Stone appointed to state board

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Retired Judge William C. “Bill” Stone of Troy was sworn in Tuesday as a member of the board of directors of the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority.

Pike County Probate Judge Wes Allen administered the oath of office during a ceremony at the Pike County Courthouse. The appointment was made by the Pike County Soil and Water Conservation district board of supervisors.

Stone will serve on the board as the at-large director for Pike County along with board member, Rep. Alan Boothe of Troy.

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Barbara Gibson, executive director of the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority, congratulated Stone and welcomed him to the board.

“We are so excited to have such an outstanding community leader to serve on our board,” Gibson said. “Because of Bill’s experience and background, we know he will be an asset, not only to our agency but to Southeast Alabama as well, in addressing the important water-related issues facing our state.”

Stone has a legacy of community service including nine years as Pike County circuit clerk and 14 years as the county’s probate judge, the office from which he retired April 1, 2009.

“When I was approached about serving on the board, I was honored and very appreciative of the opportunity,” Stone said. “I am familiar with the agency and knowledgeable of the work it does. And, I’ve always had an interest in the quantity and quality of water that is available here in our area or the lack of good water.”

Several years ago, as a participate in a seminar concerning the availability and quality of water, Stone had an “eye opening” experience.

“The seminar was interesting and informative and highlighted many issues with water that have to be addressed,” he said. “I have a lot to learn and I hope to be able to make valuable contributions to what I believe is a worthwhile effort. The board members are committed servants and make sincere efforts to providing quality water to our area. I’m proud to be a part of that effort.”

Stone, a native son, and his wife, Lynne, make their home in Troy. His retirement is being well spent by renovating three family homes, including a century home.

He has 35 years of dedicated service to the people of Pike County and will continue to serve the county and the area in the volunteer position with the watershed management authority.

The Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority is a state agency and was created by the Alabama Legislature in 1991.