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“That’s the thing that really destroys our property,” said Carpenter, who has attended dozens of meetings on the project. “This is our spiritual home. Imagine living in your home and somebody comes and wants to plow up your front yard because some of your neighbors say we think there should be a sidewalk on that... Continue Reading →

Protected or prohibited?: Continued

In what we consider an unconstitutional move, the Flat Rock village council has decided to enforce the village’s sign control ordinance vis-a-vis the Cultural Landscape Group:Flat Rock signs opposing the N. Highland Lake Road project. What does this mean? Starting tomorrow (Friday the 13th), the village administrator will remove any signs within 10 feet of... Continue Reading →

"Until they start acquiring right of way, which won't happen until June of 2019 for this project, if the Village Council decides to cancel the project, DOT has no problem with that," One correction to this article: CLG has submitted almost 1,700 petition signatures to the Flat Rock village council, not 1,500 as stated in... Continue Reading →

New graffiti on Middleton Road

This bridge on Middleton Road in Flat Rock was built several years ago by NCDOT, even though neighbors protested, not the need for a bridge but the design and size of the project. Their protests were ignored. This bridge has been tagged with graffiti for quite a while. Now new graffiti spray painted over the... Continue Reading →

“It’s been a very frustrating year for us,” said Tom Carpenter, the church’s clerk of session, who’s attended 26 various meetings regarding the project. “We’ve tried everything we could to explain our situation, to reason with them. But it seems to have fallen on deaf ears.”

We hold these truths to be self-evident. . .

From the National Archives, a transcription of the Declaration of Independence: In Congress, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the... Continue Reading →

Local governments’ broken process

From the Hendersonville Times-News Sunday paper (July 1, 2018), an op-ed by Anne Coletta: If you take away nothing else from reading this, understand that the current countywide protests about road projects are a result of a broken process by our local governments, not by NCDOT. Road “improvement” or “modernization” projects are identified by NCDOT... Continue Reading →

If you take away nothing else from reading this, understand that the current countywide protests about road projects are a result of a broken process by our local governments, not by NCDOT.

From the people

"Widening the road and cutting the trees will destroy the charm of N. Highland Lake Road. Parking near the waterfall will bring litter both on land and in King Creek. Providing parking near that corner of park will have folks partying into the night." - comment from our online petition

How can Henderson County come up with a plan to improve transportation when many residents don’t want new or widened roads — and are willing to fight to stop them?

From the people

"1,700 votes against it, many meetings against it, proof of its unpopular decision, but still in the end THEY VOTED FOR IT. So sad." - online comment

From the people

An online comment: I'm a 76-year-old retiree and I've been driving the road in question (N. Highland Lake Road) for 5+ years on a daily basis. I've never met more than a dozen cars traveling in either direction even at peak travel hours. In my opinion, the Flat Rock Council is merely trying to assuage... Continue Reading →

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