Nov

01

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : November 1, 2011

County Beat

By Michael V. Hannigan

ATHENS – The burn ban continues.

Henderson County Commissioners’ Court decided against lifting the burn ban Tuesday when a motion by Pct. 3 Commissioner Ronny Lawrence to end the ban died for a lack of a second.

The ban has been in effect continuously since April.

Henderson County Fire Marshal Darrell Furrh told commissioners the Keetch-Byram Drought Index had gone up over the past week

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Oct

25

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 25, 2011

By Michael V. Hannigan

ATHENS – The burn ban in Henderson County remains in effect, but the end may be in sight.

Tuesday morning, Henderson County Fire Marshal Darrell Furrh told Commissioners’ Court the Keetch-Bynum Keetch-Byram Drought Index score in the county had dropped to 626, the lowest it has been in months. The index goes to a high of 800 and the county had been knocking on that ceiling for weeks prior to the recent rains.

Another good sign is that more rain is forecast for

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Oct

19

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 19, 2011

Henderson County Fire Marshal Darrell Furrh announced today that the county caught another arsonist. Last week, he announced arrests and indictments for arson in connection with two unrelated fires.

This time, however, the suspect is just 10 years old.

According to Furrh, the boy has been charged as a juvenile and is accused of starting a grass fire on Aug. 7 in the Wildwood subdivision in Chandler.

Furrh said no major damage was caused by the fire, adding “we were very, very lucky.”

The same boy was suspected in two fires set in June 2010, but could not be charged as a juvenile because he was just 9 years old at the time.

Oct

13

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 13, 2011

From Staff Reports

Two separate arson investigations have resulted in arrests or indictments, according to information released this week by Henderson County Fire Marshal Darrell Furrh.

On Sept. 26, the Henderson County Grand Jury handed up indictments for Arson of a Habitat and Conspiracy to Commit Arson to James L. Woodson, Frieda Sue Price, and Betty Yvonne McCabe.

According to the press release from Furrh,

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