Police continue investigation cont...

The Tribune obtained a check from one of Blake Terry Auction’s clients that was returned to the client for lack of funds. Continued from page 1

be provided to the Commission upon request. If the investigation into Terry’s

business reveals any crimes that involve his escrow account, the North Carolina Auctioneer Li- censing Board appears to take strong action. According to their website, Earnest Eugene Levin- er, of West End, NC, found out how serious in January of 2007. According to the website,

“Leviner’s auctioneer license was revoked for two violations of fail- ing to maintain a trust or escrow account and deposit in the ac- count all funds that are received for the benefit of another person as required by N.C.G.S. 85B- 7.1(a)” and “...for two violations of failure to account for or to pay over within a reasonable time, not to exceed 30 days, funds be-

longing to another which have come into the licensee’s posses- sion through an auction sale as required by N.C.G.S. 85B-8(a) (3)...” The site goes on to state, “for

one violation of commingling the funds or property of a client with the licensee’s own or failing to maintain and deposit in a trust or escrow account in an insured bank or savings and loan associ- ation located in North Carolina funds received for another per- son through sale at auction as re- quired by N.C.G.S. 85B-8(a)(7); for one violation of the commis- sion or conviction of a crime that is punishable as a felony offense under the laws of North Caroli- na or the laws of the jurisdiction where committed or convicted...” One of Terry’s employees reached out to the Tribune to de-

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clare that they had no part in any of

the activities that are being

investigated at Terry’s business. Rebecca Barnes sent the follow- ing email to a member of the Tri- bune staff last week: “I am hearing that the failure

and closing of Wilson and Terry will be making the papers this week. I’m sure the reporter and

editor will do their homework and will see that I was neither an owner or officer of the busi- ness. I had no authority to sign contracts or checks. I was merely an employee. I’m sure my name won’t make it to print but if it should, please inform them that I am prepared to prosecute anyone I need to for slander to the fullest

extent of the law. Sorry to be so blunt but I grew up in Weaver- ville and my family and I still reside in the area, it’s important that my name remains clear. “Sorry to have to email you

under these circumstances. I hope all is well with you. “Take care. “Rebecca Barnes”

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year and a half, I knew where my heart was. I lived in the North Buncombe District. I wanted to come back home. So when Rod- ney Mangum retired, I applied for the job in 2005 and have been here the last 12 years.” Asked what made North Bun-

combe feel like home, Evans an- swers, “Community, the feel of the school, the students. As I’ve said, I’m from Burnsville. Small community, small town. Love the way Weaverville kinda of encom- passes the schools in the North Buncombe District. Ownership. Weaverville, Barnardsville, Al- exander, they own the schools.” “I loved it and I wanted the

opportunity to come back,” says Evans. So why resign now? Evans says, “Well, one of the

things I’m proud about was 12 years

ago North Buncombe was battling for fourth and fifth

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place (academically). We’re bat- tling for

second now. With a

few more adjustments and a few more changes, a little tweaking, not overhauls, I have no doubt that we can fight for first place in Buncombe County.” “Academically we’ve really

made some great strides. Drop- outs, when I first came here, and I don’t want it to sound like that it’s me. It’s not. It’s a big team ef- fort. In 2005 I want to say our dropouts were 84. We’ve dropped it down to 13 to 14 in 12 years,” Evans says. Evans went on to say that “I’ve

been an administrator for 22 years. I’ve been a principal for 18 and a half years and it is not un- common, not just for me but for all high school principals, to av- erage 70 hours a week and I was kidding my staff for a 40-year- old is ok...after 18 years of that kinda time I need physically to tone it down.”

“Also, spending those kinda

years, there were days I felt like I was a lot better principal than I was a daddy, sometimes, and you can’t make that time up, but I am going to try and do a little better,” says Evans. “Family de- serves more right now.” Evans explains, “It’s a combi-

nation of things. I know people have different religious beliefs, but about July I really started these feelings and in all honesty I wanted to spend a full 30. This is year 29 for me...I did a lot of praying on it and that feeling simply did not go away.” Editor’s Note: Be sure to read

part two of this series in next week’s issue.

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