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.”

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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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Posted by : Press release | On : February 9, 2012

Students from Malakoff Elementary School made Valentine’s Day cards as part of the Valentines for Veterans program, which delivers the cards to “ hospitalized veterans at the Dallas Veterans Administration Medical Center, local VFW and American Legion posts, and active duty military service members visiting the USO Center at DFW International Airport.” Above, fifth-graders deliver their cards to Amy Gould of Congressman Jeb Hensarling’s Athens office. Pictured are, front row from left, Cully McCoy, Brykell Killingsworth, Madelynn Dunklin, Everado Garcia, Dania Garcia, Keishan Walker; back row from left, Amy Gould, Mitchel Wisdom, Kinsey Leis, Kyler Anding, Fantasia Bryant, and MES Principal Ronny Snow. “These valentines are a great way to say thank you to the brave men and women who have made—and are still making—tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedom,” said Hensarling. “We need to let them know that we appreciate all that they have done for our country. I know each veteran who receives one of these cards will be happy to see how much our students care about them and care about America.”



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)



Posted by : admin | On : December 25, 2011

Jeris Hall looks ripped now, but after college this MHS grad tipped the scales at 293 pounds.

By Chip Souza

Special to The News

When Jeris Hall looked at the man in the mirror, he did not like what was looking back.

An athlete in high school and always one of the most popular students at Malakoff High, he was living the life of most college students: Lots of parties, late night fast-food and more parties.

Jeris Hall before changing his lifestyle.

Hall, now 29, was a junior at Texas A&M-Commerce in 2004, away from home for the first time. And he was soaking in every minute of the college experience.

“I loved it, loved being in college,” he says now. “I pledged to one of the biggest fraternities (Delta Tau Delta) on campus and had a lot of friends. I got caught up in being free.”

By the end of his first year of college, the former Tiger football player had gained 35 pounds, which is not uncommon for first-year students. For Hall, a former athlete and now not being involved in sports, along with the other social trappings of college life, were all factors

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Posted by : admin | On : December 5, 2011

Stace Smith

From Staff Reports

Talk about consistent: Stace Smith Pro Rodeos of Henderson County was named the PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo last week.

That is the eighth consecutive year Smith has won the award. Only one other time in the award’s history has anyone won as many times.

Voting is by all contract personnel (announcers, pickup men, etc.), along with the stock contractors, rodeo committees (one vote per committee) and the top 100 contestants in each event.

According to the company’s website, Smith produces more PRCA rodeos than any other stock contractor in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

A long-time Henderson County resident, Smith has been a rodeo contestant, worked as a chute boss and was also a pickup man before becoming a stock contractor. In 2005, he was chosen as pickup man for the Texas Circuit finals.



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

By Gene Lehmann
Special to The News

Approximately 18 years ago, a new women’s basketball coach hired on at Trinity Valley Community College and one of his first visits was to the Athens Daily Review newsroom so he could meet sports editor and Malakoff native Benny Rogers.

I edited the newspaper in the small East Texas town. I had divorced

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