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May 8, 2010

Allen wins second mayoral term

Upham upset Ritchie; Blissitte retains seat

MINERAL WELLS — Mayor Mike Allen easily won a second term as mayor of Mineral Wells in Saturday's Mineral Wells City Council elections, defeating challengers Rick Bennett and former mayor Clarence Holliman.

Allen received 63 percent of the 495 votes cast.

Local political newcomer John Upham outpolled incumbent John Ritchie by 28 votes to win the Ward 3 seat.

Incumbent Tommy Blissitte defeated the challenges of Ray Madrigal and Aurora Garcia to keep his Ward 1 seat for a third term.

Voters in the city election also overwhelmingly approved a land swap with Mineral Wells ISD.

Meanwhile, voters in the Garner ISD rejected a bond proposal while Perrin-Whitt ISD voters approved a bond package and chose to give the school oprtions on how to distribute its per student wealth under the state's so-called "Robin Hood" school finance law.

In a race for two at-large seats in the Strawn ISD election, newcomers Reese Sparks and Craig Abbott won over Amos Mallory board President Terry Thornton. SISD also has an unfilled one-year-term position open. Board member Ray Ratliff will move into this seat.

Gordon ISD also held an election in which four candidates vied for two at-large places. Incumbent Milo Moffit and newcomer Justin Scrivner won over Melissa Rouse Mahan and Shad Kline.

Graford ISD incumbents Mike Pendergraft and Eddie Laney held onto their at-large seats in with Cole Hargrove finishing third.

See Sunday's Index for more on the local elections results.

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From left, Taylor Gary, Paige Riney, Samantha Ashley and Meagan Waldrum capped off successful individual seasons to finish fifth in the girls 11-12 200-yard freestyle relay at the Region 4 Championship. They will join head coach Matt Williams at the TAAF state meet in College Station, July 31-Aug. 3, as the only youth swimmers representing Mineral Wells.

  • Swimming to State

    KELLER – The Mineral Wells Water Moccasins are heading to the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation's state meet in College Station, July 31-Aug. 3, after an outstanding performance in the Region 4 Championships that saw seven local swimmer qualify.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • juvaree best.JPG Mineral Wells summer track sends 11 to state meet after strong regionals

    THE COLONY – The future continues to look bright for Mineral Wells track and field, as 11 members of legendary head coach Jackie Harvey's summer track club punched their tickets to the TAAF state meet in College Station – to be held July 31-Aug. 3 – after a dominant showing at the regional meet in The Colony, July 18-19.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • FB Gordon at Strawn b8.jpg FWIW: Good, clean hate – Ranking the area's best rivalry games of the 2014 football season

    By CLINT FOSTER

    Football season is fast approaching and with it those glorious games between teams that love to hate each other, which we call rivalries.

    I'm speaking, of course, about sports hate – the only beautiful kind. It's the stuff built on history and tradition that inspires simply the fiercest and most entertaining games of every season.

    Palo Pinto County and the surrounding area have no shortage of fierce football rivalries.

    The University Interscholastic League's realignment often causes new rivalries to be born and old ones to be rekindled. But which rivalries are the area's very best for 2014? The one's you circle your calendar for and make sure you don't miss.

    I can think of at least 10.

    So, for what it's worth, here's my list of the area's best, can't-miss football rivalries of the upcoming 2014 season.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Local Bowlers Roundup set for first weekend of August

    Mineral Wells Women's Bowling Alliance invites you to join them Aug. 3 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Mountaineer Lanes for their second annual Bowlers Roundup. The event will feature snacks, tips from the pros, information on league bowling and two hours of great exercise.

    July 18, 2014

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  • Roxie Bean Millsap ISD names Bean new elementary assistant principal

    Millsap ISD has announced the selection of Roxie Bean as assistant principal for Millsap Elementary School. Millsap ISD trustees approved Bean’s selection at the regular meeting on June 23.

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • WC offers free college preparation through talent search grant

    WEATHERFORD – Weatherford College is offering free college preparation through the Educational Talent Search Grant to the following schools: Bridgeport Middle School, Decatur Middle School, Jacksboro High School, Jacksboro Middle School, Tison Middle School, Mineral Wells High School, Mineral Wells Junior High, Santo High School, Santo Middle School, Hall Middle School, Springtown High School, Springtown Middle School, Weatherford High School and the Weatherford High School Ninth Grade Center.

    June 16, 2014

  • Kimberly Canales Diego (1).jpg Up close with MWJH student Kimberly Canales-Diego

    Kimberly Canales-Diego is an outstanding seventh-grader at Mineral Wells Junior High School.

    May 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0511 biz LinkField Services students.jpg Link Field honors students with pancake breakfast

    Link Field Services Inc. was the site of a pancake breakfast honoring Mineral Wells High School students Kandas Cain, Angel Ortiz, Ian Kurtz and Jake Mason.

    May 10, 2014 1 Photo

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