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This week’s headline


Development above Beaver Lake stopped, for now

By Heather Berry

Woodfin — A Florida-based developer, Ralph Spano, for the controversial proposed Cornerstone development has withdrawn his proposal to build 184 condos and 12 single-family homes on Robinhood Road. Spano’s move to withdraw the proposal came shortly after a protest was planned for Saturday afternoon. More than 1,000 people have signed a petition against the development.Read more...


Last week’s headlines


Development BOOMS

By Heather Berry

Weaverville – The Monticello Road area is full of construction activity, if Monday’s town council water line extension requests and information provided from Buncombe County Planning and Zoning is any indication. Council members and some residents voiced concerns over the impact these water line extensions will have on the town.

A new Sonic restaurant and two, separate, Monticello Road apartment complexes with plans for more than 400 apartments are in the works. Talk of a new hotel for the area has also surfaced.

The Sonic is designated for a property near Telco, 34 Northcrest Road, behind Walmart. Water extension for the project has been granted by council. According to Public Works Director Tony Laughter, the project has a few more steps to take before construction to begin, but expects a completed project within as little as three months.

Blue Ridge Crossing is planned for the area between Monticello and Garrison Branch roads. The apartment complex project was approved for a water line extension by town council Monday. Each unit will receive an estimated 229 gallons of water on average per unit, Laughter told council.

The complex will include 244 apartment units with a pool, dog park, walking trails and other amenities, according to information provided to council. Broken down, the complex will have 94 one-bedroom units, 112 two-bedroom units and 18 three-bedroom units.Read more...


Past headlines


Exclusive details about

accused molester

By Heather Berry

Weaverville – Randy Len Bradburn, 47, of Weaverville, was arrested June 10 on two felony counts of indecent liberties with a child. Warrants for these felony counts were dated July 27, 2015, according to a Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department arrest report. While the report also shows Bradburn’s address on Locust Grove Road, a source close to Bradburn has spoken to the Tribune and confided Bradburn has been homeless since December, along with providing other details surrounding the arrest.

According to the source, who asked to remain anonymous, Bradburn was asked to leave his home in December and has been living out of his car, a blue Ford Focus, since this time. Family members, said the source, have noticed Bradburn’s car parked in the Walmart parking in recent months.

Leslie Wright, a Walmart spokesperson, said the store has no knowledge of Bradburn living in the parking lot currently. Wright said the company policy, when a similar problem arises, is to contact authorities. “This isn’t a common complaint, but when it does come up, we work with authorities. The safety of our customers and associates always comes to mind,” she said. “We have no knowledge of any homeless individuals living in the parking lot at this time,” she added.Read more...


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