On Tuesday, the Mabank area found itself once again reeling from the loss of a longtime, well-respected citizen when Mike “Hutch” Hutchinson died.
Hutch, 62, died Tuesday at UT Southwest Hospital in Tyler after complications from surgery. On Monday, Mabank ISD Officer Mike Garner passed away suddenly.
Hutchinson was a familiar face in the Mabank and Cedar Creek Lake Area. He graduated from Mabank High School in 1969. When Hutch was in high school, he went to work for now-defunct Hyde's Furniture in downtown Mabank. He worked at the furniture and appliance store for 28 years, until it closed in the early 2000s. He spent a couple of years at Groom and Son Hardware until he found his niche in insurance. At the time of his death, he was working at McAfee Insurance in downtown Mabank.
One of the owners of McAfee Insurance, Diane Mixon, said, “We will all be at a loss with Hutch. He was an excellent employee and friend. He will be hard to replace — all our customers loved Hutch.”
Scott Confer, executive director of the Mabank Economic Development Corporation, said, “I have never met anyone who did not like Hutch. He was a friend to many people in Mabank and the area. He knew everyone in town.”
Hutch's history in Mabank included a six-year stint on the Mabank ISD Board of Trustees from 1995 to 2001. Southside and Lakeview elementary schools were built during the time Hutch was on the board.
Friends who knew him best said Hutch never met a stranger. For the first 50 years of his life, he lived within a block of the house in which he grew up, demonstrating his love of Mabank.
Funeral services are tentatively scheduled for Thursday with Moorehead-Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City. No other information was available at press time.
Beloved Mabank man loved his city
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Athens Triathlon this weekend
The Athens Triathlon returns for the 29th time on Saturday with hundreds of contestants competing in the three legs of the annual challenge.
The registration deadline has been extended to Friday. The fee for individuals is $80 and $160 for teams. Contestants will get a distinctive Tek T T-shirt. Online registration is available at www.active.com. The events starts at 9 a.m., Saturday.
Texas Independence Week proclamation
Athens Mayor Jerry Don Vaught presents a proclamation from the City declaring March 2 through March 8 as Texas Independence Week. Vaught is joined by Sons of the Republic of Texas James George Chapter President Clayton Starr and SRT member Dr. Charles Luna.
Slippin’ & sliding
A strange mix of thunder, sleet, freezing rain and snow played havoc with drivers in Henderson County on Sunday.
Henderson County Sheriff’s Office reports show the dispatchers received a flurry of calls after the county was placed under a severe weather alert at 3:16 p.m. Over the next four hours, the switchboard took 22 calls concerning wrecks, and many others involving motorists stranded on the slush and ice.
Runoff elections set for May
The campaign trail got a little longer for candidates whose tightly-contested Primary elections ended in runoffs.
Henderson County voters in both parties will head back to the polls on May 27. Local Republican runoffs include County Commissioner Precinct 4, with Kelly Harris and incumbent Ken Geeslin.
Several incumbents lose in KC
Tuesday night was a bad night for incumbents in Kaufman County. The unofficial election results are reporting runoff elections in three county races.
The 4-way race in Kaufman County for Judge of the 86th Judicial District will advance to a runoff election in May. The four candidates entered the race after longtime Judge Howard Tygrett announced he would not seek reelection.
Council elections May 10
With the filing deadline past, city elections are set in Henderson County’s two largest cities.
Athens has three city council seats up for election, while Gun Barrel City will elect a mayor and two councilmen.
Election day is May 10. Early voting in the municipal and school board elections begins on April 28. The early voting window closes on May 6.
Mission field on shores of Cedar Creek Lake
Way back in the woods off of U.S. Highway 175, across the street from the boonies, and just a block away from the middle of nowhere, sits a city that many saw as one of Henderson County’s dirty secrets.
It squats on the shores of Cedar Creek Lake, hiding behind the scenery that attracts vacationing movie stars and sports heroes from all over the nation.
Benefits of home care
Sharon Strickland, owner of Home Instead Senior Care, was the guest speaker at the Seven Points/Tool/Kemp branch of the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce monthly networking breakfast. Strickland told the chamber members the benefits of having your elderly family members taken care of at home. The Seven Points/Tool/Kemp branch meets once a month at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points. For information on joining the Chamber of Commerce, call 903-887-3152.
County authorizes private resale of Jonathon Street property
The Henderson County Commissioners Court authorized a private resale of property on Jonathan Street in Athens that has been in the county’s possession for about three years.
Nautical Affordable Housing is acquiring the property for an 80-unit low-income development to be called the New Haven Apartments.
National Pancake Day
John Thatcher, left, and Jeremiah Diamond enjoy a hotcake supper at the annual Kiwanis Pancake Day at Cain Center on Tuesday. Hundreds turned out for event that has been a tradition since 1954.
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