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.

Dec

22

Posted by : admin | On : December 22, 2015

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Parents Anthony and Shakevia Chilton bring their son, Aumodric, 4, for photos with the decorations on the courthouse square in Athens, along with their little neice Kaleigh Pitt, 1.

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Khopelyn Wallace visits Santa on her third birthday, Dec. 5, 2015. She is the daughter of Brianna and Chase Wallace of Larue.