Baughman retires, Crow, others sworn in

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  • Farmerville mayor Stein Baughman stepped down after 14 years of serving the town, the last 12 as Mayor. Town officials and employees honored Baughman with a celebration at Town Hall Monday. Gazette photo by Charlette Hilton
    Farmerville mayor Stein Baughman stepped down after 14 years of serving the town, the last 12 as Mayor. Town officials and employees honored Baughman with a celebration at Town Hall Monday. Gazette photo by Charlette Hilton
  • New Farmerville Mayor John Crow is sworn in Monday by Judge Bruce Hampton. Crow had his family with him during the ceremony Gazette photo by Byron Avery
    New Farmerville Mayor John Crow is sworn in Monday by Judge Bruce Hampton. Crow had his family with him during the ceremony Gazette photo by Byron Avery
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A reception was held Monday honoring Mayor Stein Baughman as he begins his retirement. After serving Farmerville as an Alderman for 2 years and Mayor for 12 years, Baughman opted not to seek reelection in November. “It was so nice to have everyone come by and wish me well,” said Baughman. “I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.” Baughman looks back over his service to Farmerville with very fond memories. “I love Farmerville but I especially love the people of Farmerville,” Baughman said. “Serving as mayor for the last 12 years has been such a privilege and a true joy.”

Local businessman, John Crow, won Baughman’s open seat in the November elections. Crow and other newly-elected town officials were sworn in Monday. Crow is ready to roll up his shirtsleeves and get to work for the people of Farmerville. “I want everybody to work together,” Crow said. He knows that moving Farmerville forward after all the problems 2020 brought is a huge undertaking. “We are going to go forward and I want everyone to stay positive,” he said. Crow wants the citizens of Farmerville to know that he is available and accessible when there are needs. “If anyone needs anything, give me a call. Just like I said when I was campaigning, you have my phone number,” said Crow. “I am here for us. If you need me, let me know.”

An event last week honoring Jerry Taylor for his 44 years on the town council kicked off the festivities and they ended with Monday’s swearing in ceremony for the aldermen, Justices of the Peace, Constable, Town Marshal (Police Chief) and deputy marshals and mayor at the recreation center.