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County Mayor Tests Positive for COVID-19

October 27, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

Another county official has been affected by COVID-19

County Mayor Tim Stribling announced today (Tuesday) that he has tested positive for the coronavirus and is under quarantine. His office in the courthouse is currently closed. Stribling said his two staff members have also been tested for COVID-19 but their results are not yet known. If the staff test negative, Stribling said they plan to re-open the county mayor’s office on Monday, November 2.

This announcement comes one day after Circuit Court Clerk Susan Martin announced that she and some members of her staff have also tested positive for COVID-19 and that her office is closed until Wednesday, November 4.

In making her announcement, Martin said “if someone was scheduled to be in court this week, it will be postponed until next week so if your court case is set for this Wednesday, October 28 or Thursday October 29 then you will need to come next week, November 4 or 5”.

“I am sorry for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience and understanding during this time,” said Martin.




Grand Opening Set for Smithville’s New Central Bark Dog Park

October 27, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

Smithville’s new Central Bark Dog Park will open next week.

A grand opening and ribbon cutting is set for Friday, November 6 at 1:30 p.m. Randy Boyd of the Boyd Foundation is expected to be there. The Boyd Foundation last year awarded a $25,000 grant to the City of Smithville for the development of the park which is located near the DeKalb Animal Coalition Shelter on Transfer Station Road behind Tenneco Automotive.

The Dog Park, now completed, is enclosed with a chain link fence where dog owners can bring their pets for a stroll. The park, which can accommodate both smaller and larger dogs, will have water stations, agility equipment, and park benches.

Megan Moore, Director of the Animal Shelter, addressed the Smithville Mayor and Aldermen during a special meeting Thursday night at city hall to request that the city designate Emmaly Bennett, DeKalb Animal Shelter employee, to be the manager of the dog park. Bennett would serve in a dual role still working as a city employee at the shelter with the added responsibility of the dog park.

In her written proposal, Moore outlined the benefits of having a dog park manager: Increase safety and compliance of animals and people; reduce the risks of dogs being left unattended; and reduce the number of calls and stress to city officials by providing a contact for dog park related matters.

Moore said a dog park manager would be responsible for: checking rabies tags or certificates, upkeep of sanitation stations; landscape management, locking and unlocking entry, enforcing dog park rules, providing a non-emergency contact for citizens to report issues or suggestions, working with law enforcement if any issues arise, overseeing any future maintenance to the fence or equipment, and checking the park multiple times during normal business hours.

No action has yet been taken on the request.




Tony Luna named top producer at National Real Estate Summit

October 27, 2020
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Center Hill Lake Realtor® Tony Luna was honored with the Big Wave Award for his outstanding sales performance at the seventh annual Lake Homes Realty National Agent Virtual Summit, held Oct. 14-15.

The Big Wave Award is presented to Lake Homes Realty agents who closed $10 million or more in total transaction volume between Sept. 1, 2019 and Aug. 31, 2020.

The nation’s largest lake-focused real estate company, Hoover, Alabama-based Lake Homes Realty is currently licensed in 30 states and is growing rapidly into additional states. The hybrid company is a traditional brokerage with an industry-leading online presence at www.LakeHomes.com, where visitors can shop lake real estate listings from anywhere in the world.

“Tony’s outstanding effort and performance is what makes him such a great ambassador for our company,” said company CEO Glenn S. Phillips. “We are proud to present him with this award in recognition for all he’s accomplished in the last year.”

“The Big Wave Award is one of our company’s most prestigious honors that recognizes top producers in not just our company, but our industry on a national scale,” Phillips said. “Lake real estate specialists like Tony are why Lake Homes Realty is so successful.”

Tony Luna was also recognized as a Premier Agent, which names him among the brokerage’s top producers.




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