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Valley Deputy recognized by county commission

VALLEY — On May 11, Wes Rudd graduated second in his class from the Jefferson County Police Academy. At Monday night’s Chambers County Commission meeting, Deputy Rudd was recognized for this and his many academy accomplishments.

The gap between first and second place in Rudd’s graduating class was less than half a point, a fact that drew a chorus of impressed hums from everyone gathered in the commission chambers. Rudd also was elected Academy Class President by his peers, won the “Top Gun” award and was presented with the Director’s Award at his graduation.

“I’m very proud of all of our deputies, but especially this young man here,” said Sheriff Sid Lockhart. “I don’t believe we have ever had one with this many accomplishments. We would like to take this opportunity to recognize Deputy Wes Rudd for his outstanding accomplishment while in the Police Academy.”

Rudd’s family, including his wife and daughter, shared in his recognition.

“If it wasn’t for them, he wouldn’t be what he is,” Lockhart said.

Also recognized at Monday’s meeting was Rev. Dr. H.L. Jones of the Rehope Baptist Church. Jones is celebrating his 40th anniversary at the church this year.

“The Chambers County Commission wishes Rev. Dr. H.L. Jones a very happy anniversary and thank you for being a part of our community,” said Commissioner Joe Blanks. “[He] is recognized for his leadership, service, courage, dedication and commitment to the congregation of Rehope Missionary Baptist Church and the citizens of Chambers County.”

Other points of note at the Commission meeting included a vote for Chambers County to participate in the 2018 “Back to School” sales tax holiday from July 20 to July 22 — which was passed unanimously— and an update on playground equipment that is being installed in LaFayette Park and Chambers County Lake.

The equipment for LaFayette Park is already being installed, but Ken McMillan and Ted Craig presented their proposal for where the Chambers County Lake equipment might go. Definite installation dates will be decided at a later meeting.