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Year in Review: Voters re-elect Volk

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Among the pursuits that produced more bark than bite in 2013 were Henderson County's regulation review task force and its effort to start a new ABC store.   Read Story »

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Stephens elected mayor pro tem

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Mayor Barbara Volk took the oath of office for a second four-year term and newly elected council member Jeff Miller and re-elected member Jerry Smith were seated during the organizational meeting of the Hendersonville City Council on Thursday night.   Read Story »

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Apodaca to swear in Miller as new council is seated

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One of the most powerful politicians in North Carolina will be on hand Thursday night to swear in newly elected City Council member Jeff Miller.   Read Story »

Tags: Jeff Miller | NC Sen. Tom Apodaca | 2013 Hendersonville city election

Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Beware the zeal for regulatory repeal

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  It has been clear for eight weeks that Hendersonville would experience a "change election" on Nov. 5.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING CHARTS: Who gave what in city election

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Challenger Jeff Miller reported a total campaign treasury of $17,089 for the Hendersonville City Council race, the most of any city candidate.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Politics

Election aftershock: Divided council puts Collis on Planning Board

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A divided Hendersonville City Council on Thursday appointed Jeff Collis to the city Planning Board in a surprise post-election move that drew strong criticism from two council members and heightened the political ill will left over from the hard-fought campaign.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Opinion

Moss column: Hypocrisy on parade

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Charges and countercharges of partisan influence in Hendersonville's election were unsurprising. Both sides exercised or at least plotted to exercise influence over the election. It didn't make much difference because the tactics were poorly carried out and nonsensical.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County politics | Henderson County Republican Party | Henderson County Democratic Party | Robert Danos | Andrew Riddle | 2013 Hendersonville city election

Hendersonville News

Residential costlier option for Grey mill, report says

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A report on the possible sale of the Grey Hosiery Mill suggests developing the historic property for residential use would cost more than using it for commercial or industrial use.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Grey Hosiery Mill | 2013 Hendersonville city election

Henderson County Politics

Volk re-elected, Miller tops council field

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Mayor Barbara Volk easily turned back a challenge from Councilman Ron Stephens to win a second term as Hendersonville mayor in a city election that saw record spending and a lively debate over city spending and regulations.   Read Story »

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Voters choose city leaders, decide bond issue today

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Polls opened at 6:30 a.m. and will close at 7:30 p.m. for today's elections.   Read Story »

Tags: 2013 municipal elections | local government borrowing | 2013 Hendersonville city election

Henderson County Opinion

Letters to Lightning: Readers endorse candidates

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Hendersonville Politics

Candidates split on Berkeley bond promo

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Candidates for Hendersonville City Council and mayor differ over whether the city should have sent out water bills promoting the proposed Berkeley Mills Park as "a nice, safe place to talk, ride bikes, take dogs, play ball ... or enjoy the scenery."       Read Story »

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Email, former candidate suggest GOP involvement

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Hendersonville City Council member Jeff Collis, embroiled in a dispute over whether the Henderson County Republican Party is attempting to influence the nonpartisan city elections, released an email Saturday that he says shows the GOP's fingerprints on electioneering.   Read Story »

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Stephens voted yes then no on $3M fire station contract

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  Hendersonville mayoral candidate Ron Stephens said he didn't remember voting for a $3 million fire station contract and questioned Mayor Barbara Volk's leadership for failing to control spending.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Ron Stephens | local government borrowing | 2013 Hendersonville city election | Barbara Volk

Hendersonville Politics

Candidates spar over partisanship; Freeman endorses Volk

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Hendersonville City Council member Jeff Collis has riled challenger Jeff Miller with a charge that the Henderson County Republican Party has injected partisanship into the race.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville candidates Q&A

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  Here are the answers of Hendersonville City Council and mayoral candidates to questions at a forum sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Oct. 17.   Read Story »

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Franks endorses Stephens in mayoral race

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Retired District Court Judge Steve Franks, who placed third in the Oct. 8 primary, endorsed runnerup Ron Stephens over Mayor Barbara Volk.   Read Story »

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Stephens, Volk trade fire over city spending

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Hendersonville Mayor Barbara Volk and challenger Ron Stephens traded shots today over the cost of a new city fire station, with Stephens saying he never voted for a $3.6 million construction contract and Volk insisting that he had.   Read Story »

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Chamber sets campaign forum on Thursday

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The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce will host a campaign forum for the Hendersonville City Council and the mayoral election 8-9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the chamber headquarters, 204 Kanuga Road.   Read Story »

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Volk, Miller top Hendersonville primary

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Hendersonville City Council member Ron Stephens won the right to face Mayor Barbara Volk in the Nov. 5 general election and challenger Jeff Miller emerged as the top vote getter among six candidates in Tuesday's primary election.   Read Story »

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HVL CAMPAIGN UPDATE: Candidates mix it up

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A Lightning clearinghouse of political announcements, campaign statements and candidate comments on the current Hendersonville City Council and mayoral election.   Read Story »

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City: No legal basis for nonresident voting

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Hendersonville officials Monday said attorneys had researched a proposal to allow all property owners to vote on the $6 million park bond issue and determined that such an approach is not an option under state law.   Read Story »

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Bond issue divides City Council candidates

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Hendersonville City Council candidates differ sharply on the $6 million bond issue for Berkeley Park improvements, with challengers saying they oppose it and three incumbents defending the public vote.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Politics

LIGHTNING CHARTS: Who gave what in city election

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Hendersonville City Council candidate Jeff Miller blew away the competition in fundraising for the Hendersonville city election in a campaign that is shaping up as an unusually high-spending one.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

First council forum focuses on Seventh Avenue

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Five candidates for the Hendersonville City Council and three for mayor expressed broad support for redevelopment of Seventh Avenue with the few differences in their approaches coming down to government versus private sector as the driver.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Smith says there are 'more important issues' than signs

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Hendersonville City Council candidate Jeff Miller on Tuesday challenged his competitors to consider delaying the posting of campaign signs until after Labor Day.   Read Story »

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Council caps water hookup charge

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Under election year pressure from business interests and at least two challengers, the Hendersonville City Council on Thursday approved a cap on initial hookup fees for large commercial water users.   Read Story »

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ELECTIONS SET: Eight vie for Hendersonville council; Fletcher incumbents unopposed

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The field is set for the fall municipal elections in Henderson County led by a crowded field vying for two seats on the Hendersonville City Council and a three-way race for mayor of the county's largest city.   Read Story »

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Ron Stephens files for mayor

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Saying Hendersonville is on the verge of "a new Golden Age" that needs a strong city partnership, City Council member Ron Stephens has filed to run for mayor.   Read Story »

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Miller files for council seat instead of mayor

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Jeff Miller, the local dry cleaner who says he wants to make city policies more business friendly, filed this morning to run for the Hendersonville City Council instead of mayor.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Facing challenge, City Council puts water fee on agenda

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Facing an election campaign that could focus attention on the city's commercial water charges, the Hendersonville City Council is scrambling to revise its one-time hookup charge for businesses.   Read Story »

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