CLARK, KENNEDY AVOID RUNOFFS – Two local races featuring three candidates were decided without a runoff election yesterday. J.D. Clark won the Republican primary race for county judge when he received 55.33 percent of the vote. Keith McComis received 23.1 percent of the vote and Kyle E. Stephens received the other 21.57 percent. Gaylord Kennedy won the Republican Precinct 4 commissioner race with 59.42 percent of the vote. He defeated incumbent Terry Ross, who received 19.32 percent of the vote and challenger David Stewart who received 21.26 percent. Because Clark and Kennedy both received more than 50 percent plus one vote, runoffs are not necessary. Clark will face Democrat James “Jim” Stegall and Kennedy will face Democrat Kristina Kemp in the November general election. Neither Democrat was opposed in the primary. Full coverage of the Republican and Democratic primary elections is featured in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.
ROWE, HUDSON WIN COUNTY-WIDE RACES – Voters gave a pair of incumbents four more years in office. District Clerk Brenda Starnes Rowe defeated Callie Watts Manning 58.27 percent to 41.73 percent, or 3,027 to 2,168. Treasurer Katherine Canova Hudson won re-election with 73.69 percent of the vote over challenger Daniel E. Rivas, who received 26.31 percent of the vote. The vote total was 3,898 to 1,392. Neither Rowe nor Hudson drew a Democratic challenger.
MORROW, POYNOR RE-ELECTED IN JP RACES – Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Jan Morrow defeated Josh Reynolds by a vote of 882 to 393 or 69.18 percent to 30.82 percent. Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Clay Poynor won by a similar margin over Teresa Marney Graves, 67.2 percent to 32.8 percent, by a vote of 1,098 to 536. Neither Republican drew a Democratic challenger for the general election.
WEDNESDAY AT THE FAIR – The Wise County Youth Fair enters day 3 at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. The breeding sheep show began at 8, and the dog show is at 10 a.m. Today is also move in day for livestock.
SQUARE DANCE LESSONS – The Decatur 8ers Square Dance Club of Wise County will offer free Beginning Square Dance lessons starting Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Cornerstone Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 701 W. Hale in Decatur. Lessons will continue each Saturday morning through April 5. Lessons are open to anyone age 12 or older, no partner required. Wear comfortable shoes. For more information, call Donny or Wendy at 817-371-0303 or visit www.decatur8ers.com.
CHAMBER LUNCH – The Chico Chamber of Commerce will meet noon-1 p.m. March 11 at the Chico Senior Citizens Center, with lunch served at noon for $7 a plate. Guest speaker will be Laura Spain, regional representative for the VA for this area.
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY – The Desk and Derrick Club of Wise County is offering scholarships to Wise County high school seniors. Applications can be obtained from the high school counselors or by contacting Crystal Watkins at Crystal.Watkins@dvn.com. The application deadline is Saturday, March 29.
CHASE VIDEO – The U.S. District Attorney’s office in Denver has released video of officers pursuing Evan Ebel of Colorado in a high speed chase through Wise County last March. Ebel died after a brief shootout with officers after he wrecked near the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. View the video at WCMess.com/ebel.
FUNERALS – Service for Louis Newton, 69, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at Pleasant View Baptist Church with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
GRAVESIDE service for Edna South, 73, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Elizabeth Cemetery in Fort Worth. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
MEMORIAL service for David William Baugh, 52, of Waxahachie is 2 p.m. Sunday at Flatwood Baptist Church in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.