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City collecting donations for hurricane aid


SALYERSVILLE – Salyersville City Council met in regular session on Monday night, discussing upcoming Halloween events and dedicating a bridge to veterans.

In the October 15 meeting, Salyersville Mayor James “Pete” Shepherd announced to the public that all tax bills went out on September 20, so if anyone owning property in the city has not received a tax bill, he or she needs to check with City Hall. He said they had received several calls and some were returned from the post office.

On Friday, October 26, Shepherd said they will be having the Spooktacular Run Run Rudolph Christmas Walk/5K Run, the Renaissance will be having a Ghost Walk, Kiwanis will be dressing up and Magoffin County Schools dance teams will be performing a “Thriller” dance in the street at dark. Festivities will start at 6 p.m. and the community is invited to attend. 

All the proceeds from the walk/5K run go toward the gifts given out after the Christmas parade in December.

For Veterans Day this year, Mayor Shepherd proposed they dedicate the bridge going into Dixie as the “Veterans Memorial Bridge.” The council approved the proposal and asked Shepherd to take any actions needed to get the signage and set up the dedication.

Mayor Shepherd also addressed the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, which devastated many Gulf communities in Florida.

“There’s a lot of towns about the size of Salyersville that were hit and it’s been six and a half years since the tornado. If we could get people to donate, we can take a trailer down next week,” Shepherd said. 

Shepherd is asking the community to donate diapers, wipes, nonperishable foods, cleaning supplies and money (NO CLOTHING) for the hurricane victims at Salyersville City Hall. He assured every donation will be accounted for and that they have already been donated a trailer to use to haul the donations to Florida. Through word-of-mouth, he said churches have already donated $1,200. All donations will need to be received by early next week. 

“I just think it would be a nice gesture from the City of Salyersville,” Shepherd said. “We had so many people come in to help us and we’ve never got to thank them all individually or do anything like this.”

Mayor Shepherd also reminded the public that Trick-or-Treat night is set for Wednesday, October 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. The schools will be celebrating Halloween the same day and the Magoffin County Health Department will be hosting a free, full day of trick-or-treating, carnival games, and haunted house tours. 

The next regularly-scheduled Salyersville City Council meeting is tentatively slated for November 19 at 7 p.m.




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