Mar

31

Posted by : admin | On : March 31, 2016

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Mabank senior Mark Driskell (in red) goes up for a rebound in the 2016 Trinity Valley All-Star game. Driskell scored five points and grabbed some rebounds but his team fell short 102-99

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
ATHENS–The White Team trailed by as many as 22 points but fought the whole way and came away with a 102-99 win in the second annual Trinity Valley All-Star Game, March 26 at Cardinal Gym. The game features some of the top senior talent from the local area.
Players were Moises Alvarado, Hunter Davis and Aaron Arden from Cross Roads, Preston Furr and Kat Arroyo from Athens, Mark Driskell from Mabank, Jake Woolverton from Malakoff, James Jackson from LaPoynor, Jovonte Hornbuckle from Trinidad, Xavier Richardson from Brownsboro, Chaz Grimes and Gavino Rongel from Fruitvale, Davis Moore and Logan Jenkins from Martin’s Mill, De’Vun Hamilton from Jacksonville, Garrett Hall from Crandall, Jackson Malone and Logan Nance from Canton, DJ Johnson from Harleton and Keelan Yarbrough from Palestine.
“It was fun to come out here and have everybody show off what they can do,” Alvarado said. “It was fun to come out and compete against my teammates and play against some guys that I normally wouldn’t get to play with.
“It was fun to come out here and play against people you play in your district or on your team,” Furr added. “I had a lot of fun today and I’m very happy to be a part of something like this. It’s a great way to end my high school career.”
The Red Team started the game off strong and jumped out to a 17-3 lead before the second group came in for the White Team. They chipped away at the lead and cut it to 21-14 at the end of the first quarter. “We came in at 4 minutes and cut it to 21-14,” Alvarado said. “We put in some work there in the first quarter.”
The teams continued to play hard in the second quarter and the White Team fought back to eventually take a two point lead at one point. The Red Team led 42-40 at halftime.
During halftime the two teams had a 3-point shooting contest. The event was won by Jenkins, a senior from Martin’s Mill High School.
Both teams went back and forth in the third quarter. The Red Team hit several 3-point shots to open up a 12 point lead but the White Team fought back again to make the score 76-74 going into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the two teams traded baskets the entire way. The White Team finally got the lead with under a minute left and escaped with a 3-point victory.
This was the second year in a row that the White Team won the game. Last season they dominated for a 110-91 victory.

Mar

31

Posted by : admin | On : March 31, 2016

wingo

Stephen Edward Wingo Jr., 39, of Athens, died March 19.
Stephen was born in Dallas, to Stephen Edward Wingo, Sr., and Florrie Wingo.
He is survived by his wife, April Laughery Wingo, daughter Michelle Wingo, sons Ryland and William Wingo; father Stephen Edward Wingo Sr., grandfather Bill Reynolds, brothers Shawn and Chris Wingo; sisters Jeanel Guidry, Alisha Craig; numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Florrie Wingo and grandmother Elma Jean Reynolds.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Homes in Seven Points.

Mar

24

Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

The News Staff Reports
VAN–The Athens Lady Hornets track team placed second in the Van meet March 17. The Lady Hornets had eight athletes score a total of 108 points.
Missy Boister, Keari Dunn, Kelcee Johnson and Kim Morales ran the 800-meter relay in a time of 1:54, which was good for third
Boister, Dunn, Tiffany Boyce and Kyra Robinson finished second in the 1,600-meter relay with a time of 4:26.
Morales was third in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 50.98. Robison was first in the 200-meters with a time of 26.01, while Johnson was fifth in a time of 28.61. Boyce ran the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:10.
In the 100-meters, Johnson was third with a time of 13.43. In the 400-relay, the team of Robison, Boyce, Dunn and Boister was second in a time of 52.21.
Arecelly Castillo finished out the running events for Athens. She was second in the 3,200 meters at 12:43 and third in the 1,600 at 6 minutes.
In the triple jump, Boyce was fourth with 31 feet, 6 1/2 inches. Robinson was fifth in the long jump and Boiser was sixth.
Robison tied for third in the high jump at 4 foot, 10 inches and Tamiyah Thompson finished sixth in shot put.

Mar

24

Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

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A grant of $6,425 from the Malakoff Education Foundation will allow six Tool Elementary teachers to get a mobile Smart Table for their classroom, for collaborative computer projects.

By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF—The Malakoff ISD School Board approved the 2016-17 School Calendar Tuesday to include 76,515 minutes. The state now measures school attendance in terms of minutes, Superintendent Randy Perry explained, with 75,600 minutes a minimum requirement. The 900 extra minutes are built in for bad weather time off, or early dismissal on days an athletic team is going to compete at state, he said.
The change calls for the first day of school for students to begin on Aug. 22 and the last day be May 25, 1917, before the Memorial Day Holiday, he noted. The school day will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 3:25 p.m. and five minutes later at the high school, while buses are in transit to the campus.
Other important board decisions Tuesday included amending local policy to increase the superintendent’s discretionary spending from $10,000 to $25,000. The trusting relationship between the board and the superintendent was noted, along with a change in state ethics law that would delay by 30 days the district’s ability to respond promptly to unforeseen needs.
The board also granted permission for the superintendent to extend the district’s current contract for electrical services in order to lock in a low rate through 2025, in view of the likelihood of rates increasing with the projected reduction in coal-powered generation plants. “It’s a hedge against any spikes in prices way down the line,” Perry said. Currently, the district is paying 4 cents per kilowatt hour with two years left on its contract. The current extension offer is for a little less than 5 cents per kilowatt hour (.04599 -.0469/KWH), he said.
At the top of the meeting, Perry recognized Malakoff ISD Police Chief Stacy Hillhouse for her prompt action to halt a shooter in the parking lot at a basketball playoff game in Teague last month. “It had nothing to do with any Malakoff people,” Perry said, except that our police chief drove up on the action and stopped the suspect, and that two bullets hit a car belonging to a Malakoff resident attending the game. “We’re very proud of Stacy Hillhouse.”
The meeting was held at the Tool Elementary School, which was advantageous because the Malakoff Education Foundation presented a grant request to a group of teachers at the campus.
MEF President David Bullock presented a check for $6,425 for a smart table. The technology is used as a social, inclusive, and captivating collaboration tool that makes it easy to get young students excited about learning. It’s a great way to enhance the social and academic skills of active learners and ensure all students can achieve success. Third, fourth and fifth grade teachers Kristi Dalrymple, Stephanie Youngman, Tasha French, Amanda Jones, Jolinda Caar and Kristina Mast submitted a grant proposal to the foundation and were extremely pleased by the presentation. “They’ve been wanting to get that table for years, ever since they saw it demonstrated at a teachers’ conference,” Tool Elementary Principal Crystal Calhoun told The News.
The foundation also presented a check to install 15 new overhead projectors throughout the district. “Teachers indicated that the most used piece of equipment in the classroom was the overhead projector,” Bullock said. “So we thought some of these could probably stand to be replaced.” He presented a check for $13,845 for the project for a grand total of $20,270. To date, the foundation has distributed $123,000. “They (MEF) put in a lot of effort to taking care of Malakoff students,” Perry said.
In other business, the board members:
reviewed the Quarterly Investment Report, with a total of $13,961,893.75 as of Feb. 29 invested in three different accounts, garnering various amounts of interest between (.15 to .50 percent).
Certified that the superintendent may serve on the Region VII Education Service Center’s Advisory Committee; and that instructional materials in all subjects other than physical education meet or exceed TEKS requirements for 2016-17.
Viewed a summer plan for teachers’ professional development in the use of technology and best practices in the classroom.
Approved three properties to be sold at the Sheriff’s Tax Foreclosure Sale,
Approved a budget amendment to add funding received from an insurance settlement in connection with the overturning of a school bus last year. It was noted that the district paid a $1,000 deductible and came out even on the costs of repairs.

Mar

24

Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

Coleman

The News Staff Reports
KAUFMAN–Early Tuesday, an active shooting scene was reported to law enforcement at the Walmart in Kaufman around 10 a.m.
After shooting a store employee, the shooter turned the gun on himself, in an apparent murder-suicide attempt.
According to Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Fred Klingelberger, the 55-year-old male suspect, who was identified as Donald Ray Coleman, was airlifted to a Dallas hospital from the scene in critical condition, having shot himself in the head.
The 59-year-old male victim was identified as John D. Morgan, Coleman’s neighbor.
Coleman targeted Morgan because Morgan was dating his wife.
There were other customers inside the store, but nobody else was targeted. “We understand there was an ongoing feud between the subjects,” Klingelberger told journalists at the scene.
Area businesses were advised to lock down and the Kaufman High School also went into lock down mode, but those were lifted by 10:30 a.m. The store remained closed the remainder of the day.
An official with Walmart released the following statement just after the incident:
“We’re deeply saddened by the tragic situation that occurred in our store today. We’re assisting law enforcement however we can and our thoughts are with the families and our associates at this time.”
Coleman was apprehended on an aggravated assault warrant out of Gun Barrel City for a family violence incident Jan. 17, involving a woman and her male friend.
Coleman was released Jan. 25 on bonds totaling $22,500. The incident was violent, with shots fired and the woman’s hands tied.
She reported being dragged and pistol whipped.
He was described as dangerous and the public was warned, if found, not to engage but to alert law enforcement to his whereabouts.
His description was publicized and he was apprehended later that week.
Morgan, doesn’t have a jail record in Henderson County.

Mar

24

Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The sixth annual Athens Eggfest is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC).
Regular admission to TFFC is required. An $5 donation to the Friends of TFFC is required for tasting. Cooking will end at 3 p.m. No fee is charged to cook. Cooks may register at http://athenseggfest.wordpress.com/.
Demo cookers used at the event will be available for purchase at the end of the day.
For more information, call (903) 676-2277 or go to www.tpwd.texas.gov/tffc.

Mar

24

Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The second annual Lake Athens Fly Fish Festival is set for 3-9 p.m. Friday, April 8 and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at the Lake Athens Marina.
Activities include bluegill contest on Friday, Big Bass Contest, casting and tying instruction and demos, casting games and competitions, kayak and boat division and much more.
Event is free. To preregister, go to johnnyonthefly.com.

Mar

24

Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

Gloria Sanchez Hernandez passed away after a long battle with cancer in Arlington, March 15, 2016. Gloria was born May 17, 1951, in Dallas and is preceded in death by her parents Jesse and Santos Sanchez.
Gloria was married to her loving husband of 50 years, Raymond Hernandez. 
She is survived by her children, Cynthia and Sean French, Raymond and Betty Hernandez Jr., Daniel Hernandez, Michael and Leslie Hernandez, and Chris and Brenda Hernandez; sister and brothers Louise Luera, Jesse Sanchez Jr., Joe Sanchez, David Sanchez, and Daniel Sanchez; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and numerous of nieces and nephews.
She was an amazing, beautiful woman who never met a stranger.  She enjoyed gardening, knitting and loved to travel.  She was a loving mother to be admired and praised. A service was held in Athens.
In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in memory of Gloria Hernandez.

Mar

24

Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

Memorial services for Vickie Annette Bassham-Landi, 53, of Trinidad, are set for 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 2016, at Caney Creek Baptist Church, 5441 FM 3054, in Malakoff.
Vicki passed away March 19, 2016, at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler.
To sign an online register, go to www.murrayorwosky.com.

Mar

24

Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

TVCC basketball

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
ATHENS–The Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) Cardinals came into the National Tournament ranked first in the country with just one loss. They won their first game against North Dakota School of Science before being upset in the next round by Gillette.
TVCC was the number one seed and took on 16th seeded North Dakota School of Science Wildcats in the first round, March 15. The Cardinals made short work of the Wildcats and came away with a convincing 86-51 victory.
TVCC jumped out to a 7-0 lead to start the game and never looked back from there. The game never felt like a contest from the very start, with TVCC hitting six 3-pointers in the first 10 minutes of play to build up a 14 point lead.
The Cardinals hit seven three pointers in the half to extend their lead to 43-21 at halftime. The Wildcats, who depended on 3-pointers all season only hit six the entire game and it limited their offense.
The Cardinals never took their foot off the gas after halftime. They continued to knock down shot after shot and got several opportunities for second chance baskets. The Cardinals out-rebounded the Wildcats 34-19 in the game.
Sophomore JC Washington led TVCC in scoring with 16 points. He also played well on the boards, grabbing 15 rebounds. Also scoring for the Cardinals were Brandon Holley with 15, Josh Stamps and Josh Robinson with 13 each, Hyron Edwards with 11, Ryan Preston and Leon Gilmore with six each, Stephen Edwards with five and Dion Mack with one.
North Dakota School of Science was led in scoring by James Batemon III who had 15 points. Milos Vranes also scored 10 for the Wildcats, who ended their season with a 28-7 record.
TVCC moved on to play the eighth seeded Gillette College Pronghorns in the next round, looking for a spot in the title game. Gillette overcame a sluggish start and stunned the Cardinals 87-83.
TVCC got off to a good start with Robinson and Washington hitting early 3-pointers to give TVCC an early 6-0 lead. They went up 8-2 before things started to get away from them.
Gillette began to have success getting to the free throw line and scored points while putting the Cardinals in foul trouble.
Gillette was up 30-24 with five minutes left before a 3-pointer by Holley slowed the bleeding. Gillette still ended the first half on a 6-2 run to take a 36-34 lead going into halftime.
Usually when TVCC had been down at the half this season, they started off the second half well to fight their way back into the game, that was not the case against the Pronghorns who started the second half on a 16-5 run to go up 52-39.
Just when it looked like it was over for the Cardinals, Washington and Robinson began to find success on the offensive end and pulled the Cardinals back into the game. TVCC got the Gillette lead down to as little as two but they were never able to get over the hump and take a lead.
Gillette withstood a final run by the Cardinals and escaped with the victory and one of the biggest upsets in National Tournament history.
Kavell Bigby-Williams was the player of the game for the Pronghorns. He scored 19 points and also pulled down 20 rebounds to will his team to victory. Deishaun Booker also had 19 points and Joel Thabize had 15, only missing one shot the entire game.
TVCC was led in scoring by Edwards with 17. Also scoring for the Cardinals, were Robinson and Stamps with 13 each, Holley with 12, Washington with 11, Preston and Gilmore with six each and Edwards and Shamiek Sheppard with two each.
The Cardinals were 31-of-91 from the floor and 8-of-33 from beyond the 3-point line.
Gillette had 46 free throw attempts in the game. TVCC finished the season with a 33-2 record and tied the school record for most wins in a season.
“We could never get over the hump,” TVCC coach Kris Baumann said. “We got it to two or three, then they would make a big play, it was one of those nights. We couldn’t get the ball to go in the basket.”
Gillette improved to 34-1 on the season and moved on to the Final Four, where they lost to Salt Lake 83-47 to end their season.