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City Council candidate charged with shoe-throwing
Thursday, 09 July 2015 16:30

From Staff Reports

Asheville City Council candidate Jonathan Wainscott was charged June 19 with assault by shoving and throwing firecrackers and shoes, less than three weeks after he was charged with violating a domestic violence protective order.

Wainscott, a 44-year-old East West Asheville neighborhood activist, is facing two misdemeanor charges stemming from a June 17 incident involving himself and people who were renting from him.

Police said Wainscott shoved one man and threw firecrackers and shoes at another.

The man identifying himself as a tenant said the incident happened in their residence.

Wainscott is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 4.

Conservative activist Mumpower aims to bring diversity to council
Thursday, 09 July 2015 16:27

From Staff Reports

Conservative pundit and activist Carl Mumpower announced June 10 that he will seek one of three Asheville City Council seats in this year’s election. Mumpower served on the city’s governing body from 2001 to 2009.

Mumpower touted himself as a Republican known for his consistent conservative stance and willingness to resist pressures from all sides. 

City elections are nonpartisan with no indication on ballots of whether a candidate is a Republican or a Democrat. 

But Mumpower cast the race in a decidedly partisan hue, saying he wanted to disrupt the pattern of Democrats holding all seven seats.

“Seven shades of blue is not a good thing. We need a conservative point of view for the same reason we need diversity in everything in our culture,” Mumpower told the Citizen-Times.

Vandals target Vance Monument
Thursday, 09 July 2015 16:23

Former NAACP chief defends Confederate flag 

From Staff Reports

Shortly after the slogan “Black Lives Matter” was spray-painted on a Confederate monument in downtown Asheville, H.K. Edgerton stood with a Confederate flag, telling those passing by why he wanted it to continue to fly.

Edgerton, a former president of the North Carolina NAACP and one of few African-American members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, was outside the monument waving the Confederate flag soon after the graffiti was removed.

He said the graffiti artist protested incorrectly.

“I’m not going to blame it on a Yankee, because I’ve seen some Southern folk around here that are real questionable too, that don’t know anything about who they are and their families and the honorable people in the Southland of America... red, yellow, black, white and brown!” Edgerton told news reporters.

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