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12

Posted by : admin | On : May 12, 2016

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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.”

May

12

Posted by : admin | On : May 12, 2016

Forgey, GlendonSpecial to The News
ATHENS–Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) current long-time president Dr. Glendon Forgey has submitted a voluntary letter of resignation to the TVCC Board, to allow him to pursue without distraction, a post at another college, thus concluding his years of dedicated service at TVCC.
The board has accepted Forgey’s resignation and agrees with his view that it is in the best interest of the TVCC students and employees for new leadership to be put in place as soon as practical, given his immediate desire to pursue other opportunities.
Against the backdrop of the ongoing and heightened success of TVCC throughout his many years of steadfast leadership, the board thanks Forgey for his devoted service and wishes him well.

May

12

Posted by : admin | On : May 12, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
TYLER–The Athens Hornets knocked off the Van Vandals in the first round of the playoffs 6-1 May 6 in Tyler.
Brandon Boyd started on the mound for Athens and pitched a complete game. He allowed seven hits while striking out nine and walking three.
Nobody scored in the first two innings but Athens finally got things going in the third after an RBI-single by Landon Bynum scored Jeremy Bateman. Athens took a 1-0 lead.
Athens then went on to score five runs in the fourth inning to go up 6-0 and put the game away. Alex Fernandez singled to start things off, then Boyd hit a sacrifice fly to move him to second base.
Luis Valdez and Casey Pitchford walked to load the bases then Fernandez scored on a a passed ball to make the score 2-0.
Peyton Brewer then hit into an RBI-fielder’s choice as Valdez came in to score on the play to make the score 3-0. Bateman came up to bat next and singled to knock in Zach Carlson to make it 4-0.
Cameron Woodard hit a single to load the bases and Landon Bynum grounded out to score Brewer to make the score 5-0. On the throw to home, Bateman came in to score for the 6-0 lead.
Van scored in the bottom of the sixth inning when Brett Doring knocked in Casey morrow to cut the lead to five. It would be the only run given up by Athens.
Athens was led at the plate by Woodard, who went 2-for-3. Bateman was 1-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Bynum was 1-for-3 with three RBI, Fernandez was 1-for-2 and Pitchford was 1-for-2 with one RBI.
After the game, Athens coach Dallas Robertson said that he was proud of how hard his team worked. He was happy to see them open the game up in the fourth inning and score runs to pull away.
Athens improves to 20-6 overall with the win. they will move on to the second round of the playoffs where they will face the winner of the Gilmer-Paris series in the area round next week.
Van ends the season with a fourth place district finish and a 11-15 record.

May

12

Posted by : admin | On : May 12, 2016

malakoff signing

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Malakoff High School senior Kiana Reed (front, center) signed a Letter of Intent to play basketball at Temple College in Central Texas May 10. Also pictured is (back, from left) Reed’s mother, Roshawn Weathersby, fellow Malakoff High School athlete Jalie Dawson and Malakoff High School girls basketball coach Meghan Hyde.

May

05

Posted by : admin | On : May 5, 2016

By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF–The Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster in the former Soviet empire took place 30 years ago, Malakoff Rotarians learned May 3, leaving an eerie aftermath.
Rotary program chair Jeanie Seely said the nuclear reactor fire and explosion happened April 26, 1986. It is considered the worst in world history, with radiation spreading across a great deal of Eurasia. The facility was shoddily built, Seely said, and that, along with human error, contributed to the disaster.
The aftermath included placing a 36-ton concrete cover over the destroyed reactor, but that, too, is falling apart. Efforts are underway to replace it, funded by more than 30 nations. Thyroid cancer has been the main radiation-related cause of death.
The Chernobyl area is still off-limits, even though about 150 people moved back to the city within two years of the explosion. Dead trees and leaves that fell have not decayed in the three decades since the nuclear disaster. Animal life, instead of extinction, has instead adapted, Seely said.
Also during the Malakoff Rotary meeting, member Teri Caswell announced an AmeriCorps-affiliated program called “Food on the Move,” which will provide free meals to children ages 1-18 at Caney Creek Baptist Church in Log Cabin and Trinidad Methodist Church. CitySquare, North Texas’ largest AmeriCorps program, administers “Food on the Move.” The summer food program lasts from June 6 to Aug. 12 and will be held Mondays through Fridays. Times will be determined later this month. Call (903) 489-3500 or (903) 489-7500 for more information.
Rotary member Julie Armstrong told fellow Rotarians about a $5,000 grant for the Malakoff Education Foundation, which benefits the Malakoff school district, courtesy of Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative (TVEC).

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05

Posted by : admin | On : May 5, 2016

worked up/athens/jerry king

worked up/athens/jerry king

Special to The News
ATHENS–Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) Vice President of Instruction Dr. Jerry King was named President Pro Tem of the college May 2. The announcement came from board President Ray Raymond after a special called board meeting.
“It is a great honor and privilege to be selected by the TVCC Board of Trustees as the TVCC President Pro-Tem,” King said. “I appreciate the Board’s confidence and look forward to working with them to build on our strengths and improve our weaknesses. I am passionate about TVCC and excited about the opportunity to pursue excellence together.”
King has been with HCJC/TVCC since 1975, serving as a business/economics professor, Dean of Workforce Education, Associate Vice President of Workforce Education/Business Affairs and since 2008, Vice President of Instruction and Chief Instructional Officer.
He also served as Mayor of Athens from 1995-2005 and Board Vice-Chairman of Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative from 2008-2012, President of Athens Noon Kiwanis Club, Vice President of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Henderson County United Way, President of East Texas Economic Development and East Texas Tech-Prep Consortium.
He has served on the boards of the Texas A&M – Commerce Alumni Association, East Texas Economic Development Board, and Workforce Solutions of East Texas, among many others. He has been recognized as Athens Citizen of the Year and received numerous service awards including one from his alma mater and the Henderson County Retired Teachers.
A native of Commerce, King is married to retired AISD and TVCC teacher Dosha King. They have a son, Clint, daughter-in-law Haley and grandson Cruz, who live in New Braunfels.
King holds a Bachelor of Science, Master of Business Administration in Business and Economics, and Doctor of Education in Community College Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University – Commerce.

May

05

Posted by : admin | On : May 5, 2016

Malakoff area track champs

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The Malakoff Tigers track team wins the area championship, April 21 in West Rusk. Memebers of the team include (in no particular order) Tyler Russell, Q.T. Barker, Dylan Grim, Jake Woolverton, Xavier McCullar, Tyler Crawford and Payton Lowrey.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
WEST RUSK–The Malakoff tigers and Estace Bulldogs track teams competed at the District 17-18 3A area track and field meet April 21 at West Rusk High School.
In the varsity boys division, Malakoff finished as the area champion, while Eustace finished as the runner up.
In the varsity girls standings, Eustace finished in second place with Malakoff finishing in seventh place in the team standings.
The top four finishers advanced to the regional meet April 29-30 at Baylor University in Waco.
In the varsity boys division, Malakoff’s Q.T. Barker advanced to regionals with a second place finish in the 100-meters. Barker finished with a time of 11.23 seconds.
• 200-meters, Eustace Bulldog Tate Pace advanced with a third place finish in a time of 23.22.
• 400-meters, Eustace Bulldog Stone Wadsworth was fifth with a time of 52.16. Malakoff Tiger Xavier McCullar was sixth in a time of 52.96.
• 800-meters, Eustace Bulldog Zane Arambula was second with a time of 2:03.99. Eustace Bulldog Andrew Page was fifth with a time of 2:08.42. Eustace Bulldog Michael Wong was eighth with a time of 2:16.15.
• 1,600-meter run, Eustace Bulldog Ericsen Gudjohnsen was the area champion with a time of 4:44.71. Arambula was second in 4:45 and Daniel Purselley was sixth in a time of 5:01.
• 3,200-meter run, Eustace swept the top three positions as Gudjohnsen won with a time of 10:10.96. Brandon Richardson was second with a time of 10:28.38 and Daniel Purselley was third with a time of 10:28.91.
• 110-meter hurdles, Eustace Bulldog Colton Summerall was the area champion with a time of 15.62 seconds. Malakoff Tiger Jacob Woolverton advanced to area with a third place finish in a time of 15.79.
Eustace Bulldog Jude Bonner was fifth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.22. AJ Dixon-Thomas was seventh with a time of 17.92.
• 300-meter hurdles, Malakoff’s Tyler Russell was second with a time of 43.50, while Summerall advanced with a fourth place finish in 43.94. Bonner finished fifth in a time of 44.19.
• 400-meter relay, the Malakoff team of Tyler Crawford, Dylan Grim, Woolverton and Barker finished first with a time of 42.85.
The Eustace team of Alejandro Sanchez, Clifton Johnson, Cory Strawn and Tate Pace finished in sixth.
• 800-meter relay, the Malakoff team of Grim, Russell, Woolverton and Barker finished first with a time of 1:30.54. The Eustace team of Strawn, Sanchez, Keenan Hargest and Pace was sixth.
• mile relay, the Bulldogs team of Johnson, Strawn, Wadsworth and Pace finished first in a time of 3:29.25. Malakoff’s Crawford, McCullar, Coker and Russell finished fourth in a time of 3:35.84.
• field events, Tyler Russell was the area champion in the high jump with a height of six feet, six inches. Woolverton was third with a height of six feet.
• pole vault, Eustace Bulldog Cody Duncan was fourth with a height of 11 feet, six inches. Malakoff’s Sha’Zarrior Bailey was sixth and Eustace Bulldog Charles Womble was eighth.
• long jump, Russell was the area champion with a leap of 21 feet, ¼ inches. Woolverton finished sixth with a leap of 19 feet, 2 ¾ inches.
• shot put, Danyal Littleton advanced to regionals with a third place finish and a throw of 42 feet, six ½ inches. Malakoff’s Payton Lowrey was fifth and Larry Coker was eighth.
• discus, Coker advanced with a throw of 135 feet, eight inches.
In the varsity girls division, Eustace swept the first two positions in the 1,600-meter run as Skye Burns was first with a time of 5:45.63. Molly McAtee was second with a time of 5:46.36.
• 3,200-meters, Eustace had the area champion in Chanda Westbrook with a time of 11:44.06. Burns finished fourth with a time of 12:38.47.
• 100-meter hurdles, Malakoff Lady Tiger Charlsey Stearman was fifth with a time of 17.57. Eustace Lady Bulldog Marshalla Padgett was seventh in a time of 17.65.
• 400-meters, Eustace Lady Bulldog Samantha Richardson was fourth with a time of 1:05.95.
• 300-meter hurdles, Padgett was second with a time of 49.64. Malakoff’s Mackenzie Crist was third in 49.76 and Stearman was seventh in 52.34. Eustace Lady Bulldog Reece Thorne was eighth.
• 400-meter relay, the Malakoff team of Keiundryia Walker, Candace Denis, Monica Oviedo and Dawson was fourth in a time of 51.13. Eustace finished in eighth place with a time of 53.24.
• 800-meter relay, the Malakoff team of Walker, Dawson, Denis and Oviedo was sixth. Eustace finished in seventh place.
• long jump, Denis advanced to regionals with a third place finish with a leap of 15 feet, 11 ½ inches.
She advanced in the triple jump with a distance of 33 feet, one ½ inches to finish in fourth place.Crist finished in eighth place in the triple jump.
• pole vault, Eustace Lady Bulldog Whitney Boerner won the area title with a height of 10 feet, six inches.
• shot put, senior Kiana Reed finished fifth with a throw of 35 feet, seven inches. Eustace Lady Bulldog Gabi Corder was seventh.
• high jump, Crist was sixth with a height of four feet, six inches. Eustace Lady Bulldog Erica Hoops was seventh with a height of four feet, six inches.
• discus, Eustace had two qualifiers with a second place finish by Miranda Fontenot at 96 feet, six inches and Corder in fourth at 91 feet, nine inches.

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05

Posted by : admin | On : May 5, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
ATHENS–The Athens Hornets finished their District Championship winning season in dominating fashion by beating the Kaufman Lions 8-0 on Senior Night, May 2.
This was the final home game for Jeremy Bateman, Landon Bynum, Paden Quade, Alex Fernandez, Brandon Boyd, Jacob Knight and Josh Sims.
In the first inning, Cameron Woodard, Bynum and Quade loaded the bases. Fernandez was walked and Woodard scored for a 1-0 Hornet lead.
Athens loaded the bases in the second inning again and Bynum walked to bring in Peyton Brewer for a 2-0 lead. Later in the inning, Quade knocked in Bateman with a single to put Athens up 3-0.
Neither team had any success scoring in the third inning. In the fourth inning, Athens had two outs but they were still able to score two more runs to go up 5-0.
First, Boyd hit a single to knock in Bynum after an error by the Kaufman shortstop. An error on the thrown allowed Quade to score too.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Woodard singled to drive in Brewer and make the score 6-0. Later in the inning, Bynum knocked in Bateman to make it 7-0.
Woodard scored the final run of the game for Athens to make the final score 8-0. The brilliant pitching by Athens kept Kaufman in check the entire game and the Lions could not do very much on offense.
Athens was led at the plate by Bateman, who went 2-for-3. Bynum was 2-for-2 with two RBI and Woodard and Quade had one hit each.
Athens coach Dallas Robertson said that he was happy to get a victory for the seniors and that it was a big momentum builder heading to the playoffs.
Robertson called the seniors a “special group” and said that he was proud of all they accomplished in their time at Athens. He was also pleased with how they represented the school and community.
With the victory, Athens finishes up the season 19-6 with an 11-1 mark in district. They were District Champions this season. They open the playoffs with a one-game series against Van.
Kaufman finishes the season with a 12-13 record with a 7-5 mark in district. They will enter the playoffs as a two seed, having finished second in district. Their playoff game has not been set.

Apr

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Posted by : admin | On : April 28, 2016

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–Trinity Valley Community College confirms college President Glendon Forgey was suspended with pay Monday, April 25.
Board President Ray Raymond said the board has been presented with confilicting governmental documents by Forgey without acceptable explanation.
The school board is elected by the citizens of the college district to oversee the college and its administrators and act in the best interest of TVCC students and staff.
Raymond said the board takes their responsibilities very seriously and has determined the concerns regarding the president’s conduct should be fully investigated in order to properly fulfill its duties to the public.
An investigation into his contract is pending.

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28

Posted by : admin | On : April 28, 2016

Rick Hirsch-extension agent

Rick Hirsch, 1965-2016, Texas A&M Extension Agent

By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
HENDERSON COUNTY–A beautiful spring day for Henderson County, Sunday was the day County Extension Agent Rick Hirsch died at his residence. All who heard of the longtime extension agent’s death expressed shock and grief. Hircsh, 51, is well-known in East Texas and elsewhere as he dispensed advice and information via a newspaper column, radio show and agricultural clinics, tours and seminars in his 28-year career.
A funeral service is to be held at 10 a.m. Thursday (today) at the First Baptist Church in Athens. located at 1055 S. Carroll Street.
Most recently, he organized a pasture tour, including a location on the shores of Cedar Creek Lake in late March. He served Henderson County from 1992 as its Extension Office Agent on behalf of AgriLife of Texas A & M University.
He is well-known for his support of youth agricultural projects (FFA & 4-H) and its students. The Athens FFA has opened a gofundme page to raise funds for his family. In its first seven hours, nearly $2,000 had been raised. The goal is to raise $25,000.
Terrie Echols writes: “So sorry for your loss. Rick was a great teacher, I learned a lot from taking his class. May God bless and comfort his family and friends.”
The Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home in Athens is overseeing the funeral arrangements. Members of the community are invited to share their stories, photos and remembrances of Rick to comfort the family on its website.
Rick Hirsch is survived by his wife, Bronte, a teacher in the Athens ISD, and three children.
Lorri and Harold Hawkins of Brownsboro state of Hirsch: “He was always there to help the community and especially the young people of Henderson County. Rick will be greatly missed.”
The Henderson County Master Gardeners extend their condolences, adding: “Rick was a respected and wise leader. We will miss his guidance and counsel.”
Chad Coburn, who judged many bovine exhibits with Rick writes: “I’ve had the privilege to judge cattle shows with Rick and serve with him on the Animal Industries Committee. I was shocked to hear the news.”
Gregg County Extension Agent Randy Reeves describes Hirsch as a great mentor. “We will all miss Rick. He was a great mentor to all of us and will be sorrowfully missed. Extension will never be the same with a great friend and co-worker called home.”
Co-worker Jo Petty Smith writes: “From the time I was a kid on the end of a show halter, to the time I was able to call him a co-worker, mentor and more importantly, a friend, I will cherish those memories and the laughs that he was surrounded by. I felt it a great honor to work with him and know him. Extension lost one of its finest agents.”
Among the many accolades and recognitions Hirsch garnered through his successful career, is the County Agent of the Year award bestowed by the Texas & Southwestern Cattlemen’s Association in 2012.
Athens ISD agricultural teacher Jeff Jones summed up best what many recognize on this sad occasion: “Mr. Rick Hirsch was a great friend and an outstanding person. Rick was an iconic figure in Henderson County, a truly good man and someone who helped thousands and thousands of people in our community and across the state of Texas.”