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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Third elementary school to replace Athens Intermediate School
The Athens Independent School District school board approved campus realignment Monday that will go into effect for the 2015-16 school year.
While full details of the plan are still being discussed, the district unanimously approved adding a third elementary school, while doing away with the intermediate level.
Laying Splash Pad bricks
Workmen from Rosenberg’s Outdoor Designs of Athens are shown installing bricks purchased by individuals, businesses and other organizations at the Kiwanis Park Splash Pad. Shown, left to right, are: Nick Rosenberg, owner of the company; Jonathan Perez and Gutierrez Concepcion.
Burton’s severance approved
The Athens City Council on Monday narrowly approved a budget amendment from reserves, to fund a severance package for City Administrator Pam Burton who is retiring at the end of 2014.
Mayor Jerry Don Vaught and council members Monte Montgomery and Tres Winn entered yes votes, while Joe Whatley and Charles Elliott opposed the adjustment.
Sanders readies proposed budget
Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders has his proposed budget ready for submission, with the numbers reflecting revenues slightly above last year.
Academically-weighted courses discussed at CRISD meeting
A concern about how elective courses in the Cross Roads Independent School District are academically-weighted was discussed at Monday night's school board meeting to determine a student's class rank.
The board of trustees decided to let the issue extend to a further meeting to work on rewording the change in the student handbook.
McDonald’s coming to Mabank
The corner of North First Street and North Third Street in Mabank is about to look a lot different as a construction crew broke ground Monday.
A formal ceremonial groundbreaking will be held within the next week to welcome McDonald's to the location just off of Highway 175.
Funeral held for 15-year-old drowned Eustace student
Funeral services were held on Sunday for a 15-year-old Eustace student who drowned Thursday evening after diving into Cedar Creek Lake.
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office investigated the drowning. According to reports, a medical emergency call came to 9-1-1 shortly after 5 p.m. from Timber Bay in the Payne Springs area.
PSCA seeks new student enrollment
“Striving to make a difference in each child for eternity,” reads the motto of one local private school seeking new enrollment.
Payne Springs Christian Academy is looking to enroll new students for the 2014-2015 school year.
“We are in need of some kids this year,” said Amanda Beets, a mother of one of the school's current students.
Lightfoot-Miller Cemetery to dedicate historical marker
The Texas Historical Commission, Henderson County Historical Commission and descendants of those who are buried in the Lightfoot-Miller Cemetery invite the public to the dedication of a historical marker at the property.
The observance is set for 10 a.m. on Aug. 2.
‘Party for the Paws’ event great success
The Henderson County Humane Society in Athens as well as Beckham are continuing to celebrate results of the Party For The Paws fundraiser. Beckham is a dog that was recently adopted from the HCHS.
HCHS Treasurer Ellen Barton commends those who were involved in the event’s planning and execution.
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