1. By the time this morning's meeting of the Watauga County Commission convened at 8:30 a.m., developer Phil Templeton had addressed a letter to the Commission withdrawing his offer on the old high school property, thus superseding at supersonic speed the letter his lawyer wrote the Commission yesterday saying that Templeton wanted another 60 days to decide.
Naturally, Templeton blames the Town of Boone and its Affordable Housing ordinance, though the Town had exempted the old high school property from the strictures of the new ordinance. In other words, Templeton has now decided that his development is not feasible though nothing material has changed for that property since he made his original offer.
2. Rev. Mark Harris of First Baptist Church in Charlotte, who already has a notch on his belt in helping deny equal rights to gay couples in North Carolina, is considering running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.
3. The new Art Pope budget proposal for North Carolina will be introduced this week, cutting roughly $1 billion from taxes on the rich and powerful and shifting that burden onto the middle class via new taxes on services. Maybe Rev. Harris could pray about that.