Monday was a brand new day at the Stone County Courthouse with new faces alongside old ones as the business of 2020 got underway.
The makeup of the Board of Supervisors changed with Clark Bond in District 4 and Nathan Bond in District 5 assuming their offices.
District 3 Supervisor Lance Pearson was elected as Board President while District 1 Supervisor Clark Byrd assuming duties as Board Vice-President.
Tom Smith assumed the chair at the board table which had been occupied by Gerald Bond for nearly 38 years.
Down the hall, newly-elected Circuit Clerk Treba Davis was in and out of her office as she handled the business of a Circuit Court session and her newly-sworn deputies, Thaunica Barnes and Kimberly Stringer, handled office matters.
The Board of Supervisors also made changes in appointed offices.
Gone are board attorney Scott Gibson, replaced by Norris Hopkins, a Gulfport attorney who, in addition to his private practice, serves as attorney for the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department.
Rural Fire Coordinator Kevin Sharpe was replaced by Todd Cospelich, a local pharmacist and volunteer with the Wiggins Fire Department.
Sharpe was also replaced as county fire investigator as Chief Deputy Phyllis Olds of the Stone County Sheriff’s Department will assume those duties.
The board also approved the purchase of a new tractor and boom mower for the county’s Road Department and instructed comptroller Brian Ross to seek financing options for the purchase.
David Hickman and his wife came before the board to propose a new business for Stone County.
David Hickman told the board he’s looking into a piece of property off Hwy. 49 just south of the city with the intention of building a metals-recycling facility.
Hickman told the board he already owned a similar business in Harrison County and has employed as many as 75 people in the past.
He expects to employ 8-10 people at the Stone County facility.
Stone County Economic Development Partnership Executive Director Betsy Rowell told the board her office was assisting the Hickmans in navigating the paperwork necessary to gain approval for the facility.