It wouldn't be quite accurate to say Olive Stephens has been a Shady Shores mayor or a councilwoman for as long as the North Texas lakefront town has existed. She actually won her first council election in 1962, two years after the Lewisville Lake community incorporated to keep neighboring Denton from gobbling it up.
But at 94, Stephens says 48 years in municipal government, the last 38 as mayor, is enough. She says she won't seek a 20th term as mayor in the May municipal election.
The mayor says she has difficulty getting around on legs weakened by age, but she tells KXAS-TV of Dallas and Fort Worth that she plans to keep busy with community activities.
The town of about 2,700 residents is 30 miles northwest of Dallas.
Information from: KXAS-TV, http://www.nbcdfw.com