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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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