Apr

07

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Kevin Lilly (right), who owns and operates 18 McDonald’s restaurants in East Texas, told Malakoff Rotary members March 29 about his company’s new building which opened this month, nearly 10 years after the Malakoff location first opened across the street. Lilly was joined by local store marketing coordinator Berta Winn (left).

By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF–Malakoff Rotarians learned details March 29 about the construction and first few days of the city’s McDonald’s restaurant, which opened its new location earlier this month after being located across Highway 198 for nearly 10 years.
Kevin Lilly, who along with his wife, Jeaneane, owns and operates 18 McDonald’s locations stretching from Buffalo to Kaufman, and from Ennis to Tyler.
He said the new Malakoff building opened March 10, with ribbon-cutting ceremonies April 1. The ribbon will be made of $5 bills in the amount of $250, which will be donated to the Malakoff High School band. A grand opening was April 2, featuring the McDonald’s character, the Hamburglar.
The new building is 3,500 square feet, Lilly said, as opposed to the 2,000 square feet of space formerly shared with the Exxon convenience store across the highway. McDonald’s of Malakoff opened in Nov. 2006 with a 10-year lease at the former location, Lilly said. It took nine days to move everything across the road, Lilly said. A 1948 license plate was found during demolition and excavation of the gas station which sat at the new McDonald’s site, he added.
One feature of the new building is its interior décor. It includes stone bar stools and a leather couch, which has become a “casual centerpiece,” Lilly said.
The upscale wood and stone interior décor is a prototype and will be featured at McDonald’s Corporations worldwide convention in April, he added. Expanded restrooms are another feature. Lilly reported that the new restaurant, which is managed by Anisa Nelms, has been a big hit.
Lilly said the No. 1 question he receives is about lack of an indoor or outdoor playground. Lilly explained that the 1.01-acre site is “real tight,” and in addition, the finances were not feasible. Another possible location was explored which abuts Brookshire’s grocery, Lilly also said, before settling on the site at the northeast corner of highways 198 and 31.
Lilly, who was accompanied at the Rotary luncheon by local store marketing coordinator Berta Winn, also praised the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) on solving access and drainage issues, along with adjacent property owners.
Lilly said he also spoke to Malakoff Rotary Club around the time of the restaurant’s 2006 opening and is a current city resident. “We feel very, very bonded and feel good about Malakoff,” he said.

Apr

07

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Leon Gilmore

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TVCC Cardinal Leon Gilmore on his official visit to Colorado State University. Gilmore committed to Colorado State March 27.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
ATHENS–Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) basketball player Leon Gilmore committed to play for the Colorado State University Rams, March 27. Gilmore made the announcement official via his personal Twitter account.
Colorado State is coached by Larry Eustachy. They finished up this season with a 18-16 record and last made the NCAA Tournament in 2013.
Eustachy has been a Division One head coach since 1990. He is in his fourth season as the basketball coach at Colorado State. He has 486 career wins, five conference championships, two conference coach of the year awards and five NCAA Tournament appearances.
“I’m very excited about getting to play for Coach Eustachy,” Gilmore said. “Everyone tells me he is one of the best in the business and I know he has had a lot of success with junior college players. I’m really looking forward to playing on a team where I can make an impact. I just want to be a part of something great.”
Gilmore played high school basketball at Manvel High School in Houston. He was a four star recruit according to 247 Sports and was ranked as the eighth best player in Texas and 135th best in the nation.
He committed to play college ball at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb under coach Greg McDermott. He also had offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Houston, Arkansas, Louisiana Tech, Nebraska, Texas, Oklahoma State, UNLV, VCU and Georgetown.
Gilmore saw action in eight games as a freshman and missed the last six weeks of the season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. He decided to transfer to TVCC in hopes of getting more playing time.
This past season at TVCC, under coach Kris Baumann, Gilmore averaged 11 points and seven rebounds per game. He started every game for the Cardinals and led the Cardinals to a 33-2 record and an appearance in the NJCAA quarterfinals in March. TVCC was ranked number one in the country for most of the season.
“I had a lot of great memories and games from my time in Athens,” Gilmore said. “This is one of the best teams I have been a part of and coach Baumann is an amazing coach. He made it clear from day one what he expected out of us. I want to thank all the Cardinal fans for their support this season. They played a big part in helping us have the success that we did.”
Gilmore also had offers from Georgia, LSU, Stephen F. Austin, Little Rock, FIU and UT-Arlington.
With Colorado State losing forward Tiel Daniels to graduation, Gilmore will have a chance to make a huge impact for the Rams next season. Gilmore is a high-motor player who can guard any position on the floor.
“I can step in and do whatever the coaches ask me to do,” Gilmore said. “I just want to help this team be successful.”

Apr

07

Posted by : admin | On : April 7, 2016

michael Gain

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Cross Roads named Michael Gain as their new head coach April 4. Gain has 11 years of coaching experience and is hoping to lead the bobcats to the playoffs for the first time in 16 years. Gains has had previous stops at Skidmore-Tynan, Manvel, Mathis, Ingleside and Latexo. This is his first head coaching job. “I’m excited to be here and I’m ready to get to work,” Gain said. “I’m not coming in here expecting anything less than success.”

By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
CROSS ROADS–A new face will be roaming the sidelines for the Cross Road Bobcats this season. Michael Gain was named the new head coach of the Bobcats April 4.
Gain has been coaching high school football for 11 years. He has had previous stops at Skidmore-Tynan, Manvel, Mathis, Ingleside and Latexo. This is his first head coaching job.
“I’m very excited to be here at Cross Roads,” Gain said. “I see a lot of talent on this team. We have a lot of good pieces and once we put them together I think we will start to have success. Building a football program is like putting together a puzzle.”
Cross Roads has struggled in football and haven’t made the playoffs since 2003. The Bobcats have only had three or more wins in four of the last 15 years. This past season, the Bobcats got out to a solid start, winning three of their first five games, despite the early success the team lost their last five games in a row and didn’t win a district contest for the second straight year. They finished 3-7.
The Bobcats will graduate several key players from last year’s team including Aaron Arden, Blake McCracken, Skyler Himes and Luke Carnes. Gains will look to players like Taylor McKenzie, Tyler Johnson and Clayton Flowers to step up and make an impact next year. Gain says he expects big things out of McKenzie from the quarterback position.
“We need to gain more strength and speed in order to compete,” Gain said. “We are working on it now and I want to see results by the end of this year and then work through the summer. The big goal is to make the playoffs just like every other school wants to do.”
Cross Roads will be in a new district next season with Big Sandy, Cayuga, Gladewater, Union Grove, Hawkins and Kerens. The Bobcats hope to snap their 16 year playoff drought.
Gain calls himself an “ADHD” coach who likes to coach with a ton of energy. “I expect high energy from my coaching staff and from the kids. We want to make this an adventure and not a job.”
Above all else, Gain hopes that the kids and staff buy into his program and improve. “I’m excited to be here and I’m ready to get to work,” Gain said. “I’m not coming in here expecting anything less than success.”

Apr

07

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Loretta Vieregge

Loretta Vieregge

Loretta Vieregge, 85, of Malakoff, went home to the Lord March 4, 2016, in Athens.
Loretta was born Nov. 13, 1930, to Ernest Stout and Mary Louise Thigpen Stout in Dekalb.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Mary Louise Stout, soul mate Lewis Vieregge, son David Vieregge, sisters Shirley Hilton, Joy Getzie; brothers Billy Joe Stout, Charles Stout, Ernest Stout Jr., and Lucky Stout.
She is survived by her daughters, Kathy Vieregge, Carolyn and husband Jerry Land; son Rick and wife Debbie Vieregge, brothers Jerry and wife Linda Stout, Billy and wife Linda Stout; sisters-in-law Dorothy Stout, Bettie and husband Allen Mitchell, Joyce and husband Ray Downs; grandchildren Justin Vieregge, Josh Vieregge and fiancé Kelsey Reed, Jennifer and husband Bobby Little, Jarrod and wife Courtney Land; great-grandchildren Knox and Camden Vieregge, and Clayton Land; numerous nieces and nephews, family and friends.
Service were held March 6, 2016, at the Baptist Church, in Malakoff with Bro. Casey Perry and Bro. Jody Jones officiating.
Pallbearers were Josh Vieregge, Jarrod Land, Bobby Little, Tommy Tanner, Luke Odenthal, and Mike Monroe. Honorary Pallbearers were Justin Vieregge, Tony Stout, Ronald Hilton, Curtis Hall, Casey Stout, Rodney Stout, Randy Stout and Richard Stout.
Interment was held at Malakoff Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at www.tomlinsonfuneral.com.

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

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Worked up photos Mugshots Philip Hestily

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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

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Athens junior high

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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.