A newspaper ad purchased by board of commissioner Dwain Smith and BOC chairman Tom Crow alleging that someone in county government is “hiding money being spent” angered fellow commissioner Chas Hardy and led him to call for a meeting with all of the information being presented instead of “misinformation and half-truths.”

“We are elected to speak for the citizens of Jackson County,” Hardy said at the BOC meeting Monday night. “One thing they have told us is to be good stewards of their money and I feel like we have done that. This is an open forum. This is a public meeting. We are here to discuss the issues of Jackson County. For some reason, you feel like you need to discuss the issues of Jackson County in a way that is rather demeaning to the members of this board. I would like to ask that we consider placing on next month’s agenda, a full report and a full open discussion from day one of this whole issue. Let’s get it out in a public meeting where we are all here able to discuss it as men and not in the newspaper. Discuss it face to face. So that the people of Jackson County can get an unbiased, unaltered look at the actual facts that go along with this case.”

For the full story, see the Jan. 23 issue of The Jackson Herald.

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