Front page: Big Sandy congregation elects new trustee

By John Warren

BIG SANDY, Texas--The Church of God Big Sandy in June reelected an incumbent and elected a new member from the congregation for three-year terms. Don Walls of Gladewater was the returning trustee; Tat Tomes of Big Sandy was the new trustee.

Bernie Monsalvo of Gladewater was the incumbent not elected to the board, but he returned to the board a few weeks later when, for personal reasons, Wayne Weese of Big Sandy resigned at the July 7 meeting.

Each year the congregation chooses nominees in May and votes for trustees in June. The congregation was scheduled to nominate four people (double the number of terms expiring) this May. Since a tie occurred during the nomination process, six people advanced to the balloting stage.

Besides Mr. Monsalvo, Mrs. Tomes and Mr. Walls, the other three nominees were Ron Feaker, Charles McLendon and Melodee Overton, all of Hawkins.

Other board members are Don Mischnick of Hawkins, Wynn Skelton of White Oak and John Warren of Big Sandy.

Mrs. Tomes is the third woman to serve on the board. Previously, Angie Kelley served on the board (back when the elders picked the board members) and Loynell Hooper of Tyler served on the board in 1999 after the congregation switched to binding elections.

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