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This week’s headline


County takes step to help

with greenway project

By Clint Parker


Asheville – Last month the Buncombe County Commissioners took a step to help further progress on the Woodfin Greenway project when they passed a resolution authorizing the execution of a grant agreement and an inter-local agreement regarding the greenway.

The commissioners, at their October 17 meeting, passed the resolution stating that “Buncombe County desires to support and promote the development of an environmentally friendly system of connected trails and greenways to improve health, alternative travel, economic development, and recreation in coordination with towns, cities, communities, businesses, non-profit organizations, and adjacent counties.”

The document goes on to state the “county has the opportunity to receive a grant from the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) in the amount of $2.25 million for the construction of the Woodfin Greenway & Blueway, which will include five miles of new greenway trails and will be part of a 25 mile-plus network of greenways within Buncombe County.” Read more...


Last week’s headlines


Community says their goodbyes to teen


Weavrerville - Kayla Dezaray Hensley, 18, of Brinwood Drive was laid to rest Saturday (Nov. 18) as family and friends said their goodbyes. Hensley was murdered Saturday, Nov. 11th at her home off Reems Creek Road. According to reports, her juvenile brother was arrested on Sunday, Nov. 12th for the murder, after the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office completed its investigation.


According to Hensley’s obituary she “ survived by her mother, Susan Renee Maltry; step-father, Claude Henderson; brother, Claude Elden Henderson, II; stepsister, Angelena Avery; aunt, Rikki Renee Sealey and grandparents, Betty Turbyfill, Randy and Sandra Maltry, Donna Maltry and John Dykeman.” The obituary went on that “Kayla was the sunshine in many hearts who never knew a stranger. She had a strong will to overcome any obstacle in life that was handed to her. Not only was she a comfort to people but she inspired them. Kayla was an angel on earth for 18 years, she had to fly away but left an impression on all of our hearts.” Read more...


Past headlines


Two town officials retiring at year’s end


By Clint Parker



Weaverville – Two key personnel are retiring at the end of the year from the Town of Weaverville. Weaverville Police Chief Greg Stephens and Public Works Director Tony Laughter will both be retiring from the town.


Chief Greg Stephens


Chief Stephens started in March 1990 as an officer when he was hired by then Weaverville Police Chief Howard Higgins. “I’d worked part-time with Marshall Police for four months before coming here,” said Stephens. He added that the Marshall job was the first one right after he finished basic law enforcement training.


Stephens took over as chief in 1998 and in the eight years between when he was hired and taking the chief’s position he climbed the ladder making corporal, sergeant and captain before reaching the top job.


“We’ve done a lot of things over the years that certainly made the police department be able to serve the citizens better than what it was in 1998,” said Stephens when asked what he felt his major accomplishment had been as police chief. “The personnel that we have now is the most important thing. Being able to hire and retain quality personnel that can serve the citizens without missing a beat and do it very professionally and very knowledgable. I’ve not done anything by myself, it’s been a team effort.”


Asked if he thought he’d be in Weaverville as long as he had, he responded, “I hoped I’d be here this long. I always told everybody I wanted to stay here and retire from here...over the years I’ve made a lot of good friends here in town, a lot of good friends.” Read more...


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