Apr

07

Posted by : admin | On : April 7, 2016

athens marina

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Although the Lake Athens Marina RV Park has undergone many improvements and reopened last month, the Marina Restaurant is still closed. Athens LLC owner George Bayoud is seeking individuals or organizations to operate the restaurant.

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Lake Athens Marina RV Park reopened last month after major improvements to the facility by George Bayoud of Athens LLC.
The marina facility has new roads and pad sites, a 40-foot tall flagpole flying the American and Texas flags and a new general store which will be open Wednesday through Sunday year round and seven days a week in the summer. The store will stock bait and gas for boats as well as food.
Athens LLC is still seeking individuals or organizations to operate the restaurant.
Athens Municipal Water Authority says the lake draws in thousands of visitors each year for recreational and professional fishing and water sports.
Lake Athens Marina had been closed since late 2014.
Lake Athens Marina is located at 5401 Marina Dr. in Athens.

Mar

31

Posted by : admin | On : March 31, 2016

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ABOVE: The roof of the Flagg House in Malakoff was badly damaged by the tornado March 8.

By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF–Malakoff Rotary Club members gathered March 22, with much of the discussion centering on March 8’s tornado, which blew through the area as members were meeting for their weekly luncheon two weeks before.
That tornado felled a tree in the back yard of the Flagg House, built in 1921 by Harry Flagg, a local businessman, and now owned by Ken and Mary Andrews. It’s also home of the Malakoff Historical Society and Museum along with the local Chamber of Commerce, and also hosts Malakoff Rotary meetings.
Damage was significant to the roof, said Pat Isaacson, who helps run all three of the organizations hosted at the Flagg House. A rear chimney on the southwest side crashed through the roof, breaking a rafter, which pushed through the ceiling above the museum’s train collection. There’s interior water damage and the train collection has been moved.
While the roof looks like tile, it’s actually made of metal. Because the metal roofing can no longer be purchased, contractors are considering transplanting part of the same metal roofing from the carriage house, which sits separately behind the Flagg House. The bricks displaced by the collision are planned to be cleaned and reused.
Also, an expansive window was broken on the stairwell landing leading to the second floor. That window is original to the 1921 construction. Some of the flooring, made of oak and heart of pine wood, will require refinishing, which will mark the first time the Flagg House flooring has been resurfaced. The upstairs of the museum is closed until repairs have been completed, Isaacson said.
Malakoff Rotarians voted March 22 to give $250 toward Flagg House repairs, which Rotarian Doug Humble of Cedar Lake Nursing said he would match. Julie Armstrong, a Rotarian and Malakoff Education Foundation leader, said Malakoff High School’s Class of 2007 has also contributed $250. Separately, there’s an online fundraiser set up by Donna Rinn to go toward Flagg House repairs.
Also during March 22’s Malakoff Rotary meeting, Carlos Padron, the club’s president-elect, told fellow Rotarians about his training session at DFW Airport, and shared his thoughts on what he believed made Rotary a worthwhile activity. The switchover from current Malakoff Rotary president Scotty Thomas will take place in June. In addition, Julie Armstrong announced an April 2 5K fun run at Long Cove, north of Malakoff, to raise funds for the Malakoff Education Foundation.

Mar

31

Posted by : admin | On : March 31, 2016

Worked up photos Mugshots Philip Hestily

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Mugshots
Philip Hestily

worked up photos mugshots John Dickens

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John Dickens

April is Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness month

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–On the eve of Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness month, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office reports a number of recent arrests of persons charged with victimizing children.
A 32-year-old woman is being held in the Henderson County Law Enforcement Center on an $100,000 bond for Sexual Assault of a Child.
During the course of an investigation that began on Good Friday (March 25), it was determined that the woman (to remain unnamed at the victim’s family’s request) has been having an ongoing sexual relationship with a teenage boy, below the age of consent. The age of consent in the state of Texas is 17.
Subsequently, a press release stated, she was charged with the second degree felony and booked into the jail on March 26. Justice of the Peace Milton Adams set the bond amount.
Deputy Ray Yockey took the initial call and investigators Wick Gabbard and Cayce Hampton were called in to assist.
No other information was released in the interest of protecting the victim.
Ten days prior to this arrest (March 15), Deputy Meagan Hogan was dispatched in a complaint involving a child younger than 10 years old. The case was assigned to Hampton for investigation. Evidence developed supported probable cause for the arrest of 64-year-old Phillip Hestily (See photo, page 2A), a resident in the Seven Points area.
He was charged with Indecency with Child Sexual Contact, a second degree felony. He is being held on a bond totaling $100,000.
The Henderson County Child Advocacy Center, which specializes in interviewing children, assisted in the investigation.
Toward the end of February, the Smith County Sheriff referred a similar case to the Henderson County Sheriff. Statements from two victims of past continuous sexual abuse came to light against Jonathan Ray Dickens, now 34 years old (see page 2A for photo).
On March 22, Dickens was located and arrested on two counts of Continuous Sexual Abuse of Young Child or Children.
He is being held on bonds totaling $300,000. The first degree felony is punishable by a minimum of 25 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 99 years, upon conviction.
The East Texas Crisis Center, The HELP Center of Athens, Family Peace Project and Henderson County Child Advocacy Center are holding an event in conjunction with law enforcement and the Commissioners Court to declare April as Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness month.
The declaration is set for noon Tuesday, April 2 on the courthouse steps in Athens. The wearing of clothing and or ribbons that are royal blue for Child Abuse Prevention and teal for Sexual Assault Awareness is expected to be on display throughout the month.
The District Attorney’s Office has been going into the schools encouraging fourth, fifth and sixth grade students to help their friends who confide in them of abuse by reporting it to teachers and administrators; so their friends can get the help and protection they need.
The ETCC offers support groups for women trying to break the cycle of sexual violence and it along with the Family Peace Project offers emergency shelter to those fleeing domestic violence. Legal advocacy is also available.
“We’re here for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with counseling and a listening ear,” Family Peace Project Executive Director Marlena Taylor said.
Organization like these can always use financial support from the public they serve, along with donations of personal care items. These may be reached through calling the HELP Center at (903) 675-4357.

Mar

31

Posted by : admin | On : March 31, 2016

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The Athens Junior High Girls Little Dribblers team won the Palestine Regional tournament this past weekend. They defeated Palestine 39-8 in game one then defeated Grimes 34-31 in game two. The girls advance to the national tournament set for April 13-16, in Mexia

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

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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.