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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Good as gold
The Henderson County Farm and Ranch Tour pulls out Tuesday morning as it has for half a century, but this time, from a new location.
A little Hope for West
On Thursday, April 18, West, Texas changed. The small community was shocked and devastated with a fertilizer plant explosion. Lives were lost, hundreds were injured and homes and buildings were flattened.
AISD trustees approve agreements at meeting
Action items were all approved Thursday by the Board of Trustees of Athens Independent School District. The approvals were made at their regular meeting.
A future investment
Harry and Patti Hogue present a check for $500 to go toward the Splash Pad at Kiwanis Park in Athens. The fund-raising effort is nearing the finish line for the $220,000 project, although donations are still being sought. The Splash Pad is expected to be open some time this summer.
Peace officers from across Henderson County gathered on the courthouse square Thursday afternoon to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
Ideas on display
Charles Parker can do some pretty fancy things with your kitchen utensils and old golf clubs.
Parker’s ideas can be seen on display Saturdays at the Athens Farmers Market. This is his third year to bring his crafts to be sold.
iPads trim costs
Keeping pace with new technology, Henderson County Justices of the Peace can potentially save thousands of dollars through the use of iPads.
Fly-in to help with awareness of airport
Mark your calendar for June 1. Athens will be busy with the Old Fiddlers Reunion and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes events.
To make the day complete, the Athens Municipal Airport will be hosting a “Fly-in” on Saturday, June 1. According to organizer Charles Tidmore, the event will give the local community a better awareness and appreciation of the Athens Airport.
AISD hires PBK architects
Athens Independent School District Blake Stiles believes one of the biggest considerations rendered at Thursday’s school board meeting was to choose a company that will carry out construction for security at Athens High School and Athens Middle School. The contractor is known as a construction manager at risk.
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