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Last updated 2/6/2020 at 11:58am

Small Area Plan

The Transylvania County Cedar Mountain Small Area Plan committee meets on the last Tuesday of the month. The next meeting will be at the Cedar Mountain Community Center at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25. The public is encouraged to attend.

Coming Blood Drives

These are the blood drive dates for 2020 as assigned to The Cedar Mountain Fire/Rescue auxiliary by the Red Cross: Feb. 22, April 18, June 20, Aug. 22, Oct. 24 and Dec. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Be sure to add these dates to your new 2020 calendar, so you don’t forget. Those whose lives have been saved by your donations thank you.

BBQ For Sale

The Cedar Mountain F/R Auxiliary is selling pork BBQ for $10 a pound. Contact Terie at (828) 885-7720 or Candy at (828) 884-2734 to order BBQ. All sales benefit the Cedar Mountain Fire Department.

Rent The Center

The Cedar Mountain Community is booking rentals for this year. The center has a capacity of 150 standing and seating for 100. The center is the perfect place for a reception, party, family reunion, business meeting or other activity.

You could even get married outside on the beautiful patio and have a reception at the center. It can also be used as a dressing room for outdoor weddings. Food can be prepared in the commercial kitchen or you may have it catered by local professionals. The center’s interior was refreshed with a new coat of paint last summer. Ceilings were repaired and repainted and ceiling fans and lighting were replaced. It looks terrific. Come and see. To rent the center, call Caroline Chambers at (828) 290-9662. For more information, go to

Books Needed

Rosman Elementary School is currently collecting new and gently used books for its seventh annual Give 5, Read 5 book drive. Books collected go home with students to build their personal, at-home libraries. The hope is to collect at least five books for each of the 325 students. We will be collecting until late May. Call Crystal Whitman at 862-4431 for more information or to arrange for pick-up.

Hearing Loss

The Brevard chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of American will hold a meeting at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Brevard.

The program will be presented by Tzena Keyes, who is retired from working as a manager in the N.C. Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing - Asheville Regional Center in 2018.

Chapter members, hearing professionals, and anyone interested in learning about hearing loss and hearing solutions are welcome. Direct questions via email to: [email protected]

The room will open at 12:30 p.m. to sign in, browse the free literature, grab a snack, and meet others interested in discussing hearing problems and solutions. Captions will be provided.

The Lutheran Church is located at 22 Fisher Road at the intersection of North Broad Street and Fisher Road.


Happy birthday to George Mayer on Feb. 4. Judy Patrick will be celebrated on Feb. 10, and Joey Pace on Feb. 11. Lee Smith will party-down on Feb. 12, and Beth Owings will probably wear red on her birthday on Feb. 14 as that is Valentine’s Day. Faith Bishop will celebrate her birthday on Feb. 24, while her sister-in-law Sharon Bishop follows with her birthday on Feb. 26. Jane Van Hook was also born on Feb. 26.


Only one anniversary to report this month, though it is on a special day: Valentine’s Day. Congratulations and best wishes to Wallace and Mary Kaye Dunbar, who wed on Feb. 14 many years ago.

Christine’s Corner

My friend Mayra Torres is helping me get rid of things, and in the process is getting me organized. There are still several boxes that haven’t been opened since mine and Joe’s move over three years ago. With Mayra’s help, I can see an end to my procrastination; everything will be in its right place or out of my home by spring. She has spare time if anyone wants to get a free estimate on having a home or office or workshop organized. Her number is (706) 273-8935. She lives in Brevard.

One of Joe’s cousins, Cindy Shelton, lost her husband this week. Cindy is the daughter of Mary Lou Allison and Heath Allison, who passed several months before my Joe did. Please keep Cindy and her family in prayer.

After a short battle with a stomach bug, I am feeling much better again, and returned to the free exercise class at Rocky Hill Church’s Family Life Center on Monday. I worked out slower this week but will soon build up my strength again under the leadership of Suzanne Lawson who does a superb job with us guys and gals. Her knowledge and abilities are encouraging, and she emphasizes working at our own speed. She is great, and did I mention the classes are free. Come at 10 a.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, to walk a half-hour (indoors) first, or come at 10:30 a.m., as I do, to skip the walking part. We do stretching, aerobics and cardio, and we finish around 11:30 a.m. It’s amazing how quickly old muscles are gaining strength once again. The phone number at the Family Life Center is (828) 862-5611. Suzanne’s email address is [email protected], and she welcomes any enquiries.

At long last I am where I need to be once again, in the capable hands of the Transylvania Hospital physical therapists. Learning that three vertebrae in my neck are collapsing on each other, Dr. Graham referred me back to the physical therapy office that did so much for me last year following my double-hip replacements. They are a great group. Under the supervision of Grant Pierrone, I will learn how to perform traction on my neck here at home. He is helping with my range-of-motion too. We are blessed to have such great doctors and therapists in Transylvania County.

Around The House

By Linda Young

I was sorry to hear about some seasonal homes being broken into recently. We’d all like to believe that Cedar Mountain is a safe place. I think the thefts over the years are likely people who don’t live here.

Several years ago, a family maintained a trout pond right next to U.S. 276. Sometime during the night thieves used seines and took all the fish.

The former owners of Whistlestop used to leave all produce outside at night with an on-your-honor receptacle to pay for what you took. One night somebody cleaned out all of their watermelons. The new owners have put their trust in people and are doing this again. Hopefully, everyone will honor the trust these owners have in this community by paying for their produce.

We had a huge hand-painted sawmill blade (painted by Irene May and myself) that was used as a welcome sign to Cedar Mountain at the intersection of Solomon Jones Road and U.S. 276. It was yanked out of the ground and taken. Being embedded in concrete, we have to wonder how they managed it so cleanly. They even replaced the sod, so it looked like the sign was never there – very conscientious thieves.

An antique Coke machine was stolen from the Cedar Mountain Canteen not long ago but returned recently. Crooks with a heart?

These are probably only a few of the total incidents here in Cedar Mountain, and it is sad that there are those who think it’s OK to help themselves to other folks property.

Thank you for reading The Cedar Mountain News. Your contributions are encouraged and welcome. We’d love to hear what’s going on if you would like to share. Email your news or any questions to [email protected] by Monday evening.


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