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Plans are well underway for Cedar Mountain’s Annual Chicken Dinner on Saturday July 25th. On the menu is fried chicken, Macaroni and Cheese, Cabbage Casserole, Green Beans, Biscuits, Dessert and Tea. Donation is $10 for adults and $6 for kids 12 and under. Volunteers please call Deborah Perkins at 828-885-7878.


As a service to the Cedar Mountain Community we have Wi-Fi and Verizon cell phone service free to the public. You need only stop in our parking lot to make a call.


Monday at 10 AM on July 20 is the regularly scheduled meeting. Following that meeting Lorelle Bacon’s Scratchboarding Workshop will be held from 1 – 4. The cost is $55. If you are interested call 884-6647 to make pre-payment.

Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting – workshop participation is on a space available basis.


Par 4's - Tie between Aki Lindsay and Roz Banks - 16 Low Net - Helene Levesque - 25

We had an all-time record number of golfers this morning - 29 - for our Ladies' League. I attach a photo of the entire group before play. If you have room to include it this week, that would be great.


Golfers are hot at Sherwood Golf Club, and we're not talking about the weather. PGA professional Brian Lautenschlager reports three recent holes in one. On June 13, Teresa Boyd scored her first ever hole-in-one on the 145 yard 10th hole with her husband, Larry as witness.

On Father's Day, June 19, Gary Duckett aced number 16, 115 yards. His Grandson, Michael Whitaker was his witness. On July 12, Chandler MacEntire flew his ball into the 85 yard number 13. Sam and Steve were his witnesses.

August 8 is the next "Second Saturday" free clinic, starting at 2pm at the proshop/putting green. A free private lesson will be raffled off. You could be the lucky participant. Rain Date is Sunday, Aug 9 at 2pn


Summer at Cedar Mountain Baptist Church - Cedar Mountain Baptist Church invites you to our Sunday services, 9:30am Sunday school, 11:00am Worship service, 6:30pm Evening services. Wednesday services to be announced soon.

Vacation Bible School was a great time for one and all. We celebrated the last night with Commencement and a time of sharing, then eating a hamburger feast with all the fixings and special treats brought by our church family and then the famous water slide.

Get ready to play Ball. We have a church softball team and are ready to play the other churches in our community. Thanks to all who signed (22) up to play. We are still in the game. Rained-out and losses cannot detour our spirit. Come on out and watch the fun. Not much time left for the league games. Then it will be the Play Offs...who will be the Champs?



At the regular monthly community meeting at the Cedar Mountain Community Center this past Monday everyone enjoyed a local "Talent Show". To say we have talent here in Cedar Mountain is an understatement.

First up were young brothers Argo and Odin Cleveland, who performed a funny skit, then sang Edelweiss, bowing afterward to a big round of applause. Peyre and Aleshka Cleveland are their proud parents.

Next up was young Kaitlyn Owen, whose yodeling could not be beat. Great job Kaitlyn.

Rev. Butch Skerrett sang two songs acapella. The first one was "Wayfaring Stranger", and the second, "Beulah Land" had an added verse he had written himself in memory of his parents Oliver Skerrett and his (still living) 97-year-old mother Ruby. Well done Butch.

"Ranger", a beautiful black and white Boarder Collie extraordinaire performed to many commands from his owner Candy Gray. Ranger is a certified service dog and is incredibly smart.

Then there was talented Liam Bishop, who will be attending Western Carolina University this fall on a full music scholarship. He played Oh Danny Boy, Cooley’s Reel, and My Heart Will Go On from the movie Titanic. All this on a four-dollar tin whistle. He brought down the house. Later he broke out his tenor Sax and played "Saxophobia" and Careless Whisper.

Liam's father, Lenoir Bishop of the fabulous singing "Bishop Brother's" sang a Nat King Cole song then another favorite. Lenoir is one of three brothers’ who are popular for their amazing harmonies and smooth voices. Wayne, who performs often at the Creekside Market on Friday evenings, and Myron Bishop who sings with the popular gospel group "Soul Vision". Lenoir is also the choir director for the Rocky Hill church choir.

Our own columnist, Linda Young, performed a reading of her own writing, "Witches Stew" featuring her two witch characters Clacketykettle and Pickleluna. During the scary part the microphone decided to add some realism with "popping" sounds which made me jump.

Next was Beth Owings, current president of the community center. She announced that her sixth grandchild would be here this December, which would mean she'll have six grandchildren ages four and under. She sang a high soprano version of "Jesus Loves You" and said that is what she sings to her two granddaughters and three grandsons when they are at her house. You may remember Beth helped to lead the singing at the recent McGaha Chapel singing; she has an incredible voice.

Beth was also recognized for her baking talent, with a piece of her popular chocolate cake held high.

Next up was 21 year old Robbie Lollar, the nephew of Butch Skerrett, who is a brilliant violinist. He played two songs on his violin that had the crowd wildly clapping. It was determined right after that we should have an off-shoot of the Brevard Music Center, called the "Cedar Mountain Music Center".

There were prizes for all who performed, from our local Dollar Store, but more important was the recognition and fellowship that came from such a fun and interesting night at the community center. As the emcee for this talent night (I) Christine performed as a stand-up comedian in-between the real talent. At the very end I was pressured to play my harmonica after which everyone packed up to go home. Hmmmmmm, that didn't come out right, did it?

A great time was had by all; there were over forty-five in attendance. Please join us the second Monday of next month (August 10th) for the annual Auction with humorous auctioneer Mike Pace. Dishes to share need to be on the table by 6:15pm. Covered-dish starts at 6:30 pm with the auction shortly after 7pm. Bring an item "of value" to donate for this auction, to help raise money for the maintenance of our wonderful community center


The kick-off for this year's Vacation Bible School at Rocky Hill Baptist Church was this past Sunday at 5:00 pm beginning with a huge slip 'n slide, with water hoses from the crew of the Cedar Mountain Fire Department keeping the "slide" wet. Fun was had by all.

Following the slip 'n slide everyone enjoyed a hot dog supper in the Family Life Center building. Classes went from 6:30 to 8:30 each evening, with bible lessons, crafts, music, S'mores and even a zip line. The last evening of VBS is today, Thursday July 16th. Please join us again next year.


I have always said that I was a writer not a talker but I mustered up enough courage at the Talent Show and read one of my kid’s books. It seemed well received so I was happy with that. (I have self-published 3 books now).

Christine did a wonderful job finding talent and emceeing the show throwing in some cute jokes and playing her harmonica at the close of the show. Way to go Chris.

My niece Wendy, great niece Kenza and great nephew Kasar along with my niece Kim, great niece Krystin and great nephew Johnathan are here in WNC from Florida along with my sister, Kay.

They came to look after their mountain get-away at Lake Lure and were shocked to see how overgrown the property was. The orange soil of the area seems to be very fertile for weeds. They had Poke Weed as high as their second floor porch. They were magnificent if you like Poke Weed. It looked like a jungle. Her nephew, Johnathan, chopped it all down with a machete. The rest of the family pulled the rest of the weeds. I even lent a hand along the driveway. It was 94 though and I soon retreated into the air conditioned house. They thought they had left those temps in Florida.

If you have a tale to tell or news you would like to share please email it to Linda Young at or call 828-877-5407. All news must be received by Monday evening each week for inclusion in the Thursday edition of the Transylvania Times. Ads for businesses can only be included if they are offering a new service, photography display, change of business hours, etc. Nonprofit organizations such as the community center and fire department are exceptions to the rule.

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