Feb

15

Posted by : admin | On : February 15, 2018

Commissioners Ken Geeslin, Chuck McHam, SAR-Athens hapter president Bill Sekel, County Judge Richard Sanders, SAR member Charles Luna, Wade McKinney and Ken Hayes line up to sign the proclamation they unanimously agreed to Tuesday.

Commissioners Ken Geeslin, Chuck McHam, SAR-Athens hapter president Bill Sekel, County Judge Richard Sanders, SAR member Charles Luna, Wade McKinney and Ken Hayes line up to sign the proclamation they unanimously agreed to Tuesday.

Bill Sekel, president of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Athens Chapter presents a proclamation to Commissioners' Court celebrating Feb. 22, 2018 as the 28th anniversary of the birth of George Washington, the father of our country.

Bill Sekel, president of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Athens Chapter presents a proclamation to Commissioners’ Court celebrating Feb. 22, 2018 as the 28th anniversary of the birth of George Washington, the father of our country.


By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–Those attending Henderson County Commissioners’ Court Tuesday witnessed Democracy in action as residents of County Road 4506 in Precinct 4 took turns presenting testimony during a public hearing Tuesday considering the closure of 210 feet of roadway.
Usually, no one affected by decisions under consideration attends Commissioners’ Court to speak during a public hearing, noted Judge Richard Sanders.
However, four citizens, armed with aerial maps, arguments about how the closure would effect trash pick-ups, school children riding the bus and mail delivery, the dimensions of a bus turnaround area through the “half acre” the property owner is trying to reclaim would take up most that space; and a property owner barely maintaining a nine-acre farm property with a farmhouse on which he pays annual taxes and electricity testified how the closure would cut him off from that property.
The five-year owner of the property, who requested the closure to enable a fence line and better use of what he described as a half-acre, also got his say before the Commissioners’ Court. When all had been heard in the public hearing scheduled for 9:25 a.m., commissioners closed the hearing to discuss and consider any motion proffered.
Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin offered three points to consider in the case before the request to close “the last 210 feet of CR 4506” died for lack of a motion. Geeslin pointed out that mapping services whether made by the appraisal district or from online computer services are not without faults, lacking crucial information. Secondly, the continuance of CR 4506 beyond the 210 feet proposed for closure has not been maintained by the county for at least 20 years and is basically a sugar sand road, though parts still maintain some asphalt. By the county’s rules a road not maintained for longer than 10 years is considered abandoned. However, the county cannot leave any property owner landlocked. Lastly, Precinct 4 did something Geeslin said he hopes will become common place throughout the county. It posted a road sign informing local residents of the public hearing scheduled to consider the request for road closure.
After the meeting adjourned, Geeslin told The News that he told residents reaching out to him on the matter to come up with a plan and present their case to the court – which they did. Later, they came to realize that by the issue lacking a motion, they had won their case.
In other action, commissioners:
• proclaimed Feb. 22, 2018 President George Washington Day in commemoration of the 286th anniversary of his birth. SAR members noted it was his leadership during the eight-year Revolutionary War which ultimately won the nation’s independence from the most powerful country in the world; he resisted the efforts of those who sought to make him a king and instead used his influence and power as Continental Congress president to support the creation and adoption of the Constitution of the United States; was elected the first President of the United States, serving two four-year terms and became the exemplar of distinguished leadership for all future presidents and in recognition of his devotion, wisdom, brilliance, courage and vision, acknowledge his contribution and relevance of his life for the preservation of democracy in today’s complex world.
“He (George Washington) was instrumental in how we run our government today,” Sanders respinded.
• refunded requests for overpayment of taxes totaling $8,582.64. One of those requests came from a property owner who is conducting an “eco-lab study” on the flora and fauna on his property. “Our chief appraiser has worked to remove that as a loophole but has not had a whole lot of luck with it,” Sanders said. The added ag exemption on two lots inside Star Harbor is to be for a specific period of time, which the appraiser has flagged for removal at the proper time, he added.
• accepted tax resale deeds of two lots in Porters Bluff Estates in Precinct 2 that had already been approved by Eustace ISD.
• agreed to set a 35-mph speed limit on a one-mile portion of CR 4622, south of Athens off SH 19 near the intersection of Millrun, which is already set at 35 mph. “The signs will go up today,” Geeslin said for the benefit of the citizen who spoke for the measure during the public hearing.
• praised Sheriff Botie Hillhouse for passing a surprise Jail Standards inspection for the seventh time in a row.
• accepted certain replats in Precinct 2 in Thurman Estates and the Forest Glen Addition.
• paid bills totaling $12,208.40 in 2017 and $185,336.99 in 2018.

Feb

15

Posted by : admin | On : February 15, 2018

Roderick Young lightenedMatthew Risler lightened
The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–Two separate traffic stops Feb. 8 netted arrests of suspected drug dealers. Henderson County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man in Athens after finding him in possession of 35 “white rocks” believed to be crack cocaine.
Investigators David Robertson and Raymond Yockey also discovered a large sum of cash when the suspect was arrested and charged with a first-degree felony.
Roderick Young, 47, was released the following day on a $10,000 bond.
A second arrest of a suspected dealer in methamphetamines was made in the Thunderbird Shores subdivision near Gun Barrel City Feb. 8. Matthew Risler, 31, was stopped in his vehicle.
Deputy Matthew Jistel found him with a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamines, a digital scale and several empty plastic baggies commonly used to distribute the drug.
Risler faces a second-degree felony charge for manufacturing and delivering under 4 grams for dealing the drugs. In addition, Michael Box, 37, also from the Gun Barrel City area, was arrested and charged with a third-degree felony for hindering the Risler arrest, who was already wanted on an outstanding warrant for a parole violation. He is currently being held without bond.

Feb

08

Posted by : admin | On : February 8, 2018

By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
AUSTIN–The realignments and reclassifications came out Thursday, Feb. 1 for upcoming football and basketball seasons in Texas from 2018 through 2020.
The new redrawing of districts and boosts in attendance will affect some local teams here in the Cedar Creek Lake area.
One big move is that the Kemp Yellowjackets’ football team will now be moved into a new district alongside the Eustace Bulldogs and the Malakoff Tigers. Along with those three schools are Dallas A+, Dallas Life Oak Cliff and Dallas Madison.
The Yellowjackets exceeded everyone’s expectations this past season, going 13-2, advancing all the way to the State semifinals in football against the Brock Eagles.
’Jackets Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Brandon Hankins says he is happy with the new realignment and expects it to be competitive.
“It is a tough district, but the competition will be good for our kids,” Hankins said. “I am also happy about the travel. I think it is about the same competitive-wise, we came from a really good district the last two years.”
Hankins also said bringing back some not-so-distant rivals will be an added bonus.
“It will be fun to bring back some of the old district foes back in the mix with Eustace and Malakoff,” he said.
Hankins says the preparation his team does will change along with the new additions, but he looks forward to what’s next for Kemp.
“The new prep work will be different because we haven’t played those two teams in the last two years and they are different teams, but so are we. We are excited about the challenge.”
The Malakoff Tigers were favorites coming into the postseason after reaching the State semifinals in 2016 and finishing 9-1 in the regular season in 2017.
They were ousted in the first round by Rockdale, who went on to win the 3A, Division I State championship over Brock.
The Eustace Bulldogs narrowly missed the playoffs in 2017, finishing in fifth place with a 3-4 district record and 6-4 overall.
Eustace Bulldogs Head Football Coach/Athletic Director Heath Ragle says that the district is only getting better with the new addition of Kemp and others, and that they will do as much work as possible to prepare for the upcoming season.
“Obviously adding a State semifinalist team in Kemp makes it tough, but we expected that going into the day,” Ragle said.
“They are a very athletic and well-coached team, so they will present some obstacles for us. Overall though I think moving from the eight-team district to a six-team district is in our favor. We had four top-20 teams in the state in our district last alignment and three of them were often in the top five throughout the last two years. We are not very familiar with three of the teams in the district, so we will do our best between now and that time to learn as much about them as possible.”
Ragle also said the prep work begins early on gathering as much information on new teams as they can.
“We always prep the same way with new alignment on looking at what each team has done scheme-wise and how many returners they may have coming back,” he said. “We go ahead and start making folders on these things now so we can compare notes from the spring to what we are seeing next fall.”
He says that playing in other sports helps the student-athletes as well to stay in shape and prepare for the challenges of next season.
“Ultimately though for the kids, it’s about preparing now during the offseason by competing in other sports, the weight room and on the track to help be prepared for the new district.”
The only change for Mabank in basketball will be the addition of Athens to district play and the subtraction of Rains.
Mabank Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach Tracy Carter sees the same thing he sees every realignment, or the start of every season: the district will be tough to play against, and the Panthers have to scratch and claw for everything they get.
“I think our district will continue to be a strong, very competitive district in which everyone will be in for a battle every game,” Carter said.
The Panthers have two games remaining in the regular season and sit in fourth place in their district behind Brownsboro, Van and Rains.
Senior night is Friday, Feb. 9 for the Panthers against Wills Point, and their regular season comes to an end on the road Feb. 13 against Canton.

Feb

08

Posted by : admin | On : February 8, 2018

Chase Outlaw CMYK

Special to The News
ARLINGTON–The second PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Major of the 2018 season, the 25th PBR: Unleash the Beast, Winstar World Casino and Resort Iron Cowboy will take place at AT&T Stadium, the largest stadium in the National Football League and the home of the Dallas Cowboys, Feb. 24. It will be the ninth consecutive year that AT&T Stadium will host the event.
PBR Majors are the highest profile events on the Premier Series Tour. The special events present the stars of the PBR, bull riders and bulls, competing in unique formats that offer increased world standings points and prize money.
For one night only, the Top-40 stars of the “toughest sport on dirt” will tackle the world’s rankest bulls, striving to make the eight-second buzzer. If a rider stays on his bull for the required eight seconds, he continues to compete. If he gets bucked off, he is finished. The men will continue to ride until one cowboy prevails and is declared the Iron Cowboy.
The 2017 Iron Cowboy champion, Eduardo Aparecido and two-time Iron Cowboy champion Joao Ricardo Vieira, are expected to compete. They will be joined by several PBR World Champions including reigning World Champion Jess Lockwood, 2016 PBR World Champion Cooper Davis, two-time World Champion J.B. Mauney (2013, 2015), three-time World Champion Silvano Alves (2014, 2012, 2011) and 2008 World Champion Guilherme Marchi.
The Iron Cowboy will be the eighth event on the 2018 PBR 25th Anniversary Tour schedule. The first half of the season will consist of 17 stops, traveling to such cities as Chicago, N.Y., Anaheim, Ca. and Albuquerque, N.M. The season will culminate with the
PBR World Finals at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena Nov. 7-11, when the 2018 PBR World Champion, the bull rider who earns the most world standings points during the season, will receive the coveted World Championship belt buckle and $1 million bonus.

Feb

08

Posted by : admin | On : February 8, 2018

Cheryl NormanRegina Jones

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–Sheriff Botie Hillhouse closed a game room in the Malakoff area after a team of investigators and the District Attorney’s Office arrested two women Feb. 1.
Hillhouse said law enforcement suspected illegal activity was occurring at the Hippy Hut Game Room on State Highway 31 in Malakoff, and served a search warrant issued by 392nd District Court Judge Scott McKee.
“We are watching these particular businesses in the county with a close eye,” Hillhouse said. “And when we have the evidence needed, we will arrest the ones involved with illegal operations.”
The game room attendant Cheryl Norman, 48, and manager Regina Jones, 53, were charged with felony and misdemeanor charges, including: engaging in organized criminal activity, promotion of gambling, keeping a gambling place, possession of gambling devices and possession of gambling paraphernalia.
Norman also was charged with possession of a controlled substance – suspected methamphetamine.
Investigators seized the drugs, gaming equipment and a large amount of cash.
“We have shut down these gambling houses in the past, and I will continue to make sure these operators know they are not welcome in this county,” Sheriff Hillhouse said.

Feb

01

Posted by : admin | On : February 1, 2018

Sarah Nicole Henderson
The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–Sarah Nicole Henderson, the mother who stands accused of murdering her two young daughters, pleaded not guilty to all charges during her first court appearance last Friday in the 392nd District Court, under Judge Scott McKee. The Henderson County Grand Jury returned indictments against Henderson for multiple charges including two counts of Capital Murder of a child under ten years of age, Attempted Murder, and Assault on a Public Servant.
A District Court Judge set her bonds at one million each on the two capital cases along with $50,000 each on the other two.
Henderson was arrested on Nov. 2, 2017 at her home in Indian Oak Harbor Subdivision for the murder of her two young daughters, ages 5 and 7, by shooting them in the head with a firearm. It was also alleged that she attempted to shoot her husband as well, resulting in the attempted murder charge.
The Assault on a Public Servant arose two days later while Henderson was being held in the Henderson County Jail, where she is accused of striking a detention officer while he was attempting to release her from restraint.
Henderson is being represented by two attorneys, Steve Green and John Youngblood. Judge Scott McKee issued a gag order and gave the attorneys a trial management order which included a trial date and other dates pertinent to proceeding to trial.
If convicted of capital murder, Sarah Henderson could face life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty. Henderson remains in the Henderson County Jail.

Jan

18

Posted by : admin | On : January 18, 2018

Henderson County Black History Committee member Delanda Johnson lights the candles surrounding the photos of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Henderson County Black History Committee member Delanda Johnson lights the candles surrounding the photos of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


By Delanda S. Johnson
Special to the News
MALAKOFF–This past three-day-weekend was dedicated to the memory and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King dreamed of equal rights for all African Americans and committed to making that dream come true.
His famous “I Have A Dream” speech at the March on Washington moved the nation that August day in 1963. His extraordinary words and deeds made an impact we can still feel today – 50 years after his passing.
Dr. King a man of peace, a man of vision, and a man with a dream was one of the many trailblazers who fought for that advancement of African Americans.
As Dr. King and his freedom fighters marched against racism and hate, time is repeating itself. We need to have a non-violent approach and let all of America know as the song says, “Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around, going to keep on walking and keep on marching right up to freedom land.”
The first event to celebrate Dr. King’s holiday was held on Saturday night (Jan. 13) at Johnson Chapel A. M. E. Church in Malakoff. This event was a spirit filled gospel explosion, with singing groups and soloists from within Henderson County and Anderson County. The main attraction was gospel recording artist Chuck and the Guiding Clouds from Huntsville, who Blessed the audience with empowering and Holy Ghost filled songs.
The second event celebrating Dr. King was held Monday night (Jan. 15, the actual birthday of Dr. King) at New Hope Corinth C. M. E. Church in Malakoff.
The program opened with Bro. Derryl Jackson and Sis. Marilyn Marks greeting the congregation.
Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse spoke to the congregation on church security. He also stated that there would be a training session scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12 at the Henderson County Sheriff office.
“In times like these we must learn how to protect ourselves even in a religious atmosphere. We must be aware of our surrounding and crime has no boundaries,” said Sheriff Hillhouse.
Rev. Keith Ray, Pastor of Johnson Chapel A. M. E. Church stirred the congregation with a powerful message “Never Be Ashamed To Take A Knee.” The message centered around that we, as the human race should never be afraid and to always pray.
Rev. Ray stated, “There is power when you pray. You can move mountains if you just get on your knees and pray. Dr. King was a man who believed in love, fairness and the right of all people. Dr. King walked the streets to help break the barrier of racism. Dr. King died trying to help us understand how important it is to love without boundaries.
Jesus said, “We should pray and not faint. We are a people who have survived through prayer, however, today we have stopped praying. We must stand against the Devil and prayer is power. We have forgotten that prayer changes things. Know that prayer will change any situation, all you need to do is just get down on your knees.
Dr. King prayed and his walk with Jesus was unmovable. Like Dr. King, we must realize that when we walk in Christ and pray, Jesus will hear and answer your prayer. For each one paid the ultimate price for a friend, Dr. King, his life for equality for all mankind and Jesus, His life is Eternal Life.”

Jan

18

Posted by : admin | On : January 18, 2018

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Special to The News
ATHENS–A Henderson County jury sentenced an Athens man to 60 years in the Texas Department of Corrections on Jan. 10. Stephen Duane Roberts, age 45, was arrested on Jan. 20, 2017 by the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force.
District Attorney Mark Hall said, “The Henderson County Sheriff’s personnel that made the case and the attorneys who tried it for the State all did an excellent job. I think that the sentence handed down by the jury reveals a clear statement to offenders that we are tired of illegal drugs permeating our community and destroying lives in the process, and if two or more stints in the pen don’t bring about a change in behavior, then this will be the result.”
Investigator Josh Rickman of the Sheriff’s Office secured a search warrant for Roberts’ home on Williams Street in Athens. Upon execution, deputies found almost 20 grams of methamphetamine, cocaine, Xanax, ecstasyand other prescription pills. Roberts was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver and was indicted by a Henderson County Grand Jury in March of last year.
In the trial that began on Tuesday, Jan. 9, Assistant District Attorneys Jessica Bargmann and Daniel Cox presented evidence and testimony from Investigator Rickman and other Henderson County Sheriff’s Deputies, as well as a woman that was on the premises when the warrant was executed.
She testified to having lived there with Roberts for the preceding six weeks, during which time she used drugs numerous times. She also testified that as many as 40 or 50 people a day would come by the residence to buy drugs.
After an hour and 20 minutes of deliberations, the jury found Roberts guilty. The trial, held before Judge Mark Calhoon of the 3rd District Court, then proceeded to the sentencing phase. Due to Roberts’ extensive criminal history, the sentencing ranged from 25 years to life imprisonment.
Roberts had two previous convictions for possession of drugs, one with intent to deliver, others included felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful carrying of a weapon, DWI, and assault, among other offenses. He was on parole for the felon in possession of a firearm charge when he was arrested for this offense.
In his closing argument to the jury, Assistant District Attorney Cox stated, “Prison will not rehabilitate this man. He has been to prison three times already and keeps committing crimes. The only way to stop him from committing crimes in the future is to sentence him to prison for a significant amount of time.”

Jan

04

Posted by : admin | On : January 4, 2018

Special to The News
ATHENS–District Attorney Mark Hall reports that the Henderson County Grand Jury for the July-December term 2017 returned the following indictments. In addition, 13 cases are indicted under seal.
• Robert Dwayne Marin, 40, Athens, Injury to a Child.
• Coy Rain Mize, 26, Snyder, Burglary of Habitation.
• Justin James Williams, 28, Athens, Evading Arrest or Detention.
• Jimmy Dewith Wrigley, 17, Athens, Injury to a Child.
• Nathan Craig Lambert, 45, Kemp, Aggravated Assault.
• James Wheeler Shelton, III, 47, Athens, Possession of Controlled Substance (PCS) and Tampering with Evidence.
• Debra Renee Slay, 31, Murchison, PCS.
• Jennie Lea Hydrick, 58, Mabank, PCS.
• Phillip Corey Stewart, 39, Chandler, Manufacture or Delivery of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon.
• Jonathan Daniel McSween, 33, Malakoff, Evading Arrest or Detention.
• Brandy Lea Collum, 31, Malakoff, PCS.
• Darrell Wayne Cranfill, Jr,, 42, Eustace, Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle.
• Keaton Alan Carner, 26, Chandler, PCS.
• David Lee James, 36, Chandler, PCS.
• Brett Allen Anderson, 20, Kaufman, Aggravated Sexual Assault.
• Lorenzo Demarkas Patton, 35, Athens, Bail Jumping and Failure to Appear and Manufacture or Delivery of Controlled Substance.
• Beatrice Kay Anderson, 52, Malakoff, Assault on Public Servant.
• Rodney Ricardo Greer, 41, Athens, PCS.
• Hunter Glenn Wilcox, 20, PCS.
• Steven Ray Stewart, 46, Eustace, Obstruction or Retaliation.
• Jeffrey Allen Nowlan, 27, Plano, PCS.
• Douglas Wayne Starkey, 53, Athens, Failure to Comply with Registration Requirements.
• Garret Sloan McDaniel, 23, Malakoff, Failure to Comply with Registration Requirements.
• Clifton Denean Dora, 58, Chandler, Burglary.
• James Michael McCraw, 36, Athens, Burglary.
• Jeremy Shaynee Meeks, 34, Gun Barrel City, Aggravated Assault and Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle.
• Amy Elizabeth Correll, 41, Tyler, PCS.
• Jonathan Daniel McSween, 33, Malakoff, Assault.
• Christopher Michael Radford, 25, Jefferson, Cruelty to Animals.
• David Rolland Figueroa, 27, Athens, PCS.
• Justin Michael Markee, 33, Mabank, Arson.
• Jarodrick Sharrod Young, 19, Athens, Tampering with Evidence.
• Ransom Roc Simmons, 24, Kaufman, Evading Arrest or Detention.
• Reginal Mark Morgan, 30, Murchison, Abandoning/Endangering a Child.
• Anna Marie Dalton, 25, Log Cabin, Abandoning/Endangering a Child.
• Ryan Liam Buford, 19, Gun Barrel City, Illegal Dumping.
• Matthew Dale Gage, 17, Mabank,Illegal Dumping.
• Jamie Lamon Nelson, 26, Frankston, Evading Arrest or Detention and Continuous Violence Against the Family.
• Tierney Dawn Robison, 35, Forney, Burglary, 2 counts.
• Tonya Michelle Yates, 47, Tool, Illegal Dumping.
• Dylan Andrew Baker, 20, Chandler, Aggravated Assault, 2 counts.
• Arlie Dewight England, 50, Gun Barrel City, PCS.
• Anthony Dandar Williams, 45, Athens, Tampering with Evidence and Evading Arrest or Detention.
• Nathan Arron Villa, 25, Mexia, Evading Arrest or Detention.
• Joseph Lee Marshall Autrey, 49, Seven Points, Manufacture or Delivery of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Firearm.

Jan

04

Posted by : admin | On : January 4, 2018

Special to The News
ATHENS–Henderson County Republican Chair, Betty Holland, announced two forum dates for the 2018 Republican Primary candidates. These are official forums hosted by the Republican Party in Henderson County.
“We have scheduled two forums that allow Henderson County voters the opportunity to hear from the candidates,” Holland said. “Our focus will be on providing unbiased questions from unbiased moderators, and I’m encouraging all candidates seeking office next spring to participate. We want everyone to walk away from these events feeling good about how the forums served our voters.”
Detailed schedules for the upcoming forums will be released shortly, and Chair Holland hopes the community will come out and support all of the candidates who will be working hard over the coming months. “I appreciate the strong voter support across our county over the years, and will continue to provide Republicans with a well-run primary throughout the county. I look forward to welcoming everyone to the forums this year.”
The first forum will be held in Athens at Living for the Brand Cowboy Church at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, located at 902 NE Loop 7 in Athens. The second forum will be held in Brownsboro at Rockhill Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, located on State Highway 31 East in Brownsboro.
Bob Miars will be the Moderator at both forums.
Running for county judge are attorney Jeff Weinstein and Precinct 2 Commissioner Wade McKinney. County Judge Richard Sanders is not seeking re-election, ending his term in office at the close of 2018.
Three candidates have lined up for McKinney’s commissioner seat: David Conner, Joshua Bardwell and Scott Tuley. Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin has filed for re-election as has Kelly Harris. JP 5 is being contested by incumbent Belinda Brownlow, Patrick Gresham and Rick Simmons.
Precinct 2 JP will be contested by sitting justice Kevin Pollock and former officeholder Dale Blaylock.
State House of Representatives for District 4 has drawn fourRepublicans, including Dr. Stuart Spitzer, who has filed for his former seat – also Ashley McKee, Keith Bell and Earl Brunner. Democrat Eston Williams has also filed for the seat.
John Wray is running unopposed for House Seat District 10, which covers those living on the west side of Cedar Creek Lake.
The District 5 Congressional seat being vacated by Jeb Hensarling has attracted nine contenders including: Dist. 4 Texas House Rep. Lance Gooden, Jason Wright, Sam Deen, Bunni Pounds, Danny Campbell, David Williams, Charles Lingerfelt and Kenneth Sheets, as well as Dan Wood, the Democrat candidate.
District 5 serves an area of a southeast portion of Dallas County plus Mesquite and a number of smaller counties south and east of Dallas including Anderson, Cherokee, Henderson and Kaufman counties. As of the 2000 census, District 5 represents 651,620 people.