Isbell files for another term as county commissioner

S.T. “Red” Isbell has filed for another term as County Commissioner, Precinct 3.He has been a longtime residence of Hutchinson County, moving to the area in 1965. He went to work for J.M. Huber and worked for the company for 31 years. Isbell and wife Paula attended the First Baptist Church in Stinnett until she became ill. He said they still call it their church home. He was also on the Stinnett school board for 10 years and currently delivers Meals on Wheels in the Stinnett area. He said his past experience as a county commissioner qualifies him to continue serving. One of the projects he has taken the most pride in is improvements at the Hutchinson County Courthouse.“I am proud of the improvements we have made to the courthouse,” Isbell said. “Inside we have a chair lift at the north entrance, new lighting, new air conditioning and heating, the windows have been refurbished and painted, the controls on the boiler have been updated, [and the courthouse has] a new phone system and new computer software.”He also said the outside of the building has been power washed and the brick has been tuck pointed. The entrance steps on the east and west sides have been redone with new cast stone balusters and hand rails. New walks have been poured around the courthouse, with new steps going to the streets on the east and north sides, a handicap entrance from the parking lot on the east side, and the parking lot has been sealed and striped.Isbell also said he is proud of the monument on the lawn of the Hutchinson County Courthouse.“Of all the things that have been done, the one I like the most is the monument on the courthouse lawn that was not paid for by tax dollars, but by the generosity of the people and businesses of Hutchinson County,” he said. “Thanks to the committee that worked tirelessly to get it done.”He said he enjoys working for the people of Hutchinson County.“I have always worked,” Isbell said. “When I was young, I had a paper route. As I grew older, I worked on a farm doing whatever needed to be done. I worked in a gas station.”After high school, he started Pop and Sons Insulation with his dad’s help, and a few years later, he went to work for J.M. Huber. He ran Pop and Sons Insulation part-time with his children, Judy, Buddy, and Keith.“I believe in working and getting the job done,” Isbell said.He said he feels his interest in people, his experience in life, and his work ethic qualifies him for the job. He appreciates the men of Precinct 3 and all the work they do for the county.“I enjoy being on the commissioners’ court and working with the other members of the court, all the elected officials and other employees of the county,” Isbell said. “I appreciate the people of Hutchinson County and want to work for them another four years. I would appreciate your vote on April 3, 2012.”