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Recognizing an outgoing alderman

I would like to recognize my friend, Alderman Carlos Showers, for his years of service to the town of Black Mountain. His tireless efforts to improve our town are immeasurable, and his representation on behalf of the citizens of this community will long be remembered.

His town hall meeting at the library were well attended and helped form his opinions based on input from those in attendance. His interaction with the board of aldermen was based on reason and his vote always counted.

Don Wooton

Black Mountain

Mayor Sobol responds to the Nov. 7 election

It has been a privilege to serve the town for 14 years as alderman and mayor. I am proud to have led a positive campaign, but unfortunately I cannot say the same of my opponent.

From the beginning of the campaign, Don Collins said he would not criticize the mayor, but unfortunately his surrogates did, spreading a lot of untruths.

In future elections, when The Black Mountain News prints very controversial editorials the week before the election, the candidate should be given the courtesy of a rebuttal before the election without being blindsided.

I acknowledge defeat to Don Collins.

I might have been defeated, but I did not lose myself in defeat.

C. Michael Sobol

Black Mountain

(Editor's note: The "editorial" to which Sobol refers was in the form of a letter to the editor published Nov. 2.)

Business owner thanks firefighters

I would like to thank the Black Mountain Fire Department and all others who helped save our building at 201 Black Mountain Avenue. By minimizing the damage they have enabled us to continue to operate our business. The training and expertise was evident in everything they did in regard to the fire, but their care and concern spoke volumes. We were truly blessed to have such a dedicated and professional team of firefighters respond to our call.

I would also like to mention how greatly encouraged we have been by the visits, phone calls and cards from our friends and customers. We choose to consider this fire a stepping stone rather than a tripping stone.

God has blessed us and we look to Him to bless us through this time. Jesus Christ has suffered ever so much than we have suffered through this small trial, so we are encouraged to continue on.

Thank you all.

Bob & Dene Orr

Rob & Michelle Meyers

Black Mountain Stove & Chimney

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