By DANI BLACKBURN
It was a tight race in the March election for the Montague County Precinct One county commissioner seat with five Republican nominees running to fill the place of retiring Commissioner Herman Conway.
It was Roy Darden and Stephen Kirkland who garnered the most votes and entered into a run-off race on May 24.
With five candidates running for a single office, the need for a runoff wasn’t surprising since a winner must have at least 51 percent of the vote. Darden, Bowie, won the runoff election against Kirkland, Sunset, by 119 votes.
The incoming county commissioner was unsure if the job was one he wanted to take on; but one he said he was asked by several people to do. Darden says he prayed and after no clear sign that God was against the idea, he threw his hat in the ring.
“I decided if God wants me to do it, I’ll be here,” explained Darden. “After five candidates, I am the last one standing, so I guess he wanted me for the job because here I am.”
Darden said he is focused on repairing and maintaining the roads within his precinct.
“I want to represent the people in a way they’re supposed to be, with a goal to fix the problems we have in the precinct,” declared Darden.
Read the full story in the mid-week News.
Volunteers make Thanksgiving merry with free community meals
There were 328 meals served at the community dinner including delivery, take-out and in-house. Coordinator Judy Broker thanked the volunteers and donors who provided nine hams and 15 turkeys along with the bakers of sides and desserts and those who delivered all the free meals. Pictured above volunteers fill meal plates for delivery to area residents.
Drug cases dominate grand jury list
The staff of the 97th District Attorney’s office released the following indictments from the recent November session of the Montague County Grand Jury.
Christopher Lemon, 21, Montague, indicted for tampering or fabricating evidence from a Nov. 18, 2022 complaint, $15,000 bond.
Zacchaeus Jones, 31, Ennis, possession of a controlled substance 4-400 grams, July 25 complaint, $25,000 bond.
James Marley, 47, Bowie, failure to register as a sex offender, May 20 complaint, $15,000 bond.
Jose Ramirez-Oretega, 46, Holliday, driving while intoxicated third or more, Sept. 9 complaint, no bond stated, in custody.
Robert Watkins, 44, Bowie, possession of a controlled substance under one gram, June 9 complaint, $1,500 bond.
Terry Wages, 55, Bridgeport, two charges for prohibited substance and manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance 4-200 grams, Jan. 8 complaint, $50,000 in bonds.
A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Routine business for commissioners on Monday
By BARBARA GREEN
Members of the Montague County Commissioners Court met for a brief agenda of business on Monday as the county moves into the final month of the year.
The date for the last December meeting was moved from Dec. 25 to Dec. 26 due to the Christmas holiday.
A joint resolution was accepted for the county to conduct the Democratic and Republican Party primaries on March 5, 2024 and the runoffs on May 28, 2024.
Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.
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