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curtis butler

The Ellis County Press

MIDLOTHIAN - At a recent Midlothian City Council meeting, tempers flared as an attendee attempted to engage Mayor Boyce Whatley in a verbal altercation.

The newly installed voting board of the Midlothian City Council seemed to be proceeding without incident on Tuesday, April 13. 

Councilmembers got right to work by presenting a check to Whatley for the renovation of the Newton-Larkin cabin.

They also took care of other business voting to refurbish the oldest ambulance in the fire department fleet. 

An amendment was approved to the Special Event Permit for the second annual Victim’s of Fire 5k Fun Run/Walk. 

After emerging from a closed session with no action to be taken, however, the meeting heated up and passions flared.

In the "Citizens To Be Heard", which was posted at the end of the meeting, Joey Dauben, a blogger, argued against the appointment of Judge Roy Vaugh to the position of Municipal Judge by calling into question his qualifications for the position.

After Dauben stepped down from the podium he attempted to verbally spar with Whatley.

Whatley would have none of it and immediately asked Police Chief Smith to step in.

After being confronted by Police Chief Smith, Dauben left peacefully.

The meeting adjourned with no further incident or comment.

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