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    Intriguing as a Verb

    An Asheville City Council candidate was arrested for writing a worthless check. The check was written in June, the candidate was arrested six days before the primary election. The Citizen-Times said Selina Sullivan, who is employed as an accountant for Biltmore Farms, wrote a bad check for $1500, but…
    Leslee Kulba, October 5, 2007
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    We Got Gangstas

    Last Sunday, three children (aged 12, 17, and 17) were shot at 12:30 am as a birthday party was letting out in the historic Montford district of Asheville. The police held details for a press conference Monday. Chief Bill Hogan explained that he waited until Monday because he’d been trying…
    Leslee Kulba, October 4, 2007
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    Playing on Pettiness

    The Stompers are making the news. Two of the group’s charter members, Don Yelton and Chad Nesbitt, both Democrats-turned-Republicans, have been actively investigating government, blowing the whistle, and slinging mud in Buncombe County for some time. Yelton and Nesbitt have made fun of just about everybody in town in…
    Leslee Kulba, October 4, 2007
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    A Boring Meeting Indeed

    Members of Asheville City Council met with members of the legislative delegation to discuss allowing Asheville the privilege of voluntary annexation. Unlike all other North Carolina municipalities, Asheville is saddled with the Sullivan acts, which (1) prevent Asheville from charging differential water rates, (2) require all water system revenue to…
    Leslee Kulba, October 3, 2007
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    You Say These Shrooms Are Magic?

    Don’t pick on Asheville. The town of Franklin, via its zoning ordinance which was scheduled to be adopted Monday, has just written a new verse to “Windmills of Your Mind.” The song, you may recall, began: Round, like a circle in a spiral Like a wheel within a wheel.
    Leslee Kulba, October 2, 2007
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    Can You Find Something Wrong with This Picture?

    At about 12:30am Sunday a twelve-year-old lad was shot on a suburban street of Asheville. He remains critically ill. The incident occurred in connection with a girl’s thirteenth birthday party, which was hosted by her mother in their home. Two girls aged 17 were also shot. Estimates of the…
    Leslee Kulba, October 1, 2007
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    Property Rights: They’re Not for Landowners Anymore

    Franklin is getting with the program and following Asheville’s progressive lead with a new unified development ordinance for controlled growth. Franklin agrees with Asheville that government knows best how each and every proprietor ought to work his land. But failing to generate feelings of inclusiveness can damage political careers.
    Leslee Kulba, September 29, 2007
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    Appeasing the Greenies with Communism

    Last year, Dr. Michael Sanera and Joanna Grey published a report entitled, “Planning Penalties in North Carolina: Why Other NC Cities Shouldn’t Follow Asheville and Wilmington.” It applied a landmark study by Randal O’Toole to North Carolina cities. Sanera and Grey concluded, “Cities that have established aggressive growth…
    Leslee Kulba, September 29, 2007