From Staff Reports
Members of the “Pride of the Hornets” band have earned All-Region Band Honors for 2013.
Over 800 students from across East Texas competed this past Friday, Dec. 13 for the prestigious honor band.
Those selected from Athens High School are Kay Solomon, Hanna Baker, Monica Julian, Victoria McDonald, Shawntae Teague, Brian Lookabaugh, Jacob Ickes, Diamond Mitchell, Ben van der Colff, Daniel Scotchmer, Robert Lenington, Mollie Davies, Russell Ingram, Nathan Eckert, Dakota Lindsey, Juan Lopez, Jacob Bywaters, and Jordan Solomon.
Four students finished at the top of their sections and will advance to the area round of competition to be held in January with the opportunity to advance to be a member of the All-State Band.
Those selected to advance are Shawntae Teague, Diamond Mitchell, Ben van der Colff, and Jacob Bywaters.
Athens Middle School students selected to the All-Region Band are: Allison Martinez, Yuvia Leon, Taylor Homolka, Alexis Rondan, Esperanza Hernandez, Karina Barrientos, Breonna Jackson, Kimbely Romero, Cesar Baron, Isabel Hardin, Yulissa Lopez, Kelcee Johnson, Valeria Sanchez, Baylee Deshazo, Ryan Newman, Natalie Harrel, Kelley Berry, Evan Ellis, Ian Collins, Jessica Dubose, Adam Dacha, Ideal Ademaj, Ryan Honea, Pedro Fraire, Drake Grammer, Ana Vasquez, and Michelle Bywaters.
The All-Region Band performance will be on Jan. 18, 2014 at Chapel Hill High School.
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Sanders suspended indefinitely
Two University of Texas football players were arrested and charged Thursday with felony sexual assault after a female student said she was raped in a campus dorm room last month.
Wide receivers Kendall Sanders, of Athens, and Montrel Meander were arrested and later released on personal recognizance bonds. According to an arrest affidavit, Sanders and Meander texted each other during earlier interviews with police to "get their story straight" and Sanders also faces a charge of improper photography tied to the alleged assault on June 21.
Thunderstorms take their toll on counties
A line of thunderstorms rolled through Henderson County on Wednesday, snapping tree branches and power lines along the way.
The winds that accompanied the storm resulted in thousands of people in North Texas without electricity and roads broken by falling trees or debris.
Council considering Burton's severance package
The Athens City Council, by a 3-to-2 vote, tabled a budget adjustment on Wednesday to fund a severance package for City Administrator Pam Burton who’s stepping down at the end of the year.
Eustace ISD approves tax rates
The Eustace Independent School District Board of Trustees held its regular monthly meeting Tuesday in the Eustace High School Library.
Several reports and agenda items were considered by the board, and all were passed or approved. Board Secretary Ashley McKee was absent.
The board was presented with the superintendent's reports on revenue, expenditures, payroll and taxes.
TxDOT signs at issue in county
It turns out Texas counties will not be picking up the cost of Advance County Road signs as the Texas Department of Transportation had stated earlier this year.
TxDOT informed Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders recently that it has reversed its decision to change its policy regarding maintenance of the signs installed to aid approaching traffic to identify an upcoming county road intersection.
Free meals for schools in Malakoff, Tool
The Malakoff Independent School District has been approved to provide free breakfast and lunch for Malakoff Elementary, Tool Elementary and Malakoff Middle School.
Those schools did meet or exceed the 40-percent requirement to participate in the program.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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