I moved from there when Batten got elected. The only reason he went in was that then Sheriff Ferguson had lost touch with his job. Chris did not have a good name but claimed he was a Christian and Mr. Etheridge gave him lots of money for marketing. Billboards appeared showing a smiling Batten on every corner. The election was so close that he won by 5 votes. There was even a controversy in that there were reports that Batten and his supporters hauled migrant workers who were not citizens to the polls. Ferguson was told by the machine to back down and thus he allowed Batten to go in unchecked and no investigation ever took place. There was a little bit in the news for those of you who might remember. It was clear very early on that Batten had issues. However the only local paper befriended him for some reason and does its best to make him the hero of a dime store novel. The lies he has told, the money he has taken, the false investigations of personal nature which have cost the taxpayers lawsuits and the seized goods that have ended up on the Batten farm all speak to his character. Thank God for WWAY and for allowing the simple honest people from Columbus County a voice. It looks like everyone is now on to Batten and his days in office are finally coming to a swift end.
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