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The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–Athens coach Cliff Thompson said Friday’s 89-74 victory over the Palestine Wildcats was the biggest game he has seen all season.
It was the District 18-4A opener for both teams, and a competitive game until the second half of play.
“We shot the ball well,” Thompson said. “We made it hard for them to get shots they normally get. I feel like we played a really good game. Rowdy (Godwin) probably played his best game of the year with his rebounding and defense. I can’t think of one player who I am disappointed in that played. That was a fun game, and I am glad to see it.”
Athens is 19-2 overall and 1-0 in District 18-4A play. They return to action Tuesday as they host the Mexia Black Cats at 7:30 p.m. from AHS Gymnasium.
“They are big,” Thompson said. “They have 6-foot, 6-inch and 6-foot, 5-inch guys who can play. They have some guards who can shoot and handle the ball. I have seen them on film and they like to press. I assume they will do that to us too. I haven’t watched enough film to see how they handle our pace. Our big guys will have to play good Tuesday.”
Athens was led in scoring by senior Gary Lyons with 20 points. Senior Miles Koehler had 18, Javiry Bowman had 17, Chris Taylor had 14, Godwin had 12 while Cam Ray and Rhejhi Sherfield had four.
Palestine (14-13, 0-1) was led by Matthew Wages with 22 points. Jeremiah Davis had nine, L.A. Wiggins and Israel Fatade had seven and Enoch Fatade and Quinton Cook had six. Kameron Hamilton and Eric Carthon had three and T.J. Dever had two.
In the first quarter, Athens jumped out to a 14-5 lead with over three minutes left in the quarter on a layup by Bowman. Palestine was able to cut into the deficit and got to within 18-13 after the first quarter.
The second quarter is where Thompson said the momentum seemed to shift.
“They scored 27 points in the second quarter to our 30 points. That is a very high scoring quarter,” the coach said. “They hit five 3’s in the second quarter, and when teams hit them like that it is hard to pull away. I thought we did a good job of staying the course, and they were shooting the ball well.”
The Wildcats cut the deficit to eight at the break on a fast break layup by Davis with time running out on the clock for the 48-40 deficit.
Thompson said at the break, the main focus is with continuing to do what they do.
“I told them at halftime that we don’t need to make any adjustments,” Thompson said. “We need to keep doing what we are doing, and I feel like throughout the year teams scout us and when they get tired, they don’t run back hard in transition. We are able to get easy baskets later in games.”
The Hornets were able to get the lead back up into double digits early in the third quarter. Lyons found Godwin on a fast break dunk to get the lead to 54-42.
The lead never got back to single digits the remainder of the game.
Thompson said with the Hornets at 19-2 at this point, the bond he has developed with the team has been for him as a coach.
“For me, they are really special. I came in when the six seniors were sophomores. We have had some success over the last two years,” the coach said. “I am trying to enjoy the time I have with them. They are good players and good kids. I don’t have to worry about discipline with them. It is a good fun group to be around. I am hoping our success shows how I feel about them.”

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Posted by : admin | On : January 18, 2018

Cherlyn Ann Cantrell passed away Jan.13, 2018 in Malakoff.
Cherlyn was born in Dallas, July 4, 1958 to Charles and JoAnn Cantrell.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
Cherlyn’s beautiful heart lives on in her sister Jo Wilson and husband Norman, brothers Charles Cantrell, David Cantrell and wife Julie, Keith Cantrell and wife Rebecca and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive visitors from 12 p.m.to 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19 at Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff. Funeral services for Cherlyn will follow at 2 p.m. in the chapel with Bro. Frank Upchurch officiating.
Pallbearers will be Steven Cantrell, Brandon Wilson, Jarred Wilson, Jeremy Wilson, David Cantrell, Dustin Cantrell and Ethan Cantrell. Interment will be in Post Oak Cemetery.

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Henderson County Black History Committee member Delanda Johnson lights the candles surrounding the photos of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Henderson County Black History Committee member Delanda Johnson lights the candles surrounding the photos of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


By Delanda S. Johnson
Special to the News
MALAKOFF–This past three-day-weekend was dedicated to the memory and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King dreamed of equal rights for all African Americans and committed to making that dream come true.
His famous “I Have A Dream” speech at the March on Washington moved the nation that August day in 1963. His extraordinary words and deeds made an impact we can still feel today – 50 years after his passing.
Dr. King a man of peace, a man of vision, and a man with a dream was one of the many trailblazers who fought for that advancement of African Americans.
As Dr. King and his freedom fighters marched against racism and hate, time is repeating itself. We need to have a non-violent approach and let all of America know as the song says, “Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around, going to keep on walking and keep on marching right up to freedom land.”
The first event to celebrate Dr. King’s holiday was held on Saturday night (Jan. 13) at Johnson Chapel A. M. E. Church in Malakoff. This event was a spirit filled gospel explosion, with singing groups and soloists from within Henderson County and Anderson County. The main attraction was gospel recording artist Chuck and the Guiding Clouds from Huntsville, who Blessed the audience with empowering and Holy Ghost filled songs.
The second event celebrating Dr. King was held Monday night (Jan. 15, the actual birthday of Dr. King) at New Hope Corinth C. M. E. Church in Malakoff.
The program opened with Bro. Derryl Jackson and Sis. Marilyn Marks greeting the congregation.
Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse spoke to the congregation on church security. He also stated that there would be a training session scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12 at the Henderson County Sheriff office.
“In times like these we must learn how to protect ourselves even in a religious atmosphere. We must be aware of our surrounding and crime has no boundaries,” said Sheriff Hillhouse.
Rev. Keith Ray, Pastor of Johnson Chapel A. M. E. Church stirred the congregation with a powerful message “Never Be Ashamed To Take A Knee.” The message centered around that we, as the human race should never be afraid and to always pray.
Rev. Ray stated, “There is power when you pray. You can move mountains if you just get on your knees and pray. Dr. King was a man who believed in love, fairness and the right of all people. Dr. King walked the streets to help break the barrier of racism. Dr. King died trying to help us understand how important it is to love without boundaries.
Jesus said, “We should pray and not faint. We are a people who have survived through prayer, however, today we have stopped praying. We must stand against the Devil and prayer is power. We have forgotten that prayer changes things. Know that prayer will change any situation, all you need to do is just get down on your knees.
Dr. King prayed and his walk with Jesus was unmovable. Like Dr. King, we must realize that when we walk in Christ and pray, Jesus will hear and answer your prayer. For each one paid the ultimate price for a friend, Dr. King, his life for equality for all mankind and Jesus, His life is Eternal Life.”

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Pulley obit

Glenn Ellen Pulley, born Jan. 11, 1934, went to be with the Lord Jan. 15, 2018 at 84 years of age. She was the youngest child of Josie and Jesse Cude of Malakoff.
She married David R. “Pete” Pulley in 1951 and had three children. She and her husband were ministers and pastored Terrell First Assembly of God Church for 42 years. She was ordained through Victory Fellowship International and retained her ordination at her death.
She was preceded in death by her parents, 12 brothers, one sister, son David M. Pulley and husband Rev. D. R. “Pete” Pulley.
She is survived by two daughters Kay Pulley and Carmen Pulley both of Mesquite, brother-in-law Dean Pulley of Athens, sister-in-law Joann Cude of Houston, cousins Bud and Paul Cude, many that are like family at Terrell First Assembly of God Church and Dallas Rock of Ages Church.She has received extra special care by Pam Hiser, Bonita Wilborn, Marilyn Verm, Connie Tate, Donna Plemons, Mary Harwell and Michelle Allen Parcisiliti. She always loved her special girl,Christina Jackson Bryant.
Glenn loved to cook and especially liked to see people enjoy eating and visiting. Her cooking was easy to enjoy because it was delicious.
She loved to sing and had a strong alto voice.
Her favorite activities were traveling and shopping. Some of her dearest traveling buddies included Rev. Wayne and Rozella Brashear, Jack and Rochelle Mince, Beverly Dudley and Jo Turner.
Her goal in life was to get people to laugh and she certainly fulfilled her goal with most everyone she met. Glenn never met a stranger and could strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere.
She particularly enjoyed being spoiled and she was considered “high maintenance”! She was known to be very effective at “giving orders” (which her daughters can attest to) and would leave everyone with a final order to keep singing and be ready to meet the Lord.
A celebration of Glenn’s legacy will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at Terrell’s First Assembly of God, 203 Main St., Terrell, 75160 with interment to follow at Oakland Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 at Max Slayton Funeral Chapel, 642 N. Rockwall Ave., in Terrell.
Condolences and stories may be shared with Glenn’s family at www.maxslaytonfunerals.com.

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Stephen Duane Roberts lightened
Special to The News
ATHENS–A Henderson County jury sentenced an Athens man to 60 years in the Texas Department of Corrections on Jan. 10. Stephen Duane Roberts, age 45, was arrested on Jan. 20, 2017 by the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force.
District Attorney Mark Hall said, “The Henderson County Sheriff’s personnel that made the case and the attorneys who tried it for the State all did an excellent job. I think that the sentence handed down by the jury reveals a clear statement to offenders that we are tired of illegal drugs permeating our community and destroying lives in the process, and if two or more stints in the pen don’t bring about a change in behavior, then this will be the result.”
Investigator Josh Rickman of the Sheriff’s Office secured a search warrant for Roberts’ home on Williams Street in Athens. Upon execution, deputies found almost 20 grams of methamphetamine, cocaine, Xanax, ecstasyand other prescription pills. Roberts was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver and was indicted by a Henderson County Grand Jury in March of last year.
In the trial that began on Tuesday, Jan. 9, Assistant District Attorneys Jessica Bargmann and Daniel Cox presented evidence and testimony from Investigator Rickman and other Henderson County Sheriff’s Deputies, as well as a woman that was on the premises when the warrant was executed.
She testified to having lived there with Roberts for the preceding six weeks, during which time she used drugs numerous times. She also testified that as many as 40 or 50 people a day would come by the residence to buy drugs.
After an hour and 20 minutes of deliberations, the jury found Roberts guilty. The trial, held before Judge Mark Calhoon of the 3rd District Court, then proceeded to the sentencing phase. Due to Roberts’ extensive criminal history, the sentencing ranged from 25 years to life imprisonment.
Roberts had two previous convictions for possession of drugs, one with intent to deliver, others included felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful carrying of a weapon, DWI, and assault, among other offenses. He was on parole for the felon in possession of a firearm charge when he was arrested for this offense.
In his closing argument to the jury, Assistant District Attorney Cox stated, “Prison will not rehabilitate this man. He has been to prison three times already and keeps committing crimes. The only way to stop him from committing crimes in the future is to sentence him to prison for a significant amount of time.”

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Posted by : admin | On : January 17, 2018

Houston obit

Dorothy Jeanne Huston was born to Cecil and Ulric Huston Jan. 12, 1937 in Ohio.
She grew up on a small farm with her mother, father and six siblings.Dorothy being second to last in the bunch, she attended school through the eighth grade.
Talk about living life in the fast lane! Dorothy met the best looking guy she had ever seen in her life, that’s including Hollywood. Bill goes and robs the cradle and took Dorothy to be his wife July 26, 1952 when she was at the ripe old age of 15 and he was 18.
Wise men say only fools rush in, he just couldn’t help falling in love with her. They would have celebrated their 65 wedding anniversary on July 26, 2017 but Bill passed on April 12, 2017. Five months later on Sept. 12, 2107 Dorothy went to be with the love of her life.
Dorothy gave birth to their first child Kathleen Jean in 1954 on June 23. She was 17 and Bill was 20. Beth Ann came next, then William Douglas, Michael Dean and Robin Yvonne.
Well after nine years of that stuff they figured they had a handful and boy did they, five of the most strong-willed, death defying ornery critters you ever laid your eyes on. How they survived us and sometimes we survived them will always be a mystery. Maybe it was all Dorothy’s homemade food and their amazing gardens of fresh fruits and vegetables they had for decades.
Dorothy always had an open door for everyone and you never left her home hungry. She would whip up enough food for an army and top it off with some homemade cinnamon rolls or chocolate chip cookies. Oh and love, it was there buried deep and hard to see sometimes, but it was always there and still is.
Dorothy had a heart to love and accept people right where they were. She always shared their joy right along with the folks who had good fortune, a better job, a new car, new house and vacation. She would be there with them feeling happy for them, smiling and laughing, reservation. She wanted and enjoyed seeing people do well in this life, to see them grow and be more than they were yesterday.
Dorothy will be greatly missed by everyone whose life she touched with her friendliness, caring, warmth, humor and her devotion to God. She would always say “pray and believe, you have to believe!” We love you dearly Dorothy Jeanne Cullumber, our mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, grandma, great-grandma and great-great-grandma.
I hope we all will catch and hold onto the many jewels in this woman that she has left behind.

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Posted by : admin | On : January 17, 2018

Mannello obit

Funeral services for Gary Mannello were held Jan. 13, 2018 at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel with Rev. Doug Sexton officiating. Interment followed the service at Phalba Cemetery.
Gary was born July 18, 1953 in Kingston, N.Y. to parents Dolores (Wolf) and Davis Mannello, Sr. and entered into eternal rest Jan. 8, 2018 at the age of 64.
Gary was known to his family and friends as “Yankee Gary.” He owned and operated Yankee Auto in Kemp. Gary loved working on cars. He enjoyed going to boat and car races. He was an amazing man who will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Gary was preceded in death by his father, wife Toni Griffin Mannello and brother John Mannello.
He is survived by his step-children Jake Broussard of Austin and Alyssa Gray of McKinney, mother Dolores Mannello of Kemp, brothers Davis Mannello and wife Nancy of Port Ewen, N.Y., Ronnie Mannello and wife Linda of Port Ewen, N.Y., Joseph Mannello of Port Ewen, N.Y. and Roger Mannello and wife Tina of Port Ewen, N.Y., sister Diane Mannello of Payne Springs, close friends Mark Helms of Kemp and Cindy Freeman of Kingston, N.Y., 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 : January 17, 2018

George Wesley Whitaker (Diver George), 64, of Searcy, Ark. departed this life Jan. 10, 2018. He was born Oct. 19, 1953.
George was preceded in death by his parents Betty and Raymond Mutton and his sister Betty Swenson.
He is survived by his wife Kathy Whitaker, his daughter Angie Holland, stepsons Chris and Ernest Schroeder, sisters Yvonne Robinson and Theresa Peters, brother Victor Gordon Hamm, 13 grandchildren and several beloved nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at Golden Oaks pavilion.

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Posted by : admin | On : January 17, 2018

West obit

Tilly Eugene West, 54, of Eustace passed away Jan. 4, 2018. He was born Nov. 17, 1963 in Dallas to the home of Frances Smith andVirgil West, Sr.
Tilly was employed by MISD in the Maintenance Department on the paint crew.
In his spare time, he enjoyed being outdoors, visiting with his buddies around the fire pit, helping someone out, running football pots and, of course, his scratch-off lottery tickets.
What he cherished most was spending time with his family and friends and being able to show you something.
Tilly was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Virgil West, Jr. and Allen West.
Tilly is survived by brother Reggy West, Sr. of Dallas, daughters Stephanie West of Gun Barrel City, Shannon West of Gun Barrel City, and Kelcey West of Eustace and by his grandson Camden Heming who was his pride and joy. Tilly will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Services were held at Moorhead-Epps Funeral Home Jan. 12, 2018. Interment service followed at Oaklawn Cemetery in Mabank. Bro. Paul McKinney with the First Baptist Church in Eustace officiated for the West family.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Eustace Fire Department.

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Blakely obit

Esta Pansy Blakely was born Oct. 24, 1934 in Hedley to parents Malcolm “Red” Mills and Ruth (Brown) Mills, and entered into eternal rest Jan. 8, 2018.
Pansy loved playing bridge with her friends in the Cedar Creek Lake area and was proud of her accomplishment as a Life Master in the American Contract Bridge League.
She delighted in singing in the choir and with her beloved Sunday School class at the First Baptist Church of Mabank.
At the sight of friends and family, her bright smile would light up the room and melt hearts. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Pansy was preceded in death by her parents, past husband Howard Blakely and son Sam Blakely.
She is survived by her son Blake Blakely, grandchildren Clifton, Jared, Crystal and Jonathan, multiple great-grandchildren, sisters Anna and Kate, numerous nieces and nephews, other loving family members and many more friends.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at the First Baptist Church of Mabank.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.