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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Knife-wielding man arrested
The Athens Police Department arrested a 34-year-old man who allegedly entered an apartment early Saturday and injured another man using a pocket knife.
Henderson County Rural Resource Fair
When you find yourself in need of help, it's important to know where to go. The need to know is what drew a crowd to the Trinidad ISD cafeteria Monday morning.
Approximately 30 non-profit vendors were on hand for the first Rural Resource Fair. The vendors were there to provide information to the public about available resources in Henderson County.
Eight ladies are in Garland to teach the word of Christ to the area’s Arabic-speaking population.
Makaye Key of Eustace is part of a group of ladies known as the G.M.A.’s or Girls Missionary Auxilary.
Former Pct. 5 JP dies
Judy Newman, who served as Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace for parts of three decades, died Thursday at age 75.
City of Tool re-zones property for new Dollar General Store
After an hour-long public hearing, the Tool City Council voted to re-zone property located at 1301 S. Tool Dr. (Highway 274) from residential to commercial. This re-zoning was a required condition for a proposed Dollar General Store.
Broken water main
City of Athens crewmembers worked in falling rain to fix a broken 8-inch cast-iron water main near the intersection of Barker Street and Faulk Street in Athens Thursday. Workers believed the reason for the break was the age of the water main. Shown are workers Jonathan Davila, Eric Davis and Marion Klutts. Also present was Dean Burkhalter.
Mover convicted for stealing goods
A family’s nightmare finally came to an end on June 25 when John Junior Smith, formerly of Tyler, was sentenced to eight years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for his role in defrauding a family who had hired him to move them.
Assistant District Attorney Justin Weiner prosecuted the case. Smith was sentenced in the 173rd Judicial District Court with Judge Dan Moore presiding.
Back to School Bash needs donations to help children
For the second year Leslie Ward has been organizing the Back to School Bash at Cedar Creek Lake. Her goal this year is to provide free hair cuts, immunizations, bibles, backpacks, school supplies and bags of food to 700 local children.
CCLACC new member
The Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Friday for new member LaQuinta Inns & Suites in Gun Barrel City. Friends, family and chamber members help Nadina and Reema Patel cut the ribbon. The hotel is owned by Jay Patel and Vimal Patel. Sarah Turner is the general manager of the hotel.
Speaker at Rotary Club of CCL
Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake President Erin Osborn (right) welcomed Pastor Nancy Schoenle as speaker to the Friday Rotary Club meeting. Pastor Nancy is the Director at The Genesis Center. The center is a faith based shelter for women. Genesis provides safety and shelter for victims of domestic violence. The Center serves Kaufman and Henderson County. Amanda Michael (center) has lived at the shelter for 10 months. For information The Genesis Center call Pastor Nancy at 972-932-4351.
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