Posted by : admin | On : January 28, 2016

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Shun Cameron

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HENDERSON COUNTY–Shun Cameron, 48, was arrested Jan. 12 by Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office for theft of property more than $1,500, less than or equal to $30,000.
Henderson County Sheriff’s Office received information on a stolen trailer at the residence located 10210 CR 1208 Jan. 5.
Captain Charlie Severn, Investigators Kay Langford, Brad Beddingfield, Jeromey Rose, Deputy Kyle Pokobradsky and Investigator Robert Powers went to the residence and received information that Shun Cameron was the property owner and in possession of the stolen trailer.
HCSO personnel observed a fire behind the residence and attempted to speak with the homeowners. Investigators located an unattended illegal fire where automotive tires were being burned. Next the the fire, investigators located a stolen cement mixer which had been reported stolen earlier that day.
HCSO personnel also located a Dodge pickup truck with an enclosed cargo trailer attached. It was learned the truck was reported stolen from Anderson County and the enclosed trailer had been reported stolen from Henderson County.
Upon an inventory on the trailer, investigators located baseball and softball equipment reported stolen from Cross Roads ISD and a 2013 Jiajue motor scooter reported stolen from the City of Athens.
A total of three arrest warrants for theft of property $2,500-$30,000 was placed on Shun Cameron.
Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a vehicle pursuit Jan. 12 in which Cameron was the passenger.
The driver of the vehicle and Cameron fled on foot following the vehicle pursuit. An extensive manhunt was conducted by DPS, Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office, Henderson County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice K-9 Unit. The driver was located and placed in the Van Zandt County Detention Center.
Cameron was located later that day and placed in the Henderson County Jail.
He is being detained on a total of $71,500 bonds.



Posted by : admin | On : January 21, 2016


The News Reports
ATHENS–Athens Police Department arrested Michael Keith Duke, 19, Jan. 15 for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a prohibited substance in a correctional facility and five Athens Municipal Court warrants.
APD says Corporal William Carlow conducted a traffic stop on a pick up truck for an expired license plate around 10:45 a.m. Jan. 15 in the 700 block of East Corsicana Street. During a routine check, it was discovered Duke was wanted on several local warrants.
Carlow arrested Duke and during a vehicle search, found two stolen rifles.
Duke was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and was transported to the Henderson County Justice Center.
During booking, Duke was found to be in possession of a clear baggie containing a substance suspected to be marijuana.
He remains in custody on bonds totaling $20,000.



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.



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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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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