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26

Posted by : admin | On : May 26, 2016

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By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF – Malakoff Rotarians met two critical care helicopter technicians from East Texas Medical Center’s (ETMC) Air Medical Services during Tuesday, May 24’s weekly luncheon meeting at the Flagg House.
Michael Lawyer is a chief flight nurse based out of Tyler, while air flight medic Brad Pace is based out of Athens. “They do a great service for the community,” said Mike Burns, Malakoff ISD Director of Curriculum and Classroom Technology, who served as May 24’s program chair.
Lawyer has been in Henderson County for about 23 years. First an emergency medical technician (EMT) then progressing to a paramedic, Lawyer in 2009 earned his nursing degree from Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC). Pace went to Tyler Junior College (TJC), is a former firefighter in Jacksonville and also has his peace officer’s license.
ETMC Air 1 has flown from Tyler since 1985, while the Athens base started in 2004, while the Mt. Pleasant base became operational in 2005. There’s a helipad next to the Malakoff Volunteer Fire Department building often utilized by ETMC helicopters.
ETMC Air 1 provides critical care comparable to an intensive care unit, including heart and stroke treatment, all available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Air 1 has bases in Athens, Tyler and Mt. Pleasant that serve a swath of East Texas, ranging from the Red River to Trinity County, north of Houston. ETMC Air 1 flew Hurricane Katrina medical patients from Louisiana to Beaumont in 2005.
ETMC’s Air 1 program has a perfect safety record over the past 30-plus years, with a stable of three helicopters equipped with twin engines as backup in case on engine goes down. Each helicopter includes a nurse, medic and pilot. The ETMC helicopters also provide search-and-rescue services, at no cost to the community, including searches for missing children, stranded boaters and wayward elderly. In addition, hospital transfers are part of the program’s mission.
Many pilots have military backgrounds because of the rigorous flight-hour requirements to be eligible for ETMC Air 1. ETMC partners with Metro Aviation of Shreveport for maintenance and air-traffic services. “They are amazing mechanics and pilots,” Lawyer said.

May

26

Posted by : admin | On : May 26, 2016

News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Henderson County Precinct 3 Commissioner’s race is won by Charles “Chuck” McHam in the Republican Runoff Election Tuesday. He will face Democrat candidate Aleciah Sims in November’s General Election. The winner will be sworn into office Jan. 1, 2017. Current office Ronny Lawrence has indicated he will retire at the end of his term, having served on the Commissioners’ Court for more than a decade.
McHam gained 822 votes to Kevin Head’s 635 to secure his ballot spot.
The longtime Brownsboro ISD ag teacher said he is very excited with the win and plans to help make the county a place that people will want to relocate to under his watch. “I want to make the people of Henderson County proud,” he said.
As expected much fewer voters participated in the runoff election than those who cast votes in the March Party Primary. In that race McHam garnered 1,520 votes. Head reaped 913 votes in the Primary.
“There’s one more race to go,” McHam said. “We’ll get geared up and be ready when it comes.”
Statewide races included a runoff for Railroad Commissioner and two seats on the Court of Criminal Appeals. Henderson County voters agreed with totals statewide and selected Wayne Christian over Gary Gates by a margin of 167 votes for Railroad Commissioner. Christian will face Democrat Grady Yarbrough in November, which agrees with county totals for Yarbrough among Democrat voters.
County election results shows Place 2 Justice candidate Ray Wheless with higher totals than his opponent; however, statewide totals favored Mary Lou Keel for the post with 51 percent of the vote. Place 5 Justice candidate Scott Walker won statewide with nearly 58 percent of the vote, which lines up nicely with County totals of 75 percent. Neither Justice has an opponent for the general election.
The runoff also decided the winner of the State Board of Education District 9 seat. Only two Republicans have been in contention for the seat with Keven M. Ellis winning 59.2 percent of the vote and Mary Lou Bruner picking up the remaining 40 percent. County voters also named Ellis as their choice at the ballot box.

May

19

Posted by : admin | On : May 19, 2016

malakoff state track meet
The News Photo/Russell slaton
Tyler Russell of Malakoff, who was the 3A boys state champion in the high jump held May 12, recording a jump of 6 feet, 10 inches, also finished sixth in the 3A boys long jump May 13 with a final jump of 21 feet, 9.25 inches.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
AUSTIN–Malakoff junior Tyler Russell took home first place in the high jump at the UIL State Track Meet in Austin, May 13-14.
Russell had a jump of six feet, 10 inches. He edged out Grandview’s Trenton Wallace, who had a height of six feet, nine inches. The state record is seven feet, four inches.
Russell also finished sixth in the long jump at 21 feet, 9¼ inches. Cisco’s Taylor Massey won the event with a jump of 23 feet, 1¾ inches.
Russell wasn’t the only local athlete to compete in the meet, Cross Roads Ladycat Rebecca Kramer finished third in Class 2A shotput with a throw of 38 feet, 10 ½ inches. Panhandle’s Brooklyn Tompkins won the event at 42 feet, 4 inches.
In the Class A triple jump, Trinidad’s Erica Airheart finished eighth at 33 feet, 1 ¼ inches. Tilden McMullen’s Makinna Serrata won the event with a jump of 35 feet, 10-1/2 inches.
Athens senior Travon Fuller finished in eighth place in the Class 4A 400-meter run with a time of 50.41. Lufkin Hudson’s Payton Davis won with a time of 48.11.
Eustace Bulldog Colton Summerall finished seventh in the Class 3A 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.11 seconds. Massey won the race with a time of 14.39. Also for eustace, Ericsen Gudjohnson finished in fifth place in the Class 3A, 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:27.47. The winner of the event was Whitesboro’s Jeffrey Butts with a time of 4:15.82.
Mabank’s Cameron Boren finished in ninth place in the Class 4A 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:55.64. Robinson’s Johen Deleon won with a time of 4:22.89.
Kemp’s Elijah Gardiner finished in sixth place in the Class 3A triple jump with a leap of 44 feet, nine inches. Cisco’s Taylor Massey won the event with a distance of 46 feet, eight inches.

May

19

Posted by : admin | On : May 19, 2016

Mike costa1The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Athens Chamber of Commerce is without a president again after Mike Coston resigned from the post May 17.
Coston made his final public appearance earlier that day at the Farm and Ranch Tour luncheon at the Cain Center. He has served as chamber president since July 2014.
The executive board accepted his resignation. Coston plans to pursue other career opportunities.
Coston has established several programs throughout the community such as Ladies Night out, Lake, Clays and Fairways event, the 12 at 12 meetings and the Young Entrepreneurs Academy.
Before coming to Athens, Coston left the Kilgore chamber in early 2013 to become president and CEO of the Fort Worth- based Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America. He replaced Mark Rathe at the Athens chamber. Rathe was president from June 2013 to March 2014.

May

19

Posted by : admin | On : May 19, 2016

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The News Photo/Sariah Kendall
Texas Game Wardens stand ready for a 21-gun salute during a memorial service held at the the Texas Game Warden Memorial at the Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, May 13.

By Sariah Kendall
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–Texas Game wardens gathered Friday for an annual memorial ceremony held at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens to honor 18 wardens who died in the line of duty.
Family members of the fallen, guests, and the 60th game warden training class listened as Texas Parks and Wildlife Executive Director Carter Smith reviewed the courage and dedication of these fallen wardens.
“In your valor, there is great hope. May we never forget the valor and hope bestowed upon us by the 18 departed wardens,” Smith said.
Game wardens have served the citizens of Texas since 1895. They have expanded their duties from solely protecting fisheries and wildlife to water safety and search and rescue. For years they have also worked with border patrol and disaster relief, “which is increasing danger and risk,” Smith said. Daily, 500 wardens are on duty throughout the state of Texas.
Since 2016, the U.S. has lost 35 game wardens, three from Texas. “You must remember the sacrifices for the blue badge,” Colonel Craig Hunter reminded the game warden training class.
This is likely the last ceremony to be conducted in Athens before the memorial is moved to Austin. Athens has held the ceremony at the Memorial Plaza since it was installed.

wardens with flags
The News photo/ sariah Kendall
From left to right: Oscar Jaimez of Laredo, Brad Meloni of Kingsville, Carlos Maldonado of Hebbronville, Colt Gaulden of Gatesville and Kevin Frazier of Hamilton stand united at the Texas Game Warden Memorial Ceremony held at the Freshwater Fisheries Center.

May

19

Posted by : admin | On : May 19, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Lady Tigers are getting closer and closer to their goal of winning a State Championship.
The Lady Tigers knocked off the White Oak Lady Roughnecks 2-1, May 12 in Mineola in the third round of the playoffs. White Oak knocked Malakoff out of the playoffs last season and revenge was on the minds of the Lady Tigers.
For the first three innings neither team could get anything going. Malakoff scored both of their runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
First, Hazel Puempel led off the inning with a single to get on base. Puempel later stole second base and moved to third on a sacrifice fly by Abbi Terzis. Cheyenne Ramsey came up to bat next and hit another sacrifice fly to brinf Puempel home for the 1-0 lead. Chaney Tart and Cheyenne Robertson had back-to-back singles and Tart came in to score on the throw for the 2-0 lead.
Neither team scored in the fifth inning but White Oak responded in the top of the sixth inning when Kara Carter hit an RBI-double to knock in Kelsey McFall and cut the Malakoff lead to 2-1.
Malakoff didn’t score in the bottom of the sixth but they didn’t allow a run in the top of the seventh and came away with a 2-1 victory behind solid pitching and great play on defense.
The Lady Tigers did just enough on offense to get the win and finished with five hits from Denis, Puempel, Tart, Robertson and Jewel Jones.
Candace Denis started on the mound for Malakoff and picked up the victory. She pitched for the entire game and struck out seven White Oak batters. she walked one, gave up five hits and one earned run.
The victory makes Malakoff 26-5-1 this season (12-0 in district). they will advance to the fourth round of the playoffs to take on Woodville in Pollok in a best of three series.

May

12

Posted by : admin | On : May 12, 2016

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By Pearl Cantrell
News Staff Writer
ATHENS–Henderson County Commissioners accepted the resignation of Sheriff Ray Nutt Tuesday. His last day will by May 31. In his resignation letter, Nutt states that the goals he came into office with Jan. 1, 2009 have been met.
“I would like to thank the Court for their support during my time as Sheriff. I also appreciate the support of the citizens from all across the County. Although my term runs through Dec. 31, 1 feel it is in the best interest of the Sheriffs Office and the County, for me to step aside,” he wrote.
Commissioners agreed to name Sheriff-elect Botie Hillhouse to begin serving in Nutt’s place beginning on June 1, as Nutt recommended. “The new sheriff-elect is ready to continue our goals and to implement his own,” Nutt stated.
“After more than 47 years in law enforcement, I am looking forward to being able to spend more time with my wife. Lee and my children and grandchildren.”

May

12

Posted by : admin | On : May 12, 2016

Forgey, GlendonSpecial to The News
ATHENS–Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) current long-time president Dr. Glendon Forgey has submitted a voluntary letter of resignation to the TVCC Board, to allow him to pursue without distraction, a post at another college, thus concluding his years of dedicated service at TVCC.
The board has accepted Forgey’s resignation and agrees with his view that it is in the best interest of the TVCC students and employees for new leadership to be put in place as soon as practical, given his immediate desire to pursue other opportunities.
Against the backdrop of the ongoing and heightened success of TVCC throughout his many years of steadfast leadership, the board thanks Forgey for his devoted service and wishes him well.

May

12

Posted by : admin | On : May 12, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
TYLER–The Athens Hornets knocked off the Van Vandals in the first round of the playoffs 6-1 May 6 in Tyler.
Brandon Boyd started on the mound for Athens and pitched a complete game. He allowed seven hits while striking out nine and walking three.
Nobody scored in the first two innings but Athens finally got things going in the third after an RBI-single by Landon Bynum scored Jeremy Bateman. Athens took a 1-0 lead.
Athens then went on to score five runs in the fourth inning to go up 6-0 and put the game away. Alex Fernandez singled to start things off, then Boyd hit a sacrifice fly to move him to second base.
Luis Valdez and Casey Pitchford walked to load the bases then Fernandez scored on a a passed ball to make the score 2-0.
Peyton Brewer then hit into an RBI-fielder’s choice as Valdez came in to score on the play to make the score 3-0. Bateman came up to bat next and singled to knock in Zach Carlson to make it 4-0.
Cameron Woodard hit a single to load the bases and Landon Bynum grounded out to score Brewer to make the score 5-0. On the throw to home, Bateman came in to score for the 6-0 lead.
Van scored in the bottom of the sixth inning when Brett Doring knocked in Casey morrow to cut the lead to five. It would be the only run given up by Athens.
Athens was led at the plate by Woodard, who went 2-for-3. Bateman was 1-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Bynum was 1-for-3 with three RBI, Fernandez was 1-for-2 and Pitchford was 1-for-2 with one RBI.
After the game, Athens coach Dallas Robertson said that he was proud of how hard his team worked. He was happy to see them open the game up in the fourth inning and score runs to pull away.
Athens improves to 20-6 overall with the win. they will move on to the second round of the playoffs where they will face the winner of the Gilmer-Paris series in the area round next week.
Van ends the season with a fourth place district finish and a 11-15 record.

May

12

Posted by : admin | On : May 12, 2016

malakoff signing

Courtesy Photo
Malakoff High School senior Kiana Reed (front, center) signed a Letter of Intent to play basketball at Temple College in Central Texas May 10. Also pictured is (back, from left) Reed’s mother, Roshawn Weathersby, fellow Malakoff High School athlete Jalie Dawson and Malakoff High School girls basketball coach Meghan Hyde.