Has been mayor for 36 years.

Published: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 06:39 PM.

"I didn’t really anticipate winning and I would not have been disappointed had I not won, but I did and it certainly opened my eyes as to what local government is all about," he said.

He knows not every decision he’s made has pleased everyone, but Garner said he’s always tried to make the best decision possible for the community, whether it’s the town proper or the area beyond.

The projects have been many and one of the first was getting Howard Boulevard, which runs in front of the current town hall and is a main road in town, brought up to state road standards from the town to U.S. 70.

"It was only nine feet wide when it was first paved and it stayed that way for years," he said.

The road improvements took a couple years but were accomplished in his first term, and there have been many other notable projects accomplished by the town while he’s been mayor.

When Garner first took office a couple of rooms at the fire department also served as town hall, the town council meeting room and the town library.

Getting a town library and town hall were priorities.

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