Following is a tale of two situations in which one party met secretly to discuss disposition of the others’ resources:

Shining Rock Classical Academy, that charter school that ran afoul of open meetings requirements while trying to set up in Haywood County, will now, on their limited budget, have to hire a lawyer. The school people have to satisfy environmental and structural codes on their proposed site, testing for which has frightened neighbors. So, the neighbors decided to hold a “community meeting” to discuss local land use issues, but the local newspaper, the Mountaineer, and leadership from the Shining Rock Classical Academy were “asked not to attend.”