Early voting starts Tuesday for the November 6 General Election, that features a race for Henderson County Sheriff and other local choices.
The close presidential race between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney is likely to bring out a large turnout, but the 2008 figure of 58.18 percent will be hard to top. Early voters were in the majority in 2008, numbering 15,968 of the 29,993 ballots cast.
Races on the ballot include, U.S. House of Representatives District 5 where the Democrats have lined Linda Mrosko of Mabank to meet incumbent Republican Jeb Hensarling. Republican Sheriff Ray Nutt seeks a second term and is challenged by former Justice of the Peace Bill Burton.
Longtime incumbent Tax Assessor Collector Milburn Chaney is running as the Republican candidate for the first time. He faces Democrat Bryan Barker, who was unopposed in the primary. Precinct 1 County Commissioner is a matchup between Scotty Thomas, who won a Republican runoff in July and Pct. 1 employee Democrat David McGlaun.
In the Precinct 5 Constable’s race incumbent Republican Brad Miers and Democrat Rick Simmons are on the ballot.
Henderson County Elections Administrator Denise Hernandez said judging by the number of mail in ballot requests, interest in the election seems high. Early votes can be cast through November 2 at the following locations
• Seven Points City Hall , 428 E. Cedar Creek Pkwy, Seven Points, 8 a.m to 4 p.m.
• Chandler Community Center, 811 Hwy 31 East, Chandler, 8 am – 5 p.m.
• Henderson Co. Election Center, 201 E. Larkin St., Athens, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Voters will also have two weekend opportunities to cast ballots at the Henderson County Election Center. Those are;
• Saturday, October 27, 2012, 8:00 am–5:00 p.m.
• Sunday, October 28, 2012, 1:00 pm – 5:00 p.m.
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Black Beauty Ranch holds educational spring open house
Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch and Doris Day Equine Center hosted their Spring Open House on April 12 and April 19. Located in Murchison, these entities are both non-profit organizations that specialize in rescue, adoption and providing sanctuary to the unadoptable.
Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ
Jeremiah Roberts portrays Jesus Christ as he carries a cross down Mill Run Road enroute to the Henderson County Square, to re-enact Christ’s resurrection. Hitting him with instruments to illustrate the inhumanity of the day were Tramaine Jordan and C.J. Douglas. Also helping in the effort were Joyce Coleman, Amanda Jordan and a child, Rychis Douglas. All are members of Petersburg Baptist Church.
In the voter’s hands
Elections have come and gone for years without the Athens Municipal Water Authority getting much attention. But this year, the fate of the entity is in the balance.
CCL Rotary offers non-profit grants
The Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake offers a wide variety of grants to local non-profit organizations in Henderson County and Kaufman County.
Man arrested near GBC for resisting
The Henderson County Sheriff's Department responded to a disturbance involving an assault on Friday, April 18 at about 4:38 a.m. The assault occurred in the 100 block of Wedgewood Loop in the Oak Harbor Subdivision near Gun Barrel City.
Darin Karl found Thursday on Cedar Creek Lake
The body of a 42-year-old man who had been missing in Cedar Creek Lake was recovered on Thursday.
The drowning victim was identified as Darin Lynn Karl of Kemp. According to Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt, Karl and his nephew were fishing near Cedar Creek Country Club when the boat overturned, ejecting the men.
AISD approves moving monthly meeting, additional drug testing
Discussion on meal prices for the 2014-15 school year was pulled from Thursday's Athens Independent School District Board of Trustees agenda but other items were approved that will bring about change in the district.
By unanimous decision, the school board approved changes to the scheduled date for its monthly meetings; additional drug testing on the high school campus and modification to the graduation policy.
Prescription Drug Take Back Day April 26
On Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Athens Police Department and Keep Athens Beautiful will host the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, giving the public its seventh opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft.
Feud between Tool VFDs extends to city council
The two volunteer fire departments in Tool have been dueling for 11 years. The feud between the two departments started in 2003, when the citizens of Tool voted to establish Emergency Service District No. 4. According to reports, this was about the same time the Tool Volunteer Fire Department was established.
Would Lake Athens residents suffer if city controls water?
Members of Lake Athens Property Owners Association have been watching the dispute between the City of Athens and the Athens Municipal Water Authority uncertain of how this will affect their future.
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