A total of 56.45 percent of Navarro County’s 27,368 registered voters turned out for Tuesday’s General Election, down from figures of four years ago.
Also down, the number of registered voters in the county — down 1,117 from 2008, and down 1,602 from 2004 figures from the Texas Secretary of State.
Navarro County voters cast a total of 7,940 “early” ballots, and 7,510 votes were cast on Election Day 2012 at the 30 polling places in the county, for a total of 15,450 votes cast. In 2008, 16,321 votes were cast in the General Election — a turnout of 57.30 percent; 2004 had 16,034 votes, a 55.35 percent.
Straight-party votes accounted for about half of the ballot totals — 5,858 Republicans and 2.835 Democrats voted a straight-party ticket. Republicans won every race in Navarro County voting, and with the election of Jason Grant and Elmer Tanner, every county office in Navarro County is now held by a Republican.
There were a number of county seats that were unopposed in voting Tuesday. Re-elected with no opposition to another term were District Judge James Lagomarsino, County Court-At-Law Judge Amanda Putman, District Clerk Josh Tackett, Pct. 3 County Commissioner David “Butch” Warren, Tax Assessor-Collector Russell Hudson, and constables Michael Davis in Pct. 1, David Foreman in Pct. 2, Nicole McMahan in Pct. 3, and Tommy Grant in Pct. 4.
Hudson garnered the most votes in Navarro County of any candidate in any race, with 11,551 votes received. Lagomarsino was second with 11,324. Both were unopposed.
Sheriff-elect Tanner received the most votes in a contested race in the county, garnering 11,152 votes to his opponent’s 3,823.
Tackett’s election Tuesday was for the unexpired term of former District Clerk Joe Hobbs, who resigned from office due to health reasons. Tackett was appointed by Lagomarsino to fill the office until the Tuesday election. Tackett will have to run again in 2014 for four-year term to get back into the election cycle for his office.
McMahan was named the Republican candidate for constable of Pct. 3 after incumbent Brad Butler resigned his post in August.
Putman was appointed to her post by the commissioners court in 2011, and was elected to a four-year term Tuesday.
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Three-peat: Blooming Grove's McGraw claims Grand Champion steer
It was a year of repeats for students entered in the 2014 Steer Show at the Navarro County Youth Expo.Lainie McGraw, 17, of Blooming Grove FFA, won the Grand Champion steer, as she did last year and the year before; and Noah Grounds, 15, of Blooming Grove/Barry 4-H won Grand Champion Showmanship, as he did last year. He also won the top prize for showmanship in the heifer show this year. He won reserve champion in that category last year.
Clagett takes top pen in Market Rabbits Division
Josiah Clagett of Corsicana FFA won Grand Champion in the Breeding Rabbits Division in 2010. It was his “rookie” year and first time to show.
Clagett came full circle this year to claim the other top rabbit title. He took home Grand Champion honors in the Market Rabbit Division Thursday at the 56th Annual Navarro County Youth Expo. The winning pen was the only one he entered.
Curl wins first leg of Commercial Heifers
Caleb Curl, 13, of Frost FFA, won grand champion of the commercial heifer show, the first leg of the commercial heifer overall prizes. Unlike a lot of the other animal categories, commercial heifers aren't show-things with smooth coats and stardust on their hooves. They're straight out of the pasture, a bit muddy and certainly not the lady-like, pampered creatures that will be led around the ring in the registered heifer show.
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‘Annie Get Your Gun’ through Sunday at the Palace
It’s the big musical, the one that makes me think of ‘cast of thousands,’ or in our case, dozens at least, and it’s here only for a few short days. ‘Annie Get Your Gun,’ is Irving Berlin’s candy box treasure of a play about Annie Oakley, the sharpshooter in love with a showman.
It’s presented by the Warehouse Living Arts Center but because of its size is on stage at the Palace Theatre. Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee.
Short named Farmer of the Year
Agriculture businesses like farming and ranching are the backbone of Navarro County. Many farming families go back several generations.
Since at least 1965, the Corsicana Rotary Club (Wednesday club) has recognized and said “thank you” to the unsung heroes of the soil.
New clinic open
A new medical practice in partnership with Navarro Regional Hospital is now offering comprehensive occupational medicine services.
Purdon man sentenced to 21 years in federal prison for gun violations
Erik Willis, 31 of Purdon, was sentenced this afternoon by U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis to serve a total of 258 months in federal prison following his conviction at trial in July 2013 on three felony firearms offenses, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
Heat Advisory issued for North Texas
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Corsicana’s Red Cross provides valuable assistance
Two weeks ago, when firefighters, oil field emergency crews and county crisis teams responded to a potential gas drilling disaster near Mildred there were also volunteers on the scene, serving cold water and Gatorade.
American Red Cross volunteers respond to a variety of situations, including fires, evacuations, tornadoes, and even bad car wrecks.
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