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State rep. brings “big money” for Whitsett

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He may not have been with the “Prize Patrol.” But state representative Jon Hardister still made everyone feel like a winner when he dropped by Whitsett’s town hall on March 8 with an oversized novelty check for the sum of $50,000.

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Rep. Hardister putting his signature to the facsimile check, representing state funds designated for the town of Whitsett. Hardister, whose district includes eastern Guilford County, made the presentation to Whitsett’s town council at their March 8 meeting at Whitsett town hall.
Gladly and gratefully welcoming Hardister’s $50,000 presentation were Whitsett town council members (left to right): Cindy Wheeler, Craig York, mayor pro tem Jerry Rice, mayor Richrad Fennell, and Lee Greeson.

This symbolic payment, which Hardister personally signed before he presented it to Whitsett’s town council, stood in for a very real outlay that the Guilford County Republican has secured for the town in the state’s latest annual budget.

“We had surplus funds – surplus non-recurring funds,” Hardister went on to explain during a town council meeting that evening, “and we decided to revert a lot of that back to the small towns.”

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Hardister, who represents the state’s 59th house district in the General Assembly, added that it will be up to the town to decide what to do with the revenue once the allocation has cleared.

The council, for its part, has already agreed to split up the funds among three separate projects – a new HVAC system for Whitsett’s town hall, a picnic shelter on the grounds of the historic building, and a new generator to serve town hall as well as the fire station next door.

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