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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

WHO GAVE WHAT: Spend to win carries the day

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Candidates who raised the most money won their races during the local primary elections on May 6 in nearly every case.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 sheriff election | 2014 state House District 117 election | 2014 Board of Commissioners election | 2014 Register of Deeds election

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: A welcome relief from rhetoric

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Anyone in search of proof that elections matter need only have watched the budget deliberations of the past four years.     Read Story »

Tags: local budgets | 2014 Board of Commissioners election

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

County Commission race left winners and losers

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  Among the organizations that had reason to celebrate the election results on May 6 were the Flat Rock Playhouse, Pardee Hospital, the schools and the Friends of Ecusta Trail.     Read Story »

Tags: 2014 election | 2014 Board of Commissioners election

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

WHO GAVE WHAT: Henderson County Commission

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Civil engineer Bill Lapsley campaign treasury of $24,900 more than doubled Henderson County Commissioner Larry Young's donations of $10,100, according to campaign finance reports the candidates filed a week before the May 6 primary. Besides a $2,000 check he wrote to his campaign, Lapsley reported donations totaling $3,500 from his three sons.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 Board of Commissioners election

Henderson County Business

PEP donors hedge bets in Young-Lapsley race

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Pro-business donors to political campaigns in Henderson County hedged their bets in the District 3 Board of Commissioners race, writing checks to both Commissioner Larry Young and challenger Bill Lapsley.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 Board of Commissioners election

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Riddle takes down attack ad over water vote

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Henderson County Board of Commissioners candidate Andrew Riddle on Thursday night retreated from his attack on Commissioner Michael Edney over a 1995 Henderson County-Asheville water agreement, saying he had made a mistake in singling out Edney.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 Board of Commissioners election

Henderson County News

Asheville City Council ratifies water agreement

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ASHEVILLE —Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer fastened a pin depicting the Henderson County Historic Courthouse on her lapel "right over my Asheville pin," a symbolic gesture that could signal the end of a bitter 20-year dispute between the city and Henderson County over a controversial water rights swap.   Read Story »

Tags: water issues | 2014 Board of Commissioners election

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

County Commission Dct. 4: Should county contribute to the Flat Rock Playhouse?

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Asked of District 4 candidates Tommy Thompson and Tim Griffin: Should the Henderson County Board of Commissioners support the Flat Rock Playhouse?   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | 2014 Board of Commissioners election

Fletcher Four Seasons Politics

County Commission: Who should pay for a new Fletcher library?

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  Candidates answered questions on the Ecusta Trail, teacher pay, the Flat Rock Playhouse and a new Fletcher library during forums this month.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 Board of Commissioners election

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

County Commission: Do you support the Ecusta Trail?

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Candidates for the Henderson County Board of Commissioners answered questions last week on raises for classroom teachers, the Ecusta Trail, Flat Rock Playhouse, the Wingate-BRCC-Pardee health education building and other topics.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 Board of Commissioners election

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

County Commission: Do you support a teacher pay raise?

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Candidates for the Henderson County Board of Commissioners answered questions last week on raises for classroom teachers, the Ecusta Trail, Flat Rock Playhouse, the Wingate-BRCC-Pardee health education building and other topics.     Read Story »

Tags: 2014 Board of Commissioners election

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Register of Deeds forum set for Thursday

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Organizations are holding one campaign forum this week and two next week ahead of the May 6 primary election.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 state House District 117 election | 2014 Board of Commissioners election | 2014 Register of Deeds election

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Fireworks erupt in Lapsley-Young race

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Henderson County Commissioner Larry Young and challenger Bill Lapsley differed sharply in their portrayals of Wingate University's decision to create a pharmacy school here in the most heated conflict of the night Wednesday during a candidate forum.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 Board of Commissioners election

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

WTZQ to broadcast tonight's candidate forum

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Local radio station WTZQ AM-1600 will air tonight's Henderson County Board of Commissioners primary candidate forum live.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 Board of Commissioners election

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Tea Party announces endorsements for sheriff, County Commission

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Tags: 2014 election | 2014 sheriff election | 2014 Board of Commissioners election | 2014 11th Congressional District election | 2014 10th Congressional District Election

Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Economic development on two wheels

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To better express what's at stake, the Friends of Ecusta Trail should go ahead and change the name of the proposed greenway to the Jobs Creating Tourism Promoting Economic Development Fueling Exercise Inducing Greenway.     Read Story »

Tags: economic development | Ecusta Trail | bicycling | 2014 Board of Commissioners election

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Lapsley hosts reception, launches website

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Henderson County Board of Commissioners candidate Bill Lapsley held a campaign reception and fundraiser at the Cedars on Thursday, drawing a crowd of more than 80 people, his campaign said in a news release.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 Board of Commissioners election | Bill Lapsley

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Mike Edney launches campaign website

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Twenty years ago, few people were regularly using the Internet. Political campaign managers soon discovered that the Internet was a great way to bypass conventional media and tell their candidates' story directly to voters and supporters — while tacking on a handy, easy to use "Donate" button. Political websites have been common in state and national campaigns since the late '90s.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 Board of Commissioners election

Henderson County Politics

Thompson to run for second term

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Thomas H. "Tommy" Thompson announced today that he would seek a second term as the Henderson County Commissioner for District 4, meaning all three incumbents have announced their intention to run again.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioner Tommy Thompson | 2014 Board of Commissioners election

Henderson County Politics

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Election 2014 officially opens

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Snow could not stay candidates from their appointed round on Monday.     Read Story »

Tags: 2014 election | 2014 sheriff election | 2014 Board of Commissioners election

Henderson County News

Tri-color flag leads in poll

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Ever wondered why Henderson County has no official flag?   Read Story »

Tags: arts | 2014 Board of Commissioners election

Henderson County Politics

Lapsley to challenge Young for Dct. 3 seat

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Local businessman, professional engineer and longtime community volunteer William (Bill) Lapsley announced today that he will seek election for the District 3 seat on the Henderson County Board of Commissioners. The seat has been held for the past 12 years by Mr. Larry Young.   Read Story »

Tags: William G. Lapsley and Associates | 2014 Board of Commissioners election | Bill Lapsley

Henderson County Politics

Former commissioner joins Griffin's team

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Henderson County Board of Commissioners candidate Tim Griffin on Friday night announced the formation of his campaign committee, including former commissioner Don Ward as the head of his steering committee.     Read Story »

Tags: 2014 election | Henderson County Commissioner Tommy Thompson | 2014 Board of Commissioners election | Tim Griffin