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2017 Municipal Election Results

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By Record11

The following are unofficial results from the May 6, 2017 municipal election results across Fayette County.

La Grange ISD Bond Election

$37.9 million for improvents across the campus, mainly at Hermes Elementary. 

For – 744

Against – 427

 

City of Flatonia 

Special Election for the purpose of determining whether the citizens desire to abolish the current one half of one percent sales and use tax allocated for property tax relief and adopt a sales and use tax of one half of one percent to create an economic development corporation (Type B) pursuant to Local Government Code, Title 12, in order to undertake projects for the purpose of economic development as described in sections 501 and 505, Type B Corporations, Local Government Code, formerly Section 2(11) and Section 4b of Article 5190.6 of the Texas Revised Civil Statutes.

For – 47

Against – 26

 

City of Schulenburg

Mayor

Otto Kocian – 333

Roger Moellenberndt (incumbent) -131

Council Place 1

Terrance Houlihan – 21

Randy Mican – 87

Andrew Stafford – 87

Chip Bubela – 269

Council Place 2

Wendy Fietsam – 224

Frank Wick III – 171

Brenda Rehak (incumbent) – 61

 

City of Fayetteville

Mayor

Steve Cushing – 103

Liz Fritsch – 41

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Source:: Fayette County Record

      

Hayden, Grymes win seats on IISD board

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The results are in and Jason Hayden and Charlie Grymes have each won a seat on the Industrial ISD Board of Trustees. Here are the unofficial results of the election.
Jennifer Martin 166

Jason W. Hayden 315

James Baker 150

Charlie Grymes 270

There are 10 provisional ballots out, but election administrator Lorie Paul said they would not affect the outcome of the election. A complete story, along with quotes from the winners will be in Wednesday’s paper.

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Mother graduates after dropping out more than 30 years ago to care for her daughter

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By Kelly Terez

Chad Flucas II(NORFOLK, Va.) — One Virginia mother and daughter will have a lot to celebrate this Mother’s Day.

Karen Hunter and her youngest daughter Latrice will both graduate this month, obtaining bachelor’s degrees from colleges in Virginia.

The moment is a long time coming for Karen Hunter, 53, who will be getting her degree in sociology from Norfolk State University Saturday. The mother of two dropped out of school during her senior year more than 30 years ago after she had become a mom.

Karen Hunter only had 13 credits to go.

“I dropped out because I knew I had to take care of my daughter [Shonda Godfrey] and at the time I couldn’t do a lot of multitasking with working and going to school,” she told ABC News. “I was overwhelmed. I felt like I was a quitter because I had come that far.”

It also would’ve meant a lot to Karen Hunter’s mother, Harriet Godfrey, who wasn’t able to get an education growing up. In fact, the Danville, Virginia, grandmother cannot read or write.

“But she made sure all of her kids went to school,” said Latrice Hunter, 22, who is scheduled to graduate from the College of William and Mary on a full basketball scholarship with a degree in kinesiology on May 13, seven days after her mother.

After she got married and went to work at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia, 20 years ago, and then gave birth to Latrice, Karen Hunter was still unsure if she should finish school. Still, her two daughters encouraged her.

“She always told me to push through and not to give up on stuff. That’s why I wanted to make sure I returned the favor by motivating her [to finish school,]” Latrice Hunter told ABC News.

Her older sister, Shonda Godfrey added, “I was a child when she was in college and that kind of motivated me to go to college.”

In fact, Shonda Godfrey, 37, is now studying to obtain a Ph.D. in public health from Walden University. She’s “very proud and ecstatic” that her mother finally finished her goal of getting a bachelor’s degree, she told ABC News.

Her younger sister agreed. “It means a lot,” Latrice Hunter said. “This is definitely something that I wont forget and I’ll always remember this time.”

For her own accomplishment, Karen Hunter said she’s “excited” to reach this milestone with her daughter.

And although she plans to continue to work at the Children’s Hospital, her daughter Latrice Hunter hopes to play basketball overseas after graduation.

“If that doesn’t work out, I want a career in physical therapy. I’m looking forward to that,” she added.

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Source:: National News

      

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Wildfire forces evacuations in Southern Georgia

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By Kelly Terez

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge(ST. GEORGE, Ga.) — Mandatory evacuations were issued in parts of Charlton County, Georgia, on Saturday as fire officials continue to battle a massive wildfire in the southern part of the state.

The West Mims fire, burning in Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, is 12 percent contained and has blazed through more than 118,000 acres for about a month, according to officials. Dry conditions have helped fuel the fire and shifting winds have made the smoke worse, causing the smoke to spread to the Jacksonville, Florida-area.

At least 74 people were forced out of their homes because of the wildfire, officials said. Michael Davis, a spokesman for the Southern Area Incident Management Red Team, told ABC News if the fire moves closer to St. George, the evacuation numbers could grow significantly higher.

Officials are warning residents to follow evacuation orders if they are in an affected area.

“It’s much easier to evacuate and come back with a bit of inconvenience than to possibly stay in a situation where things could go bad,” Davis said to ABC News.

Rain is not expected over the next several days and critical fire weather conditions, or a Red Flag Warning, remain in effect.

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