Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Portrait of former legislator to be unveiled at court house

J-E Editor

The Webster County Bar Association and Webster County Historical and Genealogical Association will sponsor an event on Monday, October 26, 2015 to honor Garrett L. Withers, the only Webster County native to serve in both the U.S. Congress and U.S. Senate.

Withers was born on his family’s farm in Webster County on June 21, 1884. He attended the Providence M. and F. Academy, before moving on to the Southern Normal School in Bowling Green, where he pursued legal training. In 1908 he was admitted to the bar and practicing law in Webster County from 1911 until his death in 1953.

Clay Council members approves $30,000 street paving project

Project won't touch what officials call the “worst street in town”

J-E Editor

Last Tuesday, Clay Council members voted to proceed with a paving project, but tight funding and needs in other areas resulted the approval of fewer improvements than they were originally seeking.

Ware Trucking of Providence will handle the approximately $30,000 project, which will West Short Street and roughly half of Nall Street resurfaced. The original job bid called for all of Nall Street to be repaved, along with West Short and First Street, but that was going to cost the city in excess of $80,000.
City employee Frank Rienhart told the council that First Street was ‘the worst street in town’, but council members were worried about water lines in that area.
“We have a lot of water line breakages on First Street,” said councilman Paul Cowan. “If we put blacktop down, we’ll continue to have breaks and within two or three years we will be back where we are now.”