NEW MADRID - Voter turnout ranged from almost nil to overwhelming depending on the issues facing voters in Tuesday's general election.
Overall some 2,517 voters cast their ballots in the election which will bring some new faces to city government and school boards.
Election results, provided by the office of New Madrid County Clerk Clement Cravens, are unofficial.
James D. Taul easily won election as the Canalou mayor. Taul polled 41 votes compared to 25 votes for Charles Joyce. In the race for city collector, Thelma Slayton received 41 votes to 22 votes for Steve Joyce. Larry Drake was the declared write-in candidate for city police judge in Canalou and tallied seven votes to win. None of the candidates for aldermen were opposed with 19 votes for Steve Joyce for Ward 1 alderman and 24 votes for Clifton Southard as Ward 2 alderman.
Catron voters were to elect three town trustees but the votes went only to the two candidates on the ballot. Barbara Matlock garnered six votes, Barbara Tanner, four votes, and no votes were written in.
Gideon residents selected Louise Shock as their mayor with 137 votes compared to 97 votes for her opponent Lindal Cossey. For alderman, Kevin Keown was elected without opposition in Ward 1 with 101 votes and in Ward 2 Cleo Payne received 79 votes.
One vote does make a difference. In Howardville, Clennon "Jim" Farr had 58 votes compared to 57 votes for Jessie Newson. The tallies for candidates for alderman were: Billy Ray Brown, Ward 1, 42 votes; and Mary L. Johnson, Ward 2, 35 votes; and in the contested race for an unexpired term as Ward 2 alderman 29 votes were cast for Albert Mead compared to 15 votes for Elise Shepherd.
It was a three way race for Lilbourn mayor and incumbent Frank Ash was the top vote-getter with 171 votes while his opponents Larry J. Hamilton received 136 votes and Evelyn Brown had 56 votes. The Lilbourn City Collector Yvonne Morgan was overwhelmingly re-elected with 275 votes while her opponent Cheryl Roberts received 84 votes. The job of city marshal went to Raymond Creasy who polled 215 votes defeating Jamie Decourley, who had 130 votes. The city police judge post went to incumbent Richard Kolwyck with 240 votes over 109 votes for Danny R. Ruark. Robert Taylor was unopposed for Ward 1 alderman in Lilbourn and received 128 votes. In Ward 2, voters gave the nod to Alvin L. Bobo who had 122 votes compared to 96 for Ronnie Baker.
Rebecca Redden will serve another term as Marston mayor after winning 107 votes compared to 68 votes for her opponent Paul Haubold and Dustin Redden will serve as city police judge defeating Wayne Ruby, 109 to 68. In Ward 1, the alderman's job went to Wayne Newsom who defeated Junior Phillips by a vote of 51 to 43 and the Ward 2 alderman post was won by Eddie Long Jr. with 43 votes compared to 35 votes for Dickie Ash.
None of the Matthews candidates faced opposition. The vote totals were: Thomas "Bud" Armstrong, Ward 1 alderman, 20 votes; and Ward 2 alderman, Elaine Vandever, 8 votes.
The races in Morehouse brought a big turnout Tuesday beginning with the election of a city marshal to fill an unexpired term.
Voters picked Trish Cohen who had 150 votes over her nearest opponent Doug Triplett, who had 84 votes, followed by 37 votes for Allen D. Lutes and nine votes going to Danny J. Ware. Declared write-in candidate Ruth Ann Oakley did not receive any votes.
The office of Ward 1 alderman will be filled by Evelyn Comstock, who earned 87 votes compared to 68 votes for L.V. Brothers and 12 votes going to Dennis Kindle. In Ward 2, the election for alderman was narrowly won by Jackie Hays with 58 votes compared to 51 votes for Terry Landers.
The incumbents faced no opposition in the elections in New Madrid and the unofficial vote tallies show Mark Baker, 66 votes for mayor; Sherry Phillips, collector, 82 votes; Bill Boyd, police judge, 77 votes; Richard L. St. Mary Jr., Ward 1 alderman, 26 votes; Russell J. Riggs, Ward 2 alderman, 25 votes; and Glen W. Medlin, Ward 3 alderman, 28 votes.
Seventeen votes each were cast for Lonnie B. Moore and Lewis E. Moore to fill the spots as village trustees in North Lilbourn.
Parma voters approved two new taxes by a 2-to-1 margin. The half-cent tax to fund capital improvements passed by a vote of 140 yes to 71 no votes and the half-cent transportation tax was given the nod with 141 yes votes and 68 no votes. Steve Lewis will serve as Ward 1 alderman defeating Amelia Denson; the final vote was 11 for Denson and 23 for Lewis. In Ward 2 voters picked Barry Aycock with 147 votes compared to 34 votes for Floyd L. Shaw.
One race was on the Portageville ballot with Kathy Klipfel elected the new Ward 2 alderman with 158 votes. She defeated Bruce Martin, who had 88 votes, and Rodi Walker, who received 94 votes. Those running without opposition were Bill Foster, police judge, 445 votes; and Lynn Doering, Ward 1 alderman, 134 votes.
In Risco voters turned down a ballot proposal to make the office of police chief appointed by casting 49 ballots in opposition and only 24 favoring the issue. Nina M. Cumins was selected to fill the office of city marshal and received 48 votes. In the East Ward, Casey Bunting was the top vote-getter with 35 votes compared to 12 votes for James Hensley while in the West Ward, Joe Rowe was unopposed and had 19 votes in his favor.
There were two declared write-ins for the office of Tallapoosa city marshal and two votes cast ending the race in a tie. Write-in candidate Clyde Copeland had one vote and one vote was cast for Russ DeProw. Other candidates did not have opposition and the unofficial total shows Frank Smith elected mayor with 35 votes; 29 votes for Barbara Copeland as city clerk; 19 votes for Quintina Glass, North Ward alderman; and in the South Ward, Michael Miller was elected.
A portion of the city of Sikeston is in New Madrid County and the Ward 4 voters cast 36 ballots for Michael Harris and for the at-large opening on the city council, Sue Rogers received 57 votes and 55 votes went to William Stokes.
Gideon No. 37 voters selected Jan Parker and Larry D. Wiggs as their representatives on the school board giving Parker 198 votes and 196 to Wiggs. Other vote tallies were Devon Buchanan, 174; Sharon R. Keown, 54 votes; and Keith Berry, 66 votes.
A big turnout in the Portageville School District saw 339 voters cast ballots for Jim McKay with 309 going to Mike Kellams to fill the two openings on the board. Also receiving votes were Derek Sample, who had 298 votes, and Jon Warren, who received 144 votes.
Those precincts in New Madrid County which are in the R-1 (Sikeston) School District gave 196 votes to Mary L. White-Ross, 121 votes for Angela Longstreet; 194 votes to Paul H. Boyd; and 109 votes to Jera Lincoln.