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The American Red Cross has asked the Cedar Mountain Fire Rescue Dept to go ahead with our regularly scheduled Blood Drive on Saturday, April 18th from 08:30 am until 12:30 pm. A lot of drives have been canceled and there is a major need for blood. Blood Drives and donating blood are permitted under the “Stay at Home” restrictions! Please be advised of the following changes:

1. All blood drive activities will be moved to the left Truck Bay and donors will be directed to park in the rear of the building and enter through the rear door directly into the Truck Bay.

2. Each person presenting to donate will be screened (questions & temperature) before they enter the building.

3. The various stations and all seating will be at least six feet apart.

4. Please be mindful of social distancing.

5. It is requested that donor’s go online at or download the Blood Donor app on your Smart phone and schedule an appointment!

All appointments had been taken the last we heard but no one has ever been turned down to give blood that we know of.


Sunday evening proved scary, and loud, as torrential rains & fast winds came roaring in to Cedar Mountain and the Brevard area. By 2:00 am I was sitting in the dark with my 2 pups on my lap. Though sitting in my TV room there was no TV; all power was by this time was out, and didn’t come back on until 3am Tuesday morning!

My pups were frightened by the lightning and downpour of rain. I wonder too if they had perhaps heard the two huge trees that were uprooted on my yard. Not until I stepped outside Monday morning did I know about losing these two majestic trees. One tree (pictured) fell across the drive to my neighbor’s house; the other fell ON my neighbor’s motorboat! But later when I walked next door to see the damage better, I saw that this same tree had also smashed two of my neighbor’s cars that were parked on the other side of his boat. Still, no one was injured. Trees were down on Hwy. 276 and Reasonover road too and power was out for almost everyone. Many couldn’t leave their homes because of the downed trees & power lines. I pray everyone had a blessed Sunday and all are well and “restored” now.


There was too much “around the house” here the past couple of days. With power lines down from 12:30am Monday to 4:30pm Tuesday it was almost too quiet. We had beautiful weather along with birds singing and a neighbor’s generator to fill our ears.

My spring housecleaning came to a grinding halt with 2 vacuum cleaners and a rug shampooer sitting in my living room. I was able to clean some windows during this time.

Monday night I tried to read by oil lamp. My eyes got so tired, I closed them. Next thing I knew it was 11:30pm and went to bed. I am used to an overhead fan for the breeze and the white sound so I tossed and turned all night.

A trip to town was futile Tuesday morning. Hwy 276 was blocked by a downed tree on power lines just beyond Rocky Hill Baptist Church. People (self included) were using the church parking lot to turn around. Power lines were down on Solomon Jones Road as well but one lane was passable.

I had just had a can of smoked herring and crackers for my supper when the power came on. I think there just might be a second supper later on.

I didn’t lose anything but maybe ice cream in my freezer thank goodness.

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. Please email your news or any questions to by Monday evening.

Take care of yourselves.

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