The Caldwell County Fiscal Court on Wednesday approved the first reading of a nepotism ordinance into the county’s hiring policies.

“The only thing in the policy book that dealt with nepotism was that the judge(-executive) could not hire a family member,” Judge-Executive Larry Curling said. “We felt like, just to be consistent, we should make it that way for all elected officials.”

The board also approved the second readings of the discontinued service to 965 feet of Lance Nichols Road and 1,010 feet of South Hill Road, making the action official.

The fiscal court also approved the year-end financial statement for the county.

The fiscal court is meeting on Wednesdays to be able to practice social distancing in the main courtroom.

Curling said that the number of COVID-19 cases has gone up noticeably in Caldwell County this month.

“We’ve seen a pretty good uptick of cases in July,” he said. “We had another case (Thursday), so we’ve got 40 cases total. We’ve had more cases in the month of July (25) than we had in the previous four months.”

Curling added that the age range of those in the county with confirmed cases of COVID-19 range from teens to those in their 70s.

The next fiscal court meeting will be at 9 a.m. July 29.