Morning Minute: Monday, January 21, 2019

News About Town: Did you know that Matthews Fire & EMS holds an annual awards banquet? This year's banquet had 140 attendees and honored the following members of the department:

Explorer of the Year – Jacob Rodriguez
Fire Corps Member of the Year – Sabrina Corra
SAFER Award for most hours (Fire) - Jacob Bobeng
SAFER Award for most hours (EMS)- Montana Hudgens
Rookie of the Year – Kyle “Bon Jovi” Beard
Derek E. Layman EMT of the Year – Montana Hudgens
Firefighter of the Year – Reyes Cruz Guzman
Officer of the Year – Lt. Matthew Losh
L.H. Yandel Award – Chief Rob Kinniburgh

To see a recap of the department’s accomplishments in 2018, view this YouTube video.

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News Around Town: Yesterday community members gathered at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church to honor Dr. King in the third annual march from the church to Town Hall. The celebration and walk was originally organized in 2017 by then-Commissioner Reverend Larry Whitley following his successful efforts in 2016 to have the town recognize MLK Day as a town holiday. The walk has grown each year, with town leaders, staff, and many community members participating.

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One Fun Thing: The results of our newest unscientific poll are in. We asked,

During the next planning conference, the Matthews Board of Commissioners may discuss shifting from 2- to 4-year terms. Do you prefer 2- or 4-year terms for the council?

Twenty eight people responded:

  • 19 believe terms should stay two years for Commissioners,

  • 9 believed terms should be four years.