Jan

11

Posted by : admin | On : January 11, 2018

Moonshiners
The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–Athens police are investigating a robbery that was reported Saturday night at Moonshiners on Corsicana Street in Athens.
The attendant on duty reported that two men, dressed in black entered the store approximately 11:20 p.m. and approached the counter with a gun, demanding money. According to a report by KLTV, the clerk was holding her baby at the time, since the baby’s father had dropped the child off 30 minutes earlier.
The clerk gave the robbers the money and they left the store. No injuries were reported. Detective Adam Parkins is investigating the incident. Security camera footage from the robbery is available on KLTV’s website.

Jan

11

Posted by : admin | On : January 11, 2018

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By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Lady Tigers varsity basketball squad picked up a district win over the Frankston Lady Indians at home Tuesday.
Sophomore Alliyah Coleman got the scoring kickstarted for the Lady Tigers with the first two points of the contest.
The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the Lady Indians called a timeout with 5:40 remaining in the first quarter.
The Lady Tigers outscored the Lady Indians 6-2 following the timeout to take a 12-2 lead into the second quarter.
Once again, the Lady Tigers got on the board first to start the second quarter, courtesy of a layup from KeiKei Walker.
Both teams struggled late from the free throw line, with the Lady Tigers going 0/2, and the Lady Indians going 1/4 from the line.
The Lady Tigers would hold the lead, 16-7 at halftime.
The Lady Indians began the second half from the line, going 1/2 to cut the lead to 16-8.
The Lady Tigers answered on a shot from Ta’liha Dora that was rebounded by Sha’kera Thompson to make it 20-8.
With the Lady Tigers in possession of the ball late, senior Charlsey Stearman was able to finish an inbound pass from Nakeya Kelley to push the lead to 22-8.
The Lady Tigers would get the last score of the third quarter with Coleman putting in the final shot with four seconds remaining to take a 24-10 lead into the final quarter of play.
The Lady Indians were in familiar territory to start the fourth quarter, taking shots from the line after early foul trouble by the Lady Indians.
It paid off for the Lady Tigers as Frankston missed 3/4 free throws, leaving the lead at 26-11.
Senior Jalie Dawson added two more points for the Lady Tigers to bump their lead up to 28-11.
The Lady Tigers would only allow four more points total the rest of the fourth quarter.
The game ended with three straight successful layups from Dawson, including the final one at the buzzer to lead the Lady Tigers to a 38-15 victory.
The Lady Tigers head back to the road Friday, Jan. 12 to take on the Teague Lady Lions in another district matchup, beginning at 5 p.m.

Jan

11

Posted by : admin | On : January 11, 2018

Athens Mayor Monte Montgomery (right) presents a plaque of appreciation to Councilman Joe Whatley in appreciation for his service to the city council. Whatley resigned at the last council meeting in December. Aaron "Bubba" Smith took his place as Interim Councilman.

Athens Mayor Monte Montgomery (right) presents a plaque of appreciation to Councilman Joe Whatley in appreciation for his service to the city council. Whatley resigned at the last council meeting in December. Aaron “Bubba” Smith took his place as Interim Councilman.


By Denise York
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–After Managing Director of Public Services Ryan Adams presented curbside bulk trash pick-up alternatives to the council once again at the Jan. 8 meeting, council members voted unanimously to close the Collection Station. Adams had made the presentation to the council at the Nov. 27 meeting, but gave a shortened version to bring new council members up to speed before the vote. At issue is the underuse and possible misuse of the Collection Station, which opens the city up to liability for costs in the event of a hazardous spill. Also, the fees charged have made up only a small portion of the costs to keep the center open. Residents will be able to use the Henderson County Collection Sites to dispose of bulk items. No date was given for the close.
After another public hearing on the Cain Center Project, the council seems committed to continue with the current plan, but intends to bring it in at a budget the city can afford. Several citizens spoke, the majority being in favor of continuing with the project including the indoor pool. Former Cain Center Director Tere Lawyer pleaded with council, “Please save it.” Bob Morton spoke about the health and welfare of the community as being a prime consideration and said, “Think about that child who drowns because they didn’t have a place for swim lessons.” Many citizens mentioned that a renovated Cain Center could bring in more programs to help offset its cost, with Lawyer making the comment, “With a renovated facility, income would rise and repairs decrease.”
Managing Director of Community Services Thanasis Kombos, along with acting City Manager Gary Whittle presented alternatives for paying for the project from the existing certificates of obligation which also fund the Texan Theater project and the utility projects. Since the agenda item was a discussion item, council took no action but more is expected at the next meeting.
Council approved a Texan Theater package including audio/visual package with a stage, furnishings and equipment up to the $240,000 asked for, but gave direction to Kombos to save where he could. Council also approved the appropriation of $136,598 in the HOT Occupancy Tax fund for reconstruction of the south wall of the Texan Theater.
Council took action, approving a Professional Services Agreement for engineering and design of an Interim High-Pressure Plane Booster Pump Station with Garver, USA not to exceed $69,499 to address the low water pressure area on the northeast side of town, which resulted in a boil-water notice for seven residences on or near Sand Springs Road They also declared a public health exception from state purchasing laws to authorize staff to select a construction service provider to expedite the solution. The pump is an interim solution, expected to last approximately two years. Costs are expected to near $500,000.
In other business, council members:
• heard from citizens regarding a request from Ampler Development, LLC for site plan approval for a new Burger King Restaurant with drive-through at 1004 E. Tyler St.
• heard request from the Boyce family to replat Lot 1 of the Boyce Subdivision at 1200 Kaufman Rd. to allow a future manufactured home.
• appointed Kathy Means to the Cultural Resources Commission.
• appointed Armando Rincon to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
• reappointed Larry Babb, and John Cain to the Airport Advisory Board.
• reappointed Chris Tinsley, Andrea Copeland, Bob Morton and Justin Boswell to the Parks Advisory Board.
• reappointed Paul Ingram and Brady Autry to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
• reappointed Jack Bateman and Mamie Stafford to the Zoning Board of Adjustments.
• reappointed Billy Murphree, Garrett Hope and Cody Craig to the Substandard Building Commission.

Jan

10

Posted by : admin | On : January 10, 2018

Velma James

Velma Mae James, 93, peacefully passed away Dec. 23, 2017, at her home in Seven Points.
A memorial service celebrating Velma’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2017 at Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church, 100 S Old Indian Trail in Tool.
Velma was born in Lindale April 1, 1924 to Ella Mae and John Dee Johnson.
Velma and husband Bill moved to Seven Points in 1987 and were members of Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church for many years. Velma loved her church family, enjoyed volunteering at the Cedar Creek Library and playing card games, especially bridge, with her many friends.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 53 years Billie Joe James, her parents and sisters Willa White and Inez Kennedy and her sons William Barry James and Jeffrey Hobart James.
She is survived by her sisters Bette Emerson, Rita Johnson Pool and husband Steve and brothers John Johnson and wife Glenda and Larry Johnson, her daughter Jennifer Colby and son-in-law Jim, son Joe James and wife Donna along with her beloved 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Velma James to The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, PO Box 43711, Seven Points, Tx 75143 or to the Scholarship Endowment Fund, Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church, PO Box 43175, Tool, Tx 75143.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Genesis Hospice Care for their care, kindness and support in her final days and to Moorhead – Epps Funeral Home.
Arrangements were under the direction of Moorhead – Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City.

Jan

10

Posted by : admin | On : January 10, 2018

Gardener obit
Funeral services for Zola Gardner were held Jan. 10, 2018 at Anderson-Clayton Brothers Funeral Home in Kemp with Billy Sparks officiating. Interment followed the service at King Cemetery in Kemp.
Zola was born July 26, 1930 in Kemp to parents Ross and Florence Greenhaw and entered into rest Jan. 5, 2018 at the age of 87.
Zola graduated from Kemp High School. After retirement from Sears Service Center, Zola moved to Seven Points.
She and Jim Smith had a great life there and many happy years together. Zola enjoyed nothing more than going to the casinos and playing the “sizzling 7” machine. She was an avid reader until she lost her sight and loved crossword puzzles, especially the New York Times.
Zola’s daughters were her life and anyone who knew her was aware that her grandchildren hung the moon.
Born into a family of ten children, Zola was the last to survive. She often said, losing her brothers and sisters was the hardest part of getting old.
Nancy Graff was mom’s life line in the last years of her life…always there to take her out to eat and shop. A suggestion of going, had Zola on the porch, ready, with her purse on her shoulder.
Zola was preceded in death by daughter Debbie Harrison.
She is survived by her daughters Shirley Hill and husband Mike Hardin, Nancy VanOverschelde and husband Gene, three grandchildren Kanesha Dearing and husband J.D., Chris Donaldson and wife Marci, Matt Reece and wife Jennifer and five great-grandchildren.
She will be missed my family and friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.andersonclaytonkemp.com.

Jan

10

Posted by : admin | On : January 10, 2018

Thomas Edward Myers, beloved husband, father, peepaw, brother and uncle, died peacefully Dec. 9, 2017 at his home in Forney and went to be with our Lord.
Tom was born in Safford, Ariz., to Russell Edward and Frances Marie Myers.
In 1969 Tom moved to Dallas with his mother and youngest sister Liz.
In 1973 Tom married Vicki Sue Carter and they had two sons, Adam and Cody.
He joined the Air Force in 1975 and was stationed in Michigan. Afterwards, he moved to Mesquite and went to work for SBC/AT&T until his retirement in 2003.
Vicki passed away in December 2002 and Tom later married Peggy Richardson in 2007.
Over the years, Tom enjoyed spending time with his family and attending church.
Tom is survived by his wife Peggy, sons Adam Myers and wife Rebecca, Cody Myers and wife Victoria, Peggy’s daughters Jennifer, Heather, and Danielle, grandchildren C.J., Ben, Gage and Audrey, Victoria’s children Kayla and Tobias, sisters Janet Morgan and husband Frank, Judy Freeman and husband Don and Liz deWet and husband Leon, four nieces and nephews Tony Freeman, Melinda Fithen, Jason Morgan, Kimberly Moore, five great-nieces and nephews, aunt Aretes Geer, and numerous cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Kemp.
A heartfelt thank you from the family goes to Vitas Hospice of Greenville for their support and loving care.

Jan

10

Posted by : admin | On : January 10, 2018

Bess obit

A memorial service for John Yancy Bess will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel in Mabank with Father Dan Daughtery officiating.
John was born Aug. 6, 1943 in El Dorado, Ark., to parents Gordon Harold and Altha Virginia (Gregory) Bess and entered into eternal rest Jan. 2, 2018 at the age of 74.
John was known to his family and friends as “Yancy.”
He graduated from Frankston High School in 1962 and attended Henderson County Junior. College and Tyler Junior. College. Yancy served in the United States Air Force serving as a Staff Sergeant working in electronics and communications. He received an Air Force Service Medal before being honorably discharged in 1967.
Yancy worked in concrete construction working for Austin Commercial for ten years and Striland Construction 14 years.
He married the loved of his life, Dorothy Ruth Little Sept. 15, 1997 in Kaufman after being together for 11 years.
Yancy was an amazing man. He was very respectable, well-mannered and liked having fun. He loved his job and was a hard worker. Yancy liked being outdoors whether it was fishing or hunting.
He had a bond with his brother like no other and he had a soft spot for his cats and dogs. Yancy enjoyed being with family and friends. He loved old movies and westerns. Yancy will be missed tremendously by those who knew and loved him.
Yancy was preceded in death by his parents Gordon and Virginia Bess and buddies Gary Jones and Wayland Schoen.
He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years and married 21 years Dorothy Bess of Mabank, brother Bobby Bess and wife Darlene of Kilgore, niece Rikki and spouse Al Yonick, buddies Donnie Brown, Craig Adamson and Willie Aguirre, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, his dog and companion Casper and his two cats Spot and Flash.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

Jan

10

Posted by : admin | On : January 10, 2018

Browning Obit

Funeral services for Mary Jo Browning were held Jan. 9, 2018 at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel in Mabank with Rev. Brent Tucker officiating. Interment followed the service at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Dallas.
Mary Jo was born April 18, 1922 in Pickton to parents Roy L. and Lillie L. (Kimbro) Ormsby and entered into eternal rest Jan. 6, 2018 at the age of 95.
Mary Jo graduated from Pickton High School in 1939.
She married the love of her life, Otha Frank Browning in 1939 and she was a loving wife to Otha Frank, until his passing in 1989.
Mary Jo was a Christian, Baptist by faith and was a member of First Baptist Church of Mabank. She loved the Lord and loved serving Him.
Mary Jo loved her family and was a loyal friend to many. She was fun loving and loved to laugh. Mary Jo was very outgoing, never met a stranger and always liked to be on the go. She had been a member of Eubank Cedar Creek Support Group since 1989 and attended faithfully every month. Mary Jo was also a member of the Super Chicks.
She liked to travel and was an excellent cook. Mary Jo was known for her fried chicken and coconut pie. She liked going fishing and playing games. Mary Jo was an amazing mother, who will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Mary Jo was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Felda Duncan, sister Clemmie Irby and serveral nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her daughter Patricia Browning of Dallas and son Richard Browning of Gun Barrel City, numerous nieces and nephews, other loving family members and many more friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

Jan

09

Posted by : admin | On : January 9, 2018

Ernest Carroll Obit

Ernest Leroy Carroll, “Leroy,” was born April 25, 1933, in Dallas to parents Ernest Gilbert Carroll and Ollie Romas Waits Carroll. Leroy entered into eternal rest Dec. 27, 2017, at the age of 84.
Leroy worked for Braniff Airways for 30 years and Southwest Airlines for 17 years, retiring in 1998. He began as an entry level cargo agent and ascended to Regional Director of Southwest Airlines, driven by nothing more than sheer determination and a GED designation.
His leadership helped to effect change to aviation history throughout the region. He was a boxing coach for the Golden Gloves in the Farmer’s Branch Firefighter’s Boxing Club throughout the sixties, seventies and eighties, bringing guidance and compassion to many a young man.
When he retired in 1998, it was to a beautiful house on the lake, surrounded by tall oak trees and a boat in a dock on the water, with a closet full of rods and reels and a tackle box chock full of lures. He lived to fish.
Leroy was a true man’s man whose strong will and fighting spirit affected everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.
Leroy was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Candace Anita Walters.
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years Barbara Carroll, son Thomas Gene Carroll, grandchildren Sean Eric Carroll, Shannon Colleen Carroll, Corey Walters and fiancé Krystal Aragon, sister Cleo Sherrard, niece Nancy Estes and her husband Dave, along with many other loving family members and an untold amount of friends.
A memorial service was held Jan. 6, 2018 at First Baptist Church.
A personal tribute may be made at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

Jan

05

Posted by : admin | On : January 5, 2018

Funeral services for Jesse Cooper, Sr. were Jan. 5, 2018 at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel. Interment followed the service at Elm Grove Cemetery.
Jesse was born on Oct. 9, 1944 in Sulphur Bluff to parents Lloyd Ray and Olivia (Smith) Cooper and entered into eternal rest Jan. 1, 2018 at the age of 73.
Jesse married the love of his life, Wanda Lambright, March 16, 1963.
He worked for PAM Transport, as a truck driver for over 30 years, and received many driving awards for safety.
Jesse was a very friendly man, who would talk to anyone and give his shirt off his back to help someone in need. For anyone who needed help, he would open his home to them.
Jesse loved to collect knives. He could build or fix anything and was a jack of all trades.
He was a member of the VFW and could drink Budweiser and play dominos. Jesse enjoyed watching westerns and soap operas. He was Baptist by faith. Jesse was a very loving and kind man who will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Jesse was preceded in death by his parents, wife Wanda Cooper, daughter Lisa Ann Cooper, grandson BJ Bruner, brothers Howard and Bill Cooper, sisters Lawanda Lambright, Zelma Milam and sister Melva Starks.
He is survived by his loving children, son Jesse Lee Cooper, Jr. of Gun Barrel City, daughter Jackie McCauley and husband Bryan of Aransas Pass, daughter Darlene Annette Cooper and husband Kim of Gun Barrel City, granddaughter Rachel Bruner of Gun Barrel City, grandson Raymond T. Scott, Jr. and wife Candace of Huntsville, grandson Jim Bob Scott, seven great-grandchildren, sister Neoma Faye Cooper, other loving family members and many more friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.