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ATHENS–After weeks of speculation, Henderson County District Attorney Scott McKee announced this week that he will not seek a third term as District Attorney and will file for the 392nd District Judge bench in the March 2016 Republican Primary.
Current 392nd District Court Judge Carter Tarrance announced earlier this month that he would retire after more than 20 years of service on the bench once his term ends in 2016. Tarrance has held the position since his appointment in 1995 by then Governor George W. Bush.
McKee said it was an emotional decision for his family. “I love this job and the citizens and officers I serve. Judge Tarrance is an excellent judge and will be greatly missed. The toughest part is the thought of not serving as DA after next year. Over the years, I have met so many people and organizations around our county and have been blessed to work with the law enforcement community, Sheriff Ray Nutt and County Attorney Clint Davis in a synchronized fight against crime.”
McKee says serving as DA provides him with a unique perspective and understanding of the issues of the county.
He indicated that he has been encouraged by many citizens to run since he learned of the possible retirement.
McKee has practiced in the 392nd District Court as an assistant county attorney, assistant district attorney, civil and criminal defense attorney, and for the past seven years, as District Attorney.
“I have handled thousands of cases throughout my career in every court in our county from traffic tickets in JP courts to capital murder in district court. Our county deserves a judge who is experienced, tough, and fair. I believe I have proven that time again as DA.”
McKee has held the DA post since 2009. In 2010, McKee, a Major in the Army reserves, deployed to Iraq as an infantry officer with the Louisiana National Guard. He spent nine months in Iraq, planning more than 1,200 combat missions, participating in many of them. McKee was awarded the Bronze Star and the Louisiana War Cross for his performance in Iraq.
During his deployment, he continued to run the office with the help of internet and video technology. McKee credits First Assistant Mark Hall for the office’s success during his deployment and his two terms as DA.
McKee has great admiration for the citizens of the county for their support during his deployment.
“I received so many prayers, letters, cards, and emails lending words of encouragement and support for the office, my family and my safety while I was gone and as DA. I am a firm believer in the power of prayer.”
Although he has not deployed since his return from Iraq in 2010, McKee has decided to retire from the reserves after almost 28 years of active and reserve military service.
McKee believes his life experience, time as a prosecutor, private practice attorney, and DA make him the right person for the bench.
As District Attorney, McKee runs the largest law firm in Henderson County with eight lawyers, three investigators and six legal professionals. He oversees thousands of cases every
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By Ryan Moulds
KEMP–Despite a great game by freshman phenom Dreyson Watters, Kemp was unable to stop a vicious running attack lead by Quarterback Caleb Twyford and Farmersville eventually pulled away for a 61-27 victory over the Yellowjackets in Kemp.
“We played decent in the first half but not in the second half” said Head Coach Brandon Hankins. “We are still getting better and learning to compete but the kids didn’t give up and this team and community is resilient.”
Kemp went on offense first to start things off. Dreyson Watters threw an interception to Caleb Twyford on his very first pass attempt. The interception was returned all the way to the 18-yard line of Kemp. The Farmers kept the ball on the ground running it on every play until Caleb Twyford powered it in from 1-yard out. Will Vallow’s extra point attempt was good and Farmersville drew first blood with 8:18 left in the opening quarter.
Kemp’s next drive got off to a good start with Braxton Watters running for a first down but he injured his ankle on the play and wouldn’t return. He was later seen on the sideline on crutches. Alan Quezada filled in at running back for the rest of the game. Dreyson Watters was sacked on third down and Kemp punted. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty set Farmersville back 15-yards to start their drive.
On third down Kemp brought the blitz and Blake Underwood sacked Caleb Twyford who fumbled the ball. Underwood recovered giving Kemp great field possession. The next Kemp drive was all Dreyson Watters. The quarterback picked up 28-yards on a keeper and a few plays later powered in for a touchdown from 7-yards out, carrying three defenders into the end zone with him. Adriana Argueta kicked the extra point to tie the game at 7 with 42 seconds left in the opening period.
The Farmer’s next drive spanned into the second quarter and ended in Caleb Twyford’s 29 yard touchdown run. They nailed the extra point and retook the lead 14-7 with 9:48 left in the second quarter.
Kemp wouldn’t waste any time scoring again. They kept the ball on the ground with Dreyson Watters, Quezada, and Kane Johnson. After a huge run, which included a pretty spin move by Johnson, Dreyson Watters went in from 16-yards out on a keeper. The extra point was right up the middle and Kemp tied things up again 14 all with 6:17 left in the half.
Farmersville got the ball back and went on a long drive that included heavy doses of Caleb Twyford and his younger brother Cade Twyford on the ground. Caleb Tyford ran a quarterback sneak on the goal line and got in to retake the lead. The extra point was successful and Farmersville took a 21-14 lead with 1:47 left.
Kemp needed to move down the field and they did just that. Only a few seconds after the Farmers scored Dreyson Watters used his legs again on his longest run of the day, a 63-yard touchdown. The extra point was good to tie the game at 21 with 1:33 left in the half and the shootout continued.
Farmersville wasn’t done yet. They moved down the field and scored in exactly one minute with Caleb Twyford taking advantage of a blown coverage and finding Brady Elliott for a 44-yard touchdown pass with 33 seconds left. The extra point was successful and the teams went into halftime with Farmersville leading 28-21.
The Farmers would get the ball first to start the second half and Kemp played solid defense to get them off the field, including a sack by Jake Hibdon. Kemp drove deep into the Farmer’s red zone but a costly fumble was recovered by Farmersville preventing a score. The Farmers would drive into Kemp territory but they eventually fumbled themselves. Joseph Lopez recovered and set Kemp up on offense. Dreyson Watters found Josiah Brewington wide open all the way to the 28-yard line and Dreyson Watters finished the drive with a 2 yard touchdown run. The extra point was no good but Kemp pulled within one point 28-27.
Cade Twyford showed off his speed on the next Farmer possession, going 38 yards to the Kemp 29-yard line. Lucas Hernandez took a hand off on the next play and went the final 29 yards for a score. The extra point was successful and that made the score 35-27.
On the next Kemp drive Caleb Twyford made what may have been his most impressive play of the night. With Kemp driving, he picked off a Dreyson Watters pass and outran everyone. He returned it 85-yards for a back-breaking score. The extra point was good and with 1:55 left in the third quarter the score was 42-27 in Farmersville’s favor.
Kemp would go three and out and punt the ball back to Farmersville to start the fourth quarter. Caleb Tyford continued to tear up the defense, bringing his team all the way down the field and running it in from 7 yards to make the score 48-27.
After Kemp turned the ball over on downs Caleb Twyford would score one more time for good measure, going 40 yards to put the game away. With 7:10 left in the game Farmersville had a 55-27 lead.
The Farmers would score one more time in garbage time on a Elijah Carroll 11-yard run to extend the lead to 61-27. Kemp would turn the ball over on downs on their final drive and Farmersville would take a knee and come away with a 61-27 win on the road.
The Yellowjackets have a bye week next week before they play Teague on the road. The Farmers also have a bye week and will go on the road to play Pottsboro in their next game.
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Services for Jo Woolverton were held Sept. 18, 2015, at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel in Mabank with Rev. Brent Tucker officiating. Interment followed at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.
Jo was born July 24, 1938, in Tribbey, Okla., to parents Eugene Derryberry and Ester Roberts, and entered into eternal rest Sept. 16, 2015 at the age of 77.
Jo loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She enjoyed reading the Bible and was a member of First Baptist Church of Mabank.
Jo owned and operated the Dairy Queen in Mabank for many years. She was a very loving and caring lady who will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Jo was preceded in death by her parents and husband Leonard Woolverton.
She is survived by her daughter, Donna Oliver and husband Norman of Mabank, stepdaughters Paige Murphy and husband John of Heath and Tiffany Hjerpe and husband Kent of Greensboro, N.C.; grandchildren Miranda Stovall, Dylan Oliver, Ashley Parmer, Nikki, Stephen and Becca Bailey; seven great-grandchildren, brothers Ronnie Derryberry and wife Carol of California and Gahlen Derryberry of Oklahoma, sister Pat and husband Ed; numerous nieces, nephews, other loving family members and many more friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.