Will Biard defeats State Rep. Ervin Cain 6,218 to 6,122 for 62nd State District Court seat; Cass posts decisive win in sheriff’s race

By CHARLES RICHARDS

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Paris attorney Will Biard captured the 62nd State District judgeship Tuesday night, defeating State Rep. Ervin Cain by a 96-vote margin — 6,218 (50.4 percent) to 6,122 (49.6 percent).

Will Biard

Scott Cass

He carried Lamar County, the largest of the four-county region that is served by the court, winning 64 percent of the votes. That was just enough to withstand Cain’s edge in Hopkins (Sulphur Springs), Franklin (Mount Vernon), and Delta (Cooper) counties.

In another high-interest race locally, Scott Cass — the chief deputy for current Sheriff B.J. McCoy, scored a decisive victory over longtime former law enforcement officer Johnny Williams. Cass received 4,341 votes (61.5 percent) to 2,516 (35.7) for Williams.

Lawrence Malone won the GOP nomination for county commissioner of Precinct 1, receiving 1,117 votes (68.7 percent) to 510 votes (31.4 percent) for challenger Dennis Johnson.

In an often contentious race for county commissioner of Precinct 3, Rodney Pollard won back the job he lost four years ago to Kevin Jenkins, when a wave of Republican voters meant victory to almost everyone running under the GOP banner. Pollard trailed after the early vote, but came on strong to win, 945 (52.5 percent) to 854 (47.5 percent).

Madaline Chance, who became Precinct 1 constable four years ago when incumbent Randy Boren ran unsuccessfully for sheriff, successfully won her bid for re-election, but by a razor-thin margin. Chance led after the early vote, then fell behind after the first few boxes came in from Tuesday’s vote. But she surged ahead again at the end and won by 14 votes — 503 (50.7 percent) to 489 (94.3 percent).

Cindy Ruthart repelled the challenge of former Paris mayor Jesse James Freelen to win re-election to Justice of the Peace of Precinct 5, Place 1. Ruthart got 2,149 votes (68.4 percent) to 991 (31.6 percent) for Freelen.

In other contested local races, Larry Cope won the GOP primary for Constable of Precinct 3 without a runoff, getting 743 votes (59.5 percent) to 379 votes (30.0 percent) for Steven C. Hill, and 133 votes (10.5 percent) for Sam Hurst.

Gene C. Hobbs Jr. outpolled Jimmy Hodges 1,675 (59.7 percent) to 1,129 votes (40.3 percent) to win the GOP primary for constable of Precinct 5.

In the only contested local Democratic race, county Democratic chairman Brady Fisher won re-election over Mike Mosher by 398 (64.9 percent) to 215 (35.1 percent).

Lamar County gave Biard a 1,938-vote margin — 4,437 to 2,499. Cain won Delta County 447 (51.9 percent) to 414 (48.1 percent); Franklin County by 1,295 (68.9 percent) to 584 (31.1 percent); and Hopkins County by 1,881 (70.6 percent) to 783 (29.4 percent).

Both candidates were in the Republican primary. Biard will win without opposition in the November general election, since there is no Democrat opponent, and will take office next January.

“A win’s a win,” Biard said, adding that he was “on my knees praying” while he sweated out the two hours it took for the last four boxes in Franklin County to be counted.

“I had a big turnout and a lot of supporters in Lamar County, so that was helpful. I feel good. I’m excited. It’s going to be fun,” Biard said.

Biard succeeds District Judge Scott McDowell, who did not seek reelection.

For results of all elections on the Republican and Democratic ballots in Lamar County, go to:

http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/TX/Lamar/39969/83620/en/summary.html

 

For a summary of statewide results in the Republican Primary, or for any other county’s voting in the GOP primary, go to:

http://enr.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/may29_160.htm

 

For a summary of statewide results in the Democratic Primary, or for any other county’s voting in the GOP primary, go to:

http://enr.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/may29_161.htm

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Biard holding onto razor-thin lead with votes still to be counted in Hopkins, Franklin counties

LAMAR   COUNTY TOTAL  PRECINCTS
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS VOTE PERCENT REPORTING
ALL   LAMAR COUNTY PRECINCTS
COMPLETELY REPORTED
LAMAR COUNTY ONLY:
62ND DISTRICT COURT
Will Biard 4,437 63.97%
Erwin Cain 2,499 36.03%
Total 6,936 100.00%
***** 4-COUNTY TOTALS FOR 
62ND DISTRICT COURT RACE
WITH A FEW BOXES STILL OUT
DELTA COUNTY 414 447 COMPLETE
FRANKLIN COUNTY 424 935 5 OF 10
HOPKINS COUNTY 710 1701 1 box still out 
LAMAR COUNTY 4437 2,499 33 OF 33
TOTAL 5985 5582
PERCENT 51.74% 48.26%
LAMAR COUNTY SHERIFF
Scott Cass 4,341 61.49%
Robert Hughes 203 2.88%
Johnny Williams 2,516 35.64%
Total 7,060 100.00%
CO COMMISSIONER, PCT 1
Lawrence Malone 1,117 68.65%
Dennis P. Johnson 510 31.35%
Total 1,627 100.00%
CO. COMMISSIONER, PCT 3
Kevin Jenkins 854 47.47%
Rodney Pollard 945 52.53%
Total 1,799 100.00%
JP, PRECINCT 5, PLACE 1
Cindy Cooper Ruthart 2,149 68.44%
Jesse James Freelen 991 31.56%
Total 3,140 100.00%
CONSTABLE, PRECINCT 1
Randy Boren 489 49.29%
Madaline Chance 503 50.71%
Total 992 100.00%
CONSTABLE, PRECINCT 3
Larry Cope 753 59.53%
Steven C. Hill 379 29.96%
Sam Hurst 133 10.51%
Total 1,266 100.00%
CONSTABLE, PRECINCT 5
Jimmy Hodges 1,129 40.26%
Gene C. Hobbs Jr. 1,675 59.74%
Total 2,804 100.00%
DEMO COUNTY CHAIRMAN
Mike Mosher 215 35.07%
Brady Fisher 398 64.93%
Total 613 100.00%
TOTAL 
VOTE PERCENT
PRESIDENT, GOP
Rick Santorum 600 8.85%
Newt Gingrich 364 5.37%
Ron Paul 662 9.77%
Milt Romney 4,391 66.59%
Charles Roemer 30 0.44%
John Huntsman 25 0.37%
Michelle Bachman 48 0.71%
John Davis 33 0.49%
Uncommitted 492 7.26%
Total 6,645 99.85%
PRESIDENT, DEMO
Barack Obama 499 82.62%
Bob Ely 27 4.47%
John Wolfe 41 6.79%
Darcy G. Richardson 37 6.13%
Total 604 100.00%
U.S. SENATOR, GOP
David Dewhurst 3,432 53.09%
Ted Cruz 1,306 20.20%
Ben Gambini 79 1.22%
Lela Pittenger 85 1.31%
Tom Leppert 1,127 17.44%
Curt Cleaver 31 0.48%
Glenn Addison 51 0.94%
Craig James 314 4.86%
Joe Agris 29 0.45%
6,454 100
U.S. SENATOR, DEMO
Addie Dainell Allen 111 19.44%
Sean Hubbard 88 15.41%
Paul Sadler 257 45.01%
Grady Yarbrough 115 20.14%
Total 571 100.00%
U.S. REP. DISTRICT 4, GOP
Ralph M. Hall 4,025 61.17%
Steve Clark 1,300 19.76%
Lou Gigliotti 1,255 19.07%
Total 6,580 100.00%
6TH CT OF APPEALS
Bailey C. Moseley 2,740 55.73%
H.D. Bailey 2,177 44.27%
Total 4,917 100.00%
PROPOSITION TOTAL 
VOTES VOTE PERCENT
GOP SCHOOL CHOICE
YES 5,343 81.77%
NO 1,191 18.23%
Total 6,534 100.00%
GOP–REPEAL OBAMACARE
YES 6,075 91.04%
NO 598 8.96%
Total 6,673 100.00%
GOP–PUBLIC PRAYER
YES 6,231 91.46%
NO 582 8.54%
Total 6,813 100.00%
GOP–BALANCED BUDGET
YES 6,731 94.47%
NO 365 5.53%
Total 7,096 100.00%
GOP–REDISTRICTING
YES 4,620 75.64%
NO 1,488 24.36%
Total 6,108 100.00%
DEMO–IN-STATE TUITION
YES 524 86.75%
NO 80 13.25%
Total 604 100.00%
DEMO–AFFORDABLE TUITION
YES 549 91.81%
NO 49 8.19%
Total 598 100.00%
DEMO–LEGALIZE CASINOS
YES 415 69.28%
NO 184 30.72%
Total 599 100.00%
TOTAL 
VOTE PERCENT

PJC could ax student loans

By JEFF PARISH

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Student loans may no longer be an option at Paris Junior College before long, thanks to those who haven’t paid back their debts for classes.

“It looks like we’ll be coming back to you in June and asking you to allow us not to be in the student loan business any more,” PJC President Dr. Pam Anglin told the Board of Regents on Tuesday.

The change would not mean a great deal of difference to how students have traditionally paid for school here, she said. Grants and scholarships would still be available, and those have been how most funded their education, anyway. The jewelry school has largely been the one using student loans, Anglin said.

Student loans used to go through private lenders, such as banks, and those businesses bore the responsibility for collections. When the federal government switched to directly providing the loans itself a couple of years ago, collection efforts largely halted. That duty has largely been put back on the schools. PJC has hired an Austin firm to help collect on defaulted loans.

If a school’s default rate on student loans falls below a certain percentage, the federal government can take away its Pell Grants, which provide a major source of funding. PJC is fairly new to the student loan game, and its default rate is fairly high, Anglin said.

“The college was in student loans several years ago, and they got out for this very reason,” Anglin said. “We thought we’d try it again, and we did four years ago.”

That has not worked out well. And it’s a nationwide problem. This year, student loan debt passed $1 trillion. By comparison, Equifax says the nation’s consumer credit card debt is about $531 billion.

Anglin said four-year universities can manage better than a junior college, where high student loans don’t make as much sense.

“It worked just fine for years,” she said. “We can’t do it at the risk of losing our Pell Grants. It’s $15 million.”

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Fendley, Walker, Wyche sworn in for 6-year terms on PJC regents board; Fendley is named board president

By JEFF PARISH

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Curtis Fendley not only replaced Paul Gene Roden as a member of the Paris Junior College Board of Regents, he also replaced him as board president. 

Fendley, along with Ginna Walker-Bowman and Ann Wyche, took their oaths of office at Tuesday’s board meeting. The board’s first action was to elect officers. Pam Bennett, the president’s administrative assistant, administered the oath.

Thank you for that vote of confidence,” Fendley said as he took over from Vice-Chair Louise Taylor. “I  look forward to working with the board for the next few years – and, of course, the administration.”

Fendley was elected 7-2, with fellow nominee Frankie Norwood getting a couple of votes. Taylor was voted vice-chair, a position she has held for two years. Berdie Gibson was re-elected board secretary.

Fendley and Walker were elected to six-year terms in the May 12 election. Fendley defeated Roden in at-large District 9. Walker beat Barney Bray in District 6. Wyche was elected to a new term without opposition.

Taylor unveiled a plaque the board plans to present to Roden in honor of his 24 years as a regent, including 12 as board president. He was not at the meeting, but Taylor read a letter he wrote to the board.

The wisdom of the voters has retired me from your number,” Roden wrote, noting that he still had an interest and passion for the college and its students.

I was honored when you repeatedly asked me to be your chairperson,” the letter said. “Being the fine board of regents that you are, you made my job easier.” 

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Pollard defeats Jenkins 1,123 to 926 for Precinct 3 county commissioner; Chance edges Boren 503 to 489 for Precinct 1 constable

 
LAMAR   COUNTY UNOFFICIAL EARLY TOTAL  PRECINCTS
RESULTS (AT 8:21 P.M.) (May 14-25) VOTE PERCENT REPORTING
62ND STATE PRECINCTS WILL ERWIN
DIST. COURT REPORTING BIARD CAIN
DELTA COUNTY 0 OF 6 0 0 0
FRANKLIN COUNTY (early vote) 275 609 884
HOPKINS COUNTY (early vote) 378 823 1201
LAMAR COUNTY 30 of 33 4105 2285 5527
TOTAL 4240 3372 7612
PERCENT 55.69% 44.29%
LAMAR COUNTY ONLY:
62ND DISTRICT COURT 30 of 33
Will Biard 2,000 4,105 64.24%
Erwin Cain 1,054 2,285 35.76%
Total 3,054 6,390 100.00%
LAMAR COUNTY SHERIFF 30 of 33
Scott Cass 1,845 4,020 61.78%
Robert Hughes 80 186 2.86%
Johnny Williams 1,162 2,301 35.36%
Total 3,087 6,507 100.00%
CO COMMISSIONER, PCT 1 COMLETE! 11 of 11
Lawrence Malone 439 1,117 68.65%
Dennis P. Johnson 226 510 31.35%
Total 665 1,627 100.00%
CO. COMMISSIONER, PCT 3  COMPLETE 7 of 7
Kevin Jenkins 497    926 45.19%
Rodney Pollard 483 1,123 54.81%
Total 980 1,799 100.00%
JP, PRECINCT 5, PLACE 1 11 of 12
Cindy Cooper Ruthart 1,258 2,020 68.11%
Jesse James Freelen 555 946 31.89%
Total 1,813 2,966 100.00%
CONSTABLE, PRECINCT 1 COMPLETE 7 of 7
Randy Boren 124 489 49.29%
Madaline Chance 135 503 50.71%
Total 259 992 100.00%
CONSTABLE, PRECINCT 3  COMPLETE 5 of 5
Larry Cope 279 753 59.53%
Steven C. Hill 136 379 29.96%
Sam Hurst 57 133 10.51%
Total 1,503 1,031 100.00%
CONSTABLE, PRECINCT 5 11 of 12
Jimmy Hodges 636 1,071 40.25%
Gene C. Hobbs Jr. 984 1,590 59.75%
Total 1,620 2,661 100.00%
DEMO COUNTY CHAIRMAN 30 of 33
Mike Mosher 92 205 35.22%
Brady Fisher 164 377 64.78%
Total 256 582 100.00%
EARLY TOTAL  PRECINCTS
May 14-25 VOTE PERCENT REPORTING