Mar

16

Posted by : admin | On : March 16, 2017

Decomposing deer

By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–Texas Game Wardens worked a gruesome site recently in Log Cabin. About two dozen carcasses of white-tailed deer and remains of alligators have been cleared from property in the vicinity of a tannery and taxidermist in the Cedar Creek Lake area.
On March 10, The Texas Wardens Facebook Page posted several photos and a brief report of the spoilage of white-tailed deer lying on the ground, rotting, some covered in flies, others dried up as if been there for a long period of time; horns, capes and alligator skulls.
Game Wardens filed 24 cases of Waste of Game, a Class C misdemeanor, with Justice of the Peace Tommy Barnett. Due to the case being under active investigation, the JP5 Office declined to release the name of the taxidermist.
The post reports game wardens had received several calls. One of those calls came from recently installed Log Cabin Police Chief Todd Tucker.
“We discovered it while conducting an unrelated investigation of our own,” he said. Tucker said he made the call a couple of weeks ago.
The post states that game wardens arriving on the scene initially found 19 deer lying in the violator’s yard. It adds that the walk-in cooler had been removed from the property and sold.
The taxidermist told The News that only two deer were actually on his property and that there is much more to the story than the post on the Game Warden’s Facebook page. He plans to press charges for defamation, he said, adding he had filed a report of vandalism of his property.
Though there are more than 300 comments to the Facebook post, none of them named the taxidermist involved.
Game wardens report a total of 24 deer in a condition no longer safe for human consumption.
It reports numerous record book violations and states DNA analysis will be a part of their findings.
Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said he had been asked to investigate a possible burglary at the property, however the few leads he had didn’t pan out.
Waste of Game is an offense (Class C misdemeanor) if a person while hunting kills or wounds a game bird or game animal and intentionally or knowingly fails to make a reasonable effort to retrieve the animal or bird and include it in the person’s daily or seasonal bag limit. It is an offense if a person intentionally takes or possesses a game bird, game animal, or fish and intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly, or with criminal negligence, fails to keep the edible portions of the bird, animal, or fish in an edible condition.

Mar

16

Posted by : admin | On : March 16, 2017

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Athens Lady Hornets, led by senior Sam Smith’s two home runs, rapped out 14 hits in their 11-4 home victory over Mexia March 14 at Peg Cain Field.
Smith went 3-4 with the two home runs, three runs scored and three runs batted in to pace the Lady Hornets, who are now 6-11 overall and 2-0 in District 18-4A play.
Bianca Garcia had four hits in four at-bats for the Lady Hornets, including a double. Garcia had three runs batted in and scored three runs on the night. Smith started the Lady Hornet scoring with her first home run of the night in the bottom of the first inning, giving the Lady Hornets a 2-0 first-inning lead.
Mexia answered in the top of the third inning, scoring three times on just one hit. The Black Cats scored on a fielder’s choice and a two-run single. The Lady Hornets tied the game on a run-scoring bunt single by Lindzey Roberts, making the score 3-3.
The Lady Hornets offense exploded for six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on a two run double by House, an Alicia Grogan single, a sacrifice by Jennifer Bradford and a single by Kelli Gartman that drove in the final two runs of the inning. The Lady Hornets led 9-4 after five innings of play.
Smith belted her second home run of the evening in the bottom of the sixth inning, extending the Lady Hornet lead to 10-4. The final run scored on an error by Mexia, allowing Grogan to score from second base for an 11-4 lead.
Bayleigh Collins went 1-4 with a run scored, Gartman was 1-2 with two walks, two runs batted in and a run scored, Tyler Greene had a hit and a run scored, Grogan had one hit in four at bats with two runs scored and an RBI. Roberts also added a hit and an RBI.
Kristin House pitched a complete game for the win, giving up five runs on four hits with 10 strikeouts, while walking three batters. Only three of the runs were earned.
In a game on Monday, March 13, the Lady Hornets outlasted Palestine 15-12. Gartman led the Lady Hornets with five hits in six at-bats, three runs scored and three runs batted in. Gartman had a triple and two doubles in the game, along with a steal.
The Lady Hornets will be back in action at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 when they travel to Madisonville.

Mar

09

Posted by : admin | On : March 9, 2017

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–Three vehicles were reported stolen Monday morning in a three-hour period according to Athens Police Department reports.
Beginning at 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, the calls started rolling in to Athens Police. Officer James Graham took the first report involving a missing 2004 Dodge truck from an apartment complex in the 2100 block of East Tyler St.
The second call, coming in a few minutes later, concerned a 2006 Ford F-250 missing from a residence in the 200 block of La Jolla St. The third theft, reported around 10 a.m. involved a 2014 Buick apparently taken during the night from the 900 block of East Corsicana St.
The F-250 is reported to have been recovered in Dallas.
All three thefts are currently under investigation by the Criminal Investigations Department and may be related. No arrests had been made as of press time.

Mar

09

Posted by : admin | On : March 9, 2017

worked up mugshots Ronnie Waters

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Ronnie Waters


The News Staff Reports
ATHENS—Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse reports the arrest of four suspects involving auto theft and drug warrant charges.
Ronnie Waters, 53, was arrested at an address on State Highway 274, where a backhoe and trailer that were reported stolen were discovered. He was also found to be in possession of methamphetamines. The state jail felonies are punishable up to two years in prison and a $10,000 find.
In similar action, narcotics investigator Brad Beddingfield and deputy Kyle Pochobradsky arrived at a residence on CR 1504 to serve an outstanding felony arrest warrant for Brunswick Jones, 45, wanted for manufacturing and delivering controlled substances. During the arrest, more narcotics was located in the home under search warrant. While officers were there, two men arrived. Both were in possession of illegal drugs and were taken in. They are Michael Barker, 35 and James Sockwell, 36. Sockwell was charged with possession of meth, and both men were also charged with possession of marijuana.
“It was a busy day for our team.” Hillhouse said. “Thanks to the alert, careful and persistent work of these deputies and the growing cooperation from the community, we are making a difference.”

Mar

09

Posted by : admin | On : March 9, 2017

By Erik Walsh
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Lady Tigers basketball team got its share of post season district awards, including Jalie Dawson’s recognition as Co-Offensive MVP.
Dawson claimed the most prestigious award of all the Lady Tigers, but other gained notable recognition. Juniors Charlsey Stearman and Taliaha Dora gained a place on the All-District First Team, showing promise for next year when they are seniors.
Sophomore KeiKei Walker and senior Kerrian Toliver were named to the All-District Second Team.
Kamry Hurd, Kerrian Toliver and Charlsey Stearman were named to the All-Academic Team.
The Lady Tigers had a succesfull season, defeating Maypearl 48-46 in the Bi-District round of the State Playoffs before losing to Little River Academy 70-50 in the Area Round.
The complete District 18-3A award list is as follows:
District MVP: Jordan Jenkins, Buffalo
Offensive MVP: Kadaja Nickleberry, Teague and Jalie Dawson, Malakoff
Defensive MVP: Ashley Nickleberry and Samantha Pate, Buffalo
Newcomer of the Year: Mollie Dittmar, Buffalo
Sixth Man Award: Cady Drake, Teague
Coach of the Year: Chris Nickleberry, Teague and Jozette Jenkins, Buffalo
First Team All-District
Lauren Pate, Buffalo, Destanee Roblow, Teague, Zytaria Herod, Teague, Kennedy Bennett, Teague, Charlsey Stearman, Malakoff, Taliaha Dora, Malakoff, Kaydee Honeycutt, Leon, Sarah Grace Merry, Leon, Baylee Williams, Frankston, Trinity Boggs, Frankston, Jordon Carter, Westwood, Monica Wilson, Westwood.
Second Team All-District
Jabria Simmons, Elkhart, Naomi Williams, Elkhart, Allie Hayes, Elkhart, A’sia Bradley,Buffalo, Hannah Eakin, Buffalo, Madison Steen, Teague, Mallorie Sims, Teague, KeiKei Walker, MalaKoff, Kerrian Toliver, Malakoff, Jayla Hawkins, Frankston, Bradlie Crowley, Leon, Cameron Davidson, Leon, Janzel Baroy, Westwood, Chelsey Walker, Westwood.

Mar

09

Posted by : admin | On : March 9, 2017

ATHENS–The Athens Hornets boys basketball team had a good season, finishing with a 25-7 record and playing in the regional quarterfinal playoff match.
Lone senior Jabrile Richardson was named to the second team on the All District 18-4A squad, while juniors Miles Koehler and Gary Lyons were named to the first team. Junior Javiry Bowman was named to the second team. Junior Chris Taylor was named to the honorable mention team.
Academic all-district team members were senior Brandon Arroyo, junior Adrian Givens, Lyons, Taylor and junior Alec Scott.
The Most Valuable Player of the district went to Mexia senior Shemar High, and Offensive Player of the Year went to Fairfield senior E.J. Ransom.
Defensive Player of the Year went to Madisonville junior Tommy Holiday and Fairfield junior Kolby Adams was named Newcomer of the Year.
Complete District 18-4A awards were:
MVP: Shemar High, Sr., Mexia.
Offensive Player of the Year: E.J. Ransom, Sr., Fairfield.
Defensive Player of the Year: Tommy Holiday, Jr., Madisonville.
Newcomer of the Year: Kolby Adams, Jr., Fairfield.
All District First Team
Malcolm King, Sr., Mexia; Miles Koehler, Jr., Athens; Gary Lyons, Jr., Athens; Sam Bennett, Jr., Madisonville; Jailyn Tatum, Jr., Fairfield; Akeem Jackson, Sr., Fairfield; Eric Rhodes, Sr., Palestine.
All District Second Team
June Rischer, Sr., Fairfield; Kasey Williamson, Jr., Madisonville; Chris Mathews, So., Mexia; Javiry Bowman, Jr., Athens; Jabrile Richardson , Sr., Athens; Kadarius Spurlock, Sr., Palestine; Jaise Oliver, So., Fairfield.
Honorable Mention
Kolbe Branch, Jr., Fairfield; Nick Porter, Jr., Madisonville; Deontae McAdams, Sr., Madisonville; Kendall Moffett, Jr., Madisonville; Cornelius Merchant, Jr., Madisonville; Travion Carter, Jr., Mexia; Davion Carter, Jr., Mexia; Tykieston Gamble, So., Mexia; Chris Taylor, Jr., Athens.
Academic All-District
Athens: Brandon Arroyo, Sr; Adrian Givens, Jr.; Lyons, Jr.; Taylor, Jr.; Alec Scott, Jr.
Fairfield: Jaise Oliver, So.; James Reed, Jr.
Madisonville: Tyrese Brown, Fr.; Sam Bennett, Jr.; Kasey Williamson, Jr.
Mexia: Travion Carter, Jr.; Davion Carter, Jr.

Mar

02

Posted by : admin | On : March 2, 2017

: THE NEWS PHOTO/RUSSELL SLATON – Teri Caswell (right), executive director of Faith in Action Outreach (FIAO), tells fellow Malakoff Rotarian Julie Armstrong (left) about the FIAO Day Resource Center located in Athens, during the club’s Feb. 21 meeting.

: THE NEWS PHOTO/RUSSELL SLATON – Teri Caswell (right), executive director of Faith in Action Outreach (FIAO), tells fellow Malakoff Rotarian Julie Armstrong (left) about the FIAO Day Resource Center located in Athens, during the club’s Feb. 21 meeting.


By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
ATHENS–Malakoff Rotary members met Feb. 21 in Athens to hear Faith in Action Outreach’s executive director, fellow Rotarian Teri Caswell, give a report about the group’s Day Resource Center, which has been helping the homeless in Athens since it opened on Dec. 5, 2016.
Serving the homeless population – along with those who are on the brink of homelessness – needs extra help from the community, Caswell told Rotarians. “Since we opened our doors, the number of people we are serving continues to grow each day, so the cost of staying open is growing, too,” Caswell said.
“We need funds to keep our doors open so we can continue to serve the poor and needy in our area,” Caswell continued. “We know that God has called us to open this mission, and we know that He will provide the funds through His people – YOU! Please help us to help others.”
The fundraising drive is hosted on a GoFundMe web page, where online donations can be made. FIAO would like to reach its fundraising goal by March 15, Caswell said.
The FIAO Athens Day Resource Center, which is located at the corner of Maple and Pearl streets in northwest Athens, operates from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The center offers a safe place to use the Internet, take a shower, wash clothing, eat a warm meal, or get a coat or a blanket, along with toiletries and food items.
Several area businesses, organizations and individuals have already stepped up to the plate to help Faith in Action’s Athens Day Resource Center, Caswell said. Clothing is provided by Athens Thrift Store, while Baker Brothers and Randy Featherston donated plumbing services, including a hot water heater and finished-out shower and bathroom facilities. Acme Brick also has provided new industrial carpeting.
Malakoff Rotarians also brought donated items to Feb. 21’s meeting, including canned goods and Valentine’s Day candy. Further community service will come during Spring Break, when First Baptist Church of Athens’ will scrape, paint and perform other chores at the Athens Day Resource Center.

Mar

02

Posted by : admin | On : March 2, 2017

The News Staff Reports
CORSICANA–The Athens Hornets played their final game of the season in the Regional quarterfinals in a 88-70 loss to the Waco Connally Cadets at Corsicana High School Feb. 28.
The loss ends a solid run for the Hornets, who posted a 25-7 overall record and were second place in District 18-4A after defeating Madisonville and Mexia in a three-way playoff for the second seed in the district. The team could have finished as low as fourth place in district, but got hot at the right time and made it all the way to the third round of the state tournament.
The game wasn’t very close, as Connally led nearly the entire game besides a brief Athens lead in the opening minutes.
Athens ran into halftime with a 41-29 deficit, but cut it down to just eight points with 1:50 remaining in the third quarter when Gary Lyons hit a free throw bring the game within 53-45.
Gary Lyons finished with a team-high 25 points for the Hornets, while Miles Koehler had 17, Javiry Bowman had 15, Jabrille Richardson had 10, Chris Taylor had six and Xavius Fulton had two points.
This was the final game for seniors Richardson and Brandon Arroyo.
Snell finished the game with a game-high 33 points for the Cadets, followed by10 points each from Sidney Haddon and Korie Black. Je’Juan Forward had nine, Keith Black had five, Zailin Cleveland had four and Devin Miles had two.
Connally (26-12) will face Houston Yates in the regional tournament Friday at Sam Houston State University.

Mar

02

Posted by : admin | On : March 2, 2017

Henderson County Commissioners' Court proclaimed March 2 (today) to be remembered as Texas Independence Day throughout the county. The Sons of the Republic of Texas brought the proclamation to the court for recognition Feb. 28. on behalf of the James George Chapter headed by President Clayton Starr and local Athens member Charles Luna. Pictured (from left) are Ken Geeslin, Starr, McHam, County Judge Richard Sanders, Ken Hayes, Luna, and Wade McKinney.

Henderson County Commissioners’ Court proclaimed March 2 (today) to be remembered as Texas Independence Day throughout the county. The Sons of the Republic of Texas brought the proclamation to the court for recognition Feb. 28. on behalf of the James George Chapter headed by President Clayton Starr and local Athens member Charles Luna. Pictured (from left) are Ken Geeslin, Starr, McHam, County Judge Richard Sanders, Ken Hayes, Luna, and Wade McKinney.

By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–Henderson County Commissioners’ Court tabled action to permit the Tarrant Regional Water District Integrated Pipeline to move forward until a road closure and crossing agreement can be spelled out to the satisfaction of Precinct 1 Commissioner Ken Hayes.
Representatives from Tarrant Regional are to meet with Hayes and the County Attorney Thursday (today) so Hayes can explain to residents of Key Ranch Estates, where the pipeline will be buried, what will occur. “You understand why I need information on this, I have constituents to answer to,” Hayes said. Plans call for the crossing of one road in Key Ranch Estates, which will close the road and provide a detour for local traffic.
The commissioners were asked to approve permits to construct the pipeline in a floodplain, which had nothing to do with roads or road closures. However, Precinct 2 Commissioner Wade McKinney pointed out that this permit was the only leverage the court had to have any say in what would transpire, especially as regards to road damage caused by the construction to take place in Precinct 1.
TRWD director Wesley Cleveland tried to assure the court that the district has worked well with other counties on the project and have left roads in as good or better condition than they found them and that money was built into the budget specifically for road repairs.
Engineer Matt Gaughan answered questions about the burial of the 108-inch (nine-foot) pipe. He told Hayes that where the pipe crossed under a road that it would be encased in quick-drying concrete and he expected to open detours for the two days that the road crossing would have to close any road.
Emergency Management Coordinator Joy Kimbrough presented commissioners with an emergency management plan for the work to take place in the floodplain, stating that the permit includes a clause absolving the county from any and all liability in connection with the construction, operation and maintenance of the pipeline. There is no fee attached to the permit, she said.
The item is expected to reappear on next week’s agenda.
In other business, commissioners:
• agreed to assist with four local elections for the cities of Eustace, Athens and Gun Barrel City as well as the Athens ISD for early voting April 24-May 2 and Election Day, May 6.
• renewed membership in the Sabine-Neches Resource Conservation and Development group and appointed Thomas Fraiser and Fire Marshal Shane Renberg as representatives.
• approved bonds for 2017 county elected officials
• accepted Racial Profiling Report from the Sheriff’s Office.
• agreed to a number of appointments and reappointments to Emergency Service Districts No. 1 and no. 2.
• approved inter-local cooperation agreements for labor and equipment use in the amount of $500 with the cities of Berryville, Coffee City and Poynor.
• paid bills in the amount of $425,844.52 and payments to fire departments in Caney City and Eustace in the amount of $21,174.

Mar

02

Posted by : admin | On : March 2, 2017

TVCC men CMYK

Special to The News
ATHENS–The season series between the Trinity Valley Cardinals and Navarro Bulldogs went in favor of the Cardinals with a 90-72 victory Wednesday at Cardinal Gym.
TVCC won the first meeting between the two teams, 82-67, on Jan. 28, in Corsicana.
The No. 18-ranked Cardinals (23-5 overall, 14-3 in Region XIV Conference play) return to action Wednesday, March 1 at Tyler Junior College.
The tip is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., following the Lady Cardinals contest.
The regular season finale is March 4 as they host Kilgore Junior College on sophomore day.
TJC hosted Panola Wednesday, travels to Navarro Saturday and wraps up the regular season March 1 against TVCC.
Trinity Valley opened the contest on a 7-0 run in the first 1:06 of the game.
After a timeout by Navarro coach Michael Landers, the Bulldogs went on a 13-6 run to tie the game on a layup by Saint Hilaire. Hilaire finished the night with 20 points.
TVCC then took control of the game the remainder of the way.
With just over five minutes remaining in the first half, Amaad Wainright found Jaime Echenique for the dunk to give TVCC a 31-19 lead.
Navarro cut the deficit to 10 at the half at, 42-32, as D’Angelo Hunter hit two free throws with one second remaining. Hunter scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half of play.
In the second half, Navarro got to within, 43-35, in the first 1:15 of the half as Eric McCollom had a rebound basket.
TVCC then went on a 7-0 run with baskets by Josh Stamps, Echenique and a three from Wainright for the 50-35 lead with 16:09 remaining in regulation.
That forced Landers to call a timeout but the Bulldogs could never get the game under single digits.

With 7:03 remaining in regulation, Navarro got to within 11 as Randall Broddie found Xavier Fogle for the bucket and a 71-60 deficit.
TVCC was led by Wainright with 16 points. Stamps had 12, Jaquan Lightfoot had 11 and Echenique had 10.