4:27pm

Thu November 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Hustonville Fire Chief Resigns After Dispute

Hustonville finds itself with a new fire chief and fewer volunteer firefighters Thursday after a dispute over one of the town’s two haunted houses boiled over in a post-Halloween meltdown. Mayor Cecil Maddox said he dismissed Chief Stanley Shepperson on Wednesday afternoon, mostly because Shepperson left the fire department open and allowed cast members of the adjacent Hustonville Haunted House to use it as a dressing room during the last few weeks. Shepperson, however, said he resigned the post because the mayor has been giving him grief and meddling in the department’s affairs for the past year. The disagreement over the haunted house was the final straw, he said.