Jul

28

Posted by : admin | On : July 28, 2016

By Emmalee Doss
The News Correspondent
ATHENS–The Henderson County Commissioners Court met to determine whether a burn ban needed to be in effect, pay bills and accept the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Historical Commission in honor of the Henderson County Historical Commission.
Much discussion passed as to how the upcoming rain would reduce the number of fires and whether it was time to put a burn ban into effect. Fire Marshal Shane Renberg made clear that there has not been a burn ban in effect up until this point, and the burn ban will be reconsidered at the next meeting if dry conditions continue.
The Commissioners Court accepted the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Historical Commission in honor of the hard work of the Henderson County Historical Commission. The certificate awarded stated that the award was “in recognition of the county’s active and balanced preservation program.” Special thanks went to Sarah Jane, Betty Hallwell, Ivy Joe and everyone involved.
Commissioners agreed to pay the $137,601.97 in state fees and $159,818.57 for regular bills. There was speculation as to whether or not they were going through the budget faster than expected due to the state policy change regarding the addition of mental health care not budgeted in the medical budget.
The commissioners voted to approve a contract between the Department of State Health Services and the Henderson County Clerk’s Office regarding birth certificates.

Jul

28

Posted by : admin | On : July 28, 2016

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS– Athens High School athletic director Paul Essary has wrapped up his hires for the upcoming school year with six new coaches.
Two of the coaches are returning hires in middle school coordinator Cody Hines and assistant coach Jarrett Buchholtz.
Hines was a middle school coordinator two years ago and is coming back in the same role working with the seventh and eighth grade boys.
Buchholtz worked two years as a varsity coach and then came back. He will work with the seventh and eighth grade football, basketball and track team.
Essary has two former Hornets on the middle school coaching staff in brothers Devon and Desmond Bowie. Both played football and basketball for Athens and were on the 2010 football team that went four rounds deep in the playoffs.
Essary said that it is exciting to bring back past Hornet players to be a part of Hornet nation. They will be working with the middle school football and girls basketball and track.
In the varsity football program, Essary promoted coach Cresendo Bush from the middle school following the departure of coach Bradley Gandy. He will be coaching safeties and assisting the track team.
The middle school girls program will have two new coaches joining the staff in Brenda Hennesey from Rockwall and Ivory Nichols from Palestine Westwood.
Hennesey will be teaching science and coaching middle school girls volleyball, basketball and track. She has several years of coaching experience and Essary said that she came very highly recommended by her former coaches.
Nichols was a softball player at Grambling University and will be at Bel Air in the P.E. Department. She will coach middle school volleyball, basketball and track. She graduated from Palestine Westwood High School.
Essary said with only having to replace six coaches this year, it made the summer easy for him to finish up his staff for the year. He said that he thinks this is one of the best coaching staffs that Athens ISD has ever had.

Jul

28

Posted by : admin | On : July 28, 2016

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Special to The News
HENDERSON COUNTY–On Saturday, July 23, at approximately 8:25 a.m., the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a witness reporting there was a man near FM 315 outside of Chandler who had been held at gunpoint and was being beaten. The caller said that the suspect then tied the victim’s hands and feet together with a rope, threw him in the bed of a tan colored Ford pickup and drove away.
HCSO Sergeant Thomas Goodell and Deputies Tell Walker and Ray Yockey responded to the call. Deputies located the victim at his residence. The victim showed signs of having been assaulted and was bleeding. The victim, 54-year-old Dwayne Welch, told deputies that he was asleep in his tent. He said that the next thing he knew, he was thrown out on CR 4307 a mile or two from his residence. Welch suffered cuts and abrasions to his head, along with other contusions and bruises on his body. Welch was transported to East Texas Medical Center in Athens where he was treated and released.
Deputies searched the area for a truck matching the description given by the witness. Sergeant Goodell noticed a vehicle matching the description parked at a residence located near the end of CR 4307. Sgt. Goodell observed evidence indicating that the bed of the pickup truck had been recently washed. Goodell also observed what appeared to be traces of blood in the bed of the pickup.
Sgt. Goodell made contact with Derrick Cofer at the residence. Cofer admitted to striking the victim with a shotgun, assaulting him, binding him and transporting him against his will. Cofer said that he thought Welch had something to do with Cofer’s wallet going missing earlier in the morning.
Derrick Cofer was placed under arrest and booked into the Henderson County Justice Center on the offense of Aggravated Kidnapping, a First Degree Felony, punishable by 5 to 99 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Judge Kevin Pollack who set bond at $5,000. Cofer posted bond and was released.

Jul

21

Posted by : admin | On : July 21, 2016

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By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF–The Red Waller Community Library of Malakoff hosted Miss B and her assistant Lauren, who showed off several animals during the library’s weekly summer reading program, held July 14 at Malakoff Community Center.
The animals shown included a kangaroo, a wallaby, a bearded dragon, a sugar glider and a tarantula.
The weekly program continues through July 28.

Jul

21

Posted by : admin | On : July 21, 2016

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News Staff Reports
HENDERSON COUNTY–Henderson County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jannell Dunnington retired July 15 after serving the department for more than 21 years. She began her career with the department as a detention officer.
In a statement on its Facebook page, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office said, “She has been an outstanding deputy and helped and touched many people throughout her career here. She will be missed by so many. Once again, thank you Deputy Jannell Dunnington for your outstanding and dedicated service to Henderson County.”

Jul

21

Posted by : admin | On : July 21, 2016

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By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
ATHENS–Guy Furr will begin his 15th season at Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) as the 10th head basketball coach in the school’s history. Furr will replace Kris Baumann who served as coach for four years before leaving to join the staff at UTEP.
In his 14-year tenure (1987-92, 2007-16), Furr served as assistant coach to the three winningest coaches in school history, Leon Spencer, Pat Smith and Baumann.
Furr began his TVCC career on Spencer’s staff in 1987. He left after the 1992 season to return 15 years later on Smith’s staff.
During his first tenure at TVCC, Furr was instrumental in recruiting Nick Van Exel and Shawn Kemp, both of whom went on to play in the NBA.
When Furr left TVCC, he didn’t leave the area. Remaining an Athens resident, he coached and was the head boys basketball coach and principal at Martins Mill High School for five years. He then worked at Kemp High School as an administrator for five years, including one season as interim head boys basketball coach. Furr left Kemp for Murchison ISD, where he was superintendent for five years.
He is also an experienced shooting instructor and has hosted camps for the Shot Doctor in 34 different states.
Furr is a native of Murray, Ky. After playing basketball at Bethel College in Tennessee, he earned his bachelor of science degree from Murray State University and his master’s degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Furr and wife Tina have two children, Alex, a recent graduate of Fresno State University and now a member of the women’s basketball coaching staff at Cameron University, and Preston, a recent graduate of Athens High School and now a student at the college.

Jul

14

Posted by : admin | On : July 14, 2016

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Athens Dixie Youth Majors All-Star just missed out on a trip to the World Series Monday at Coleman Park.
Center defeated Athens for the second time this tournament with a 12-4 victory that knocked Athens out of the tournament.
The first loss of the tournament for Athens came to Center on the second day of the tournament.
The action Monday wrapped up three days of tournament action in the eight-team event held at Coleman Park in Athens.
After a victory against Hallsville in the loser’s bracket, the rematch against Center was set for Monday in the winner’s bracket.
Athens needed to defeat Center to force a three-team tiebreaker with the winner of the Tyler County-Hemphill contest for a trip to the World Series.
The two teams who will represent the Dixie Youth in Center and Tyler County, faced off in the championship contest later on Monday.
Tyler County beat Hemphill to advance to the final round. In the Monday loss for Athens, Center jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first inning,
They had two singles, an RBI-double and two more back-to-back RBI-singles off starting pitcher Hunter Rasco.
Athens cut into the deficit in the bottom half of the first inning with three runs of their own. Tivon Arroyo led off the inning reaching second on an error by the pitcher to put one man on base.
He then reached third on a passed ball and came home on another passed ball for the 4-1 deficit.
Kase Johnston then unloaded on a pitch over the left centerfield wall for the 4-2 deficit. After a single by Trevor Deupree, Matthew Jones then reached on a single.
Karson Rhoades then put runners on the corners with a fielder’s choice. Hunter Rasco then drove home Deupree for the 4-3 deficit.
In the bottom of the second inning, Athens tied the game at 4 on an RBI-single by Johnston, scoring Trevor Marquez.
Center scored the final eight runs in the fifth and sixth innings to put the game out of reach. Athens had hits from Johnston, Deupree, Jones, Rasco and Marquez in the loss.
Rasco was the starting pitcher for Athens going 5 2/3 innings. Rhoades pitched the final 1 and a 1/3 innings.
In the 11U division of Dixie, Athens won the first game against Hudson, 8-7, to force another game for the state title.
The two teams have already qualified for the World Series, which will be held in Arkansas later this month.
The Athens 9U team also played Monday night looking for a chance to play in the title game Tuesday at Coleman Park.

Jul

14

Posted by : admin | On : July 14, 2016

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By Sariah Kendall
News Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–Positive vibes and laughter flow throughout the room as program leader Caren Anthony initiates an exercise class designed for helping people with Parkinson’s disease, stroke or traumatic brain injury.
There’s a feeling that everyone really wants to be there. The gentlemen are cracking jokes with one another, spouses are laughing back-and-forth. There’s something in the air. It’s a vibrant hope that these individuals in the free program hosted at Family Fitness in Gun Barrel City will get better.
“We laugh, cry and are loud,” Anthony says.
The program was created by Colorado resident Gary Sobol, who himself experienced severe motor skill loss from Parkinson’s disease in 2008 – and gained it back with regular exercise. He eventually founded GZSobol’s Parkinson’s Network in 2013 with the mission to help others. The network has three main principles: overcome challenges, improve quality of life and restore functions. After receiving training, Anthony runs the same class in Henderson County.
Anthony is also an emergency service first responder from Eustace and makes a living as the Marketing Director at Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice in Malakoff and Corsicana. She is one of only ten certified Parkinson’s instructors in Texas.
Anthony first learned of Sobol’s network at a conference she attended through another hospice care, and when the opportunity arose to change job positions, she made it a priority to bring Sobol to Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice and receive training. She wasted no time becoming certified and jump-starting classes.
Family Fitness owners Eric Castro and Steve Steerman have encouraged Anthony to offer the free classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week from 12:30-2 p.m.
As a first responder, Anthony also provides “Vial of Life” packets for emergency planning and promotes fire escape plans.
This class was initially planned for six weeks, but because of the success rate, Anthony plans to keep the class going.
“If we can change one person’s life in this room, which I think we’ve changed several, that’s what it’s all about,” Anthony said. “You just have to care about people and change their life. And that’s what we do, that’s what we’re up to.”
The Parkinson’s Network also provides exercise classes for people with MS, TBI, neurological disorders and for those that want to age well.

Jul

14

Posted by : admin | On : July 14, 2016

By Robyn Wheeler
News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–Malakoff ISD Board of Trustees approved eight properties to be entered into the Henderson County Sheriff’s tax foreclosure sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2 at the courthouse. Of the eight properties, one is located in Key Ranch, two in Beachwood Estates, one in Esquire Estates and one in Royal Oaks Subdivision. If all properties sell for the estimated value, allowing MISD to make 25 percent of the sales, the district stands to make more than $36,000.
In addition, trustees approved the contract extension with Dr. Pepper until 2022. The district will receive $1 for every case sold.
Superintendent Randy Perry has been assigned to the Texas Association of Community Schools and signed two MOU’s for Trinity Valley Community College dual credit courses for 2016-17.
Perry said the STAAR scores will not be in until August but will be discussed in detail at the Aug. 15 meeting.
In other news, trustees:
• Approved the Region VII and 12 contracts for the 2016-17 school year.
• Heard a budget meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8.
• Received an excess check of $3,994.58 from Linebarger Gogagn Blair and Sampson, LLP.
• Heard two letters were received. The first from the Texas Education Agency approving the MISD audit for 2015-16. The second, from Texas State Representative John Wray congratulating the district on the finishing the construction on the field house and concession stand.

Jul

07

Posted by : admin | On : July 7, 2016

The News Staff Reports
HENDERSON COUNTY — The community mourns the passing of a nine-year-old girl after a boating accident ends in tragedy on the Fourth of July weekend.
Cierra Morman was boating with her family at about 7:15 p.m. July 1 near Malakoff, feeding rope to an inner tube, when she was tangled in the rope and fell overboard, striking the rear of the boat near the motor.
The girl’s death sent shockwaves through the community and devastated family and members of the Seven Points Volunteer Fire Department, for whom her father, Zach Morman, is a five-year member.
There were four adults and four children on board when the accident occurred. Investigators ruled the tragedy was purely an accident and no alcohol was involved. All the children were wearing life vests.
Assistant Fire Chief Bobby Conn said he and his entire department are still in a state of disbelief.
“This is hard. Really hard. We’ve shed a lot of tears and said a lot of prayers. We are going to miss her,” Conn said.
The fire department released a statement on Facebook saying the tragedy brought the “deepest sorrow and pain,” and asked for the support of the community.
Game Warden Mike Hanson said the Zach Morman was driving the pontoon boat at the time of the accident.
“It was purely an accident,” he said “It was a typical family outing turned tragic. These are by far the worst types of accidents. You just can’t explain it.”
Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens, Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, Malakoff Police Department, and several area volunteer fire departments responded.
A memorial fund was established to assist the family with funeral expenses. Donations can be made directly to Seven Points Volunteer Fire Department, or donations can be made online via PayPal. A link to the PayPal account can found on the fire department’s Facebook page.
Funeral arrangements have been made for Morman on July 8. The family will receive visitors from 6-8 p.m. at Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points. The funeral will be July 9 at 2 p.m. at Lake View Assembly Of God in Seven Points.