Kemp has a new mayor.
Laura Peace beat incumbent Mayor Donald Kile by a 86 to 64 vote. The Kemp Place 2 City Council seat will be held by incumbent Barry Lummus. Challenger Christi Neal beat incumbent Tommy McSpedden, 77 to 65, for Place 4 on the Kemp Council.
Peace will be sworn in May 14, according to City Secretary Allene Gilmore, and take office on Friday, May 17.
Voters in Kemp also approved a proposition to renew the street sales maintenance tax for another year. Voters voted for the proposition, 108 to 30.
Gun Barrel City will have one new council member, as Marty Goss ran unopposed for his Place 5 at-large council seat. Goss will replace Ronnie Johnson, who chose not to seek re-election.
Voters in Gun Barrel City also went to the polls Saturday to vote on a revision of the City Charter. All eight of the propositions were passed by voters. Changes included implementing a limit of three three-year terms for city council members, as well as other Gun Barrel City boards, including the Economic Development Corporation.
No election was held in Mabank, but that city has a new mayor. City Councilman Jeff Norman will be sworn in as mayor, while longtime Mabank Mayor Larry Teague will be sworn in as a City Council member.
Teague recently chose not to run as mayor, and Norman was appointed to fill the position. The city canceled the election after Norman didn’t draw an opponent.
New city officials in Mabank, Gun Barrel City also elected
Kemp has a new mayor.
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Bursting with beauty
A shining star already in her parents eyes, Geraldine Nieto displayed her ray of beauty Sunday in Tyler to claim top status in the Sunburst Talent/Beauty Contest.
The 5-year-old Athens resident is the daughter of Jaime and Karla Nieto.
Dozens attend council meeting for recovery, transfer station
Nathan Bullard, owner of Yellow Box Environmental LLC, was at Gun Barrel City Hall to explain future development plans for property located at 546 Gun Barrel Lane.
Bullard said he wanted to introduce himself and his company to the neighbors who own property close to his project.
Bullard was on hand to inform the public and address any concerns about the company’s plan to build a recovery and transfer station.
Commissioners sign proclamation for San Jacinto Day
The battle of the Alamo may be the best remembered conflict in Texas’ fight for independence, but the battle at San Jacinto closed the deal.
Representatives of the Sons of the Republic of Texas were on hand at the Henderson County Commissioners Court meeting Tuesday in observance of a proclamation, declaring April 21, San Jacinto Day.
Ram to donate $20 per test drive to FFA Organization
On April 26 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. the Ram Truck brand and Elder Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram will host The Next Crop Project fundraising event at the dealership to benefit the National FFA Organization and local FFA chapter leadership programs in Henderson County.
Athens tables large purchase
The Athens City Council Monday tabled awarding a bid for a large piece of equipment that removes asphalt from the surface of paved roads to make way for repairs.
City Director of Utilities Glen Herriage recommended that the council award the bid to RDO Equipment Co. of Irving for a Road Hog cold planer. The RDO bid was for $123,267.06, which is below the budgeted amount of $134,000.
Former TVCC basketball coach Joe Curl passes
Joe Curl, the former head coach of the Lady Cardinal basketball program, passed away at the age of 59 on Monday.
Review earns six awards
The Athens Daily Review was honored with six awards for journalism excellence during the North and East Texas Press Association yearly convention held Thursday-Saturday in Tyler.
Mabank civic leader Alene Gibbs, 94, died Friday
Long time Mabank civic leader Alene Gibbs passed away on Friday, April 11. She was born in Van Zandt County on Jan. 18, 1920. She was 94-years-old.
Here comes the champs!
Friday was a big night for the Eustace FFA at the Henderson County Livestock Show and for Jordyn Costlow, who presented the Grand Champion.
Saturday was payday at HCLS
Payday came Saturday for the youth who placed in the 54th annual Henderson County Livestock Show.
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