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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Emotional response given to Victoria's death
The tragic news of 4-year-old Victoria Wyatt’s violent death set off an emotional response on Monday, with words of consolation for the child’s family and anger at the girl’s mother who admitted to taking her life. But mostly sorrow at the loss of one so young.
AISD readies for annual backpack distribution
Athens Independent School District and the Help Center are teaming up once again to provide backpacks and supplies to students in need.
The annual Back-to-School Bash is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9 at the Athens High School gym during the family fun day.
Open house at Grace House transition location
Grace House of Cedar Creek Lake, a faith-based transitional home for women, held an open house on Monday evening. The facility for women is 6,000 square feet on 13 acres in Tool.
Grace House includes a kitchen and a classroom equipped with computers for training and practice, as well as dorm-type rooms for the residents.
MISD approves re-election order
The Malakoff Independent School Board of Trustees approved their order of elections on Monday, as all five members are up for re-election on Nov. 4.
President Jason Dalrymple, Vice President Gary Woolverton, Secretary Daymon Sims and Rick Vieregge (appointed to fill Todd LaRue's seat) are the four spots up for the 4-year terms. LaRue resigned from the board on June 16.
Tim Mattingly, who was appointed in February, is up for election to fill the remaining two years of that term.
BISD tax rate, meal prices remain same
The tax rate for Brownsboro Independent School District is expected to remain the same for the 2014-15 school year following Monday's school board meeting.
Superintendent Dr. Chris Moran recommended the rate of $1.46 per $100 evaluation remain in place, despite a slight increase in the preliminary budget.
The maintenance and operations rate will remain at $1.17, while the interest and sinking rate remains 29 cents.
County names those to fill unexpired terms
The Henderson County Commissioners Court named individuals to fill unexpired terms on two boards during a brief meeting on Tuesday.
The court confirmed Gregorio Galvan as a new member of the Henderson County Library Advisory Board. Galvan, the owner and operator of Papa Tilo’s restaurant, will serve the remainder of the term vacated by Gloria Glaspy.
Howard named top assistant in Region 7
The Texas Association of Secondary School Principals recognizes outstanding principals and assistant principals from the 20 regional education service centers in the state each year.
School administrators are nominated and chosen by their peers within their regions, and then applications from these recipients are reviewed by the TASSP Principal Image Committee who selects the finalists.
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.
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