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May 25, 2012

Primary voting Tuesday

Athens — Ready, set, vote.

The polls open Tuesday at 7 a.m. in the Democratic and Republican Primaries. Henderson County candidates run the gamut from first-timers to long-time incumbents.

Some county voters will be traveling to new polling places for this round of balloting, after the much-debated redistricting process.

Early voting slowed a bit in the final week, according to Election Administrator Denise Herandez’s office. There were 277 early voters on Wednesday, down from more than 400 on opening day. May 14.

The Democrats have lined up three U.S. House District 5 candidates to face unopposed Republican opponent Jeb Hensarling. Trying to earn a spot on the November ballot are, Tom Berry of Dallas and two Henderson County residents, Linda Mrosko of Mabank and Patricia Wallace of Baxter.

Berry ran unsuccessfully against Hensarling in 2010. Mrosko is president of the Henderson County Democratic women. Wallace, 76, earned her spot on the ballot by gathering signatures supporting her candidacy, rather than paying the filing fee.

Henderson County voters will have a say in whether Republican Lance Gooden returns for a second term as Representative of the 4th District in the Texas House.  His primary opponent is Stuart Spitzer, a surgeon from the Athens area.

A portion of western Henderson County now falls into the 10th Texas House served by Republican Jim Pitts.

Pitts has primary opposition in Melton Mathew, Linda Bounds and T.J. Fabby.

The county has a hard-fought contest in the usually-quiet Tax Assessor/Collector race. Longtime incumbent Milburn Chaney is running in the Republican Primary for the first time, with opposition from one of his assistants, Anita Smith. The winner there will face Bryan Barker in the fall.

Precinct 1 County Commissioner Joe Hall is retiring, and four Republicans have lined up for the job. Ken Hayes , O.B. Skip Smith, Scotty Thomas and Ron Welch are the names have filed. The Democrat in the race, David McLaun, will get a walkover to November.

For Commissioner Precinct 3, the incumbent Ronny Lawrence has a challenge from Billy Van Voast.

This is the year for constable races in the county, and Precinct 1 has an interesting Democratic matchup between incumbent Daryl Graham and Trinity Valley Community College Police Chief Dorothy Houston.

Republican contested constable elections are set in:

• Precinct 2, with incumbent Norman Terry, challenged by Rodney Henderson;

• Precinct 3, with incumbent David Grubbs, Rick Carver and James Lehman filed; and

• Precinct 5, where Brad Miers seeks another term against challenger Eric Lee Adair.


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    The Splash Pad at Athens Kiwanis Park has been closed this week, as work is being done that will upgrade the appearance of the surroundings and operation of the facility.
    The pad is now well into its first full summer of operation, and has proven to be a popular spot for youngsters in the city.

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  • ADR logo.tif GBC official asked to resign

    Gun Barrel City resident Carroll Strickland asked Councilman Marty Goss “to do the right thing and resign.”
    Strickland spoke to the GBC council during the citizen's comment portion of the Tuesday evening’s council meeting. Strickland  accused Goss of trying to take over the GBC Economic Development Corporation (EDC).
    In a prepared statement, Strickland said,  “Marty is doing harm to the city's reputation. I am asking the mayor and the city council to do something about the situation.”

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  • ADR logo.tif Nutt says being part of task force has really paid off

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  • ADR logo.tif Unemployment jumps up in HC

    The Henderson County unemployment rate jumped up in July, according to figures from the Texas Workforce Commission.
    The Henderson County unemployment rate of 5.7 percent was an increase of .4 percent over June. The county saw both an increase in the size of the workforce and the number without jobs.

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  • 7-24 gbc.jpeg Gift card to Chili’s

    Ralph Fortner, Chairman of the Gun Barrel City Chapter of the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, presents Jamie Snuffer a gift card to Chili's Restaurant in Gun Barrel City. Fortner was thanking Snuffer for her volunteer efforts on behalf of the GBC Chamber Chapter during the recent July Fest held in GBC. Snuffer is the secretary for the CCLACC Ambassadors.

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  • 7-23 Coaches at Kiwanis.jpg Coaches speak to Kiwanis Club

    Trinity Valley Community College Volleyball Coach Tosha Spain and Softball Coach Ashley Johnston were guest speakers at the Athens Kiwanis Club on Tuesday. The volleyball season begins in August, and the softball team starts its 30-game fall schedule in September.

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  • 7-23 Victoria.jpg Emotional response given to Victoria's death

    The tragic news of 4-year-old Victoria Wyatt’s violent death set off an emotional response on Monday, with words of consolation for the child’s family and anger at the girl’s mother who admitted to taking her life. But mostly sorrow at the loss of one so young.

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  • ADR logo.tif AISD readies for annual backpack distribution

    Athens Independent School District and the Help Center are teaming up once again to provide backpacks and supplies to students in need.
    The annual Back-to-School Bash is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9 at the Athens High School gym during the family fun day.

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    Grace House of Cedar Creek Lake, a faith-based transitional home for women, held an open house on Monday evening. The facility for women is 6,000 square feet on 13 acres in Tool.
    Grace House includes a kitchen and a classroom equipped with computers for training and practice, as well as dorm-type rooms for the residents.

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