Jan

26

Posted by : admin | On : January 26, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse reports the arrest of three people in a drug ring in Athens Jan. 20.
Investigators have been eyeing the operation for about three months, Hillhouse told The News, before moving in with a search warrant last Friday afternoon.
Stephen Duane Roberts, 44; Elisha Marie Jones, 31; and Jason Denard Donnell, 41; were charged with first degree drug felonies upon finding at their Williams Street residence a large amount of methamphetamine, along with crack cocaine and controlled substances, Xanax and Ecstasy.
“This was a major drug-dealing operation,” Hillhouse said. “Our team got the information and with help of other law enforcement officers were able to shut them down.”
Investigators counted 36 grams of meth, two grams of crack cocaine, 28 grams of Xanax and 15 grams of Ecstasy, Hillhouse reported.
Narcotics investigators Josh Rickman and Brad Beddingfield were the lead in this investigation and swore out affidavits before Henderson County Court at Law Judge Scott Williams to obtain the search warrant for the residence.
Officers helping in the execution of the warrant included Chief Deputy Kevin Halbert, Captain David Jones, investigators Cayce Bosher, Brad Gray, Jeremy Rose, Robert Powers, Jessica Halbert and Jerry Corder, along with Precinct 1 Constable Kay Langford and detectives from the Athens Police Department.
Bail for the trio totaled $650,000 with a history of prior drug arrests. “Getting them in jail and keeping them there until they can be brought to trial sends the right message to other dealers and users in this community,” Hillhouse said.
Roberts and Jones were charged with three counts each of manufacturing and delivery of controlled substances in various amounts, with bonds totaling $275,000 each. Donnell was charged with possession of a controlled substance not less than a gram or more than four grams with bond set at $100,000.
“Henderson County is no place to be making, selling or using illegal drugs.,” Hillhouse stated. “I am committed to clean up this county and so are my fellow officers and judiciary.”
If convicted, Roberts and Jones face up to 99 years in prison but no less than five. Donnell faces felony possession sentence up to 10 years and no less than two, if convicted.
“These folks were selling poison that destroys lives,” Hillhouse said. “With them off the streets, hopefully one child, one mother, one father, one family will not fall into a life of addiction and pain.”

Jan

19

Posted by : admin | On : January 19, 2017

Youth of tomorrow with their candles flames burning in honor of Rev. Dr. King; a man they can other hear aboutand learn about the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement.

Youth of tomorrow with their candles flames burning in honor of Rev. Dr. King; a
man they can other hear aboutand learn about the struggles of the Civil Rights
Movement.


By Delanda S. Johnson
Special to The News
MALAKOFF–This Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday was filled with gospel music and a strong message about Dr. King and the comparison with Jesus Christ.
On Saturday Jan. 14, Johnson Chapel A. M. E. Church’s “Annual Gospel Explosion” honored Rev. Dr. King with local choirs, solos and a powerful mime by Malakoff High School Senior Xavier McCullar.
On Monday, Jan. 16, the Henderson County Black History Committee held its “Annual Candlelight Vigil” to give the congregation time to reflect and honor an American hero.
Associate Pastor Larue Rockhill Baptist Church Rev. Rickey Johnson, used a theme “Love Your Enemies,” from Luke 6:27-31.
Rev. Johnson said that Rev. Dr. King was a man who was always out to help someone else and noted that Rev. Dr. King would turn a negative into a positive. Rev. Dr. King stood up for what he believed in and he paid a high price for his convictions, death.
“Just like Jesus, a man who stood up for what He believed in. A man who would always turn the other cheek. Jesus, a man who taught us to love our enemies; also to know that we must treat others as we would like to be treated. Jesus paid a high price for his convictions, death. He died for all of our sins and if we want to see Jesus, we must love our enemies,” said Rev. Johnson.
“Rev. Dr. King died for civil rights and equality for African Americans. Jesus died for all of mankind. However, both men had the same message, ‘Love thy neighbor as thy love thyself,’ added Rev. Johnson.

Jan

19

Posted by : admin | On : January 19, 2017

Special to The News
ATHENS–Trinity Valley Community College is hosting the 9th annual National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Rodeo, Feb. 10-11, at the Fairground Park in Athens.
The event will feature approximately 400 contestants from 20 colleges and universities including: Hill College, Southwest Texas Junior College, McNeese State University, Louisiana State University, Trinity Valley Community College, Northeast Texas Community College, Lone Star Community College – Montgomery, Panola Junior College, Texas A&M University, Sam Houston State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas A&M University – Kingsville, and Wharton County Junior College.
Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening at The Henderson County Fair Park Complex with slack beginning at noon Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday. Each night during the rodeo performance, children can compete in a Calf Scramble to win prizes.
Each NIRA member college has its own club composed of student members and sponsored by a faculty advisor who supervises the club’s activities. Each year, a 6-member men’s team and a 4-member women’s team from each school travel to the regional rodeos competing against other NIRA member schools. Those not chosen for the team may compete on an individual basis and still be eligible for all prizes except those given to the team. The top three contestants in each event from each of the NIRA’s 11 regions qualify to compete in the CNFR. The top two men’s teams and women’s teams also qualify from the regions.
General admission tickets are $5.00 each and may be purchased in advance at Lone Star Western Wear in Athens, or on the night of the performance at the gate. Admission is free with a current TVCC ID. All proceeds generated by the rodeo are given back to the students to further their education.
Several local hotels are offering competitive rates for rodeo competitors and families. Please contact the Holiday Inn Express, Best Western Royal Mountain Inn, and Super 8 to learn more. Don’t forget to mention that you’re with the TVCC Rodeo event to receive these special rates.

Jan

19

Posted by : admin | On : January 19, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
The Malakoff Lady Tigers dropped a district contest to Teague, 50-42, Friday in Malakoff.
The Lady Tigers were led by Kamry Hurd with 13 points. Jalie Dawson had 12, Taliha Dora had seven, Nakeya Kelley had four and Charlsey Stearman and KeiKei Walker had two each.
The boys team also fell to the Lions, that game by the score of 73-61.
The Tigers were led by Tyler Russell with 21 points. Katoriuhn Dewberry had 12, Danyal Littleton and Breashawn Williams had seven, JaQuaylon Hart had six, QT Barker, Jake Lee, Kadderious Thomas and AJ Cook had two.

Jan

19

Posted by : admin | On : January 19, 2017

John Wray Swearing in
Special to The News
AUSTIN – State Representative John Wray took the oath of office Jan. 10 inside the Texas State Capitol, marking the beginning of his second term in the Texas House.
“I’m honored to represent House District 10 again in the Texas legislature, and will continue to fight tirelessly for the people and values of Ellis and Henderson Counties,” said Wray. “I am proud of the accomplishments we achieved last session, and although we face new challenges, I believe the House will continue to approach issues in the same conservative, pragmatic, and fiscally responsible manner that has helped our state prosper.”
In his first term as State Representative, Wray was appointed to the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee and the Ways and Means Committee. As a member of those committees, Wray helped pass open carry legislation, increased security at the Texas-Mexico border, and provided nearly $4 billion in tax relief to Texans.
Wray also passed the most bills of any freshmen representative, and filed bills to repeal taxes, honor Texan and American hero Chris Kyle, establish a higher education campus in the district, and protect private property rights and taxpayers funds from the planned High Speed Rail project.
The Texas Constitution dictates that the legislature meet in a regular session every two years, convening on the second Tuesday in January of every odd-numbered year. These sessions are limited to 140 days. The governor can also call additional special sessions as necessary, which cannot exceed 30 days. The 85th Legislative Session is Jan. 10 through May 29, 2017.
John Wray is a principled conservative, serving his second term as Texas State Representative of House District 10, the area encompassing Ellis County and part of Henderson County.
Wray currently resides in Waxahachie with his wife, Michele, and their two children, Morgan and Patrick.

Jan

12

Posted by : admin | On : January 12, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
ELKHART–The Malakoff Lady Tigers started quickly and never let up in their 60-17 dominating victory Jan. 6 over Elkhart at Elkhart High School gym.
The Lady Tigers improve to 13-7 overall and 3-1 in district play.
Malakoff started hot, racing out to a 17-2 lead after one quarter of play. The Lady Tigers, led by senior forward Jalie Dawson’s 18 points, kept up the defensive pressure in the second quarter.
The pressure createdturnovers by the Elkhart offens, which in turn led to easy fast break points, helping the Lady Tigers take a 37-9 lead into halftime. Malakoff led 46-12 after three quarters of play.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Tigers wrapped up the dominating performance by outscoring Elkhart 14-5 in the frame, taking the 43-point win.
Malakoff senior Kamry Hurd had 14 points and five steals in the victory and junior Nakeya Kelley had 13 points, six rebounds and six steals in the game.
Dawson also had seven rebounds and five steals for the Lady Tigers.
The Lady Tigers will be in action at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 when they host Teague in a district battle.

Jan

12

Posted by : admin | On : January 12, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
MALAKOFF—Malakoff ISD had a big year and all of Malakoff is proud. The turnout for the rally held Jan. 7 at the Malakoff Community Center proved to all just how proud the community is.
What started out as a celebration for the Malakoff Tigers and their record-breaking year going all the way to the semi-finals, turned into a celebration for Malakoff ISD, its accomplishments and ultimately for all of Malakoff. There were many reasons for hometown pride.
MISD’s achievements include:
• Tool Elementary named a Blue Ribbon School, joining Malakoff Elementary in the honor.
• UIL – Malakoff Elementary won district, High School won second in Prose and sixth in Spelling at the State UIL meet.
• Band – First Division at Regional UIL, First Division at UIL marching contest, qualified for area placing 7 out of 22 bands.
• Theatre – won district and went to regionals in one-act play and performed another musical.
• Athletics – Cross-country went to regionals.
• Volleyball went to bi-district for the first time in seven years.
• Boys Basketball went to area, girls’ to regional semi-finals.
• Softball went to regional finals.
• Track won state I high jump.
• Golf went to bi-district.
• Tennis went to bi-district.
• Football – 13-0 year, first regional championship in Henderson County in eleven man football history.
During the three-hour event, Malakoff Mayor Delois Pagitt presented a proclamation to Malakoff Athletic Director Jamie Driskell.
The proclamation read “Presented by the City of Malakoff Governing Body honoring the Malakoff Independent School District, the 2016 Malakoff state semi-finalist football team and the 2016 National Blue Ribbon Tool Elementary School. Whereas the governing body of the City of Malakoff would like to recognize and commend the Malakoff Independent School District for its academic and athletic performance for 2016; the City of Malakoff is in strong support of the Malakoff School System and its history.
“Whereas; the dedication of hard work, sportsmanship, talent and exceptional efforts of all those persons contributing to the Malakoff Independent School Districts success to be commended; and whereas; Congratulations to the 2016 Malakoff football team ‘The Tigers,” for making history, and becoming the 2016 state semi-finalist; and coach Jamie Driskell and his staff, school administrators, teachers and parents and all supporting citizens of the City of Malakoff; and now therefore be it proclaimed by the Governing Body of the City of Malakoff that the Malakoff Independent School District, the 2016 state semi-finalist football team, and all the academic teams be honored for their successful year.
“Be it further proclaimed that the Governing Body of the City of Malakoff calls on all of our community to join the family and friends in the celebration and honoring of the accomplishments of the Malakoff Independent School District.
“Be it resolved, I have here set my hand, and caused the seal of the City of Malakoff to be affixed this seventh day of January, A.D. 2016.”

Jan

12

Posted by : admin | On : January 12, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
MEXIA–The Athens Lady Hornets started their District 18-4A matchup against Mexia on a great note. The Lady Hornets led 16-15 after one period of play, but struggled for points the rest of the way as Mexia beat the Lady Hornets 62-30 Jan 6 at Mexia High School gym.
Going into the second quarter, the Lady Hornets playing with Mexia point for point, but their shooting went ice cold in the quarter and Mexia took a 32-17 lead into halftime.
Mexia kept up the offensive pressure, scoring 14 points in the third quarter to lead 46-23 heading to the final frame. The Black Cats continued their offensive onslaught, scoring 16 points in the fourth quarter for the 62-30 final.
The Lady Hornets were led by Raveon Rodriguez with eight points, while Jennifer Bradford and Asha Chilton each chipped in five points. Jazzmine Johnson added four points, Tamya Hubbard tossed in three points, Taylor Stiles and Kara Smith each had two points and Hallie Williams scored one point for the Lady Hornets in the game.
The Lady Hornets are now 0-1 in district play, and will play at home at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 against Palestine.

Jan

12

Posted by : admin | On : January 12, 2017

By Rachel Williams
The News Correspondent
ATHENS–With a waiting list a year long for hangar space at the municipal airport, Athens City Council members are looking at ways to capture that lost revenue through a master plan to expand the airport’s capacity. However, the Federal Aviation Administration requires that all repairs be completed first.
The Athens Municipal Airport is a city-owned public-use airport located southeast of the central business district of Athens. Since the summer of 2016, city officials and the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) have coordinated efforts to conduct required maintenance on critical sections of the airport, such as the taxiway. Funding for maintenance projects comes from a variety of sources, including city, state and national designated for airport upkeep.
On Monday, a master plan was discussed for the airport. The major options in front of the master planners are expanding the airport itself or increasing the number of hangars available for lease. At current capacity, the airport can host at least 6,000 aircraft operations in a year. Expanding the airport will only increase activity, thus increasing revenue.
Increasing the number of hangars at the airport, will allow those on the current hangar waiting list the opportunity to store their aircraft. A hangar waiting list has been in place for more than a year. Hangar leases are renewed annually and two new lessees will be removed from the waiting list to use hangars left unleased at the close of fiscal year 2016. As part of the master planning process, analysis will be conducted to ensure that hangar leases are appropriate for the market. The master planners will consider all options in the development of the best case scenario for Athens Municipal Airport.
The city council is also seeking public input during a special meeting planned for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Partnership Center, 201 W. Corsicana St. in Athens to discuss capital improvements and changes to the water treatment plant. At a recent meeting, repairs to an existing water well were discussed. By shortening the well, adding a vacuum and two pressure reliefs, the water system will now have greater capacity. Additionally, the ground water drawn from this well will not require as much treatment as surface water does.
In other business, the city council:
• Approved the implementation of a Records Management Program.
• Resolved to apply to TEXSTAR, an investment service created by local governments for local governments, as a means of diversifying the city’s portfolio of investments.
• Approved a request from the Athens Economic Development Corporation regarding Minor Plat, Lot 6 Block 1 Industrial Park Addition, Unit III.

Jan

05

Posted by : admin | On : January 5, 2017

Judge Dan Moore administers the oath of office to Scott McKee as the 392nd District Court Judge in Henderson County, Jan. 2.

Judge Dan Moore administers the oath of office to Scott McKee as the 392nd District Court Judge in Henderson County, Jan. 2.

Mark Hall is sworn in as Henderson County District Attorney.

Mark Hall is sworn in as Henderson County District Attorney.

Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders administers the oath of office to Precinct 1 Commissioner Ken Hayes Jan. 2. at the courthouse in Athens. He replaces Scotty Thomas, who retired from office serviing Malakoff, Cross Roads, Trinidad, and Tool.

Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders administers the oath of office to Precinct 1 Commissioner Ken Hayes Jan. 2. at the courthouse in Athens. He replaces Scotty Thomas, who retired from office serviing Malakoff, Cross Roads, Trinidad, and Tool.

Chuck McHam (left) takes the oath as Precinct 3 Commissioner from his friend and Brownsboro High School classmate Court-at-law Judge Scott Williams.

Chuck McHam (left) takes the oath as Precinct 3 Commissioner from his friend and Brownsboro High School classmate Court-at-law Judge Scott Williams.

Mitch Baker takes the oath of office as Preinct 2 Constable, serving with an office in Seven Points, on Jan. 2 in a ceremony held at the Henderson County Courthouse.

Mitch Baker takes the oath of office as Preinct 2 Constable, serving with an office in Seven Points, on Jan. 2 in a ceremony held at the Henderson County Courthouse.