By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times
A large crowd from Webster and area counties turned out Friday morning for a ribbon cutting and open house at U.S Rep. Trent Kelly’s district office in the Eupora Depot.
The office is located the middle room of the Depot and is staffed by the Rev. Willy Weddle, local field representative for the 1st District congressman from Saltillo. Lara Bowman, director of The Enterprise, also had an open house for her office on the east end of the building. The Enterprise is the community and economic development organization serving Webster, Choctaw and Montgomery counties.
“I count it an honor to be part of such a great team,” said Weddle, who called Friday a great day.
Mayor Dan Burchfield expressed thanks to Kelly for the opportunity given Eupora to have a field office here and referred to the three Enterprise counties as one community.
“We are very thankful you have decided to come to this area and to have this historic building filled with both offices,” said Burchfield. He also said a wealth of information is available through the two offices in the Depot, adding, “This is a win-win situation for everybody.”
Kelly thanked Weddle for taking time to serve as a field representative and said he wanted to have an office within 45 minutes of anyone in his 22-county district in order to better serve constituents. The congressman also has district offices in Columbus, Hernando and Tupelo, and announced plans to open two more in Farmington (Alcorn County) and Oxford.
“Our field representatives … can’t fix all your problems but can get your information to the person who can,” Kelly said.
Weddle urged anyone who needs assistance with a federal agency to contact him at the Eupora district office. The phone number is 258-7240 and Weddle may also be contacted at 662-687-1545. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and the mailing address for the office is 855 S. Dunn St., Eupora, MS 39744.
Kelly has ties to the city and the Weddle family. His wife is the former Shelia Stephens of Eupora. Additionally, Weddle’s son, John, was an assistant district attorney under Kelly and succeeded him as district attorney in the 1st Circuit Court District.
The ribbon cutting with local dignitaries was held inside because of inclement weather and refreshments were served afterwards by both offices in the Depot.