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December 31, 2012

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JACKSONVILLE — Travis Clardy claims District 11 victory

Travis Clardy, R-Nacogdoches, broke a glass ceiling of over a decade when he defeated incumbent Chuck Hopson, R-Jacksonville, to represent District 11 in the Texas House of Representatives.  

By virtue of winning the July 31 primary runoff election, Clardy became the first newcomer in 12 years to go to Austin to represent District 11, which he will do in January.

The race itself was a bit of a squeaker, with 367 votes making the difference between Clardy's victory over Hopson by an overall 3 percent.

Clardy had 51.14 percent, 8,184 ballots, to Hopson's 48.85 percent, or 7,187 ballots.

After redistricting, this district is comprised of Cherokee, Nacogdoches and Rusk Counties.

The numbers were more favorable for Hopson in Rusk and Cherokee Counties, but not enough to close the gap. Hopson pulled 64.76 percent in Rusk County to Clardy's 35.23 percent.

In Cherokee County, Hopson's hometown, he netted 65.46 percent of votes to Clardy's 34.53 percent.

- Ben Tinsley

Jacksonville College makes capital improvements

Jacksonville College, which traces its founding to 1899 and is now owned by the Baptist Missionary Association of Texas, also saw activity in and around the campus. As part of a long-range goal, a new dormitory was proposed for the campus that would house 50 students, but in order to meet present-day needs, the school purchased two houses near the campus, and along with two donated homes, which were renovated. In addition, residence hall renovations were done at the Pine Street dormitory by G-III Quality construction of Rusk. Tennis courts on the campus were resurfaced and cement walkways were updated. In a separate project, a 2,700-square-foot addition was built on to the school's fine arts building by faith-based volunteer group Master's Builders, which travels across the nation to help communities with building projects. These volunteers helped with renovation of the homes and installed a long food counter in the food service area of the cafeteria, in addition to the fine arts storage project. Total cost: $600,000, which college business officer David Pittman said was kept to a minimum thanks to volunteer help.

- Jo Anne Embleton

Spotlight shines on Epperson

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