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Community leaders gathered Friday to celebrate the opening of Buchanan County's $1.8 million Kennel Gap water facility, capable of producing a half million gallons of water per day.
(Staff photo/Scotty Wampler).

County Celebrates Opening of Kennel Gap Water Facility

by Scotty Wampler
News Editor

Buchanan County celebrated the opening of a new public water facility Friday, establishing its first true backup water system.
     "The importance of this project is untold," Public Service Authority board member Gary Prater said during a Friday luncheon at the facility. "Hopefully in the future, there will be other projects like this in Buchanan County."
     The Kennel Gap facility, located near the Keen Mountain Correctional Center, will initially have the capability of producing around a half million gallons of water every day. The facility can also easily be upgraded to allow for a capacity of one million gallons per day. PSA Director Darrell Cantrell said water production will begin in the very near future.
      "We'll be able to produce water real soon."

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Several File for Town Seats at Last Minute
Mayor's Seat Contested for First Time in Years

by Aaron McGlothlin
Staff Reporter 

Over the course of the last week, seven Grundy citizens have declared their intentions to run for town offices in the upcoming May 6 election.
     Three town council seats, as well as the mayor's seat, are up for grabs in the election.
     Current Mayor Roger Powers has filed for re-election in the race, according to Buchanan County Registrar Vicki Clevinger. He will be challenged by former councilman Bob Hale. Both candidates have served in the town government on-and-off for decades. This will be the first contested mayoral election in Grundy since Ed Matney ran against Herald Trivett in 1998.
     The three incumbent town council members, including Chris Mitchell, Diann Hagy, and Gary Prater, will seek re-election, according to Clevinger. Two challengers, James Goff and Amanda Blankenship, are also pursuing one of the three open town council Seats. The top three vote-getters will be seated on the town council for a four-year term. The three other town council seats will be up for grabs in 2010.
      Although voter turnout is traditionally low for town elections, the large pool of candidates could possibly equate to a higher voter turnout than in years past.
      The last day to register to vote in Grundy's May 6 election is April 7. The absentee voting deadline is April 29.

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