Tempers Continue to Run Hot at Highland County Board of Supervisors June 4 Meeting

The Code of Ethics, a topic of discussion for several months in the Highland County Board of Supervisors meetings, was tabled again, this time until the July meeting. But as the meeting unfolded on June 4 tempers continued to flare and override common decorum.


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The meeting started off without incident until it came to item number four under new business, discussion to rescind the April 11, 2024 EMS Action Plan. Supervisor Paul Trible presented the item. Melissa Dowd attempted to interject, she was told no by Trible and then asked to speak by supervisor chair Henry Budzinski, but Trible continued to take objection. Supervisor Harry Sponaugle then gave his opinion.


At this point Deputy John Wright walked into the meeting and was peppered with questions about the call. He said he couldn’t remember the exact verbiage but that the ambulance was not reported as missing or stolen, there was just an inquiry whether the ambulance was out on a call. 


Ultimately, Budzinski and Sponaugle declined to take any action on EMS until the court case concludes, yet no trial date has been set and the memorandum of understanding is set to expire on July 11.  

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Brit Chambers

Brit Chambers is a resident of Highland County, Virginia and a news reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio. She loves living in a small town and relishes the outdoor adventures and community feeling that Highland has to offer. Brit has a background in journalism, marketing, and public relations and spends her free time reading good books, baking sourdough bread, and hiking with her family.

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