Mar

05

Posted by : Press release | On : March 5, 2012

PRESS RELEASE

February 28, 2012

R. Scott McKee, District Attorney, reports the January Term, 2012, Grand Jury met on
February 23, 2012 and February 24, 2012 and returned _ 109 _ True Bills, including the following:

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Mar

02

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : March 2, 2012

 

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

Henderson County Elections Administrator Denise Hernandez might finally have a date for primary elections.

Just don’t expect pulling it together to be easy.

After months of wrangling, a federal court in San Antonio released interim redistricting maps Tuesday, a move which increase the chances the state will see primary elections on May 29. Obstacles remain and the maps could still be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, but officials are optimistic.

“While we believe the original maps drawn by the Texas Legislature were fair and legal,

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Mar

01

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : March 1, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

In what could be his final action in the Henderson County nativity scene controversy, San Antonio atheist Patrick Greene filed a complaint this week to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct against County Judge Richard Sanders.

Greene stepped into the county’s ongoing nativity scene debate in February when he wrote all members of Commissioners’ Court, threatening a lawsuit if the display is not moved to private property.

Greene, who has a long history of church-state lawsuits, told The Malakoff News he was becoming involved “to show that Christianity does not rule my state of Texas, the Constitution does. Christianity is only one of the many faiths represented in this state.”

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Mar

01

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : March 1, 2012

(UPDATE: Please see update at end of story.)

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

It appears that San Antonio atheist Patrick Greene may be leaving the Henderson County nativity scene controversy as quickly as he entered.

Greene revealed this weekend that he believes he has a detached retina, which he expects will leave him blind in the very near future.
In early February, Greene emailed several county officials promising to sue Henderson County if the traditional nativity scene is displayed on the courthouse lawn this Christmas. But because of his health, he has decided to back away from his threat to sue.

“There is no way for me to go up there if I’m blind,” he said.

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Feb

17

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : February 17, 2012

By Barbara Gartman
MediaOne L.L.C.

TOOL – Tool City Councilman Dennis Jay Candage died at his home suddenly, early Tuesday.

Candage has served on the Tool City Council since May, 2010.
He and his wife, Nancy, were married Nov. 6, 2010. The couple resided in Paradise Bay.

Candage had lived in the area for 40 years, always

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Feb

17

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : February 17, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan

A San Antonio atheist recently became the newest participant in Henderson County’s apparently-not-confined-to-Christmas nativity scene controversy.

Patrick Greene this week emailed a letter to all members of Commissioners’ Court threatening a lawsuit if the nativity scene is not moved to private property. In an email interview with The Malakoff News, Greene said, “… If they do not respond to my email by … Monday, February 20, 2012, I will assume that they have no intention of responding at all. In which case I will begin filling out the necessary forms, and file the lawsuit on the day they put up the nativity display.”

When asked his reasons for becoming involved, Greene said “to show that Christianity does not rule

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Feb

03

Posted by : Press release | On : February 3, 2012

Hungry? Homeless? Down on your luck? Struggling with addiction, grief or loneliness?

Then come to the Cain Center in Athens from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, where the churches of Henderson County will be reaching out to help.
During that time, there will be stations set up to help with the following: food pantry; clothes closet; addiction recovery; shelter; auto repair; home maintenance; support for depression, grief and divorce; jail/prison outreach; and care packages and penpals for soldiers, shut-ins and inmates.

(READ MORE IN THIS WEEK’S PRINT EDITION OF THE MALAKOFF NEWS, ON STANDS NOW.)

Feb

03

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : February 3, 2012

A verbal altercation earlier this month with an employee has caused some problems for Pct. 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin.

According to county officials, the employee reported the altercation, which allegedly involved the use of foul language on both sides. However, the employee found one phrase by Geeslin particularly offensive.

Tuesday, Geeslin denied using the particular phrase.

(READ MORE IN THIS WEEK’S PRINT EDITION OF THE MALAKOFF NEWS, ON STANDS NOW.)

Jan

16

Posted by : Press release | On : January 16, 2012

District Attorney Office Press Release

On Wednesday, January 11, a Henderson County jury sentenced Manuel Clerkley, 41, of Palestine, to Life in the penitentiary for a June 9th, 2009 early morning crash that left his 21 year-old niece and mother of two, Michelle Coaster, dead. The crash occurred shortly before 9 a.m., in the 600 block of South Palestine Street near the intersection of Ben Bent Drive. Athens Police Department reports stated Clerkley was northbound in a 1994 Plymouth Acclaim that went out of control and crossed the southbound lanes before leaving the roadway and colliding head-on with a tree.
A woman, who stopped at the traffic signal at Ben Belt and South Palestine, reportedly saw the accident and described it to police.

Coaster died at East Texas Medical Center, Athens a few hours after the wreck. Clerkley was taken

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Jan

13

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : January 13, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan

The nativity scene from the Henderson County Courthouse lawn has been put away and so has the controversy surrounding the display, at least for a couple of months.

Officials for both Henderson County and the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) confirmed this week that the next round in the battle over the county’s Christmas display will likely come in March, when

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