Dunn's Rock News


Last updated 2/12/2020 at 4:17pm

Attention College-Bound Seniors

Applications are being accepted for WNC Communities’ Journey Scholarship, which is available to college-bound seniors who live in a community, which par-ticipates in the WNC Communities’ Awards Program. In Transylvania County those communities include Balsam Grove, Cedar Mountain, Dunn’s Rock, Lake Toxaway, Little River and Quebec.

Last year $11,000 was awarded to 10 deserving youth. Grace Owen, of Balsam Grove, was one of those recipients. The $1,000 scholarship assists students with college costs in their freshman year.

Applicants must have at least a 3.0 unweighted GPA, and should show good character, academic ability and financial need, and be involved in extracurricular activities and community service. Scholarship app-lications are available from high school guidance counselors and online at http://www.wnccommunities.org. The application dead-line is March 20.

More information is available from Terri Wells at terriwells@wnccommunities.org.

Preserving Our Heritage

WNC Communities is sponsoring a program on Preserving Our WNC Communities’ History at the Transylvania County Library on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Terri Wells, director of community and agricultural programs, was impressed with the work of local history librarian Marcy Thompson, and wanted to share her success in digitalizing community scrapbooks with other WNC community leaders.

The scrapbook archiving project Thompson spear-headed has made 170 county community center, club and organizational scrapbooks available online through the NC Digital website. Filled with historical photographs and information about community events gone by, these scrapbooks, including ones from the Dunn’s Rock Community Center, can be viewed at http://www.digitalnc.org/counties/Transylvania-county.

To register for the event, contact Wells at (828) 252-4783.

Local Protest Song

The “No Dollar in the Holler Song” by the Pretty Little Goat String Band is the latest expression of protest from a large group of county residents concerned about development in flood plains along scenic U.S. Highway 276.

With lyrics like, “Hey, hey dollar store, don’t go muckin’ up a valley floor. If there’s one thing we all know, you don’t go building where the water flows,” the song, which can be seen on YouTube, narrates what can be viewed in the video’s accompanying photos – the brown overflowing waters of the French Broad covering the proposed building site of a Dollar General Store.

A benefit to support the production of a live-action video for the song was held on Sunday at 185 King Street. On Saturday, residents and business owners along Greenville Highway were filmed expressing their concerns about the proposed store building and their desire to preserve the highway’s pastoral rural setting. It’s hoped that these interviews can be used in future media efforts against the proposed store.

Community Center News

“Oh My Aching Back,” is the title of the community center’s first dinner and program night on Thursday, March 19. Physical therapist Steve Rogers will give a presentation on back injuries and how to prevent them, including ways to maintain healthy backs through proper body mechanics, activity and exercise.

Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and the program will start at 7 p.m. Mark your calendars for this event; your back will thank you.

The Community Playgroup meets on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Children up to age 5 are invited to bring their caregivers for a morning of fellowship and fun.

Join the community center board in giving the building a thorough interior cleaning on Wednesday, Feb. 19, beginning at 11 a.m. Bring your cleaning gloves and help spruce up the place in time for its use as a polling place on March 3. Stars will be available for the crowns of those who participate.

To rent the Dunn’s Rock Community Center, contact Janet Robertson at (828) 883-2678.

Dunn’s Rock news and story suggestions can be made at dunnsrockview@gmail.com.


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