Apr

10

Posted by : admin | On : April 10, 2009

Good morning from Shreveport. This is Sunday, and I’ve come here with Carl, to hang out while he participates in a bowling tournament. As I write this, he is doing very well.
It’s been fun. We have stuffed ourselves. I’ve contributed about $11 to quarter slot machines, plus the $10 slot machine credit they gave me at Diamond Jacks. Carl did much better. He came out three or four dollars ahead yesterday, and today started with $10 and played a long time, and only lost a quarter. But we’ve had some wonderful meals. If you are 50 or over, and want to get fat quick, I highly recommend Diamond Jacks. You can join their Rewards club for free, and they’ll give you a card that entitles you to half price on all meals from then on. We got here late without reservations, and ended up at a bargain hotel we weren’t too sure about, but has turned out to be just fine. Bossier Inn and Suites. Got it though Price Line, from my computer’s wireless connection as we drove. I was trying to get a higher rated one, but they were all taken. This one was $47 through Price Line, with so-so continental breakfast and shuttle service. Nice staff. I think the price through Price line is even cheaper during the week. If you want fancy for a good price you have to plan ahead. If you pick the right day you can stay at the Horseshoe Hotel for $70 and get two of their fabulous buffet meals included. In fact, they advertise an even cheaper package, but I looked on their calendar and I didn’t see that cheaper price anywhere.
I’m going to do some more research on eating and sleeping cheap in Shreveport, and I’ll let you know. From my experience, I’d advise you to stay away from the slot machines.
Tuesday morning
Just a few more words while I wait to make sure the temperature is above freezing. When I’m sure, I have to go uncover my garden. I wrapped it up good last night hoping to save it from this late freeze. It is quite a sight. I have hay all over everything, and blankets over much of the hay. I was mostly worried about my potatoes, tomatoes, and squash. This is my first experience with potatoes, which are thriving, despite a brush with the wandering cow who walked their row. Carl helped me and we drove stakes on either side of the row and made a tent of old blankets over them. The tomatoes in cages have towels wrapped around then, and then sheets over the top of groups of them. The other tomatoes have flowerpots or jars or hay over them. The squash have lots of hay and blankets directly on the hay. I’m the most worried about them this morning. The blanket was touching them directly.
Ok. Please excuse me while I go see if everything survived. And then I’ve got a ton of sheets and blankets to wash.

Apr

10

Posted by : admin | On : April 10, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

The Malakoff High School band is becoming a musical powerhouse.

For the second consecutive year, the band has earned the Sweepstakes Award, which is given to high school bands that execute at the highest level in all phases of performance. To earn a Sweepstakes trophy, bands must receive a 1st division rating in UIL Marching competition, UIL Concert performance and UIL Sight Reading performance.

Apr

10

Posted by : admin | On : April 10, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

Anna Bell Wood is 70 years old, can

Apr

10

Posted by : admin | On : April 10, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

Apr

10

Posted by : admin | On : April 10, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

It may not be Boston Harbor, but the Tea Party is coming to Henderson County.

Organizers have set up a pair of rallies – one in Athens and one in Gun Barrel City – to protest what they call out of control government spending.

The events are scheduled for April 15, the deadline for filing federal income tax returns, and are part of a planned nationwide movement. The Athens event will take place at the Henderson County Courthouse and run from 5-6 p.m.; the Gun Barrel City rally will be from 4-7 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 334 and Harbor Point Drive near Gun Barrel City City Hall. {{more}}

According to information released by organizers of the Athens event, “If you feel you are taxed enough already and that our politicians are not spending our hard-earned money wisely, please join us in sending a message to Washington.”
Organizers of both groups label the events as non-partisan.
“We need Democrats, Republicans and Independents to join forces and send this critical message to our politicians,” reads the Athens literature.

Athens organizer Gary Walker, who described himself as a concerned citizen, said they tried hard to not make it a partisan event.

“We are going to have speakers, but they are grassroots speakers, not politicians,” he said. “This is not necessarily about your party interest.”

In addition to patriotic music and speakers, Walker said he expects to see plenty of protest signs at the Athens rally.
Organizers in Gun Barrel City are asking protesters to bring envelopes and stamps, tea bags, signs and balloons. The envelopes will be mailed to politicians in Washington, D.C.

“This event is for United States citizens to show ‘No Support’ for federal policies and tax increases,” reads the GBC literature.

For more information regarding the Athens rally, contact Gary Walker at AthensTeaParty@gmail.com or check out the event Facebook Group page (Athens Tea Party).

For more information regarding the Gun Barrel City event, call Carol Yarboro at 903-887-2926.

Apr

10

Posted by : admin | On : April 10, 2009


Jerrod William Rachel, 17, of Cross Roads passed away March 23, 2009, on Richland-Chambers Reservoir with his grandfather, Jerry King.
Jerrod was born on June 27, 1991 in Tyler. He was a life-long resident of Henderson County. He was a senior at Cross Roads High School and a member of the varsity golf team. Jerrod had recently been invited by the U.S. Junior Tour to play golf at St. Andrews in Scotland this July. While in high school, Jerrod participated in varsity golf and track. Although his plans for after high school had not been finalized he was interested in pursuing a degree and would eventually join the family business. Jerrod’s passions were fishing, hunting, golf and welding. The weekend prior to his passing he and another senior entered a bumper-pull trailer that they had fabricated in the Ag Mechanics competition at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and took second in their class. He lived each day to the fullest and enjoyed life with all of his heart. Jerrod was always willing to help and rarely met a stranger. In his short 17 years, he experienced more than most of us experience in a lifetime. He enjoyed the yearly pheasant hunts with the Carthage Gang in South Dakota as well as hunting and fishing at the cabin with the guys. He had caught an 8’9″ trophy striped marlin in Cabo San Lucas this past Christmas and always enjoyed a good turkey hunt at adopted Uncle Ronnie and Aunt Sue’s place in the hills of Tennessee with friend Joey Bell. Jerrod was a well-traveled and intelligent son who brought much joy to his parents and family. He was always willing to listen but was subject to speak his mind with better ideas. His summers were spent working for his Poppy and dad at King Sand and Gravel where he had mastered operation of all equipment on the grounds. Jerrod liked to play hard but worked as hard as he played.
Jerrod is survived by parents Mike and Lori Rachel, of Cross Roads; Nana, Kay King, of Athens; Grandad and Gramma, Bill and Glynell Ford Rachel, of Azle; greatgrandmother, Lelia May Garner, of Tyler; greatgrandparents, Vivian and Maggie Nell Ford, of Athens; Uncle Randy and Aunt Rena’te Paroline, of Opelika; Uncle Phillip and Aunt Michelle Foster, of Azle; Uncle Jeff and Aunt Melissa Randall, of Clyde; Uncle Jody King, of Samaria; Uncle Gary and Aunt Debbie Reaves, of Athens; numerous great uncles and aunts; cousins, Rachel and Rebekah Foster, of Azle; Austin and Alyssa Randall, of Clyde; Jonathan and Ryan Davis, of Austin; Alicia and Zachary King, of Samaria; Godfather, Jeff Cook, of Winnsboro; Godmother Lanna Meador, of Malakoff; best friend Cody Bass, of Malakoff; adopted sister, Bailey Bass, of Malakoff; and special friend Chelsea Tapley, of Malakoff.
Pallbearers were cousin Dakota Neill, members of the Class of 2009 Cody Bass, Eric Van Dusen, John Talley, Michael Garcia and Claycee Kjeldgaard.
Honorary Pallbearers were long-time friend Joey Bell and the Cross Roads High School Senior Class of 2009.
Services were conducted by Frank Upchurch under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at First United Methodist Church on Lovers Lane.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be made to one of the following organizations: American Red Cross, Corsicana Chapter D.A.T., 701 West 2nd Ave, Corsicana, Texas 75110; United Response Search and Rescue Team, P.O. Box 1463, Midlothian, Texas 76065 or the Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Division.

Apr

10

Posted by : admin | On : April 10, 2009


Lewis Charles “Chuck” Dunn, 51, of Malakoff, passed away Saturday, April 4, 2009, in Athens. He was born June 11, 1957, in Dallas to Leon George Dunn and Billie June Skiles.
Mr. Dunn was self-employed as a carpet installer.
Survivors include sister, Teresa and husband Bob Frank of Kentucky; uncle, Bobby Skiles of Malakoff; several cousins.
A memorial service for family and friends will be held at a later date under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home of Malakoff.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at ETMC.
In lieu of flowers, if desired donations may be made to the Cedar Creek Humane Society in Tool.

Apr

10

Posted by : admin | On : April 10, 2009


Ronald Ray Hiler, 67, of Frost, passed away April 2, 2009, in Corsicana. He was born August 31, 1941, in Blooming Grove Texas to George and GeorgiaHiler. Mr. Hiler was a long time resident of Trinidad where he worked for 23 years with Texas Utilities. He enjoyed woodworking and building things, his greatest enjoyment was his grandchildren, fishing and playing withthem.
Mr. Hiler is survived by wife Sandra Hiler of Frost; sons, Brent and Tara Hiler of Van, Texas, Bryan and Paulette Hiler of Frost, Jeff Hiler of Arlington; grandchildren, Aaron, Amy, Blake, Reid, Leah and Bryan Thomas Hiler; special grandchildren Ashley and Jennifer Rhodes; brothers andsisters, Macel Nicholson of Barry, Dot and Bob Russell of Blooming Grove, Barbara and Jerry Garrison of Kerens, Doug and Mary Hiler of BloomingGrove.
He is preceded in death by parents Goerge and Georgia Holcomb Hiler; siblings Inez Hemmingway, Fern Woodland, Sadie Hill, Maxine Armstrong, Mattie Niver and Hugh Hiler.
Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Saturday April 4, 2009, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services were 2 p.m. Sunday April 5, 2009, atGriffin-Roughton Chapel. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Memorial book available www.griffin-roughton.com.

Apr

03

Posted by : admin | On : April 3, 2009


Linda Ellis was born in Dallas in 1948 to Carl and Francis Bollman. She entered into rest on March 29, 2009 in Trinidad. She was one of six children. She married Carey Ellis in 1968. The couple has two children.
Mrs. Ellis cherished family and friends and always gave us unconditional love. She loved her work at Malakoff ISD assisting teachers and helping children and meeting their parents.
Her parents, Carl and Francis Bollman preceded her in death.
She is survived by her husband, Carey Ellis; son, Erik Ellis; daughter, Estelita Cranford and husband Andrew; grandsons, Evan and Aaden Cranford; sister, Myrna Wharton; brother, Jerry Bollman and wife Lena; sister, Ginger Embry and husband Jim; brother, Richard Bollman and wife Shelly; sister, Maily Bollman; mother-in-law, Elizabeth Ellis; brother-in-law Gilbert Ellis and wife Karen; sister-in-law, Gloria Spence and husband Gary; brother-in-law, Tim Ellis and wife Terri; numerous nieces, nephews, beloved friends and all family members.
Memorial services for Mrs. Ellis were held Thursday, April 2, 2009, at 4 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in Malakoff with Bro. Buddy Hazell officiating.
In lieu of flowers the family request that memorials be made to American Association for Cancer research of the Susan G. Komen for the cure.
Service is under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home, Malakoff.

Apr

03

Posted by : admin | On : April 3, 2009