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Calabash mayor says she's still in power

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CALABASH, NC (WWAY) -- Tuesday night Calabash Commissioners voted to strip Mayor Mary Louise Knight of her powers. Today, Knight says the whole thing is crazy, and she's still legally acting as mayor.

"Positively ridiculous," Knight said of Tuesday's night vote to strip her of her official duties. "Know what you're doing, know what you're saying before you open your mouth."

Knight says commissioners don't have the right to take her mayoral powers away.

"This council has no legal power to do anything to me. I hold my seat by statute and the will of the people, and I am indeed the town's leader," she said.

Knight says the town administrator approved the new flooring that sparked the controversy. She claims mold and other problems led her to spend more than $1,100 on new carpet in her office.

Town commissioners say she should have put that project out for a bid and broke town ordinance by failing to get pre-authorized purchase orders.

"Enough is enough," Knight said. "They've walked in town hall, they're micromanaging, not letting the town administrator do his job."

The town attorney confirms Knight is still the mayor of Calabash, because she was elected by the people.

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