Virginia Councilman asked to leave discussion of opera house demolition

“possible conflict of interest cited”

What had been a very routine Virginia City Council meeting Monday evening ended in controversy when Alderman Steve Anderson was asked to leave an executive session.

Shortly after the executive session began, Anderson walked out. When asked why he was not in council chambers, Anderson replied, “I was told to leave.”

Anderson explained that he was asked to leave because the City Council would be discussing litigation involving the Tureman Opera House building, which is owned by his mother, Gladys Rust. The executive session was called to discuss pending litigation and employee performance issues. &nbsp;&nbsp;<ahref=""><spanstyl... 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>