Former Houston County Commissioner Dead at 80

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - Wylie Yelverton, who spent nearly two decades as Houston County's first black commissioner, died Tuesday after a long illness. He was 80.

Yelverton, who was elected commissioner in 1986, died at about 3 p.m. in hospice care.

Houston County Coroner Robert Byrd said a heart condition contributed to Yelverton's death.

During his tenure, Yelverton took up the causes of keeping Southeast Alabama Medical Center a public hospital and fighting against a fertilizer plant residents claimed was contaminating the air near their homes.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete.

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