What you might have missed: May 8-10
May 11, 2015 at 8 a.m.
Updated May 11, 2015 at 8 a.m.
Kilgore College and LeTourneau University students became graduates. Sunday was Mother's Day. Longview residents chose a new mayor. Did you tune out this weekend? If so, here's some of what you missed in East Texas:
Longview picks Mack
Voters on Saturday chose a new mayor, and for the first time in ten years his last name won't be Dean. It will be Mack. Andy Mack won the Longview mayor's race with just more than 56 percent of the votes. Richard Manley garnered 43 percent of the votes, and G. Floyd finished with less than one percent. You can find all the numbers at this link.
“Fortunately I have nine years of experience, and that is going to be a huge advantage of this council to be able to draw upon my experience,” Mack said Saturday night. “I am excited about this new council. I can’t wait to get in there and work with these men and women.
For those of you who remember the poll we ran on the website a while back, the results weren't too far off.
Here's the actual (unofficial until canvassed) numbers in the mayor race:
And here are the results in the poll we did weeks prior to Election Day:
It wasn't just a new mayor Longview residents selected. Voters also chose two new councilmen in contested races and solidified a spot on the council in an uncontested race. Ed Moore was chosen to represent District 1, Nona Snoddy ran unopposed to represent District 2 and David Wright won his bid to serve the residents of District 5.
Not enough elections results for you? Here's more:
- Ronnie Spradlin staved off a challenger and will continue to be mayor of Kilgore
- Kilgore College trustees James Walker and Karol Pruett retained their seats
- Hallsville voters chose a new mayor and pair of aldermen
- The Marshall city commission has all new faces
- Gilmer voters chose Tim Marshall as their new mayor
- Jarom Tefteller was elected to the Gilmer City Council
- School bond issues past in Marshall, Carthage and Union Grove; failed in Gilmer
Graduating with mom
Among the more than 300 students who became LeTourneau University graduates Saturday was a mother and son.
"It was an honor," said son Ryne Powell. "Not many people get to experience that, and share that experience with their mother — especially just before Mother's Day."
Powell walked the stage just a few minutes ahead of his mother, Cindy Powell.
Kilgore College graduation
Kilgore College had their spring commencement ceremony the night before. Nearly 575 students became Kilgore College graduates Friday night at Dodson Auditorium.
Daughter follows in mom's footsteps
If the mother-son story from LeTourneau's graduation wasn't enough for you, check out Bridget Ortigo's story about a woman who is following in her mother's footsteps in education at Spring Hill ISD.