Dec

09

Posted by : admin | On : December 9, 2015

By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
MABANK–The Malakoff Tigers best Mabank in an overtime thriller Tuesday.
The Panthers were beaten 50-49 in overtime. “They are a great team,” Mabank coach Tracy Carter said. “They made some plays at the end to win.”
Both teams played well to start the game and Mabank found themselves leading 12-9 after the first quarter.
Jordan Thomas had five points in the quarter to lead Mabank and QT Barker had seven to lead Malakoff.
The Tiger’s defense stepped up in the second quarter and held the Panthers to five points.
Malakoff took advantage and scored 13 points including 3-point shots by Barker and AJ Cook.
The teams went into halftime with Malakoff up 22-17. Barker led the Tigers in scoring with 10 points and Thomas had seven to led the Panthers.
Both teams played even in the third quarter answering baskets from each other. Mabank entered the fourth quarter down by five points, 33-28.
Mabank was able to retake the lead in the fourth quarter behind hot shooting from Thomas and Mark Driskell.
The Panthers were up by three with only a few seconds left in the game when Cook was fouled on a lay up. The shot went in and Cook was successful on the free throw to tie the game up at 44.
Mabank got the ball back with one more chance but a half court shot by Thomas hit the front of the rim and the teams played overtime.
In overtime, Malakoff outscored Mabank 6-5. The Panthers got the ball back with a few seconds left but their last shot was missed and Malakoff escaped with the victory.
Barker had 15 points to lead Malakoff. Cook scored 11 and Tyler Russell had eight.
Mabank was led in scoring by Jordan Thomas with 25 points. Driskell and Cole Smith each had nine points for the Panthers.

Dec

09

Posted by : admin | On : December 9, 2015

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By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
CROSS ROADS–The Cross Roads Bobcats basketball team are looking to improve on a successful season that ended in their advance to the third round of the state playoffs.
“We finished third in a very tough district,” second year head coach Bo Martin said. “To be in a district like this and make the playoffs and go three rounds deep is a successful season.”
“We are a very up tempo team that likes to play hard on defense,” Martin said. “We like to press for all 32 minutes and I like for the guys to be aggressive. We don’t play in the half court we like to use the full 84 feet and pressure you.”
He says the team’s style of play allows them to stay aggressive and lets all 15 players on the roster get on the court and contribute.
Martin also praised his team’s leadership and goal driven attitude. Cross Roads has nine seniors on this year’s team.
“Our team works hard and we always hustle,” senior guard Moises Alvarado said. He also said that as a guard he hopes to average 20 points per game.
Senior Aaron Arden says he wants to do whatever his team needs of him to win games. “It isn’t all about points for me,” he said. “I want to get my teammates involved so they can score too.”
Blake McCracken is another senior leader for the Bobcats. He wants to limit turnovers this season and to “make a positive impact for the team.”
“We have a lot of players coming back this year and lots of quickness,” McCracken said. “We are lacking a little bit in height but we make up for it with out speed.” He also added that the Bobcats have lots of younger players who can contribute to the team as well.
You can catch the Cross Roads Bobcats at home Dec 15. when they take on the Rice Bulldogs.

Dec

03

Posted by : admin | On : December 3, 2015

By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF–Malakoff Rotarians heard from Henderson County native Roy Clay, who owns the Malakoff Trading Post east of Malakoff on Highway 31, at their weekly meeting Nov. 24.
Clay has deep ties to this area. He was born in Malakoff and attended Cross Roads schools. His grandmother was the late Martha Rainwater of Malakoff, and his parents graduated from Malakoff High School.
Roy’s family settled in the Willow Springs area (between Cross Roads and Shady Oaks) around the time of the Civil War, he told Rotarians.
Clay bought the Trading Post in July. “Ultimately it’s old construction that I love,” he said. The business offers stone for domestic needs, including house veneers and patios. It offers landscape mulch, pea gravel and sod, among other landscaping-related products.
With the holidays approaching, the business is offering Christmas trees, which are Fraser firs from North Carolina. Those evergreen trees are widely used in the Christmas tree trade. The stones mostly come from Oklahoma, Colorado, Arizona and quarries in Central Texas, Clay said.
The Rotary Club also hosted Julie Brown, who is administrative assistant for the Malakoff Housing Authority, the office of which abuts the Flagg House property, home of the Malakoff Historical Society and Museum, and host of the Malakoff Rotary Club. The Flagg House is on East Main Street while the Authority’s office is at South Martin Plaza.
The housing authority has set up an Angel Tree at the office, and is seeking children’s gifts, clothing, gift cards and monetary donations.

Dec

03

Posted by : admin | On : December 3, 2015

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
ATHENS–The Athens Lady Hornets fell to the Westwood Lady Panthers in a low scoring game 36-23.
Westwood got out to a fast start and was up by 11 points after the first quarter and 15 points at halftime.
Things got better for Athens in the third quarter and they were able to outscore Westwood 13-9 but they still trailed going into the fourth quarter.
Athens kept fighting in the fourth quarter and did their best to match Westwood’s scoring but couldn’t pull any closer than 11 points before they eventually lost by 13.
The story of the game for the Lady Hornets was 21 missed free throws.
Raevon Rodriguez led Athens with nine points and Asha Clifton chipped in with seven.
Diamond Dewberry scored 10 points to lead the Lady Panthers.
The loss drops the Lady Hornets to 1-3 on the season. They will return home to play Wills Point Dec. 8.

Dec

03

Posted by : admin | On : December 3, 2015

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Special to The News
ATHENS–The City of Athens is pleased to announce the hiring of Amy Williams as the new Director of Development.
After a three-month search that drew interest from dozens of candidates across the country, Williams was selected as the person to provide new leadership to the utilities, building, planning, streets and fleet maintenance divisions of the city. Current Interim Director Gordon Mayer will be assisting Williams and the city with her transition.
According to the city’s advertisement, the position required a passionate public servant with a strong commitment to personal and professional ethics. Athens City Manager Philip Rodriguez believes they found the right person to fit that description in Amy Williams.
Many in Athens may already know Williams, as she is active on the boards of Henderson County United Way and Keep Athens Beautiful, as well as a member of the Athens Noon Kiwanis.
According to Williams, “Building relationships with the community is a top priority for me. Athens is where I want to serve, and I look forward to an even greater opportunity to do that.”
Williams joins the city’s management team after spending the last three years with Atmos Energy. She began with Atmos as an engineer, and is now serving as the Manager of Public Affairs for 35 cities in East Texas, including Athens. She also worked as an engineer for the Texas Water Development Board and the AECOM engineering firm after earning and Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Florida State University.
Rodriguez noted Williams’ engineering background was one of the things that impressed him most about her.
“Amy brings a great skillset to the City of Athens that will help us advance forward as an organization. As an engineer, she’s managed both water and wastewater projects, and has firsthand experience with state compliance in those two areas specifically.
“The opportunity to gain from Amy’s technical background as well as her excellent communication and people skills makes her a great fit for our city. Her strong understanding of budgets and strategy are also key as we increase our professionalism across the board. We’re very fortunate and excited to have her join our team.”
Williams will take over her new duties at the City of Athens Dec. 14, and will be the primary lead at the new Development Services Center, which currently houses the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The new development “one-stop shop” is scheduled to open spring of 2016, located at 622 S. Prairieville St. in Athens.

Dec

03

Posted by : admin | On : December 3, 2015

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
ATHENS–The Athens Christian Preparatory Academy (ACPA) Storm are looking to build off a state semifinals appearance from a year ago and maintain their success.
“We have three returning starters from last year and we are very small and fast,” second year head coach Cody Wilson said.
“We shoot the ball and press teams well.” Wilson also said that they need to work on their main defense because they have been playing mostly zone so far.
“Free throws are also something that we must work on,” Wilson said. “We have one guy who is a free throw shooter and that’s basically it. We also don’t have the biggest post.”
All 10 players on the ACPA basketball team were also on the football team this season. One impact player is junior Jay Ridgle.
“We want to win district this year,” Ridgle said. “That’s the mission for us.” Ridgle says one area where he needs to make improvements is his 3-point shooting.
Kaenan Nix transferred to ACPA from Brownsboro this season and hopes to make an impact on the team. He played on the JV team for the Bears and calls being a varsity squad “more serious.”
“I feel like I need to work harder now that I’m on a varsity team,” Nix said. “We just need to work on team chemistry and learn and grow together to accomplish our goals. Even the weakest link on the team needs to be able to try their hardest and make an impact.”
Other impact players for the Storm include Eli Ridgle, Trenton Adams, Conley Rollins, Paschal Wilson, and Micah and Dillon Santelli.
The Storm advanced all the way to the semifinals last season and have reason to believe that this season could be just as successful if not more.
“Everyone has to be on the same page working together to get to the goal we want,” Ridgle said. “So long as we can do that we will have success this season.”Athens Christian Prep ready for basketball season

Dec

01

Posted by : admin | On : December 1, 2015

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Karen Marie Branham, 55, of Malakoff, passed away Dec. 2, 2015.
She was born Dec. 15, 1959, in Dallas to Peggy and Tommy Marr.
She is survived by her husband, Dwaine Branham, daughters Jennifer Barker and Melissa Rushing; aunt Patsy English, uncle David Underwood and six precious grandchildren Colton Barker, Tommy Malomey, Kylee Rushing, Kassidy Rushing, Ryan Russell and Riley Russell.
She is preceded in death by her parents and brother Jackie Marr.
A memorial will be held at a later date.

Nov

25

Posted by : admin | On : November 25, 2015

Payments due by January 1, 2016

Special to The News
ATHENS–Henderson County tax statements have been mailed out, according to Henderson County Tax Assessor Collector’s office Cindy Edwards.
More than 65,000 statements were posted with payments due by the end of January.
Although the bill comes from the county tax office, each statement may include a fee from more than two dozen entities from which the tax office collects. Some of them will be on all the statements, while others, such as school districts and emergency services districts, will only show up on a portion of the bill.
For a taxpayer living in the city of Athens, seven taxing entities are listed on the bill in alphabetical order. The Athens Independent School District appears first on the bill along with those accounts for the largest amount of the total tax owed. The AISD tax rate is $1.19647 per $100 property valuation.
Homeowners received an increase in their homestead tax exemption, following the Texas Constitution Amendment Election, Nov. 3. That exemption jumped from $15,000 to $25,000. The first $25,000 of property valuation is free and clear of property tax evaluation.
The City of Athens also assesses a property tax. The rate this year is 65.4140 cents per $100 valuation. That’s followed on the statement by the Athens Municipal Water Authority. AMWA’s tax rate of 11.9729 cents per $100 valuation.
The next few slots on the statement deal with taxes imposed by the county government.
Henderson County’s tax rate for 2015 is 47.79840 cents. This is to pay the county’s general fund expenses and debt service.
Also, on the statement is the county road and bridge tax of 41.490 cents, which generates funds for the precincts to use for services such as road repairs.
Trinity Valley Community College and emergency service districts also have their tax rates collected by the Henderson County Tax Office on their behalf.

Nov

25

Posted by : admin | On : November 25, 2015

“Isis is not the ‘J.V. team,’ they are not ‘contained,’ and what happened in Paris was not merely a ‘setback.'”

Special to The News
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, made the following speech on the House floor to urge his colleagues to vote for the American Safe Act of 2015 (H.R. 4038), a bill which he cosponsored:
“Mr. Speaker, I do rise in support today of the safety and security of the American people. As members of congress, we have no more sacred responsibility. Thus, I rise in support of the SAFE Act.
“I join all Americans and all the people of the world in standing with the people of Paris. We are so sobered as to what happened to their homeland, but we are also sobered by the challenge and the grave responsibility to thwart the same evil from coming to our homeland.
“The director of the F.B.I. has testified before Congress just last month that a number of people who are of serious concern were able to slip through screenings of Iraqi refugees. That’s what the director of the F.B.I. said. This disturbing information, Mr. Speaker, obviously raises very serious red flags about lapses in the security within our current refugee vetting system.
“Again, it is why I support and I encourage all members to support the American SAFE Act of 2015. It would effectively hit the pause button on the refugee program – not the stop, but the pause button. And it’s simple legislation. It simply requires more rigid standards so that the F.B.I., the Department of Homeland Security, and the Director of National Intelligence would positively certify that each refugee from Iraq and Syria does not pose a security threat to us, to our homeland, to our families. Otherwise, they will not be permitted to set down on American soil. It is simple, it is common sense and it is needed.
“Mr. Speaker, our hearts also go out to the millions of refugees forced to flee their homes and save their lives. There is no other country in the world – no other country in the world – that has been more generous with their time and treasure to refugees than the United States of America, but today is not the day to share our territory. Not until and unless these people can be properly vetted to ensure they don’t threaten our families.
“Mr. Speaker, hopefully the world has awakened. There is a very real threat that ISIS poses, and it is not the ‘J.V. team,’ they are not ‘contained,’ and what happened in Paris was not merely a ‘setback.’
“I urge my colleagues to take the responsibility to secure our homeland seriously. This will be the first of what I know will be many steps that this chamber will take to address the growing threats that are posed to our families and our country. And I thank the sponsors of the legislation for bringing it to the floor. I urge all my colleagues to adopt it. I yield back the balance of my time.”

Nov

25

Posted by : admin | On : November 25, 2015

AliciaJeremy

Special to The News
ATHENS–Four Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) cheerleaders have qualified to participate at the UCA Collegiate Partner Stunts in January.
In competition with cheerleaders from two-year and four-year colleges nationwide, Sabrina Garcia and T.J. Ollison placed fifth and first-time competitors Alicia Sicz and Jeremy Seiver placed ninth. The TVCC four were the only junior college competitors placing in the top 10.
“It really is something special to be able to qualify for partner stunts. College cheerleaders, especially here at TVCC, put in a lot of hours,” Coach Khris Franklin said.
“Practice, workouts, supporting our athletic teams and community involvement take up about 20 hours a week from each member of the team,” she added.
“In order to create a qualifying video, Sabrina, Alicia, TJ, and Jeremy have to put in an additional 5-10 hours a week on their own time. And for both couples to qualify Top 10 and one couple making Top 5, it really is a testament to their hard work and commitment. With the efforts of previous coaches, alumni, my third year athletes, the sophomore class, and the incoming rookie class, I have been blessed to get to work with some of the best cheerleading athletes I’ve seen in my almost twenty years of college cheerleading,” Franklin said.