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 By Ray Tuers    News

'Babies' Propped Up On Shelves At Children's Center

It's one of the most popular programs at the Children's Center of Transylvania County: high school students pick up infant dolls on Fridays, and by Monday morning they've had a... — Updated 4/1/2020

 By Ray Tuers    News

New Face Picked To Lead Boys & Girls Club – Transylvania County, NC

"Relationships are everything," said Vic Durrah, smiling. He then added, "I've never met a stranger." For Durrah, meeting and greeting people, quickly making friends of new... — Updated 2/3/2020

 By Ray Tuers    News

'Festival Of Trees' Returns Dec. 5 At Porter Center – Brevard, NC

Scores of volunteers at the Children’s Center of Transylvania County are scurrying through a checklist of last-minute preparations for one of the area’s major holiday... — Updated 11/27/2019

 By Ray Tuers    News

Boys & Girls Club Seeks New Executive Director

The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club, Transylvania County’s largest youth organization, has good news and sad news these days, according to a press release. Founded in 1999, the good news is that 2019 marks 20 years of impressive... — Updated 5/22/2019

 By Ray Tuers    News

Club Names Its 'Youth Of The Year'

A diminutive sophomore girl at Brevard High School, called "pretty amazing" by the staff of the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club, has been named the Club's Youth of the Year, a... — Updated 4/22/2019

 By Ray Tuers    Features

Annette Kilgore Turns Out Goodies For Festival - Brevard NC

She may be 82, but Annette Kilgore still has plenty of energy to produce mouth-watering baked goods in her Magic Chef gas oven. She says God guides her every move. "The love of God... — Updated 11/7/2018

 By Ray Tuers    News

Mountain Song Festival Donates $100,000 To Club - Brevard NC

Producers of the Mountain Song Festival have donated $100,000 to the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club, their largest annual donation in the musical event’s history. The festival was established by club supporters 13 years ago to... — Updated 10/11/2018


Boys & Girls Club Having A Busy Summer - Brevard, NC

School bells may be silent these days, but there are plenty of sounds coming from the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club during its busy summer program. There, crowds of children... — Updated 7/3/2017

 By Ray Tuers    Lifestyles

Life-like Dolls Teach Teens Parenthood Is Serious

The high school kids pick up their babies on Fridays and by Monday morning they've had a sobering dose of what it's like to take care of an infant. They're not real babies, but... — Updated 4/3/2017

 By Ray Tuers    Features

With Chili Cook-Off Boys & Girls Club Teens To Test Cooking Skills – Brevard NC

If you're looking for something to spice up your chili this weekend, try having it dished up by a zombie! That's the way the youngsters at the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club... — Updated 10/20/2014

 By Ray Tuers    Church

40-Year-Old Pipe Organ's Rebirth Celebrated – Brevard NC

Davidson River Presbyterian Church on East Main Street seems more noticeable these days – both inside and out – it should be no surprise. Inside, the church's 40-year-old 1,300-pipe organ is sporting a spanking new console... — Updated 10/15/2014

 By Ray Tuers    Arts

Connestee Connections Performs Concert At Lake Pointe Landing – Connestee Falls NC

The Connestee Connections, a group of five musicians who live in Connestee Falls, took their show on the road to perform at Lake Pointe Landing, a senior community in Hendersonville Monday, Aug. 11. It was the second time the... — Updated 8/13/2014

 By Ray Tuers    Features

Program Keeps Youth Entertained, Learning – Brevard NC

Some 300 county children are registered in this season’s summer program at the Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County. With average daily attendance running at 175, the 24... — Updated 7/24/2013

 By Ray Tuers    Features

Junior Staff Groomed For Real World Jobs – Brevard NC

It’s kind of a teenage training ground for growing up, with a focus on the practical, like how to treat others and how to get and hold a job. The Boys & Girls Club’s Junior... — Updated 5/1/2013

 By Ray Tuers    Features

Festival Of Trees Planning ‘Starry Starry Night’

The annual Festival of Trees, with its thousands of lights and a dazzling display of decorated Christmas trees, will usher in the holiday season when it opens its doors for a... — Updated 11/21/2011


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