Donalds Mayor Billy Kennedy stands in front of an old potato house, one of his current projects. Mayor Kennedy plans to restore the potato house, once used to store sweet potatoes, standing behind Grange Hall.
(Maddy Jones | Index-Journal)
Donalds Mayor Billy Kennedy stands in front of an old potato house, one of his current projects. Mayor Kennedy plans to restore the potato house, once used to store sweet potatoes, standing behind Grange Hall. (Maddy Jones | Index-Journal)

DONALDS - Hefting the trash bag into the back of his truck outside town hall, Donalds Mayor Billy Kennedy shrugs when asked what he's doing.
"Just picking up the cans," he said. "Somebody's got to."
Going from supervising nearly 80 employees as a production manager for Timken Co. to a town staff of precisely zero employees was a difficult transition. But Kennedy understands duty.


He served on the Donalds Town Council for 30 years. Since he was 21, Kennedy was away from council for only four years. Now in his first term as mayor, Kennedy spoke firmly of the importance of civic duty.
"I don't think there's enough of that," Kennedy said. "I wish more people were willing to stand up and get active."

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