Incumbent County Clerk Rebecca Lawson, now a 41-year resident of Cooke County, is running for re-election in March and said one high point of her job is that it introduces her to people unfamiliar to the area.
“I like people to like Gainesville,” she said. “I like newcomers to come in so that we can show them what we’re all about.”
Formerly of Sherman, Lawson attended Grayson County Junior College and what is now Texas A&M-Commerce. Married to Jerry Lawson, the Gainesville resident has two daughters and three grandchildren.
Lawson was initially elected county clerk in 2003. The county clerk serves as the clerk for the county courts — mainly including probate courts and the commissioners court. The county clerk is also the recorder for the county. As far as the county is concerned, all instruments filed for record are done so in the county clerk's office. Additionally, the county clerk carries out elections for the county, issues marriage licenses and maintains vital statistics through archiving.
For Lawson, this elected position allows her to serve the public while staying in range of her own interests.
“I like what this job offers and I like the real estate business,” she said. “And I like the fact that we archive and preserve our records, since the old records are so vital to the people. And I like to see people; it’s fun to hear their stories and share our stories.”
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Alexander found guilty of serious injury to a child
After quick deliberation by a Cooke County Jury, Johnny Earl Alexander was declared guilty Thursday afternoon for the Sept. 28, 2011 first degree felony offense of serious injury to a child that resulted in the death of four-year-old, Nathan De Alejandro.
Police investigate report of shots fired
Gainesville Police officers responded to shots fired in the 1800 block of Buck Street at 12:52 p.m. on Wednesday.
Just one game away
The Muenster boys basketball team advanced to the final round of the Class A State Tournament Thursday, pulling out a narrow 65-64 semifinals win against Grapeland at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.
Club members focus on vision screening device
The Lions Club, long time pioneers in rehabilitation and education for the blind, have a new focus detailed in the recent Wednesday meeting with the introduction of a vision screening device called the Spot made by PediaVision which would be beneficial in the early detection of vision problems in children.
Cherry recognized as employee of the month
Gainesville employee of the month is Hodge Cherry, zookeeper at the Frank Buck Zoo, who was recognized at the Tuesday Gainesville City Council meeting for his volunteer assistance to fellow employees and zoo animals during the December cold and ice storm which paralyzed much of the city and transportation capabilities.
Muenster city election canceled
Muenster City Council members canceled the uncontested May 10 city election and approved an increase to the energy service agreement with Green Mountain Energy Company, according to the March 3 unofficial minutes.
Unofficial election returns by precinct
Cooke County officials released the following unofficial totals after Tuesday's primary election.
Kiwanis Club auction helps support local projects
Kiwanian Karen Estes takes phone calls during the Gainesville Kiwanis Club Radio Auction held at the Dustin Office Machine location on Sunday while Tom and Sandy Tower check off auctioned items during the successful fundraiser held each year that supports local Kiwanis community projects.
Results of Tuesday's primary election
A total of 5,451 ballots were cast during the primary election held Tuesday with 5,169 votes in the Republican primary and 282 votes in the Democratic primary.
Construction continues at Medal of Honor park
Workers install electrical conduit and water pipes at Gainesville’s Medal of Honor Park on California Street.
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