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.

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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

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

05

Posted by : admin | On : May 5, 2016

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worked up/athens/jerry king

Special to The News
ATHENS–Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) Vice President of Instruction Dr. Jerry King was named President Pro Tem of the college May 2. The announcement came from board President Ray Raymond after a special called board meeting.
“It is a great honor and privilege to be selected by the TVCC Board of Trustees as the TVCC President Pro-Tem,” King said. “I appreciate the Board’s confidence and look forward to working with them to build on our strengths and improve our weaknesses. I am passionate about TVCC and excited about the opportunity to pursue excellence together.”
King has been with HCJC/TVCC since 1975, serving as a business/economics professor, Dean of Workforce Education, Associate Vice President of Workforce Education/Business Affairs and since 2008, Vice President of Instruction and Chief Instructional Officer.
He also served as Mayor of Athens from 1995-2005 and Board Vice-Chairman of Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative from 2008-2012, President of Athens Noon Kiwanis Club, Vice President of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Henderson County United Way, President of East Texas Economic Development and East Texas Tech-Prep Consortium.
He has served on the boards of the Texas A&M – Commerce Alumni Association, East Texas Economic Development Board, and Workforce Solutions of East Texas, among many others. He has been recognized as Athens Citizen of the Year and received numerous service awards including one from his alma mater and the Henderson County Retired Teachers.
A native of Commerce, King is married to retired AISD and TVCC teacher Dosha King. They have a son, Clint, daughter-in-law Haley and grandson Cruz, who live in New Braunfels.
King holds a Bachelor of Science, Master of Business Administration in Business and Economics, and Doctor of Education in Community College Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University – Commerce.

May

05

Posted by : admin | On : May 5, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
ATHENS–The Athens Hornets finished their District Championship winning season in dominating fashion by beating the Kaufman Lions 8-0 on Senior Night, May 2.
This was the final home game for Jeremy Bateman, Landon Bynum, Paden Quade, Alex Fernandez, Brandon Boyd, Jacob Knight and Josh Sims.
In the first inning, Cameron Woodard, Bynum and Quade loaded the bases. Fernandez was walked and Woodard scored for a 1-0 Hornet lead.
Athens loaded the bases in the second inning again and Bynum walked to bring in Peyton Brewer for a 2-0 lead. Later in the inning, Quade knocked in Bateman with a single to put Athens up 3-0.
Neither team had any success scoring in the third inning. In the fourth inning, Athens had two outs but they were still able to score two more runs to go up 5-0.
First, Boyd hit a single to knock in Bynum after an error by the Kaufman shortstop. An error on the thrown allowed Quade to score too.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Woodard singled to drive in Brewer and make the score 6-0. Later in the inning, Bynum knocked in Bateman to make it 7-0.
Woodard scored the final run of the game for Athens to make the final score 8-0. The brilliant pitching by Athens kept Kaufman in check the entire game and the Lions could not do very much on offense.
Athens was led at the plate by Bateman, who went 2-for-3. Bynum was 2-for-2 with two RBI and Woodard and Quade had one hit each.
Athens coach Dallas Robertson said that he was happy to get a victory for the seniors and that it was a big momentum builder heading to the playoffs.
Robertson called the seniors a “special group” and said that he was proud of all they accomplished in their time at Athens. He was also pleased with how they represented the school and community.
With the victory, Athens finishes up the season 19-6 with an 11-1 mark in district. They were District Champions this season. They open the playoffs with a one-game series against Van.
Kaufman finishes the season with a 12-13 record with a 7-5 mark in district. They will enter the playoffs as a two seed, having finished second in district. Their playoff game has not been set.

Apr

28

Posted by : admin | On : April 28, 2016

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–Trinity Valley Community College confirms college President Glendon Forgey was suspended with pay Monday, April 25.
Board President Ray Raymond said the board has been presented with confilicting governmental documents by Forgey without acceptable explanation.
The school board is elected by the citizens of the college district to oversee the college and its administrators and act in the best interest of TVCC students and staff.
Raymond said the board takes their responsibilities very seriously and has determined the concerns regarding the president’s conduct should be fully investigated in order to properly fulfill its duties to the public.
An investigation into his contract is pending.

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Apr

21

Posted by : admin | On : April 21, 2016

Cross Roads, Malakoff and Trinidad ISDs vote in November

Special to The News
TEXAS–Early voting begins Monday, April 25 and continues through May 3, for city councils, school board trustees and water boards.
City of Malakoff candidates for three positions include Kevin Killman, Robert C. Cole, incumbants Vincent Bailey, Jr. and Jerrily Tarver, Pat Isaacson, Rickey Baker, Bubba Matthews. Voting takes place at Malakoff City Hall located at 109 Melton St.
Athens Muncipal Water Authority (AMWA) candidates for three seats include incumbents Donald A.Foster, Stephen R. Sparkman and David Thomas, and Milburn Chaney and Frank Lunceford. Voters may cast their ballots for AMWA candidates at the Henderson County Elections Administration at 201 E. Larkin in Athens.
Cross Roads and Malakoff ISDs will hold elections in November.
The City of Trinidad and Trinidad ISD will conduct November elections also.
Election Day is Saturday, May 7.
Athens ISD’s election has been cancelled due to candidtates running unopposed.

Apr

07

Posted by : admin | On : April 7, 2016

Leon Gilmore

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TVCC Cardinal Leon Gilmore on his official visit to Colorado State University. Gilmore committed to Colorado State March 27.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
ATHENS–Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) basketball player Leon Gilmore committed to play for the Colorado State University Rams, March 27. Gilmore made the announcement official via his personal Twitter account.
Colorado State is coached by Larry Eustachy. They finished up this season with a 18-16 record and last made the NCAA Tournament in 2013.
Eustachy has been a Division One head coach since 1990. He is in his fourth season as the basketball coach at Colorado State. He has 486 career wins, five conference championships, two conference coach of the year awards and five NCAA Tournament appearances.
“I’m very excited about getting to play for Coach Eustachy,” Gilmore said. “Everyone tells me he is one of the best in the business and I know he has had a lot of success with junior college players. I’m really looking forward to playing on a team where I can make an impact. I just want to be a part of something great.”
Gilmore played high school basketball at Manvel High School in Houston. He was a four star recruit according to 247 Sports and was ranked as the eighth best player in Texas and 135th best in the nation.
He committed to play college ball at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb under coach Greg McDermott. He also had offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Houston, Arkansas, Louisiana Tech, Nebraska, Texas, Oklahoma State, UNLV, VCU and Georgetown.
Gilmore saw action in eight games as a freshman and missed the last six weeks of the season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. He decided to transfer to TVCC in hopes of getting more playing time.
This past season at TVCC, under coach Kris Baumann, Gilmore averaged 11 points and seven rebounds per game. He started every game for the Cardinals and led the Cardinals to a 33-2 record and an appearance in the NJCAA quarterfinals in March. TVCC was ranked number one in the country for most of the season.
“I had a lot of great memories and games from my time in Athens,” Gilmore said. “This is one of the best teams I have been a part of and coach Baumann is an amazing coach. He made it clear from day one what he expected out of us. I want to thank all the Cardinal fans for their support this season. They played a big part in helping us have the success that we did.”
Gilmore also had offers from Georgia, LSU, Stephen F. Austin, Little Rock, FIU and UT-Arlington.
With Colorado State losing forward Tiel Daniels to graduation, Gilmore will have a chance to make a huge impact for the Rams next season. Gilmore is a high-motor player who can guard any position on the floor.
“I can step in and do whatever the coaches ask me to do,” Gilmore said. “I just want to help this team be successful.”

Apr

07

Posted by : admin | On : April 7, 2016

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Although the Lake Athens Marina RV Park has undergone many improvements and reopened last month, the Marina Restaurant is still closed. Athens LLC owner George Bayoud is seeking individuals or organizations to operate the restaurant.

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Lake Athens Marina RV Park reopened last month after major improvements to the facility by George Bayoud of Athens LLC.
The marina facility has new roads and pad sites, a 40-foot tall flagpole flying the American and Texas flags and a new general store which will be open Wednesday through Sunday year round and seven days a week in the summer. The store will stock bait and gas for boats as well as food.
Athens LLC is still seeking individuals or organizations to operate the restaurant.
Athens Municipal Water Authority says the lake draws in thousands of visitors each year for recreational and professional fishing and water sports.
Lake Athens Marina had been closed since late 2014.
Lake Athens Marina is located at 5401 Marina Dr. in Athens.

Mar

17

Posted by : admin | On : March 17, 2016

Coach Baumann media day

the news Photo/Ryan Moulds
TVCC basketball coach Kris Baumann talks to reporters during TVCC’s media day March 9. Baumann has led the Cardinals to a 32-1 record and the number one seed in that National Tournament. The Cardinals are seeking their first ever National Championship.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–The TVCC Cardinals and Lady Cardinals basketball teams are looking to build off of great regular seasons and bring home National Championships to Athens this season. The Cardinals hold a record of 32-1 and are ranked number one in the country. They enter the NJCAA Tournament as the number one seed. The Lady Cardinals have a record of 28-3 and will be entering the women’s tournament as the number six seed.
“Our goals at the end of the year are to play in the National Tournament,” TVCC coach Kris Baumann said. “The more I’ve challenged the guys this year, the better we have played. It would mean everything to us to be able to win a title. Our group has been very mature and battled through lots of adversity. I want to play well and advance as far as we can. A lot of different factors go into these tournament game but I think our guys are good enough to handle the pressure.”
The Cardinals are currently on a 27 game winning streak. They have had several big moments including coming back from a 22-point deficit against Navarro to win by one and beating Paris on a last second 3-pointer. Baumann is confident that playing in games like that will give his team the edge they need when games in the tournament get close.
“We have known since the beginning that we were going to be a special team,” TVCC sophomore Leon Gilmore said. “Even before we put on the uniform and played we knew how good we were and we knew that this was the team that could take us all the way to a championship. We want to be the best team every time we step on the floor and I think we are. This entire team loves each other and we love to play together. It’s never a dull moment with this team and we have a lot of fun playing. Coach has been setting goals for us all season and we have one more to accomplish. We want to be able to cut the nets down at the end of the year.”
The Cardinals will be in the tournament for the third time in a row, a first in school history. They will play the winner of North Dakota School of Science and Harcum (who knocked TVCC out of the tournament two years ago) on March 16. This is the eighth year in a row where the Cardinals have won at least 20 games. The best finish TVCC has ever had at the tournament was 1982 when they finished third.
The Lady Cardinals are looking to make history with their ninth championship. They finished third in the tournament last season. The Lady Cardinals have had 26 straight winning seasons and have a true winning tradition. They won three straight titles from 2012-14 and are 8-4 overall in title games.
“We have always had success here and we prepare to go the National Tournament every year,” TVCC coach Gerald Ewing. “This is a great group. They love each other and lead each other on and off the court. It’s great to have all the athletic success with us and men’s team. It’s rare at any level of basketball to have two teams who have a chance to win a National Championship in the same year.”
The Lady Cards were upset by San Jacinto in the second round of the Regional Tournament. “We were a little shocked after losing to San Jacinto,” sophomore Maya Singleton said. “We had already beaten them twice this year and nobody saw that loss coming. We got ahead of ourselves and we were looking ahead to the championship game instead of taking it one game at a time. That will be the key to having success in the National Tournament. We need to take it one game at a time and play our best basketball every time we step on the court. At this stage in the season, every single possession counts and you have to make the most out of everything.”
“We are hoping to win a title this season but we know that each game will be a challenge and anybody can beat anybody,” sophomore Troi Swain said. “It’s important that we lock in and play like a team. We were surprised to be the six seed because we expected to be in the nine to 12 range. It’s exciting to see that people still think of us as one of the elite teams in the country.”
“It means everything to represent Trinity Valley and Athens,” freshman Christalah Lyons said. “We have a big name on our jersey and it’s important that we go out and represent. The loss in the Regional Tournament lit a fire under us. We have become a strong team on and off the court. It would mean everything to cut down the nets with these girls.”
The Lady Cards have an overall school record of 1,078-232. They have a 60-17 record in the National Tournament and have appeared 21 times.
The last time the Lady Cards missed the tournament was 2007.

Mar

17

Posted by : admin | On : March 17, 2016

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–An Athens and Malakoff man were involved in a fatal traffic collison in Odessa the evening of March 12.
Athens resident Joseph Dredla, 21, was driving north on FM 866 when he ran a stop sign at the intersection of FM 866 and Highway 302.
Dredla hit another vehicle, killing Earl Waterbury, 56, of Odessa.
DPS Troopers say Dredla was arrested for unlawfully carrying a weapon, intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault.
Malakoff resident Coby Bostic, 21, a passenger in Dredla’s vehicle, was ejected from the vehicle during the crash.
Reports state Bostic was not wearing a seat belt.
He was taken to a hospital in critical condition with incapacitating injuries.