Mar

24

Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

The News Staff Reports
VAN–The Athens Lady Hornets track team placed second in the Van meet March 17. The Lady Hornets had eight athletes score a total of 108 points.
Missy Boister, Keari Dunn, Kelcee Johnson and Kim Morales ran the 800-meter relay in a time of 1:54, which was good for third
Boister, Dunn, Tiffany Boyce and Kyra Robinson finished second in the 1,600-meter relay with a time of 4:26.
Morales was third in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 50.98. Robison was first in the 200-meters with a time of 26.01, while Johnson was fifth in a time of 28.61. Boyce ran the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:10.
In the 100-meters, Johnson was third with a time of 13.43. In the 400-relay, the team of Robison, Boyce, Dunn and Boister was second in a time of 52.21.
Arecelly Castillo finished out the running events for Athens. She was second in the 3,200 meters at 12:43 and third in the 1,600 at 6 minutes.
In the triple jump, Boyce was fourth with 31 feet, 6 1/2 inches. Robinson was fifth in the long jump and Boiser was sixth.
Robison tied for third in the high jump at 4 foot, 10 inches and Tamiyah Thompson finished sixth in shot put.

Mar

24

Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

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A grant of $6,425 from the Malakoff Education Foundation will allow six Tool Elementary teachers to get a mobile Smart Table for their classroom, for collaborative computer projects.

By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF—The Malakoff ISD School Board approved the 2016-17 School Calendar Tuesday to include 76,515 minutes. The state now measures school attendance in terms of minutes, Superintendent Randy Perry explained, with 75,600 minutes a minimum requirement. The 900 extra minutes are built in for bad weather time off, or early dismissal on days an athletic team is going to compete at state, he said.
The change calls for the first day of school for students to begin on Aug. 22 and the last day be May 25, 1917, before the Memorial Day Holiday, he noted. The school day will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 3:25 p.m. and five minutes later at the high school, while buses are in transit to the campus.
Other important board decisions Tuesday included amending local policy to increase the superintendent’s discretionary spending from $10,000 to $25,000. The trusting relationship between the board and the superintendent was noted, along with a change in state ethics law that would delay by 30 days the district’s ability to respond promptly to unforeseen needs.
The board also granted permission for the superintendent to extend the district’s current contract for electrical services in order to lock in a low rate through 2025, in view of the likelihood of rates increasing with the projected reduction in coal-powered generation plants. “It’s a hedge against any spikes in prices way down the line,” Perry said. Currently, the district is paying 4 cents per kilowatt hour with two years left on its contract. The current extension offer is for a little less than 5 cents per kilowatt hour (.04599 -.0469/KWH), he said.
At the top of the meeting, Perry recognized Malakoff ISD Police Chief Stacy Hillhouse for her prompt action to halt a shooter in the parking lot at a basketball playoff game in Teague last month. “It had nothing to do with any Malakoff people,” Perry said, except that our police chief drove up on the action and stopped the suspect, and that two bullets hit a car belonging to a Malakoff resident attending the game. “We’re very proud of Stacy Hillhouse.”
The meeting was held at the Tool Elementary School, which was advantageous because the Malakoff Education Foundation presented a grant request to a group of teachers at the campus.
MEF President David Bullock presented a check for $6,425 for a smart table. The technology is used as a social, inclusive, and captivating collaboration tool that makes it easy to get young students excited about learning. It’s a great way to enhance the social and academic skills of active learners and ensure all students can achieve success. Third, fourth and fifth grade teachers Kristi Dalrymple, Stephanie Youngman, Tasha French, Amanda Jones, Jolinda Caar and Kristina Mast submitted a grant proposal to the foundation and were extremely pleased by the presentation. “They’ve been wanting to get that table for years, ever since they saw it demonstrated at a teachers’ conference,” Tool Elementary Principal Crystal Calhoun told The News.
The foundation also presented a check to install 15 new overhead projectors throughout the district. “Teachers indicated that the most used piece of equipment in the classroom was the overhead projector,” Bullock said. “So we thought some of these could probably stand to be replaced.” He presented a check for $13,845 for the project for a grand total of $20,270. To date, the foundation has distributed $123,000. “They (MEF) put in a lot of effort to taking care of Malakoff students,” Perry said.
In other business, the board members:
reviewed the Quarterly Investment Report, with a total of $13,961,893.75 as of Feb. 29 invested in three different accounts, garnering various amounts of interest between (.15 to .50 percent).
Certified that the superintendent may serve on the Region VII Education Service Center’s Advisory Committee; and that instructional materials in all subjects other than physical education meet or exceed TEKS requirements for 2016-17.
Viewed a summer plan for teachers’ professional development in the use of technology and best practices in the classroom.
Approved three properties to be sold at the Sheriff’s Tax Foreclosure Sale,
Approved a budget amendment to add funding received from an insurance settlement in connection with the overturning of a school bus last year. It was noted that the district paid a $1,000 deductible and came out even on the costs of repairs.

Mar

24

Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

Coleman

The News Staff Reports
KAUFMAN–Early Tuesday, an active shooting scene was reported to law enforcement at the Walmart in Kaufman around 10 a.m.
After shooting a store employee, the shooter turned the gun on himself, in an apparent murder-suicide attempt.
According to Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Fred Klingelberger, the 55-year-old male suspect, who was identified as Donald Ray Coleman, was airlifted to a Dallas hospital from the scene in critical condition, having shot himself in the head.
The 59-year-old male victim was identified as John D. Morgan, Coleman’s neighbor.
Coleman targeted Morgan because Morgan was dating his wife.
There were other customers inside the store, but nobody else was targeted. “We understand there was an ongoing feud between the subjects,” Klingelberger told journalists at the scene.
Area businesses were advised to lock down and the Kaufman High School also went into lock down mode, but those were lifted by 10:30 a.m. The store remained closed the remainder of the day.
An official with Walmart released the following statement just after the incident:
“We’re deeply saddened by the tragic situation that occurred in our store today. We’re assisting law enforcement however we can and our thoughts are with the families and our associates at this time.”
Coleman was apprehended on an aggravated assault warrant out of Gun Barrel City for a family violence incident Jan. 17, involving a woman and her male friend.
Coleman was released Jan. 25 on bonds totaling $22,500. The incident was violent, with shots fired and the woman’s hands tied.
She reported being dragged and pistol whipped.
He was described as dangerous and the public was warned, if found, not to engage but to alert law enforcement to his whereabouts.
His description was publicized and he was apprehended later that week.
Morgan, doesn’t have a jail record in Henderson County.

Mar

24

Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The sixth annual Athens Eggfest is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC).
Regular admission to TFFC is required. An $5 donation to the Friends of TFFC is required for tasting. Cooking will end at 3 p.m. No fee is charged to cook. Cooks may register at http://athenseggfest.wordpress.com/.
Demo cookers used at the event will be available for purchase at the end of the day.
For more information, call (903) 676-2277 or go to www.tpwd.texas.gov/tffc.

Mar

24

Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The second annual Lake Athens Fly Fish Festival is set for 3-9 p.m. Friday, April 8 and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at the Lake Athens Marina.
Activities include bluegill contest on Friday, Big Bass Contest, casting and tying instruction and demos, casting games and competitions, kayak and boat division and much more.
Event is free. To preregister, go to johnnyonthefly.com.

Mar

24

Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

Gloria Sanchez Hernandez passed away after a long battle with cancer in Arlington, March 15, 2016. Gloria was born May 17, 1951, in Dallas and is preceded in death by her parents Jesse and Santos Sanchez.
Gloria was married to her loving husband of 50 years, Raymond Hernandez. 
She is survived by her children, Cynthia and Sean French, Raymond and Betty Hernandez Jr., Daniel Hernandez, Michael and Leslie Hernandez, and Chris and Brenda Hernandez; sister and brothers Louise Luera, Jesse Sanchez Jr., Joe Sanchez, David Sanchez, and Daniel Sanchez; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and numerous of nieces and nephews.
She was an amazing, beautiful woman who never met a stranger.  She enjoyed gardening, knitting and loved to travel.  She was a loving mother to be admired and praised. A service was held in Athens.
In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in memory of Gloria Hernandez.

Mar

24

Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

Memorial services for Vickie Annette Bassham-Landi, 53, of Trinidad, are set for 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 2016, at Caney Creek Baptist Church, 5441 FM 3054, in Malakoff.
Vicki passed away March 19, 2016, at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler.
To sign an online register, go to www.murrayorwosky.com.

Mar

24

Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

TVCC basketball

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
ATHENS–The Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) Cardinals came into the National Tournament ranked first in the country with just one loss. They won their first game against North Dakota School of Science before being upset in the next round by Gillette.
TVCC was the number one seed and took on 16th seeded North Dakota School of Science Wildcats in the first round, March 15. The Cardinals made short work of the Wildcats and came away with a convincing 86-51 victory.
TVCC jumped out to a 7-0 lead to start the game and never looked back from there. The game never felt like a contest from the very start, with TVCC hitting six 3-pointers in the first 10 minutes of play to build up a 14 point lead.
The Cardinals hit seven three pointers in the half to extend their lead to 43-21 at halftime. The Wildcats, who depended on 3-pointers all season only hit six the entire game and it limited their offense.
The Cardinals never took their foot off the gas after halftime. They continued to knock down shot after shot and got several opportunities for second chance baskets. The Cardinals out-rebounded the Wildcats 34-19 in the game.
Sophomore JC Washington led TVCC in scoring with 16 points. He also played well on the boards, grabbing 15 rebounds. Also scoring for the Cardinals were Brandon Holley with 15, Josh Stamps and Josh Robinson with 13 each, Hyron Edwards with 11, Ryan Preston and Leon Gilmore with six each, Stephen Edwards with five and Dion Mack with one.
North Dakota School of Science was led in scoring by James Batemon III who had 15 points. Milos Vranes also scored 10 for the Wildcats, who ended their season with a 28-7 record.
TVCC moved on to play the eighth seeded Gillette College Pronghorns in the next round, looking for a spot in the title game. Gillette overcame a sluggish start and stunned the Cardinals 87-83.
TVCC got off to a good start with Robinson and Washington hitting early 3-pointers to give TVCC an early 6-0 lead. They went up 8-2 before things started to get away from them.
Gillette began to have success getting to the free throw line and scored points while putting the Cardinals in foul trouble.
Gillette was up 30-24 with five minutes left before a 3-pointer by Holley slowed the bleeding. Gillette still ended the first half on a 6-2 run to take a 36-34 lead going into halftime.
Usually when TVCC had been down at the half this season, they started off the second half well to fight their way back into the game, that was not the case against the Pronghorns who started the second half on a 16-5 run to go up 52-39.
Just when it looked like it was over for the Cardinals, Washington and Robinson began to find success on the offensive end and pulled the Cardinals back into the game. TVCC got the Gillette lead down to as little as two but they were never able to get over the hump and take a lead.
Gillette withstood a final run by the Cardinals and escaped with the victory and one of the biggest upsets in National Tournament history.
Kavell Bigby-Williams was the player of the game for the Pronghorns. He scored 19 points and also pulled down 20 rebounds to will his team to victory. Deishaun Booker also had 19 points and Joel Thabize had 15, only missing one shot the entire game.
TVCC was led in scoring by Edwards with 17. Also scoring for the Cardinals, were Robinson and Stamps with 13 each, Holley with 12, Washington with 11, Preston and Gilmore with six each and Edwards and Shamiek Sheppard with two each.
The Cardinals were 31-of-91 from the floor and 8-of-33 from beyond the 3-point line.
Gillette had 46 free throw attempts in the game. TVCC finished the season with a 33-2 record and tied the school record for most wins in a season.
“We could never get over the hump,” TVCC coach Kris Baumann said. “We got it to two or three, then they would make a big play, it was one of those nights. We couldn’t get the ball to go in the basket.”
Gillette improved to 34-1 on the season and moved on to the Final Four, where they lost to Salt Lake 83-47 to end their season.

Mar

17

Posted by : admin | On : March 17, 2016

Special to The News
TEXAS—Texas anglers will have another species to target this spring. In March, the Guadalupe River Chapter of Trout Unlimited (GRTU) will stock approximately 900 brown trout averaging 14 inches in the Canyon Dam tailrace.
The tailrace extends 14 miles downstream of Canyon Dam on the Guadalupe River. Brown trout are popular with anglers and can live in slightly higher water temperatures than rainbow trout.
Brown trout have been stocked in the tailrace before. From the late 1970s to 2000 brown trout supplemented rainbow trout stockings by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and GRTU. This stocking will be different, because fisheries managers will assess how brown trout stockings improve angler participation and fishing through Texas’ hot summer months. Angler surveys will document fishing effort and catch rates, while electrofishing sampling will evaluate trout survival through summer and fall.
Half of the brown trout stocking will occur in the special regulation zone, which begins 800 yards downstream of Canyon Dam and extends to the easternmost bridge crossing on Highway 306. Anglers fishing in this zone are required to release brown and rainbow trout between 12 and 18 inches in length.
Trout below 12 inches and above 18 inches can be harvested by artificial lures only, with a five-fish daily bag limit. Remaining brown trout will be stocked in multiple locations from the easternmost Highway 306 bridge crossing to the second bridge crossing on River Road.
TPWD and GRTU are hoping the addition of brown trout can increase the number of trout that survive through summer in the tailrace. This would increase year-round angling opportunities and allow fish to grow over multiple years.
The protective regulations and cooler water temperatures in the upstream portion of the tailrace provide the best conditions for this to occur. If brown trout increase angler participation and exhibit better over summer survival than rainbow trout, more may be stocked in the future.
Methods for catching brown trout are similar to those used for rainbow trout. Dry flies, wet flies and small lures that imitate terrestrial insects or minnows can be good bait choices in summer.
Anglers can access the river several ways. In the upstream special regulation zone, kayaks and canoes can be launched from a free access area just below Canyon Dam. Take-out locations and other access can be arranged through outfitters such as Maricopa Riverside Lodge or Whitewater Sports.
During the winter season, several leased sites offer anglers free access to the river.

Mar

17

Posted by : admin | On : March 17, 2016

Coach Baumann media day

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TVCC basketball coach Kris Baumann talks to reporters during TVCC’s media day March 9. Baumann has led the Cardinals to a 32-1 record and the number one seed in that National Tournament. The Cardinals are seeking their first ever National Championship.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–The TVCC Cardinals and Lady Cardinals basketball teams are looking to build off of great regular seasons and bring home National Championships to Athens this season. The Cardinals hold a record of 32-1 and are ranked number one in the country. They enter the NJCAA Tournament as the number one seed. The Lady Cardinals have a record of 28-3 and will be entering the women’s tournament as the number six seed.
“Our goals at the end of the year are to play in the National Tournament,” TVCC coach Kris Baumann said. “The more I’ve challenged the guys this year, the better we have played. It would mean everything to us to be able to win a title. Our group has been very mature and battled through lots of adversity. I want to play well and advance as far as we can. A lot of different factors go into these tournament game but I think our guys are good enough to handle the pressure.”
The Cardinals are currently on a 27 game winning streak. They have had several big moments including coming back from a 22-point deficit against Navarro to win by one and beating Paris on a last second 3-pointer. Baumann is confident that playing in games like that will give his team the edge they need when games in the tournament get close.
“We have known since the beginning that we were going to be a special team,” TVCC sophomore Leon Gilmore said. “Even before we put on the uniform and played we knew how good we were and we knew that this was the team that could take us all the way to a championship. We want to be the best team every time we step on the floor and I think we are. This entire team loves each other and we love to play together. It’s never a dull moment with this team and we have a lot of fun playing. Coach has been setting goals for us all season and we have one more to accomplish. We want to be able to cut the nets down at the end of the year.”
The Cardinals will be in the tournament for the third time in a row, a first in school history. They will play the winner of North Dakota School of Science and Harcum (who knocked TVCC out of the tournament two years ago) on March 16. This is the eighth year in a row where the Cardinals have won at least 20 games. The best finish TVCC has ever had at the tournament was 1982 when they finished third.
The Lady Cardinals are looking to make history with their ninth championship. They finished third in the tournament last season. The Lady Cardinals have had 26 straight winning seasons and have a true winning tradition. They won three straight titles from 2012-14 and are 8-4 overall in title games.
“We have always had success here and we prepare to go the National Tournament every year,” TVCC coach Gerald Ewing. “This is a great group. They love each other and lead each other on and off the court. It’s great to have all the athletic success with us and men’s team. It’s rare at any level of basketball to have two teams who have a chance to win a National Championship in the same year.”
The Lady Cards were upset by San Jacinto in the second round of the Regional Tournament. “We were a little shocked after losing to San Jacinto,” sophomore Maya Singleton said. “We had already beaten them twice this year and nobody saw that loss coming. We got ahead of ourselves and we were looking ahead to the championship game instead of taking it one game at a time. That will be the key to having success in the National Tournament. We need to take it one game at a time and play our best basketball every time we step on the court. At this stage in the season, every single possession counts and you have to make the most out of everything.”
“We are hoping to win a title this season but we know that each game will be a challenge and anybody can beat anybody,” sophomore Troi Swain said. “It’s important that we lock in and play like a team. We were surprised to be the six seed because we expected to be in the nine to 12 range. It’s exciting to see that people still think of us as one of the elite teams in the country.”
“It means everything to represent Trinity Valley and Athens,” freshman Christalah Lyons said. “We have a big name on our jersey and it’s important that we go out and represent. The loss in the Regional Tournament lit a fire under us. We have become a strong team on and off the court. It would mean everything to cut down the nets with these girls.”
The Lady Cards have an overall school record of 1,078-232. They have a 60-17 record in the National Tournament and have appeared 21 times.
The last time the Lady Cards missed the tournament was 2007.