Sep

08

Posted by : admin | On : September 8, 2016

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By Delanda S. Johnson
Special to the News
MALAKOFF–On Aug. 28, Johnson Chapel A. M. E. church celebrated its 119 years of existence.
Johnson Chapel A.M.E. Church was organized in 1897 in the Cedar Creek bottoms,under a brush arbor on Abe Johnson’s Farm.
Johnson Chapel has gone through many trials and tribulations, but with the courage and strength of its members, descendants of Bro. Abe Johnson, and the local community, Johnson Chapel A. M. E. church stands strong in the 21st century.
The program moved forward with Evangelist Alma Berry opening service along with Sis. Delanda S. Johnson interacting with the congregation with songs of praise and worship.
Bro. Gilbert Smith welcomed everyone to Johnson Chapel, “the friendly church where everybody is somebody and Christ is ALL.”
Rev. Rickey Barnes, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Malakoff and who is also a fourth generation descendant of Abe Johnson, spoke on behalf of the Johnson family. “We are honored to be here once again at this Annual Homecoming service to remember the past and to help keep the future of Johnson Chapel A. M. E. church alive and well.”
Rev. Linda Ross, Pastor of Johnson Chapel introduced the speaker; who was none other that the former Pastor of Johnson Chapel, Rev. I. B. Wells, Jr.
Rev. Wells is currently the Pastor of Stearne Chapel A. M. E. church in Bryan, Texas.
Rev. Wells graduated from Brownwood High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Tarleton State University. He is an educator certified to teach History and Physical Education. He has won Area, District and Regional championships and in 2014 he coached the Calvert Lady Trojans to play for the State title in basketball and became the State Championship runner-up. He was also selected as Brazos Valley Coach of the Year in 2013-2014.
Even though he loves coaching sports, he loves being a coach for God, winning souls on the battlefield of life. Spreading the gospel and leading people to Christ is what he is passionate about, praying for the sick, offering counseling to adults and students hoping to make a difference in the lives of God’s people.
Sis. Cydnei Wells performed a strong and spiritual praise dance before her father preached.
Rev. Wells acknowledged that he was happy to be back home (Johnson Chapel) and in the Malakoff community. “When I was Pastor here at Johnson Chapel, the Malakoff community supported me. Even when I was coaching at Calvert and we were playing for the State Championship, the Malakoff community supported me by watching the game on television. Also now that my Oakwood team comes to Trinidad and beats them, the Malakoff community supports me,” said Rev. Wells.
The service moved on with Rev. Wells giving his sermon, “Wake-up You Sleepy Head,” coming from Genesis 28:10-22.
Rev. Wells said that sometimes we feel that we are all alone, but as a child of God we must know that God is everywhere. He will never leave you nor forsake you; God will be with you know matter what.
“Ask yourself, how many times have you felt stressed out? How many times have you felt tired of running? How many times have you felt depressed? How many times have you just gone back and forth trying to find peace? You must know that God is there through all of your situations. He is the way out of no way. He is the Prince of Peace. All you need to do is turn everything over to the Lord,” said Rev. Wells.
Rev. Wells said that everything that God gives to you is holy and you must know that God will walk with you no matter what. “God will never turn His back on you. He shows grace and mercy on you each and everyday. So, “Wake-up You Sleepy Heads” and know that Jesus died to set us free from all sins. He is our salvation and He has all power in His hands,” said Rev. Wells.
After a soul stirring sermon, the Rev. G. B. Bailey, Sr. award was presented. This award was started by Rev. Bill Burton, former Pastor of Johnson Chapel in honor of the late Rev. G. B. Bailey, Sr., who was also a former Pastor of Johnson Chapel and Presiding Elder of the Northeast Texas Conference (known now as North Texas Conference).
This award represents the faithfulness and helpfulness that the person gives to the community and to Johnson Chapel.
This year’s winner was Bro. Clyde Bailey. He is a native of Malakoff and a graduate of Malakoff High School. He attended Henderson County Junior College (now known as Trinity Valley Community College).
Bro. Bailey works for Lumia Energy in Henderson and also does carpentry work, where he is a skilled brick layer and deals with concrete.
Bro. Bailey’s Christian walk started at Johnson Chapel A. M. E. Church. However he is now a member of Antioch Baptist Church where he serves as Chairman of the Trustee Board. Even though Bro. Bailey is no longer a member of Johnson Chapel, he gives his time and service whenever there is a need.
It is said that he is a man of the community, who gives a helping hand.

Jul

14

Posted by : admin | On : July 14, 2016

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By Sariah Kendall
News Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–Positive vibes and laughter flow throughout the room as program leader Caren Anthony initiates an exercise class designed for helping people with Parkinson’s disease, stroke or traumatic brain injury.
There’s a feeling that everyone really wants to be there. The gentlemen are cracking jokes with one another, spouses are laughing back-and-forth. There’s something in the air. It’s a vibrant hope that these individuals in the free program hosted at Family Fitness in Gun Barrel City will get better.
“We laugh, cry and are loud,” Anthony says.
The program was created by Colorado resident Gary Sobol, who himself experienced severe motor skill loss from Parkinson’s disease in 2008 – and gained it back with regular exercise. He eventually founded GZSobol’s Parkinson’s Network in 2013 with the mission to help others. The network has three main principles: overcome challenges, improve quality of life and restore functions. After receiving training, Anthony runs the same class in Henderson County.
Anthony is also an emergency service first responder from Eustace and makes a living as the Marketing Director at Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice in Malakoff and Corsicana. She is one of only ten certified Parkinson’s instructors in Texas.
Anthony first learned of Sobol’s network at a conference she attended through another hospice care, and when the opportunity arose to change job positions, she made it a priority to bring Sobol to Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice and receive training. She wasted no time becoming certified and jump-starting classes.
Family Fitness owners Eric Castro and Steve Steerman have encouraged Anthony to offer the free classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week from 12:30-2 p.m.
As a first responder, Anthony also provides “Vial of Life” packets for emergency planning and promotes fire escape plans.
This class was initially planned for six weeks, but because of the success rate, Anthony plans to keep the class going.
“If we can change one person’s life in this room, which I think we’ve changed several, that’s what it’s all about,” Anthony said. “You just have to care about people and change their life. And that’s what we do, that’s what we’re up to.”
The Parkinson’s Network also provides exercise classes for people with MS, TBI, neurological disorders and for those that want to age well.

Mar

24

Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

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The News Staff Reports
KAUFMAN–Early Tuesday, an active shooting scene was reported to law enforcement at the Walmart in Kaufman around 10 a.m.
After shooting a store employee, the shooter turned the gun on himself, in an apparent murder-suicide attempt.
According to Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Fred Klingelberger, the 55-year-old male suspect, who was identified as Donald Ray Coleman, was airlifted to a Dallas hospital from the scene in critical condition, having shot himself in the head.
The 59-year-old male victim was identified as John D. Morgan, Coleman’s neighbor.
Coleman targeted Morgan because Morgan was dating his wife.
There were other customers inside the store, but nobody else was targeted. “We understand there was an ongoing feud between the subjects,” Klingelberger told journalists at the scene.
Area businesses were advised to lock down and the Kaufman High School also went into lock down mode, but those were lifted by 10:30 a.m. The store remained closed the remainder of the day.
An official with Walmart released the following statement just after the incident:
“We’re deeply saddened by the tragic situation that occurred in our store today. We’re assisting law enforcement however we can and our thoughts are with the families and our associates at this time.”
Coleman was apprehended on an aggravated assault warrant out of Gun Barrel City for a family violence incident Jan. 17, involving a woman and her male friend.
Coleman was released Jan. 25 on bonds totaling $22,500. The incident was violent, with shots fired and the woman’s hands tied.
She reported being dragged and pistol whipped.
He was described as dangerous and the public was warned, if found, not to engage but to alert law enforcement to his whereabouts.
His description was publicized and he was apprehended later that week.
Morgan, doesn’t have a jail record in Henderson County.

Mar

24

Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The sixth annual Athens Eggfest is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC).
Regular admission to TFFC is required. An $5 donation to the Friends of TFFC is required for tasting. Cooking will end at 3 p.m. No fee is charged to cook. Cooks may register at http://athenseggfest.wordpress.com/.
Demo cookers used at the event will be available for purchase at the end of the day.
For more information, call (903) 676-2277 or go to www.tpwd.texas.gov/tffc.

Mar

24

Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The second annual Lake Athens Fly Fish Festival is set for 3-9 p.m. Friday, April 8 and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at the Lake Athens Marina.
Activities include bluegill contest on Friday, Big Bass Contest, casting and tying instruction and demos, casting games and competitions, kayak and boat division and much more.
Event is free. To preregister, go to johnnyonthefly.com.

Feb

18

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.

Jan

14

Posted by : admin | On : January 14, 2016

Special to The News
MALAKOFF–The Henderson County Black History Committee has scheduled two events to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
The first annual Gospel Explosion is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Johnson Chapel AME Church in Malakoff. The group is asking for choirs, soloists, praise teams, choruses, etc. to come help celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Please RSVP to Evangelist Alma Berry at (903) 489-1375.
The second event is the annual Candlelight Vigil scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at New Hope Corinth CME Church in Malakoff. The speaker for the event will be the Rev. Melvin Smith. Everyone is invited to attend to receive a blessing.

Jan

07

Posted by : admin | On : January 7, 2016

Special to The News
ATHENS–The Henderson County Lone Star Republican Women’s Club is hosting a forum for Republican primary candidates at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Henderson County Senior Citizens Building in Athens.
An open house will be from 5-6 p.m.
Henderson County Republican candidates and Texas House of Representatives District 4 candidates have been invited.
The event features:
• moderator questions & answers with all candidates.
• meet and greet the candidates session.
• a giveaway of a Texas flag flown over the capitol.
• refreshments.
The Henderson County Senior Citizens Center is located at 3344 SH 31 E. in Athens.

Jan

07

Posted by : admin | On : January 7, 2016

Special to The News
GUN BARREL CITY–Friends of the Animals Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic is holding a low-cost vaccination and microchip clinic from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9 at the clinic at the southeast corner of State Highway 198 and 334 in Gun Barrel City, east of the Huddle House. No appointment is necessary.
Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a carrier.
This clinic will also offer microchipping to cats or dogs. A tiny chip is inserted into the scruff of the pet, which can be read by a scanner available at shelters. Microchips allow lost pets to be reunited with their owners.
Also available at any time is Activyl, a flea prevention product from Merck. A liquid in a vial to be applied to the pet’s skin and is getting rave reviews. It is very reasonably priced and sold in singles or a six-month box.
Friends of the Animals Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic has been open since July 2002 and has neutered more than 33,000 animals in that time. Surgery is done only on Tuesdays by appointment only.
For more information, call (903) 887-7387.
Tax-deductible donations for this non-profit charity may be sent to P.O. Box 5455, Gun Barrel City, TX 75147 or may be made by credit/debit cards at www.friendsoftheanimals.org.

Dec

30

Posted by : admin | On : December 30, 2015

70 mph tornado hits Eustace; on ground for three minutes

The News Staff Reports
HENDERSON COUNTY–Despite tornadoes and heavy rain over the weekend, Henderson County suffered only minor damage.
Two individuals were rescued from the top of their vehicle over the weekend after swift water on FM 773 engulfed their vehicle. Brownsboro Volunteer Fire Department and Murchison VFD executed the rescue, transferring the individuals to dry ground. Neither of the persons were injured however the road remained closed on Monday due to flood waters.
Several other roads were closed due to flooding and/or debris in the road including CR 2930, CR 2922, CR 2938 and CR 2919. Peach Tree Road was also closed.
In Eustace, an EF-0, 70 mile an hour wind tornado was reported around 2:44 p.m. The 40-yard wide tornado stayed on the ground for approximately three minutes.
Lawrence MacMillian, a resident on CR 2938 by Hilltop Tires reported a metal storage had blown up into a tree, and several light poles fell, knocking out power for several hours.
“My wife’s windmill was blown down and we were without power for more than 12 hours,” MacMillian said.
MacMillian and his wife have lived in the area for more than 31 years and say they have never seen anything like it.
Fortunately, no weather-related injuries were reported in the Henderson County area during the weekend’s heavy storm but by Monday, the county received 4.83 inches of rain at Athens Municipal Airport and between 8:55-11:55 a.m. Sunday, four more inches of rain fell in the Lake Athens area.
Other parts of Texas were not so lucky. The Fort Worth National Weather Service reported nine confirmed tornadoes in the North-Central Texas area including the EF-4 that ripped through the Rowlett/Garland area, killing 11 people and damaging more than 1,000 homes.
Payne Springs Volunteer Fire Department assisted in the Garland and Rowlett area Saturday after the tornadoe.
PSVFD sent a six-man crew along with a three-man squad and two-man Command. EVT and service also responded assisting with the primary and secondary searches.
Weather forecast for New Year’s Eve and Day should be mostly cloudly with a high of 48 degrees and a low of 33 degrees with a nine to 25 percent chance of parcipitation.