By Ritchie Starnes, News Editor
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 —
Monday night’s Board of Commissioners meeting was absent one of its own.
Instead of sitting in the board’s chamber at Stanly County Commons for a scheduled board meeting, Commissioner Gene McIntyre, 69, was resting across the street at Stanly Regional Medical Center, according to Commissioner Josh Morton.
On Thursday, McIntyre, had just finished shoveling snow from the steps of his home after last week’s winter storm when he accidently fell, Morton said. McIntyre stumbled in his snow boots as he entered the front door and crashed to the floor, Morton said.
Impact of the fall broke a hip at the socket and required McIntyre to be hospitalized. He underwent surgery for the injury Friday and remains at the hospital recovering, Morton said.
“When I went to visit him I walked in and asked ‘How are you, Gene,’ ” Morton said.
“He said ‘Not well at all.’ He’s aggravated with himself for what happened.”
It’s unclear at this time how long it will take for McIntyre to recover. He will have to undergo physical therapy, Morton said.
McIntyre filed for re-election for the commission’s District 4 on Feb. 10, the first day for filing. He’s vying for a fifth term on the board. As of Monday afternoon, no one has filed to challenge the Republican.
This is not the first time McIntyre has suffered injuries during campaigns.
In October 2012, McIntyre suffered a fractured vertebrae following a single-vehicle crash. He wore a neck brace during his then candidacy for the N.C. Senate, which he subsequently lost to Gene McLaurin.
In 2010, after a successful bid for county commissioner, McIntyre fell and broke his wrist, Morton said.
Absent McIntyre, the board proceeded with county business.
The Upper PeeDee Farm & Food Council made a pitch for a $1,000 contribution to help fund a director for the organization. The Stanly, Anson and Montgomery county organization promotes “a sustainable, locally-based, economically-resilient farm and food system.”
Through a community network, the group provides a farmers’ market whereby consumers can purchase locally grown vegetables.
“Not only is local food tastier and healthier for us, but it supports local families, helps build a sense of community, preserves open space, wildlife and the environment, keeps taxes down and is a terrific economic investment back into our counties,” Shawn Hatley, UPFFC spokesman, said.
“For every $1 spent on locally grown food products, that $1 is multiplied seven times, according to the N.C. Department of Agriculture. It is an investment in the future of Stanly County.”
Commissioners agreed to consider the request at its annual retreat 9 a.m. Friday at the Stanly County Airport.
In other news, the board approved two proclamations.
One declares Stanly County a Purple Heart County, or one that supports veterans that received the military distinction.
A second approved proclamation recognizes March and April as a period to observe 411-4 Counties, 1 Community, which is a community-read project among Cabarrus, Davidson, Rowan and Stanly counties. It is designed to provide an opportunity for the citizens to read and discuss a single book together for pleasure and enlightenment.
The board recognized the retirement of Gerald McSwain from the Stanly County Soil & Water.
It also appointed Gail Shields to another three-year term on the Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustments in Norwood.
Commissioners also appointed John R. Bell to serve on the Nursing Homes Advisory Committee.
To submit story ideas, contact Ritchie Starnes at (704) 982-2121 ext. 28 or email email@example.com.