There are new chiefs in town

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Mayor Ken Talton officially swore in Jason Hughes and John Duncan to the Mount Olive Police Department during last week’s board of commissioners meeting.

Hughes is the department’s new police chief, while Duncan is the new assistant chief.

Commissioners agreed to allow property owners an additional month to bring their substandard housing up to town code or face demolition. They’ve already been given 60 days.

The owner of houses at 317 and 319 Oliver St. must appear at the commissioners’ February meeting. Failure to appear will result in a demolition order on the properties.

Other properties facing demolition are at 530 Franklin St., 920 S. Church St., 112 and 114 Patten St., 418 E. Nelson St. and 420 E. Hillsboro St.

A public hearing on rezoning 40.77 acres of land on the U.S. Highway 117 South bypass from agricultural/residential to heavy commercial development was heard.

The board took no action and said the town’s planning board will take up the matter on Jan. 16.

Also tabled was the approval of an ordinance to establish districts for internet sweepstakes cafes. That matter is scheduled to go before the town’s planning board on Jan. 16.

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