Nov

28

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : November 28, 2011

From Staff Reports

Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt reported last week that the Texas Commission on Jail Standards made an unannounced visit to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Thursday, Nov. 17, for the annual inspection of the Henderson County Jail.

The inspection took two days, according to Nutt, during which

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Nov

25

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : November 25, 2011

By Pearl Cantrell
MediaOne L.L.C.

TOOL – The Malakoff ISD school board opted to move its elections to the November General Election date on even-numbered years to combine its early voting with the county and share the election expense.
The action is to accommodate new state and federal laws

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Nov

23

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : November 23, 2011

By Michael V. Hannigan

Malakoff ISD will be joining a lawsuit against the State of Texas aimed at problems with school funding.

Monday night, school board members unanimously accepted Superintendent Randy Perry’s recommendation to join the suit led by the law firm Haynes and Boone. Perry said the suit

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Nov

17

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : November 17, 2011

A federal court this afternoon issued new redistricting maps for Texas House and Senate districts. According to the Associated Press, these maps will remain in effect until a lawsuit over redistricting is settled — that likely means until after next year’s election.

The important point for Henderson County residents to know is that the county is still divided between two House districts. There are actually two proposed House plans – one looks like it has the county divided the way the Legislature planned it, between Rep. Pitts’ District 10 and Rep. Gooden’s District 4; the other actually places a little more of the Cedar Creek Lake area in District 10 than the original plan.

Here is a story from the Texas Tribune that includes the maps.

Nov

17

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : November 17, 2011

By Michael V. Hannigan

ATHENS – For the second straight week, Henderson County commissioners did not institute a burn ban. They are not alone, as Anderson, Cherokee, Kaufman, Smith and Van Zandt counties are also without burn bans right now.

So why is non-action news? Because Henderson County had been under a burn ban for seven consecutive months

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Nov

10

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : November 10, 2011

UPDATE: Story is updated with comments from a Monarch representative.

UPDATE 2: Updates Monarch ownership information.

By Michael V. Hannigan

This is a good week for Monarch Utilities customers; their rates are going down, at least for now.

Starting with the first meter reading after Nov. 15 – which will probably be the December bill – rates will revert back to what they were before an increase went into effect on Aug. 1 of this year. At that time Monarch customers started paying an average 55-percent more for water and sewer service.

The increase came in connection with at the same time as Monarch’s application to merge its eight Certificates of Convenience

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Nov

09

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : November 9, 2011

SFC Benny Don Rogers, killed in the Korean War, will be laid to rest in Athens

From Staff Reports

SFC Benny Don Rogers is finally coming home.

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced this week that the remains of the U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War for 61 years, have been identified and will be returned to his family.

Rogers will be laid to rest Saturday at Willow Springs Cemetery in Athens.

Rogers was 20 years old in November 1950 when he and almost 600 other 8th Cavalry Regiment

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Nov

08

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : November 8, 2011

CLARIFICATION: The burn ban officially expires at midnight Tuesday, Nov. 8.

By Michael V. Hannigan

The News Staff

ATHENS – Henderson County commissioners have put an end to the seven-month burn ban, but it might be just a temporary reprieve.

Tuesday, Commissioners’ Court allowed the bun ban to lapse, citing growing trash and brush piles and an approaching frost as the main reasons.

The move came despite the Keetch-Byram Drought Index rising to an average of 647 across the county this week. A burn ban is usually initiated when the index reaches 575.

Pct. 2 Commissioner Wade McKinney acknowledged there was a danger

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Nov

01

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : November 1, 2011

County Beat

By Michael V. Hannigan

ATHENS – The burn ban continues.

Henderson County Commissioners’ Court decided against lifting the burn ban Tuesday when a motion by Pct. 3 Commissioner Ronny Lawrence to end the ban died for a lack of a second.

The ban has been in effect continuously since April.

Henderson County Fire Marshal Darrell Furrh told commissioners the Keetch-Byram Drought Index had gone up over the past week

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Oct

26

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 26, 2011

By Michael V. Hannigan

Henderson County’s representatives in Austin — Rep. Lance Gooden, and Sen. Robert Nichols — have taken their stances in the Monarch Utilities rate case, and both have come down on the side of the customers.

Monarch filed a request with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to raise water and sewer rates this year, its second request in four years. The combined increase of about 55 percent utility-wide went into effect Aug. 1.

According to Monarch’s Notice of Proposed Rate Change, most customers

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