Meanwhile in the mountains this week

Below is a brief summary of some goings on west of I-77. I know that some don't believe the state exists out here ... and some of us don't believe anything that happens in Raleigh should apply.

1. Former Rep. Charles Beall (D-Haywood) died on January 1. Beall had a particularly lackluster 20-year tenure in Raleigh, with his major accomplishment being legislation that made the Plott hound the state dog. Otherwise, he was wingman (and beneficiary) of Speaker Liston Ramsey, who did cause millions of state tax dollars to find their way across the Eastern Continental Divide.

2. Republicans in the 113th House district (Henderson, Transylvania, and Polk) tapped former Rep. Trudi Walend of Brevard to replace Rep. David Guice, who stepped down last week to head the state's probation system.

3. The controversy surrounding Henderson County Republican Sheriff Rick Davis continues to make waves. More allegations of misconduct were reported today in the Asheville Citizen-Times. Davis has been on accrued leave since late November, and has requested medical retirement because of manic bipolar disorder. One primary allegation is that some $5000 were paid out of county funds as part of the deductible payment to insurance to settle some kind of liability claim against Davis. There are allegations of sexual misconduct, improper administration, and improper use of public funds.

Outside of that, last night's snow and this morning's brutal cold weather slowed things down here in Haywood County.

Happy New Year!

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The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

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Update on Henderson County Sheriff

WLOS is reporting that a citizen appearing before the Henderson County Board of Commissioners tonight asked the Commissioners to bring in the SBI to investigate the Sheriff's office and the conduct of Sheriff Rick Davis.

Elected sheriffs have particular powers and autonomy in North Carolina, so it is unclear exactly how much oversight the County Commissioners can exercise over the sheriff. Earlier reports indicated that Davis is attempting to retire, and is supposed to appear before a panel of physicians to review his request for medical retirement.

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The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR