Bell beats Spitzer in State Rep. race

Unofficial results show Keith Bell defeating Stuart Spitzer in the District 4 State Representatives race, 7,892 – 5,508.

Bell beat Spitzer 4,816 – 2,754 in Kaufman County. The vote was closer in Henderson County where Bell had a 3,076 – 2,754 edge.

And yes, according to the Secretary of State’s Office Tuesday night, Spitzer received the same number of votes in both counties.

These results are even more unofficial than normal because a district judge on Monday signed an order seizing nearly 600 absentee ballots in Kaufman County at the request of the State Attorney General’s Office. There have been allegations made of election fraud in the March 6 Primary and the May 7 Terrell ISD School Board election.

Officials with the AG’s Office and the Texas Rangers are expected to be in Kaufman County Wednesday to inspect the ballots.

Unofficial Henderson County primary election results

Early Voting plus 27 of 27 Precincts Reporting (Henderson County Only)


U.S. Representative, District 5
Lance Gooden – 4,035
Bunni Pounds – 2,559

State Representative, District 4
Keith Bell – 3,076
Stuart Spitzer – 2,754

County Commissioner, Pct. 2
Scott Tuley – 850
David Conner – 816

Justice of the Peace, Pct. 5
Patrick Gresham – 596
Belinda Garrison Brownlow – 673


Lupe Valdez – 423
Andrew White – 262

Hayden Elder honored with 2018 Livestock Show Catalog Dedication

Henderson County Livestock Show Past President Danny Davis, left, presents Hayden Elder with a plaque in honor of his selection for the 2018 Catalog Dedication Tuesday afternoon.

The following comes from the Henderson County Livestock Show website: 

Hayden Elder and Elder Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Athens were selected as the 2018 Catalog Dedicatees. Hayden’s community service has been known for years. Whether it be supporting the schools of the county, sports programs, 4H programs, FFA chapters, the annual PRCA rodeo in Athens, the Henderson County Livestock Show and many other activities throughout Henderson County, Hayden, his family and Elder Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is always ready to help.

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Obituary: Reuben Richards

Graveside services for Reuben Richards, 87, of Athens are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Patterson Cemetery near Corsicana, Texas with Bro. Mike Curry officiating. Services are under the direction of Hannigan Smith Funeral Home of Athens.

Mr. Richards went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Athens.

Reuben Edward Richards was born January 31, 1931 in Emhouse, Texas the son of Reuben Dave Richards and Ada Mae Carroll Richards. He was a Veteran of the United States Army and later worked for the United States Treasury Department in both Kansas City, Kansas and Austin, Texas where he retired in 1995. He married the love of his life Virginia Ann Biggers on June 6, 1958, he loved the Lord and was a dedicated member of the Lake Athens Baptist Church. Reuben was an avid sportsman who truly enjoyed taking his boat out on several lakes to fish and was a big Dallas Cowboy and Texas Longhorn fan. He had a passion for listening to gospel, bluegrass and country music and also sitting in his chair watching the many kinds of birds that he fed in his backyard.

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TVCC releases honors lists

Trinity Valley Community College announces the honors list recipients for the Spring 2018 semester. Recipients are listed alphabetically by hometown:


ALBA: Jason Angler, Yoselin Rios.

ARLINGTON: Peytton A. Pickett.

ATHENS: Ideal Ademaj, Samantha Banuelos, Celia Banuelos-Martin, Trevor J. Baumgartner, Caitlin E. Bomer, William P. Boyd, Sheigh L. Cassidy, Gianella A. Castaneda, Madeline L. Clay, Landon E. Criner, Ryan J. Donet, Stephen C. Flood, Diana P. Giordani, Emelia M. Guerra, Natalie M. Harrell, Tamya N. Hubbard, Daimu Iwata, Breonna J. Jackson, Jarod C. Jenkins, Lexie C. Johnson, Tricia R. Johnson, Jeannie K. Keith, Adrianne L. Kinabrew, Jackie R. Kramer, Yuvia K. Leon, Amy N. Lopez, Allison J. Martinez, Jasmine N. Martinez, Kathryn A. Martinez, Jessica D. McCuin, Licsi G. Mejia, Hiroyuki Mishima, Maria L. Nicolau, Katelynn M. Owen, Jesse J. Petri, Sarah A. Pineda, Chandler F. Rowan, Mayuko Shinohara, Brianna N. Shultz, Holly L. Shumate, Miguel S. Tabuso, Benjamin R. Vandercolft, Nolan D. Whitley.

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