May

25

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Toni Clay sworn in
Monte Montgomery
The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The newly elected mayor and council member took their seats in Athens Monday night after winning their respective elections earlier this month.
Mayor Monte Montgomery and councilwoman Toni Clay began serving two-year terms after taking oaths of office. Montgomery was sworn in as mayor by County Judge Richard Sanders, and Clay was sworn in as a council member by City Secretary Bonnie Hambrick.
Outgoing Mayor Jerry Don Vaught received a standing ovation when Mayor Pro-tem Tres Winn presented him with a certificate commemorating Vaught’s 10 years on the council, including five as mayor.
Vaught had many kind words during a short speech, including praising the people of Athens for taking care of each other and being wonderful friends to him. “You can’t take that away from Athens,” he said.
Vaught also spoke highly of City Manager Philip Rodriguez, who took over the post in March 2015.
“You’ve turned this city around, and made it outstanding,” Vaught said. “It needed to be done for over 20 years. If it wasn’t for you, I don’t know where we’d be.”
In other action:
• Fire Chief John McQueary presented Life Saving Awards to Sarah Barnes, Johnathan Toney and Jay Kinzer;
• Mayor Jerry Don Vaught read a proclamation declaring May as Historic Preservation Month;
• the council approved a re-plat of lots at 600 E. Tyler St. for the future ABC Auto;
• Aaron Smith was reappointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission; and
• the council approved a second reading of an amendment to an ordinance, thereby creating the Cultural Resources Commission.

May

25

Posted by : admin | On : May 25, 2017

By Kate Pittack
Extension 4-H Agent
HENDERSON COUNTY–AgriLife Extension urging Texans to Click It or Ticket.
This year’s Click It or Ticket Campaign will be May 22-June 4, which includes the Memorial Day weekend and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is urging Texas drivers to buckle up.
Once again, the agency is supporting efforts by the Texas Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Texas Department of Public Safety and police and sheriff’s departments across the state to save lives by promoting increased seat belt use.
Wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of dying by 45 percent for people in the front seat of passenger cars.
“They also reduce the risk of dying by 60 percent for drivers of pickups, because pickups are twice as likely to roll over as passenger vehicles,” AgriLife Extension vehicle safety program manager, College Station, Bev Kellner said.
Texas achieved a nearly 92 percent statewide seat belt use rate in 2016 per Texas Department of Transportation data. And according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the “Click It or Ticket” initiative in Texas saved 5,068 lives and prevented 86,359 serious injuries since its inception 15 years ago. It also saved more than $19.3 billion in related economic costs from 2002 to 2016.
“This year, the campaign is focusing on wearing seat belts all the time, especially at night,” Kellner said “Fifty-seven percent of fatal crashes in Texas happen at night. And last year, of all crashes in Texas in which people died and weren’t wearing a seat belt, 62 percent happened at night.”
She said Texas law requires the driver and all passengers in a vehicle to be secured by a seat belt.
“Unbuckled adult drivers and passengers, even those in the back seat, can be fined and face court costs of up to $250,” she said. “Children younger than eight must be in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they are taller than 4–feet 9-inches.”
Kellner said because this year’s campaign time frame includes Memorial Day weekend — when many people take to the road to enjoy a long weekend — drivers can likely expect to encounter additional law enforcement activity, including seat belt and child restraint checks.
“These officers are not out there just to write tickets; they want to help prevent needless tragedies associated with vehicle crashes.”

May

25

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The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–Athens High School senior defender Raygan Young will continue her soccer career in college after signing on Wednesday, May 17 to play for Navarro College. Raygan was a team captain as a senior, an All-District Utility Player of the Year, All-State Player, and played varsity throughout high school, the last three as a starter.
“Raygan has done a magnificent job leading this team,” Athens High School Girls Soccer Coach Mark Hall said. “She’s not only a great player, she’s also a scholar.”
Young helped lead the Lady Hornets soccer team to the UIL State Semifinals before being ousted by eventual state champion Stephenville. The Navarro Bulldogs soccer program has won eight Region XIV championships and seven district championships.

May

18

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By Rollin Hadsell
The News Staff Writer
AUSTIN–Malakoff High School senior Tyler Russell went to the state meet determined to keep his state championship in the high jump, but came home with a bonus. Russell won two gold medals at the UIL State Track and Field Meet May 11-13 at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas.
Eustace High School senior Chanda Westbrook came home with some hardware as well, winning a silver and bronze to close out her decorated career as a Eustace Lady Bulldog.
Russell defended his state high jump title, winning with a jump of six feet, 11 inches, a personal best. Poth’s Jake Lamberth won the silver with a jump of 6 feet, nine inches.
Russell added to his trophy case with a gold in the long jump, winning first with a distance of 23 feet, seven and a quarter inches. New Waverly’s Roman Pray finished second with a jump of 23 feet, three inches. In the past two track seasons, Russell has taken home three gold medals, two in the high jump and one in the long jump.
Westbrook started out the Friday morning session of the state meet by finishing second in the 3200-meter run with a time of 11:12.71 to take the silver medal. Blanco’s Johanna Villareal won the gold medal with a time of 11:08. 59. Westbrook came back on Saturday to take third place and the bronze medal in the 1600-meter run. Westbrook finished with a time of 5:10.60. Little River Academy’s Jenna Brazeal finished second with a time of 5:09.54 and Villareal took another gold with a time of 5:09.03.
Malakoff Tiger Q.T. Barker was fourth in the 100-meter run, missing a medal by just .09 seconds. Barker ran a 10.90, trailing Crockett’s Demarcus Richardson’s 10.81. Danny Gray of Dallas Madison won gold in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.70.
Larry Coker finished ninth in the discus with a throw of 137 feet, 10 inches. Schulenburg’s Josh Brown won gold with a throw of 176 feet, six inches.
Trinidad Lady Trojan Erica Airheart finished fifth in the Class A triple jump with a distance of 34 feet, seven and a half inches. Ella Anttila of Jonesboro won gold and set a state meet record with a distance of 39 feet, one and a half inches.

May

18

Posted by : admin | On : May 18, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
RED OAK–One tough inning cost the Malakoff Lady Tigers in their 4-2 loss to Grandview in the regional quarterfinals May 12 in Red Oak.
The Lady Tigers gave up four runs in the fourth inning to the Lady Zebras, the only inning Grandview scored in, but it was enough to propel them to the next round.
The Lady Tigers came out swinging against the District 17-3A champion Lady Zebras, scoring two runs in the first inning to take a quick 2-0 lead. Chyann Jarrett was hit by a pitch to start the inning and moved to second on a bunt single by Claire Spivey. Abby Terzis doubled to left to drive both runners in for the lead.
The game stayed 2-0 until the bottom of the fourth inning. Brooke Prewitt reach on an error and scored on a single by Alexis Galvan to cut the Lady Tiger lead to 2-1. After an error brought in another run, Kami Flores singled to score Galvan to give Grandview the lead. A single by Emily Little scored the fourth run of the inning for the Lady Zebras.
The Lady Tigers threatened in the fifth inning, getting two runners on after a double and a walk, but Grandview pitcher Brooke Blackwell struck out the next two hitters to end the threat.
Spivey finished the game 3-3 with a run scored and a walk, Abby Terzis was 1-4 and drove in the two Lady Tiger runs, Jarrett scored the other run for the Malakoff. Chaney Tart pitched a complete game, giving up four runs on five hits while striking out four and walking one. Only two of the runs were earned.
The Lady Tigers end their season at area champions and regional quarterfinalists with a record of 24-8-1.

May

18

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Malakoff ISD Superintendent Randy Perry (right) presents a certificate of appreciation to Assistant Superintendent Sybil Norris for her outstanding work in applying for and acquiring grants for the school district.

Malakoff ISD Superintendent Randy Perry (right) presents a certificate of appreciation to Assistant Superintendent Sybil Norris for her outstanding work in applying for and acquiring grants for the school district.


By Denise York
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–Malakoff ISD board members heard about stellar achievements from Agricultural Science Teacher Kenneth Hancock at the May 15 meeting.
Hancock, along with several of his students gave a compelling presentation highlighting their record year in achievements as well as the year-after-year growth of the program. Currently, they have 158 students in the FFA roster.
Hancock then submitted a list of needs of shop equipment badly in need of replacement, a list of eight items with five being highlighted as immediate needs. “Most of the equipment,” Hancock said, “was in use when you were students,” addressing the board.
All the items submitted included a low bid and a slightly better option. There was some discussion as to whether the better options would last longer and therefore make better sense. Questions also came up as to shipping costs. The top five need samounted to $49,523.50 and $69,377.50 if items six through eight were added in. After discussion of going with the better items in some cases, the total came to $82,877.
MISD Business Manager Kim Spencer pointed out that none of the bids had been run through her office and that there may be discounts not taken into consideration in the proposal. The board agreed to table the request and revisit it when more complete information was available. The target date is the next board meeting June 19. Superintendent Perry added “We would like this to be in place for next year’s class.”
The board took action on the proposal for covered batting cages, going with a 70’ by 70’ metal enclosure to be located between the softball and baseball fields so that both can take advantage of it. The enclosure will allow the students to practice in wet weather and when the fields are muddy. The board approved the bid submitted by Hayes and Company for $82,475.30. The proposal included an eight-foot high fence to keep out possible vandals.
In other business, the board:
• approved an Interlocal Agreement with Trinidad ISD and Murchison ISD for Special Education Services and
• awarded a Depository Contract to continue with First State Bank of Malakoff.

May

18

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By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–Sheriff Botie Hillhouse reports a major drug arrest Tuesday.
During a routine traffic stop on Lake Arrowhead Drive near Payne Springs, sheriff’s deputy Sgt. Matthew Jistel discovered a stash underneath the passenger seat containing approximately 53 grams of suspect crystal meth.
Rebecca Brannon, 25 is charged with first-degree felony drug charge. Her backseat passenger, Christina Julian, 52, was also found to be in possession of suspected meth. She exited the car and appeared unstable according to a press release. Both women were taken to jail soon after the 2:45 a.m. traffic stop. Brannon is held on a $15,000 bond and Julian’s bond totals $8,500.
“These dealers can’t sneak around in the dark of night hoping to spread their poison,” Hillhouse stated. “Our deputies have been instructed to keep a keen eye out for anyone suspected of wrongdoing, no matter what time of day or night.”
The National Drug Intelligence Center states methamphetamine is a significant drug threat to Texas. High purity, low-cost methamphetamine is readily available, and the drug is widely abused, particularly in rural areas. Methamphetamine produced in Mexico is the predominant type available.
According to one online source, the price of meth in Texas is around $80 per gram, though smaller increments may cost more. At $80 to $100 per gram, the estimated value is between $4,240 and $5,300. The confiscated 53 grams equals a little less than two ounces, a sizeable amount in crystal meth.

May

11

Posted by : admin | On : May 11, 2017

The News Staff Reports
HENDERSON COUNTY–Athens has a new mayor. Monte Montgomery who gave up his council seat to run, unseats Jerry Don Vaught who has been mayor since 2012 when Randy Daniel resigned to become Justice of the Peace.
Former councilman Monte Montgomery garnered 736 votes to Vaught’s 490. Montgomery’s council seat had two contenders. Toni Clay won the seat over Chetan Patel, 632 to 529 ballots.
Athens ISD had three contenders for incumbent Steve McElhaney’s seat, who chose not to run for re-election. Of the three Eugene Buford was the top vote getter for Place 1 with 708 votes. Thomas Faulk garnered 423 votes and Bryan Barker got 288 votes. Alicea Elliott was unopposed for her Place 2 seat.
City of Star Harbor City Council canvassed the results of the election Monday. Voters agreed to join ESD No. 1 and council seats will be filled by incumbents Warren Claxton and Jackie Robinson; as well as challenger Ray Batten, who garnered more votes than incumbent Duane Smith. Smith had been acting as the mayor since Dr. Bingham resigned for health reasons two months ago. The council selected Warren Claxton as Mayor and is expected to appoint someone to fill his seat on the council next month.
In Eustace, Mayor Elisha Sanders lost her seat to Dustin Shelton, 94 to 52. There are 12 provisional votes still to be determined by the Henderson County Elections Office. The ballot board is set to convene May 15. Since Tim Howard opted not to run for re-election to the council, the top two vote getters incumbent Daniel Smith with 112 votes and new face Tim Meyer with 90 votes look to fill the council seats. Both Tim Meyer and Dustin Shelton also serve as volunteers on the Eustace Volunteer Fire Department. Meyer is one of the planners of the May 13 barbecue cookoff, raising funds for the fire station.

May

11

Posted by : admin | On : May 11, 2017

The News Staff Reports
GATESVILLE–The Athens Hornets used stellar pitching to sweep Gatesville in their best-of-three bi-district playoff series.
After a scoreless first two innings in game one, Athens jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third.
Luis Valdez walked to start the inning and moved to second on a groundout by Emanuel Hernandez. After Valdez stole third, Jacob Ickes was hit by a pitch and Valdez scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Noah Sikes. A Casey Pitchford single and a Kobe Kale walk loaded the bases. Sikes scored on a wild pitch for the 2-0 lead. Gatesville got a run back in the top of the fourth on a double, a walk and an error. That would be the only run Gatesville would score in the series.
The Hornets went up 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth on two walks and two groundouts.
The Hornets added to their lead, going up 7-1 in the sixth inning. Valdez led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a Hernandez single. Pinch runner Grant Echols moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ickes. Trent Harris, running for Hernandez, scored on an error and Sikes scored after Kale stole second and third.
Hernandez went the distance on the mound, giving up just the one unearned run on two hits while striking out six and walking only one batter. Cameron Woodard was 1-2 with a run scored and an RBI, and added two walks. Valdez walked three times, drove in a run and scored a run, Hernandez finished 1-2 with two walks, Pitchford was 1-3 and Kale was 1-2 with two walks. Ickes, Sikes and Pitchford had the other runs batted in. The Hornets had only four hits, but drew 12 walks in the game.
In game two, Cameron Woodard threw a complete-game shutout, giving up six hits and one walk while striking out four and Valdez was 2-4 with an RBI to lead the Hornets to the sweep. Woodard, Peyton Brewer, Ickes, Kale and Preston Benton added one hit each for the Hornets.
The Hornets scored once in the first on an error, allowing Echols to score. Athens went up 2-0 in the third inning on an RBI single by Valdez.
Athens added two more runs in the fifth on a Hernandez sacrifice fly and an error to lead 4-0.
Benton scored on a passed ball for the Hornets’ final run of the game.

May

11

Posted by : admin | On : May 11, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
WAXAHACHIE–The Malakoff Lady Tigers continued their winning ways, beating Whitney 5-2 and 11-4 to complete the sweep of the Wildcats and advance to the regional quarterfinals.
The Lady Tigers will face District 17-3A champion Grandview at 7:30 pm. tonight, May 12 in Red Oak. The series will be one game, so the winner will move on to play in the regional semifinals next week.
In the first game of the series, Chyann Jarrett was 2-4 with two runs scored and Chaney Tart finished 2-3 with a walk and two runs scored, as well as driving in a run. Abby Terzis, Cheyanne Robertson and Hannah Terzis each had a hit in the game, with Hannah Terzis adding an RBI. Joey White scored the other run for the Lady Tigers.
Malakoff wasted no time getting on the board in the first inning. Jarrett singled to short to start the inning and advanced on an error by the shortstop. Tart drove home Jarrett with a single to left to give the Lady Tigers a 1-0 lead.
Whitney answered in their half of the inning, plating two runs on a walk, a sacrifice bunt, a single and a triple that drove home both runs.
The Lady Tigers tied it in the third when White walked, went to second on a groundout and scored on Abby Terzis’ double.
Malakoff struck for another run in the fifth. Tart doubled, moved to third on a couple of sacrifices and scored on a Hannah Terzis single to left.
The Lady Tigers added two insurance runs in the seventh. Jarrett singled, Tart walked and two runs scored on two errors by Whitney. Tart threw a complete game, giving up two runs on three hits, walked three and struck out eight for the win.
In game two, the Lady Tigers’ Jarrett and Claire Spivey each went 2-4 with a run scored and two RBIs to help Malakoff in the sweep. Robertson and White both finished 2-3 with a run scored, Jaci Spiva was 1-3 and scored two runs, and Tart and Abby Terzis both finished 1-3 with a run and an RBI each. Jewell Jones drove in a run in the game as well.
Malakoff trailed 1-0 heading to the bottom of the second, but scored twice to take the lead. Robertson singled to begin the inning. After two were out, Spiva walked and White singled to load the bases. Jarrett singled to center to drive in two runs.
The Lady Tigers added three more runs in the fourth. Spiva doubled, White singled and Spivey doubled to drive in two runs. Spivey scored on a single by Tart for a 5-1 lead.
Malakoff broke the game open in the sixth. Jarrett doubled and Tart walked to put two runners on. Abby Terzis singled to drive in Jarrett. Tart scored on an error by the third baseman and Terzis scored the eighth run of the game on a fielder’s choice by Jones. Whitney scored three times in the seventh on a single, a double and a home run, but could get no closer.
Tart pitched another complete game for the win, giving up four runs on 10 hits, walking three and striking out three batters.