A new face and a familiar face took office July 1 as newly-elected members of Independence Town Council.
Jeremy Walters, a write-in candidate, and Buddy Halsey, after a four year hiatus, attended their first council meeting July 13.
Walters, 32, is employed as a machinist with GE Aviation in West Jefferson, N.C. He is married with a five-year-old son.
Walters is a member of the Independence Volunteer Fire Department and line officer. His hobbies include mountain biking, bass fishing, softball and spending time with his family.