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Flat Rock News

Flat Rock names new administrator

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FLAT ROCK — The village of Flat Rock has a new administrator, just the second one in its history.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | Pat Christie | Judy Boleman

Henderson County News

Memorial service set for Lastein, Flat Rock park designer

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Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | Park at Flat Rock

Flat Rock News

Ed Lastein, a 'guiding spirit' of Flat Rock's park, dies at 59

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FLAT ROCK — Edward Harold “Ed” Lastein Jr., a landscape architect who designed most of the public outdoor space, greenways and sidewalks of Flat Rock and served over the past four years as “the guiding spirit” of the new Park at Flat Rock, died suddenly Thursday of a brain aneurysm. He was 59 years old.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | Village of Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | parks and recreation | Park at Flat Rock

Henderson County News

No thanks, Village says to park purchase offer

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FLAT ROCK — If the Village Council ever gets fed up with the citizenry’s demands for improvements, complaints about loose dogs and jeremiads about park crime and traffic, it can always sell the town’s park.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | parks and recreation | Park at Flat Rock

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Mayoral candidate owes village $60,000

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If Bob Spitzen pulls off a miraculous upset to become the mayor of Flat Rock, the Village Council would face a thorny question.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | land-use planning | Bob Staton | 2015 municipal elections | Bob Spitzen

Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

Filing opens for town elections

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Two mayors, two town council members and a newcomer were the first five candidates to sign up for office on Monday morning when filing opened for the 2015 municipal elections in Henderson County.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Flat Rock Village Council | Fletcher Town Council | Laurel Park Town Council | 2015 municipal elections

Henderson County News

Village seeks $330,000 grant for park trails

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FLAT ROCK— The Flat Rock Village Council has authorized an expenditure of up to $66,000 as 20 percent match for a potential grant of $330,000 for trails, bridges, boardwalks and culverts at the park.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | parks and recreation | Park at Flat Rock

Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: County demands cities raise taxes

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The proposal by the Henderson County Board of Commissioners to force Flat Rock to pay for the cost of law enforcement would be folly even if the discussion of the idea had not been based on a $620,000 error.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | local government budgets | taxes

Flat Rock News

Village Council OKs park gate

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FLAT ROCK — The Park at Flat Rock will be getting a gate.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | parks and recreation | Park at Flat Rock

Flat Rock News

Creek rehabilitation becomes park priority

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FLAT ROCK — Having just adopted a new $1.7 million budget that freezes new park spending for a year, the Flat Rock Village Council heard a presentation about plans to naturalize a creek that dissects the 67-acre park.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | Park at Flat Rock

Flat Rock News

Flat Rock delays park driveway for a year

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FLAT ROCK — Facing mounting operating costs and higher than projected construction costs, the Flat Rock Village Council voted last week to delay a new entrance driveway and parking lot for a year.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | parks and recreation | Park at Flat Rock

Flat Rock News

Flat Rock administrator graduates

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FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock Village Administrator Judy Boleman graduated last week from the municipal administration program at the School of Government at UNC at Chapel Hill.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Two village leaders would delay new park entrance

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FLAT ROCK — Concerned about escalating construction costs and unknown operating costs, two members of the Flat Rock Village Council have suggested a moratorium on new spending and a second look at whether a new entrance is needed at a price of almost $1 million.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee

Flat Rock News

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: More work set for park

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  FLAT ROCK — The Flat Rock Village Council last week authorized a $15,411 contract for stream and creek work and tentatively committed about $150,000 to renovate the clubhouse for restrooms at the village’s new park.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | parks and recreation | Park at Flat Rock

Flat Rock News

Village opens bids for park work

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FLAT ROCK — Pace Construction and Engineering submitted the low bid for removing two buildings at the Park at Flat Rock, the new park at the former Highland Lake golf course property.   Read Story »

Tags: Village of Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | parks and recreation | Park at Flat Rock

Flat Rock Business

Buyer wants to resurrect Braewood plan

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FLAT ROCK — A Fletcher developer who bought the 88-acre Braewood property in a foreclosure sale this month said he would like to resurrect a site plan that called for a 121-home residential development on West Blue Ridge Road next to the Mill House Lodge.   Read Story »

Tags: housing | Flat Rock Village Council | construction | Braewood

Flat Rock Politics

Village Council again waives pay

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FLAT ROCK — The Flat Rock Village Council said farewell to three veteran council members and welcomed three replacements this month.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Council can't fudge on crucial vote

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It started with talk about fudge. Then it became a challenge.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

In retirement, Bucher vowed to give back

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Dave Bucher said his work designing safety features for farm tractors was one of his more rewarding experiences as a design engineer for John Deere. The process was collaborative, and the farm machinery maker willingly shared the safety innovations with its competitors.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Davis did not ‘do things half way’

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Ron Davis's first job in retirement was to help research and write the legal documents creating the Kenmure Property Owners Association.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Wert saw a need and filled it

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Jim Wert's neighbor, Cy Highlander, recruited him to get involved in work for the Village of Flat Rock. The first elected mayor of the village, Highlander knew a good volunteer when he saw one.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Park at Flat Rock opens

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FLAT ROCK — So far use of the Park at Flat Rock has been light, with a few walkers and dogs sighted since the park opened on Friday, Dec. 13.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee | Park at Flat Rock

Flat Rock News

Free, come get: Flat Rock seeks bids for removing buildings

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FLAT ROCK — The Village of Flat Rock is seeking bids for someone to remove two buildings from its new park property at the former Highland Lake Golf Club.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | Highland Lake Golf Course | parks and recreation | Park at Flat Rock

Flat Rock News

Beaumont known for architecture, bushwhacker shooting

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FLAT ROCK — Built in 1839, Beaumont, also known as the Johnstone-Hayne House, might well have a direct connection to Brookdale.   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | Beaumont | Flat Rock Historic Landmarks Commission

Flat Rock News

Village at odds over park priorities

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FLAT ROCK — One day before the Flat Rock takes possession of its new 67-acre park land, the Village Council decided that it needed to hold a workshop to order priorities for park development.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | Highland Lake Golf Course | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee

Henderson County News

Council OKs first phase of Park at Flat Rock

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FLAT ROCK — A new entrance from Highland Lake Road, restrooms and a sheltered picnic pavilion are among the first improvements residents will see at the new Park at Flat Rock.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee

Flat Rock News

Flat Rock wins $475,000 grant for park purchase

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The Village of Flat Rock has won a $475,000 grant that will cover just under half the purchase price of the town's new  park.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | Highland Lake Golf Course | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee

Flat Rock News

Neighbors grumble about Flat Rock vacation cottage

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FLAT ROCK — Like it or not, Stonebridge neighbors are powerless to stop a homeowner from renting a cottage to vacationers.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | real estate | Flat Rock Village Council | land-use planning

Henderson County News

Flat Rock, county move to recognize historic landmarks

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Henderson County folks wear the cloak of history.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Historic preservation | Flat Rock Village Council | Henderson County Historic Resources Commission

Flat Rock Life

Flat Rock mayor, HHS honor are reunited

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Bob Staton has no idea how his Carolina Cup got discarded but he is glad to be reunited with the award after 59 years.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville High School | Flat Rock Village Council | Bob Staton

Henderson County News

Flat Rock hopes for Round 2 funding for park

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FLAT ROCK — Although the Flat Rock Village Council missed state funding in May to help pay for the purchase of the Highland Lake Golf Course for a park, the village still has a shot at the money.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee | land conservation

Flat Rock News

Village budget allocates $824,000 for work on park

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FLAT ROCK — The Village of Flat Rock plans to spend up to $1.3 million in its upcoming fiscal year to buy and begin development of its new park. It won't raise taxes to do it.   Read Story »

Tags: Village of Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | Highland Lake Golf Course | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee

Flat Rock Life

Flat Rock celebrates with ice cream, bluegrass, Sandburg tours

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FLAT ROCK — Fans of ice cream and bluegrass are invited to Celebrate Flat Rock Saturday.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | Music | Flat Rock Village Council

Flat Rock News

Sidewalk easement costs Village

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FLAT ROCK — Get it in writing comes up often in business. It might have paid for the village of Flat Rock.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | Flat Rock West Blue Ridge sidewalk

Henderson County News

Flat Rock ordinance could force yard cleanup

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FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock Village Councilman Jimmy Chandler once called a bank about the overgrown yard of a foreclosed house, hoping to prod the lienholder into cleaning it up.   Read Story »

Tags: Village of Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | Flat Rock Village Councilman Ron Davis

Flat Rock News

Flat Rock to buy golf course land for $1.15 million

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FLAT ROCK — The Flat Rock Village Council has agreed to buy the Highland Lake Golf Club property for $1.15 million in a sale that is expected to close by June 30.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | Highland Lake Golf Course | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee

Flat Rock News

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Village can make park work

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Some people said yippee and others said oh no when the Flat Rock Village Council voted last week to buy the Highland Lake golf course and develop it as a park.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | Highland Lake Golf Course | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee | Lightning editorials

Flat Rock News

VILLAGE COUNCIL SAYS YES TO PARK

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FLAT ROCK — The Flat Rock Village Council voted unanimously Thursday morning to move forward with negotiations to buy Highland Lake Golf Course and develop it as a passive park.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | Highland Lake Golf Course | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee

Flat Rock News

Flat Rock sets Monday night meeting for park comments

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FLAT ROCK — The Flat Rock Village Council will hold a special meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the Village Hall Assembly Room to obtain public input on the village's proposed purchase of the Highland Lake Golf Course for development as a municipal park primarily for passive recreational uses.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | Highland Lake Golf Course | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee

Henderson County News

Park opponents urge Village referendum

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FLAT ROCK — For the first time since it has been publicly debated, a proposed Flat Rock park received a mostly thumbs down from residents who feared the result will be a longterm financial burden and a property tax increase to cover operating and maintenance cost.   Read Story »

Tags: Village of Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | Highland Lake Golf Course | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee

Flat Rock News

Village Council meets on park today

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Flat Rock park opponent makes his case

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Here are excerpts from a 1,623-word letter by Flat Rock resident Bob Demartini raising questions about the proposed Highland Lake Park.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee | Bob Demartini

Flat Rock News

Village Council wants details on yearly park cost

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FLAT ROCK — The Flat Rock Village Council, in its first public discussion reacting to a proposed park at the Highland Lake Golf Course property, indicated conditional support of the idea while raising questions about the yearly maintenance cost.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | Highland Lake Golf Course | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee

Flat Rock News

Flat Rock council awards sidewalk bid

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FLAT ROCK —Work should begin by spring on a new sidewalk in Flat Rock.   Read Story »

Tags: Little Rainbow Row | Village of Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | Cooper Construction Co. | Trace Co.

Flat Rock News

Flat Rock tax collections running ahead of 2012

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FLAT ROCK — Tax collections in Flat Rock are running ahead of last year.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Hospitals cool to park sponsorship pitch

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FLAT ROCK — The Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee is looking at grants and fundraising to help pay for the acquisition of the land for the park and for improvements.   Read Story »

Tags: Village of Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee

Flat Rock News

Park panel makes appeal for endorsements

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FLAT ROCK — Representatives of Flat Rock homeowners associations and other organizations heard about plans for a proposed Highland Lake Park and took back information to their boards for possible endorsements.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | Highland Lake Golf Course | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee

Flat Rock News

Reviled by drivers, pork chop is gone

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FLAT ROCK — Reviled as a four-inch high monument to bureaucratic overreach and widely ignored by local drivers, the Singleton Centre porkchop is no more.     Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | NC Department of Transportation | Jane Singleton | Singleton Centre

Flat Rock News

Highland Lake park cost rises to $2.5 million

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FLAT ROCK — The projected cost to buy the land and develop a proposed Highland Lake Park rose to $2.5 million as an advisory panel began to fix rough cost estimates on its recommended improvements.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | Highland Lake Golf Course | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee

Flat Rock News

PARK GLANCE: Proposed Highland Lake Park

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Highland Lake Park (proposed)   Read Story »

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Flat Rock landmarks could be eligible for tax breaks

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FLAT ROCK — The owners of Historic Landmarks in Flat Rock can now apply for a substantial break on their property tax bill.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | Historic Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | Flat Rock Village Councilman Ron Davis

Flat Rock News

This way to the egress, park advisers say

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FLAT ROCK — An advisory group exploring options for a proposed Highland Lake Park wants a new entrance that would divert traffic from the current entrance to the golf course.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | recreation | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee

Flat Rock News

Flat Rock residents mostly supportive of Highland Lake park

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FLAT ROCK — Speakers invited to express their opinion about a proposed Flat Rock park on the Highland Lake Golf Club property came out mostly in support of the idea Thursday night.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | Highland Lake Golf Course

Flat Rock News

Flat Rock panel seeks input on park

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FLAT ROCK — A committee exploring a Flat Rock park is inviting residents to comment on the proposal during an open meeting on Thursday night. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the parish hall of St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church on Rutledge Road at Greenville Highway.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | Highland Lake Golf Course

Flat Rock News

Sticker shock: Flat Rock dog catcher would cost $100,000

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FLAT ROCK — The pricetag is in for animal control, and Flat Rock leaders appear disinclined to pay it.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | Henderson County Sheriff Charlie McDonald | animal control

Flat Rock Life

Flat Rock appoints Backlund to tourism board

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FLAT ROCK — The Flat Rock Village Council appointed Carl Sandburg National Historic Site superintendent Connie Backlund to the new Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, leaving just one unfilled seat on the nine-member body.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority | Connie Backlund

Flat Rock News

Print exclusive: Animal control question dogs Flat Rock

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Check out the print version of the Hendersonville Lightning and find out why Flat Rock has been left out of animal control coverage in Henderson County.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Village trims sidewalk cost projection

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FLAT ROCK — An updated estimate has trimmed the projected cost of the West Blue Ridge Road sidewalk project from $460,000 to $316,000.   Read Story »

Tags: Village of Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | Flat Rock West Blue Ridge sidewalk

Flat Rock News

Flat Rock seeks zoning control on border

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FLAT ROCK — As the Green River-Tuxedo-Zirconia area begins a community planning process, Flat Rock leaders are seeking to maintain zoning control of several hundred acres bordering the village.   Read Story »

Tags: Green River | Flat Rock Village Council | GRTZ area plan | Tuxedo | Zirconia

Flat Rock News

Flat Rock tiptoes into park discussion

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FLAT ROCK — The Flat Rock Village Council is looking at a possible town park.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | Highland Lake Golf Course