Posted by : admin | On : August 10, 2017

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HENDERSON COUNTY–This weekend’s tax-free back-to-school shopping frenzy focuses parents’ minds on the beginning of a brand-new school year. The first day of school comes earlier for some than others.
Athens High School (AHS) seniors will begin school Monday, Aug. 14 and will be the only students in attendance until the other classes arrive Aug. 16. Buses will run their normal routes beginning Aug. 14 and dress code applies.
AHS Fish Camp will be held from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 at the high school.
Students will begin in the gym and attend sessions to learn all about AHS. Parents are welcome but not required and schedules will be given at the end of the camp. Online registration is required.
Athens Elementary schools will hold Meet the Teacher night Aug. 14 for all three campuses, South Athens Elementary, Central Athens Elementary and Bel Air Elementary. A come-and-go event from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. will allow flexibility for parents and students to meet teachers and visit the campus.
Athens Middle School students will have online access to their schedules on Aug. 12.
Malakoff ISD begins classes Aug. 28. Malakoff High School will hold Fish Camp from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 for incoming freshmen who will receive their schedules at the end of the camp.
Malakoff High School seniors may pick up their schedule from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, juniors from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22 and sophomores from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug 23. Parents are requested to accompany their students when picking up schedules.
Meet the Teacher for Malakoff Elementary School is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24. Students may bring their school supplies. Tool Elementary School sets Meet the Teacher for Thursday, Aug. 24, at 5:30 p.m.
Other local school beginnings and important dates follow
Trinidad ISD
Meet the Teacher is set for Thursday, Aug. 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Students pre-k through fifth grade may bring their school supplies with them.
Grades sixth-12th may pick up their class schedules and complete enrollment forms. High school students who plan to drive to and from school should bring proof of insurance and copy of their driver’s license with them.
Athens Christian Preparatory Academy
Classes begin Aug 16. Junior High orientation scheduled for Aug. 15 at 5:30 p.m. Orientation for freshmen and sophomores is scheduled for Aug. 17 at 5:30 p.m., for Juniors Aug. 21 at 5:30 p.m. and for seniors Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m.
Cross Roads ISD
Classes begin Aug. 24 with Meet the Teacher scheduled for Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m. for Elementary and Junior High students.



Posted by : admin | On : July 13, 2017


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MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Tigers football team comes into the 2017 season as favorites to win District 9-3A, Division I.
The Tigers are ranked No. 5 in the state in the Class 3A, Division I Coaches and Top 20 poll.
Malakoff’s offense will be led by senior quarterback Judd Miller. Miller passed for 3,527 yards and 48 touchdowns in his junior season. Miller is also picked as the preseason Offensive MVP of the District.
Aiding Miller on the offensive side of the ball will be returning running back Breashawn Williams. Williams rushed for 1,233 yards and 14 touchdowns last season under coach Jamie Driskell. Offensive lineman Kobe Wilbanks will be providing the blocking protection for both Miller and Williams.
Helping out on defense will be linebacker Zee Bailey, who finished last season with an impressive 148 tackles and three forced fumbles.
Meanwhile in District 8-4A, Division I, the Athens Hornets are predicted to finish fifth.
The Hornets look to improve upon last year’s disappointing 2-8 finish. The Hornets had made the playoffs the previous four seasons under coach Paul Essary.
Leading the offense for the Hornets will be senior quarterback Xavius Fulton and tight end Rowdy Godwin. The main running backs returning will be JaQuaylon Bowman and Jerquindon Taylor.
In District 10-2A, Division I, the Cross Roads Bobcats are predicted to finish sixth.
The Bobcats will look to improve under new head coach Daniel Pierce, but will have to find a new quarterback after the graduation of Taylor McKenzie.
Senior linebacker Brandon Wilson will be returning for the Bobcats. Players to watch for the Bobcats based on the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine writers’ predictions are wide receiver Luc Hyles as well as linemen Karson Fletcher, Hunter Lawrence and Kaden Mattingly.
In District 15-A, Division II, the Trinidad Trojans are predicted to finish fourth, while only two teams make playoffs in Class A play.
Former Mount Calm coach Chad Satcher replaces James Massarrelli as the Trojans new head coach after Massarrelli left this offseason.
The Trojans will be led offensively by quarterback Colby Snider and running back Romal Womack.
Players to watch for the Trojans defensively this season are linebackers Johnny Ayala, Talon Sims, Billy Quinn, defensive backs Kaeleb Eastman, Antywon Shofner and Kaleb Mines. Also included are linemen Cameron Brookins, Tristan Fletcher, Eli Arnold and Zach Stanfield.



Posted by : admin | On : July 6, 2017

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WACO–There isn’t much Quincy Jenkins can’t tackle.The former Baylor University football player graduated in December 2016 with a Master of Business Administration degree he earned online. Two months later, he landed a strategist job with Google and was set to become a first-time father.
“My family was really very supportive,” Jenkins said. “They all thought I was going to go back to school much sooner. Most of my friends, however, thought I was nuts to go back to school and work a full-time job — especially considering my wife was pregnant and due any day.”
Still, Jenkins persevered. He attended school online while working full-time in commercial sales with Sherwin-Williams in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Jenkins was originally planning to become a cardiologist. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Baylor in 2009.
“When I finished my undergrad, my initial plan was to go to grad school and kind of figure out where I wanted to go to work from there,” he said. “That was around the time the economy was tanking. I was lucky to take a job with Sherwin-Williams.” With his future goals in mind, Jenkins eventually knew he wanted to build a strong foundation for responsible leadership by equipping himself with all the tools of a business background.
Jenkins played high school football at Trinidad, about 90 miles northeast of Waco. He earned a scholarship to play defensive tackle for the Baylor Bears after walking onto the program as a freshman.
“I’m still the only six-man player to get a scholarship to a Division I university and play all four years,” Jenkins said. “I’m pretty proud of that.”
However, trying to balance the demands of school and football proved to be a difficult assignment.
“Being a biology pre-med major and being on a football scholarship was quite the juggling act,” he said. “Making lab time work 20 minutes after practice ended, getting to the lab for two hours and making film sessions and things of that nature was a very trying, constrained period of my life.”
While Jenkins was finishing the bachelor’s degree program, he had an internship with Baylor Media and served as athletics coordinator for the City of Waco. He landed a job as a store manager for Sherwin-Williams in December 2009.
“When I first started, I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll take a year to work here,” he said. “Then, I’ll go into some sort of science field and see if I catch on with my pre-med pursuits, but the educational path was pretty long and I never really saw myself working in a lab. I’m a people person. I didn’t really know that about myself.”
“Working in a lab environment or a technical environment or something like that, I figured I could make it work. But when you find out you have a hidden talent to do things, you kind of want to explore it more. That’s what Sherwin-Williams brought out of me.”
Six years after graduating from Baylor University, Jenkins returned to find a significantly different experience as an online student.
“It was rough at times because 20-30 hours a week wasn’t easy,” he said. “Having the flexibility to make those 20-30 hours a week available at any free moment you have definitely helped.”
Jenkins said the degree program provided him with valuable insight into different areas of the business world.
Jenkins said he also got a healthy dose of perspective from the curriculum.
“I really took a lot from the Ethical Leadership course,” he said. “Having such a strong sports background, I was of the school of thought that you work through issues and overcome mountains by climbing harder.
“It really helped to temper my leadership style and be a little more empathetic to those who may not work at the same pace as me or come from the same background. I really think it made me a better leader and a better husband. Not everybody is going to respond favorably to those my-way-or-the-highway tactics of leadership.”
Another course Jenkins especially enjoyed was Economics.
“I like the global nature of the course,” he said. “I liked how the course is tailored to help you understand how the world economy and a lot of the current events all play together in the business world. I really enjoyed that aspect of the course, whether it was the articles or some of the case studies, I felt like the relevance with the global economy and dealing with my current job in sales, I felt like it really made a hazy picture clearer on how markets are often manipulated.”
Jenkins said he hadn’t planned on attending his second Baylor graduation ceremony, but he was happy he changed his mind.
“I’m 32 years old, and it just didn’t feel like it was something someone my age would do,” he explained. “I was told by my old football trainer Mike Simms that students don’t walk the stage for themselves — they walk the stage for their parents. I decided I would do that for my loved ones, no matter how uncomfortable I may have thought it would feel. Once I was there, it felt good to be around people. I was probably on the younger side of the online students.”
Jenkins also credits the online MBA program with helping him land his new job at Google.
“Going into this, I really didn’t plan on looking for outside opportunities,” he said. “I really wanted to make myself more marketable internally, but for some reason, through the program, I was motivated to go to a job conference in New Orleans in October.” Jenkins said all of the things the Hankamer School of Business has to offer set Baylor’s MBA apart.
“I would say understanding that all things that are valuable in your life or are worthwhile are generally difficult,” he said. “Take advantage of the resources the program has for you. The professors, whether it was negotiating salary for job opportunities or just general work advice, they’ve all been open throughout the program and since the program.
“Most of all, be brave and don’t be afraid to dive into the program and learn and stretch yourself. At the end of it, the more you put in, most definitely, the more you’ll get out.”



Posted by : admin | On : July 6, 2017

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EAST TEXAS–A Henderson County man who was serving time for the fatal shooting of a Trinidad resident in 2009, was killed in a prison unit in Bowie County last week.
According to news reports, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is investigating the death of 29-year-old Pete Armando Ayala, of Trinidad, who was serving a 40-year sentence for murder with a deadly weapon for the death of 21-year-old Johnny Lee Brown, also of Trinidad.
TDCJ Public Information Officer Robert Hurst said in a statement to the Bowie County Citizens Tribune, prison officials discovered Ayala unresponsive in his cell on Sunday. They restrained Ayala’s cellmate, Justin Williams, 22, and removed him from the cell. Ayala was transported to a Texarkana hospital, where he was pronounced dead on Wednesday.
The TDCJ is investigating the case as a homicide.
Ayala had been in the Telford Unit since December of 2009, and was not eligible for parole until 2029. His sentence was to run until 2049.
Henderson County Sheriff’s Department reports said dispatch received a 9-1-1 call on Feb. 18, 2009, telling of a gunshot victim at a residence on Leagueline Road. HCSO investigators responded to the scene to assist the Trinidad Police Department with the case. Brown’s body was found in the master bedroom of the residence.
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Department obtained an arrest warrant in connection with the fatal shooting. Ayala was arrested in Garland after he was seen at a McDonald’s restaurant.
Williams joined the unit in November, 2016 to serve a 50-year sentence for murder with a deadly weapon.



Posted by : admin | On : May 25, 2017

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BULLARD–The Trinidad Trojans’ season came to an end after dropping games two and three to Union Hill in the Class A Region III Quarterfinals May 18-19 at Hubbard High School.
After winning game one of the series 6-3, the Trojans lost games two and three by scores of 14-7 and 22-13. The Trojans end the season with a record of 10-12.
In game one, Nate Williams pitched a complete game, giving up three runs on six hits while striking out four and walking two.
The Trojans got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning. After Williams reached on an error and moved to third on a passed ball, J. Ayala was hit by a pitch and stole second. Jayden Walden drove in Williams with a groundout and K. Eastman scored Ayala with a single to left. Union Hill got one of the runs back in the top of the second to make it 2-1.
The Trojans added to the lead with a run in the third after Jerry Bannister reached on an error and scored on an error after a Walden grounder. Trinidad scored twice in the fourth. With two outs, Tristian Fletcher reached on an error and moved to third on yet another Union Hill error. Bannister doubled to score Fletcher and Williams to extend the lead to 5-1.
Union Hill scored two runs in the fifth to make it 5-3, but the Trojans added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 6-3 final.
In game two, Union Hill took a quick 3-0 lead, but it didn’t last long as Trinidad came back with four runs in the top of the second. Union Hill regained the lead with a three-run third to go up 6-4 and broke it open with four runs in the fourth for a 10-5 lead. The Trojans got single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth but it wasn’t enough as Union Hill would add four more runs in the fifth and sixth innings to put the game away.
Ayala led the Trojans with two hits in three at-bats with a run scored and an RBI. Williams, Bannister, Walden, Eastman, Zach Stanfield and Snider each had a hit for the Trojans. Bannister drove in three runs in the game-two loss. The Trojans committed six errors in the game that led to eight unearned runs.
In game three, Walden led the offense by going 3-5 with three RBIs and a run scored. Williams, Bannister, Ayala and Jaden Garcia each had hits in the game.



Posted by : admin | On : May 4, 2017

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PFLUGERVILLE–Trinidad High School junior track athlete Erica Airheart will be competing at the UIL State Track and Field Meet after qualifying as the wild card in the triple jump at the regional meet April 28-29 in Pflugerville.
Airheart finished third at the regional meet, but having the next best non-advancing jump in the state qualifies her for the state meet, which will be held May 11-13 at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin.
Her jump of 36 feet, six inches was a personal best and just one and a half inches behind the second-place finisher. The jump was the not only the third best in the region, but in the state as well, as the top three at the state meet are from region four. Airheart will compete at 8 a.m. Friday, May 12.
Airheart also qualified for regionals in the high jump, where she had a seventh-place finish, with a height of four feet, eight inches.
Eryn Airheart finished 15th in the 800-meter run with a time of 3:17.09. the third regional qualifier for the Lady Trojans, Ashlee Stevenson, was 16th in the long jump with a distance of nine feet, eight and three quarter inches.



Posted by : admin | On : March 30, 2017


By Rollin Hadsell
The News Staff Writer
KEMP–Trinidad Trojan track athletes recently participated in the ’Jacket Relays at Yellowjacket Stadium in Kemp on March 24. Four athletes placed in five individual events at the meet that was comprised of larger Class 3A schools. Trinidad was the smallest school attending the meet.
In the boys’ division, Jerry Bannister placed fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.83. Seth Monroe finished sixth in the 3200-meter run with a time of 15.03.
On the girls side, Mystic McClintock placed third in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing with a time of 19.60. Erica Airheart finished tied for first in the high jump event with a jump of four feet- eight inches, tying with two other athletes. Airheart also placed second in the triple jump, finishing with a distance of 32 feet, nine inches. Airheart’s jump was almost five feet further than the third place jump.
The Trinidad varsity girls 4 x 100 M Relay team made up of Airheart, Ashlee Stevenson, Jade Shoulders and Uneka Grant finished sixth in the event with a time of 1:01.57.
The Trojans and Lady Trojans are getting set for their district meet, which will be April 13 in Teague.



Posted by : admin | On : March 23, 2017

By Rollin Hadsell
The News Sports Writer
MARTIN’S MILL– The Trinidad Trojans ran into a hot-hitting team in their 17-2 defeat at the hands of Martin’s Mill, March 21 at Mustang Sports Park. The Trojans were battered for 12 runs on 11 hits in the rough first inning.
After two groundouts in the top of the first inning, the Trojans got a man on when Colby Snider walked with two outs. The next hitter foulded out to the catcher to end the inning for Trinidad.
In the home half of the first inning, the first three batters for Martin’s Mill reached on base-hits. An error brought home the first run of the game. The five-hole hitter singled to drive in two more runs, putting runners at second and third. Two more singles brought home two more runs. The Mustangs used two triples, two singles and an error to score seven more runs, going up 12-0 after one inning of play.
In the top of the second inning, the Trojans again got a man aboard when Tristan Fletcher walked on five pitches. Jaden Garcia grounded into a fielder’s choice and the next two hitters struck out to end the inning.
Martin’s Mill added three more runs in the bottom of the second inning. The first batter was hit by a pitch and the next batter walked to put men at first and second. The third hitter in the inning laced a double to left field to drive in two runs. After an infield single, an error scored the third run of the inning for the Mustangs.
The Trojans settled down after the rough first inning, but by then it was too late to catch a team that was on fire offensively. The Trojans got back two of the runs in the top of the third inning. Kaleb Mines led off the inning when he was hit by a pitch. After a fielder’s choice by Nate Williams, Jerry Bannister knocked a single to center field with Williams was running on the play and Williams scored from first on the base hit. Bannister stole second base and Snider was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with just one out. Bannister came around to score the Trojans’ second run of the game after a successful double steal by he and Snider caused an overthrow by the Martin’s Mill catcher, allowing Bannister to trot home with the run.
In the bottom of the third inning, Martin’s Mill scored two runs on a double and two singles.
Bannister went 1-2 with a run batted in, a run scored and two stolen bases. Snider reached base twice and had a stolen base. Jaden Garcia also had a steal in the game.
Snider pitched the first two innings for the Trojans. Williams came on in relief in the third inning.
The Trojans will be back in action at 6 p.m. Friday, March 31 when they travel to Kerens to battle the Bobcats in a District 20-2A battle.



Posted by : admin | On : February 2, 2017

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TYLER–A 35-year-old Trinidad, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston Jan. 25 in a press release.
Mikael Johnson pleaded guilty on Oct. 11, 2016, to distributing child pornography and was sentenced to 140 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark on Jan. 24, 2017.
According to information presented in court, on Dec. 14, 2015, Johnson knowingly sent another person child pornography by using the Internet, digital services that he owned and a social media application. Following an investigation, federal agents obtained and executed a search warrant at Johnson’s residence on Jan. 7, 2016. More than 600 images and videos containing child pornography were located and seized during the search. Johnson was arrested on that day and a federal grand jury returned an indictment on Jan. 20, 2016 charging him with federal child exploitation violations.
This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit [external link]
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa Miller and U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division Trial Attorney Amy Larson.



Posted by : admin | On : November 17, 2016


By Rollin Hadsell
News Staff Writer
TRINIDAD–The Trinidad Lady Trojans finished up a great season by winning District 21-1A and advancing to the regional finals. After an 0-27 record just two seasons ago, and last year winning their first district game, the team fought through adversity all year long, to win the district.
Lady Trojan Head Volleyball Coach Tina Sawtelle was proud of the way her team came together this year. “We had a lot of adversity this year with health and personal problems but the girls really came together and showed perseverance, mental toughness and drive,” said Sawtelle. “I am beyond proud of these ladies and the improvements we continue to make each year.” She also is encouraged by the way the future looks for the young team. “We are excited as a program for what the next year has in store for us,” Coach Sawtelle said. “We are only graduating one, so we will have almost our entire team back for the next season. It is a very exciting time for Lady Trojan volleyball.”
The Lady Trojans parlayed their regional finals appearance into post season honors. Eight players were selected to the all-district team.
Lady Trojan junior Erica Airheart was selected as the District 21-1A Most Valuable Player. Junior Hallie Airheart received district MVP server, sophomore Tori Moody district MVP blocker and sophomore Hayley Ned received district MVP defensive specialist.
Junior Brianna Cagle was selected 1st team all-district. Sophomore Jazmyn Burden-Engle and sophomore Jaylinn Womack received all-district second team honors. Freshman Cassie Patch was all-district honorable mention.
Coach Sawtell was also selected as the District 21-1A Coach of the Year by her coaching peers.
Coach Sawtell said she and the girls will stick to the plan she had coming into Trinidad. “Building a successful program is what we have been striving to do since I became the volleyball coach and we will continue to grow and build throughout the years,” Sawtelle said. “It has been exciting and rewarding to see the change in this program over the last 4 years, and I am excited for the future of Lady Trojan Volleyball.”