By the time you read this the Primary Election has ended. Votes have been tallied. Winners and non-winners know their places. Some will move to the General Election in November, while others will possibly consider a run for office in another year.

I hope the new voting machines worked flawlessly Tuesday in Madison County. You can read about the election on Page 1A. During early voting at the courthouse, the machines garnered high praise from voters.

I know some voters did not like it when the county election commission and quorum court voted to create five voting centers. The move saved a lot of money and helped get the much-needed, new and top-of-the-line voting equipment.

The five voting centers were opened Tuesday at Hindsville First Baptist Church, Huntsville Missionary Baptist Church, the Kingston Community Building, the St. Paul Community Building and the Wesley Community Building.

A registered voter could cast a ballot at any of the vote centers, regardless of where they live.

I know some people were inconvenienced by the change. People who work or shop in Huntsville could have voted there, even if they live in Forum, Alabam, St. Paul, Pettigrew, Clifty or wherever. I’m sure there were some who simply didn’t vote because getting “to town” was not possible. That’s where early voting or absentee voting come in. People for decades voted at their local precinct, often within a stone’s throw of their house. That changed on Tuesday, but in the long run it will be fine. People will adjust their schedules to make sure they vote.

The new voting machines or markers still produce a paper ballot, they just look different. I’ve voted on similar machines for years in Washington County and find them quick and easy to use.

I can’t say enough about the folks at the Madison County Clerk’s office. To say they burned the “midnight oil” leading up to Tuesday is an understatement. I don’t know how they did it without falling on the floor in fetal positions. Maybe they did and I just didn’t see it. They deserve a big thank you from everyone.

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A local landowner called after her name appeared in the story last week about Denali Water’s plan to put residual waste into farmland, something it already is doing in Madison County.

Brenda Ackerman said she has pulled herself from the proposed project. Denali’s application for a state permit said it had agreements with several landowners, including Ackerman. The plan calls for spreading the waste into or on more than 1,000 acres in central Madison County.

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The Huntsville School Board has scheduled a meeting for Thursday to go over the latest plans, changes and such for the Career and Technical Education buildings. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the administration offices.

Full coverage of the meeting will be provided in next week’s paper.

Hopefully, it won’t be too long before the dirt starts moving in both Huntsville and St. Paul.

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Congratulations to Huntsville High senior Dalton Meyers, who signed last week to attend Universal Technical Institute in Irving, Texas. Meyers has earned $5,500 in scholarships, and could earn more in April through Skills USA. He said he plans to study automotive and diesel mechanics during a 17-month program. The senior is the first Career and Technical Education student at Huntsville to sign such an agreement.

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Poor Eric Blocker.

The local outdoors enthusiast and city employee showed me damage to his left hand last week, where red marks and scrapes were present.

I thought he took a tumble on a bicycle or something, but it turns out he caught so many striped bass it scraped and did damage to his hand.

Poor guy.