• Mitchell County Board of Commissioners Chair Vern Grindstaff presents Mitchell County Veterans Service Representative Eddie Williams with a distinguished service award.
    Mitchell County Board of Commissioners Chair Vern Grindstaff presents Mitchell County Veterans Service Representative Eddie Williams with a distinguished service award.

Veterans Services rep honored by commissioners

BAKERSVILLE – The Mitchell County Board of Commissioners at its regularly scheduled meeting this past week received an update from Veterans Services Representative Eddie Williams, presented him with a Distinguished Service Award and unanimously approved the consent agenda.

Williams started his report by thanking the board.

“Let me thank the board and the county for their support of our veterans,” he said. “Since I became the Service Representative a couple years ago, we have become accredited.”

Williams has submitted more than 70 claims for disability for area veterans and about 90 percent of those cases have been approved.

Williams also helps veterans with record keeping. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently replaced the headstone of a Civil War veteran at Cane Creek Cemetery using records that Williams had on file.

“The headstone had become so dilapidated you couldn’t read it,” Williams said. “We submitted his records to Veterans Affairs and they replaced the headstone. I’m just glad we have an opportunity to help our veterans.”

Board chair Vern Grindstaff presented Williams with an award after his report and thanked him for his hard work.

Commissioner Keith Holtsclaw said Williams does a great job.

“I get feedback from people and they’re all so positive about the job you’re doing,” Holtsclaw said about Williams. “You’re the perfect person for this job.”

The approved consent agenda includes the appointment of Chris Gentry to the Mitchell County Economic Development Commission and the adding of Cisco Drive to the secondary road system.

County Manager Kathy Young in her report at the end of the meeting said Mitchell County Schools received an email confirming the county was not selected as the recipient of the Needs-Based Public School Grant.

The board convened again this past Tuesday to discuss matters related to the Department of Social Services.

During open session, DSS Director Paula Holtsclaw presented to commissioners an update from her department.

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