From CPP: Transylvan­ia health care woes. Leaders voice frustratio­n with HCA hospital management in NC mountain community.

A new independent monitor, selected by Dogwood Health Trust to gauge the communities’ opinions of HCA and the company’s ongoing compliance with the terms of its acquisition of the Asheville-based Mission Health chain, is already losing the trust of Brevard’s leadership.

Longtime educator and advocate for the deaf recognized by NCRID

“Most deaf kids are born to hearing parents, and there’s usually a lag time of identifying deafness in a baby and often a struggle with accepting that you have a deaf child. There’s a long process in which there can be a lot of language deprivation for children. So for us, that’s a big part of our job, being language role models and teaching,” says Kim Martin, lead interpreter for Buncombe County Schools.