Jones honored on the road he grew up on

It was a team effort between 78th District Representative Mark Hart, Judge Executive David Fields and the Pendleton County Fiscal Court Magistrates to honor one of Pendleton County's finest citizens, Nate Jones.

A portion of Hwy 17 that Jones grew up on will be named in his honor with the sign noting the honor.

Judge Fields read a resolution that while the county is proud of Jones accomplishments as a Major League Baseball player, it is his accomplishments off the field in supporting Pendleton County that they are thankful.

Representative Hart had a resolution passed through the House and Senate in April that honored Jones. This was a requirement to have the sign and state designated on a state road.

In other Fiscal Court action, they approved the County Clerk Rita Spencer budget as a line item. This requires the Fiscal Court to approve any moving of funds from one line to another within the budget.

"We have done this in the past as far as approving line item and it has been workign and we should leave it that way," said Magistrate Rick Mineer who made the motion that was passed 4-0.

If the budget had been proved as a whole, Spencer would have had the descretion to move funds from one line in the budget to the other without Fiscal Court approval.

In caucus discussion, the court reviewed applications for a positon with the animal shelter and set a time for interviews with Mineer and Magistrate Bobby Fogle participating.

Judge Fields informed the court that the two concrete pads have been repoured but there are still concerns. The pads, overseen by the Recreation Commission, was first poured with major problems. They were poured again but they are still have issues to be addressed. One issue is that there is no path for a person in a wheelchair to access either of the two pads, They would have to go through the grass. The previous contractor has been sent on and are talking with a new contractor about fixing the issue.

New County Attorney Stacey Sanning had requested the court help with costs of renovating her new office but Judge Fields indicated he saw nowhere in the budget that would cover it. The expenses were estimated to be $1,500-2,000. He indicated that the costs in the past has been handle by the county attorney budget.