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Witnesses: Absher bought them liquor, drove them to buy marijuana

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The Henderson County School Board wants Michael Absher, a first-term school board member who was elected in November 2016, to resign. But Absher said he's not resigning. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

The trial began Friday for Henderson County school board member, Michael Absher, who is accused of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

One of the charges is related to the homeless shelter he operates for area youth, Only Hope WNC. Absher was arrested in May 2017 after accusations that he allowed underage drinking at the shelter.

As the trial began, three teenage witnesses accused Absher of buying bottles of liquor for them. The witnesses said this happened at Only Hope WNC.

Also, two witnesses said Absher drove the three to buy marijuana.

The charges came shortly after he was fired from Buncombe County schools in May, for improper conduct as a bus driver.

Fewer than two weeks after his delinquency charge, Absher was also charged with threatening a Henderson County Schools employee. The prosecutor of the the delinquency of a minor case says the communicating threats charge was dropped Friday by another prosecutor.

He is currently on a voluntary leave of absence from the Henderson County school board, but has been asked to step down.

Absher gained national attention as of of Fortune's "Heroes of the 500" in 2016, and it helped him to gain his school board seat in November of that year.

The defense and prosecution are working on scheduling a next court date.

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