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Council can't fudge on crucial vote

Connie Backlund takes a sample for the fudge challenge. Connie Backlund takes a sample for the fudge challenge.

It started with talk about fudge. Then it became a challenge.

Ron Davis and Jimmy Chandler, members of the Flat Rock Village Council, both said their moms made the best fudge. The obvious solution: A Fudge Off, as Chandler dubbed it. There was a brief discussion about nut allergies. "Ron and I discussed it but we could not adulterate our mother's recipe by leaving out the nuts," Chandler said. The fudge was laid out, labeled A and B. Ballots were handed out.


Tension was as thick as chocolate batter.

"I'm very concerned to start out my time on the council with such a contentious vote," said Sheryl Jamerson, who has been sworn in minutes earlier.

Voters selected, chewed and tasted. They included Connie Backlund, shown in the photo. They voted. The recipe from Sarah Chandler won. It was 8-7. Victory, Jimmy Chandler said, was sweet.