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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 »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | bicycling

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