In Other News: Post-Election Edition

Oak Ridge defensive back Germod Williams makes the news for his athletic talents, but it's the As and Bs that he makes in school that will take him far. Photo courtesy of Jim Eastin.

Lots of stuff happens every day in our community, and we don’t have the staff to cover everything. And sometimes we don’t even hear about it here at Oak Ridge Now until we read it somewhere else. But you might not have heard about it either, so we once again bring you another edition of In Other News.

I am positive – absolutely positive – that everyone is happy that election season is behind us. We live in a conservative, Republican-dominated community, and last week nobody running against a GOP candidate received more than 22% of the vote in Montgomery County (congratulations to you, Bryan Cambrice, candidate for County Commissioner Precinct 3, for garnering the most votes, percentage-wise for the Democrats).

School Board elections, however, are non-partisan, and the race for Conroe ISD Trustee Position 7 was a bit closer. Former Oak Ridge High School teacher Jessica Powell prevailed over incumbent Joe Michels, beating him by over 8,000 votes 59% to 41%.

Mrs. Powell currently works as an instructional technology specialist for Huntsville ISD. Mr. Michels, the former mayor of Oak Ridge North, was originally appointed to the seat in July, 2011, following the retirement of Gerald Irons, Sr.

Oak Ridge North is moving forward with it’s sewer and water pipe rehab project. We all anxiously await the day when the construction is complete on Robinson Road.

Living Magazine ran a nice article on the War Eagle Band in preparation for the trip to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Somehow they forgot to mention Oak Ridge High School band director Jack Allen, but hey, anytime we get recognized in a glossy magazine, we shouldn’t complain.

There was a lot to glean from the ORHS Aerial View newspaper this past week. The War Eagle swim and dive team hosted their third annual Breast Stroke for Breast Cancer Swim-a-thon last Friday, in hopes of reaching this year’s goal of raising $7,000 to fight breast cancer. Over the past two years this event has raised $11,000. Wow.

The Aerial View also had features on four standout students:

  • Senior defensive back Germod Williams, who is sorting out offers from various universities, including Rice and Northwestern. That’s what happens when you excel at both football and academics.
  • Freshman QB Braden Letney, who made a huge leap from the freshman team to quarterbacking the varsity team in a competitive 5A district. And did it really well.
  • Junior Nathan England who, as part of an Eagle scout project,  raised $6,000 this summer selling sausage in front of Wal Mart and Home Depot, and used the money to buy the materials to build a gazebo for Bridgewood Farms. He then spent the rest of the summer building the gazebo. Outfreakingstanding.
  • Makenna Spencer, Senior class president, Colonel on the Liberty Belles, National Honor Society member, National Dance Solo champion, Homecoming Queen, and devoted Christian. If you told me she was working on a cure for the common cold and has a plan to solve the European debt crisis, I would believe you.

Finally, Impactnews takes a look at Compadres Texas Cafe, in the same building as Simon’s Barber Shop on Hanna Road, and its menu of vintage Tex-Mex selections. We recommend the chicken-fried anything.

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Chuck Briese, Oak Ridge Now

[avatar user="cbriese" size="thumbnail" align="left"] Chuck Briese has been a resident of South Montgomery County since 1988. He and his lovely and patient wife, Leslie, have six sons, with only one left to finish high school. Chuck has been a Cub Scout leader, a Little League baseball coach, a church youth leader, and a general troublemaker over the course of the past 25 years. He is obsessed with his lawn, and likes restaurants that serve food that fills up the plate. He has a tendency to tilt at windmills, which may explain why he started Oak Ridge Now.

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