Four people qualified recently for the District 3 seat at the board of commission table left vacant by the abrupt resignation of long time commissioner Mike Youngblood in June. The special election will be held Sept. 15 to fill the remaining three plus years on the term.
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Four people qualified this week for the vacant seat at the Madison County commissioners’ table.
Theresa Bettis, Mike Jones, Chris Thomas and Paul David Ragland paid the $216 at the board of elections and registration office this week to qualify for the District 3 seat, which was abruptly vacated by Mike Youngblood last month. Youngblood’s unexpired term will run through 2018.
The position is usually partisan, but the special election doesn’t require party affliation.
Bettis is a special ed teacher who lives on Hidden Lake Drive in Hull. Jones, is retired and lives on Glenn Court. Thomas lives on Hidden Falls Drive and lists his occupation as a “consultant/contract operations.” Ragland lives on Spatlin Mill Drive and lists his occupation as “ind. chillermech.”
A special election will be held Tuesday, Sept. 15. A runoff will be held Oct. 13 if needed. Early voting at the board of elections office will be held Aug. 24 – Sept. 11 during regular business hours and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. Only the precincts of Hull and Pittman (with 3,182 registered voters currently) are eligible to participate in the special election.
All persons who are not registered to vote, but desire to vote in the special election can register at the elections office through the close of business on Aug. 17.
Youngblood’s pay at the time of his resignation was $13,518 annually. The base annual salary for the new commission member will be $7,200.
Other local seats will be up for grabs in next year, including the chairman’s seat, and district 1 and 2 posts at the county commissioners’ table, as well as the sheriff’s seat, the Clerk of Superior Court, tax commissioner, coroner and county surveyor.
Non partisan offices up for election in 2016 include probate judge and districts 3, 4 and 5 on the county school board.
Key dates for 2016 elections include:
•March 1 — presidential preference primary.
•March 7-11 — qualifying.
•May 2 — advance voting beings for primary/nonpartisan/special election.
Get ready for the flags, the hand-tossed candy and the sirens.
Colbert will celebrate July 4th Independence Day with the parade beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday.
A variety of live entertainment from the stage all afternoon will be hosted by Danny Anthony and Mayor Chris Peck and featuring the BaCuPs, Conner Mack Tribble, C.J. Bidinger and others.
Deena and Emily Parham will present music under the pavilion during lunch, when barbecue will be served for $9 a plate. There will be concessions and vendors on hand with their handcrafted items and arts.
“There will be lots of activities for the adults and children alike,” organizers said.
The horseshoe pitching tournament starts at 11 a.m. next to the Eberhardt Log Cabin.
“You do not need to be a professional to try your pitching skills,” organizers said. “Be sure to visit the museum and travel with Linda Fortson back in time and learn of the history and hear of some of the early residents and how Colbert came to be in existence.”
The Red Caboose has been restored and will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 pm. The Eberhardt Log Cabin will be open for touring as well.
“Be sure to visit Triple B Guns and Ammo, located beside the First Citizens Bank on Hwy. 72, to get your ticket for a chance to win an American Tactical AR15,” organizers said.
The winner will be announced at noon from the stage. To be in the parade, call City Hall 706-788-2311 or to register as a vendor, call Jenny Mason 706-255-7053.
“Mayor Chris Peck, John Waggoner, City Council, and citizens of Colbert welcome you to come celebrate the 46th Annual July 4th Independence Day Celebration,” organizers said.