Jul

28

Posted by : admin | On : July 28, 2016

By Emmalee Doss
The News Correspondent
ATHENS–The Henderson County Commissioners Court met to determine whether a burn ban needed to be in effect, pay bills and accept the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Historical Commission in honor of the Henderson County Historical Commission.
Much discussion passed as to how the upcoming rain would reduce the number of fires and whether it was time to put a burn ban into effect. Fire Marshal Shane Renberg made clear that there has not been a burn ban in effect up until this point, and the burn ban will be reconsidered at the next meeting if dry conditions continue.
The Commissioners Court accepted the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Historical Commission in honor of the hard work of the Henderson County Historical Commission. The certificate awarded stated that the award was “in recognition of the county’s active and balanced preservation program.” Special thanks went to Sarah Jane, Betty Hallwell, Ivy Joe and everyone involved.
Commissioners agreed to pay the $137,601.97 in state fees and $159,818.57 for regular bills. There was speculation as to whether or not they were going through the budget faster than expected due to the state policy change regarding the addition of mental health care not budgeted in the medical budget.
The commissioners voted to approve a contract between the Department of State Health Services and the Henderson County Clerk’s Office regarding birth certificates.

Jul

28

Posted by : admin | On : July 28, 2016

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS– Athens High School athletic director Paul Essary has wrapped up his hires for the upcoming school year with six new coaches.
Two of the coaches are returning hires in middle school coordinator Cody Hines and assistant coach Jarrett Buchholtz.
Hines was a middle school coordinator two years ago and is coming back in the same role working with the seventh and eighth grade boys.
Buchholtz worked two years as a varsity coach and then came back. He will work with the seventh and eighth grade football, basketball and track team.
Essary has two former Hornets on the middle school coaching staff in brothers Devon and Desmond Bowie. Both played football and basketball for Athens and were on the 2010 football team that went four rounds deep in the playoffs.
Essary said that it is exciting to bring back past Hornet players to be a part of Hornet nation. They will be working with the middle school football and girls basketball and track.
In the varsity football program, Essary promoted coach Cresendo Bush from the middle school following the departure of coach Bradley Gandy. He will be coaching safeties and assisting the track team.
The middle school girls program will have two new coaches joining the staff in Brenda Hennesey from Rockwall and Ivory Nichols from Palestine Westwood.
Hennesey will be teaching science and coaching middle school girls volleyball, basketball and track. She has several years of coaching experience and Essary said that she came very highly recommended by her former coaches.
Nichols was a softball player at Grambling University and will be at Bel Air in the P.E. Department. She will coach middle school volleyball, basketball and track. She graduated from Palestine Westwood High School.
Essary said with only having to replace six coaches this year, it made the summer easy for him to finish up his staff for the year. He said that he thinks this is one of the best coaching staffs that Athens ISD has ever had.

Jul

21

Posted by : admin | On : July 21, 2016

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By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
ATHENS–Guy Furr will begin his 15th season at Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) as the 10th head basketball coach in the school’s history. Furr will replace Kris Baumann who served as coach for four years before leaving to join the staff at UTEP.
In his 14-year tenure (1987-92, 2007-16), Furr served as assistant coach to the three winningest coaches in school history, Leon Spencer, Pat Smith and Baumann.
Furr began his TVCC career on Spencer’s staff in 1987. He left after the 1992 season to return 15 years later on Smith’s staff.
During his first tenure at TVCC, Furr was instrumental in recruiting Nick Van Exel and Shawn Kemp, both of whom went on to play in the NBA.
When Furr left TVCC, he didn’t leave the area. Remaining an Athens resident, he coached and was the head boys basketball coach and principal at Martins Mill High School for five years. He then worked at Kemp High School as an administrator for five years, including one season as interim head boys basketball coach. Furr left Kemp for Murchison ISD, where he was superintendent for five years.
He is also an experienced shooting instructor and has hosted camps for the Shot Doctor in 34 different states.
Furr is a native of Murray, Ky. After playing basketball at Bethel College in Tennessee, he earned his bachelor of science degree from Murray State University and his master’s degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Furr and wife Tina have two children, Alex, a recent graduate of Fresno State University and now a member of the women’s basketball coaching staff at Cameron University, and Preston, a recent graduate of Athens High School and now a student at the college.

Jun

09

Posted by : admin | On : June 9, 2016

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Special to The News
ATHENS–Trinity Valley Community College Rodeo Team member Tyson Arledge, from Milano, will be representing TVCC in Tie Down Roping at the 2016 College National Finals Rodeo June 12-18, in Casper, Wyo.
The top three individuals regionally, in each event, earned a spot to compete for a national title. There are 11 regions in the U.S. TVCC, along with 20 other colleges and universities are in the Southern region. Unlike most other collegiate sports, rodeo contestants must compete against not only other community colleges, but university competitors for those top three spots.
The contestants compete at 10 regional rodeos throughout the year and accrue points for winning which determines the CNFR Qualifiers. Tyson won the roping at the TVCC Rodeo held at The Henderson County Fairpark Complex in February, along with placing in the other regional rodeos. He is well-rounded and has two great horses that will be traveling to Casper with him.
According to Rodeo Coach Brent Bratton, “Tyson has the ability and knowledge to win a national title for TVCC. He has a game plan and it will come down to him doing his best. This is the largest rodeo competition next to the National Finals Rodeo. I hope Tyson enjoys every moment of this experience and performs to the best of his ability. We thank this amazing community and TVCC for all of the support and encouragement.”

Jun

02

Posted by : admin | On : June 2, 2016

By Sariah Kendall
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS– The Athens Kiwanis Club officially opened the Splash Pad at the Athens Kiwanis Park, May 27.
Visiting the Splash Pad is completely free and will be a place for little ones to cool off this summer while families gather.
It will open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. now through Labor Day. To ensure the safety of visitors the following rules have been implemented.
• All children under the age of 7-years-old must have adult supervision
• Youth must wear proper swim diapers
• Patrons engaging in horse play or foul language will be asked to leave
• No bikes, scooters, skateboards or roller blades
• No food or drinks allowed on Splash Pad
• No glass containers
• Not pets allowed on Splash Pad
• No littering
• Climbing on Splash Pad fixtures is prohibited
• Splash Pad may be closed at times for maintenance
• Splash pad is unsupervised

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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