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Ballot Place Drawings Held
Houston County Courier - March 2008
By Daphne Hereford
During the regular meeting of the Houston County Hospital District board of directors held on Tuesday, March 19, drawings were held for ballot placement in the upcoming May 10 election.
The drawings determined which candidates name would appear first on the ballot in each of the four positions up for election.
Candidates, appearing in the order drawn in Position 2 are Danny Ory and George Beeler.
The unopposed candidate in Position 4 is the incumbent Dr. John Stovall.
Position 6 candidates are Dr. Ray Morrison and Tim Culp.
Position 8 candidates are incumbent Deborah Blackwell and Gene Kellum.
Early voting begins Monday, April 28 and continues through Tuesday, May 6 at Houston County Courthouse Annex.
Election Day voting will be held for Precinct 1 at Houston County Courthouse Annex; Precinct 2 at the Porter Springs Fire Station; Precinct 3 Latexo School Administration Building; Precinct 4 Kennard School Administration Building; Precinct 5 W.T. Bruton Community Park; Precinct 6 Holly Community Center; Precinct 7 Austonio Community Center; Precinct 8 Pearson Chapel Church and Precinct 9 Weldon Fire Station.
Voters residing in the Crockett Independent School District Precincts 1-4 shall vote at the Houston County Courthouse Annex.
Voters residing in the Kennard, Latexo and Lovelady school district areas shall vote at the same location designated by the school districts.
In other business, board members discussed preliminary issues regarding the establishment of a community clinic in the former Crockett Junior High school facility recently purchased by the First United Methodist Church.
Board member Dr. Richard Kelly said information and estimates were still being gathered regarding the projected cost of the project.
Board member Mike Maiden asked if the hospital board did choose to support the clinic who would actually own it.
Board member Dr. Patrick Walker responded that the clinic would be owned by a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Maiden then asked, "If the church owns the property and we are spending taxpayer money, it is legal?
Board member Ronnie LaRue asked, "How much are we talking about?"
Board member Dr. Walker responded by saying maybe $100,000.
Board member Maiden asked "Are we deep enough in doctors and nurses to keep this (clinic) going in five years?"
Dr. Kelly said you can never guarantee that you will have ample volunteer personnel but we should have enough staff to open the clinic two-3 nights a week.
Board members Dr. Kelly and Dr. Walker did not specifically indicate when estimates would be presented to the board.
In the absence of ETMC representative Ron Hunt there was no discussion regarding the ETMC update.