Clay County government is getting off to a slow start this year, and a ladder is to blame.
County Commissioner Harold "Buddy" Knox, doing some work on his barn's roof, took a spill when the ladder went one way and he went another.
"I violated a cardinal rule of setting up a ladder and now I'm paying for it," Knox said. "I was stepping down from the roof onto the ladder, and I fell."
Knox said that he fell 10 to 12 feet from the roof, enough to fracture his pelvic bone.
"However far it was, it was far enough," he said. "It hurt."
Knox, who took the fall on New Year's night, was released from the hospital Saturday. Doctors told him that given time, he would heal on his own without any surgery or traction.
"I'm fortunate enough for that," he explained, "but I'm gonna be on crutches for three months while it heals up."
Because of the fall, yesterday's County Commissioners meeting was postponed. Commissioner Daryl Andrews said that the decision was made out of respect as much as anything.
"The first meeting of the year, I think, is the most important one," Andrews said. "There are several appointments to be made. A lot of these positions are very important. With all of these important decisions happening, I think it's important for someone with Buddy's experience to be there."
Andrews said that a date for a "make-up" Commissioners meeting has not been set.