May

11

Posted by : admin | On : May 11, 2017

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–A night of swimming in Coleman Park in Athens went tragic May 4 when a 19-year old drowned while swimming to an island in the pond.
A water rescue team from the Longview fire department retrieved the dead body of James Riley Wallace, of Athens, from the water. His mother and family was brought to the scene a short time later to grieve the loss of their loved one.
According to Athens police chief Buddy Hill, the group of teens, two male and two female, were fishing at the pond in Coleman Park on the north west side when Wallace decided to swim to the large island in the lake. Wallace only made it about halfway before the cold water made the swim difficult and he went under.
According to reports the other male attempted to swim out to Wallace but quickly experienced exhaustion and had to return to shore.
The Athens Fire Department and Athens Police Department immediately responded to the 9-1-1 call at about 8 p.m. and begun searching for the teen while swimming and manning the AFD rescue boat until the water rescue team arrived from Longview at 11:20, and located Wallace’s body 12:53 a.m. Friday morning. Water temperature was measured at 54 degrees Fahrenheit.
A helicopter from East Texas Medical Center flew over the water to spot the teen as water rescue attempts were made.
Foul play is not expected, but Justice of the Peace Milton Adams sent the body off for an autopsy to American Forensics in Mesquite.
The pond was created from an old clay pit and has long had a pier on the south side for fishing. The pier was recently damaged by a fire and closed off. Swimming is not permitted in the pond.

May

04

Posted by : admin | On : May 4, 2017

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By Rollin Hadsell
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Lady Tigers advanced to the area round of the UIL state softball playoffs after sweeping Blooming Grove April 27 and 29. The Lady Tigers won game one 10-2 on Thursday and came back on Saturday to shut out Blooming Grove 4-0.
In game one, the Lady Tigers pounded out 13 hits, including nine in the fifth and sixth innings, when they blew open a 3-2 game with seven runs to take a 10-2 lead. Chaney Tart was 2-4 with three runs scored and four runs batted in, including a home run. Joey White was 3-4 with three runs scored and Chyann Jarrett finished the game 2-4 with two runs scored. Abby Terzis was 1-1 with a run scored and two RBIs., Cheyanne Robertson was 1-4 with a run and an RBI, Hanna Terzis finished the game 2-4 with a run batted in and Jaci Spiva was 1-3 with an RBI. Jewell Jones also had a hit for the Lady Tigers.
Tart got the win for the Lady Tigers, pitching all seven innings and giving up only two runs on four hits while walking three and striking out 10 Blooming Grove hitters.
In game two Saturday at Blooming Grove, Tart pitched a complete-game shutout to wrap up the series for the Lady Tigers. Tart gave up only four hits, walked two and struck out 10 in the victory. Claire Spivey was 2-4 with a run scored, Tart was 1-3 and drove in a run, Hannah Terzis finished with three hits in four at-bats with a run batted in and Abby Terzis was 1-4 with a run scored.
The Lady Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the first on a double by Spivey and an RBI single from Tart. The score stayed 1-0 until the sixth, when Malakoff added another run on a double by Hannah Terzis a walk from Jones and a single by E. White to make it 2-0. The Lady Tigers got two insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Abby Terzis singled with two outs, moved to second on a catcher’s interference, putting Robertson at first and a double by Hannah Terzis. An RBI single by Spiva made it 4-0.
The Lady Tigers are now 22-7 on the season and will play Whitney in the area round of the playoffs. Game one will be at 7 pm. Friday, May 5, in Waxahachie. Game two will be at noon Saturday in Waxahachie. Game three, if necessary, will be played 30 minutes after the conclusion of game two.

May

04

Posted by : admin | On : May 4, 2017

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By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
CANTON–According to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth Tuesday, a total of seven tornadoes formed Saturday, April 29. Four of them were rated EF-0 (65-85 mph) appearing with brief tracks near Grand Saline at 4:15 p.m., near Canton at 5:10 p.m., near Cumby from 5:30-5:50 p.m. and southwest of Canton leaving a brief track around 7:13 p.m. The EF- 4 (166-200 mph) that left a long track from Eustace moving into Van Zandt County west of Canton left a mile-wide swath of damage between 5:29 and 6:09 p.m.
An EF-2 tornado tracked east of the EF-4 from Eustace into Van Zandt County west of Canton between 5:41 and 6:04 p.m.
However, an EF-3 (136-165 mph) tornado stayed on the ground for 51 miles tracking from Van Zandt County through Canton and into Rains County and lasted from 6:08 p.m. to 7:28 p.m., the result of which were four deaths including a welder from Corsicana Russell “Rusty Barlow, 51, who was crushed under a race car lift when the tornado hit. He was at his step-daughter’s wedding.The other victims were identified Monday as Kenneth Hughes, 57, of Van Zandt County who was at home with his wife on VZCR 2434 when the tornado hit, his wife was injured, Lucretia Sykes, 49, of Fort Worth and James Clayton Young, 39, of Alba who was traveling on State Highway 64 just outside of Canton when the tornado hit, dragging his car off 200 yards.
Three hospitals in Tyler, Athens and Cedar Creek Lake treated 56 people with six remaining hospitalized Tuesday and one in critical condition.
At least one of these tornadoes, probably the EF-3, caused a pile up of around 30 cars on the I-20 near Canton, perhaps the same one that left a mile-wide swath of destruction on Old Bethel Road, VZCR 230, north of Phalba. The historic Bethel Cemetery suffered its gate and fencing twisted, and it was reported a wedding was also being conducted at a residence in the path of the tornado.
Utility poles were struck as were transformers, turning the lights off in about 14,000 homes. Oncor contractors and other companies were seen throughout the weekend repairing downed power lines and poles. Linemen worked tirelessly and most of Canton had electricity by 8 a.m. May 1. However, homes in the Phalba area and on Old Bethel Road were still using portable generators to get power on Tuesday.
The intersection at State Highways 243 and 19 was deserted, an intersection that once saw thousands of motorists a day, especially during First Monday. Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett was televised Sunday asking visitors to refrain from coming to Trade Days, as the city fights to recover from the devastation.
On Monday and Tuesday, tree trimming crews were out in force and the buzz of chain saws could be heard throughout the affected areas.
On Monday, the Office of the Governor released a statement that Gov. Abbott had declared a State of Disaster in three Texas Counties: Henderson, Van Zandt and Rains. “The recent severe weather across our state has had a devastating impact on the people of East Texas,” Abbott said. “Texans by their very nature are resilient, and I am confident we will remain steadfast in our response to this disaster. I ask that everyone keep those impacted in your prayers as we come together to rebuild in the aftermath of these storms.
Unhappily the weather forecast for Wednesday was more severe weather.

May

04

Posted by : admin | On : May 4, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
PFLUGERVILLE–Trinidad High School junior track athlete Erica Airheart will be competing at the UIL State Track and Field Meet after qualifying as the wild card in the triple jump at the regional meet April 28-29 in Pflugerville.
Airheart finished third at the regional meet, but having the next best non-advancing jump in the state qualifies her for the state meet, which will be held May 11-13 at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin.
Her jump of 36 feet, six inches was a personal best and just one and a half inches behind the second-place finisher. The jump was the not only the third best in the region, but in the state as well, as the top three at the state meet are from region four. Airheart will compete at 8 a.m. Friday, May 12.
Airheart also qualified for regionals in the high jump, where she had a seventh-place finish, with a height of four feet, eight inches.
Eryn Airheart finished 15th in the 800-meter run with a time of 3:17.09. the third regional qualifier for the Lady Trojans, Ashlee Stevenson, was 16th in the long jump with a distance of nine feet, eight and three quarter inches.

May

04

Posted by : admin | On : May 4, 2017

Henderson obit

Sandra Henderson, 74, of Athens passed away April 26, 2017. Sandra was born April 27, 1942 in Dallas to Raymond and Dorthy Louise Henderson.
She is preceded in death by her parents Raymond Henderson and Dorthy Henderson, sisters Marilyn “Babe” Allen and Carolin Henderson and brother Bobby Ray Henderson.
She is survived by her children Sherrie and husband David Whiteley, Raman Nassar, Shannon Baland Fate and wife Debbie Warren, Tonya and husband Manuel Salinas, brothers Teddy and wife Debbie Henderson, Jimmy Don and wife Patty Henderson, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and loved ones.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m Sunday, May 7 at Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff with Bro. Brian Chance officiating.

May

04

Posted by : admin | On : May 4, 2017

Monitor Photo/Erik Walsh Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders (center), along with county commissioners proclaim the month of May as May Elder Abuse Prevention Month alongside adult protective services board and case workers.

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Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders (center), along with county commissioners proclaim the month of May as May Elder Abuse Prevention Month alongside adult protective services board and case workers.


By Erik Walsh
The News Staff Writer
HENDERSON COUNTY–The night skies in Henderson Country are going to be brighter this Memorial Day after commissioners agreed to allow the sale of fireworks in Henderson County for the Veteran holiday.
The approval is noteworthy because last May the court denied vendors the lawful right to sell fireworks in the county, citing that the holiday is one of sober reflection, not explosive celebration.
Commissioners sang a different tune Tuesday, approving the resolution 4-1 with only Judge Richard Sanders opposing. There was some discussion prior to the vote, with a representative from the firework sales community appealing to the commissioners.
Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin weighed the negatives to fireworks, stating that some people are irresponsible with their use and uncourteous with the times they fire them.
Texas Counties decide their own fate concerning fireworks sales for three Texas Holidays: Feb. 25-March 2 (Texas Independence Day); April 16-April 21 (San Jacinto Day) and May 25-30 (Memorial Day).
Commissioners also approved the transfer of a flying drone to the possession of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office. Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse addressed the court concerning the acquisition of the new drone.
“We will only use the drone for search situations with warrants signed by a judge,” Hillhouse said.
Hillhouse said the drone could provide valuable intelligence of protentional hostile environments and keep his deputies out of harm’s way. The Sheriff’s Office will not need to purchase any additional parts and will receive proper training to operate the drone.
Commissioners also accepted donations of children’s blankets to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office from the Linus Project. The blankets will go in deputies’ cars to be given to children in stressful situations for comfort.
Commissioners also made two proclamations, calling May Elder Abuse Prevention Month and Older American Month.
“We need to highlight these issues when they come before us,” Sanders said. “I think it’s despicable to take advantage of elderly and disabled people.”
Geeslin agreed. “Child abuse is rightfully getting lots of attention and this problem is not unlike it,” he said. “The victims cannot speak up. I proudly support this proclamation.”
Precinct 2 Commissioner Wade McKinney said he draws strength from the older generation. “There is a lot of wisdom that gets overlooked,” McKinney said. “They really are one of our greatest assets.”
Commissioners took the time to thank first responders and emergency service workers for their toil over the weekend and weeks to come after the tornadoes in Henderson County and reminded the court not to forget their neighbors to the north that lost much in the disaster.
Commissioners took a lengthy executive session to interview up to 15 applicants to fill the unoccupied seat of Justice of the Peace Precinct 5. No action was made on Tuesday.
In other action, Commissioners:
• appointed Precinct 1 Commissioner Ken Hayes to fill Geeslin’s seat on the IT Committee. Geeslin served on the committee for more than six years,
• approved paying bills totaling $157,591.63 and
• extended the bidding window for pest control services for another three weeks. The court dropped the former contractor for “lack of service and overcharging.”

Apr

27

Posted by : admin | On : April 27, 2017

News Staff Reports
LAKE PALESTINE–The man who survived his boat going over the spillway at Lake Palestine April 19 died Sunday. His wife, Billemarie, 67, was pronounced dead at the scene. A double memorial service is set for Bille and Keith Wagnon, 69, was held Wednesday (April 26) at Rhone Memorial Chapel in Palestine. They were both local residents.
The News reporter Russell Slaton happen to have witnessed the horrific event from a distance, catching it on video, using his cell phone. Slaton said he felt helpless to do anything to prevent the tragedy from occurring. “I looked and kept thinking he would turn back, but he didn’t,” Slaton said. “Suddenly it went over and then there were several loud bangs or thuds.”
Game Warden Mike Hanson said freeing the boat to remove it was a problem because it got caught on some concrete pillars.
According to Hanson, the boat, occupied by a man and a woman, was traveling at a fast pace along the lake, traveling southward toward the dam. Hanson said the boat continued to travel and then passed the buoys which indicate the spillway’s edge, and continued straight on.
Hanson said some fisherman on the river near the spillway rushed over to try to save the boat’s occupants.
The man survived, but the woman was declared dead by Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Phillip Grimes from Cherokee County. He was taken to a Tyler hospital and placed in Intensive Care, where he later died. Keith and Billemarie Wagnon were married for 50 years.
No foul play is suspected.

Apr

27

Posted by : admin | On : April 27, 2017

Athens Fire
The New Staff Reports
ATHENS–Investigators are still looking into the cause of a deadly fire Saturday that resulted in the death of a man said to be in his 70s.
Fire at a boarding house on East College Street was reported at 8:36 p.m. However upon arrival, Athens Fire Department firefighters found the two-story structure fully involved. The name of the deceased was not disclosed as authorities hadn’t reached a next of kin by press time Wednesday.
The house was more than 3,500 square feet and built in the 1920s, Fire Chief John McQueary estimated.
The man was one of five or six individuals renting rooms in the house.
The chief reports rescue attempts made by the neighbors and another resident who saw the man on the second floor. “We assume he was overcome by smoke and probably collapsed. When the fire got intense enough for the floor and roof to fall, he ended up on the bottom floor,” McQueary said.
The blaze was so powerful firefighters were prevented from going inside upon arrival due to the flames. Their efforts prevented the fire from spreading to the two neighboring houses on either side. However, these structures sustained minor damage from the heat, McQueary said.

Apr

27

Posted by : admin | On : April 27, 2017

The News Staff Reports
MALAKOFF–Lady Tiger Chaney Tart threw a complete-game four-hit shutout in Malakoff’s 4-0 victory over Athens April 21 in a warm-up game for both teams before starting bi-district play.
Tart was dominant in the game, throwing only 91 pitches, striking out five and walking two. Offensively, Tart was 1-2 with a run scored and drew a walk. Abby Terzis led the Lady Tigers by going 2-3 with a run scored and three RBIs. Athens’ Kristin House also threw a complete game, giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits, walking four and striking out two.
The Lady Tigers wasted no time getting on the board, scoring two runs in the first inning. Chyann Jarrett walked on four pitches to start the inning. With two outs, Abby Terzis singled to score Jarrett. Cheyanne Robertson walked and Terzis scored after moving to third and then home on two passed balls.
Malakoff made it 4-0 in the bottom of the third. Joey White singled, moved to second on a Tart walk and both runners scored on an Abby Terzis double to left.
White went 1-3 with a run scored and Jaci Spiva was 1-3 for the Lady Tigers. Jarrett walked twice and scored a run and Robertson drew a walk in the game.
For Athens, Tyler Greene, Bianca Garcia and Jennifer Bradford each finished the night 1-3. Bailey Collins was 1-2 for the Lady Hornets. Athens falls to 11-14 on the season. The Lady Hornets will face China Spring in a best of three series. Game two will be played April 28 beginning at 5 p.m. Game three, if necessary, will begin 30 minutes after game two concludes.
The Lady Tigers improve to 20-6-1 and have won 14 straight games. Malakoff’s last loss was a 7-6 loss to Class 5A Mansfield Summit March 4.
The Lady Tigers will play Saturday, April 29 in game two of their bi-district playoff series against Blooming Grove. Game two will begin at 1 p.m. with game three starting 30 minutes after game two if necessary.

Apr

27

Posted by : admin | On : April 27, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
TEAGUE–The Malakoff Tigers and Lady Tigers had a great day at the area meet in Teague April 20. The two teams had numerous athletes qualify for the regional meet, which will be held April 28-29 at Baylor University. The top four finishers from the area meet qualify for the regional meet.
Malakoff senior Tyler Russell heads to regionals in the high jump and is the defending state champion. Russell will also compete in the 300-meter hurdles and the long jump after winning all three events at the area meet. QT Barker was first in the 100-meter dash and Jack Patton finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles.
In the field events, Payton Lowrie finished second in the shot put, with Danyall Littleton taking third place in the same event. Larry Coker won the discus. Rowdy Dunklin finished fourth in the high jump, Braeshawn Williams was fourth in the long jump and Sha’Zarrion Bailey was fourth in the pole vault.
The Tiger 4×100 relay team of JaQuaylon Hart, Braeshawn Williams, Barker and Russell finished first, as well as the 4×400 relay team of Barker, Xavier McCullar, Jaterian Walker and Russell.
The Lady Tigers are sending Kenzi Crist to regionals in the high jump and the 100-meter hurdles. Jalie Dawson qualified in the 100-meter run, Joey White in the 400-meter run, Cameron Roberts in the 800-meter run and Charlsey Stearman in both the 100-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles.
Paton Willbanks qualified in the pole vault and Keikei Walker in the long jump. The 4×100 relay team of Walker, Monica Oviedo, White, Dawson and the 4×200 relay team of Walker, Daja Barron, Oviedo and Dawson will be competing at regionals.
The top two finishers in each event at regionals will qualify for the state track and field meet May 12-13 at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas at Austin campus.