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 By Ray Tuers    News

Festival Donations To Club Exceed $1 Million

The 15th Annual Mountain Song Festival this fall brought the total amount in donations the event has yielded over the years to the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club to $1.1 million. “It’s truly remarkable what the festival has... — Updated 11/3/2021

 By Ray Tuers    Lifestyles

Boys & Girls Club Gets Things Spick And Span

Some 35 volunteers spread out among the nooks and crannies of the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club on Gallimore Road Saturday to get the 25,000-square-foot clubhouse spick and... — Updated 8/18/2021

 By Ray Tuers    News

Local Wins N.C. Boys & Girls Club Award

Caitlyn Murray, who as education director of the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club spends much of her time working with club members and their school teachers, recently turned to a... — Updated 6/8/2021

 By Ray Tuers    News

Club's Fund Drive Boosted By Donation Pledge

This month, the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club is getting a boost in its efforts to honor teachers as part of its annual fund drive. A California woman who grew up in the Southea... — Updated 5/10/2021

 By Ray Tuers    News

Child Abuse Cases Increase During Pandemic

Jenny is a wisp of a girl, at 6 weighing little more than 35 pounds and not 4 feet tall. She has few toys. She wears tattered pink jeans. She has sad eyes, and almost no happy... — Updated 4/1/2021

 By Ray Tuers    Features

Boys & Girls Club's Youth Of The Year Shine – Transylvania County, NC

Two Brevard girls who have virtually grown up at the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County have been chosen for the highest honors among the club's nearly 200... — Updated 3/10/2021

 By Ray Tuers    News

Children's Center Keeps Doors Open To Help Families – Transylvania County, NC

While the pandemic has restricted or closed a number of businesses and organizations in the area, others have risen to its challenge, even increasing their activities. The... — Updated 12/2/2020

 By Ray Tuers    News

Boys & Girls Club Expanding Services, Facilities – Transylvania County, NC

The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club is expanding its services and its physical facilities on Gallimore Road despite the financial pressure caused by having to cancel two of its... — Updated 11/23/2020

 By Ray Tuers    Features

Barbecue Butt Fundraiser Yields A Happy 'October Surprise' For The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club

During the election season an "October surprise" can mean trouble for a politician, but for the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County one brought smiles when... — Updated 10/29/2020

 By Ray Tuers    News

Grants Ease Club's Financial Burden – Transylvania County, NC

The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County has received more than $100,000 in grants that are allowing it to ease financial burdens on its member families during... — Updated 8/15/2020

 By Ray Tuers    News

Boys & Girls Club To Reopen For Summer Program-Brevard NC

The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club, heeding its long-held mission of service to the community, is planning to open its doors in spite of the pandemic and run its annual summer program. Safety will be the byword, said Executive... — Updated 5/21/2020

 By Ray Tuers    Features

Sarah Rae St. Marie Grows Into Club's Top Job-Brevard NC

Since the day when Sarah Rae St. Marie came to the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club as a bright new face seven years ago, she has grown with the club, climbing up the leadership... — Updated 4/27/2020

 By Ray Tuers    COVID-19

Boys & Girls Club Busy Despite Closed Doors

The classrooms and hallways of its closed clubhouse on Gallimore Road may be silent and still these days, but the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club is buzzing with activity anyway.... — Updated 4/17/2020 Full story

 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


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