Commissioners signing proclamation

Stephens County Commissioners Russell Morgan, Todd Churchman and Kreg Murphree signed a proclamation as the first step in declaring Stephens County as a Purple Heart County alongside Robbie Blackford, with the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, and Bruce Dwyer, from the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Mount Scott Chapter.

Stephens County Commissioners met Monday, Nov. 16 for a regular meeting during which the board signed a proclamation declaring Stephens County as a Purple Heart County.

The board opened up the meeting with discussion to designate and proclaim Stephens County as a Purple Heart County.

Kreg Murphree said, “what this is, is basically a recognition that our county acknowledges veterans and especially those who have earned a purple heart.”

Bruce Dwyer, from the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Mount Scott Chapter, said this would recognize those wounded and killed in battle.

“In these trying times, it’s especially important to recognize sacrifice, dedication of people that are wounded and killed in battle,” Dwyer said.

The board not only signed the proclamation, but also will install the signs throughout the county.

“Patriotism is a great thing,” Dwyer said. “Especially in these times to recognize all these sacrifices.”

In Commissioner Russell Morgan’s update on the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center, he said the youth rodeo was successful.

Morgan said they would begin the process of getting bids for the big arena on the air conditioning units.

“That bid was good for one year,” Morgan said. “That year’s going to be up in April and I feel like, we just go ahead and get started now, we’ll get them in.”

In other news, the board:

• acknowledged the official certificate of votes regarding the Stephens County General Election on Nov. 3 for Stephens County Commissioner District #2.

• acknowledged the Stephens County Conservation District annual financial statements for the year ending June 30, 2020, as presented to the Board by Kimberlye R. Mayer, CPA, P.C

• adopted a resolution accepting a donation of 200 tons of scrap rip rap from Dolese Brothers on behalf of Stephens County District #1.

• approved the appointment of Luke Prichard as Floodplains Board member to fill a full six year term set to expire April 1, 2025.

• approved a purchase agreement with Sutphen Corporation for the purchase of a Sutphen Commercial Wetside Tanker/Pumper in the amount of $329,645.53 on behalf of the Comanche Fire Department.

The Stephens County Commissioners meeting will convene again at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 23 in their office of the Stephens County Courthouse, located at 101 S. 11th Street.

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