Aug

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A view of the east end of new construction work at Athens High School, which will house new classrooms, kitchen and cafeteria. The cafeteria is expected to be open by Christmas, and the balance of work at AHS should be finished in the summer of 2018. Students were greeted at the beginning of the school year with six brand new science classrooms and two new labs.

A view of the east end of new construction work at Athens High School, which will house new classrooms, kitchen and cafeteria. The cafeteria is expected to be open by Christmas, and the balance of work at AHS should be finished in the summer of 2018. Students were greeted at the beginning of the school year with six brand new science classrooms and two new labs.


By Toni Garrard Clay
AISD Communicaitons Coordinator
ATHENS–Athens ISD Director of Operations Barry Choate summed it up succinctly when he called the amount of construction that took place across the district this summer as “intense.” Major work took place at four of the five campuses and continues at the high school.
Inside the main building at the high school, six new science classrooms and two new labs greeted students on the first day of school. While the rooms are located in the same space as the old science hall, they are entirely new. “That space was bulldozed,” said Choate. “We dug up the floor and put new plumbing in and used a new configuration for the rooms.”
On the north end of the high school annex, a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) building now stands. The building is divided into four sections. It houses a brand new Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning class (HVAC) made possible through a joint venture with Trinity Valley Community College and a $350,000 equipment grant. It’s also the site of the machining and woodshop classes, and a powder-coating booth and oven for painting projects. “These classes are light years ahead of where we were,” said Choate.
The construction across the front of the high school’s main building will be completed in stages. On the east end, the new kitchen and cafeteria should open by Christmas. The old kitchen will be turned into classroom space. The old cafeteria will become two new classrooms and a lecture hall that is more than double the space of the existing lecture hall.
The high school’s new office space and the gym, as well as the balance of any remaining work, are projected to be completed during the summer of 2018.
The most visible completed project is at Bruce Field, where a new football/soccer field house and restroom/concession facility sit at either side of newly-installed turf. While the turf was the result of fire damage last spring, the construction across the district is the fruit of community support through the passage of a bond in November 2015.
At Central Athens Elementary, a beautiful new library has been built, as well as new office space. Both were severely undersized previously. At Bel Air and South Athens elementaries, new activity centers have been built to replace the too-small ones previously used.
“We’re grateful to the community for making these improvements possible,” said Superintendent Blake Stiles. “It’s sending a message to our students that they’re valued.”

Aug

24

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The News Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The fun stopped abruptly for six passengers on a ski boat last Friday evening on Cedar Creek Lake when the boat hit what’s commonly called bird island, Seven Points Police Chief Administrator Raymond Wennerstrom told The News.
Henderson County Game Warden Gregg Johnson conducted the initial investigation and reported that of the six passengers on board, three were seriously injured and were transported to ETMC-Athens Hospital. However their condition was characterized as not life-threatening.
The crash happened between 9:27 p.m. and 10 p.m. and rescue operations were staged from Tom Finley Park with Seven Points Police and Fire Rescue responding. The scene was cleared at 4:53 a.m.
Passengers’ names have yet to be released by authorities, but one is reportedly a 28-year-old woman from Waxahachie, who was to undergo surgery on Tuesday.

Aug

24

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News Staff Reports
TRINIDAD–The Collin Street Baker/Texas Sports Writers Association named two Trinidad Trojans to the All-State baseball team in Class A.
First baseman Johnny Ayala was named to the first team, while Jayden Garcia was named to the second team as a second baseman.
During his junior season, Ayala batted .538 with 25 RBI, 10 doubles, a triple and 23 runs scored.
Garcia had a .450 batting average with seven doubles, seven RBI and 14 runs scored.
Here is the Class A Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association’s All-State baseball team.
FIRST TEAM
Pitchers – Alex Hernandez, Avalon, Jr.; Brent Mynar, Abbott, Sr.; Trace Richey, Borden County, Jr.
Relief pitcher – Hunter Pope, Abbott, Jr.
Catcher – (tie) Matthew Urbanovsky, Abbott, Jr.; Isaiah Solis, Springlake-Earth, Jr.
First Baseman – Johnny Ayala, Trinidad, Jr.
Second baseman – (tie) Will Koberick, Tioga, Sr.; Michael Deleon, Springlake-Earth, Sr.
Shortstop – Hunter Jones, Borden County, Sr.
Third Baseman – Victorino Silva, Booker, Sr.
Outfielders – Braden Rohde, Fayetteville, Jr.; Weston Cantrell, Abbott, Sr.; Clayton Hopgood, Avalon, Soph.
Designated Hitter – Rhett Newton, Avalon, Fr.
Player of the Year –
Brent Mynar, Abbott, Sr.
Coach of the Year
Kyle Crawford, Abbott
SECOND TEAM
Pitchers – Baylee Graves, Dodd City, Sr.; Chris Luna, Bartlett, Sr.; Alex Magers, D’Hanis, Soph.
Relief pitcher – Dylan Chambers, Avalon, Sr.
Catcher – Kale Yarbro, Borden County, Sr.
First Baseman – Cris Salgado, D’Hanis, Sr.
Second Baseman – (tie) Jayden Garcia, Trinidad, Sr.; Cesar Rosales, Booker, Sr.
Shortstop – Holden Senclair, Cross Plains, Sr.
Third Baseman – Trever Tidball, Union Hill, Fr.
Outfielders – Travis Price, Tioga, Sr.; Reid Kubala, Fayetteville, Jr.; Devin Smith, Savoy, Soph.
Designated Hitter – Payton Hemmitt, Fayetteville, Sr.

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24

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Latham obit
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Frances (Frankie) Latham will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Malakoff.Family will greet friends starting at 10 a.m., prior to the service at the church.
Frankie was born to E.L. and Minnie Crawford Hall Jan. 4, 1927 and passed away Aug. 12, 2017 at the age of 90.
Frankie lived the majority of her life in Malakoff. She attended school and graduated from Malakoff High School in 1945. She later married her beloved Harold Latham and they made their home on the family farm next door to her parents.
The happiest day of her life was the birth of her only child Robert Latham. Frankie worked at City Hall in Malakoff and Royall Chevrolet. After Royall Chevrolet closed, she moved to Mt. Pleasant to be close to Robert (Bob) and his family.
After suffering health issues, Frankie moved into the home with her son and his family. They moved several times due to his work, but no matter where they lived at the time, Malakoff was always home.
Frankie was loved and cared for devotedly by her loving son Bob and daughter-in-law Terri until the time of her passing.
Her wit, family stories and unique personality will be missed by all of us who loved her. She was one of a kind.
Frankie was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband Harold in 1970, her brother Jack Hall and wife Nadine and her sister Eleanor Bien and husband J.E. Bien.
Frankie is survived by her loving son Bob and wife Terri Latham of South Padre Island, granddaughters Laura Latham of Austin, Barb Holloway of Arlington, JoAnn Matthews and husband Bryan of Bedford, grandson Jordan Latham and wife Elizabeth of Cedar Hill, four great-grandsons Grayson and Hunter Latham, Cade and Jack, one great-granddaughter Ashton and one great-great granddaughter Norah Ellis, nieces, nephews cousins and friends.

Aug

17

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Malakoff cheer NCA 2 CMYK

By Bodey Cooper
News Staff Writer
ROCKWALL–The Malakoff Tigers varsity cheerleaders recently attended NCA camp in Rockwall where they walked away with many awards and honors.
Among them were the Herkie Team Award, Small Varsity Top Team Performance, the Excellence in Stunting Award, three Superior Ribbons, the Spirit Stick Award and a bid to the NCA National Competition.
The Tigers also had nine cheerleaders and their mascot nominated for All-American. The Tigers’ Paton Willbanks was the only Malakoff cheerleader to make the All-American team and she also won the Best Toe Touch award at the camp.
The NCA All-American Cheerleader Award is the highest award received from the camp. After being nominated for the award, the cheerleader must try out to make the squad.

Aug

17

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Hensarling Meeting
By Tom Chapman
The News Correspondent
ATHENS–Local citizens gathered Thursday for a town hall meeting with U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R).
After opening remarks and introduction by County Judge Sanders, Congressman Hensarling stated that he was honored to occupy the “citizen’s seat” and recognized that despite political or philosophical differences “our citizenship unites us.” He then talked about recent legislative actions in the U.S. House of Representatives. Hensarling informed constituents that the House had been busy, passing about 300 bills. He went on to say that “about 200 of them are sitting in the Senate awaiting action.”
After talking about challenges the country and Congressional District 5 are facing, including healthcare reform, actions on entitlements, fiduciary concerns he opened the floor for questions and comment.
Several citizens asked about healthcare reform, expressing frustrations that deductibles have risen along with costs. The congressman stated the house had been working on a reform bill which preserved choice in providers and made the healthcare exchanges more easily accessible.
Other citizens asked insightful questions about campaign finance, with the general consensus that the citizens thought there were potential conflicts of interest by Congress accepting monies from industries in which congressmen had regulatory oversight.
Congressman Hensarling has represented the 5th district since 2003 and currently chairs the House Financial Services Committee.

Aug

17

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Clyde Jason Tennison

Special to The News
ATHENS–Three years from the date he brutally killed Deborah Denise Allen, and just days before he was set to begin his trial in front of a Henderson County jury, Clyde Jason Tennison entered a plea of “Guilty” to her murder before visiting Judge Joe Clayton Aug. 11.
In exchange for his plea, the 53-year-old Tennison, received a sentence of 45 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Institutional Division. He will be eligible for parole after completing half his sentence (22.5 years), with time served in the Henderson County Jail. He will be 73 before that time arrives, and “eligibility” for parole does not mean he will be released at that time.
On Aug. 2, 2014, Tennison claimed that he and the victim, who was his girlfriend, had been arguing in the days leading up to her death. He told investigators that on the that day, he had just informed her that he was leaving, and went to take a shower first. According to him, when he got out, he looked in her room and saw her body lying on the bed. He then left the house and traveled to the home of his parents, telling them that Deborah had committed suicide by cutting her own throat. He later told Sheriff’s Deputy Cayce Hampton that Allen had used his knife to cut herself.
Tennison and members of his family went back to the residence located in Gun Barrel City and determined that Ms. Allen was deceased before contacting law enforcement.
At some point, Tennison consumed and overdosed on Xanax resulting in him being admitted to ETMC the same morning after Allen’s death. He also tested positive for PCP.
As the investigation progressed, Tennison’s account of the events became less plausible. Investigators located the defendant’s wet clothes in the washing machine, yet they still tested positive for the presence of blood. According to lab results, he also had the victim’s blood under his fingernails, along with a distinct bite mark on the inside of his thigh.
The medical examiner who performed the autopsy believed that the wounds to the neck of Ms. Allen were unlikely to be self-inflicted. Physical evidence, and the position of the knife found in Allen’s hand were incompatible with the injuries and blood evidence.
Investigators believed that after bludgeoning and cutting his victim, Tennison attempted to stage the scene to appear as if it had been a suicide.
Several weeks after the murder, Tennison made an unsolicited comment to jailers that, “I never thought I would be capable of something like that. I slit her throat and watched her bleed out on the ground.”
During most of the plea, Tennison was quiet and reserved, however during the victim impact statement given by Ms. Allen’s daughter, he momentarily sobbed, and said that he was sorry.
Henderson County District Attorney Mark Hall, and First Assistant Nancy Rumar were set to prosecute the case beginning on Tuesday of this week. Hall said the plea agreement was one that ensured that Tennison would be in prison for a long time to come, and that the family of Ms. Allen was fully on board with the 45-year offer.
“This has been a long, hard road for the family of Deborah Allen, and I am glad that they can finally put this chapter behind them. Although the pain of her death will never go away, the fact that Clyde Tennison finally admitted his guilt in open court will help them deal with her horrible death,” Hall said.
“I want to thank the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Ranger Michael Adcock, D.A. investigators, and the other law enforcement agencies and personnel that worked this case and did such a thorough and professional job of sorting out truth from fiction.”

Aug

17

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Malakoff FB QB Mark Patton CMYK

By Bodey Cooper
News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Tigers football team are trying to take past successes, and use those to further their team in 2017.
Malakoff has had some success over the last couple of seasons, including a 14-1 overall record in 2016, while also going 7-0 in district play.
The Tigers come into this season ranked 103rd in the state.
Their offense was very potent last season scoring 44.7 points per game, while holding opponents to just 15.7 points. That brings the Tigers point differential to nearly 30 points per game.
The Tigers will look to build off their success from last season and try to hurdle it this year under head coach Jamie Driskell.
The Tigers current overall record against teams on their 2017 schedule is 58-49-0.
Malakoff hosts “Meet the Tigers” on Friday, Aug. 18 as well their “Soap scrimmage” night against Kerens. Admission into the game is a box or bottle of laundry soap or bars of bath soap for the Tigers athletic department.
The scrimmage against Kerens on Aug. 18 starts at 6 p.m. at Malakoff High School.
The Tigers then have one more scrimmage at Sunnyvale on Aug. 24 before their 2017 season gets underway on the road against Bullard on Sept. 1.

Aug

10

Posted by : admin | On : August 10, 2017

Special to The News
ATHENS–Athens graduate Cameron Woodard is named to the honorable mention team as a shortstop on the Class 4A Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association’s All-State Baseball Team.
Woodard batted .352 with nine runs batted in. He had 18 stolen bases, four doubles and one triple for the area round finalist.
Here is the Class 4A All-State Baseball Team.
First Team Pitchers – Caleb Bolden, Pleasant Grove, Sr.; Connor Carlton, Abilene Wylie, Jr.; Dru Dziedzic, Waco Robinson, Sr.
Relief pitcher – Bryce Elder, Decatur, Sr.
Catcher – Schuyler Thibodaux, Bridge City, Jr.
First baseman – Bryce Gist, Abilene Wylie, Sr.
Second baseman – Bobby Goodloe, Godley, Jr.
Shortstop – Zach Smith, Abilene Wylie, Sr.
Third baseman – Brett Cain, China Spring, Sr.
Outfielders – Bostyn Andrews, Bushland, Sr.; Tameron Duran, Levelland, Sr.; Nick Gerber, Levelland, Sr.
DH – Jack Dallas, West Orange-Stark, Sr.
Player of the Year – Connor Carlton, Abilene Wylie, Jr.
Coach of the Year – Clay Martin, Abilene Wylie
Second Team Pitchers – Tyler Jeans, Pleasant Grove, Sr.; Collin Pippen, Kilgore, Sr.; Hutton Frazier, Abilene Wylie, Sr.
Relief pitcher – Cole Payne, Cuero, Jr.
Catcher – Kyle Lovelace, Hudson, Sr.
First baseman – Jacob Ochoa, Levelland, Sr.
Second baseman – Cade Thompson, Pleasant Grove, Sr.
Shortstop – Brock Brandl, El Campo, Sr.
Third baseman – Braxton Ashcraft, Waco Robinson, Jr.
Outfielders – Dillon Carter, Argyle, Soph.; Keylon Mack, Gladewater, Jr.; Nolberto Pena, Levelland, Sr.
DH – Ryon Stubblefield, Orangefield, Sr.
Third Team Pitchers – Levi Geagley, Lampasas, Sr.; (tie) Jordan Martinez, Sinton, Sr.; Kristopher Hinkel, Zapata, Sr.; Brett Brown, Godley, Jr.
Relief pitcher – (tie) Colton Kirkland, Bushland, Sr.; Chase Lummus, Godley, Soph.
Catcher – Colton Moore, Bushland, Jr.
First baseman – (tie) Will Cerny, Sealy, Sr.; Lance Davis, Snyder, Jr.
Second baseman – (tie) Jake Santos, Somerset, Fresh.; Brendon Woelfle, Pampa, Sr.
Shortstop – Adam Oviedo, Alvarado, Sr.
Third baseman – Shelby Becker, Giddings, Jr.
Outfielders Jonathan Carrillo, Sinton, Sr.; Mason Schubert, Abilene Wylie, Sr.; Riggs Threadgill, Fredricksburg, Jr.
DH – (tie) Peyton Powell, Waco Robinson, Soph. Harley Price, Brownwood, Sr.
Honorable MentionPitchers — Braxton Ashcraft, Waco Robinson, Jr.; Will Cerny, Sealy, Sr.; Chad Dallas, West Orange-Stark, Jr.; Jack Dallas, West Orange-Stark, Sr.; Drew Dobbins, Salado, Jr.; Easton Jones, Stephenville, Jr.; Jorge Mendiaz, Levelland, Sr.; Matt Rudis, Madisonville, Jr.; Kyle Schaefer, Sweeny, Sr.; Javan Smitherman, Kilgore, Jr.; Ryon Stubblefield, Orangefield, Sr.
Catchers — Levi Bass, China Spring, Sr.; Dennis Englemann, Caldwell, Sr.; Cody Storrs, Stephenville, Soph.
First basemen —Caleb Dubois, Bridge City, Jr.; Bryson Hudgens, Argyle, Jr.; Zach Poe, Madisonville, Jr.; Jordan Weeks, Wimberley, Jr.; Tate Whittington, Melissa, Jr.
Second basemen — Chad Dallas, West Orange-Stark, Jr.; Tyrus Sheehan, Iowa Park, Sr.; Austin Simmerman, Bonham, Sr.; Tyler Torres, Glen Rose, Jr.; Troy Zepeda, Rio Hondo, Sr.
Shortstops — Sam Bennett, Madisonville, Sr.; Caleb Bolden, Pleasant Grove, Sr.; Jacoby Bogue, Van, Sr.; Brett Brown, Godley, Jr.; Mason Cooper, Waco Robinson, Jr.; Dylan Dougherty, Hidalgo, Sr.; Keagan Downs, Pleasanton, Sr.; Tyler Haywood, Levelland, Sr.; Kase Johnson, Iowa Park, Soph.; Jordan Martinez, Sinton, Sr.; Chase Partain, Silsbee, Sr.; J.T. Penick, Hudson, Sr.; Taylor Swarbrick, Aubrey, Jr.; Cameron Woodard, Athens, Sr.
Third basemen — Matt Bass, Snyder, Sr.; Chris Dickens, Iowa Park, Soph.; Austin Kwiatkowski, Robstown, Jr.

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Mabank resident Scott Tuley announces his bid for Henderson County Precinct 2 Commissioner Saturday at Gun Barrel City Park Pavilion.

Mabank resident Scott Tuley announces his bid for Henderson County Precinct 2 Commissioner Saturday at Gun Barrel City Park Pavilion.

By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–About two dozen family and friends gathered Saturday at the Gun Barrel City Park Pavilion to hear Scott Tuley announce his intention to run for Henderson County Precinct 2 Commissioner.
Current commissioner Wade McKinney announced last week in Commissioners Court that he would not seek re-election this November, pointing out that over his last six terms he’s gathered enough experiences to fill two life times with both memories and lessons.
During Tuley’s heartfelt speech, he said becoming commissioner would fulfill a goal of his to be of greater service to those living in the southern part of the county.
“I chose this location, the pavilion in Gun Barrel City (to make this announcement), because it is the heart of Precinct 2 and home to the many citizens who have always supported me in the past,” he said.
Tuley retired after 21 years with TXU Energy and has operated businesses, including Titled T Distributors, the last 12 years; and a mobile disco entertainment business for the last 10 years, along with his wife, Angie Harley Tuley.
He is best-known for his eight years of service on the Mabank ISD school board, where he participated in the planning of the high school on U.S. 175 and the remodel of all three elementary schools. He has also served on local youth sports organizations, including the Tri-County Football Association, MLLFA and the Mabank Baseball and Softball Association.
He is a member of Gun Barrel City Toys for Tots and the Cedar Creek Lake Parrot Head Club.
“We are a political powerhouse here in Precinct 2. We need someone with a voice to represent our lake area,” he said, asking for volunteers to help with his Republican campaign. “We already have several people who have volunteered to host events, but we need more.”