By JOEL McNEECE
Tony Morgan, of Vardaman, officially joined the Calhoun County Board of Supervisors Thursday morning after a swearing in ceremony in Pittsboro.
Judge Henry Lackey administered the oath of office to Morgan who will complete the year remaining in the term of his father, the late Howard Morgan, who died suddenly last week. Howard Morgan had served for more than 27 years as District Five supervisor.
"It's a pleasure to swear this young man in," Judge Lackey said. "I believe he's about the same age as his Dad was when he first took office."
Morgan, pictured, was joined at the meeting by his mother, Anne Morgan, sisters Melissa Edmondson and Millette Nabors, brother-in-law Joe Edmondson, and niece Brandi Parker. Other county officials including Circuit Clerk Debbie Dunn, Justice Court Judge Jim Vance, Tax Assessor Bill Malone, and Superintendent Mike Moore were also in attendance.
"We are very proud that Tony is willing to take this on," Anne Morgan said to the board. "We thank you all."
In other business, the board opened annual bids for materials and other services, taking most under advisement. The board accepted the low bid from Southside for feeding the prisoners at the county jail. Southside's bid of $5 beat higher bids turned in by Nancy's and "Hell's Kitchen."
The board also approved a new insurance carrier for the county policies. Traveler's Insurance bid of $197,155 in annual premium saved the county more than $76,000 compared to the bid from Zurich, who had carried the county's insurance for the past several years.
Read more about the supervisors' meeting in next week's Journal.