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Arispe mayor resigns

Published: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 11:43 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 1:32 p.m. CDT

Michael Fry — the Arispe mayor charged with fourth-degree theft in October after allegedly compromising a credit card from Southern Prairie Solid Waste — signed documentation Thursday resigning from his elected office.

Fry was the chairman of the Southern Prairie Solid Waste board. He allegedly used the agency’s credit card to purchase gasoline for his personal vehicle four times in September and twice in October. The total improper charges to the agency account is estimated at $330.

Fry’s resignation as Arispe mayor comes shortly after Union County Attorney Tim Kenyon supsended Fry from his mayoral duties and filed a petition to remove him as mayor.

Moving forward, Mayor Pro Tem Darcy Johnson will continue mayoral duties for Fry whose term was to expire in 2015.

It’s still unknown as of 10 a.m. this morning whether the Arispe City Council — in light of this resignation — can appoint a new mayor or if a special election will be held. The News Advertiser will update this story when that information becomes available.

A pretrial conference in Fry’s theft case is scheduled 10:30 a.m. Jan. 30 at the Union County Courthouse. A trial is slated for 9:30 a.m. March 3.

Missing Creston woman located
Brooke Carter — the 23-year-old female from Creston who went missing Sunday — has been located.

Creston Police Department reported her found Thursday when she arrived for her court date in Union County. No further details have been released.
YMCA Jumpstart Jam
The Southern Prairie YMCA's Jumpstart Jam kicks off 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 4. The free event allows visitors and members to sample fitness classes, swim in the pool and take part in a variety of games and activities.

"We did our open house last year and it was very successful," said YMCA Welcome Center Supervisor Raquel Linch. "It gives people a chance to try a variety of different fitness classes and not feel the pressure of committing."

The event will also feature drawings for memberships and personal training sessions, a silent auction, child care and sign up for the smartest loser challenge.

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