Nov

22

Posted by : admin | On : November 22, 2017

Burns obit

Funeral services for Gene Burns, 67, of Athens were held Nov. 18, 2017 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in Athens.
Gene passed away Nov. 15, 2017 in Tyler.
Frederick Eugene “Gene” Burns was born Jan. 13, 1950 in Houston, the son of Geraldine and Frederick Burns.
He was a Wastewater Plant Operator for over ten years before retiring as a self-employed Municipal Water and Utility Manager.
He was a Harley man who enjoyed riding his bikes with his wife all over the United States, especially in the Smokies of Tennessee.
Gene was above all things a family man who loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. Papaw rarely ever missed any of their activities. He will be greatly missed by all he knew and loved.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Charles William Burns.
He is survived by his loving wife of over 44 years, Cathie Burns of Athens, sons David Burns and wife Dollie of Trinidad, Kris Burns and wife Christie of Athens, brothers Prentiss “PT” Burns and wife Laverne of Brownwood, James Stephens and wife Kathy of Princeton, Terry Burns of Livingston, granddaughters, Kodie Nell Burns and Kie Angelique Burns, grandsons Brett Burns, Kole Burns, Ford Sugai and Aaron Rowe, great-granddaughter Kaileigh, life-long friends Gary and Joni Winscott, Terry and Gail Hammond and numerous nieces and nephews.
You may light a memorial candle or write condolences to the family at www.hannigansmith.com.

Nov

22

Posted by : admin | On : November 22, 2017

Malakoff playoff FB #8 CMYK

By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
CROCKETT–The Malakoff Tigers headed to Monte Jack Driskell Stadium in Crockett Nov. 17 to face the Rockdale Tigers in a Bi-District playoff matchup.
The two teams faced each other last year in the third round of the UIL playoffs in Waco.
The Tigers came into last year’s playoffs on a tear after going an undefeated 7-0 in district play. Malakoff ended the season at 14-1.
Malakoff won the previous matchup in 2016 by a score of 27-14.
Malakoff would go on to face Yoakum, but lost 28-24, coming just one win shy of heading to AT&T Stadium to play for the State championship.
Malakoff came into the contest at 9-1 on the season, with Rockdale coming in at 8-3 overall.
Malakoff hoped to have a little magic from last season to help them prepare for their first-round contest on Friday.
Malakoff struck first on Friday night with a 13-yard touchdown reception by Ethan Snow from the arm of quarterback Judd Miller to take a 7-0 lead just over one minute into the contest.
Rockdale responded just three minutes later with a 5-yard rushing touchdown by Torry Locklin to tie the game 7-7.
Just before the end of the first quarter, Jaquaylnn Crawford picked up a 49-yard rushing touchdown for Rockdale to take a 14-7 lead before the second quarter.
Rockdale scored just nine seconds into the second quarter on a 45-yard pass to push their lead to 20-7 after a missed extra point.
Malakoff running back Zee Bailey responded with a four-yard run with 6:58 left to cut the lead to 20-14.
With 4:10 remaining, Locklin tacked on his second touchdown of the game for Rockdale on a 24-yard run. Rockdale would complete the two-point conversion to take a 28-14 lead.
Bailey was able to close the gap with a two-yard touchdown with 49 seconds remaining to cut the Rockdale lead to 28-20.
Rockdale would add a field goal to take a 31-20 lead into halftime.
Defense was the name of the game in the third quarter as Rockdale was the only team to score on a one-yard touchdown pass to boost their lead to 38-20 heading into the final quarter.
Miller took the ball into his own hands and picked up a 26-yard rushing touchdown for Malakoff to cut the deficit to 38-26 with 10:01 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Miller picked up another touchdown on a two-yard rush with 4:42 remaining to cut the Rockdale lead to 38-33.
Rockdale put the nail in the coffin with a late touchdown to seal the 46-33 victory over Malakoff.
Rockdale moves on to the Area round of the playoffs to face Woodville Friday, Nov. 24.
Malakoff won 54 games combined over the last five seasons.
Things turned around after Jamie Driskell arrived, carrying the team to an 8-3 record in 2009 after going 0-10 in 2008.
The Malakoff Tigers season comes to an end as they finish up 2017 at 9-2 overall under Coach Driskell.

Nov

21

Posted by : admin | On : November 21, 2017

Hughes obit
Funeral services for Walter Lee Hughes were held Nov. 11, 2017 in the chapel at Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp with Tommy Green officiating. Interment immediately followed at King Cemetery.
Walter Lee Hughes was born Sept. 3, 1934, in Glenwood Hot Springs, Ark., to parents Albert Jackson and Bertha Lee (Hammonds) Hughes and entered eternal rest Nov. 11, 2017 at the age of 83.
Walter served in the Army from 1953 to 1956. He was mostly self-employed, owning a shop from which he worked as a mechanic and on construction. Walter had a beautiful personality and loved playing with his grandchildren. His many hobbies included fishing, working on cars, watching western movies, drinking, dancing and flirting with young ladies on weekends. He particularly enjoyed coffee and non-filtered cigarettes.
Walter is preceded in death by his parents Albert Jackson and Bertha Lee (Hammonds) Hughes, stepfather Virgil (Cricket) Henderson, sister Ernestine Hughes Ford Baugh, brothers William T. Hughes, Otis Jackson Hughes and Harold Ray Hughes.
He is survived by brothers Virgil Henderson and wife Carolyn of Latexo, Tracy Henderson and wife Betty of Nogalous, Albert Henderson and wife Sharon of Kemp, sisters Katherine Jean Hughes Houston of Kemp, and Reba Henderson Smiley of Kaufman, children Cherrie Hughes of Okla., Patricia Hughes of Okla., Allen Hughes of Okla., Shelly Hughes Rossen of Calif., Rodney Hughes and wife Lisa of Okla., Sobra Barton of Calif., and Tracy Haney of Calif., several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, loving family members and many more friends.
A personal tribute may be made on line at www.andersonclaytonkemp.com.

Nov

16

Posted by : admin | On : November 16, 2017

Malakoff FB #11 R.J. Carr CMYK

By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Tigers entered senior night looking for one more tune-up against the Elkhart Elks before the beginning of postseason play.
The Tigers did just that, with their offense setting a school record for offensive output Nov. 10.
The Tigers busted out with a 15-yard rushing touchdown by R.J. Carr. After the successful PAT by Hector Romero, the Tigers took a 7-0 lead.
This would become frequent as Romero ended the night with nine successful extra points.
The Tigers tacked on seven more points on a 54-yard reception by Jaquaylon Hart after a great pass from quarterback Judd Miller to take a 14-0 lead.
Zee Bailey picked up a 44-yard touchdown on a long run, followed by a 39-yard rushing touchdown by Hart.
Bailey added his second of the first half on a short three-yard run to push the Tigers’ lead even higher.
Ethan Snow caught a 51-yard pass from Miller, Hart picked up his second touchdown of the first half on a 60-yard reception and Dedric Davis got his first touchdown on a seven-yard run to get the lead to 55-0 by the time the second quarter ended.
Carr picked up his second touchdown on a two-yard run, followed by Jamicah Gregg’s first touchdown of the night.
Davis ended the offensive outburst for the Tigers on a 65-yard rushing touchdown to carry the Tigers to their largest victory in school history, defeating the Elks 75-0.
The Tigers finish the regular season at 9-1 overall and wrapped up District 9-3A Division I play with a 6-1 record. Malakoff finished tied with Teague and West for first in the standings.
They head into the playoffs with a share of their 11th district championship in school history.
The Tigers begin postseason play with a third-round rematch from 2016 against the Rockdale Tigers (7-3, 5-1 district) Friday, Nov. 17 at Monte Jack Driskell Stadium in Rockett at 7:30 p.m.

Nov

16

Posted by : admin | On : November 16, 2017

IMG_2222 Athens FB #37 Nathan Sims CMYK

The News Staff Reports
BROWNSBORO– The season finale between the Athens Hornets and Brownsboro Bears turned into a shootout at Bear Stadium Friday.
With eight seconds remaining in regulation, the Hornets scored the game-winning touchdown as Nathan Sims rumbled in from 22 yards out. Anderson booted the PAT through for the 49-42 finale.
The one and only pass for the Hornets came with 1:29 remaining as Andrew McBride found Xavius Fulton for 85 yards. The extra point by Dakota Anderson tied the game at 42.
“Yes, I expected the pass and our entire coaching staff expected the pass. We told the kids too, but when you are dealing with 16 to 18-year-old kids, they don’t do what they are always coached to do,” Brownsboro coach Greg Pearson said. “We know with 1:50 left and having to go 90-yards, that they were going to throw a pass. We had three guys who were definitely supposed to play loose, and one of them definitely didn’t.”
Athens coach Paul Essary said following the game-winning touchdown by Sims, he knew things were looking good for his group.
“I really did think the momentum was shifting,” Essary said. “Some of the coaches thought we may have to throw the ball. I said, all we have to do is pop it, and we popped it and got it going. The line did a great job of blocking and the running backs did a good job of faking it. Xavius did a good job and when you get the ball in the air, X will catch it. Andrew did a good job of play action sitting back there and threw it out there, and the rest is history.”
The Hornets finished with a record of 3-7 overall and 2-4 in District 8-4A play. The Hornets ended a four-game losing streak with the victory.
“We are at least tied for fourth place and the points got us again,” Essary said. “We are there and with a young team they will keep fighting and we will have a great offseason. I am so happy for these seniors who played their hearts out. These underclassmen played their hearts out. I love them to death and I am going to miss them, and I am proud of them.”
Brownsboro improved to 5-5 overall and finished district play at 2-4. They will be the No. 4-seed in the playoffs scheduled for next week.
“We do get to put the pads on Monday and get to play Thursday night,” Pearson said. “Maybe we can correct these mistakes. From what I am understanding, it will be Liberty Eylau at 7 p.m. at Pine Tree. We found a way to get in and now we have to find a way to get a win.”
Brownsboro opened the scoring with 6:56 remaining in the first as Kevon Thompson scored on a 20-yard run.
Bears senior running back Saul Williams added to the lead with a six-yard run with 10:08 remaining in the first half.
Athens then cut the deficit to 14-6 as Sims scored on a six-yard run. The Hornets bobbled the snap, and missed on the two-point conversion.
Thompson scored his second touchdown of the game, this time from 15-yards out for the 20-6 lead. The Bears missed the two-point conversion attempt.
Sophomore Jerquindon Taylor wrapped up the first half scoring with a 41-yard touchdown run. Dakota Anderson booted the PAT good for the 20-13 deficit.
“I tell you I knew that Athens and Brownsboro would come out and it would be a slug fest. It was, and my hats off to Athens,” Pearson said. “Their coaching staff and kids did a good job. We had a chance to put them away with a two-score lead, and their kids bounced back and fought and continued to fight.”
In the third quarter, Thompson scored from six yards out to give the Bears a 15-point lead at 28-13 with 10:31 remaining.
Athens responded with a 37-yard run by Fulton, and a 29-yard run by McBride to tie the game at 28. On McBride’s touchdown, Athens went for two as Fulton ran in the conversion.
In the fourth quarter, Woods scored on a five-yard run to make the score 35-28 with 8:09 remaining.
McBride then tied the game with a four-yard run with 5:29 remaining. Thompson then added a 44-yard run to make the score 42-35 Brownsboro with 2:18 remaining in regulation.
“It was a typical Brownsboro and Athens football game. We had two rivals, and it was a slug fest,” Essary said. “I thank the good Lord that we won the game. We played our hearts out, and I know Brownsboro played their hearts out. They are two well-coached teams and two well played teams. Both teams played hard, physical and relentless. I am proud of them and what better way to end the season than with a win.”

Nov

16

Posted by : admin | On : November 16, 2017

The News Staff Reports
HENDERSON COUNTY–Voters across the state agreed to change the Texas State Constitution in seven propositions with fewer than 5 percent of registered voters casting ballots Tuesday. No statewide or county offices were on the ballot and few municipalities school districts or other taxing entities appeared either. .
The seven state propositions included:
• an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or surviving spouse if the homestead was donated by a charity for less than the market value. Prop 6 is similar but is applied to the surviving spouse of first responders who are killed in the line of duty
Prop 2 makes refinancing a home easier with more choices, which covers agricultural homesteads and lines of credit.
Prop 3 limits the service of appointed officials by the governor, restricting it to the legislative session.
Prop 4 allows the legislature to require a court to notify the attorney general o a challenge brought against a state statute, so the AG has opportunity to deend the statute.
Prop 5 authorizes the 10 Texas major league sports franchises that had charitable foundations to conduct charitable raffles. Prop 5 would expand that number to include hockey, basketball, football, baseball, soccer, motorsports, golf teams and minor leagues, as well as major leagues.
Prop 7 is similar as it allows credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings.

Nov

16

Posted by : admin | On : November 16, 2017

Christina Roberts pins a commemorative ribbon on World War II Veteran Jesse Garrett. All the veterans attending the service were presented with ribbons, thanking them for their service.

Christina Roberts pins a commemorative ribbon on World War II Veteran Jesse Garrett. All the veterans attending the service were presented with ribbons, thanking them for their service.


By Denise York
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–The East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Society welcomed a crowd to the Annual Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 10, where veterans, families and friends paid honor to veterans past and present.
Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders welcomed the veterans and family members and thanked those who journeyed out to support and honor the veterans. “I think about our freedoms, freedom of religion, right to bear arms, the right to assemble and our freedom of speech,” Sanders said and then asked the veterans who were able, to stand. “This is why we have these freedoms, the reason we can smell the sweet smell of freedom in this country.”
He went on to say, “This nation was founded on freedom, but it has taken the great sacrifice of these men and women to preserve our freedom.”
Athens Mayor Monte Montgomery gave the invocation and led the pledges to the American and Texas flags. Boy Scout Troop 343 members Gabe Carbajal and Ethan Kobelia posted the colors.
Second-generation U.S. Marine Veteran Michael Goodman who served two tours of duty overseas, said, “Today is a double honor for me as it is the official birthday of the Marine Corps., founded in a tavern 242 years ago.”
He went on to say, “As veterans, we took an oath to defend the constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic and to date, no one has delivered us of that oath.” Goodman pointed out that 7.3 percent of the population has served in the armed forces and 20 million veterans are alive today. “It is the mission of these veterans to carry the torch of freedom and pass it down to future generations, to be keepers of the oath.”
Goodman quoted Thomas Paine who said, “Those that want to reap the benefits of this great nation must bear the fatigue of supporting it.”
Featured speaker Representative Lance Gooden was unavailable to speak since he was at a hearing fighting against the forced annexation of Kaufman County land by the city of Mesquite. Athens City Councilman Ed McCain stood in his place, praising Gooden for his accomplishments in the past legislative session including reduced fees for license to carry permits and tax relief for disabled veterans.
McCain told the story of two Marines in his life, his grandfather and his brother. Colonel Warren McCain, his grandfather, who joined the Marine Corps in 1942, shortly after Pearl Harbor, after having served in the Army and getting his education. He went on to fight in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. “He lived the American Dream, born in the dustbowl and went on to defend his country honorably. He is buried at Arlington Cemetery. This was always a huge source of pride for our family.”
A few months after Sept. 11, McCain’s brother Ryan felt the call to serve his country. McCain had taken on a fatherly role with his brother, so he was the one who took him to the recruiting depot and stood at Parris Island as he graduated.
“One day he called me and said he was going to Afghanistan. At that moment when the most important thing in my life was threatened, I began to understand the sacrifice. The message I would like to give our millionaire athletes who play children’s games on Sunday, is that if you felt for an instant, that terror I felt, you wouldn’t kneel during our National Anthem.”
McCain’s brother served his country and is now an air traffic controller.
South Athens Elementary fourth-graders, led by teacher Barbara Railsback, entertained the crowd with patriotic songs including a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem and “America the Beautiful.” Boy Scout Troop 343 presented a commemorative wreath from the Daniel McMahon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Nov

15

Posted by : admin | On : November 15, 2017

Terry Eugene Azbill was born Feb. 14, 1966 and passed away Oct. 26, 2017 at his home in Tool.
Terry loved the Dallas Cowboys. Terry will be missed and loved by all who knew him. A balloon release was held in his honor Nov. 11, 2017 in Tool.
Terry is survived by his wife Suzanna Azbill, daughter Thresa Harper, step-daughter Chrystal Reese, sister Laura Azbill, sons Jordan, Justin and Trinton.

Nov

15

Posted by : admin | On : November 15, 2017

Jeffrey Jarrod Creecy passed away in Fort Worth Nov. 10, 2017 at the age of 39. Jeff was born on July 22, 1978.
He was adopted into the home of Kent and Mary Creecy at the age of three. Jeff was a proud graduate of Kemp High School Class of 1996. He attended Baylor University where he received a Bachelor of Social Work in 2001. While in Waco, he was an active member of the Antioch Community Church International Missions Team.
In his professional life, Jeff worked as a social worker in a variety of fields including hospice, long-term care and at-risk youth. He is remembered by friends as a great listener and advisor.
Jeff was preceded in death by his father, Kent Creecy.
He is survived by his mother Mary Creecy of Kaufman, sister Trona Jurden and husband Jerry of Wylie, sister Melinda Polk and husband Jimmy of Kaufman, brother Ken and wife Thuy of Allen, nephews Cameron and Micah, nieces Kara, Kaylee, Ellie, Hannah, Lizzy, Molly and Emma.
At this time, services are pending. In lieu of gifts or flowers the family would be grateful if you would honor Jeff’s memory with a gift to the Kemp Education Foundation at www.kempeducationfoundation.org or P.O. Box 296, Kemp, TX 75143.

Nov

15

Posted by : admin | On : November 15, 2017

Laveta Lucky of Mabank was born Dec. 30, 1926 in Cisco and was called home Nov. 11, 2017 at 90 years of age.
Laveta spent her early childhood in Cisco and her adolescence in Flat. The family moved to Stephenville when she started college at Tarleton State University. She graduated from Texas Woman’s University in Denton with a degree in education. She devoted much of her life to teaching children, most of the time in Pasadena.
She was very close to her family, having helped her widowed father care for her three younger brothers. Though she never married, she cared deeply for her nieces and nephew and their families. She spent her last years at the Mabank Nursing Home, enjoying games and services offered there.
She was preceded in death by her parents, David Lucky, Sr. and Florence Lucky and her brother, David Lucky, Jr. and her nephew Eric Lucky.
She is survived by brothers George Lucky and wife Regina of McKeesport, Pa., and Bill Lucky and wife Judy of Mabank, sister-in-law Lunelle Lucky of Temple, nieces Cynthia, Cathy, Carole, Gail and Rhonda, great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Brother Mike Adalian of Legendary Baptist Church will be officiating at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.