We are blessed in Lawrence County with natural beauty and small-town appeal, and both are part of County Commission District 1.
The district includes the incorporated cities of Loretto and St. Joseph along with areas east and west of them, respectively. A network of streams covers the district: Branches with “first names” including Clax, Yeager, Stillhouse, Caney, Big, and Ricketts. Little Bluewater Creek is part of St. Joseph’s eastern boundary, and it flows into Bluewater Creek, which is known for being clear, pure and scenic.
County Commissioner Wayne Yocom considers that creek and the opportunity to swim, play and fish in it a great blessing to the people in his district. He and his parents grew up in the area. His grandfather’s farm was bordered by Bluewater, and one of the bridges over it was once called “Yocom’s Ford.”
Wayne also counts family and friends as blessings. Some date back to his years at St. Joseph Elementary. His four children attended South Lawrence, and graduated Loretto High School as he did in 1974.
At left: County Commissioner Wayne Yocom, who represents District 1. Learn more about him and the district in upcoming posts.