Nov

22

Posted by : admin | On : November 22, 2017

McTaggart obit

James Laroy McTaggart was born Aug. 5, 1926 in Baton Rouge, La., and passed from this earthly home on Nov. 15, 2017 at the Frank Tejeda Nursing Home in Floresville.
James graduated from Jeff Davis High School where he was a Lt. Col. in their ROTC.
James was also a proud veteran of World War II, enlisting Feb. 4, 1944 in the Naval Airforce as a Gun Captain on a Merchant ship and aviation cadet, typist. James served one year seven months 22 days and was discharged in Sept. 1945.
James attended the University of Texas.
On March 22, 1948 James married his first wife Patricia June Christy. They had three children Jim, Judy and Leslie and resided in Houston.
James retired from Western Auto in Houston but continued to work special events at the Houston Astro Dome. He also kept busy with his hobbies. He was very talented in his woodworking, making lots of items for friends and church. James was very competitive with his bowling and golfing. He also loved to read and write short stories, some of which he would perform for the family.
James and Martha Moore Callaway McTaggart met at a church function in Richardson. They both attended a singles Sunday School class and after a brief romance, were married Aug. 5, 2000.
They moved to Hondo in Feb. 2004 to be close to son Mike Callaway. They joined the First United Methodist Church of Hondo. James served as a Trustee, choir member and member of the Seekers Sunday School Class.
James was a member of the Hondo Eastern Star Chapter #404 and an Endowed member of the Masonic Hondo City Lodge # 756.
James will be missed by his family and many friends.
James was preceded in death by his father Pearl Exter McTaggart, mother Dorothy Elizabeth Touchtone McTaggart, sister D`Alice McTaggart Cahill, brothers Lester Exter McTaggart, Willie J. (Bill) McTaggart and Wesley Gene (Bobby) McTaggart, first wife Patricia June Christy McTaggart, daughter Judith (Judy) McTaggart Rogers and son James Laroy (Jim) McTaggart.
James is survived by his wife of 17 years, Martha C. Moore Callaway McTaggart, son Leslie Taylor McTaggart, daughters-in-law Denise McTaggart and Karen McTaggart, son-in-law Doyle Rogers, step-children Mike and Jean Callaway, Lloyd and Marsha Hoelting, grandchildren Wendy and Chris Madden, Scot and Mari Rogers, Megan and Brian Thompson, James Laroy McTaggart III, Chad and Karen McTaggart, Joseph and Jackie McTaggart. great-grandchildren Ashley, Kaitlyn and Evan Lee Madden, Ryan, McKenzie and Ella Rogers, Jonathan Thompson, Samantha McTaggart, Colby, Dallas and Mason McTaggart and numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Nov. 18, 2017 at Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in Athens. Interment followed at Patterson Cemetery, under the direction of Hannigan Smith Funeral Home.
You may light a memorial candle or write condolences to the family at www.hannigansmith.com.
Arrangements by Hannigan Smith Funeral Home.

Nov

22

Posted by : admin | On : November 22, 2017

James Ray Cryer

Special to The News
ATHENS–After entering a plea of guilty in October, James Ray Cryer, Jr., 42, was sentenced by Judge Dan Moore of the 173rd District Court in Athens, to life in prison for Aggravated Sexual Assault. Cryer was also convicted of Unlawful Restraint, for which he received a sentence of 10 years.
Henderson County Sheriff’s Deputy Keon Mack, jailers Clayton Teel and Brittney Owens, along with the victim testified at the Nov. 8 sentencing hearing.
On Aug. 10, 2016, Cryer was “working security” at the Exxon game room in Dogwood City located in Smith County. Also present at the game room was a 60-year-old Frankston woman, who Cryer approached, asking for a ride home. After directing her into the Briarwood Bay subdivision, he directed her to a darkened street, where he grabbed her by the hair and held a knife to her throat, forcing her to perform a sexual act. He then ordered her to drive to a different location, where he intended to abuse her further.
As she drove slowly down the street, Henderson County Sheriff’s deputy Keon Mack passed the car going the opposite direction and noticed the car’s slow speed and failure to lower its lights from high beam. After turning around he also observed a defective tail light for which he initiated a traffic stop. When he got alongside the driver’s side window, Mack noticed the woman was extremely nervous and when asked if everything was OK, she whispered the words, “Help me.”
Recognizing the woman was possibly in danger, Mack had her step out and move to the rear of the vehicle, so she could tell him what was taking place. Shortly after that, he got Cryer out of the car, removed the knife and placed him under arrest.
The woman, visibly shaken and upset, told the deputy several times that he had saved her life, a belief which she reiterated to the court.
Both Teel and Owens testified about threats Cryer had made while in the Henderson County Jail. In particular, he had made the statement that if he got a life sentence, he would kill one of the [expletive] guards.
Assistant District Attorney Jessica Bargmann, who prosecuted the case for the State, introduced Cryer’s prior convictions for Aggravated Criminal Mischief, Sexual Assault, Unlawful Possession of a Deadly Weapon in a Penal Institution, and Possession of a Prohibited Item in a Correctional Facility. He was sentenced to 15 years for his first Sexual Assault in 1993 and while in prison, he received two additional felonies, resulting in his incarceration for a total of 23 years.
Cryer had been out for only 10 weeks before committing this assault.
Bargmann said that the sentence brought peace to the victim and justice for the community. “James Cryer has a long violent history, and a life sentence is the only way to ensure the continued safety of the public,” she said.
District Attorney Mark Hall commended Bargmann for an excellent job presenting the case, and was gratified that the court assessed a sentence that will keep Cryer in prison, and away from other potential victims for at least 30 years.
“When a person has been in prison over half his life, and then commits another violent crime immediately after getting out, you know that he can’t adapt to society. James Cryer is back where he belongs.”

Nov

22

Posted by : admin | On : November 22, 2017

IMG_5876 Trinidad VB #7 CMYK
By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
GARLAND–The Trinidad Lady Trojans pushed their way to this moment all season long, and this is what they had played for since their season started in August, a chance to play for the UIL State Volleyball Championship.
They were one step away coming into Wednesday, Nov. 15 as they faced off against the Blum Lady Bobcats at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland.
The Lady Bobcats had made their way to the State semi-finals with victories over Buckholts, Kopperl, Bryson, and Tioga before facing Trinidad.
The Lady Trojans had a first-round bye after winning their district. They defeated Leggett, Chester and Fruitvale, winning all nine sets in the first three rounds before battling to the end, winning 3-2 over Miller Grover to advance to the semi-finals.
It started out as back and forth between the Lady Trojans and the Lady Bobcats early on.
The Lady Trojans then found a spark and went on a run to take a 14-5 lead before Blum took a timeout.
The Lady Bobcats battled their way back late, tying the contest 23-23 after a 18-9 run.
With the support of the fans in the stands, the Lady Trojans scratched out the last two points to take a first set victory, 25-23.
The Lady Trojans seemed to have trouble with communication in the second set, losing points on mistakes, and eventually falling to the Lady Bobcats 25-17, knotting the sets 1-1.
The Lady Bobcats then jumped on Trinidad early, taking a 5-0 lead, forcing Lady Trojans Head Coach Tina Sawtelle to take a timeout and try and regather some momentum to push Trinidad in the right direction.
The Lady Trojans battled back late, getting to within three points at 23-20, but were unable to come back and defeat Blum as they went onto a 25-20 win in the third set.
The Lady Trojans now had their backs against the wall, facing elimination and possibly looking at the end of their season.
The Lady Bobcats held an early 3-2 lead before the Lady Trojans tied up the fourth set, and them promptly took the lead 5-4.
The Lady Bobcats then proceeded to go on a 10-5 run to take a 14-5 lead. The Lady Trojans clawed to within 18-12, but couldn’t overcome Blum as they fell 25-15 in the fourth and final set.
Erica Airheart led the Lady Trojans with 18 kills and had 16 digs.
Hallie Airheart finished with nine kills and eight digs.
Tori Moody led the Lady Trojans with 20 digs and had two assists.
The Lady Trojans season came to an end after winning their first district championship and going on a long playoff run, making it to within one win of play

Nov

22

Posted by : admin | On : November 22, 2017

By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff City Council reacted positively to the first reading of a request from the Malakoff ISD School Board to annex property at the high school into the city.
Mayor pro-tem Tim Trimble explained the request was made to include the new high school for police protection. The property consists of two parcels each more than 40 acres in the Peter Tumlinson Survey.
Council members also adopted resolutions authorizing the application for two Community Development Block Grants through the General Land Office. If granted, the 1 percent match grants would replace and upgrade two sewer pipes going to the wastewater treatment plant. The second application pertains to a drainage improvement project on the east side of the community center.
Kenneth Coignet from Public Management, said the grants would total $986,000 and $936,000, or nearly a million dollars, each. “The General Land Office has made $17M available for projects connected to FEMA 2015 storm events. There’s no guarantee, but we can try.” The applications will be completed and sent out on Nov. 30, he said following the unanimous approval.
After a lengthy executive session, the council authorized city attorney Hank Skelton to issue a letter to Star Harbor attorney Kelly Myers stating the City of Malakoff does not wish to alter the Dec. 16, 2016 contract it offered to the City of Star Harbor.
The council took no action in open session regarding a public information request, but rather just consulted with its attorney on the matter in closed session.

Nov

22

Posted by : admin | On : November 22, 2017

Burns obit

Funeral services for Gene Burns, 67, of Athens were held Nov. 18, 2017 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in Athens.
Gene passed away Nov. 15, 2017 in Tyler.
Frederick Eugene “Gene” Burns was born Jan. 13, 1950 in Houston, the son of Geraldine and Frederick Burns.
He was a Wastewater Plant Operator for over ten years before retiring as a self-employed Municipal Water and Utility Manager.
He was a Harley man who enjoyed riding his bikes with his wife all over the United States, especially in the Smokies of Tennessee.
Gene was above all things a family man who loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. Papaw rarely ever missed any of their activities. He will be greatly missed by all he knew and loved.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Charles William Burns.
He is survived by his loving wife of over 44 years, Cathie Burns of Athens, sons David Burns and wife Dollie of Trinidad, Kris Burns and wife Christie of Athens, brothers Prentiss “PT” Burns and wife Laverne of Brownwood, James Stephens and wife Kathy of Princeton, Terry Burns of Livingston, granddaughters, Kodie Nell Burns and Kie Angelique Burns, grandsons Brett Burns, Kole Burns, Ford Sugai and Aaron Rowe, great-granddaughter Kaileigh, life-long friends Gary and Joni Winscott, Terry and Gail Hammond and numerous nieces and nephews.
You may light a memorial candle or write condolences to the family at www.hannigansmith.com.

Nov

22

Posted by : admin | On : November 22, 2017

Malakoff playoff FB #8 CMYK

By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
CROCKETT–The Malakoff Tigers headed to Monte Jack Driskell Stadium in Crockett Nov. 17 to face the Rockdale Tigers in a Bi-District playoff matchup.
The two teams faced each other last year in the third round of the UIL playoffs in Waco.
The Tigers came into last year’s playoffs on a tear after going an undefeated 7-0 in district play. Malakoff ended the season at 14-1.
Malakoff won the previous matchup in 2016 by a score of 27-14.
Malakoff would go on to face Yoakum, but lost 28-24, coming just one win shy of heading to AT&T Stadium to play for the State championship.
Malakoff came into the contest at 9-1 on the season, with Rockdale coming in at 8-3 overall.
Malakoff hoped to have a little magic from last season to help them prepare for their first-round contest on Friday.
Malakoff struck first on Friday night with a 13-yard touchdown reception by Ethan Snow from the arm of quarterback Judd Miller to take a 7-0 lead just over one minute into the contest.
Rockdale responded just three minutes later with a 5-yard rushing touchdown by Torry Locklin to tie the game 7-7.
Just before the end of the first quarter, Jaquaylnn Crawford picked up a 49-yard rushing touchdown for Rockdale to take a 14-7 lead before the second quarter.
Rockdale scored just nine seconds into the second quarter on a 45-yard pass to push their lead to 20-7 after a missed extra point.
Malakoff running back Zee Bailey responded with a four-yard run with 6:58 left to cut the lead to 20-14.
With 4:10 remaining, Locklin tacked on his second touchdown of the game for Rockdale on a 24-yard run. Rockdale would complete the two-point conversion to take a 28-14 lead.
Bailey was able to close the gap with a two-yard touchdown with 49 seconds remaining to cut the Rockdale lead to 28-20.
Rockdale would add a field goal to take a 31-20 lead into halftime.
Defense was the name of the game in the third quarter as Rockdale was the only team to score on a one-yard touchdown pass to boost their lead to 38-20 heading into the final quarter.
Miller took the ball into his own hands and picked up a 26-yard rushing touchdown for Malakoff to cut the deficit to 38-26 with 10:01 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Miller picked up another touchdown on a two-yard rush with 4:42 remaining to cut the Rockdale lead to 38-33.
Rockdale put the nail in the coffin with a late touchdown to seal the 46-33 victory over Malakoff.
Rockdale moves on to the Area round of the playoffs to face Woodville Friday, Nov. 24.
Malakoff won 54 games combined over the last five seasons.
Things turned around after Jamie Driskell arrived, carrying the team to an 8-3 record in 2009 after going 0-10 in 2008.
The Malakoff Tigers season comes to an end as they finish up 2017 at 9-2 overall under Coach Driskell.

Nov

21

Posted by : admin | On : November 21, 2017

Hughes obit
Funeral services for Walter Lee Hughes were held Nov. 11, 2017 in the chapel at Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp with Tommy Green officiating. Interment immediately followed at King Cemetery.
Walter Lee Hughes was born Sept. 3, 1934, in Glenwood Hot Springs, Ark., to parents Albert Jackson and Bertha Lee (Hammonds) Hughes and entered eternal rest Nov. 11, 2017 at the age of 83.
Walter served in the Army from 1953 to 1956. He was mostly self-employed, owning a shop from which he worked as a mechanic and on construction. Walter had a beautiful personality and loved playing with his grandchildren. His many hobbies included fishing, working on cars, watching western movies, drinking, dancing and flirting with young ladies on weekends. He particularly enjoyed coffee and non-filtered cigarettes.
Walter is preceded in death by his parents Albert Jackson and Bertha Lee (Hammonds) Hughes, stepfather Virgil (Cricket) Henderson, sister Ernestine Hughes Ford Baugh, brothers William T. Hughes, Otis Jackson Hughes and Harold Ray Hughes.
He is survived by brothers Virgil Henderson and wife Carolyn of Latexo, Tracy Henderson and wife Betty of Nogalous, Albert Henderson and wife Sharon of Kemp, sisters Katherine Jean Hughes Houston of Kemp, and Reba Henderson Smiley of Kaufman, children Cherrie Hughes of Okla., Patricia Hughes of Okla., Allen Hughes of Okla., Shelly Hughes Rossen of Calif., Rodney Hughes and wife Lisa of Okla., Sobra Barton of Calif., and Tracy Haney of Calif., several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, loving family members and many more friends.
A personal tribute may be made on line at www.andersonclaytonkemp.com.

Nov

16

Posted by : admin | On : November 16, 2017

Malakoff FB #11 R.J. Carr CMYK

By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Tigers entered senior night looking for one more tune-up against the Elkhart Elks before the beginning of postseason play.
The Tigers did just that, with their offense setting a school record for offensive output Nov. 10.
The Tigers busted out with a 15-yard rushing touchdown by R.J. Carr. After the successful PAT by Hector Romero, the Tigers took a 7-0 lead.
This would become frequent as Romero ended the night with nine successful extra points.
The Tigers tacked on seven more points on a 54-yard reception by Jaquaylon Hart after a great pass from quarterback Judd Miller to take a 14-0 lead.
Zee Bailey picked up a 44-yard touchdown on a long run, followed by a 39-yard rushing touchdown by Hart.
Bailey added his second of the first half on a short three-yard run to push the Tigers’ lead even higher.
Ethan Snow caught a 51-yard pass from Miller, Hart picked up his second touchdown of the first half on a 60-yard reception and Dedric Davis got his first touchdown on a seven-yard run to get the lead to 55-0 by the time the second quarter ended.
Carr picked up his second touchdown on a two-yard run, followed by Jamicah Gregg’s first touchdown of the night.
Davis ended the offensive outburst for the Tigers on a 65-yard rushing touchdown to carry the Tigers to their largest victory in school history, defeating the Elks 75-0.
The Tigers finish the regular season at 9-1 overall and wrapped up District 9-3A Division I play with a 6-1 record. Malakoff finished tied with Teague and West for first in the standings.
They head into the playoffs with a share of their 11th district championship in school history.
The Tigers begin postseason play with a third-round rematch from 2016 against the Rockdale Tigers (7-3, 5-1 district) Friday, Nov. 17 at Monte Jack Driskell Stadium in Rockett at 7:30 p.m.

Nov

16

Posted by : admin | On : November 16, 2017

IMG_2222 Athens FB #37 Nathan Sims CMYK

The News Staff Reports
BROWNSBORO– The season finale between the Athens Hornets and Brownsboro Bears turned into a shootout at Bear Stadium Friday.
With eight seconds remaining in regulation, the Hornets scored the game-winning touchdown as Nathan Sims rumbled in from 22 yards out. Anderson booted the PAT through for the 49-42 finale.
The one and only pass for the Hornets came with 1:29 remaining as Andrew McBride found Xavius Fulton for 85 yards. The extra point by Dakota Anderson tied the game at 42.
“Yes, I expected the pass and our entire coaching staff expected the pass. We told the kids too, but when you are dealing with 16 to 18-year-old kids, they don’t do what they are always coached to do,” Brownsboro coach Greg Pearson said. “We know with 1:50 left and having to go 90-yards, that they were going to throw a pass. We had three guys who were definitely supposed to play loose, and one of them definitely didn’t.”
Athens coach Paul Essary said following the game-winning touchdown by Sims, he knew things were looking good for his group.
“I really did think the momentum was shifting,” Essary said. “Some of the coaches thought we may have to throw the ball. I said, all we have to do is pop it, and we popped it and got it going. The line did a great job of blocking and the running backs did a good job of faking it. Xavius did a good job and when you get the ball in the air, X will catch it. Andrew did a good job of play action sitting back there and threw it out there, and the rest is history.”
The Hornets finished with a record of 3-7 overall and 2-4 in District 8-4A play. The Hornets ended a four-game losing streak with the victory.
“We are at least tied for fourth place and the points got us again,” Essary said. “We are there and with a young team they will keep fighting and we will have a great offseason. I am so happy for these seniors who played their hearts out. These underclassmen played their hearts out. I love them to death and I am going to miss them, and I am proud of them.”
Brownsboro improved to 5-5 overall and finished district play at 2-4. They will be the No. 4-seed in the playoffs scheduled for next week.
“We do get to put the pads on Monday and get to play Thursday night,” Pearson said. “Maybe we can correct these mistakes. From what I am understanding, it will be Liberty Eylau at 7 p.m. at Pine Tree. We found a way to get in and now we have to find a way to get a win.”
Brownsboro opened the scoring with 6:56 remaining in the first as Kevon Thompson scored on a 20-yard run.
Bears senior running back Saul Williams added to the lead with a six-yard run with 10:08 remaining in the first half.
Athens then cut the deficit to 14-6 as Sims scored on a six-yard run. The Hornets bobbled the snap, and missed on the two-point conversion.
Thompson scored his second touchdown of the game, this time from 15-yards out for the 20-6 lead. The Bears missed the two-point conversion attempt.
Sophomore Jerquindon Taylor wrapped up the first half scoring with a 41-yard touchdown run. Dakota Anderson booted the PAT good for the 20-13 deficit.
“I tell you I knew that Athens and Brownsboro would come out and it would be a slug fest. It was, and my hats off to Athens,” Pearson said. “Their coaching staff and kids did a good job. We had a chance to put them away with a two-score lead, and their kids bounced back and fought and continued to fight.”
In the third quarter, Thompson scored from six yards out to give the Bears a 15-point lead at 28-13 with 10:31 remaining.
Athens responded with a 37-yard run by Fulton, and a 29-yard run by McBride to tie the game at 28. On McBride’s touchdown, Athens went for two as Fulton ran in the conversion.
In the fourth quarter, Woods scored on a five-yard run to make the score 35-28 with 8:09 remaining.
McBride then tied the game with a four-yard run with 5:29 remaining. Thompson then added a 44-yard run to make the score 42-35 Brownsboro with 2:18 remaining in regulation.
“It was a typical Brownsboro and Athens football game. We had two rivals, and it was a slug fest,” Essary said. “I thank the good Lord that we won the game. We played our hearts out, and I know Brownsboro played their hearts out. They are two well-coached teams and two well played teams. Both teams played hard, physical and relentless. I am proud of them and what better way to end the season than with a win.”

Nov

16

Posted by : admin | On : November 16, 2017

The News Staff Reports
HENDERSON COUNTY–Voters across the state agreed to change the Texas State Constitution in seven propositions with fewer than 5 percent of registered voters casting ballots Tuesday. No statewide or county offices were on the ballot and few municipalities school districts or other taxing entities appeared either. .
The seven state propositions included:
• an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or surviving spouse if the homestead was donated by a charity for less than the market value. Prop 6 is similar but is applied to the surviving spouse of first responders who are killed in the line of duty
Prop 2 makes refinancing a home easier with more choices, which covers agricultural homesteads and lines of credit.
Prop 3 limits the service of appointed officials by the governor, restricting it to the legislative session.
Prop 4 allows the legislature to require a court to notify the attorney general o a challenge brought against a state statute, so the AG has opportunity to deend the statute.
Prop 5 authorizes the 10 Texas major league sports franchises that had charitable foundations to conduct charitable raffles. Prop 5 would expand that number to include hockey, basketball, football, baseball, soccer, motorsports, golf teams and minor leagues, as well as major leagues.
Prop 7 is similar as it allows credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings.