Judge Hears City Lawsuit

By MARK THOMASON, Publisher The lawsuit brought against council member Angie Arp by Ada Street, LLC, was heard by Judge Christian Tuesday, August 30 and Wednesday, August 31. Ada Street LLC member Steve Oyer alleged Arp should not have voted against his rezoning request, due to a conflict of interest. He requested his property on Ada Street be rezoned from residential to commercial. Council members Arp, Pack and Kendall denied the rezoning request, each expressing the change would not be in the best interest of the residential neighborhood. There was…

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PLAYED OUT: Mayor’s Playground Fumbles Incite Frustration

By Jason Banks Editor (Blue Ridge) – At a city council meeting late last year, the council voted to allow Mayor Donna Whitener to proceed with revamping the downtown city park. Whitener stressed the opportunity of grant money to pay for the project, and the council agreed. The project was to include two grants: one horticulture grant and another from the Blue Ridge Kiwanis Club. Citizens and council members voiced concerns regarding the timing and details of the project, particularly the location of the bbq pit, playground, and iconic bear…

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