By Dwain W. Penn
When Williamson mayor Steve Fry called the Jan. 7 meeting to order, two special guests were present to observe the proceedings, councilman Benson Hilley and his wife, Martha. Special recognition and esteem were announced through a presentation to Hilley for his history-making service to the city as Fry bestowed a commemorative gavel to the guest of honor.
"We have a VIP in our midst tonight,” Fry said to open the special ceremony. “According to the state of Georgia records along with our own files, Mr. Benson has served longer than any other council member in the state. We would like to honor your service by presenting you with this gavel, which we know you will find some use for it.”
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