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In a special investigation to mark Sunshine Week, an annual celebration of government openness, Carolina Public Press probed the closed sessions held by Western North Carolina’s county boards of commissioners in 2014.
In a monthlong investigation, CPP asked the state’s 18 westernmost counties to release all unsealed minutes of closed sessions they convened last year. Responses varied, with some counties releasing substantial selections of minutes and some releasing none at all.
Below are the unsealed minutes that have been released thus far. Officials with some area counties said they will be reviewing last year’s closed minutes soon to consider unsealing additional records; as CPP obtains them, we’ll add them here.