by Leslee Kulba
Wild West blogger
Joe Maniscalco wanted to be de-annexed from Maggie Valley so badly, he got a bill moving through the legislature. He claimed his access route was too treacherous to ever reach a municipal level of service. Then, his house was struck by lightning, and emergency vehicles reported no problems arriving on the scene. Mayor Ron DeSimone must think the property is good for revenue, because he was able to convince legislators to kill the bill.