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Top Ten Stories of 2014 - 6 through 10
2014
The top stories of 2014 as voted on by the staff of the Southern Standard newspaper
#10 Wells Elected County Executive Former 12th District County Commissioner Herschel Wells Sr., became Warren County’s newest county executive when he handily defeated Republican foe John Shields and a field of independents.Wells finished with 4,546 votes, more than double the 2,119 votes accumulated by Shields. Butch Bullen, who publically pulled out of the race but was kept on the ballot, managed 608 votes to finish third.Wells advanced to the general election by emerging victorious over Kenneth Rogers and other candidates in the Democratic Primary in May.Wells replaces two-term County Executive John Pelham, who chose not to seek a third term. Pelham has returned to private business.With his election, Wells is overseeing a 24-member Warren County Commission which has 10 new members. #9 Deputy Injured in high speed chase A fugitive faces 30 years in prison after he intentionally slammed into a pursuing deputy during a high-speed chase near Viola in November.The fugitive, Steffen Matthew Brady, faces a lengthy list of charges, including felony assault and evading arrest for crashing into deputy Billy Joe Crouch during the chase.