Lake Junaluska residents and property owners (two overlapping groups) have circulated petitions demanding that the state House (specifically Rep. Michelle Presnell R-Yancey) vote on the local bill that has already passed the Senate to allow Lake Junaluska Assembly to be annexed into the Town of Waynesville.
The latest report from the Smoky Mountain News describes the petition process, led by Ed LaFountaine, president of the Lake Junaluska Property Owners Association. Ed grew up in Waynesville, went to the Air Force Academy (shit happens), and retired back to Lake Junaluska as a 3-star general in the Air Force. He also happens to be a personal friend, and recently our landlord as we built our new house in Haywood County. He's a straight-up guy, and has been particularly .... distressed by Ms. Presnell's obstruction of what should be a routine local matter.
Also of note is the way Becky Johnson, the chief political reporter for the usually outstanding Smoky Mountain News, reported on the players. She lavished praise on Pope-puppet Sen. Jim Davis (R-Macon) as a champion for the annexation legislation in the Senate. But Ms. Presnell is not even mentioned by name in the article, with the opposition in the House attributed to "some Republicans in the House" who had "some misgivings." And to top that off, Rep. Joe Sam Queen (D-Haywood), whose House district includes both the Lake Junaluska properties under consideration, and the entirety of the Town of Waynesville, was not even mentioned in the article. Joe Sam is an enthusiastic supporter of the annexation move.
Usually, the SMN pulls no punches in its political reporting. But in this case, it seems to me, the reporter and editor were either gun-shy, or have some other agenda....