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Mayor begins term Friday

SOUTH POINT — “It’s pretty cool to be here today,” Jeff Gaskin said.

South Point’s mayor-elect took the oath of office on an unseasonably warm Sunday at village hall, in front of a crowd of about 50 supporters, friends and fellow political leaders.

“We’ve got exciting things planned for South Point,” he said.

Village chaplain Bill Van Bibber, who attends Tri-State Baptist Temple, led the gathering in prayer and delivered remarks.

“I know that he’s going to do good,” he said. “We need to pray for him.”

Lawrence County Municipal Court Judge Donald Capper administered the oath of office, while, Gaskin’s 7-year-old granddaughter, Abbigail O’Rourke, held the Bible.

“I know Jeff is going to do a great job,” Capper said in his remarks. “He comes from a great family.

Gaskin, 61, is no stranger to public service. He served as a village council member for four years. He works full-time at Lawrence County Emergency Medical Services, after 14 years of service at Ohio Valley Juvenile Corrections.

Gaskin was elected Nov. 1, after defeating Bill Patrick, Rube Allman and Michael Curtis in the race for mayor. His term of office begins Friday.