Summertime Gardening Presentation Offered

By Lydia Holley

Henderson County Master Gardener Association (HCMGA) will host Stephen Gent on Tuesday, June 19, 5:30 p.m., at the Clint W. Murchison Memorial Library, 121 S. Prairieville, Athens. Gent will present “The Do’s and Don’ts of Summertime Gardening.” This presentation is a part of HCMGA’s “Learn at the Library” series, a series of free gardening presentations open to the public.

Gent is the owner of McDade’s Nursery in Tool, Texas, located on the west side of Cedar Creek Lake. He grew up in England where he a developed a passion for plants and gardening. He has over 20 years of horticultural experience, including publisher for four trade magazines – Nursery Manager, Greenhouse Manager, Garden Centerand Garden Center Products and Supplies.

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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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Around the Town: Master Gardeners at work

By Loretta Humble/Around the Town

We Master Gardeners have been propagating all year, and now we are ready to share with you the fruits of our labor. Okay, maybe I haven’t done my part, but the others have. I’ll do better next year. I promise.

Just show up at the Henderson County Senior Citizen’s Center this Saturday and we will sell you some great plants at great prices and you can meet some of the best people you would ever want to meet who would love to tell you how to grow stuff yourself.

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