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Passenger rail service between AVL and HVL urged
Tuesday, 02 January 2018 12:13

From Staff Reports

HENDERSONVILLE — Larry Morton, president of the Apple Valley Model Railroad Club, is trying to drum up interest in passenger rail service between Asheville and Hendersonville. 

He envisions twice-daily service, Wednesday through Saturday, between the old depots in Hendersonville and Biltmore Village.

The train would run at 30 miles per hour, which, he says, is faster than driving.

 He recently ran his idea past Darl Farris, president of the Blue Ridge Southern Railroad, who said, “We wouldn’t be adverse to thinking about passenger service,” the Hendersonville Lightning reported.

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Wanda Greene fiasco: just how did it happen?
Tuesday, 02 January 2018 12:03
By JOHN NORTH
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Three Buncombe County officials  provided a history and update — and fielded questions — on problems in the county government that came to light following the retirement of long-time County Manager Wanda Greene during a Dec. 1 breakfast meeting of the Council of Independent Business Owners.

The address, titled “A Report on the State of Buncombe County – personnel issues –bonuses – compensation issues – investigations – etc.,” drew about 55 CIBO members and others to the early-morning meeting at UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center.

Giving the presentation were two county commissioners — Ellen Frost, a Democratc; and Mike Fryar, a Republican — and Lisa Eby, Buncombe’s human resources director.

Frost began by noting, “The question that everybody has is… How did all of this happen?

“I look around and see Mike Fryar and other people who had long relationships with our county manager.”

As for the problems with Greene, Frost said, “It was trust. it was complicitness.”

Frost noted that when Greene was questioned by various commissioners over the years, “we all received a resounding’no,’” discouraging further questioning.

 

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