Posted by : admin | On : March 17, 2016

Coach Baumann media day

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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.



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.



Posted by : admin | On : March 17, 2016

Special to The News
WASHINGTON – Staff from U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling’s office will meet constituents from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 24, at the Malakoff City Hall Council Chambers to provide assistance with federal agencies.
“Dealing with federal agencies can be an intimidating experience. I want my constituents to know that my staff and I stand ready to help. I hope that you will let my office assist you in your dealings with federal agencies or bureaucracies,” Hensarling said.
Providing outstanding constituent service is a priority of Hensarling, and this meeting provides an additional opportunity for constituents with questions or concerns to bring those to his attention.
District offices located in Dallas and Athens are always open for constituents to visit, as well as mail, fax, email or call for assistance.
“This is an opportunity that allows 5th District constituents to have a face-to-face discussion with my staff and to make it more convenient for Henderson County residents to get help.” Hensarling added.
All constituents with questions or concerns regarding immigration, passports, IRS, Medicare, the military, Social Security, USDA, Veterans Affairs, or other federal issues are welcome to attend and will be assisted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
For more information, call Hensarling’s office at (903) 675-8288 or go to



Posted by : admin | On : February 25, 2016

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–Stacie Parson’s defense attorneys are seeking to toss out the alleged statements she made after walking in to the Athens Police Department. According to court records, Parsons told three police officers she killed her 4-year-old daughter before being read the Miranda Rights by APD Detective Sgt. Don Yarbrough.
A hearing was held in the 173rd District Court Feb. 19 to hear evidence presented by the state and Parson’s attorney.
APD Lt. Jeremy Hugghins stated Parsons was not given a Miranda warning, because the crime had not been verified.
Yarbrough stated Parsons waived her rights, signing a waiver to such, and did not request to speak with an attorney.
Defense attorneys say Parsons, at the time she confessed, was not fully aware of the consequences of such admissions.
Parsons admitted to being mad at her husband regarding his drug use, threatening to kill their daughter, Victoria.
The child’s body was found in the trunk of a car located in Athens on Martin Luther King Street.
Parsons is being held on a $6 million bond for capital murder in the Henderson County Jail and is set to attend a pre-trail hearing Thursday, March 3.
Jury selection for Parsons’ trial may begin as early as April 14.



Posted by : admin | On : February 25, 2016

Hornets win playoff

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The Athens Hornets beat Wills Point 68-63 in bi-district basketball playoff game Feb. 23.

By Ryan Moulds
News Staff Writer
LINDALE–The Athens Hornets topped the Wills Point Tigers 68-63 in their Feb. 23 playoff game.
Athens started out fast and played tough agressive defense. They jumped out to a 11-2 lead and forced Wills Point into a timeout. The Tigers chipped away at the Athens lead and eventually took a 21-18 lead on a 3-pointer by Doug Sheldon.
Both teams went back and fourth in the second quarter with neither squad able to keep much of a run going. Athens had a 39-37 lead at halftime.
Things went back and fourth in the second half with Athens holding a slim lead the entire way. The Hornets began to stall their possessions down the court and burned as much time as possible.
Wills Point called a timeout with under three minutes left down 60-57. After the timeout Athens went on a 9-0 run to put the game away.
Miles Koehler led Athens in scoring with 19 points. Travon Fuller scored 18 points and Gary Lyons had 12.
The win improves Athens to 17-12. They move on to the second round of the playoffs where they will play Paris North Lamar-Gilmer contest Friday (today) in Corsicana.
Wills Point ends the season 10-21.



Posted by : admin | On : February 18, 2016

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The City of Athens is making the bricks from the old Henderson County Memorial Hospital available to the public free of charge from 8 a.m. to noon Friday (today) Feb. 19, and 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday Feb. 20 at the City of Athens Community Collection Site located at 500 Aaron St.



Posted by : admin | On : February 4, 2016


Special to The News
ATHENS–Athens High School graduate and businessman Drew Douglas was named 2015 Athens Citizen of the Year by the Athens Chamber of Commerce Jan. 22.
Douglas has worked as a real estate agent for Steve Grant Real Estate for many years and opened the Athens Thrift Store in 2010, which has given more than $100,000 to local community organizations.
He is active in the First Baptist Church, participating in outreach ministries to various countries including Mexico and Nicaragua.
He obtained and donated the use of the building for the Furniture Ministry of the First Baptist Church and was instrumental in obtaining the building for the Disciples Clinic of Athens.
Douglas is involved in the Prison Entrepreneurial Program, which encourages those who qualify and nearing release from prison, to learn about business, form a business plan and be successful.
He is also served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) board member.



Posted by : admin | On : January 21, 2016


The News Reports
ATHENS–Athens Police Department arrested Michael Keith Duke, 19, Jan. 15 for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a prohibited substance in a correctional facility and five Athens Municipal Court warrants.
APD says Corporal William Carlow conducted a traffic stop on a pick up truck for an expired license plate around 10:45 a.m. Jan. 15 in the 700 block of East Corsicana Street. During a routine check, it was discovered Duke was wanted on several local warrants.
Carlow arrested Duke and during a vehicle search, found two stolen rifles.
Duke was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and was transported to the Henderson County Justice Center.
During booking, Duke was found to be in possession of a clear baggie containing a substance suspected to be marijuana.
He remains in custody on bonds totaling $20,000.



Posted by : admin | On : July 14, 2015

By Erik Walsh
The News Staff

ATHENS–County Commissioners called an election Nov. 3 to create Emergency Services District No. 10 in the Eustace area. Seven ESDs currently serve Henderson County. Emergency Service District spots eight and nine are not available because they are designated to Murchison and Baxter after unsuccessful propositions.
Commissioners also accepted a payment from Oncor Electric Delivery for damage done during power line construction in Precinct 4.

The payment of $35,634.40 was issued after heavy equipment operated by Oncor destroyed portions of the roadway on County Road 4910. In April and May. Precinct. 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin said he applied for the funds and county negotiated with Oncor for the settlement.

“We had several discussions with Oncor because of heavy equipment on all of the roads, ” Geeslin said. “That portion was destroyed, as well as three culverts being crushed.”

The $35,634.40 will cover the cost of material and asphalt to resurface the road. The precinct will do patch work and culvert repair until the fall, when Oncor has completed its construction activities.
Commissioners Court also voted on Tuesday to pay bills in the amount of $168,185.90.



Posted by : admin | On : March 9, 2015

Athens Cemetery-Bob McDonald

The News Photo/Pearl Cantrell
U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (right) thanks Bob McDonald for his contributions to historical preservation and service to the people of Henderson County with a Congressional Resolution during the Memorial Day 2013 dedication of the Veterans Memorial at the Athens Cemetery. McDonald was the moving force behind the cemetery memorial, as well as the Memorial Wall at the East Texas Arboretum. McDonald died last week.

By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff

ATHENS–Though relatively few know his name, Bob McDonald leaves a legacy which will impact visitors and Henderson County residents alike for many, many years to come.
The kiosk he designed to assist those looking for the gravesites of relatives and loved ones at the Athens Cemetery is invaluable.

His planning and direction of the Veterans Memorial, both at the cemetery and the East Texas Arboretum stands as a testament to sacrifice and service, of which McDonald himself participated in during the Korean War.
“The work of his hands and heart are seen everywhere you look,” East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society executive director Teresa Glasgow said.

He also served on the board of Trinity Valley Community College, the Athens Historical Preservation, Inc., Keep Athens Beautiful and a handful of other civic committees.

A public celebration of his life is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 17 at the Athens Cemetery.
“We are going to miss him in a lot of ways,” co-volunteer and businessman Steve Grant said of his passing.
“It wasn’t just his wisdom and knowledge, he had a heart of gold,” Grant explained. “He wanted to make things better in everything he did. No job was too big or too small; he put a lot of thought into everything he did.”
McDonald succumbed to cancer at the age of 86. He was born Jan. 24, 1929 and died Feb. 27, 2015.

Glasgow pointed to the 20 hours a week he consistently invested at the East Texas Arboretum. He likely put in similar hours at the cemetery on its maintenance and seeing the many improvements over the past 15 years.
At the dedication of the Veterans Memorial Wall at the cemetery on Memorial Day, 2013, state and national elected officials presented resolutions passed by Congress and the State House, citing his service to better the Athens community through historical preservation.

One of the last projects he designed and directed was the construction of the cemetery’s columbarium.
His love for life, the outdoors and veterans grew from his own military service with the storied 2nd Armored Division as a 1st Lieutenant in the Army, during the Korean War.

His practical, logical thinking was groomed by Texas A&M University as a mechanical engineer, who went on to design and build oil, gas and chemical processing plants and offshore structures.
He retired in 1988, and he and wife Leta returned to their hometown of Athens to live on land belonging to the McDonalds for 150 years. The couple reared two sons: Glenn and Mark.

After a brief respite, his second career began, as he poured his energies, heart and mind into his interests as a volunteer.

A matching grant of up to $50,000 has been set aside to form an endowment in Bob McDonald’s name for the East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society. To donate go to