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Cedar Mountain News


June 20, 2019

Call For Artists

Jasper Beacham and James Toye of the Proper Copper in Cedar Mountain are looking for artists. The plan is to host four to five local artists on Saturday, July 6, next to Proper Copper in Cedar Mountain. If there is a good response from the public, they are hoping to help establish a First Saturday Artists Market that would be held at various locations along U.S. 276. For more information, contact James Toye at (828) 834-4275.

Blood Drive

The Red Cross blood drive at the Cedar Mountain Fire Rescue Department at Cascade Lake and Greenville Highway will be Saturday, June 22. Donations will be accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Be the donor who saves a life.

Community Center Heritage Day Program

Mark your calendar and plan to attend a very special Lake Toxaway Community Center Heritage Day program at 1 p.m. on July 6. This program is to honor our military and to pay special tribute to the 89 Transylvania County service men who lost their lives while serving on active duty.

Senior Saints Conference

All seniors age 50 and above are invited to a “Senior Saints Celebration Conference” on Saturday, June 22, at the Carr’s Hill Baptist Church. The conference begins with a covered-dish breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and will end at approximately 12:30 p.m. This conference is for both men and women. The Senior Saints Celebration conference will provide valuable information for and about seniors. Before and between speakers there will be music from various local church choirs, including the choir from Rocky Hill Baptist Church and the children’s choir of Cedar Mountain Baptist Church. Carr’s Hill Baptist Church is located at 2719 Greenville Highway. Carr’s Hill phone number is (828) 884-9306. For more information on the Senior Saints Celebration Conference, and to let them know you will be attending, call the Transylvania Baptist Association at (828) 877-3203.

Transylvania Library

At the library amphitheater at 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 21, Zoe & Cloyd will perform new Appalachian music. This is a free concert, and everyone is invited. The following Friday evening’s concert will be performed by Gypsy Grass, a jazz group from Asheville. Inside the Rogow Room on June 27 “Spiderman: Into the Spider Verse” will be shown at 6 p.m. on the big screen. For more information, call the library at (828) 884-3151.

Gourd Classes

The 9th annual “Mountain Gourd Gathering” held inside the large Family Life Center building in Cedar Mountain has classes posted now for any who wish to sign up. Some classes fill early. To see the classes offered during the Aug. 8, 9 and 10 events go online to Christine Pace ([email protected]) is the host.

Jones Family Reunion

By Nancy Cadora

The descendants of Janie and Solomon A. Jones will gather for their annual family reunion at The Happy Place (the name of our home), on Saturday, July 6, at noon for a covered dish meal. We usually have about 70 cousins attend, along with friends and adopted Jones relatives. My granddaughter Charlotte (age 7) told her dad recently that she loved being a part of a big family but sometimes she had trouble remembering all the names. I really miss the mountains this time of year and have second thoughts about selling our home there every day. Hope all of you have a great summer.

News From The Low Country

By Tony Hemphill

Hello from Edisto,

It was this month in 1973 that I met my future wife, Miss Diane Lee. Of all places, I met this mountain girl at a campground at Myrtle Beach. She was there with a youth group from Rocky Hill, and I was camping with my parents for the first and only time. I was instantly smitten with this coy, demure young lady. (For those of you who know Diane, you know I’m being really sarcastic.) When we left the beach I never thought I’d see her again. However, one of my dad’s trust clients offered the use of their home on Caesar’s Head. So, the following Saturday, Diane and I met again at Robin Hood’s Barn. We dated exclusively for the next three years and broke up after my senior year of high school. I won’t tell you who broke with whom – but Diane broke my heart. A lifetime later (30 years), the Lord orchestrated the renewal of our relationship. We just celebrated our 11th anniversary.

After a really cool and comfortable May, June has begun with a heat wave. We’re blessed to live where we get a great breeze off the ocean. Just several miles inland it is 10-12 degrees hotter. I’ve been catching a few larger “reds” (channel or spot tail bass) lately using mud minnows and shrimp. I’ve caught only one legal size flounder so far this summer, but they are getting more plentiful and growing steadily as the amount of bait increases in the creek. Crabs too are getting more plentiful – both blue and stone crabs. I developed an allergy to crabs and can’t eat them anymore, but my neighbors love them.

Rocky Hill Baptist Church High School Graduates

The Rocky Hill Church family recognized the high school graduates and fathers on Sunday, June 16, during the morning services and with a meal of lasagna, salads and desserts in the Family Life Center. Three young men from the church now have high school diplomas and are pursuing higher education. Jacob Smith will continue his studies toward a law enforcement degree at Blue Ridge Community College. He received the Giles Arthur Harmon Memorial Scholarship, the Connestee Falls Student Scholarship and several others. Cody Brown will attend the Tulsa Welding School in Jacksonville, Fla., and was also a recipient of the Connestee Falls Student Scholarship. Ben Beeker will play basketball with the Furman Paladins and received the James B. Duke Scholarship for academic excellence. Sabra Freeman, Willow Michael and Elizabeth Frank are also 2019 high school graduates from the Cedar Mountain area. Christine Pace reported that her granddaughter Cassi Harris graduated as valedictorian of her class with the Connections Online Academy. Congratulations to all.

Cedar Mountain – Column Taken from The Brevard News, June 9, 1922

The farmers of this section are very busy working their corn over for the first time. Owing to so much rain, they are a little behind with their work. The summer visitors are beginning to come up to their homes. Miss Rhoda Heath is visiting relatives and friends in Greenville, S.C. Mrs. Pearce and daughter, Elfrida, are now at their cottage, “The Brookland,” for the summer. Mrs. Crosswell and family of Greenville, S.C., are now at “Camp Comfort” for the summer. Hershel Garren is having his place most wonderfully improved by adding to, repairing and repainting his home and having his store building and outbuildings repainted. Paul and Claude Jones, who have been attending school at Bailey Military School, have returned home for the summer. Mrs. Jennie Wyman of Aiken, S.C., and a party of friends came to open her mother’s house, who is coming for the 15th. She has been very ill for quite a while. H. Garren has installed a new filling station. William Fredric, the little son of R.A. Ford, has been very ill. The Rocky Hill Sunday school reorganized Sunday, re-electing R.A. Ford for superintendent, Seldon Jones for assistant superintendent and Miss Idell Bishop for secretary. They will elect new teachers next Sunday. Ted A. Snyder and Perry Cleveland spent the weekend at Mr. Snyder’s place.

Cedar Mountain History

By Patty Stahl

Hershel Garren purchased the old Cox Store from Asa Hooker in 1916 and was operating a store and the Cedar Mountain Post Office from that building in 1922. Several photographs of the building were taken in 1917 by a camper from Camp Sapphire on a trip of several days in the High Falls and Caesar’s Head area. These photos are found in the digital photo collection of the Rowell Bosse N.C. Room at the Transylvania County Library. Garren made improvements to the building and added the filling station. This is the first written record of a filling station in Cedar Mountain that I have found. This old building was located near the entrance to Reasonover Road and is shown on maps from the late 1800s. This location was one of the busiest in Cedar Mountain as the Little River Turnpike and the Johnstone Turnpike came together here at the Little River Bridge, and the road continued through Cedar Mountain to join the Green River Road and the Jones Gap Turnpike near the state line. U.S. 276 did not exist at that time. The Cedar Mt. Café and the Cedar Fire Department are situated on what was labeled as a marsh on old maps. Changes were made to that area as the new highways were built a few years later.

Rhoda Heath later married Paul Jones and they raised a family on Solomon Jones Road. Their family homes on Solomon Jones Road still stand. Paul and Rhoda’s daughter Mary Jane Howard lives in one and her brother Bobby Jones lives across the road in the other. Their brother Buddy Jones lives in Dunn’s Rock and has been recently mentioned in the Dunn’s Rock News. Claude Jones was Paul’s brother and they are the sons of Solomon and Janie McCrary Jones.

Ted Snyder was a bachelor in 1922 and had built a home on Reasonover Road named Wayback, which today is known as Laurel Hill. He later married and lived with his family on the current Sherwood Forest property. In 1938 – 1939, he built the Robin Hood Inn in that area which burned in 1940 under suspicion of arson. In previous years he had built other buildings, dams and lakes still used today in our area. And because of “so much rain” still falling in Cedar Mountain in recent weeks, our gardeners have had difficulty working in their vegetable gardens. The large fields of corn once grown here are now overgrown or have become home sites. The summer families, as happened 97 years ago, “are beginning to come up to their homes” and Sunday school continues at Rocky Hill Baptist Church.

Sherwood Forest Ladies League

June 11: Game Low Gross – Cynthia Lipski – 38, Low Net – Ginny Boettcher – 26

June 17: Game – Low Putts on the Back 9. Game winner – Lin Kolb – 11, Low Net – Maria Campbell – 20, Low Gross – Georgia Osterc – 32.

Around The House

By Linda Young

Even though the Mountain Neighbors Network has ceased operation for the time being, my helper says she will continue to come help me with projects as needed. Today, I was delighted to hear she was a carpenter. We made plans to build an enclosure on my front porch to serve as a garden shed. We inventoried the supply of leftover wood I already had and can use some of it on the project. She was delighted to see that my workshop includes a miter saw and bench saw. I can’t wait to get started. I will have a place to neatly conceal all my garden tools with easy access to my garden.

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