The first governor of Texas, for whom Henderson County is named, was honored on Tuesday with the planting of a pecan tree at the Henderson County Historical Park on S. Palestine Street.
The Sons of the Republic of Texas organized the event in remembrance of J. Pinkney Henderson, a soldier and statesman who served as Governor in 1846 and 1847 then later as a United States Senator. Henderson County was established in 1846, the year he became the state’s chief executive.
Gene Pilgrim Sr., president of the James George Chapter of the SRT said Henderson also fought in the U.S. war with Mexico, rising to the rank of Major General. Henderson was also prominent during the years of the Republic of Texas. He was named ambassador to England and France in 1837 and met his wife Frances Cox during that term.
County Judge Richard Sanders called Henderson a “great Texan and a great American” during his remarks. Athens Mayor Jerry Don Vaught said it was fitting that the park set aside to commemorate the history of the county will now be the home of a tree planted in honor of its namesake.
Sanders said the pecan tree is appropriate for the memorial because they can last 1,000 years and fossil remains in Texas date back further than man’s. The tree can grow from 65 to 130 feet tall and have a trunk with a diameter of 10 feet. The small tree dedicated at the park on Wednesday was donated by Texas Pecan Nursery and planted by the Henderson County Master Gardeners.
The girls choir from Athens Christian Preparatory Academy brought music for the observance, singing the “Star Spangled Banner” and “Texas Our Texas.”
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Third elementary school to replace Athens Intermediate School
The Athens Independent School District school board approved campus realignment Monday that will go into effect for the 2015-16 school year.
While full details of the plan are still being discussed, the district unanimously approved adding a third elementary school, while doing away with the intermediate level.
Laying Splash Pad bricks
Workmen from Rosenberg’s Outdoor Designs of Athens are shown installing bricks purchased by individuals, businesses and other organizations at the Kiwanis Park Splash Pad. Shown, left to right, are: Nick Rosenberg, owner of the company; Jonathan Perez and Gutierrez Concepcion.
Burton’s severance approved
The Athens City Council on Monday narrowly approved a budget amendment from reserves, to fund a severance package for City Administrator Pam Burton who is retiring at the end of 2014.
Mayor Jerry Don Vaught and council members Monte Montgomery and Tres Winn entered yes votes, while Joe Whatley and Charles Elliott opposed the adjustment.
Sanders readies proposed budget
Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders has his proposed budget ready for submission, with the numbers reflecting revenues slightly above last year.
Academically-weighted courses discussed at CRISD meeting
A concern about how elective courses in the Cross Roads Independent School District are academically-weighted was discussed at Monday night's school board meeting to determine a student's class rank.
The board of trustees decided to let the issue extend to a further meeting to work on rewording the change in the student handbook.
McDonald’s coming to Mabank
The corner of North First Street and North Third Street in Mabank is about to look a lot different as a construction crew broke ground Monday.
A formal ceremonial groundbreaking will be held within the next week to welcome McDonald's to the location just off of Highway 175.
Funeral held for 15-year-old drowned Eustace student
Funeral services were held on Sunday for a 15-year-old Eustace student who drowned Thursday evening after diving into Cedar Creek Lake.
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office investigated the drowning. According to reports, a medical emergency call came to 9-1-1 shortly after 5 p.m. from Timber Bay in the Payne Springs area.
PSCA seeks new student enrollment
“Striving to make a difference in each child for eternity,” reads the motto of one local private school seeking new enrollment.
Payne Springs Christian Academy is looking to enroll new students for the 2014-2015 school year.
“We are in need of some kids this year,” said Amanda Beets, a mother of one of the school's current students.
Lightfoot-Miller Cemetery to dedicate historical marker
The Texas Historical Commission, Henderson County Historical Commission and descendants of those who are buried in the Lightfoot-Miller Cemetery invite the public to the dedication of a historical marker at the property.
The observance is set for 10 a.m. on Aug. 2.
‘Party for the Paws’ event great success
The Henderson County Humane Society in Athens as well as Beckham are continuing to celebrate results of the Party For The Paws fundraiser. Beckham is a dog that was recently adopted from the HCHS.
HCHS Treasurer Ellen Barton commends those who were involved in the event’s planning and execution.
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