Voters send Sites, Johnson back to Rock Hill board

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Lawrence County voters had choices to make Tuesday regarding the makeup of school boards. Seats were available in every public district.

Rock Hill

What a lawsuit took away, Rock Hill voters restored Tuesday night.

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When all the votes were counted, voters gave the nod once again to Lavetta Sites and Paul R. Johnson, both of whom were removed from the board in a lawsuit in late 2005.

They also approved the candidacy of Dennis Hankins, the incumbent who was appointed last year to replace the late Carl Gene Large.

Hankins led the field with 1,751 votes. Sites came in second with 1,312 votes. Keith Roth came in third with 1,251 votes.

Johnson, who was actually seeking to fill the remainder of Large’s unexpired term, beat incumbent Rich Donohue, 1,544 votes to 1,223.


Chesy voters gave the nod Tuesday to Mike Dyer, who finished in first place with 858 votes, Kim Oxley, who came in second with 778 votes and David Bennett, who finished third with 738 votes.


Incumbent James Beals will keep his seat on the board in the Coal Grove school district.

Newcomer Deanna Holliday will join him in taking the oath of office in January.

Holliday garnered 1,050 votes while Beals collected 717 votes.


Incumbent John Lewis won the right to remain on the Fairland board Tuesday night.

Lewis collected the most votes, 990, in a field of four candidates seeking two available seats.

Finishing second was former high school principal David Judd, who collected 659 votes.

South Point

Newcomer Mary Cogan collected 1,287 votes in the South Point school board race Tuesday night, placing her at the top of the list of winning candidates.

She will be joined in January by two other newcomers, Tom Roberts, who earned 1,146 votes and Randy Keffer, who came in third with 1,102 votes.

Symmes Valley

Symmes Valley voters chose Mike Wall and Kim Turner to take two available seats on their board of education.

Wall finished first with 772 votes while Turner came in second with 708 votes.