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Owen to fill seat on Halifax County Board of Supervisors

Vernon Hill resident Norman Ray Owen was selected to fill the ED-3 supervisor seat on the Halifax County Board of Supervisors in an emergency meeting called Tuesday night.

Supervisors held the emergency meeting one day after postponing Monday night’s meeting due to inclement weather. Board members had been scheduled to take action on the matter Monday.

Owen fills a vacancy created when former ED-3 Supervisor Earl Womack resigned Feb. 3 citing health reasons.

In a 5-0-2 vote, supervisors appointed Owen over candidates Arthur Reynolds and Lawrence Coleman, both of whom were interviewed along with Owen for the post on March 3. 

Voting in favor of Owen were ED-1 Supervisor J.T. Davis, ED-2 Supervisor and Chairman Tom West,  ED-4 Supervisor Doug Bowman, ED-6 Supervisor Larry Giordano and ED-7 Supervisor Lottie Nunn.

ED-5 Supervisor Barry Bank and ED-8 Supervisor W. Bryant Claiborne abstained.

In last November’s election, Womack only received six more votes than Owen narrowly outpolling him for the position.

Womack received 466 votes compared to Owen’s 460 votes.

Reynolds, the third candidate seeking the ED-3 supervisor’s post in the November election received 311 votes.

A resident of ED-3 for 41 years, Owen has been involved in his community as a firefighter, emergency medical technician and served on two occasions as chief of the Oak Level Volunteer Fire Department.

He has represented the district on the Halifax County Planning Commission and Halifax County Transportation Safety Commission for over 15 years and is a member of the Highway 501 Coalition working to secure upgrades for Highway 501 to Lynchburg.

Owen retired in 2010 from Climate Control, Inc. after 35 years of service.

A veteran of the Vietnam Conflict and Desert Storm, Owen retired as a Chief Petty Officer from the United States Naval Reserve in 2003.

He is a member of Beth Car Baptist Church.

In announcing his bid for supervisor last year, Owen said, “I’ve enjoyed serving Election District 3 on the Halifax County Planning Commission and the Halifax County Transportation Safety Commission, and I would consider it an honor and privilege to represent the citizens of ED-3 as their supervisor promoting a strong voice for job creations, quality education and vocational opportunities for our students and supporting advances in agriculture and the infrastructure required to move Halifax County from a good county to a great county.”

Also Tuesday night, supervisors adopted a bond resolution to accept a proposal from Carter Bank and Trust for financing county facility renovations and refinancing previous county debt.

At the March 10 supervisors’ meeting, Mitch Brigulio Jr. of Davenport and Company briefed supervisors on the results of requests for proposals being sought for county financing of facilities’ renovations for the temporary courthouse and sheriff’s department. 

Davenport has recommended the board accept the financing proposal by Carter Bank and Trust because the bank offers the lowest interest rates and prepayment flexibility that will allow the county to prepay or refinance the loan at anytime with no penalty, allows the county to lock-in interest rates through April 2014 and offers the county a 20-year term with the lowest annual debt service payments.