Dec

14

Posted by : admin | On : December 14, 2017

By Denise York
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–With 35 percent of the plans complete, Monday night the Athens City Council heard that the proposed renovations of the beloved Cain Center could have a price tag upwards of $9 million. Gallagher Construction Manager Bill Morgan told council member that construction could come in at $8,247,986, with a total cost of $9,655,320.
At issue is the deterioration and degradation of the HVAC equipment which requires total replacement, along with electrical and plumbing systems. Discussion centered around how to reduce the total cost of the project without producing a compromised facility – one that would not serve the citizens of Athens in the long term.
Council debated the use of a chiller HVAC system vs. a conventional rooftop system due to the environment of an indoor pool. According to a HVAC website, “More than half of the large buildings in the world today are conditioned by a chiller which plays a critical role in creating the right environment. Not only do chillers serve HVAC systems that deliver the right temperature, humidity and ventilation for the space, but they also help minimize operating costs with superior energy efficiency levels, low sound levels and with minimal environmental impact.”
Another item discussed was the enclosure around the pool area which was designed to be overhead doors that could be raised to create a natural environment for the pool in good weather vs. a glass enclosure similar to the one that exists presently. After discussion of cost-saving measures, bringing total costs down to approximately $8.5 million councilman Ed McCain said, “This has ballooned to a point of absurdity. We can’t afford it. We never could afford it.”
Council questioned the construction group as to whether this could be done for five million and were told that a bare bones renovation would be a compromised facility, not a long-term facility that would serve the citizens of Athens for decades to come, the multi-purpose, multi-generational facility that was envisioned.
Mayor Monte Montgomery said, “I am for the Cain Center. I have always been for the Cain Center. I want it to come through.” When asked by the construction manager for a direction to proceed, council members determined to hold a workshop in the next week or so to sort through the issues and determine a course of action.

Dec

14

Posted by : admin | On : December 14, 2017

IMG_6411 Airheart with family CMYK
By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
TRINIDAD–Senior Trinidad Lady Trojan Erica Airheart signed her intent to play volleyball with the Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cardinals Wednesday morning in the Trinidad High School gym.
In front of students and faculty in attendance, alongside her parents Eric and Julie, as well as her sister and teammate Eryn, Airheart put pen to paper to start her journey next year with TVCC.
Trinidad volleyball Head Coach Tina Sawtelle spoke with the students in the stands before the signing.
She said that Airheart’s efforts show that you can pursue sports, or whatever you choose, beyond high school.
It was very important for them to realize that your persistence doesn’t have to stop just because you’re leaving high school.
Before the signing, Airheart received a signed Trinidad volleyball from her teammates to start off the morning.
Then with Sawtelle and TVCC volleyball Head Coach Tosha Spain behind her, Airheart put down her signature to play with the Lady Cardinals next year.
Airheart and her teammates carried the Lady Trojans farther than any team has previously in school history, making it to the final four in the State championship, and coming just one win shy of playing for the 1A State title.
After winning their first district title in school history, the Lady Trojans received a first-round bye into the Area round.
The Lady Trojans defeated Leggett, Chester, Fruitvale and Miller Grove on their way to the State semifinals. They eventually fell to Blum in four sets in Garland.
Airheart takes her talents and memories, as well as what got her there, on to the next level as she begins another journey.

Dec

14

Posted by : admin | On : December 14, 2017

By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
AUSTIN–The District 5 Congressional seat being vacated by Jeb Hensarling, who recently announced he would not be seeking re-election has attracted a number of contenders. Names published for the congressional seat are: Dist. 4 Texas House Rep. Lance Gooden.Bunni Pounds, Earl Brunner, Danny Campbell, David Williams, Charles Lingerfelt, Jason Wright and Kenneth Sheets, as well as Dan Wood, as a Democrat candidate.
District 5 serves an area that includes the southeast portion of Dallas County including Mesquite plus a number of smaller counties south and east of Dallas including Anderson, Cherokee, Henderson and Kaufman counties. As of the 2000 census, the 5th district represents 651,620 people.
Kaufman County Republican Chairman Jimmy Weaver explained that the SOS list is not certified and therefore unofficial. It will take until Dec. 21 to become certified, he said.
“There are a number of quirky rules that allow the party an extension on the filings, such as in the case where a position is empty, due to several reasons,” he told The News. Sam Deen appears as filed for Congressional District 5 on the Texas Republicans website, txgop.org, but not on the SOS candidate filing list.
No less than 10 Democrats are running for Governor in the Primary and only two for the Republican ticket, one being SECEDE Kilgore, who represents those who adamantly protest abortion, excessive taxes and social security, according to his social media page. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick drew one GOP challenger, Scott Milder of Rockwall.
In other March Primary races, several have filed just prior to the Dec. 11 filing deadline.
According to Henderson County Party Chair Betty Holland, Precinct 2 Commissioner Wade McKinney will run for county judge, opposing attorney Jeff Weinstein for the seat being vacated by Richard Sanders at the end of the year.
Three candidates have lined up for McKinney’s commissioner seat: David Conner, Joshua Bardwell and Scott Tuley. Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin has filed for re-election as has Kelly Harris. JP 5 is being contested by incumbent Belinda Brownlow, Patrick Gresham and Rick Simmons.
Precinct 2 JP will be contested by sitting justice Kevin Pollock and former officeholder Dale Blaylock.
Dr. Stuart Spitzer has filed for his former seat in the State House for District 4; as has Ashley McKee and Marty Reid. Democrat Eston Williams has also filed for the Texas House of Representatives.
John Wray is running unopposed for House Seat District 10, which covers those living on the west side of Cedar Creek Lake.
Henderson County incumbents who have filed without opposition include:
• Justices of the Peace – Precinct 1 Randy Daniel, Precinct 3 Tony Duncan and Precinct 4 Milton Adams.
• Court-at-Law judges 1 Scott Williams and 2 Nancy Perryman.
• Distinct Court Clerk Betty Herriage
• County Treasurer Michael Bynum
• County Clerk Mary Margaret Wright, and
• 173rd District County Judge Dan Moore.

Dec

13

Posted by : admin | On : December 13, 2017

Glenn Dana Wiegman, 78, passed away Dec. 3, 2017, at his home in Eustace.
He was born Dec 22, 1938, in Madill, Okla., to Marie and L.D. Wiegman and was raised on the family farm east of Claude, the second of eight children.
While in junior high, his family moved from the farm into Amarillo. Glenn graduated from high school in Amarillo and began working in the Operations Department of Santa Fe Railroad, progressing to a depot agent throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
He married Jerre Hilton and to this union was born six children, two of whom died in infancy. Glenn later married Shadley Smith in December 1973 in Amarillo and to this marriage was born two sons.
The family moved from Amarillo to Medicine Lodge, Kan. After 21 years with Santa Fe, Glenn took early retirement and the family relocated to Loveland, Colo., where they owned and operated a Christian gift and book store for nine years. The family then moved to McMinnville, Ore., in 1989 where he was in RV sales until he retired. In 2013 they retired to Eustace.
Glenn loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and his life was dedicated to serving God. One of the delights of his life was the 12 years he was a volunteer in the chapels of a federal prison in Oregon, mentoring inmates. Glenn also was a docent for over seven years at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, where he enjoyed interacting with visitors from all over the world. In the final months of his life he desired to be in Heaven with Jesus, along with his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two daughters Mary Elizabeth and Merry Ann and younger brother Rev. Chalmer Wiegman.
He is survived by his wife Shadley, six children Sherre Mitchell of Austin, Mike Wiegman and wife Betsy of Wimberley, Rita Ruecker of Sacramento, Calif., Marilyn Coleman and husband Will of San Francisco, Calif., Nathan Wiegman and wife Kristina of Portland, Ore., and Tim Wiegman and wife Shanna of Tampa, Fla., 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, two brothers, three sisters and many nieces and nephews who will greatly miss him.
A family celebration of his life will be held in Nacogdoches on Jan. 6, 2018.

Dec

13

Posted by : admin | On : December 13, 2017

Carrell Obit

James C. “Pete” Carrell was born Nov. 12, 1923 in Breckenridge to parents Buford and Beulah (Key) Carrell and entered into eternal rest Nov. 17, 2017 at the age of 94.
James was known as “Pete” to all his family and friends. He married the love of his life, Billie Black in 1944.
Pete owned and operated K Bob’s Steakhouse in Gun Barrel City and Pete’s Steakhouse. He was a devoted family man and loved his daughter dearly. Pete loved fishing, dancing and listening to music.
He stayed active and enjoyed going to the senior citizen’s center in Mabank. Pete was Baptist by faith. He was a great man who will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Pete was preceded in death by his parents, loving wife, Billie Carrell, they were married 64 years before her passing in 2008, daughter Sue McClendon, brother Claude Carrell, sisters Dorothy Crowell and Ruth Lusk.
He is survived by his daughter Jane White of Mabank, grandchildren Scott Allen and wife Dede of Eastland, Terri Neal and husband Archie of Canton, Traci Johnson and husband Patrick of Eustace and Brandi Reynard and husband Todd of McKinney, great-grandchildren Zack, Makalah, Kinsi, Bryce, Trevor, Macrae, Carsyn and Logan, sister-in-law Carlene Moran of Gun Barrel City, nephews Glen Duke of Brookhaven, Miss., and Donald Duke of El Paso, special friends Tammy and Rusty Burum of Tyler, other loving family members and many more friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

Dec

07

Posted by : admin | On : December 7, 2017

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The No. 22-ranked Athens Hornets made sure the home debut was exciting for the fans Tuesday, Dec. 5 in a 96-82 victory over the Jacksonville Indians.
This Hornets are back on the road until Dec. 15 when they host the Kaufman Lions.
Athens (6-1) returns to action in the opening round of the Great East Texas Shootout in Brownsboro. The tournament begins Dec. 7 for the Hornets as they face Bullard at 5 p.m. at the high school. The tournament runs through Dec. 9.
In the victory over Jacksonville, the Hornets were led by senior Miles Koehler with 25 points. Senior Chris Taylor had 24, Gary Lyons had 18, Javiry Bowman had 14, Rhe’Jhi Sherfield had seven, Cam Ray had six and Rowdy Godwin had two.
Jacksonville (0-3) was led by Deshun McCuin with 25 points. Jaeshun Bush had 16, Cason McCuin and Josh McDowell had nine, Casey Johnson and Brady Robinson had six and Lateris Castleberry had five. Steven Robertson, Will Chancey and Kyle Fuller had two.
Both teams opened on a hot start as Jacksonville took a 27-22 lead into the second quarter. The Indians took an 11-8 lead with 5:23 remaining as Deshun McCuin hit an old fashioned 3-point shot.
The Indians extended the lead to 16-8 before Ray hit one of two free throws to end the run.
Athens tied the game at 29 with 5:23 remaining in the first half as Bowman hit two free throws. The free throws were part of a 12-0 run by the Hornets. The final basket of the run came on a dunk by Lyons for the 36-29 lead.
Athens was able to take a 45-37 lead into the second half as Taylor had 17 points for the Hornets.
In the second half, Athens continued to find ways to disrupt the Indians defensively extending a 53-45 advantage into a 62-45 lead before a fast break layup by Bush.
In the fourth quarter, Athens extended its lead to 72-61 with 6:52 remaining on a fast break layup by Taylor.
Jacksonville would get to within eight at 87-79 with 1:59 remaining, but could not get any closer as Athens wrapped up the game on a 6-3 run for the 93-82 finale. Cason McCuin scored the final basket for the Indians.
Jacksonville returns to action Thursday through Saturday in the Central Heights Classic.

Dec

07

Posted by : admin | On : December 7, 2017

12-3 DOA

The News Staff Reports
MABANK–Mabank Police Chief Keith Bradshaw reports that a 17-year-old back seat passenger was dead at the scene when first responders arrived at U.S. 175 and County Road 2938 at nearly 11 p.m. Sunday night, near the Hilltop Tire Shop. Traffic was slowed to one lane during the response.
Gun Barrel City Fire Department used extraction tools to free victims from the 2002 Toyota Highlander containing three passengers plus the driver.
Iris Anderson was sitting behind the driver when the vehicle was T-boned at the passenger door when the driver attempted to cross the interstate from north to south. She died in the collision. Another back-seat passenger, Morgan Carrol, 18, was transported from Gun Barrel City-ETMC to Tyler by helicopter and passed away Monday.
Front seat passenger Kyle Poole, 18, was treated and released from Gun Barrel City’s emergency room. Driver Austin Junell, 21 and a Mabank High School graduate, was transported by ambulance to the nearest emergency room and then on to Baylor Hospital in Dallas.
Tractor trailer driver Adam Drane, 40 of Victoria, escaped serious injury.
The preliminary investigation continued until 4 a.m. the next morning. No charges have been made in the case at presstime.
On Saturday at around 1:30 p.m. traffic flow was interrupted when an eastbound vehicle in the service road along U.S. 175 approaching Third Street in Mabank disregarded the traffic light.
Travis Pugh, 38, of Enchanted Oaks was operating a 2006 Silver GMC Yukon when he made a right turn on Third Avenue, crossed all lanes of traffic and struck the stop sign on First Street as he continued to accelerate in the wrong lanes leaving the roadway until the vehicle collided with a small group of trees.
On its way across, the SUV also struck the hindquarter of a northbound 1989 Cadillac Deville, driven by Charles Luke, 42 of Mabank.
Pugh was charged with disregard of traffic control device and driving while license invalid/suspended.

Dec

07

Posted by : admin | On : December 7, 2017

Lucille Hazell

On Dec. 3, 2017, Lucille “LuLu” Hazell our precious wife, mother, Nannie and friend went home to be with her Lord and Savior. Lulu, age 84, was a longtime resident of Malakoff.
Lulu was born May 8, 1933 in Houston to Charles Vincent Skero and Sally Rose Sedito Skero.
She met the love of her life and soulmate Clayton Eugene “Buddy” Hazell in Houston. After three dates, Buddy proposed to “The Love Of My Life” and Lulu accepted. They were married at All Saints Church, in Houston Nov.16, 1952. Momma Lulu is her name to many.
Bro. Buddy and Lulu came to Malakoff in 1973 when he first accepted the pastorate of Parkview Baptist Church. She faithfully served her role as a pastor’s wife for 46 years, while being a wonderful mother and foster mother.
Lulu is preceded in death by her parents Charles and Sally Rose Skero, daughter Misty Renick, grandson Jacob Rodriguez, brothers TJ and Joe and sister Rose.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years Bro. Buddy Hazell, son Gene Hazell and wife Debbie, daughter Cheryl Briscoe and husband Mike, daughter Barbara Monroe and husband Mike, son Billy Hazell and wife Tammy, daughter Angela Rodriguez and husband Jesse, and daughter Natalie Hazell, sisters Mamie Travelbee and Natalie Willett. Her beautiful legacy continues with 18 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and 204 foster children.
Funeral services were held at the Parkview Baptist Church December 6 with Bro. Gene Hazell officiating. Interment followed at Malakoff Cemetery under the direction of Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home.
The family would like to thank Asana Hospice Group for all their love and care during. Lulu’s illness. They were a blessing.

Dec

07

Posted by : admin | On : December 7, 2017

Gooden 2017 headshot CMYK
Special to The News
TERRELL–On Monday, State Representative Lance Gooden (R-Terrell) announced his run for Congress before an overflow crowd in Kaufman County at a rally celebrating property owners’ victory in an annexation battle that has raged on for months. A Dallas County city tried to fast track the annexation of land in Kaufman County and Rep. Gooden organized the successful opposition.
“Seven years ago, I ran for this seat in the Texas House because I was tired of do-nothing politicians in Austin who were failing to protect our freedoms, our property, our values, and our tax dollars,” Rep. Gooden said. “Since then, we have fought together to move the conservative agenda forward, and together we have delivered one victory after another for the families of rural Texas. There is no better example of the power of a dedicated group of conservatives than this victory over the big government forces who believed that our land belonged to them.”
Rep. Gooden, who represents the citizens of Henderson and Kaufman counties in Austin, has been widely recognized as one of the most effective leaders in the Texas House for his ability to turn sound, conservative policy into law.
A few of his legislative achievements during his three terms in the House of Representatives include:
• banning sanctuary cities in Texas and fully funding the most comprehensive state border security plan in the nation,
• successfully de-funding Planned Parenthood, banning partial birth abortion, and strengthening Texas’ Alternatives to Abortion program,
• writing and passing the state’s most conservative budget,
• crusading against Obamacare and voting to block its expansion into Texas,
• fighting for our local public schools and defeating a voucher plan that would have sent tax dollars to unaccountable entities,
• rescuing our retired teachers’ health insurance system from bankruptcy and collapse and
• defending religious liberty and successfully fighting to keep “Christ” in Christmas in Texas law.
“As proud as I am of the things we have achieved together in Austin, when I look at the Washington swamp, I see a political class of insiders in both parties who are failing the people they are intended to represent,” Rep. Gooden continued. “They have failed to secure our border in spite of Republican majorities. They have piled trillions of dollars of debt on the shoulders of the next generation, and now we learn they are secretly using tax dollars to settle sexual harassment claims against members of Congress. Yet they still can’t find the funds to properly care for our military veterans who have sacrificed so much for us. This is simply immoral, and I feel called to do something about it.”
“Make no mistake, the Washington establishment will not go quietly. They are already lining up behind their hand-picked candidates, many of whom do not even live in our district and who couldn’t find Alto or Elmo on a map if their lives depended on it.”
“We need a new Congressman of East Texas, by East Texas and for East Texas who understands the traditional values that we share, and who knows that our churches and our schools and our shops on Main Street are the lifeblood of our communities. Our way of life is sacred, and it is worth fighting to protect and defend for our children and our children’s children. With your support and your prayers, I am ready to go to Washington and do the same thing that I did in Austin – roll up my sleeves, fight for you, and win for you.”
Rep. Gooden has deep roots in Congressional District 5. He grew up in Terrell, graduated from Terrell High School, and earned degrees from the University of Texas. He works in business development, and his wife, Alexa, is a real estate agent. They live in Terrell where they attend the Rockwall and Brin Church of Christ. The Goodens are expecting their first child, a baby boy, in February.
Rep. Gooden rolled out endorsements of mayors and elected officials across the district who have encouraged him to run for Congress, including Athens Mayor Monte Montgomery, Chandler Mayor Libby Fulgham, Coffee City Mayor Pam Drost, Crandall Mayor Mike Parker, Eustace Mayor Dustin Shelton, Forney Mayor Rick Wilson, Gun Barrel City Mayor Jim Braswell, Kaufman Mayor Jeff Jordan, Kemp Mayor Laura Peace, Mabank Mayor Jeff Norman, Rosser Mayor Shannon Corder, Terrell Mayor D.J. Ory, Kaufman County Sheriff Bryan Beavers, Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse and Kaufman County District Attorney Erleigh Wiley.
Visit Gooden’s Facebook page at @lancegoodenfortexas for regular updates from the campaign trail.

Dec

07

Posted by : admin | On : December 7, 2017

The News Staff Reports
ELKHART–The Athens Lady Hornets won the girls’ title at the Elkhart tournament Dec. 2 with an 84-49 victory over Neches.
In the other games, Athens won 76-11 over Kennard and 58-45 over Cayuga.
In the title game, Athens was led by Mikayah McCollister with 21 points.
Bre’Nya Barker had 15, Raveon Rodriguez, Tamya Hubbard and Karlie Cook each had 10, Jazzmine Johnson had eight points, Hallie Williams had six and Kara Smith finished with four.
“We did what we set out to do, win the tournament,” Athens Head Coach Jeff Teague said. “And we did it in pretty dominating fashion beating our opponents by a combined score of 217-105, though the final two games were a much bigger challenge than those numbers might indicate.”
In the win over Cayuga, McCollister had 22 points.
Rodriguez and Barker had 10, Hubbard had eight, Williams had three, Cook and Johnson had two and Smith had one.
In the win over Kennard, McCollister registered 20 points.
Rodriguez had 16, Barker had 12, Hubbard had 10, Cook finished with seven and Smith had four.
Williams, Kiki Howard and Johnson each had two points.
The Lady Hornets return to action in the East Texas Shootout tournament starting Dec. 7 in Brownsboro, running through Dec. 9.