Sep

07

Posted by : admin | On : September 7, 2017

Anglea Davis

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS – A Larue woman was arrested late Aug. 31 for possession with intent to deliver a substantial amount of methamphetamine. Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said her original charge was compounded when more drugs were discovered when she was being processed into the jail.
Angela Davis, 42, was arrested around 9 p.m. in a parking lot of a business on State Highway 155 in Berryville.
Narcotic Investigator Josh Rickman noticed Davis with a small, clear, plastic bag containing a crystal substance suspected to be methamphetamine. She was on foot, approaching a parked vehicle.
For having more than four grams of the methamphetamine, she was charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony.
When she was booked into the Henderson County Jail, more methamphetamine was discovered on her person, and a second possession charge was added for having a prohibited substance in a correctional facility. She was released on bonds totaling $13,000 the following day.
“Our team is alert around the clock,” Hillhouse said. “That includes on the streets, at night and in the jail.”

Aug

31

Posted by : admin | On : August 31, 2017

By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
TRINIDAD–Trinidad City Council members have voted to raise rates to rent the city-owned Community Center, then later amended the policy to exclude non-profits and schools from the fee.
Council members also have had multiple discussions about the 2017-18 fiscal year budget, which is being currently crafted for consideration.
The vote to raise the Community Center rental rate to $250 for Trinidad residents, and $400 for non-Trinidad residents, came during the special meeting Aug. 10. Both rates require no deposit, are good for a full day of use and were effective immediately.
Anyone on the calendar who has already been scheduled to rent will pay the previous price for rental, which was $75 per day with a $50 deposit, totaling $125. The deposit was refundable if the center was left clean, upon inspection by an authorized agent of the City of Trinidad.
Then during the Aug. 22 regular monthly meeting, members of the council decided to amend the rental policy to exclude non-profit organizations, including schools, from paying the required rental rate.
Free use of Trinidad Community Center depends on coordination with Trinidad City Administrator Terri Newhouse, according to the adopted motion. Examples of school use include school dances and senior dinners.
Also during that meeting, Trinidad council members approved renewing a Partnership Maintenance Agreement for SC200 controllers and sensors at the municipal water plant. In addition, Valerie Hamrick of the Trinidad Public Works Department told council members that the department has completed road patchwork on East Carpenter and East Lawrence streets, along with West Street.
The Public Works Department also has installed 20 miles per hour speed-limit signs, as well as “Keep Community Clean” signs, Hamrick added. Hamrick told council members that she believed the signs have had a positive impact on the amount of litter along roads.
Furthermore, Trinidad council members on Aug. 22 continued discussing the municipal budget, including purchases using water/sewer and general fund revenue. Members also reviewed parameters set for the Texas Municipal Retirement Program for the City of Trinidad, in relation to the budget.
How to pay for it all remains a question that could be answered during a special meeting tentatively set for Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 5:30 p.m. to adopt the city budget and associated tax rate. “With less coming in and more going around, it becomes a challenge,” said council member Roy Stanfield.

Aug

31

Posted by : admin | On : August 31, 2017

Phillip Stewart

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–Sheriff Botie Hillhouse reports the arrest of a suspect his office has been targeting for some time. Phillip Stewart, 38, of Chandler was arrested Aug. 24 and charged with felony possession of both meth and firearms.
“He was known to us and we wanted him off the streets,” Hillhouse stated in a press release.
The arrest was the result of action on a search warrant at his residence in Sun Dial subdivision south of Chandler. During the search, investigators discovered contraband, scales, small clear plastic bags, a semi-automatic pistol and a 12-gauge shotgun.
He is currently being held on bonds, totaling $28,500 on the second and third-degree felony charges. At least eight law enforcement officials were on hand for the execution of the search warrant and subsequent arrest.
“I want a complete force of deputies on the scene when we make these kinds of arrest,” Hillhouse stated. “Drug dealers can be dangerous and we take no chances we are bringing them in.”
Stewart’s jail record in the county goes back to 2002, with charges for mistreatment of family members and providing alcohol to minors. Drug arrests started in 2010 with a possession charge greater than 4 grams but less than 200 grams.
“No longer do these folks believe they can find a safe haven in this county,” Hillhouse said.

Aug

31

Posted by : admin | On : August 31, 2017

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By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff method of reloading the ranks continues for the 2017 Tigers football team, a state semifinalist last season.
Coach Jamie Driskell, entering his ninth season as Malakoff head coach tonight (Sept. 1), relies on a talent pipeline that in 2016 saw Malakoff’s seventh and eighth-grade, junior varsity and varsity teams go undefeated during the regular season.
The 2017 starting lineup was hardly settled when two-a-days started earlier this month, thanks to Malakoff’s depth. “We have enough kids that they’re going to have to compete for their spot and they’re going to have to bring it every day, and if they have a bad day or a bad week there’s going to be somebody right there on their heels to take their position,” Coach Driskell said.
Starters lost from last season include graduates Tyler Russell, QT Barker, Danyal Littleton, Payton Lowrie, Chase Busch, Larry Coker, C.J. Overton and Jack Patton. “We have some holes to fill but kids are stepping up and working hard,” Coach Driskell said.
Players expected to step into those major roles include Adonia Dixon-Thomas, Andreas Garrett, Jake Lee, Parker Busch, Ethan Snow, Lincoln Rogers, Kyler Dalrymple, Eric Littleton, Austin Prevost and Brendon McClintock, all of whom will fight for starting positions. “It’s going to be interesting to see how it all pans out,” said Coach Driskell.
The offense will be led again by senior quarterback Judd Miller, while middle-linebacker Parker Busch is expected to serve as the on-field defensive general as the starting middle linebacker. Malakoff has two new coaches this year: Trent Montgomery and Shannon Fink from Schulenberg ISD. Montgomery is eager to start his first year in coaching.

Aug

31

Posted by : admin | On : August 31, 2017

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By Erik Walsh
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–The Athens Hornets enter the 2017 as underdogs in 4A Region, District 8.
Dave Campell’s Texas Football magazine, perhaps the biggest authority in high school pre season football rankings picked Athens to just miss the state playoffs. According to their estimations, the Hornets should finish a hair behind Van, Kaufman, Terrell and Crandall.
All four of those teams advanced to the post season last year and won their opening round games. Division-winner Van advanced to the fourth round and is expected to be a top team in all of 4A once again this year. Kaufman was no slouch at all, getting ranked in the top 15 in Texas. Two teams are predicted to finish behind Athens: Brownsboro (sixth), and Mabank (seventh).
Hornets coach Paul Essary will have his work cut out for him with such tough firepower coming at them in district play.
“I am pleased with where we are at,” he said. “We are making improvements, and are running a new offense. It takes time. I think it is coming along well, and I am looking forward to the challenge of next week.”
Athens brings back 15 starters and 19 lettermen with six defensive starters from last year’s team.
Now that the scrimmage season is over. The Hornets can focus all their attention on the home opener this Friday against Mexia. Game time is 7:30 at Bruce Field.
District play gets underway for Athens Sept. 29 when the Hornets host Mabank on Homecoming.
The Hornets host Crandall for their final home game of the season and senior night Oct. 27. The Hornets have a bye week Nov. 3 and the regular season finale Nov. 11 in Brownsboro.

Aug

24

Posted by : admin | On : August 24, 2017

News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Athens Hornets opened their scrimmage season against the Royse City Bulldogs Friday, Aug. 18.
In the 90-play portion of the scrimmage, Royse City outscored Athens, 2-0. In the live quarter, Royse City scored the only touchdown early in the quarter.
The Bulldogs touchdown in the live quarter came with 11:47 remaining on a 70-yard run.
Even with that results, ninth-year Head Coach Paul Essary was pleased with the effort.
“I think we will see some bright spots when we watch the video,” Essary said. “Of course, we will see some spots that we need to improve on. Like I told the kids, if we were where we needed to be right now, we wouldn’t need the practice. We have a long way to go so we can continue to practice.”
The Hornets come in with a young squad following a big graduating class on offense and defense.
Essary said the players are adjusting to new roles on the team.
“We have a lot of young guys playing for the first time tonight,” Essary said. “We have some guys who are coming back, and it doesn’t matter if they are a sophomore, junior or senior, they are still young. We have seven or eight sophomores and juniors starting on offense. We have about seven guys on defense. It didn’t matter if we were all seniors, we want to keep improving.”
During the 90-play portion, the Athens second team defense had a fumble recovery.
With the touchdowns that Royse City scored, Essary said the defense is adjusting to the speed of the varsity level. He knows by the time the Greenville scrimmage happens at Bruce Field Friday, that unit will be ready.
“We had some guys who have moved into some key positions,” the coach said. “This is the first year for one of them to play varsity football as a freshman. The other three spots are their first time to be in that position. They have varsity experience, but two of the outside linebackers have moved to safety. The inside linebacker has moved to the outside.”
Senior Gary Lyons had a fumble recovery in the live quarter for the Hornets. Essary said he was impressed with the first scrimmage for Lyons.
“Gary is getting better every day,” Essary said. “He has not played football since he was in the eighth grade, and he is relearning the speed of the game. He will continue to get better.”
On offense, Essary was pleased with the way senior quarterback Xavius Fulton handled the offense.
“Xavius is a heck of a competitor. Sometimes, he was a little too much of a competitor tonight. I was wanting him to go down a little earlier,” Essary said. “He is throwing the ball well, and we will start catching the ball a little better. It all comes with practice. We saw some bright spots on the defensive line. Everybody is trying and getting better.”
The final scrimmage for the Hornets is set for Friday at Bruce Field. The freshman and JV begin at 5 p.m. with the varsity at 7 p.m.

Aug

24

Posted by : admin | On : August 24, 2017

A view of the east end of new construction work at Athens High School, which will house new classrooms, kitchen and cafeteria. The cafeteria is expected to be open by Christmas, and the balance of work at AHS should be finished in the summer of 2018. Students were greeted at the beginning of the school year with six brand new science classrooms and two new labs.

A view of the east end of new construction work at Athens High School, which will house new classrooms, kitchen and cafeteria. The cafeteria is expected to be open by Christmas, and the balance of work at AHS should be finished in the summer of 2018. Students were greeted at the beginning of the school year with six brand new science classrooms and two new labs.


By Toni Garrard Clay
AISD Communicaitons Coordinator
ATHENS–Athens ISD Director of Operations Barry Choate summed it up succinctly when he called the amount of construction that took place across the district this summer as “intense.” Major work took place at four of the five campuses and continues at the high school.
Inside the main building at the high school, six new science classrooms and two new labs greeted students on the first day of school. While the rooms are located in the same space as the old science hall, they are entirely new. “That space was bulldozed,” said Choate. “We dug up the floor and put new plumbing in and used a new configuration for the rooms.”
On the north end of the high school annex, a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) building now stands. The building is divided into four sections. It houses a brand new Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning class (HVAC) made possible through a joint venture with Trinity Valley Community College and a $350,000 equipment grant. It’s also the site of the machining and woodshop classes, and a powder-coating booth and oven for painting projects. “These classes are light years ahead of where we were,” said Choate.
The construction across the front of the high school’s main building will be completed in stages. On the east end, the new kitchen and cafeteria should open by Christmas. The old kitchen will be turned into classroom space. The old cafeteria will become two new classrooms and a lecture hall that is more than double the space of the existing lecture hall.
The high school’s new office space and the gym, as well as the balance of any remaining work, are projected to be completed during the summer of 2018.
The most visible completed project is at Bruce Field, where a new football/soccer field house and restroom/concession facility sit at either side of newly-installed turf. While the turf was the result of fire damage last spring, the construction across the district is the fruit of community support through the passage of a bond in November 2015.
At Central Athens Elementary, a beautiful new library has been built, as well as new office space. Both were severely undersized previously. At Bel Air and South Athens elementaries, new activity centers have been built to replace the too-small ones previously used.
“We’re grateful to the community for making these improvements possible,” said Superintendent Blake Stiles. “It’s sending a message to our students that they’re valued.”

Aug

24

Posted by : admin | On : August 24, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The fun stopped abruptly for six passengers on a ski boat last Friday evening on Cedar Creek Lake when the boat hit what’s commonly called bird island, Seven Points Police Chief Administrator Raymond Wennerstrom told The News.
Henderson County Game Warden Gregg Johnson conducted the initial investigation and reported that of the six passengers on board, three were seriously injured and were transported to ETMC-Athens Hospital. However their condition was characterized as not life-threatening.
The crash happened between 9:27 p.m. and 10 p.m. and rescue operations were staged from Tom Finley Park with Seven Points Police and Fire Rescue responding. The scene was cleared at 4:53 a.m.
Passengers’ names have yet to be released by authorities, but one is reportedly a 28-year-old woman from Waxahachie, who was to undergo surgery on Tuesday.

Aug

24

Posted by : admin | On : August 24, 2017

News Staff Reports
TRINIDAD–The Collin Street Baker/Texas Sports Writers Association named two Trinidad Trojans to the All-State baseball team in Class A.
First baseman Johnny Ayala was named to the first team, while Jayden Garcia was named to the second team as a second baseman.
During his junior season, Ayala batted .538 with 25 RBI, 10 doubles, a triple and 23 runs scored.
Garcia had a .450 batting average with seven doubles, seven RBI and 14 runs scored.
Here is the Class A Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association’s All-State baseball team.
FIRST TEAM
Pitchers – Alex Hernandez, Avalon, Jr.; Brent Mynar, Abbott, Sr.; Trace Richey, Borden County, Jr.
Relief pitcher – Hunter Pope, Abbott, Jr.
Catcher – (tie) Matthew Urbanovsky, Abbott, Jr.; Isaiah Solis, Springlake-Earth, Jr.
First Baseman – Johnny Ayala, Trinidad, Jr.
Second baseman – (tie) Will Koberick, Tioga, Sr.; Michael Deleon, Springlake-Earth, Sr.
Shortstop – Hunter Jones, Borden County, Sr.
Third Baseman – Victorino Silva, Booker, Sr.
Outfielders – Braden Rohde, Fayetteville, Jr.; Weston Cantrell, Abbott, Sr.; Clayton Hopgood, Avalon, Soph.
Designated Hitter – Rhett Newton, Avalon, Fr.
Player of the Year –
Brent Mynar, Abbott, Sr.
Coach of the Year
Kyle Crawford, Abbott
SECOND TEAM
Pitchers – Baylee Graves, Dodd City, Sr.; Chris Luna, Bartlett, Sr.; Alex Magers, D’Hanis, Soph.
Relief pitcher – Dylan Chambers, Avalon, Sr.
Catcher – Kale Yarbro, Borden County, Sr.
First Baseman – Cris Salgado, D’Hanis, Sr.
Second Baseman – (tie) Jayden Garcia, Trinidad, Sr.; Cesar Rosales, Booker, Sr.
Shortstop – Holden Senclair, Cross Plains, Sr.
Third Baseman – Trever Tidball, Union Hill, Fr.
Outfielders – Travis Price, Tioga, Sr.; Reid Kubala, Fayetteville, Jr.; Devin Smith, Savoy, Soph.
Designated Hitter – Payton Hemmitt, Fayetteville, Sr.

Aug

24

Posted by : admin | On : August 24, 2017

Latham obit
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Frances (Frankie) Latham will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Malakoff.Family will greet friends starting at 10 a.m., prior to the service at the church.
Frankie was born to E.L. and Minnie Crawford Hall Jan. 4, 1927 and passed away Aug. 12, 2017 at the age of 90.
Frankie lived the majority of her life in Malakoff. She attended school and graduated from Malakoff High School in 1945. She later married her beloved Harold Latham and they made their home on the family farm next door to her parents.
The happiest day of her life was the birth of her only child Robert Latham. Frankie worked at City Hall in Malakoff and Royall Chevrolet. After Royall Chevrolet closed, she moved to Mt. Pleasant to be close to Robert (Bob) and his family.
After suffering health issues, Frankie moved into the home with her son and his family. They moved several times due to his work, but no matter where they lived at the time, Malakoff was always home.
Frankie was loved and cared for devotedly by her loving son Bob and daughter-in-law Terri until the time of her passing.
Her wit, family stories and unique personality will be missed by all of us who loved her. She was one of a kind.
Frankie was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband Harold in 1970, her brother Jack Hall and wife Nadine and her sister Eleanor Bien and husband J.E. Bien.
Frankie is survived by her loving son Bob and wife Terri Latham of South Padre Island, granddaughters Laura Latham of Austin, Barb Holloway of Arlington, JoAnn Matthews and husband Bryan of Bedford, grandson Jordan Latham and wife Elizabeth of Cedar Hill, four great-grandsons Grayson and Hunter Latham, Cade and Jack, one great-granddaughter Ashton and one great-great granddaughter Norah Ellis, nieces, nephews cousins and friends.