Ronald Waldrop, former mayor of Belk, passes away

Former Belk Mayor Ronald Waldrop.

Ronald Waldrop, former teacher in the Fayette County School System and the longtime mayor of Belk, died on Wednesday, Sept. 16 following a lengthy illness. He was 78 years old. Waldrop lived his entire life in Belk and truly loved the community. He was the second person to serve as mayor of Belk, first serving a six-year stint from 1970-76. Later when Mike Ellison resigned as mayor of Belk in 1998 to take an elected position on the Fayette County Commission, Waldrop stepped in again as mayor and served until resigning due to health reasons this year in June.


Northam wins mayor of Fayette election

Rod Northam is shown being congratulated by his mother Sue Northam after winning the election for Fayette mayor.

Rod Northam won the Aug. 25 Fayette mayoral race over three opponents, collecting 781 votes and winning the position without a runoff. Current Fayette City Councilman Cedric Wilson finished second in the race, gathering 451 votes. Max Weaver received 149 votes and Kevin Bass collected 140 votes for mayor. Northam, a former engineer and plant manager at the 3M plant in Guin, earned the victory in his first attempt at political office.

New Mayor of Belk

Shown from left is the new mayor of Belk, Mike Ellison; his wife Joyce Ellison and Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman.

 Mike Ellison was sworn-in as the new mayor of Belk on June 15, replacing Ronnald Waldrop who resigned due to health reasons. Ellison previously served as mayor of Belk from 1992-98.