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SWEARING IN TUESDAY

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Re-elected Mayor S. Blaine Willes and three re-elected council members will be sworn into office Tuesday, Jan. 2, at noon.

The ceremony will take place in the council chambers 56 N. State St.Willes overcame a second-place finish in October's primary to beat former Councilwoman Stella Welsh in the Nov. 7 general election.

Willes returns for four more years with council members H. Keith Hunt, who finished ahead of Steven Heinz by less than 40 votes, and Joyce Johnson.

Jim Evans, the other incumbent, had never won a general election before. He was appointed to fill a vacancy left by Paul Washburn in 1988. In 1987, he narrowly missed election to the council, and finished third in October's primary. Many observers saw Evans as vulnerable, but he finished comfortably in second behind Johnson to gain re-election.