The Henderson County Precinct 1 County Commissioners’ race is headed into the long-hot summer with a runoff between Scotty Thomas and Ken Hayes.
When the votes were counted Tuesday night, Thomas led the 4-man Republican slate with 696 votes. He was followed by Hayes with 662 votes, O.B. Skip Smith with 404 and Ron Welch with 331. The winner of the runoff will face Democrat David McLaun in November.
“I’m excited to be in the runoff. I’m worn out, but ready to go,” Thomas said.
Thomas said he spent Tuesday night watching the Texas Rangers game.
“That had a more disappointing result,” Thomas said.
Hayes said he and Thomas are friends, and he expects that to set the tone for the race.
“I’m excited, and appreciate everyone coming out and supporting me,” Hayes said. “I need them to come back in July.”
Hayes said his Henderson County roots run deep, and he is looking forward to serving the people of Precinct 1, if elected.
The Precinct 1 Commissioner seat is open because of the retirement of Joe Hall, who did not seek a third term. It is the precinct with the most turnover over the last 20 years with William Blakely, Walter Jackson and Bill Faulk all preceding Hall.
In the County Commissioner Precinct 3 race, incumbent Republican Ronny Lawrence won by a comfortable margin, 1,379 votes to 894, over Billy Van Voast. Lawrence will not have an opponent in November.
Tuesday was a tense night for some of the county constables. Norman Terry survived a stiff challenge in the Republican Precinct 2 election from Rodney Henderson, winning 857 votes to 835. No Democrat filed in the race.
Rick Carver outpolled incumbent Precinct 3 Constable incumbent David Grubbs in the Republican Primary, 752 to 636. Carver and Grubbs are headed for a runoff, because of 237 votes for James Lehman.
Incumbent Precinct 1 Democratic Constable Daryl Graham routed Dorothy Houston, 373 to 123, and Precinct 5 Republican Brad Miers defeated Eric Lee Adair, 1,135 to 620.
Longtime County Tax Assessor/Collector Milburn Chaney switched from the Democratic party and won the Primary against Anita Smith 6.095 to 2,172.
Several county incumbents were unopposed in the Republican primary including:
• 3rd District Court Judge Mark Calhoon;
• 392nd District Court Judge Carter Tarrance;
• District Attorney Scott McKee;
• Sheriff Ray Nutt.
Nutt will face former Justice of the Peace Bill Burton in November.
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Third elementary school to replace Athens Intermediate School
The Athens Independent School District school board approved campus realignment Monday that will go into effect for the 2015-16 school year.
While full details of the plan are still being discussed, the district unanimously approved adding a third elementary school, while doing away with the intermediate level.
Laying Splash Pad bricks
Workmen from Rosenberg’s Outdoor Designs of Athens are shown installing bricks purchased by individuals, businesses and other organizations at the Kiwanis Park Splash Pad. Shown, left to right, are: Nick Rosenberg, owner of the company; Jonathan Perez and Gutierrez Concepcion.
Burton’s severance approved
The Athens City Council on Monday narrowly approved a budget amendment from reserves, to fund a severance package for City Administrator Pam Burton who is retiring at the end of 2014.
Mayor Jerry Don Vaught and council members Monte Montgomery and Tres Winn entered yes votes, while Joe Whatley and Charles Elliott opposed the adjustment.
Sanders readies proposed budget
Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders has his proposed budget ready for submission, with the numbers reflecting revenues slightly above last year.
Academically-weighted courses discussed at CRISD meeting
A concern about how elective courses in the Cross Roads Independent School District are academically-weighted was discussed at Monday night's school board meeting to determine a student's class rank.
The board of trustees decided to let the issue extend to a further meeting to work on rewording the change in the student handbook.
McDonald’s coming to Mabank
The corner of North First Street and North Third Street in Mabank is about to look a lot different as a construction crew broke ground Monday.
A formal ceremonial groundbreaking will be held within the next week to welcome McDonald's to the location just off of Highway 175.
Funeral held for 15-year-old drowned Eustace student
Funeral services were held on Sunday for a 15-year-old Eustace student who drowned Thursday evening after diving into Cedar Creek Lake.
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office investigated the drowning. According to reports, a medical emergency call came to 9-1-1 shortly after 5 p.m. from Timber Bay in the Payne Springs area.
PSCA seeks new student enrollment
“Striving to make a difference in each child for eternity,” reads the motto of one local private school seeking new enrollment.
Payne Springs Christian Academy is looking to enroll new students for the 2014-2015 school year.
“We are in need of some kids this year,” said Amanda Beets, a mother of one of the school's current students.
Lightfoot-Miller Cemetery to dedicate historical marker
The Texas Historical Commission, Henderson County Historical Commission and descendants of those who are buried in the Lightfoot-Miller Cemetery invite the public to the dedication of a historical marker at the property.
The observance is set for 10 a.m. on Aug. 2.
‘Party for the Paws’ event great success
The Henderson County Humane Society in Athens as well as Beckham are continuing to celebrate results of the Party For The Paws fundraiser. Beckham is a dog that was recently adopted from the HCHS.
HCHS Treasurer Ellen Barton commends those who were involved in the event’s planning and execution.
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