WCIC names new officers for upcoming year

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Wood County Industrial Commission members approved a slate of new officers who will begin their terms Oct. 1.

Those elected were Chairman-Elect Gerald Elliott, Winnsboro; Vice-Chairman Richard Pearce, Yantis and Recording Secretary Allene Doggett, Mineola.

In other matters, the WCIC board decided not to set term limitations in the volunteer board member “job” or position description. A 10-year limit had been proposed, but board members decided to leave that decision to the local mayors and city councils when making their choices for representation on the board.

In another matter, board member Neal Duncan spoke about the Welcome to Beautiful Wood County signs at county entry sites.

“This Beautiful Wood County sign thing has kind of been on the back burner for a while and I have been thinking and talking about it for a while. I had a boss one time who was really big on process. He always would say the process keeps us out of trouble,” Duncan explained. “Going through a process forces us to consider the details and all the consequences. I’m not saying the Wood County signs are not a good idea, but I think they need to be a part of larger county-wide effort and we need to determine what that is before we just start building signs. We need to form a committee, and since I suggested it, I would be happy to serve on it. The first thing we need to do is look at all things done already and determine what the next step should be.”

The board agreed and Duncan will be joined by Martha Scroggins and Dana Donahue on the newly-formed committee.

Each community representative was given the opportunity to talk about what is happening in their cities and area. Ken Donahue, Alba representative, reminded about the annual Bob Sealey big Bass Splash coming up this weekend at Lake Fork Marina. Donahue said, “The tournament brings a lot of money into the Lake Fork area and especially into Wood County. It is the second largest tournament of its type in the nation.”

Theresa Margos, Alba, added there will be an antique car show on the square in Alba Sept. 23 and Dana Donahue reminded of the Golden Sweet Potato Festival in October. Duncan reported the Lake Country Playhouse performances of “Yankee Tavern” will run through this weekend at the Select Theater.

Martha Scroggins encouraged board members to check out the Facebook page for The Den Steakhose and Grill opening on the northeast side of the square in Quitman. She said things are on schedule for the new restaurant to be opened by Nov. 1. “We are also starting to get inquiries and interest in our downtown development. It’s generating a lot of much need interest in our downtown,” Scroggins added. Sam Scroggins added the school building project is almost completed and the new softball field and ag pavilion are nearing completion. “And the softball field and agriculture pavilion are being built with funds outside of the bond money,” he said.

J.R. Simpson reported Chris Bevill had bought East Fork and it has been renamed Neon Moon. “Chris has done a lot of work on the inside and they have been working really on the facility,” Simpson said. “It is really a nice place and the restaurant has a full menu. He has some big name entertainment lined up too.”

There were no representatives for Winnsboro or Holly Lake at the meeting.

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