Feb

17

Posted by : admin | 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 : admin | 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 : admin | 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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Jan

13

Posted by : admin | On : January 13, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan

If you are waiting for your voter registration card, you are going to have to wait a little longer; redistricting in Texas has really become a headache.

Voting districts for the Texas Legislature and the state’s Congressional delegation are in limbo with two sets of maps drawn, one by state lawmakers and one by a group of federal judges in San Antonio,

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Jan

06

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : January 6, 2012

From Staff Reports

Erick Graham wants to make sure the spirit doesn’t go cold.

Graham is the pastor of Sand Springs Baptist Church in Athens and one of the original organizers of the Henderson County Nativity Rally that brought 5,000 to the Courthouse square last month.

Now he is ready to hold an event at the Cain Center to provide services

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Jan

06

Posted by : admin | On : January 6, 2012

From Staff Reports

January 2012 is School Board Recognition Month, a time when districts across the state show their appreciation for the pivotal role elected boards play in their local communities.

“Our school board members devote thousands of hours of their time to the success of the students of MISD. They all make many personal sacrifices tending to school board business. The members of this school

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Jan

06

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : January 6, 2012

Samantha Curry holds her daughter, Aleigia Shamlin, at ETMC Athens. Aleigia was the first baby to be born at the hospital in the new year. She arrived at 8:41 a.m. Jan 1, 2012, weighing 5 pounds, 5 ounces and 18-and-a-half inches long. She was also greeted by her father, Terry Shamlin, and older sister Leann Shamlin. They live in Malakoff. (Toni Garrard Clay Photo)

Jan

06

Posted by : admin | On : January 6, 2012

From Staff Reports

Laboratory testing confirmed that 29 head of cattle found dead in Cross Roads last week were the victims of nitrate poisoning.

Both the animals and the hay they were eating tested toxic for nitrate poisoning, Henderson County AgriLife Extension Agent Rick Hirsch said Tuesday.

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