by Leslee Kulba
Wild West blogger
Blue Ridge Community College decided to get out of the baseball business.
The state Board of Community Colleges, after conducting an investigation into how BRCC paid for the baseball team, issued report in 2006 that said the BRCC had spent more than $834,000 on the team, including $61,000 in county money. Community colleges under state law are generally barred from using public money to field sports teams.
The park was built in honor of a huge college supporter and baseball fan who bequeathed a huge sum to the school. At the time, there were too many laws to catch the particular one that forbade this. Regardless, the college has decided it would be better to have the Henderson County Parks and Recreation Department tend the field.