Changes in staff leads to clarity, creativity for Jonesville residents

By Beanie Taylor -

JONESVILLE — As personnel changes in Jonesville, so do presentations, leading October’s Jonesville Town Council meeting to be short and full of anticipation.

A variety of activities will be coming to Jonesville in upcoming months with the Jonesville Library scaring up some fun for Halloween.

On Oct. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m., Librarian Barbara Gilpin and her team will invite local residents to enjoy “a fangtastic time” at the library. Light refreshments and prizes will highlight the games and costume contests for adults and children. Participants should be prepared for photos at this free event.

Ages 16 and older are invited to let their freak fly on Oct. 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Jonesville Library’s Spooky Open Mic Night. Sponsored by Diana’s Books and More of Elkin, locals from all over the Yadkin Valley are summoned to share scary spells, stories and such.

To RSVP for Jonesville Library activities, call 336-835-7604.

After providing the requested records of the Jonesville Historical Society, the board approved funding set aside during the budget retreat making it easier for members to continue their planned activities as well.

In addition to the Nov. 4 Christmas Bazaar and Craft Sale at the Yadkin Valley Senior Center, the JHS will be joining other communities in honoring veterans on Veterans Day. This year there will be a reception at the center as well as the ceremony at the park.

Members of the historical society also are looking forward to the Old Fashioned Christmas again this year to be held on the first weekend in December. Call JHS President Becky Wood at 336-244-5064 for more details.

These festivities are not expected to burden the services offered by the town, which were complementary of one another as well as being thanked by Mayor Gene Pardue.

New Interim Administrative Police Chief Dane Mastin credited the officers of the Jonesville Police Department for making his transition into his new position easy.

“You all may have thought you got a good deal getting me here,” said Mastin, “I got a good deal with the people you all have got here. You’ve got some excellent officers.”

Mastin presented his first report to the board changing the format to include descriptions of the types of crimes committed in order to present a more complete understanding of the job the officers do.

Continuing the new format of presenting the town manager’s report to the board, Michael Pardue informed them he had been able to successfully tend to a few overgrown lawns and other nuisance property issues with conversations; however some owners were not responsive to gentle goading.

“We’re going to have to take the next step,” said the town manager when questioned by Councilman Tracy Wall.

Pardue also informed the board that he had potentially found renters for the old library. The board approved continued negotiations for occupancy.

Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.

By Beanie Taylor

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