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Special to The News
ARLINGTON–The American returns to AT&T Stadium in Arlington at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 for its fifth year. The event is billed as the “World’s Richest One-Day Rodeo.”
The best cowboys and cowgirls in the world will compete in team roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, tie down roping, bareback riding, saddle bronc and bull riding for the $2 million purse.
During this annual event, amateurs compete with a mixture of champions and top athletes from the PRCA, PBR and WPRA. The American is the only time the champions of these professional organizations can be seen at one event.
The RFD-TV’s FanZone is back by popular demand. It will be a one-day FanZone located on the West Plaza at AT&T Stadium Sunday, Feb. 25. The gates will open at 10 a.m. and fans will be able to watch the shoot-out round from the previous four years, listen to music from the AARP stage, enjoy some food and drinks and of course, visit the sponsors before RFD-TV’s The American gets going at 2 p.m.

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Commissioners Ken Geeslin, Chuck McHam, SAR-Athens hapter president Bill Sekel, County Judge Richard Sanders, SAR member Charles Luna, Wade McKinney and Ken Hayes line up to sign the proclamation they unanimously agreed to Tuesday.

Commissioners Ken Geeslin, Chuck McHam, SAR-Athens hapter president Bill Sekel, County Judge Richard Sanders, SAR member Charles Luna, Wade McKinney and Ken Hayes line up to sign the proclamation they unanimously agreed to Tuesday.

Bill Sekel, president of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Athens Chapter presents a proclamation to Commissioners' Court celebrating Feb. 22, 2018 as the 28th anniversary of the birth of George Washington, the father of our country.

Bill Sekel, president of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Athens Chapter presents a proclamation to Commissioners’ Court celebrating Feb. 22, 2018 as the 28th anniversary of the birth of George Washington, the father of our country.


By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–Those attending Henderson County Commissioners’ Court Tuesday witnessed Democracy in action as residents of County Road 4506 in Precinct 4 took turns presenting testimony during a public hearing Tuesday considering the closure of 210 feet of roadway.
Usually, no one affected by decisions under consideration attends Commissioners’ Court to speak during a public hearing, noted Judge Richard Sanders.
However, four citizens, armed with aerial maps, arguments about how the closure would effect trash pick-ups, school children riding the bus and mail delivery, the dimensions of a bus turnaround area through the “half acre” the property owner is trying to reclaim would take up most that space; and a property owner barely maintaining a nine-acre farm property with a farmhouse on which he pays annual taxes and electricity testified how the closure would cut him off from that property.
The five-year owner of the property, who requested the closure to enable a fence line and better use of what he described as a half-acre, also got his say before the Commissioners’ Court. When all had been heard in the public hearing scheduled for 9:25 a.m., commissioners closed the hearing to discuss and consider any motion proffered.
Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin offered three points to consider in the case before the request to close “the last 210 feet of CR 4506” died for lack of a motion. Geeslin pointed out that mapping services whether made by the appraisal district or from online computer services are not without faults, lacking crucial information. Secondly, the continuance of CR 4506 beyond the 210 feet proposed for closure has not been maintained by the county for at least 20 years and is basically a sugar sand road, though parts still maintain some asphalt. By the county’s rules a road not maintained for longer than 10 years is considered abandoned. However, the county cannot leave any property owner landlocked. Lastly, Precinct 4 did something Geeslin said he hopes will become common place throughout the county. It posted a road sign informing local residents of the public hearing scheduled to consider the request for road closure.
After the meeting adjourned, Geeslin told The News that he told residents reaching out to him on the matter to come up with a plan and present their case to the court – which they did. Later, they came to realize that by the issue lacking a motion, they had won their case.
In other action, commissioners:
• proclaimed Feb. 22, 2018 President George Washington Day in commemoration of the 286th anniversary of his birth. SAR members noted it was his leadership during the eight-year Revolutionary War which ultimately won the nation’s independence from the most powerful country in the world; he resisted the efforts of those who sought to make him a king and instead used his influence and power as Continental Congress president to support the creation and adoption of the Constitution of the United States; was elected the first President of the United States, serving two four-year terms and became the exemplar of distinguished leadership for all future presidents and in recognition of his devotion, wisdom, brilliance, courage and vision, acknowledge his contribution and relevance of his life for the preservation of democracy in today’s complex world.
“He (George Washington) was instrumental in how we run our government today,” Sanders respinded.
• refunded requests for overpayment of taxes totaling $8,582.64. One of those requests came from a property owner who is conducting an “eco-lab study” on the flora and fauna on his property. “Our chief appraiser has worked to remove that as a loophole but has not had a whole lot of luck with it,” Sanders said. The added ag exemption on two lots inside Star Harbor is to be for a specific period of time, which the appraiser has flagged for removal at the proper time, he added.
• accepted tax resale deeds of two lots in Porters Bluff Estates in Precinct 2 that had already been approved by Eustace ISD.
• agreed to set a 35-mph speed limit on a one-mile portion of CR 4622, south of Athens off SH 19 near the intersection of Millrun, which is already set at 35 mph. “The signs will go up today,” Geeslin said for the benefit of the citizen who spoke for the measure during the public hearing.
• praised Sheriff Botie Hillhouse for passing a surprise Jail Standards inspection for the seventh time in a row.
• accepted certain replats in Precinct 2 in Thurman Estates and the Forest Glen Addition.
• paid bills totaling $12,208.40 in 2017 and $185,336.99 in 2018.

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House obit
David Ray House was born Oct. 28, 1957 in Grapevine to parents Billy Ray and Joyce Elaine (Blensdorf) House and entered eternal rest Feb. 7, 2018 at the age of 60.
David was born and raised in the Dallas area but graduated high school in 1976 from Capuchino High School in Millbrae, Calif.
He was a great guy that you could always count on. David possessed many “talents.” He was a natural caregiver, a prankster, had pet names for everyone and played several instruments. He could make up a song about you and sing it. He served as baseball commissioner of Kemp K.A.S.A., he had great faith in his Savior Jesus Christ and he liked to “stir the pot.”
David was self-employed in construction his whole life. He enjoyed fishing and music, especially Bluegrass, but he loved sports. David was an amazing man and cared a lot about others. He will be missed tremendously by all who knew him.
David was preceded in death by his mother, stepdaughter Andrea and sister Deborah Lynn House.
David is survived by his father and stepmother Sue of Tool, wife Tommie of Tool, daughters Brandi McFarland and husband of Pearland, Amanda House of Kemp and Candace House of Tool, sons David Ray Borunda of Pecos, and Joshua House of Mabank, sisters Aleisa McGuirl of Fla., Yvette Baxley and husband Carl of Allen and Shawn Scott and husband Brian of Morgan, brothers Billy House and wife Selena of Trinidad and Ruben Rosas of Fort Worth, four grandchildren, great-granddaughter, many nieces and nephews (who adored him greatly), other loving family and many more friends.

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The News Staff Reports
CORSICANA–The Malakoff Lady Tigers head to the Area round after a 46-40 victory over the Maypearl Lady Panthers Tuesday at the Wolens Special Events Center in Corsicana.
The Lady Tigers had to play two seeding games to get to the playoff game Tuesday.
Malakoff coach Meghan Hyde said that helped the team.
“We really didn’t enjoy playing the seeding games, but I think it helped us for this moment,” Hyde said. “I think we got a playoff mindset the last two games, especially like the game against Buffalo going right down to the wire.”
With the victory, Malakoff faces Marlin in the Class 3A, Region 3 area round later this week.
Marlin defeated Rogers, 69-42, Monday.
The two teams will play at McClennan Community College in Waco Friday at 8 p.m.
“I know Marlin has a really good point guard,” Hyde said.
Malakoff was led in scoring by senior Jalie Dawson with a game-high 20 points. Alliyah Coleman had nine, Taliha Dora had six, Charlsey Stearman had five, Nakeya Kelley had four and KeiKei Walker had two.
Maypearl was led by Sol Cabuto with 13. Kynlee Herrin had eight, Lillie Beason had seven, Meredith Keasler had six, Phylicia Grimes had four and Hadlee Gibson had two.
Malakoff came out strong behind the play of Stearman and Dawson.
The first 11 points were scored by Dawson off assists from Stearman for an 11-4 lead
“That is Jalie,” Hyde said. “I was looking back in the books to her freshman year, and she always performs when games get tougher and bigger stages. She will make a great college player one day.”
Following the opening 3-pointer by Dawson, the Lady Tigers held the lead the entire game.
Maypearl got to within 15-10, at the end of the first quarter. In the second, Malakoff was able to hold a five-point lead throughout to take a 27-22 lead into the intermission.
Dawson led the way with 13 points in the first half of play.
In the second half, Malakoff went to a stall game as the third quarter saw the Lady Tigers outscore Maypearl, 10-6.
In the fourth quarter, Maypearl tried to make a run to get the game to within, 43-40 with just over a minute left.
The basket came on a 3-pointer from Keasler off an assist from Alyssa Holder.
Malakoff iced the game with a free throw by Kelley and a layup by Coleman off an assist from Stearman for a 46-40 victory over the Lady Panthers to advance.

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Funeral services for Buck Allen Myrick were held Feb. 9, 2018 at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel in Mabank. Buck was born Sept. 11, 1927 in Gossett Community to parents Robert E. and Mary (Suggart) Myrick and entered into eternal rest Feb. 5, 2018 at the age of 90.
Buck never met a stranger and he was a big talker. He loved people and never forgot a face or a name. Buck was an animal lover. He fed every stray he saw, if he had food with him. He was close with his neighbors. He liked sitting on his front porch and talking to anyone who strolled by. Buck enjoyed listening to country music on his radio and watching western movies. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Buck was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Frank, Claude, Clarence, Troy and Travis, sisters Pearl, Eunice and Lillian.
He is survived by his sister Elsie Moore of Grapevine, sister-in-law Ernesteen Myrick of Kemp, many nieces and nephews, other loving family members and many friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

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Daisy Harmon of Gun Barrel City was born in Davenport, Okla., Jan. 8, 1931 to Tom Calvin Cook and Melvina Dee (Clarkson) Cook. After 87 years of life as an angel on earth, Jesus called her to her heavenly home Feb. 2, 2018.
Daisy was fond of the outdoors. She loved looking at trees and watching birds and she could find beauty in any natural setting.
Daisy also enjoyed watching football, baseball and basketball. The local professional sports teams were always her favorite. Daisy volunteered at Cedar Lake Nursing Home and Kemp schools. She enjoyed playing cards, Dominos and board games.
Daisy was the sweetest lady you could ever meet. She was caring, compassionate and friendly. She was extremely selfless and always put others before her. Daisy loved to bake and cook. She always made certain she had prepared something for everyone, whether it was a family gathering, friends getting together or an individual visiting.Daisy knew what each person liked and she was determined to make sure they got it.
Daisy was loved dearly by all and will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving and devoted husband George Harmon, brothers Jack Cook, Roy Cook, Ronnie Cook and by her grandson Chase Hetmer.
Left with cherished memories are her daughter Geralyn Harmon, son Benny Harmon, daughter Twina Hetmer and husband Charles, grandchildren Christopher Hetmer and wife Landy, Courtney Merritt and husband Greg, Krista Harmon, Jarrod Harmon and wife Jewell, Melissa Harmon, great-grandchildren Conner, Addison and Brooklyn Hetmer, Morgan and Payton Merritt, Malachi and Daisy Parker, brother George Cook and wife Elizabeth, sister Sue Franklin, numerous nieces, nephews and other family loved ones and beloved friends.
Please leave condolences for the family at www.roselawn-funerals.com.

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The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–Two separate traffic stops Feb. 8 netted arrests of suspected drug dealers. Henderson County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man in Athens after finding him in possession of 35 “white rocks” believed to be crack cocaine.
Investigators David Robertson and Raymond Yockey also discovered a large sum of cash when the suspect was arrested and charged with a first-degree felony.
Roderick Young, 47, was released the following day on a $10,000 bond.
A second arrest of a suspected dealer in methamphetamines was made in the Thunderbird Shores subdivision near Gun Barrel City Feb. 8. Matthew Risler, 31, was stopped in his vehicle.
Deputy Matthew Jistel found him with a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamines, a digital scale and several empty plastic baggies commonly used to distribute the drug.
Risler faces a second-degree felony charge for manufacturing and delivering under 4 grams for dealing the drugs. In addition, Michael Box, 37, also from the Gun Barrel City area, was arrested and charged with a third-degree felony for hindering the Risler arrest, who was already wanted on an outstanding warrant for a parole violation. He is currently being held without bond.

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Posted by : admin | On : February 9, 2018

Shaw Obits
Celebration of Life services for Robert L. Shaw and Betty J. Shaw will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at 111 Douglas Drive in Mabank. Hosted by Diane, Tom, Bill, Connie, and Sandy Shaw.
Bob and Betty were married 72 years. This is the place where Betty and Bob lived with family, many dogs, a cat and a parrot until they passed Nov. 27 (Bob) and Dec. 24 (Betty) respectively.
They both maintained good spirit and sense of humor until they went to RIP falling asleep in their beds.
Bob Shaw worked in Kiwanis and Meals on Wheels and other charitable events the entire time he lived at the lake until it became too much and Betty was always at his side.
We welcome all those friends, family and folks in the community that would like to share their fond memories or would just like to be there.
Bob and Betty were amazing parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.They will be missed by all who knew them and loved them.
Bob and Betty are survived by their loving sons, Bill Shaw and wife Sandy of Ponder, Tom Shaw and wife Connie of Gun Barrel City, daughter Diane K. Shaw of Gun Barrel City, many grandchildren,great-grandchildren, all those who were blessed to know MoeyMemo and PapPap, and other loving family members and many more friends.

Feb

09

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Manning obit

Funeral services for Glyna G. Manning were held Feb. 8, 2018 at First United Methodist Church in Mabank with Pastor Dana Norton officiating. Graveside service followed at Oaklawn Cemetery in Mabank.
Glyna was born Aug. 22, 1934 in Oletha to parents Jim Carlee and Elgan Juanita (Sherrod) Lindley and entered into eternal rest Feb. 4, 2018 at the age of 83.
Glyna was the life of the party, she loved shopping and staying active. She was a former member of the Bridge Club, Jokers Club, Civic League and Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Mabank. Glyna was an amazing lady who will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Glyna was preceded in death by her parents and husband Gordon Manning.
She is survived by her daughter Janie Miller and husband Allen of Fort Worth, granddaughter Courtney Miller of Fort Worth, her extended family the Ryan children Julie, Laurie, their children and grandchildren, the Manning children Robert, Sandra, Janice, Julie, their children and grandchildren, numerous cousins, other loving family members and many more friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

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Posted by : admin | On : February 9, 2018

Ochoa Obit

A wonderful father, grandfather and friend entered into eternal rest Feb. 5, 2018. Jose Ochoa, 83, of Trinidad passed away in Athens.
Jose was born Sept. 11, 1934 in Penitas to Jose Ochoa and Beatrice Ramirez Ochoa.
At the age of 15 he started working at his Uncle’s restaurant “Gilbert’s El Charro Restaurant” in Tyler. He had the opportunity to open his own restaurant in 1969.
He moved his family to Payne Springs, where the first Ochoa’s Family Restaurant was established. Jose or “Poppa Joe” as known to the community moved the restaurant to Malakoff in 1973, where it still remains the favorite Mexican restaurant in the area. All of his children worked in the restaurant as they were growing up. Ochoa’s now has three locations, Malakoff, Athens and Canton.
He met and married the love of his life Anita Magallan June 16, 1956 in Rancho Grande, Mexico. They had 52 wonderful years together before her passing Aug. 12, 2008.
Joe is preceded in death by his wife Anita Ochoa, parents Jose and Beatriz Ochoa, sister Alicia Torrez and great-granddaughter Alina Gamez.
He is survived by his children Melia and husband Marty Reid, Mary Lou and husband Bill Faulk, Javier Ochoa, George and wife Melany Ochoa, Joe Ochoa, Anna and husband Gary Wigley, Nancy and husband Damazo Gamez, Jerry Ochoa, Julian and wife Brenda Ochoa, Jesse and wife Diana Ochoa, sister Maria Elizondo, sister Melia Ochoa, twenty-one grandchildren, twenty-five great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation for Mr. Ochoa will be from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Malakoff. Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. at the church with his son-in-law Marty Reid officiating. Interment will follow in the Malakoff Cemetery.