Last updated: December 31. 2013 1:03PM - 1096 Views
Taylor Pardue Staff Reporter

Jonesville town officials cut the ceremonial red ribbon at the town's new water plant.
Jonesville town officials cut the ceremonial red ribbon at the town's new water plant.
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Jonesville has seen a lot of changes over the past calendar year. From water to wine, traffic to tourism, the town has seen many things end the year differently than they began.

Jonesville started 2013 off-limits to archery hunting inside town limits. By the end it had voted in new ordinances allowing the town to participate in North Carolina’s Urban Archery Season.

Hunters inside Jonesville are now able to bowhunt during deer season thanks to an amendment to the weapons ordinance. Those who choose to participate in the season will not be able to use firearms and must receive written permission from landowners to hunt on their land.

Although Jonesville has chosen to be part of the state’s special season, individual landowners are not required to let hunters use their land.

The archery-only season runs from Jan. 11 through Feb. 14.

Jonesville unveiled its new water plant in 2013.

Town officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the plant May 10. It is the first new water plant since 1959 and provides water to approximately 1,200 customers across the area.

Jonesville took steps to clean up its streets by working a new deal with trash collector Waste Management Inc.

The new deal saved the town money and allowed it to give plastic trash cans to residents. Prior to that the residents had recycling cans but trash bags were left on the street corners, exposed to the elements and wildlife.

Jonesville also finished repairs to its Lila Swaim Memorial Park tennis courts.

The courts had fallen into disrepair and sported major cracks in the asphalt top. Gravel was used to caulk the cracks and a new layer of asphalt poured over the court, with a new paint job covering it all.

The court was part of an effort by the town to refurbish the park and attract more visitors.

Lila Swaim’s son, Mayor Lindbergh Swaim, died after many years in service to the town.

Swaim had suffered from failing health for some time. He has served as mayor and as town commissioner before that. The town flew its flag at half staff in his memory.

Former mayor pro-tem Gene Pardue was chosen as Swaim’s successor in the November elections. Pardue became the new mayor in a ceremony Dec. 9.

Commissioner Wayne Moore was chosen by the board as Pardue’s mayor pro-tem.

The town re-elected Andy Green to the town council in November as well. Commissioner Danny Lewis’ empty seat was filled by Anita Darnell, head of the Jonesville Tourism Development Authority and a hotel manager in town.

Jonesville also voted in an alcohol referendum in the elections.

Following several previous attempts to legalize alcohol sales in the former dry town, voters passed three separate measures to allow restaurants and other businesses to sell beer, liquor and mixed drinks, as well as legalizing an ABC store.

Town officials are still in talks on how or if an ABC store would operate in town. Jonesville could choose to join an existing alcohol beverage board like Triad ABC, which owns ABC locations like the one in Yadkinville, or go it alone and run their own facility.

Jonesville made repairs to North Mineral Springs Drive in the closing months of the year. A resident brought several structural issues to the town council, causing the town to close the street to traffic.

After an engineering firm’s review of the street Jonesville was able to reopen the road, to the relief of many residents who had been upset by the closing.

Moving into 2014, the town hopes to continue its town beautification efforts and work to bring in more tourism. Draws like the greenway, which held its inaugural pow wow event in 2013, are being expanded to make Jonesville more of a destination stop.

To contact Taylor Pardue call 336-835-1513 or email him at tpardue@civitasmedia.com.

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