Washington County Top Stories of 2013

Published: Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 01:51 PM.

Washington County residents were urged to stay off all roadways throughout the week and limit travel to essential only.  “We have been declared a local emergency,” said Vernon Mayor Michelle Cook on Aug. 19. Washington County schools were closed due to the flooding and  Public Works personnel were unable to keep up with the demand in responding to each flooded area and place barricades. 

It would be months before the roads were all reopened, and the Vernon and Washington County both are seeking FEMA funds to help cover the expensive repairs. Numerous volunteers from church groups worked in Vernon to help people repair damage to homes that was not covered by insurance or federal funds.


No. 2 Story of 2013

County manager resigns following generator accusations

County Commissioner Lynn Gothard said county purchasing policies and state statutes might have been violated when the board voted to buy a generator in February.

The Board of County Commissioners met on March 28 when Gothard read a prepared statement in which she alleged that County Manager Steve Joyner violated

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