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Commissioners rezone land for asphalt plant in 4-3 vote

Revised on: 06.20.2018 at 10:30 a.m.

Posted on: 06.19.2018 at 10:08 a.m.

Columbus County commissioners voted 4-3 Monday night to rezone land off Georgia Pacific Road to permit an asphalt plant on the property. Chairman Amon McKenzie cast the deciding vote in favor of rezoning the property, owned by Dial and Betty Gray. Barnhill Construction Co. will open the asphalt plant.

Commissioners McKenzie, Ricky Bullard, Trend Burroughs and Giles E. “Buddy” Byrd voted to rezone the property. Voting “no” were Charles McDowell, James Prevatte and Edwin Russ.

During a public hearing held prior to the commissioners’ meeting, six citizens spoke in opposition to the rezoning while three, including Gray and two representatives of Barnhill Construction, advocated for the rezoning.

See additional details in Friday’s print edition of The News Reporter.

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