Posted by : admin | On : December 22, 2015

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Jaxon Pagitt supports the Hornets as they prepare to take on Rusk at home Sept 14.




Posted by : admin | On : December 3, 2015

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Special to The News
ATHENS–The City of Athens is pleased to announce the hiring of Amy Williams as the new Director of Development.
After a three-month search that drew interest from dozens of candidates across the country, Williams was selected as the person to provide new leadership to the utilities, building, planning, streets and fleet maintenance divisions of the city. Current Interim Director Gordon Mayer will be assisting Williams and the city with her transition.
According to the city’s advertisement, the position required a passionate public servant with a strong commitment to personal and professional ethics. Athens City Manager Philip Rodriguez believes they found the right person to fit that description in Amy Williams.
Many in Athens may already know Williams, as she is active on the boards of Henderson County United Way and Keep Athens Beautiful, as well as a member of the Athens Noon Kiwanis.
According to Williams, “Building relationships with the community is a top priority for me. Athens is where I want to serve, and I look forward to an even greater opportunity to do that.”
Williams joins the city’s management team after spending the last three years with Atmos Energy. She began with Atmos as an engineer, and is now serving as the Manager of Public Affairs for 35 cities in East Texas, including Athens. She also worked as an engineer for the Texas Water Development Board and the AECOM engineering firm after earning and Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Florida State University.
Rodriguez noted Williams’ engineering background was one of the things that impressed him most about her.
“Amy brings a great skillset to the City of Athens that will help us advance forward as an organization. As an engineer, she’s managed both water and wastewater projects, and has firsthand experience with state compliance in those two areas specifically.
“The opportunity to gain from Amy’s technical background as well as her excellent communication and people skills makes her a great fit for our city. Her strong understanding of budgets and strategy are also key as we increase our professionalism across the board. We’re very fortunate and excited to have her join our team.”
Williams will take over her new duties at the City of Athens Dec. 14, and will be the primary lead at the new Development Services Center, which currently houses the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The new development “one-stop shop” is scheduled to open spring of 2016, located at 622 S. Prairieville St. in Athens.



Posted by : admin | On : January 17, 2013

By Erik Walsh
The News Staff

SEAGOVILLE–A Malakoff High School student was killed Sunday in a wreck on U.S. Highway 175 just outside Seagoville.

Jamiya Givens Williams, 16, was a sophomore. Also perishing in the crash was Williams’ 11-month-old daughter.
According to Texas Department of Public Safety, the accident occurred when a Ford F-150 truck struck the Chevrolet Cavalier occupied by Williams and her daughter from behind.

Prior to the collision, the eastbound Cavalier, driven by Williams’ mother, Sheryk Givens, 40, blew out a tire and slowed to about 10-15 mph in preparation to exit. That’s when the F-150 struck the economy compact vehicle, last produced in 2005.

Givens’ 18-year-old son Jabari was also in the Cavalier, however no other injuries were reported.
Funeral services will be handled by the Tomlinson Funeral Home. The date of the services are still pending as of Jan. 15.

A fund has been set up to assist the family with funeral expenses for Jamiya Williams and her daughter, Alahna, through the First Baptist Church of Malakoff, P.O. Box 408, Malakoff, TX 75148,designate checks “Jamiya Williams.”



Posted by : admin | On : October 20, 2012

Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace and Malakoff Municipal Judge Henry Ashford died today of an apparent heart attack, a county source confirmed.

There are no other details at this time.



Posted by : admin | On : October 19, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

Interpreter for the deaf Lisa (Rakestraw) LeDonne was already facing her greatest professional challenge before she saw her partner being escorted away in Danville, Ky. last week.

She was understandably worried about her friend and concerned about what might be happening, but she had to quickly put all that behind her and concentrate on the task at hand: Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan had just walked on the stage.

LeDonne, a 1985 graduate of Cross Roads High School, provided sign language interpretation for the Vice Presidential Debate Thursday, Oct. 11, handling both candidates, and moderator Martha Raddatz alone.

“It was a very surreal experience,” she told The News about an hour after the event.

As she has in the past, she relied on her faith to help her through.

“There were several friends and people from church who were praying for me,” she said. “During those 90 minutes alone, I had a composure that was surely the result of all those prayers.”

After the debate she learned that the father of her partner, Rita Zirnheld, had passed away unexpectedly.

“I’m just kind of reeling,” LeDonne said. “I was worried the whole time that something like that had happened.”




Posted by : admin | On : August 17, 2012

By Michael V. Hanniga

It is easy to call Nathan Lorick a rising star. The 31-year-old was recently elected to be the evangelism director for the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention after five years as pastor at First Baptist Church of Malakoff.

Do the math, and you will quickly find that he took over the church at the ripe young age of 26. During his time, the church saw growth in all the ways churches often like to measure growth: new buildings, new programs, new members, new baptisms. On the personal front, Lorick picked up not one, but two, doctorate degrees (one honorary) and became the national face of the culture wars last December during the county controversy over the nativity scene in Athens.
So it is easy to call Nathan Lorick a rising star; everybody does.

Everybody except himself.

“I’ll tell you who the star is,” he said during a wide-ranging interview this week. “It is my wife. She put me through school, she answered my kids’ questions when I wasn’t there, she told me not to quit when I wanted to, she has always willingly followed, and I wouldn’t have had any accomplishments if she wasn’t there.”

Read the rest of the story here with our online edition.



Posted by : admin | On : April 5, 2012

The World Guy (Erik Bendl) poses for a photo with Gun Barrel City business woman Lulu Groom Thursday afternoon on Loop 7 in Athens. Bendl is walking across the state to raise awareness about diabetes. (Michael V. Hannigan Photo)

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

ATHENS — Erik Bendl walks with The World, The Dog, and The Stick.

And he walks … and walks … and walks.

Better known as “The World Guy,” Bendl walks across the country with his Blackmouth Cur mix named Nice and an inflated 6-foot ball painted like a globe, which he steers with his walking stick.

In the past seven years he has been on six long walks that have taken him through 34 states and more than 4,500 miles. His current walk started in Seminole, Alabama and included Mississippi, Louisiana and now Texas. He made his way through Athens on Thursday, April 5, just two days after his 50th birthday.

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Posted by : admin | On : March 22, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

The History Channel is bringing back what it calls the first extreme sport: jousting. And PRCA World Champion Steer Wrestler and form

er Henderson County resident Rope Myers is right in the middle of the action.

Myers is one of 16 competitors on The History Channel’s Full Metal Jousting, a television series currently airing Sunday nights at 9.
“But this is no Renaissance fair as the toughest riders in the nation face off in a bone-crushing competition for big money,” reads the description on the series website. “It’s as intense as it was 500 years ago, but with a twist: Traditional armor is replaced by modern suits of steel, while action is captured by high-speed cameras.”

The hits are big, delivered with wooden lances while wearing 80 pounds of armor and riding a horse 20 mph.

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Posted by : Staff Reports | On : February 24, 2012

By Delanda S. Johnson
Special to the News

The last event by the Henderson County Black History Committee for the month of February – but not the last event for the rest of the year – is the Annual Scholarship Banquet.

On Saturday, Feb. 25, the committee will honor 31 Henderson County area students with scholarships. The banquet will be held at the Malakoff Community Senior Center at 7 p.m.

Banquet tickets are $15; plus, there will be door prizes to be given away. Prizes include $300 cash, a weekend with dinner for two to the El Dorado casino in Shreveport, La., one night with breakfast for two at the new Omni Hotel

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Posted by : Staff Reports | On : February 17, 2012

By Barbara Gartman
MediaOne L.L.C.

TOOL – Tool City Councilman Dennis Jay Candage died at his home suddenly, early Tuesday.

Candage has served on the Tool City Council since May, 2010.
He and his wife, Nancy, were married Nov. 6, 2010. The couple resided in Paradise Bay.

Candage had lived in the area for 40 years, always

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