Newton Grove’s first female mayor ready to take the reins
Emily M. Hobbs Staff Writer
A boundary is being broken in Newton Grove next month as the town’s first female mayor prepares to take the reins.
Babara Burch, the self-proclaimed “Trash Queen of Newton Grove and a longtime resident of Newton Grove, said she is looking forward to serving the town in any way she can.
“Newton Grove is full of hometown people,”Burch said during a recent interview, noting that she is looking forward with anticipation to working on the beautification of the town and emphasizing her desire to promote growth in the town. She has hopes to upgrade the circle downtown and also make improvements on the street lights in the area.
“I would like to see more named restaurants in the area, especially at the I40 intersection,” said Burch. She said she would love to help them find some land to get a major restaurant in the area.
“There are already some really good businesses in town,” Burch pointed out. “I am ready and willing to listen to the people that live here and I am ready to do anything to help their businesses grow.”
Burch said that she has served as a commissioner since 2003 and that she enjoys working on the board. It means a lot to her to be so involved in her community since she was born and raised there.
Last December 2012 she retired from Child Protective Services after 30 years in her public service capacity. In an interview last Tuesday Burch said that she has been working on remodeling her house and that she enjoys living in the city limits. Burch’s parents, Cecil and JoAnne Fields, own Cecil’s Exxon in Newton Grove, and have been in business for over 56 years, she said.
It is that work ethic that Burch intends to bring to her new job as mayor, that and the love she already feels for the town and its people.
“I love my small town and I want to help in any way I can,” she stressed. “I am here for suggestions and I plan on being in the office every Wednesday like the current mayor. I plan on being available anytime.” She said she is only a phone call away for anyone who needs her to help them for any reason. And she stressed repeatedly her desire to do whatever it takes to help the town prosper.
She is married to Ted Burch, who is from the Giddensville area, and they have two grown boys. Her husband is the part owner of Burch Farms near Faison. She graduated from Hobbton High School in 1978 and went on to Campbell to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1982.
Serving as a commissioner since 2003 she has been involved in both the sanitation and library departments.
“I want to treat everyone fairly,” said Burch. She said that she is proud to be the first female mayor in Newton Grove and is looking forward to all the challenges that lie ahead.
Emily M. Hobbs can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext. 122 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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