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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Fighting for life
Family and friends have rallied around 20-year old Aaron Jenkins.
Three weeks ago Jenkins, a Mabank resident and former Trinity Valley Community College student, was diagnosed with liver cancer.
Aaron's Aunt Sheila Guill said, “He's pretty sick, but Aaron has a high pain tolerance and doesn't complain.”
Lake Palestine, Athens above levels, CCL close
Lakes Athens and Palestine are above their normal levels, while Cedar Creek Lake to the west still needs a good downpour to close the gap.
On Monday, when the average Texas lake stood at just 64.3 percent of full. Lake Athens had a reading of 440.06 feet, just above its average.
Three arrested for drugs
Drug offenses led to three Athens Police Department arrests over the weekend according to reports.
The first incident on Friday night resulted in the arrest of Joshua Paul Rogers, 25, for evading arrest and possession of a controlled substance. Rogers remained in custody on Monday, with bond set at $9,000 on the two charges.
County unemployment edges upward
Henderson County unemployment edged upward in January, falling between the state and national rates.
The January Texas Workforce Commission Report, issued on Friday, gave Henderson County a 6.1 percent reading, after a 6.0 percent rate in December. The national unemployment figure was 7.1 percent, while Texas enjoyed its lowest mark since 2008, 5.7 percent.
O’KEEFFE coming to Malakoff, April 12
Carolyn Wickwire will star in the one-woman play O’Keeffe! by Lucinda McDermott, presented by the Greater Malakoff Area Garden Club and the Malakoff Historical Society in partnership with Flower and Bone Productions, directed by Ouida White.
Color run coming to Athens
Have you been seeing those pictures on the internet of people in wild costumes, running through clouds of neon pink, blue, purple, and green and coming out looking like a rainbow?
If you have, you’ve been looking at the hottest thing to hit the walking and running world – the color run. And it’s coming to Athens on March 22 to benefit Hope Springs Water and celebrate International World Water Day.
AISD students honored for reading challenge
To get kids excited about reading and encourage more adults to spend time reading with their children, the National Education Association launched the first NEA's Read Across America day in 1998.
On March 3, NEA's Read Across America marked 17 years of celebrating reading and the birthday of Dr. Seuss.
Athens Independent School District participated in the event, but added a twist to encourage students to read more often.
The minimum standard for living
The average minimum wage worker renting a living space in Henderson County will spend more than 30 percent of their monthly income on their home.
The National Low-Income Housing Coalition reports Henderson County renters would have to work 85 hours at minimum wage for a two bedroom apartment. Of the six counties in the 5th Congressional District, Henderson ranks second, behind Dallas, for the most hours required.
Chandler, BMC to settle contract
Since the beginning of the year, Chandler city officials and leaders of the Brownsboro-Murchison-Chandler Youth Foundation have worked to finalize an agreement on use of the facilities at Winchester Park.
County preparing to address roads
With hundreds of miles of pavement to deal with, three Henderson County Road and Bridge Precincts may soon be getting a tool to help them keep track of the tasks involved.
The Henderson County Information Technology Committee discussed on Wednesday whether to acquire Precinct Tracker software and will present its findings to Commissioners Court.
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