Athens Review, Athens, Texas

November 6, 2013

Area votes tallied

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — Some Henderson County municipalities had local issues to decide on Tuesday, in addition to the state constitutional amendment proposals.

A little more than eight percent of the voters in the county turned out for the election, a total that was likely bolstered by a smattering of local issues.

Gun Barrel City decided the local option question of whether to allow the legal sale of mixed beverages in restaurants by food and beverage operators. The total vote was 162 to 64. Most of the ballots were cast early, with only 66 voting on election day.

Malakoff voted to create a crime control and prevention district, and allow a sales-and-use tax to fund it for a period of five years. The proposal passed 56 to 17.

City council elections were held in Coffee City, Tool and Payne Springs. Coffee City chose Adam Richard Gonzales in Place 2 in a 4-candidate race. Gonzales polled 83 votes to 61 for Sandy Atteberry,  23 for L. Savage and seven for Lee David Mitchell. Pam Drost ran unopposed in Place 4.

In Payne Springs, three council seats were filled. Ron Sprahlinger, with 35 votes, Linda Carr, with 34 and Ethel Hagin with 27, were the winners. David Renberg, who gained eight votes and Joshua Renberg, who gathered three, filed for the election and later announced that they were no longer candidates.

Tool elected Tamra Brickey Major, defeating A.J. “Red” Phillips 86 to 77. The two city council seats were won by Donny Daniel, with 93 votes and Nathan Reeder, with 81.

Voters in Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 approved the sale of beer and wine for off-premises consumption, only, by a 536-to-444 vote. A proposition creating Emergency Services District No. 7 in the area served by the North 19 Volunteer Fire Department carried, 69 to 56.