Couch elected mayor
Adam Couch was elected mayor of Odessa on Tuesday. At age 29 he will be the youngest person to ever serve in the office. He has served the past three years as alderman in ward two.
Couch received 407 votes to 142 for his opponent, fellow alderman, David Sparks. Sparks, who represents ward three on the Board of Aldermen, will continue to serve out his term.
Couch tallied 90 votes in north and east Odessa, 288 in south Odessa and 29 absentee votes.
Sparks received 27 votes in north and east Odessa, 108 votes in south Odessa precinct and 7 absentees. Read more in The Odessan.
Phillips, McDermed win two seats on Fire Board
Odessa Fire and Rescue Protection District will have a new director after voters elected Hap Phillips to the board on Tuesday. Phillips tallied 356 votes to lead the four candidates for two positions.
Marty McDermed, incumbent, will return to the board capturing 309 votes, 79 in north and east Odessa precinct, 205 in south Odessa, 3 in Bates City/Ferguson School and 22 absentees.
In vote by precincts, Phillips had 96 votes in the north and east Odessa precincts, 228 votes in south Odessa, 5 in Bates City/Ferguson School and 27 absentees. Read more in The Odessan.
Wellington elects Peterson as mayor,
Banner, Southard, Dickey to R-9 Board
Richard Peterson was elected mayor of Wellington on Tuesday receiving 84 votes.
His challenger, Charles Morgan, tallied 66 votes. There was one write-in.
Robert Uptegrove, 98 votes, and William "Roy" Barker, 125 votes, were elected council members.
Mark Schroer, who ran unopposed for collector, received 141 votes. There were three write-ins.
Jody Banner, running for his second term on the Wellington-Napoleon R-9 Board of Education, led the ticket with 234 votes.
Kim Southard, 201 votes, and Cheryl Dickey, 200 votes, will replace retiring board members, Sheri Beissenherz and Steve Kropp. Read more in The Odessan.
Bates City elects two aldermen by write-in
Two Bates City aldermen were elected by write-in votes on Tuesday. Linda Niendick, county clerk, said the write-ins would be certified but she was not aware if the persons lived in the correct ward. There were 13 write-in votes cast for a two-year term in the second ward and 12 write-in votes cast for a one-year term. No candidates were on the ballot.
For the two-year term John Hilbrenner received 4 votes, Don White, 8, and Darren Hilbrenner, 2. Read more in The Odessan.
First-time voters... Alana Dowell, left, and Josey Milner, right, Odessa High School seniors, vote for the first time Tuesday. Milner, a professional singer, was asked to sing by poll workers while receiving her ballot.
Lake Lafayette voters approve tax increase
Voters in the city of Lake Lafayette approved a 30¢ tax levy increase on Monday with a vote of 32 for and 16 against.
Funds will be allocated to maintenance and improvement of roads. Read more in The Odessan.
Mayview approves 1¢ sales tax, Fiegenbaum, Hayward to board
Residents of Mayview approved a 1¢ sales tax at Tuesday's election with 30 votes for and 8 against.
Lee Bucklew was elected mayor with no opposition. He received 33 votes.
Voters elected James Fiegenbaum and Corissa Hayward to the Board of Aldermen. Fiegenbaum received 24 votes and Hayward's total was 18. Read more in The Odessan.
Noxious weeds issue is passed
Money dedicated to eradicating Johnsongrass from Lafayette County will now be directed to all noxious weeds.
The measure passed overwhelmingly in the county in Tuesday's election, with 2594 residents voting in favor and 995 voting against.
Demolition...began April 2 on the former Trails Regional Library, Odessa branch building at 107 West Mason. Part of the west wall caved in overnight, prompting demolition to begin. The building on the west, which was unoccupied, was once the office and warehouse of Mowett Sales. The east portion of the building housing the library was the longtime home of automobile agencies, including Fox Motor Co., Dyson Ford, Odessa Motors, owned by the late Bill Doyle, Bill Scheetz Ford, and Odessa Ford, owned by Phil Falke. Final occupants were Terry Carter-Sonny Allen, who moved the agency to a location on old 40 Highway. Doyle retained ownership of the building until it was purchased by the library. A new library building is planned for the site. Library is currently renting the former Midwest Title Co. building at 204 S. First Street.