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Posted by : admin | On : January 19, 2017

Special to The News
ATHENS–Trinity Valley Community College is hosting the 9th annual National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Rodeo, Feb. 10-11, at the Fairground Park in Athens.
The event will feature approximately 400 contestants from 20 colleges and universities including: Hill College, Southwest Texas Junior College, McNeese State University, Louisiana State University, Trinity Valley Community College, Northeast Texas Community College, Lone Star Community College – Montgomery, Panola Junior College, Texas A&M University, Sam Houston State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas A&M University – Kingsville, and Wharton County Junior College.
Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening at The Henderson County Fair Park Complex with slack beginning at noon Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday. Each night during the rodeo performance, children can compete in a Calf Scramble to win prizes.
Each NIRA member college has its own club composed of student members and sponsored by a faculty advisor who supervises the club’s activities. Each year, a 6-member men’s team and a 4-member women’s team from each school travel to the regional rodeos competing against other NIRA member schools. Those not chosen for the team may compete on an individual basis and still be eligible for all prizes except those given to the team. The top three contestants in each event from each of the NIRA’s 11 regions qualify to compete in the CNFR. The top two men’s teams and women’s teams also qualify from the regions.
General admission tickets are $5.00 each and may be purchased in advance at Lone Star Western Wear in Athens, or on the night of the performance at the gate. Admission is free with a current TVCC ID. All proceeds generated by the rodeo are given back to the students to further their education.
Several local hotels are offering competitive rates for rodeo competitors and families. Please contact the Holiday Inn Express, Best Western Royal Mountain Inn, and Super 8 to learn more. Don’t forget to mention that you’re with the TVCC Rodeo event to receive these special rates.

Jan

19

Posted by : admin | On : January 19, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
The Malakoff Lady Tigers dropped a district contest to Teague, 50-42, Friday in Malakoff.
The Lady Tigers were led by Kamry Hurd with 13 points. Jalie Dawson had 12, Taliha Dora had seven, Nakeya Kelley had four and Charlsey Stearman and KeiKei Walker had two each.
The boys team also fell to the Lions, that game by the score of 73-61.
The Tigers were led by Tyler Russell with 21 points. Katoriuhn Dewberry had 12, Danyal Littleton and Breashawn Williams had seven, JaQuaylon Hart had six, QT Barker, Jake Lee, Kadderious Thomas and AJ Cook had two.

Jan

19

Posted by : admin | On : January 19, 2017

John Wray Swearing in
Special to The News
AUSTIN – State Representative John Wray took the oath of office Jan. 10 inside the Texas State Capitol, marking the beginning of his second term in the Texas House.
“I’m honored to represent House District 10 again in the Texas legislature, and will continue to fight tirelessly for the people and values of Ellis and Henderson Counties,” said Wray. “I am proud of the accomplishments we achieved last session, and although we face new challenges, I believe the House will continue to approach issues in the same conservative, pragmatic, and fiscally responsible manner that has helped our state prosper.”
In his first term as State Representative, Wray was appointed to the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee and the Ways and Means Committee. As a member of those committees, Wray helped pass open carry legislation, increased security at the Texas-Mexico border, and provided nearly $4 billion in tax relief to Texans.
Wray also passed the most bills of any freshmen representative, and filed bills to repeal taxes, honor Texan and American hero Chris Kyle, establish a higher education campus in the district, and protect private property rights and taxpayers funds from the planned High Speed Rail project.
The Texas Constitution dictates that the legislature meet in a regular session every two years, convening on the second Tuesday in January of every odd-numbered year. These sessions are limited to 140 days. The governor can also call additional special sessions as necessary, which cannot exceed 30 days. The 85th Legislative Session is Jan. 10 through May 29, 2017.
John Wray is a principled conservative, serving his second term as Texas State Representative of House District 10, the area encompassing Ellis County and part of Henderson County.
Wray currently resides in Waxahachie with his wife, Michele, and their two children, Morgan and Patrick.

Jan

12

Posted by : admin | On : January 12, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
ELKHART–The Malakoff Lady Tigers started quickly and never let up in their 60-17 dominating victory Jan. 6 over Elkhart at Elkhart High School gym.
The Lady Tigers improve to 13-7 overall and 3-1 in district play.
Malakoff started hot, racing out to a 17-2 lead after one quarter of play. The Lady Tigers, led by senior forward Jalie Dawson’s 18 points, kept up the defensive pressure in the second quarter.
The pressure createdturnovers by the Elkhart offens, which in turn led to easy fast break points, helping the Lady Tigers take a 37-9 lead into halftime. Malakoff led 46-12 after three quarters of play.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Tigers wrapped up the dominating performance by outscoring Elkhart 14-5 in the frame, taking the 43-point win.
Malakoff senior Kamry Hurd had 14 points and five steals in the victory and junior Nakeya Kelley had 13 points, six rebounds and six steals in the game.
Dawson also had seven rebounds and five steals for the Lady Tigers.
The Lady Tigers will be in action at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 when they host Teague in a district battle.

Jan

12

Posted by : admin | On : January 12, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
MALAKOFF—Malakoff ISD had a big year and all of Malakoff is proud. The turnout for the rally held Jan. 7 at the Malakoff Community Center proved to all just how proud the community is.
What started out as a celebration for the Malakoff Tigers and their record-breaking year going all the way to the semi-finals, turned into a celebration for Malakoff ISD, its accomplishments and ultimately for all of Malakoff. There were many reasons for hometown pride.
MISD’s achievements include:
• Tool Elementary named a Blue Ribbon School, joining Malakoff Elementary in the honor.
• UIL – Malakoff Elementary won district, High School won second in Prose and sixth in Spelling at the State UIL meet.
• Band – First Division at Regional UIL, First Division at UIL marching contest, qualified for area placing 7 out of 22 bands.
• Theatre – won district and went to regionals in one-act play and performed another musical.
• Athletics – Cross-country went to regionals.
• Volleyball went to bi-district for the first time in seven years.
• Boys Basketball went to area, girls’ to regional semi-finals.
• Softball went to regional finals.
• Track won state I high jump.
• Golf went to bi-district.
• Tennis went to bi-district.
• Football – 13-0 year, first regional championship in Henderson County in eleven man football history.
During the three-hour event, Malakoff Mayor Delois Pagitt presented a proclamation to Malakoff Athletic Director Jamie Driskell.
The proclamation read “Presented by the City of Malakoff Governing Body honoring the Malakoff Independent School District, the 2016 Malakoff state semi-finalist football team and the 2016 National Blue Ribbon Tool Elementary School. Whereas the governing body of the City of Malakoff would like to recognize and commend the Malakoff Independent School District for its academic and athletic performance for 2016; the City of Malakoff is in strong support of the Malakoff School System and its history.
“Whereas; the dedication of hard work, sportsmanship, talent and exceptional efforts of all those persons contributing to the Malakoff Independent School Districts success to be commended; and whereas; Congratulations to the 2016 Malakoff football team ‘The Tigers,” for making history, and becoming the 2016 state semi-finalist; and coach Jamie Driskell and his staff, school administrators, teachers and parents and all supporting citizens of the City of Malakoff; and now therefore be it proclaimed by the Governing Body of the City of Malakoff that the Malakoff Independent School District, the 2016 state semi-finalist football team, and all the academic teams be honored for their successful year.
“Be it further proclaimed that the Governing Body of the City of Malakoff calls on all of our community to join the family and friends in the celebration and honoring of the accomplishments of the Malakoff Independent School District.
“Be it resolved, I have here set my hand, and caused the seal of the City of Malakoff to be affixed this seventh day of January, A.D. 2016.”

Jan

12

Posted by : admin | On : January 12, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
MEXIA–The Athens Lady Hornets started their District 18-4A matchup against Mexia on a great note. The Lady Hornets led 16-15 after one period of play, but struggled for points the rest of the way as Mexia beat the Lady Hornets 62-30 Jan 6 at Mexia High School gym.
Going into the second quarter, the Lady Hornets playing with Mexia point for point, but their shooting went ice cold in the quarter and Mexia took a 32-17 lead into halftime.
Mexia kept up the offensive pressure, scoring 14 points in the third quarter to lead 46-23 heading to the final frame. The Black Cats continued their offensive onslaught, scoring 16 points in the fourth quarter for the 62-30 final.
The Lady Hornets were led by Raveon Rodriguez with eight points, while Jennifer Bradford and Asha Chilton each chipped in five points. Jazzmine Johnson added four points, Tamya Hubbard tossed in three points, Taylor Stiles and Kara Smith each had two points and Hallie Williams scored one point for the Lady Hornets in the game.
The Lady Hornets are now 0-1 in district play, and will play at home at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 against Palestine.

Jan

12

Posted by : admin | On : January 12, 2017

By Rachel Williams
The News Correspondent
ATHENS–With a waiting list a year long for hangar space at the municipal airport, Athens City Council members are looking at ways to capture that lost revenue through a master plan to expand the airport’s capacity. However, the Federal Aviation Administration requires that all repairs be completed first.
The Athens Municipal Airport is a city-owned public-use airport located southeast of the central business district of Athens. Since the summer of 2016, city officials and the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) have coordinated efforts to conduct required maintenance on critical sections of the airport, such as the taxiway. Funding for maintenance projects comes from a variety of sources, including city, state and national designated for airport upkeep.
On Monday, a master plan was discussed for the airport. The major options in front of the master planners are expanding the airport itself or increasing the number of hangars available for lease. At current capacity, the airport can host at least 6,000 aircraft operations in a year. Expanding the airport will only increase activity, thus increasing revenue.
Increasing the number of hangars at the airport, will allow those on the current hangar waiting list the opportunity to store their aircraft. A hangar waiting list has been in place for more than a year. Hangar leases are renewed annually and two new lessees will be removed from the waiting list to use hangars left unleased at the close of fiscal year 2016. As part of the master planning process, analysis will be conducted to ensure that hangar leases are appropriate for the market. The master planners will consider all options in the development of the best case scenario for Athens Municipal Airport.
The city council is also seeking public input during a special meeting planned for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Partnership Center, 201 W. Corsicana St. in Athens to discuss capital improvements and changes to the water treatment plant. At a recent meeting, repairs to an existing water well were discussed. By shortening the well, adding a vacuum and two pressure reliefs, the water system will now have greater capacity. Additionally, the ground water drawn from this well will not require as much treatment as surface water does.
In other business, the city council:
• Approved the implementation of a Records Management Program.
• Resolved to apply to TEXSTAR, an investment service created by local governments for local governments, as a means of diversifying the city’s portfolio of investments.
• Approved a request from the Athens Economic Development Corporation regarding Minor Plat, Lot 6 Block 1 Industrial Park Addition, Unit III.

Jan

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Posted by : admin | On : January 5, 2017

Judge Dan Moore administers the oath of office to Scott McKee as the 392nd District Court Judge in Henderson County, Jan. 2.

Judge Dan Moore administers the oath of office to Scott McKee as the 392nd District Court Judge in Henderson County, Jan. 2.

Mark Hall is sworn in as Henderson County District Attorney.

Mark Hall is sworn in as Henderson County District Attorney.

Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders administers the oath of office to Precinct 1 Commissioner Ken Hayes Jan. 2. at the courthouse in Athens. He replaces Scotty Thomas, who retired from office serviing Malakoff, Cross Roads, Trinidad, and Tool.

Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders administers the oath of office to Precinct 1 Commissioner Ken Hayes Jan. 2. at the courthouse in Athens. He replaces Scotty Thomas, who retired from office serviing Malakoff, Cross Roads, Trinidad, and Tool.

Chuck McHam (left) takes the oath as Precinct 3 Commissioner from his friend and Brownsboro High School classmate Court-at-law Judge Scott Williams.

Chuck McHam (left) takes the oath as Precinct 3 Commissioner from his friend and Brownsboro High School classmate Court-at-law Judge Scott Williams.

Mitch Baker takes the oath of office as Preinct 2 Constable, serving with an office in Seven Points, on Jan. 2 in a ceremony held at the Henderson County Courthouse.

Mitch Baker takes the oath of office as Preinct 2 Constable, serving with an office in Seven Points, on Jan. 2 in a ceremony held at the Henderson County Courthouse.

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Posted by : admin | On : January 5, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
ATHENS—A man with two prior offenses for driving under the influence of alcohol has been charged with a third drunk driving charge. This one in connection with the death of his passenger.
Raymond Don Crutcher, 34, of Athens was booked into the Henderson County Jail after his passenger in a Dec. 18 wreck died Christmas Day from her injuries. Crutcher now faces a charge of Intoxicated Manslaughter with a Motor Vehicle. He is being held on a $200,000 bond. Crutcher was arrested at a residence on Waverly Way Dec. 28.
The Athens Police Department reports the wreck happened in the 800 block of East Tyler Street shortly before 11 p.m. Dec. 18. Crutcher was driving a 2011-model Jeep when it left the highway and hit two power poles.
His passenger, 27-year-old Ruth Morales was injured and transferred for emergency medical care. Crutcher was charged with Intoxicated Assault with Motor Vehicle and Driving While Intoxicated. He was released the same day on bonds totaling $14,500. He remains incarcerated again with the new manslaughter charge.
His past criminal record begins at age 18 with a DUI in 2001 for which he paid a $500 fine. He repeated the offense in 2003 at age 19, and was convicted of a DWI the next year at age 20, for which he pleaded guilty and paid $1,216. All three offenses occurred in the month of June. Crutcher was born in October. The fourth drunk driving charge resulted in the death of his passenger.

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Posted by : admin | On : January 5, 2017

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By Rollin Hadsell
The News Staff Writer
KAUFMAN–The Malakoff Lady Tigers won the Kaufman Holiday Tournament by beating the Wills Point Lady Tigers 65-17 in the championship game. Malakoff made it to the championship game by beating Paris 51-45 in the first round of the tournament and followed that up with a 53-45 win over Quinlan Ford.
Malakoff got going early against Wills Point, using pressure defense and a fast-break offense to overwhelm Wills Point. Malakoff led 12-0 after one quarter of play.
The Lady Tigers kept the pressure on and took at 35-6 lead into the halftime locker room. In the third quarter, Malakoff got the lead to 39 points at 55-16.
The Lady Tigers scored 10 more points in the fourth quarter while only giving up a single point to take the 48-point victory. Malakoff was led by 37 points from Jalie Dawson and nine from Nakeya Kelley. Dawson and Kelley were both named to the All-Tournament Team for their performances.
Malakoff got off to a 14-9 lead against Paris in the first quarter of the opening round game.
Paris kept it close in the second quarter as Malakoff took a 27-23 lead into halftime. The Lady Tigers extended the lead to seven after three quarters of play at 41-34.
The Lady Tigers were outscored 11-10 in the fourth quarter but still took a 10-point win. Kamry Hurd led the team in scoring against Paris with 21 points. Dawson added 16 points in the win.
In the second game of the day for the Lady Tigers, the first half was a low-scoring defensive struggle, as the Lady Tigers led Quinlan Ford 9-6 after one quarter of play and 17-11 at halftime.
Quinlan Ford came out in the second half and outscored the Lady Tigers 14-14 in the third quarter to cut the margin to 29-25. The Lady Tigers got going offensively in the fourth quarter, putting up 24 points in the final frame to hold on for a 53-45 victory and advance to the championship game.
The Lady Tigers were led in scoring by Dawson’s 23 points, followed by Hurd who had 12 points in the win.
The Lady Tigers improve to 12-7 overall and 2-1 in district play. The Lady Tigers will be in action Friday, Jan 6 when they host Elkhart. JV games will begin at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity game.