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McCorkle appointed to fill Knox 's seat on board

McDuffie County commissioners appointed one of their own to the Thomson-McDuffie Economic Development Authority on Feb. 2.

The board appointed Paul McCorkle to the seven-member board. Mr. McCorkle had been working with that board as an ex-officio member.

In addition, Commissioner William M. "Bill" Jopling was appointed to serve as an ex-officio member.

The appointment fills the slot held by attorney Bob Knox Jr., whose term expired at the end of 2010.

Mr. McCorkle said he believed the position should be held by a resident of the county outside the city.

The county and the city share appointment authority to the seven-member Economic Development Authority.

According to its chairman, Riley Stamey, an agreement was reached last year to simplify appointments. The county and the city each appoint three members, and then both appointing bodies discuss the seventh seat.

Mr. Stamey said the terms of city appointees Lem Brooks and Larry Thomson also expired Dec. 31.

"Both Lem and Larry are long-serving members and do an excellent job," he told The McDuffie Mirror.

He said both men are available for reappointment by the Thomson City Council.

"We're fortunate that we have a number of people in the city and the county who are willing to serve," Mr. Stamey said.

The positions carry no pay.

Mr. Stamey is one of the county appointees to the commission.

Mike Carrington is the executive director of the job-stimulus authority.

Mr. Knox told The Mirror he had served on the authority about two years, since he retired as mayor.

In other business, the commissioners voted to freeze the Special Account, requiring all spending from that account to be approved by commissioners.

Commissioner the Rev. Fred Favors raised the subject and made the successful motion, which also calls for money in the account to be invested in an interest-bearing account.

The Rev. Favors questioned decisions to assign money to that account without board approval.

Also, Russell and Rhonda Farmer, of 2418 Foster Sprouse Road, raised objections over the condition of that county road. They said several vehicles have gotten stuck in the mud of the unpaved road.

Commissioners asked Public Works Director Eric Reisinger to investigate.

Web posted on Thursday, February 10, 2011

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