Jun

02

Posted by : admin | On : June 2, 2016

malakoff vs west

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
PROSPER–The Malakoff Lady Tigers softball team saw their season come to an end at the hands of the West Lady Trojans. Malakoff lost the Regional Final series in three games.
They lost the first game May 27, 3-2. They responded the next day by winning game two 3-2 before losing 6-5 in the final game.
In the first game, Malkoff started the game off strong, scoring the first run of the game in the top of the first inning. Candace Denis led off the inning with a single. After back-to-back stolen bases, Denis came around to score on a throwing error by the catcher to take a 1-0 lead. West pitcher Danielle Nors responded well, striking out the next seven Malakoff batters.
West tied the game at 1 in the bottom of the third inning as Lilly Cook scored with Mia Pokluda reaching on an error by the third baseman.
The Lady Trojans scored their second run of the inning in the third on a bunt single by Maddison Kettler, scoring Pokluda for the 2-1 lead.
Hannah Terzis hit a home run in the top of the fifth inning to tie the game at two. West responded in the bottom of the fifth inning. Julie Wernet hit an RBI-double to score Pokluda for what would end up being the game-winning run.
The Lady Tigers had one hit each from Denis, Chyann Jarrett, Cheyenne Robertson and Hannah Terzis.
In game two, Malakoff found themselves down 2-0 early on before they rallied for the victory.
West scored their first run in the second inning on an error. Jordan Dudik scored to make it a 1-0 game. West scored another run in the fourth inning RBI-single by Sierra Reese, scoring Dudik for the 2-0 lead.
Malakoff cut the deficit to 2-1 on a RBI-sacrifice fly by Robertson scoring Hazel Puempel. The game-tying run came in the fifth, as Jarrett hit a single scoring Denis.
Malakoff scored the game-winning run in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the seventh inning. Cheyenne Ramsey hit a double, scoring Puempel for the game-winning run.
Malakoff lost the final game 6-5. The Lady Tigers quickly found themselves down 4-0 before they started to rally back.
Malakoff cut the lead in half in the fourth inning when Abby Terzis hit a two-run homerun to score Puempel.
In the fifth inning, Malakoff tied the game at four with back-to-back home runs by Hannah Terzis and Denis.
In the top of the sixth, the Lady Tigers took their first lead of the game as Denis hit an RBI-single, scoring courtesy runner Tyler Wittram for the 5-4 lead.
West scored the game winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning as Kettler hit a two-run double, scoring Christian Holtz and Emeri Eubanks to win the game 6-5.
“This is a painful way to go out,” Malakoff coach Matt Wittram said. “To be that close and be down 4-0 and then come back and take the lead, it will take a while to get over this one. I’ll really miss our seniors too.”
The loss ends Malakoff’s season with a 28-7-1 record. The Lady Tigers were a perfect 12-0 in district play and advanced further than any other team has in the history of Malakoff softball.
West improves to 34-7 and moves on to the state finals in Austin.

Jun

02

Posted by : admin | On : June 2, 2016

By Sariah Kendall
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS– The Athens Kiwanis Club officially opened the Splash Pad at the Athens Kiwanis Park, May 27.
Visiting the Splash Pad is completely free and will be a place for little ones to cool off this summer while families gather.
It will open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. now through Labor Day. To ensure the safety of visitors the following rules have been implemented.
• All children under the age of 7-years-old must have adult supervision
• Youth must wear proper swim diapers
• Patrons engaging in horse play or foul language will be asked to leave
• No bikes, scooters, skateboards or roller blades
• No food or drinks allowed on Splash Pad
• No glass containers
• Not pets allowed on Splash Pad
• No littering
• Climbing on Splash Pad fixtures is prohibited
• Splash Pad may be closed at times for maintenance
• Splash pad is unsupervised

Jun

01

Posted by : admin | On : June 1, 2016

BOTIE

By Sariah Kendall
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS– Sheriff Ray Nutt celebrated his last day on the job with friends and fellow officers at the Henderson County Justice Center May 31 and Chief Deputy Botie Hillhouse swore in as the new Sheriff of Henderson County June 1.
Nutt has served in law enforcement more than six decades and has held this position since January of 2009. Nutt has retired to spend more time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
County Judge Richard Sanders said he will miss Nutt on the job, as will Henderson County. “It’ll be difficult for Henderson County to replace Sheriff Nutt,” Sanders said.
During the ceremony officers who served under Nutt spoke highly of him and Nutt said he expects them to maintain the same standards under Sheriff Hillhouse.
“I want to thank the people for what they’ve done, showing me their support,” Nutt said.
Botie Hillhouse was elected in March. “It’s an honor to be the sheriff-elect for Henderson County,” Hillhouse said, “I’ve been his (Nutt’s) right hand man the whole time. But I’m ready to move forward and I appreciate the court’s support.”

May

26

Posted by : admin | On : May 26, 2016

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By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF – Malakoff Rotarians met two critical care helicopter technicians from East Texas Medical Center’s (ETMC) Air Medical Services during Tuesday, May 24’s weekly luncheon meeting at the Flagg House.
Michael Lawyer is a chief flight nurse based out of Tyler, while air flight medic Brad Pace is based out of Athens. “They do a great service for the community,” said Mike Burns, Malakoff ISD Director of Curriculum and Classroom Technology, who served as May 24’s program chair.
Lawyer has been in Henderson County for about 23 years. First an emergency medical technician (EMT) then progressing to a paramedic, Lawyer in 2009 earned his nursing degree from Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC). Pace went to Tyler Junior College (TJC), is a former firefighter in Jacksonville and also has his peace officer’s license.
ETMC Air 1 has flown from Tyler since 1985, while the Athens base started in 2004, while the Mt. Pleasant base became operational in 2005. There’s a helipad next to the Malakoff Volunteer Fire Department building often utilized by ETMC helicopters.
ETMC Air 1 provides critical care comparable to an intensive care unit, including heart and stroke treatment, all available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Air 1 has bases in Athens, Tyler and Mt. Pleasant that serve a swath of East Texas, ranging from the Red River to Trinity County, north of Houston. ETMC Air 1 flew Hurricane Katrina medical patients from Louisiana to Beaumont in 2005.
ETMC’s Air 1 program has a perfect safety record over the past 30-plus years, with a stable of three helicopters equipped with twin engines as backup in case on engine goes down. Each helicopter includes a nurse, medic and pilot. The ETMC helicopters also provide search-and-rescue services, at no cost to the community, including searches for missing children, stranded boaters and wayward elderly. In addition, hospital transfers are part of the program’s mission.
Many pilots have military backgrounds because of the rigorous flight-hour requirements to be eligible for ETMC Air 1. ETMC partners with Metro Aviation of Shreveport for maintenance and air-traffic services. “They are amazing mechanics and pilots,” Lawyer said.

May

26

Posted by : admin | On : May 26, 2016

News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Henderson County Precinct 3 Commissioner’s race is won by Charles “Chuck” McHam in the Republican Runoff Election Tuesday. He will face Democrat candidate Aleciah Sims in November’s General Election. The winner will be sworn into office Jan. 1, 2017. Current office Ronny Lawrence has indicated he will retire at the end of his term, having served on the Commissioners’ Court for more than a decade.
McHam gained 822 votes to Kevin Head’s 635 to secure his ballot spot.
The longtime Brownsboro ISD ag teacher said he is very excited with the win and plans to help make the county a place that people will want to relocate to under his watch. “I want to make the people of Henderson County proud,” he said.
As expected much fewer voters participated in the runoff election than those who cast votes in the March Party Primary. In that race McHam garnered 1,520 votes. Head reaped 913 votes in the Primary.
“There’s one more race to go,” McHam said. “We’ll get geared up and be ready when it comes.”
Statewide races included a runoff for Railroad Commissioner and two seats on the Court of Criminal Appeals. Henderson County voters agreed with totals statewide and selected Wayne Christian over Gary Gates by a margin of 167 votes for Railroad Commissioner. Christian will face Democrat Grady Yarbrough in November, which agrees with county totals for Yarbrough among Democrat voters.
County election results shows Place 2 Justice candidate Ray Wheless with higher totals than his opponent; however, statewide totals favored Mary Lou Keel for the post with 51 percent of the vote. Place 5 Justice candidate Scott Walker won statewide with nearly 58 percent of the vote, which lines up nicely with County totals of 75 percent. Neither Justice has an opponent for the general election.
The runoff also decided the winner of the State Board of Education District 9 seat. Only two Republicans have been in contention for the seat with Keven M. Ellis winning 59.2 percent of the vote and Mary Lou Bruner picking up the remaining 40 percent. County voters also named Ellis as their choice at the ballot box.

May

19

Posted by : admin | On : May 19, 2016

malakoff state track meet
The News Photo/Russell slaton
Tyler Russell of Malakoff, who was the 3A boys state champion in the high jump held May 12, recording a jump of 6 feet, 10 inches, also finished sixth in the 3A boys long jump May 13 with a final jump of 21 feet, 9.25 inches.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
AUSTIN–Malakoff junior Tyler Russell took home first place in the high jump at the UIL State Track Meet in Austin, May 13-14.
Russell had a jump of six feet, 10 inches. He edged out Grandview’s Trenton Wallace, who had a height of six feet, nine inches. The state record is seven feet, four inches.
Russell also finished sixth in the long jump at 21 feet, 9¼ inches. Cisco’s Taylor Massey won the event with a jump of 23 feet, 1¾ inches.
Russell wasn’t the only local athlete to compete in the meet, Cross Roads Ladycat Rebecca Kramer finished third in Class 2A shotput with a throw of 38 feet, 10 ½ inches. Panhandle’s Brooklyn Tompkins won the event at 42 feet, 4 inches.
In the Class A triple jump, Trinidad’s Erica Airheart finished eighth at 33 feet, 1 ¼ inches. Tilden McMullen’s Makinna Serrata won the event with a jump of 35 feet, 10-1/2 inches.
Athens senior Travon Fuller finished in eighth place in the Class 4A 400-meter run with a time of 50.41. Lufkin Hudson’s Payton Davis won with a time of 48.11.
Eustace Bulldog Colton Summerall finished seventh in the Class 3A 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.11 seconds. Massey won the race with a time of 14.39. Also for eustace, Ericsen Gudjohnson finished in fifth place in the Class 3A, 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:27.47. The winner of the event was Whitesboro’s Jeffrey Butts with a time of 4:15.82.
Mabank’s Cameron Boren finished in ninth place in the Class 4A 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:55.64. Robinson’s Johen Deleon won with a time of 4:22.89.
Kemp’s Elijah Gardiner finished in sixth place in the Class 3A triple jump with a leap of 44 feet, nine inches. Cisco’s Taylor Massey won the event with a distance of 46 feet, eight inches.

May

19

Posted by : admin | On : May 19, 2016

Mike costa1The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Athens Chamber of Commerce is without a president again after Mike Coston resigned from the post May 17.
Coston made his final public appearance earlier that day at the Farm and Ranch Tour luncheon at the Cain Center. He has served as chamber president since July 2014.
The executive board accepted his resignation. Coston plans to pursue other career opportunities.
Coston has established several programs throughout the community such as Ladies Night out, Lake, Clays and Fairways event, the 12 at 12 meetings and the Young Entrepreneurs Academy.
Before coming to Athens, Coston left the Kilgore chamber in early 2013 to become president and CEO of the Fort Worth- based Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America. He replaced Mark Rathe at the Athens chamber. Rathe was president from June 2013 to March 2014.

May

19

Posted by : admin | On : May 19, 2016

rifles
The News Photo/Sariah Kendall
Texas Game Wardens stand ready for a 21-gun salute during a memorial service held at the the Texas Game Warden Memorial at the Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, May 13.

By Sariah Kendall
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–Texas Game wardens gathered Friday for an annual memorial ceremony held at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens to honor 18 wardens who died in the line of duty.
Family members of the fallen, guests, and the 60th game warden training class listened as Texas Parks and Wildlife Executive Director Carter Smith reviewed the courage and dedication of these fallen wardens.
“In your valor, there is great hope. May we never forget the valor and hope bestowed upon us by the 18 departed wardens,” Smith said.
Game wardens have served the citizens of Texas since 1895. They have expanded their duties from solely protecting fisheries and wildlife to water safety and search and rescue. For years they have also worked with border patrol and disaster relief, “which is increasing danger and risk,” Smith said. Daily, 500 wardens are on duty throughout the state of Texas.
Since 2016, the U.S. has lost 35 game wardens, three from Texas. “You must remember the sacrifices for the blue badge,” Colonel Craig Hunter reminded the game warden training class.
This is likely the last ceremony to be conducted in Athens before the memorial is moved to Austin. Athens has held the ceremony at the Memorial Plaza since it was installed.

wardens with flags
The News photo/ sariah Kendall
From left to right: Oscar Jaimez of Laredo, Brad Meloni of Kingsville, Carlos Maldonado of Hebbronville, Colt Gaulden of Gatesville and Kevin Frazier of Hamilton stand united at the Texas Game Warden Memorial Ceremony held at the Freshwater Fisheries Center.

May

19

Posted by : admin | On : May 19, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Lady Tigers are getting closer and closer to their goal of winning a State Championship.
The Lady Tigers knocked off the White Oak Lady Roughnecks 2-1, May 12 in Mineola in the third round of the playoffs. White Oak knocked Malakoff out of the playoffs last season and revenge was on the minds of the Lady Tigers.
For the first three innings neither team could get anything going. Malakoff scored both of their runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
First, Hazel Puempel led off the inning with a single to get on base. Puempel later stole second base and moved to third on a sacrifice fly by Abbi Terzis. Cheyenne Ramsey came up to bat next and hit another sacrifice fly to brinf Puempel home for the 1-0 lead. Chaney Tart and Cheyenne Robertson had back-to-back singles and Tart came in to score on the throw for the 2-0 lead.
Neither team scored in the fifth inning but White Oak responded in the top of the sixth inning when Kara Carter hit an RBI-double to knock in Kelsey McFall and cut the Malakoff lead to 2-1.
Malakoff didn’t score in the bottom of the sixth but they didn’t allow a run in the top of the seventh and came away with a 2-1 victory behind solid pitching and great play on defense.
The Lady Tigers did just enough on offense to get the win and finished with five hits from Denis, Puempel, Tart, Robertson and Jewel Jones.
Candace Denis started on the mound for Malakoff and picked up the victory. She pitched for the entire game and struck out seven White Oak batters. she walked one, gave up five hits and one earned run.
The victory makes Malakoff 26-5-1 this season (12-0 in district). they will advance to the fourth round of the playoffs to take on Woodville in Pollok in a best of three series.

May

12

Posted by : admin | On : May 12, 2016

Nutt, Ray mug copy

By Pearl Cantrell
News Staff Writer
ATHENS–Henderson County Commissioners accepted the resignation of Sheriff Ray Nutt Tuesday. His last day will by May 31. In his resignation letter, Nutt states that the goals he came into office with Jan. 1, 2009 have been met.
“I would like to thank the Court for their support during my time as Sheriff. I also appreciate the support of the citizens from all across the County. Although my term runs through Dec. 31, 1 feel it is in the best interest of the Sheriffs Office and the County, for me to step aside,” he wrote.
Commissioners agreed to name Sheriff-elect Botie Hillhouse to begin serving in Nutt’s place beginning on June 1, as Nutt recommended. “The new sheriff-elect is ready to continue our goals and to implement his own,” Nutt stated.
“After more than 47 years in law enforcement, I am looking forward to being able to spend more time with my wife. Lee and my children and grandchildren.”