Athens Review, Athens, Texas

Breaking News

Local News

December 17, 2013

Going green

Murchison looks to add recycling program

MURCHISON — A nation-wide effort to “go green” has been in place for several years and the City of Murchison is joining the movement.

The city received a $2,000 solid waste grant from the East Texas Council of Government on Dec. 5 to be used for promoting recycling in the city.

“We applied for a few dollars more than that but we were awarded $2,000 which we were very grateful to receive,” city council member Ann Boyles said. “There has never been any recycling here so this is going to really be a learning process. We don’t have any programs now, but we are going to. This is going to be a beginning.”

Mayor Deanna Benson said Boyles is leading the project as the city plans to use the grant money for flyers and other educational material. If there are enough funds, the council would like to rent space on one of the large billboards in the city.

“In the beginning we will have to depend on the small town way of recycling,” Boyles said. “For example, our cans now are recycled by the fire department. So we will have to continue to work with them.”

One of the ways the council is looking to build a recycling program in the city is to start a Keep Murchison Beautiful program.

“We plan in January to appoint a Keep Murchison Beautiful committee so that can be utilized in getting this project started,” Boyles said. “We plan to clean up and maybe get a little interest stirred for a recycling program. We hope, when we apply this time next year, to be able to purchase bins and that sort of thing and decide where we want to put those.”

Several area communities have recycling programs, but all vary from one another.

“It seems that every thing in our nation now is going green,” Boyles said. “We need to recycle just to preserve the environment. We happen to be a city that has not contributed to that at all. A lot of others have not, but Chandler has an outstanding recycling program and Athens depends on the company that takes care of their sanitation.”

Chandler, Brownsboro and Athens are three neighboring communities to Murchison with some type of programs in place. All three are affiliated with Keep Texas Beautiful.

While the process is likely to take over a year to fully implement, Boyles and the city are ready for the first step thanks to the grant from ETGOG.

“We are going to do this one step at a time. In the beginning, we will be implementing the program through education and motivation,” Boyles said.

Text Only
Local News
  • • DSC_0162.JPG Ramps for handicapped

    Encino Landscaping is doing a necessary job for the Texas Department of Transportation Tyler District. All four corners of the block upon which the Henderson County Courthouse rests are being converted to better serve handicapped pedestrians.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Appearance and operation of Splash Pad upgraded

    The Splash Pad at Athens Kiwanis Park has been closed this week, as work is being done that will upgrade the appearance of the surroundings and operation of the facility.
    The pad is now well into its first full summer of operation, and has proven to be a popular spot for youngsters in the city.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif GBC official asked to resign

    Gun Barrel City resident Carroll Strickland asked Councilman Marty Goss “to do the right thing and resign.”
    Strickland spoke to the GBC council during the citizen's comment portion of the Tuesday evening’s council meeting. Strickland  accused Goss of trying to take over the GBC Economic Development Corporation (EDC).
    In a prepared statement, Strickland said,  “Marty is doing harm to the city's reputation. I am asking the mayor and the city council to do something about the situation.”

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Nutt says being part of task force has really paid off

    Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt reports that being a part of the Drug Enforcement Task Force in Tyler has paid off in a big way with the arrest of two major drug distributors.
    On May 13, following an investigation initiated in January by the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office investigators, Uleyses Roberts, 45, and Dijon Howard, 25, were arrested by a task force of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The men were charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Unemployment jumps up in HC

    The Henderson County unemployment rate jumped up in July, according to figures from the Texas Workforce Commission.
    The Henderson County unemployment rate of 5.7 percent was an increase of .4 percent over June. The county saw both an increase in the size of the workforce and the number without jobs.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-24 gbc.jpeg Gift card to Chili’s

    Ralph Fortner, Chairman of the Gun Barrel City Chapter of the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, presents Jamie Snuffer a gift card to Chili's Restaurant in Gun Barrel City. Fortner was thanking Snuffer for her volunteer efforts on behalf of the GBC Chamber Chapter during the recent July Fest held in GBC. Snuffer is the secretary for the CCLACC Ambassadors.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-23 Coaches at Kiwanis.jpg Coaches speak to Kiwanis Club

    Trinity Valley Community College Volleyball Coach Tosha Spain and Softball Coach Ashley Johnston were guest speakers at the Athens Kiwanis Club on Tuesday. The volleyball season begins in August, and the softball team starts its 30-game fall schedule in September.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-23 Victoria.jpg Emotional response given to Victoria's death

    The tragic news of 4-year-old Victoria Wyatt’s violent death set off an emotional response on Monday, with words of consolation for the child’s family and anger at the girl’s mother who admitted to taking her life. But mostly sorrow at the loss of one so young.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif AISD readies for annual backpack distribution

    Athens Independent School District and the Help Center are teaming up once again to provide backpacks and supplies to students in need.
    The annual Back-to-School Bash is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9 at the Athens High School gym during the family fun day.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-23 Open house grace house.jpg Open house at Grace House transition location

    Grace House of Cedar Creek Lake, a faith-based transitional home for women, held an open house on Monday evening. The facility for women is 6,000 square feet on 13 acres in Tool.
    Grace House includes a kitchen and a classroom equipped with computers for training and practice, as well as dorm-type rooms for the residents.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo