The Caldwell County Fiscal Court met in regular session Tuesday morning at the courthouse in downtown Princeton.

After the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer by Magistrate Brent Stallins, Judge Executive Ellen Dunning called the meeting to order. The court then unanimously approved the agenda and the minutes from the July 25th meeting.

Judge Dunning then gave her comments in which she mentioned that Dotson Days went wonderfully the weekend before and reminded those in attendance of the Fredonia Parade on Friday and the Fredonia Festival on Saturday.

The meeting then moved to unfinished business, of which there was none, so the meeting moved to new business, of which there were three items. The first item was the approval to hire Tom Ward to work part time at the jail. The court unanimously approved the hire. The court then unanimously approved Treasurer’s transfers and to pay bills as presented.

The meeting then moved to department reports. It was at this time that County Attorney Bridgie Miller addressed the court and those assembled. He stated that after 24 years of service he would be concluding his time as County Attorney and would be retiring as of August 31st. Attorney Miller then thanked the court and the citizens of Caldwell County for allowing him to serve this community for six terms. He then gave thanks to God and said that with closing doors there are always new ones that open. Judge Dunning then took the time to thank Attorney Miller, saying that he had served the county well and honorably and has a wealth of information about the county that only 24 years of experience can give. Judge Dunning then appointed Roy Massey the 4th to fill Attorney Miller’s vacancy until the position’s term is up for reelection. Massey will begin on September 1st and will be sworn in during the next fiscal court meeting on August 29th. Massey then stood to address the court and those assembled saying that he was honored to be appointed and was looking forward to serving the people of Caldwell County.

The meeting then moved to magistrate’s comments. Magistrate Phillip Sisk spoke first, thanking Attorney Miller for his long service to the community and welcomed Massey, wishing him luck. He then told those assembled that the airport will be open during the eclipse so if anyone wanted to view the eclipse from there, they are welcome. Magistrate Stallins then spoke, thanking Attorney Miller as well for his service and wishing him luck in his retirement before welcoming Massey. Then Magistrate Larry Curling spoke, thanking Attorney Miller for all he had done for the county and for always answering his legal questions before welcoming Massey, wishing him luck. Lastly, Magistrate Elbert Bennett spoke, thanking Attorney Miller for his long service to the community before wishing luck to Massey. Magistrate Bennett then told those assembled that he wished to put an end to the rumors, he will not be running for Judge Executive in the future but will rather be up for reelection as Magistrate in 2018.

Before adjournment County Clerk Tony Watson also thanked Attorney Miller and welcomed Massey, wishing him luck in his political career.

The court then unanimously approved adjournment. The next Caldwell County Fiscal Court Meeting will be August 29th and is open to the public.

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