Posted by : admin | On : December 7, 2011



Posted by : admin | On : December 6, 2011

The center of the nativity scene on the Henderson County Courthouse lawn.

(UPDATE: Added text of letter from Freedom From Religion Foundation at end of story)

(UPDATE 2: Adds quotes from Freedom From Religion Foundation Co-president. Rewrites for clarity.)

By Michael V. Hannigan

ATHENS – The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Wisconsin, sent a letter dated Dec. 1 to Henderson County commissioners saying the nativity scene located on the courthouse lawn is illegal.

“We request that, as the Henderson County Commissioners, you take immediate action to ensure that no religious displays are on city or county property. Please inform us in writing of the steps

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Posted by : Staff Reports | On : November 17, 2011

A federal court this afternoon issued new redistricting maps for Texas House and Senate districts. According to the Associated Press, these maps will remain in effect until a lawsuit over redistricting is settled — that likely means until after next year’s election.

The important point for Henderson County residents to know is that the county is still divided between two House districts. There are actually two proposed House plans – one looks like it has the county divided the way the Legislature planned it, between Rep. Pitts’ District 10 and Rep. Gooden’s District 4; the other actually places a little more of the Cedar Creek Lake area in District 10 than the original plan.

Here is a story from the Texas Tribune that includes the maps.



Posted by : Press release | On : November 3, 2011


Special to The News

ATHENS – It took four days of a jury trial for Dallas Andrew Fidler, 26, formerly of Seven Points, to decide to change his plea from “not-guilty” to “guilty,” rather than take his chances with a Henderson County Jury. Fidler originally pleaded not guilty and was on trial for two charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault against two children in 2003. The children were 7 and 8 years old at the time of the assault.

Assistant District Attorneys Nancy Rumar and Justin Weiner prosecuted

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Posted by : admin | 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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Posted by : admin | On : October 27, 2011

Here is a list of the Halloween and Fall Festival events which have been submitted to The Malakoff News.

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Posted by : admin | On : October 26, 2011

By Michael V. Hannigan

Henderson County’s representatives in Austin — Rep. Lance Gooden, and Sen. Robert Nichols — have taken their stances in the Monarch Utilities rate case, and both have come down on the side of the customers.

Monarch filed a request with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to raise water and sewer rates this year, its second request in four years. The combined increase of about 55 percent utility-wide went into effect Aug. 1.

According to Monarch’s Notice of Proposed Rate Change, most customers

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Posted by : admin | 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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Posted by : admin | On : October 21, 2011


State Rep. Lance Gooden

Dear Friends,

This update will be of particular interest to the almost 3,000 ratepayers in Henderson County that are customers of Monarch Water. For the majority of the citizens of Henderson and Kaufman Counties, water service is provided by city governments or water supply corporations with a city council or governing board made up of local residents that are held accountable to the people they represent.

As an example, I live in the city of Terrell and the city provides water service to my house. If there was a problem with my water service or a discrepancy with my water bill, I would call the city of Terrell water department and the matter (in most cases) would be resolved quickly. If my problem wasn’t resolved, I might escalate the matter to my city councilman and expect him to get involved. I would also expect to be charged a fair price for water service and not to be billed for water I did not use. That seems reasonable, right?

For about 3,000 citizens in Henderson County that live near or on Cedar Creek Lake or Lake Palestine, the simple scenario I describe above is a dream that never comes true. When many of the housing developments were built along

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Posted by : admin | On : October 20, 2011

Above, a shirt in memory of Kristi Morris hangs on the Clothesline Project at last week's Domestic Violence Awareness Month rally at the courthouse in Athens. Kristi was 22 when she was gunned down in front of her 2-year-old daughter. The shooter was her husband. Her mother, Terry Dreier spoke about the experience at the rally.

By Michael V. Hannigan

ATHENS – In June 2009, 22-year-old Kristi Morris was gunned down in front of her 2-year-old daughter. The shooter was her husband, Matt Morris.

“Every day since that day my heart aches for my daughter,” said her mother, Terry Dreier. “I miss her so much and my life will never be the same.”

Dreier spoke at the Domestic Violence Awareness Month rally on the steps of the Henderson County Courthouse last week.

“When you hear somebody talk about domestic violence, you tend to think, ‘It could never happen to me,’ ‘I could never let anyone treat me like that,’ or ‘That just happens to a few people,’” she said. “You might wonder how anyone could stay in such a situation.

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