Jul

28

Posted by : admin | On : July 28, 2016

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Special to The News
HENDERSON COUNTY–On Saturday, July 23, at approximately 8:25 a.m., the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a witness reporting there was a man near FM 315 outside of Chandler who had been held at gunpoint and was being beaten. The caller said that the suspect then tied the victim’s hands and feet together with a rope, threw him in the bed of a tan colored Ford pickup and drove away.
HCSO Sergeant Thomas Goodell and Deputies Tell Walker and Ray Yockey responded to the call. Deputies located the victim at his residence. The victim showed signs of having been assaulted and was bleeding. The victim, 54-year-old Dwayne Welch, told deputies that he was asleep in his tent. He said that the next thing he knew, he was thrown out on CR 4307 a mile or two from his residence. Welch suffered cuts and abrasions to his head, along with other contusions and bruises on his body. Welch was transported to East Texas Medical Center in Athens where he was treated and released.
Deputies searched the area for a truck matching the description given by the witness. Sergeant Goodell noticed a vehicle matching the description parked at a residence located near the end of CR 4307. Sgt. Goodell observed evidence indicating that the bed of the pickup truck had been recently washed. Goodell also observed what appeared to be traces of blood in the bed of the pickup.
Sgt. Goodell made contact with Derrick Cofer at the residence. Cofer admitted to striking the victim with a shotgun, assaulting him, binding him and transporting him against his will. Cofer said that he thought Welch had something to do with Cofer’s wallet going missing earlier in the morning.
Derrick Cofer was placed under arrest and booked into the Henderson County Justice Center on the offense of Aggravated Kidnapping, a First Degree Felony, punishable by 5 to 99 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Judge Kevin Pollack who set bond at $5,000. Cofer posted bond and was released.

Jul

21

Posted by : admin | On : July 21, 2016

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By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF–The Red Waller Community Library of Malakoff hosted Miss B and her assistant Lauren, who showed off several animals during the library’s weekly summer reading program, held July 14 at Malakoff Community Center.
The animals shown included a kangaroo, a wallaby, a bearded dragon, a sugar glider and a tarantula.
The weekly program continues through July 28.

Jul

21

Posted by : admin | On : July 21, 2016

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News Staff Reports
HENDERSON COUNTY–Henderson County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jannell Dunnington retired July 15 after serving the department for more than 21 years. She began her career with the department as a detention officer.
In a statement on its Facebook page, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office said, “She has been an outstanding deputy and helped and touched many people throughout her career here. She will be missed by so many. Once again, thank you Deputy Jannell Dunnington for your outstanding and dedicated service to Henderson County.”

Jul

21

Posted by : admin | On : July 21, 2016

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By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
ATHENS–Guy Furr will begin his 15th season at Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) as the 10th head basketball coach in the school’s history. Furr will replace Kris Baumann who served as coach for four years before leaving to join the staff at UTEP.
In his 14-year tenure (1987-92, 2007-16), Furr served as assistant coach to the three winningest coaches in school history, Leon Spencer, Pat Smith and Baumann.
Furr began his TVCC career on Spencer’s staff in 1987. He left after the 1992 season to return 15 years later on Smith’s staff.
During his first tenure at TVCC, Furr was instrumental in recruiting Nick Van Exel and Shawn Kemp, both of whom went on to play in the NBA.
When Furr left TVCC, he didn’t leave the area. Remaining an Athens resident, he coached and was the head boys basketball coach and principal at Martins Mill High School for five years. He then worked at Kemp High School as an administrator for five years, including one season as interim head boys basketball coach. Furr left Kemp for Murchison ISD, where he was superintendent for five years.
He is also an experienced shooting instructor and has hosted camps for the Shot Doctor in 34 different states.
Furr is a native of Murray, Ky. After playing basketball at Bethel College in Tennessee, he earned his bachelor of science degree from Murray State University and his master’s degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Furr and wife Tina have two children, Alex, a recent graduate of Fresno State University and now a member of the women’s basketball coaching staff at Cameron University, and Preston, a recent graduate of Athens High School and now a student at the college.

Jul

14

Posted by : admin | On : July 14, 2016

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Athens Dixie Youth Majors All-Star just missed out on a trip to the World Series Monday at Coleman Park.
Center defeated Athens for the second time this tournament with a 12-4 victory that knocked Athens out of the tournament.
The first loss of the tournament for Athens came to Center on the second day of the tournament.
The action Monday wrapped up three days of tournament action in the eight-team event held at Coleman Park in Athens.
After a victory against Hallsville in the loser’s bracket, the rematch against Center was set for Monday in the winner’s bracket.
Athens needed to defeat Center to force a three-team tiebreaker with the winner of the Tyler County-Hemphill contest for a trip to the World Series.
The two teams who will represent the Dixie Youth in Center and Tyler County, faced off in the championship contest later on Monday.
Tyler County beat Hemphill to advance to the final round. In the Monday loss for Athens, Center jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first inning,
They had two singles, an RBI-double and two more back-to-back RBI-singles off starting pitcher Hunter Rasco.
Athens cut into the deficit in the bottom half of the first inning with three runs of their own. Tivon Arroyo led off the inning reaching second on an error by the pitcher to put one man on base.
He then reached third on a passed ball and came home on another passed ball for the 4-1 deficit.
Kase Johnston then unloaded on a pitch over the left centerfield wall for the 4-2 deficit. After a single by Trevor Deupree, Matthew Jones then reached on a single.
Karson Rhoades then put runners on the corners with a fielder’s choice. Hunter Rasco then drove home Deupree for the 4-3 deficit.
In the bottom of the second inning, Athens tied the game at 4 on an RBI-single by Johnston, scoring Trevor Marquez.
Center scored the final eight runs in the fifth and sixth innings to put the game out of reach. Athens had hits from Johnston, Deupree, Jones, Rasco and Marquez in the loss.
Rasco was the starting pitcher for Athens going 5 2/3 innings. Rhoades pitched the final 1 and a 1/3 innings.
In the 11U division of Dixie, Athens won the first game against Hudson, 8-7, to force another game for the state title.
The two teams have already qualified for the World Series, which will be held in Arkansas later this month.
The Athens 9U team also played Monday night looking for a chance to play in the title game Tuesday at Coleman Park.

Jul

14

Posted by : admin | On : July 14, 2016

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By Sariah Kendall
News Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–Positive vibes and laughter flow throughout the room as program leader Caren Anthony initiates an exercise class designed for helping people with Parkinson’s disease, stroke or traumatic brain injury.
There’s a feeling that everyone really wants to be there. The gentlemen are cracking jokes with one another, spouses are laughing back-and-forth. There’s something in the air. It’s a vibrant hope that these individuals in the free program hosted at Family Fitness in Gun Barrel City will get better.
“We laugh, cry and are loud,” Anthony says.
The program was created by Colorado resident Gary Sobol, who himself experienced severe motor skill loss from Parkinson’s disease in 2008 – and gained it back with regular exercise. He eventually founded GZSobol’s Parkinson’s Network in 2013 with the mission to help others. The network has three main principles: overcome challenges, improve quality of life and restore functions. After receiving training, Anthony runs the same class in Henderson County.
Anthony is also an emergency service first responder from Eustace and makes a living as the Marketing Director at Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice in Malakoff and Corsicana. She is one of only ten certified Parkinson’s instructors in Texas.
Anthony first learned of Sobol’s network at a conference she attended through another hospice care, and when the opportunity arose to change job positions, she made it a priority to bring Sobol to Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice and receive training. She wasted no time becoming certified and jump-starting classes.
Family Fitness owners Eric Castro and Steve Steerman have encouraged Anthony to offer the free classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week from 12:30-2 p.m.
As a first responder, Anthony also provides “Vial of Life” packets for emergency planning and promotes fire escape plans.
This class was initially planned for six weeks, but because of the success rate, Anthony plans to keep the class going.
“If we can change one person’s life in this room, which I think we’ve changed several, that’s what it’s all about,” Anthony said. “You just have to care about people and change their life. And that’s what we do, that’s what we’re up to.”
The Parkinson’s Network also provides exercise classes for people with MS, TBI, neurological disorders and for those that want to age well.

Jul

14

Posted by : admin | On : July 14, 2016

By Robyn Wheeler
News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–Malakoff ISD Board of Trustees approved eight properties to be entered into the Henderson County Sheriff’s tax foreclosure sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2 at the courthouse. Of the eight properties, one is located in Key Ranch, two in Beachwood Estates, one in Esquire Estates and one in Royal Oaks Subdivision. If all properties sell for the estimated value, allowing MISD to make 25 percent of the sales, the district stands to make more than $36,000.
In addition, trustees approved the contract extension with Dr. Pepper until 2022. The district will receive $1 for every case sold.
Superintendent Randy Perry has been assigned to the Texas Association of Community Schools and signed two MOU’s for Trinity Valley Community College dual credit courses for 2016-17.
Perry said the STAAR scores will not be in until August but will be discussed in detail at the Aug. 15 meeting.
In other news, trustees:
• Approved the Region VII and 12 contracts for the 2016-17 school year.
• Heard a budget meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8.
• Received an excess check of $3,994.58 from Linebarger Gogagn Blair and Sampson, LLP.
• Heard two letters were received. The first from the Texas Education Agency approving the MISD audit for 2015-16. The second, from Texas State Representative John Wray congratulating the district on the finishing the construction on the field house and concession stand.

Jul

07

Posted by : admin | On : July 7, 2016

The News Staff Reports
HENDERSON COUNTY — The community mourns the passing of a nine-year-old girl after a boating accident ends in tragedy on the Fourth of July weekend.
Cierra Morman was boating with her family at about 7:15 p.m. July 1 near Malakoff, feeding rope to an inner tube, when she was tangled in the rope and fell overboard, striking the rear of the boat near the motor.
The girl’s death sent shockwaves through the community and devastated family and members of the Seven Points Volunteer Fire Department, for whom her father, Zach Morman, is a five-year member.
There were four adults and four children on board when the accident occurred. Investigators ruled the tragedy was purely an accident and no alcohol was involved. All the children were wearing life vests.
Assistant Fire Chief Bobby Conn said he and his entire department are still in a state of disbelief.
“This is hard. Really hard. We’ve shed a lot of tears and said a lot of prayers. We are going to miss her,” Conn said.
The fire department released a statement on Facebook saying the tragedy brought the “deepest sorrow and pain,” and asked for the support of the community.
Game Warden Mike Hanson said the Zach Morman was driving the pontoon boat at the time of the accident.
“It was purely an accident,” he said “It was a typical family outing turned tragic. These are by far the worst types of accidents. You just can’t explain it.”
Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens, Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, Malakoff Police Department, and several area volunteer fire departments responded.
A memorial fund was established to assist the family with funeral expenses. Donations can be made directly to Seven Points Volunteer Fire Department, or donations can be made online via PayPal. A link to the PayPal account can found on the fire department’s Facebook page.
Funeral arrangements have been made for Morman on July 8. The family will receive visitors from 6-8 p.m. at Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points. The funeral will be July 9 at 2 p.m. at Lake View Assembly Of God in Seven Points.

Jul

07

Posted by : admin | On : July 7, 2016

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The News Staff Reports
CROSS ROADS–Vandals recently struck Beck’s Chapel Church in the Cross Roads area. The doors appeared to have been kicked in, and several items were vandalized. The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office took the report June 22, and the incident seems to have occurred between June 19 and June 22.
The historical church is located at 13960 County Road 1114. Regular services are no longer held at the church. It is only used for special events.
If you have any information about this crime, contact Henderson County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-545-8477. Callers will remain anonymous. If your information leads to an arrest, you could earn a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Jul

07

Posted by : admin | On : July 7, 2016

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By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE AREA–The newest issue of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine hit stores June 26 and gave fans a first look at over 1,400 Texas high school football teams.
The magazine had different takes on teams around the area. Three local teams in Kemp, Athens and Malakoff were picked to make the playoffs.
The Mabank Panthers are competing in district 8-4A this season and are picked to finish last. The seven team district is picked to finish in the order of Terrell, Kaufman, Van, Athens, Crandall, Brownsboro and Mabank.
The Panthers still have improvements to make before they can become a playoff team but a 7-2 JV team could mean that things are about to turn around.
Second year coach Mikey Thompson will have strong lines on both sides of the ball. Noel Rojo and Brandon Pierce headline a big offensive line that will protect whoever plays quarterback.
Running the ball against Mabank will be a tough task with defensive lineman Jacob Felts and Kevin Turner returning from last season.
Mabank has a solid foundation to build up from but the skill players are young and inexperienced. If Mabank wants to have success and take steps toward becoming a playoff team, those young players must grow up quickly.
Mabank went 2-7 last season with wins over two playoff teams in Kemp and Canton. The Panthers went winless in district and missed the playoffs.
The Athens Hornets are also in district 8-4A and are picked to finish in fourth place and to secure the final playoff spot in the district. Athens will be led by Head Coach Paul Essary.
The biggest hump that the Hornets will need to overcome is replacing running back Logan Fuller who had over 6,000 career rushing yards and signed to play at Tyler Junior College. Maalik Hall will split time at running back with Jaqualyon Bowman and they will hope to make up for Fuller’s absence.
Xavius Fulton will make the switch from receiver to quarterback. He will be tasked to replace Brandon Boyd. Athens is hoping to run the pistol on offense this season.
Defensively, linebacker Noah Bush might be the best player for the Hornets. He had 120 tackles last year as a junior and has already been getting attention from division one colleges. Between Bush, Hall, Zach Carson and Taylor Carson, Athens might have the best linebacker core in the district.
The Hornets will have the talent they need to compete on defense. In order to make it into the playoffs in a district with two state ranked teams, they must find what it takes to keep up on offense.
Last season, Athens went 8-4 and lost in the second round of the playoffs to Kennedale. The Hornets finished second in the district behind Kaufman.
The Malakoff Tigers enter the season with more hype than any other team in the area. They are picked to win district 9-3A and are ranked number four in the state. The eight team district is picked to finish in the order of Malakoff, Teague, Groesbeck, West, Palestine Westwood, Elkhart, Whitney and Eustace.
Everything starts with the quarterback for Malakoff. Judd Miller had 3,199 total yards and 46 touchdowns a season ago as a sophomore. He returns as a junior with more experience and with two big targets to throw to in QT Barker and Tyler Russell.
Jamie Driskell’s defense will be led by Dan’Yal Littleton, a fierce defensive end who can get after the quarterback. Other standouts on defense are Larry Coker, Zee Bailey, Caleb Adams and Breashawn Williams.
Malakoff has an explosive offensive that has a chance to be even better than they were last year. They have a defense to match up with anyone and should be in the running to make a deep playoff run. The Tigers have a legitimate shot to hold up a championship trophy at AT&T Stadium at the end of the year.
Malakoff went 10-2 last season and was knocked out of the playoffs by three time defending State Champion Cameron Yoe by one point. The Tigers finished second in district behind Teague, who beat Malakoff 28-7 in their rain soaked match-up. Malakoff returns 13 starters and the varsity roster will be bolstered by a JV squad that went 8-2 last season.
The Eustace Bulldogs and coach Heath Ragle find themselves in a tough spot. They are picked to finish last in district 9-3A and have a lot of people to prove wrong. The Bulldogs only return nine starters and have a JV team that went 2-7 last year.
On offense the Bulldogs will have to replace running back Keenan Hargest who did almost everything for the team last year, including playing quarterback.
James East and Cam Rodgers will split carries and take the load off new quarterback Alejandro Sanchez. Under Ragle, the Bulldogs have never been known as a passing team but they are hoping Sanchez’s speed gives them an edge.
Offensive lineman Mikey Marshall missed 2015 with an injury but returns for his senior season to anchor the line.
Defensively, the biggest player for Eustace will be linebacker JJ Hughes, who had 87 tackles last year. The defensive line will be stacked with Michael Schultz and Dylan Hunacker both returning. Stone Wadsworth will roam the secondary and is the most experienced defensive back on the team.
Eustace went 3-7 and 0-5 in district last season and missed out on the playoffs for the second year in a row. The Bulldogs only have one district win in the past two seasons.
After nearly a decade of hard times, things are finally looking up for the Kemp Yellowjackets. They will compete in district 6-3A and are picked to finish fourth in the district, grabbing the last playoff spot. The eight team district is picked to finish in the order of Sunnyvale, Grandview, Dallas Madison, Kemp, Scurry-Rosser, Maypearl, Life Oak Cliff and Palmer.
Third year coach Brandon Hankins has turned the football program around for Kemp. The winless season of 2014 is a distant memory as the Yellowjackets enter this season looking to prove that they belong back in the playoffs.
Kemp returns 17 starters and everything starts with sophomore quarterback Dreyson Watters. Watters was the District Newcomer of the Year last season when he ran for 2,500 yards and threw for 1,950 more as a freshman. He had 28 total touchdowns.
Watters won’t be short on targets to throw to either. Receivers Elijah Gardiner, Josiah Brewington and Alec Cooper all return for their senior seasons. Running back Alan Quezada ran for 750 yards and six touchdowns in a back-up role last year. Kemp will lean on him as the starter this year. Tyler Garrett, Kasey Cockrell and Joseph Lopez all return on the offensive line.
The biggest question mark on defense is linebacker. All three of Kemp’s linebackers graduated leaving a huge void. Sophomore Boomer Irvin will step in from a JV team that went 8-2 last year to help make up for the loss.
Passing against the Yellowjackets will be a risk with a secondary led by safety Kane Johnson. Corner back Jaise Bowie started as a freshman and will look to improve in his second season.
Kemp finished with a 4-7 record last season. They made the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and lost to Kirbyville in the first round of the playoffs.
The Cross Roads Bobcats will be playing in district 10-2A this season. They are picked to finish last. The six team district is picked to finish in the order of Big Sandy, Kerens, Gladewater Union Grove, Cayuga, Hawkins and Cross Roads.
The Bobcats are under new leadership this season. Former Skidmore-Tynan assistant coach Michael Gain takes over for a team that has not made the playoffs since 2003.
Despite history not being on their side, it may finally be time for optimism. Cross Roads won three games last season and only has one team on their schedule that finished last year with a winning record. Gain has been working hard with the team and thinks that they have what it takes to have success.
Taylor McKenzie will take over as quarterback for the Bobcats and Tyler Johnson is a proven work horse at the running back position. Johnson was injured halfway through the season last year and will hope to stay healthy to lead Cross Roads to more victories.
If everyone can stay healthy and the players buy in what coach Gain is selling them, Cross Roads could sneak into the playoffs in a weak district.
The Bobcats went 3-7 last season and looked strong early on but they went 0-5 in district play to end the year.
The Trinidad Trojans are picked to finish last in district 15-1A. The four team district is picked to finish in the order of Milford, Mount Calm, Oakwood and Trinidad. The top two teams make the playoffs.
Trinidad is looking for a new coach after Scott Hayes announced that he was leaving to take a coaching job at Rice High School June 29.
Whoever the new coach is will have one of the most exciting players in the district at their disposal in Jerry Bannister. Colby Snider is a proven quarterback and will make the coaching transition easier.
Other players to watch include Johnny Ayala,Eli Arnold, Talon Sims and Ronald Marcus. The toughest task will be to replace Javonte Hornbuckle and his 18 total touchdowns. No one player will be able to pick up the slack by himself but collectively it’s possible.
The district is very top heavy and Trinidad is a very experienced team. The Trojans have the chance to compete and play spoiler. Trinidad finished with a 3-7 record last year and was 0-3 in district.
The Athens Christian Prep Storm will be playing in TAPPS Division II District Four. They are picked to finish second. The five team district is picked to finish in the order of Longview Trinity, Athens Christian Prep, Greenville Christian, Longview Christian and Henderson Full Armor.
Coach Shawn San Miguel admitted that the team has a series of question marks this season. Younger players will have to step up if they want a winning record and a return to the playoffs.
Quarterback Zay Ridgle returns this season after putting up record numbers last year. Other returning players include Micah Santelli, Eli Ridgle, Gavin Hardin, Kaenan Nix and Cody Hershey.
Athens Christian Prep finished with a 6-5 record last season. They went 1-3 in district but it was enough to make the playoffs. They lost in the first round to end their season.