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Posted by : admin | On : December 1, 2016

Trinity Valley Community College and the City of Athens have reached an agreement for the college to purchase the property known as Central Park and the former National Guard Armory.

Trinity Valley Community College and the City of Athens have reached an agreement for the college to purchase the property known as Central Park and the former National Guard Armory.

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
ATHENS–The Athens City Council unanimously accepted terms for selling property to Trinity Valley Community College, at the college board’s request. The city will sell the former National Guard Armory property and the adjacent Central Park to the college for a total of $250,000 over the next five years.
City manager Philip Rodriguez was very excited to discuss this development Monday, Nov. 28 during a regular meeting of the city council as a supplemental item to its published agenda. That same evening the TVCC Board of Trustees also met to finalize the authorization to purchase the property.
The city council approved the item with a slight change, giving the city the first right of refusal, should the college ever decide to resell the property for development purposes unrelated to education. Councilman Monte Montgomery pointed out that the college board of directors is subject to change and the city should make sure the property is held for the public good.
When the motion passed, audience members responded with applause.
A portion of the armory is currently being used as the City’s Development Services Center and Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The City will rent the front portion of the building at $10 per month plus pay for its use of utilities for a period of up to 18 months or until the Cain Center expansion is complete. The city will also have sole use of the EOC if needed for an emergency, during the lease.
State law requires the city to use proceeds of park sales to benefit other parks within Athens.
“I’m thrilled we found a way to support TVCC through this sale,” Rodriguez said. “TVCC had discussed wanting to expand its footprint and services here in Athens, and the Council made a great decision in helping the college with that goal. There’s no question that TVCC is a valuable part of our culture and our local economy. They have deep roots here in Athens, and this property only strengthens that important tie to our community.”
Terms of the sale include TVCC covering all closing costs and delivering to the city $125,000 at closing. Another $100,000 will be delivered over the next five years in the form of 10 scholarships each year for the endowment of Athens residents, leaving another $25,000 to be paid by the end of the fifth year.
In other business, council members:
Heard a plea from Larue resident Brent E. Muecke to consider using the current City Hall, when and if it should be considered real estate for sale (in light of plans moving forward to move the city’s administration hub to the Cain Center), as a Senior Citizens facility. The centrally located building could be open daily for various activities enjoyed by retired seniors, such as a center for socializing, group hobbies such as sewing, quilting, knitting, artful painting, playing dominoes, card games, light exercise classes, coffee drinking, along with outdoor activities, such as horseshoes and washer pitching. He reminded the council that the city is designated as a Go Texan Retirement Community.
Received updates on water and wastewater rehabilitation projects
Agreed to replace the West Scott Street ground storage tank which is now in a state of noncompliance with state guidelines with a concrete one, whose functional life is estimated at greater than 50 years.
Authorized the purchase of five SUVs and one mid-size sedan for the police department from Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford through the State of Texas purchasing contract in the amount of $149,744. This purchase is within the department’s budget.
Named Bancorp South the city’s agent of record for medical and dental insurance, due to its lowered commission rate of 3 percent (current agent contract is 4 percent) plus other benefits, including a one-stop shopping enrollment guide. Councilman Edward McCain abstained due to conflict of interest.

Dec

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Posted by : admin | On : December 1, 2016

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By Rollin Hadsell
The News Staff Writer
WACO–The Malakoff Tigers are another step closer, and get a rematch with an old nemesis. After a 27-14 Regional Semifinal victory over sixth-ranked Rockdale on Nov. 15 at Waco ISD Stadium, the Tigers move to 13-0 and have a date with Cameron Yoe again.
The Tigers will get the opportunity to avenge last season’s 45-44 area round loss to the Yoemen when the two teams play in the Class 3A Division 1 Region III Championship Friday Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Waco ISD Stadium.
The Tigers, as has been customary during the playoffs, scored first on a 57-yard touchdown pass from Judd Miller to Q.T. Barker with 5:24 remaining in the first quarter. The Everardo Garcia extra point made it 7-0.
On Malakoff’s next possession, the Tigers made it 14-0 on a Breashawn Williams seven-yard touchdown run with 2:13 left in the opening quarter.
The big play in the drive was a 50-yard pass from Miller to Barker to set up the Williams touchdown run. The possession was set up when the Rockdale punter could not handle the snap, and Jack Patton pounced on the ball for the Tigers.
The Tigers widened the margin to 21-0 after going on a 10-play 50-yard drive that took almost four minutes.
The Tigers ended the drive with Miller’s second touchdown toss of the day, this time to senior Tyler Russell near the sideline from 13 yards out.
After a couple possession changes, and a turnover on downs by Malakoff, Rockdale made it a 14-point game after going 80 yards in 15 plays, ending the drive with a two-yard touchdown run by senior Davion Ford with 24 seconds remaining in the half. Ford finished the game with 73 yards rushing.
In the third quarter, Rockdale’s defense forced a Russell fumble, setting Rockdale up in Malakoff territory. Barker made sure the fumble would not cost the Tigers, picking off a Rockdale pass in the end zone to keep it a 14-point game.
Malakoff was forced to punt on the ensuing possession, and Rockdale scored another touchdown on a 44-yard touchdown pass with 3:30 left in the third quarter, making it a 21-14 game.
Malakoff would answer that score with one of their own, taking the next possession at their own 25-yard line and driving 75 yards in seven plays, capped off by Barker’s 13-yard scamper. The extra point was wide, making the score 27-14 with 11:52 remaining in the game.
With the game still uncomfortably close, Russell stepped up big, picking off two passes in the fourth quarter, including one late in the game that would seal the Malakoff win.
The defense only gave up 14 points to a Rockdale team that came in averaging over 44 points a game on the season.
Miller was 10 of 18 for 143 yards and two touchdowns through the air and had 14 rushing attempts for 95 yards on the ground.
Williams gained 38 yards on 16 carries, Zee Bailey had four rushes for 40 yards and Barker gained 38 yards on four attempts.
Barker led the Tigers in receiving with 92 yards on five catches, Russell added three receptions for 28 yards.

Dec

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Posted by : admin | On : December 1, 2016

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Funeral services for Robert Pickle will be held Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Eustace with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. and Bro. Paul McKinney will be officiating. Interment will follow the service at Moorehead-Melton Cemetery in Eustace, Texas.
Robert was born on May 26, 1931 in Eustace to parents William Chesley and Nell (Wilson) Pickle and passed away peacefully at Arabella in Athens Nov. 26, 2016 surrounded by his family.
Robert graduated from Eustace ISD and attended Henderson County Junior College, Lamar Tech and Midwestern University. He served 4 years with the U.S. Air Force and worked as a Master Instructor of fixed wing and helicopter maintenance at Sheppard Air Force Base. In 1966 he worked with the U.S. Army Aviation Material Command Bell Helicopter Plant Divisions. Robert finished his career with Navpro as an Industrial Property Management Specialist and Director of Industrial Division.
He married the loved of his life, Betsy Stegall Pickle, and they were together for 63 years.
Robert was an active member in the community, serving 25 years as a volunteer fireman with the Eustace Area Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Eustace.
Robert was an amazing man and was known for his quick wit. He will be missed tremendously by those who knew and loved him.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, son Joe Pickle, brother Sammy R. Pickle and sister Billie Pickle Southerland.
He is survived by his wife Betsy, two sons Ken Pickle of Highland Village, Ron Pickle and wife Delayne of Buda, grandchildren Robert Ryan Pickle, Travis and Sabrina Pickle, Calvin Pickle, Alyssa Pickle Simms and husband Kevin and Daniel Pickle, great-grandchildren Natalie and Leo Simms, Lola and Levi Pickle, Autumn Pickle and Austyn Pickle.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Arabella and staff, Genesis Hospice and Dr. Mahmoud for their loving support and care they gave to Robert and his family.
If desired, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Coalition of Athens.
Pallbearers are Robert Ryan Pickle, Travis Pickle, Calvin Pickle, Daniel Pickle, Kevin Simms, Wayne Pickle, Curtis Pickle and Steve Graham. Honorary Pallbearers are Tom Reilly, Billy Joe Bonner, Cotton Walker, Ronnie Sutton, Thomas Frazier, Bill McKee and Knox Lowe.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

Dec

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Posted by : admin | On : December 1, 2016

Special to The News
ATHENS–Henderson County D.A. R. Scott McKee reports the July Term, 2016, Grand Jury returned the following True Bills for the Nov. 9 meeting. In addition, three cases are indicted under seal.
•Raul Almaraz, JR, 20, Racing on a Highway,
• Michael Glenn Barnes, 35, Bail Jumping and Failure to Appear,
• James Edward Horton, 69, Cruelty to Animals,
• Phillip Wayne Brown, 62, Driving While Intoxicated,
• Gerald Don Williams, JR, 49, Possession of Controlled Substance (PCS),
• Tyler Jimmy Ray Brown, 21, Escape,
• Tommy Clyde Hurt, 40, Tampering with Evidence,
• Jose Antonio Carreon-Aguilera, 49, PCS,
• Blaine Anthony Christopher, 28, Unlawful Possession of Firearm ,
• John Tanner Forrester, 22, three countsof Burglary and Credit Card or Debit Card Abuse,
• Randall Clayton Boone, 27, Burglary
• Paula Kay Forester, 51, Hindering Apprhension or Prosecution,
• Travis Brax Davis, 19, Theft of Property
Benjamin Douglas Harmon, 22, Assault,
• Dvahje Marquel Hayward, 20, Theft of Firearm,
• Gary J Hampton, 61, Forgery,
• Christopher Doyle Savage, 29, Aggravated Assault,
• Scott Matthew Butler, 26, Driving While Intoxicated with Child Passenger,
• Terrance Joseph Samuel Benton, 25, PCS,
• Shandra Suzette Oliphant, 29, PCS,
• Dustin Ray Snyder, 28, Aggravated Assault
• Zanon James Sherman, 44, PCS,
• Lorenzo Demarkas Patton, 34, PCS,
• Michael Dwayne Lindley, 50, PCS,
•Danny Lee Mclemore, 61, Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle,
• William Lee Shaddox, 53, Burglary,
• Terry Paul Bevill, 54, Burglary,
• Robert Allen Shaddox, 49, Burglary,
• James David Walker, 27, PCS,
• Steven Michael Green, 45, PCS,
• Joshua Lynn Epperson, 35, PCS ,
• Johnny Craton Pope, 49, indicted for Aggravated Assault,
• Kristen Tennile Patterson, 40, PCS
• Jeffrey Mark Keith, 61, Evading Arrest,
• Kristy Anne Kidan, 37, Credit Card Abuse,
• Phillip Norman-Clinton James, 29, Assault Public Servant,
• Joshua Paul Rogers, Attempted Burglary of Habitation and Unlawful Use of Criminal Instrument,
• Robert Britt Gandy, 36, Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon,
• Christopher Lee Fischer, 27, Burglary,
Jeremy James Strawn, Burglary,
• Dean William Kjeldgaard, 54, Indecency with a Child.

Dec

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Posted by : admin | On : December 1, 2016

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Athens Hornets used great defensive pressure and a big second half to take a 61-51 victory over Corsicana Nov. 29 at the Athens High School gymnasium.
The Hornets were tied with Corsicana at 25-25 heading into the second half of play, but outscored the visitors 36-25 over the final two quarters to take the win.
The win improves the Hornets’ record to 2-1 on the season. The Hornets will be in action on Dec 1-3 at the Van Dairy Queen Invitational.
Midway through the third quarter, the Hornets cut the Corsicana lead to three with a layup by Gary Lyons. On the next possession, the Hornets tied the score at 34-34 on a three pointer by junior Miles Koehler. The Hornets outscored the Tigers 13-12 in the third quarter.
The defensive pressure the Hornets applied in the fourth helped the Hornets pull away for the big win, as Athens outscored Corsicana 23-14 in the final frame to take the victory.
The Hornets were led by Koehler’s 17 points, eight rebounds, four steals and two assists. Javiry Bowman also added 17 points, two rebounds and a steal in the win, Jabrile Richardson had 10 points, eight rebounds, four steals and a blocked shot. Lyons added eight points and eight rebounds, while Xavious Fulton and Cam Ray each added three points for the Hornets.

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Posted by : admin | On : November 23, 2016

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By Rollin Hadsell
News Staff Writer
NACOGDOCHES–The Malakoff Tigers took another step toward completing their mission- a state championship- with their 49-6 domination of Kirbyville at Dragon Stadium on Nov. 18.
The undefeated Tigers won its second area championship in school history and will play sixth-ranked Rockdale at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25 at Waco ISD Stadium.
Malakoff (12-0) set another record in this game, scoring the most points in a playoff game in school history, eclipsing last week’s 47-point performance against Troy.
The Tigers also have set a new school record for wins in a season.
The Tigers wasted no time getting on the board in this game.
After Kirbyville turned the ball over on downs after a strong stand by the Malakoff defense, Judd Miller connected with Q.T. Barker for a 39-yard touchdown. Everardo Garcia’s successful extra point made the score 7-0 with 8:46 to go in the first quarter.
Just two and a half minutes later, Miller threw a 24-yard touchdown strike to running back Breashawn Williams to extend the lead to 14-0. The Tigers added another touchdown in the first quarter on Miller’s third touchdown pass of the game, this time a 63-yard pass to Tyler Russell.
Kirbyville scored their only points of the game on defense. Donavon Norsworthy picked up a Tiger fumble and returned it 64-yards for a touchdown. The extra point was blocked, making it 21-6 at the end of the first quarter.
After a scoreless second quarter, the Tigers extended their lead to 28-6 with a drive that took only a minute and a half. Miller connected with Barker again for a 61-yard touchdown. The Tigers drive went 73 yards and took only four plays.
Miller threw touchdown pass number five when he again hit Barker with a 67-yard pass. Barker had four catches for 177 yards and three scores.
Deric Davis scored from 10 yards out and Caleb Adams recovered a fumble at the goal line for a touchdown, resulting in the 49-6 final.
Miller was 14-18 passing for 349 yards and five touchdowns. Tyler Russell had five catches for 115 yards, and Williams had 20 carries in the game, rushing for 172 yards.
The Tiger defense shut out the Kirbyville offense, with the Wildcats scoring their only points on the fumble return.
The Tigers stopped the Wildcats on a fourth and one early in the game and also had a fourth down stop at their own two-yard line in the third quarter.
The winner of the Malakoff-Rockdale regional semifinal game will advance to take on the winner of the game between Cameron-Yoe and Teague in the regional finals.

Nov

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Posted by : admin | On : November 23, 2016

Some 221 students celebrate in song with the performance of "Dynamite."

Some 221 students celebrate in song with the performance of “Dynamite.”

By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
TOOL–About 100 community members joined students and staff at Tool Elementary School Nov. 16 to celebrate its selection as a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. As such it is one of 279 public schools nationwide selected for the recognition.
“We’ve proven all schools can achieve high performance,” Principal Christal Calhoun said. That was said with confidence, since last year, the Malakoff school district, of which the Tool school is a part, produced its first Blue Ribbon award winner in Malakoff Elementary School, under the direction of Principal Ronny Snow.
The U.S. Department of Education program began in 1982, targeting best practices in high-achieving schools with 40 percent or more students identified as economically disadvantaged. Calhoun said 80 percent of the student body at Tool falls into that category.
Calhoun and three of her teaching staff recently returned from Washington D.C., where they were recognized and received a beautiful plaque, depicting the department’s official seal, a Texas live oak. The official tree and seal symbolize the Department of Education’s mission to promote student achievement and foster educational excellence.
“Getting recognition on a national level is very awesome,” Calhoun said. “I have the most amazing staff in the world.”
The National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. The National Blue Ribbon Schools flag gracing a school’s building is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning. National Blue Ribbon Schools are an inspiration and a model for schools still striving for excellence. Now in its 34th year, the U. S. Department of Education has bestowed this coveted award on fewer than 8,500 schools.
About 221 students entered the cafeteria in an orderly manner, climbing the risers, wearing very striking blue T-shirts with the Department of Education Seal and the slogan “We Dream Big” on the front. After leading the room in the pledges to the flags, students performed songs to celebrate their big win, including “Happy” and “Celebrate.”
In a phone call the next day, Calhoun attributed the school’s success to inventorying each student’s weaknesses and strengths, designing an individual plan for each one and then following through on that plan. “We just build on that all through the year,” she concluded.
During the celebration, the school received many words of congratulations from U.S. Representative Jeb Hensarling, State Representatives John Wray and Lance Gooden and from State Sen. Robert Nichols.
“I don’t have to look too far to see that Texas has a bright future,” Nichols said. Tool Elementary School serves as a model of Best Practices for schools across the state.”
Calhoun recognized all the support her students receive from mentors, volunteers, coaches and local businesses, identifying members of the school board, which “play a large role in our success;” Shirley Leone of Dairy Queen, VFW Post 4376, Dave Bullard, president of the Malakoff Education Foundation; daily morning greeter Fran Sonka, Stanley Brown and Jennifer Rudolf and First State Bank, which provided refreshments for all attendees..

Nov

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Posted by : admin | On : November 23, 2016

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By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–Jurors returned a guilty verdict in the trial of Stacie Marie Parsons, 27, who is charged with murdering her 4-year-old daughter, Victoria Wyatt, on July 21, 2014.
The seven-man five-woman jury returned a verdict after roughly 90 minutes of deliberation Nov. 17.
Juror Barbara Meyer told The News that the defendant didn’t exhibit any reactions or emotions during the 10-day trial that she could tell. She described the members of the jury as open-minded and able to render an opinion based on what was presented.
Meyer said what was the most convincing came from the defendant during several interviews with investigators recorded on video. “She confessed to the crime and believed she’d spend the rest of her life in prison,” Meyer said. “She didn’t show any diminished capacity to know right from wrong.”
173rd District Judge Dan Moore rejected a motion by Parsons’ defense team, pleading diminished mental capacity as a defense. Moore ruled that Parsons’ could not avoid criminal culpability on that basis. “It is not a defense under the criminal law,” Moore said.
In that case, Parsons’ lawyers claimed that Moore was denying Parson her Sixth Amendment right to legal counsel and that they were rendered ineffective. Moore said the two attorneys have been very effective at representing their client.
The defense is sure to seek an appeal since its evidence of intellectual disability and diminished capacity was disallowed from being presented to the jury, but was recorded in a closed session — as well as evidence of Parsons’ mental state or awareness of criminal activity at the time of its commission.
This evidence included depositions from those who have known Parsons, as well as from witnesses who testified as to her childhood and the IQ test she was given shortly after her arrest. Dr. Joan Mayfield found Parsons IQ to be 70. A score of 100 is considered average.
District Attorney Scott McKee told the judge the people were not seeking the death penalty for Parsons because of her mental disability. “Under the law, she does not qualify for the death penalty,” McKee said.
Parsons’ defense team entered a guilty plea by reason of insanity. A guilty verdict carries a sentence of life in prison.
Shortly after 9 a.m. July 21, 2014, Parsons walked into the Athens Police Department and stated she had killed her daughter and informed that the body could be found in the trunk of her car parked at an apartment building on Martin Luther King Blvd.
Police found the little girl with trauma to her head and chest. Later Parsons lead police to the place where the crime was committed under a bridge on County Road 1500. The girl’s father, Gary Wyatt, told news outlets that the girl’s mother had never acted violently toward their daughter before and that the couple had been together for six years. When Parsons left that morning with the little girl it was presumed she was going to register the girl for pre-kindergarten. When she returned without the girl and started walking away, Wyatt approached the car to look for her, “I wouldn’t be in that car if I were you,” Parson is reported as having told Wyatt. When he and a family friend opened the trunk, they found a garbage bag with his daughter’s leg sticking out of it. The two men pulled the body out and started CPR. Water was expelled from her lungs, it was reported.
According to news reports, Wyatt said that the night before, he had threatened to leave Parsons. Looking back, Wyatt said, weeks ago she had threatened to kill the baby if he ever left her, but he had chalked that up to just “angry talk”
“I never thought for a second she’d actually do it,” he said.

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Posted by : admin | On : November 17, 2016

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By Denise York
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–“Today we set aside time to honor all our Veterans,” said David Deas as he opened the East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Society Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11 under a sunny, cloudless sky in a beautiful setting.
Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders welcomed the crowd by reminding everyone that, “Freedom is not and never has been free. We are able to go about our daily business because these men and women are here and around the world, protecting our freedom. Many have paid the ultimate price and we owe them a debt of gratitude for making this the great nation it is today.”
David Deas told the story of, “Armistice Day,” which is what Veterans Day was called when it was created to honor Veterans of World War I and to remind nations to seek peaceful relationships between one another in hopes that we would never again be divided by war. After World War II and the Korean War, in 1954, at the urging of service organizations, the 83rd Congress decided to rename Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor all Veterans. President Eisenhower signed the legislation on June 1, 1954. The gathering then observed a moment of silence to honor all those who served.
U.S. Air Force Veteran Sam Alford played his trumpet to the colors while the flags were raised by members of Boy Scout Troop 343. State Representative-Elect Lance Gooden led the Pledge of Allegiance and the Pledge to the Texas Flag. Gooden prayed for the Veterans, past and present, and prayed for peace.
South Athens Elementary fourth-grade teacher Barbara Railsback and her students sang, “The Star Spangled Banner” while Sam Alford played “Taps” and a wreath was placed at the monument to honor the Veterans. Alford shared one of the more popular verses for “Taps,” since it is not well known that “Taps” has lyrics
Henderson County District Attorney and incoming District Judge for the 392nd District Court Scott McKee was the featured speaker. McKee’s public service has spanned three decades beginning at the age of 17 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army as an Airborne Paratrooper. Speaking about the Veterans, both present in body or spirit, McKee said he felt awed and inspired by the history and sacrifice of these men and women. He went on to talk about the recent election, reminding everyone that whether they are Democrat or Republican, Libertarian or Independent, the election process and the peaceful transition of power is crucial to the survival and strength of our great nation. And although neither Hillary Clinton, nor Donald Trump ever served in the military, although they never experienced the loneliness of a deployment, the screaming of a drill instructor or ever heard a gunshot fired in support of a cause greater than themselves. We as Veterans knew that one of them would be our Commander-in-Chief because that’s the way it works.
He spoke about the recent protests in Dallas after the election and thanked God that “we live in a country where we have the right to a peaceful protest because Veterans fought for that right. We fought for freedom of speech, the right to assemble, whether we agree with them or not, this right is vital to our nation, to open debate. Government does not give us our rights; our rights are given by God and it’s our Democracy that recognizes those rights and our Veterans that protect those rights.” McKee spoke of the ballot, the right to vote as the most powerful and dangerous weapon, one that everyone of legal age has and one that should never be holstered. It should always be, “locked and loaded.”
“It takes the courage and blood of brave men and women to keep and protect a free democracy. We as Veterans should not just ride off into the sunset like General MacArthur’s speech at West Point all those years ago. We have much to teach our children and our children’s children. Let our voices carry our history and our legacy.”
Deborah Tanner Deas shared a poem written in 1945 by her father World War II Veteran Douglas Tanner entitled, “The 740th Marches On.” Tanner was on the front row. The ceremony concluded with several more patriotic songs by the Central Athens Elementary fourth-grade students, but many stayed behind to view the monument and talk with the Veterans. The day was beautiful and there were many Veterans, from World War II to present day, to thank.

Nov

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Posted by : admin | On : November 17, 2016

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By Rollin Hadsell
News Staff Writer
TRINIDAD–The Trinidad Lady Trojans finished up a great season by winning District 21-1A and advancing to the regional finals. After an 0-27 record just two seasons ago, and last year winning their first district game, the team fought through adversity all year long, to win the district.
Lady Trojan Head Volleyball Coach Tina Sawtelle was proud of the way her team came together this year. “We had a lot of adversity this year with health and personal problems but the girls really came together and showed perseverance, mental toughness and drive,” said Sawtelle. “I am beyond proud of these ladies and the improvements we continue to make each year.” She also is encouraged by the way the future looks for the young team. “We are excited as a program for what the next year has in store for us,” Coach Sawtelle said. “We are only graduating one, so we will have almost our entire team back for the next season. It is a very exciting time for Lady Trojan volleyball.”
The Lady Trojans parlayed their regional finals appearance into post season honors. Eight players were selected to the all-district team.
Lady Trojan junior Erica Airheart was selected as the District 21-1A Most Valuable Player. Junior Hallie Airheart received district MVP server, sophomore Tori Moody district MVP blocker and sophomore Hayley Ned received district MVP defensive specialist.
Junior Brianna Cagle was selected 1st team all-district. Sophomore Jazmyn Burden-Engle and sophomore Jaylinn Womack received all-district second team honors. Freshman Cassie Patch was all-district honorable mention.
Coach Sawtell was also selected as the District 21-1A Coach of the Year by her coaching peers.
Coach Sawtell said she and the girls will stick to the plan she had coming into Trinidad. “Building a successful program is what we have been striving to do since I became the volleyball coach and we will continue to grow and build throughout the years,” Sawtelle said. “It has been exciting and rewarding to see the change in this program over the last 4 years, and I am excited for the future of Lady Trojan Volleyball.”