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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Dec

28

Posted by : admin | On : December 28, 2011

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

Henderson County Agrilife Extension Agent Rick Hirsch confirmed that 29 head of cattle were found dead Tuesday morning in Cross Roads.
Hirsch said officials suspect nitrate poisoning from tainted hay.

“Although uncommon in normal years, these poisonings occur when cattle eat forages stessed from

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Dec

19

Posted by : admin | On : December 19, 2011

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

The question of whether or not a Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) banner will be included in the annual Henderson County Christmas display may have been pushed back to next year, but that hasn’t stopped the rhetoric.

Friday, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott weighed in on the issue, promising “my support if the FFRF follows through on its threat to pursue legal action against Henderson County.”

Abbott’s declaration came in a letter to Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders.

The FFRF answered back Monday in a letter to Abbott signed by foundation co-presidents and husband and wife, Dan Taylor and Annie Laurie Gaylor.

“The imprimatur of the county of Henderson, and now the imprimatur of the Texas Attorney General’s Office, are being used to endorse Christianity,” the letter reads.

By now, the story is well known and

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Dec

16

Posted by : admin | On : December 16, 2011

By Michael V. Hannigan

ATHENS – The biggest event in Henderson County this Christmas might be the one nobody expected.

Christians of all denominations are being invited to the Courthouse Square in Athens this Saturday, Dec. 17, to “come together in love, to unite and show the world the true spirit of Christ and Christmas.”

The rally will run from noon-1 p.m. and will include Christmas carols, prayers, a few short speeches by area pastors, and patriotic songs.

There will also be a food drive to try and stock up the shelves of county food pantries before Christmas. Cans and other non-perishable food will be collected at the square.

The event, called the “Henderson County Nativity Rally,” came together

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