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Voters choose council members

PROCTORVILLE, SOUTH POINT — Voters in the villages of Proctorville and South Point chose their council members Tuesday night.

In Proctorville, incumbents Dale Burcham and Lee Whitley won re-election to their seats.

Burcham received 41.95 percent to Lee Whitley’s 39.94 percent. Margie Whitley came in third, with 18.10 percent.

Lee Whitley said he would focus on the economy.

“I’d also like to get grants to improve the sidewalks and make the playgrounds more accessible,” he said.

He also praised the work of officials in counting the votes.

“I think it ran good. It ran smoothly,” he said. “It was better than I’ve ever seen.”

Burcham said he would “continue to do what I’ve been doing for the past eight years.”

“I’ll do whatever is good for Proctorville,” he said. “I have no agenda. I’m just for the village.”

In South Point, voters elected two new members, Charles Austin and Michael Lynd, to council seats.

Austin received 32.56 percent to Lynd’s 24.64 percent. Marlene Arthur came in third with 21.54 percent, Jim Payne was in fourth place, with 21.25 percent.

Austin said he would like to focus on the safety and security of South Point.

“I’m interested in improving our infrastructure, which is in dire need of work,” he said.

Lynd said he was “very happy and relieved” to learn of his election.

“I’d like to thank the people of South Point for believing in me,” he said.

Lynd said he wants to focus on infrastructure repairs as well, and wants to aid police in combatting the area’s drug issues.

“I want to give police everything they need to fight the problem,” he said.