Johnny Southard, above left, was recognized by DMV Commissioner Torre Jessup in a recent ceremony for his 50 years of service.

NCDMV officials celebrate 50-year employee Johnny Southard

Western North Carolina teenagers in 1970 had to visit with Johnny Southard before they could legally get behind the wheel of their Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang or Chevy Cheyenne. They had to pass his test — the Department of Motor Vehicle driving…