebrate the purchase of the Blue Ridge Southern Railroad corridor for the Ecusta Trail.   Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | greenways

Henderson County News

Laurel Park approves zoning to allow more commercial use

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LAUREL PARK — The Laurel Park Town Council on Thursday voted unanimously to rezone several areas in the town to allow for a mix of residential and commercial use.   Read Story »

Tags: Laurel Park | Ecusta Trail | disruptive land uses

Henderson County News

First claim for compensation is filed in Ecusta Trail railbanking

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The conversion of the Hendersonville-to-Brevard rail corridor to the Ecusta Trail edged close to a certainty when a federal agency issued a Notice of Interim Trail Use or Abandonment on Monday.   Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | Ecusta Trail claims

Henderson County News

Brevard agrees to take lead on Ecusta Trail construction

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BREVARD — The push to build the Ecusta Trail continued to gather momentum on Monday, when the Brevard City Council voted to take a lead role in applying for public grants and overseeing design and construction for the stretch of the path in Transylvania County.   Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | greenways | Chris Burns

Brevard News

Attorneys make pitch for railroad right-of-way claimants

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Attorneys seeking clients to make claims for land they own along the future Ecusta Trail told landowners at meetings that they have nothing to lose by making a claim.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Lawyers descend to harvest Ecusta Trail clients

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Attorneys seeking clients who could win compensation for right-of-way along the Ecusta Trail are parachuting in to harvest legal work.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don’t miss this week’s Hendersonville Lightning.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Lightning | Ecusta Trail

Brevard News

Company's application reports no objection so far to railbanking

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Bradon J. Smith, a Chicago-based attorney, paid a $4,600 fee via pay.gov and formally launched the process on Wednesday that barring unexpected roadblocks should lead to federal regulators' approval of Blue Ridge Southern Railroad's request to railbank the 19-mile Hendersonville-to-Brevard corridor for the Ecusta Trail.   Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | Watco Transportation Services | Blue Ridge Southern Railroad | railbanking

Brevard News

Railroad begins process to abandon corridor for Ecusta Trail

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Blue Ridge Southern Railroad plans to file a notice with federal authorities that will lead to the abandonment of the 19.1-mile stretch of tracks that would become the Ecusta Trail, according to a legal notice.   Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | rail to trail | railbanking

Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don’t miss this week’s Hendersonville Lightning.   Read Story »

Tags: road construction | Ecusta Trail | roads | 2045 comp plan

Henderson County News

Sale of rail corridor for Ecusta Trail could close in May

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A Hendersonville-based land conservancy is close to consummating the purchase of the Hendersonville-to-Brevard rail line for the Ecusta Trail, agreements are in the works for maintenance of the "linear park," and construction bid invitations could go out as early as the fall, the Henderson County Board of Commissioners was told Wednesday.   Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | rail to trail | John Mitchell | greenways

Brevard News

Ask Matt ... why 'Slow Train Ecusta' is gaining speed

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The last train hauling Canadian flax and wood pulp to the Ecusta Mill in 2002 dropped their load and never returned.   Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | bicycling | Ecusta Mill

Henderson County News

Here's the Ecusta Trail timeline starting in 1894

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The Ecusta Trail took a huge leap forward on Wednesday with the announcement that Conserving Carolina had reached an agreement the 20-mile rail line from Hendersonville to Brevard from Blue Ridge Railroad Co., the owner of the idle tracks.   Read Story »

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Brevard News

Conservancy reaches deal to buy rail line for Ecusta Trail

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A Hendersonville-based land conservancy has reached an agreement to buy the railroad line from Hendersonville to Brevard, marking a major leap forward in plans for the 19-mile Ecusta Trail.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Building momentum for greenways

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When the story is written of tourism in Henderson County in the 21st century, the period we’re in now will stand out as crucial.   Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | Oklawaha Greenway | greenways | Greenway Master Plan

Henderson County News

City eyes South Main trailhead for Ecusta Trail

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Although the current plans for the Ecusta Trail show a trailhead on Kanuga Road at Busy Bend, the city of Hendersonville wants engineers to look at a way of creating a trailhead on South Main Street as part of the big road plan that will redesign the convergence of King, Main and Church streets.   Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | roundabouts | roundabout | Main-King-Church project

Henderson County News

MPO awards $7 million for Ecusta Trail, Clear Creek Greenway construction

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A regional transportation planning agency on Thursday awarded $7 million worth of greenway construction money to Henderson County — roughly $5 million for the first 5¾ miles of the Ecusta Trail and $2 million for the Clear Creek Greenway in Hendersonville.   Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | Oklawaha Greenway | Clear Creek Greenway | Greenway Master Plan

Henderson County News

Panel recommends construction money for Ecusta Trail, Clear Creek Greenway

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The Ecusta Trail from Hendersonville to Horse Shoe and a new greenway in Hendersonville would receive construction funding if a regional transportation board accepts a committee’s recommendation to award the grants next week.   Read Story »

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Brevard News

Transylvania tourism agency commits $100,000 to Ecusta Trail

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Leaders of Transylvania County's tourism agency voted last week to set aside $100,000 for development of the Ecusta Trail, signaling a substantial commitment to the proposed 20-mile greenway.   Read Story »

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Asheville Life

Study takes a look at possible Oklawaha Greenway extensions

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Wetlands, sewer easements, parkland and other property that could not be used for homes or businesses are among the potential paths for 15 miles of new greenway in Henderson County, a new study says.   Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | Oklawaha Greenway | greenways | bicycling | Greenway Master Plan

Brevard News

Businesses along tracks say yes in my backyard

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When he was asked if he’d heard that the state had awarded a grant for the proposed Ecusta Trail, Zach Pickett affirmed that he had indeed.   Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | bicycling | Dry Falls Brewing Co. | Appalachian Coffee Co.

Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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You won't want to miss this week's Lightning.   Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | Medicaid | prep football

Henderson County News

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Ecusta Trail is the next big economy booster

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A $6.4 million grant to help acquire the Hendersonville-to-Brevard rail line for the Ecusta Trail is the best economic development news in a long time.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Here's timeline of Ecusta Trail so far

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The Ecusta Trail took a big step forward when the N.C. Transportation Board voted on Aug. 8 to award a $6.4 million to Conserving Carolina to support acquisition of the Blue Ridge Southern Railroad corridor from Hendersonville to Brevard.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don't miss this week's Lightning.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | Ecusta Trail

Henderson County News

Transylvania County remains neutral on Ecusta Trail

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The Transylvania County Board of Commissioners issued a statement saying it's "uncomfortable taking a position" on the proposed Ecusta Trail until legal and operational details are better known.   Read Story »

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Edneyville Life

Greenway plan envisions 71-mile network of trails

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Henderson County has been talking formally and informally about greenways since the early 1990s and even had a greenway commission that adopted a map depicting 200 miles of bike and walking trails.   Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | Friends of Ecusta Trail | Oklawaha Greenway | John Mitchell | greenways | Chris Burns

Henderson County News

LOCAL BRIEFS: Ecusta Trail, HLT, 'Green drinks'

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Tags: Hendersonville Little Theatre | Ecusta Trail

Henderson County News

Brevard chamber endorses Ecusta Trail

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The Board of Directors of the Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce has endorsed the Ecusta Trail, saying the proposed greenway would be an economic development asset.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

City wants Ecusta Trail on state DOT plan

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Formally requesting that regional planners add the first leg of the Ecusta Trail to the state’s long-range transportation plan, the Hendersonville City Council committed to a “financial contribution” that is “within reason.”   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

TDA support boosts trail momentum

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Friends of Ecusta Trail board member Chris Burns thanked the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority last week for its decision to allocate a half-cent of the county’s 5-cent occupancy tax, which will total roughly $70,000, to support the proposed Ecusta Trail.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Tourism Development Authority | Ecusta Trail | greenways | bicycling

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

TDA allocates portion of lodging tax to Ecusta Trail

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The Henderson County Tourism Development Authority agreed on Tuesday to allocate a portion of the county hotel tax to construction of the Ecusta Trail.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority | Ecusta Trail

Henderson County Business

Rep. Whitmire favors rail over trail

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BREVARD — An $11 million connector road could jumpstart the dormant Davidson River Village project at the old Ecusta mill site in Brevard.   Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | Davidson River Village

Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Ecusta Trail video hits the mark

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Don Schjeldahl has plenty of credibility when it comes to industrial development.     Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | bicycling

Henderson County News

Ecusta Trail video touts greenway benefits

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Advocates of the proposed Hendersonville-to-Brevard rail trail have launched a campaign to educate the public about the project, using a new video that highlights the project's economic benefits.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

New owner begins operating area rail line

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The new owners of the Hendersonville-to-Brevard rail line have made no commitment yet on using the rail line, which advocates of the Ecusta Trail hope would be converted into a biking and pedestrian greenway.   Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | Watco Transportation Services | Blue Ridge Southern Railroad

Etowah Business

Sale of local rail line is set

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A Kansas-based short-line rail operator has reached a "definitive agreement" with Norfolk-Southern Corp. to buy three lines in Western North Carolina, including the Hendersonville-to-Pisgah Forest line that local advocates hope to convert into a greenway.   Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | greenways | Norfolk-Southern | Watco Transportation Services | Blue Ridge Southern Railroad

Henderson County News

Rail segment needed for Ecusta Trail is sold

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In a development closely watched by the Friends of Ecusta Trail, Norfolk Southern has sold its Hendersonville-Pisgah Forest line to a Kansas company that specializes in short line rail transportation.     Read Story »

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Mills River News

Mills River explores NC 280 bike path

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MILLS RIVER — A greenway along N.C. 280 could connect new breweries, parks, rivers and other bikeways, a planning consultant says.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Mills River Town Board | Ecusta Trail | parks and recreation | greenways | bicycling

Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Economic development on two wheels

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To better express what's at stake, the Friends of Ecusta Trail should go ahead and change the name of the proposed greenway to the Jobs Creating Tourism Promoting Economic Development Fueling Exercise Inducing Greenway.     Read Story »

Tags: economic development | Ecusta Trail | bicycling | 2014 Board of Commissioners election

Etowah News

Ecusta Trail advocates launch drive for support

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A simple billboard featuring an image, two words and a web address marks a major new push by Ecusta Trail supporters to raise awareness about the greenway and potentially sway voters in a crucial Transylvania County election.   Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | greenways | bicycling

Hendersonville Life

Labor Day Tour d'Apple features 100-mile bicycle ride

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Visitors to the 67th North Carolina Apple Festival can enjoy a bicycle ride along with the rest of the activities. A long bicycle ride.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | Ecusta Trail | Friends of Ecusta Trail | Tour d'Apple | bicycling

Henderson County Business

Ecusta Trail friends point to Upstate trail success

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The Friends of the Ecusta Trail hosted local officials at an event on the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Travelers Rest last Saturday. The goal was to encourage officials to experience a converted rail trail, see first hand the impacts the trail has made on the community and envision the potential for the Ecusta Trail, the Ecusta trail organization said in a news release.   Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | Friends of Ecusta Trail | rail to trail