Athens Review, Athens, Texas

November 7, 2012

Winners announced

County’s elected city council, school board members, along with results on alcohol-related issues given

Kathi Nailling
The Athens Review

Athens — Henderson County voters went to the polls to vote in a number of local elections. Three townships were voting on alcohol-related issues.

Voters in the City of Chandler passed the proposition to legally sell beer and wine for off-premises consumption only 586 to 422.  The voters in Chandler also passed the legal sale of mixed beverages in restaurants by food and beverage certification holders, by 613 to 399.

Trinidad citizens passed an off-premises consumption vote for beer and wine, 203 to 107.

The voting trend continued in Malakoff, when voters passed all beverages off-premises consumption 285 to 263.

Rick Vieregge will return to the Malakoff School Board with 1,204 votes. Joining Vieregge on the board will be Billy Sparks, 1,097 votes, and Michael Monroe, 213. David Hennessee received 75 votes, and Stacey Killough garnished 9.

The citizens of Tool were asked to pick three council members. The top three vote-getters were A.J. “Red” Phillips with 263 votes, Fran Sonka, 221, and Ricky Williams received 169.  The others on the ballot were Cindy Clounch, 150 votes, and Tamra Brickey, 121. 

Fran Sonka was elected to a full term, after filling an unexpired term.

“I appreciate the chance to serve the city. I am always available to help the city. I love Tool,” said Sonka.

Cross Roads Independent School District voters went to the polls to defeat a bond election 503 against 408 for.  The bond was for an all-purpose facility including a gym and new-lighted parking.

The CRISD Board of Trustees had four openings on their board. The top vote-getters were William Russell Giles, 383, Shelly Robertson, 382, Scott McCurley, 332, and Darren Hims, 295. The remaining candidates were  Randy Norwood, 264, Pam Underhill Cole, 257, Gayle Harmon, 176 and John Weaver, 154.

The City of Murchison voted Deanna Benson as their Mayor. She received 154 votes against her opponent, Mike Hill, who got 52 votes. Murchison Independent School District had four positions to fill on the Trustee Board. Gayla Roberts, with 119 votes, and Lloyd Smith, with 108, will serve 2-year terms on the Board. Nancy McCall received 136, and Sheryl Sims, 104, will serve 4-year terms on the Murchison ISD Board of Trustees.

Brownsboro Independent School District had three trustee positions available. Filling those seats will be Scott Williams, 2,427 votes, Michele Rinehart, 1,617, and Steve Sanders, 1,455. Tammy Anderson lost her bid for a trustee seat with 1,145 votes.

In county news, the Payne Springs Fire Rescue failed to garnish enough votes to increase the EDS tax by three cents. The current tax is three cents. The VFD was asking for another three cents from taxpayers. 

Payne Springs Fire Chief Randy Harley wrote on the PSFR Facebook page, “Payne Springs  VFD is going to survive. We are a strong bunch of dedicated volunteers that put our lives on the line for the community each and every day. It is sad that most don't understand, or see what it takes. The ESD tax increase failed today.  Oh well, they will have to deal with changes. We will have to do what it takes to get the necessary funds to run the department. I love this community.”

The voters in Henderson County also decided to ban free range for hogs, sheep and goats. The proposition won with a vote of 14,242 for, and 7,920 against.