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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AIS wins district championship
Students from Athens Intermediate School competed on Dec. 3 and Dec. 5 against seven schools in district University Interscholastic League competitions.
Athens temperatures haven’t been exactly in the deep freeze for the past couple of weeks, but residents have awakened to an unusually long string of freezing temperatures.
A nation-wide effort to “go green” has been in place for several years and the City of Murchison is joining the movement.
The city received a $2,000 solid waste grant from the East Texas Council of Government on Dec. 5 to be used for promoting recycling in the city.
Eustace teen recovering from parade accident
A 13-year-old girl, run over by a float in the Eustace Christmas Parade on Saturday, was recovering from her injuries on Monday.
Eustace Police Chief Kenneth Holder said the injured girl, whose name was not released, had returned from Children’s Medical Center in Dallas on Monday and was expected to recover from multiple injuries.
BHS band performs well
Several bands from across East Texas participated in the Association of Texas Small School Bands all-region competition Saturday in Winona.
Brownsboro High School had several students perform well in the competition with 11 earning all-area recognition.
Change of direction
Kevin Pollock resigned as Seven Points Mayor during Thursday's regular council meeting to pursue the position of Justice of the Peace Precinct 2. Pollock said the resignation will take effect immediately.
A concert to raise funds for Exchange Life Ministries will feature a 25-year-old musician from South Africa whose talents were discovered by an Athens woman.
Noa Milan performs at “Music on a Mission”, at the Henderson County Performing Arts Center, Dec. 19 from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds go the ELM, a counseling program that seeks to see lives transformed by God’s truth.
BISD competes in UIL events
Brownsboro ISD students competed in various University Interscholastic League academic events on Thursday, Dec. 5.
Three Chandler Elementary students placed in events during the competition.
McKenzie Cox placed second in second-grade story telling, Grayson Epperson was third in second-grade creative writing and Landen Hensen was sixth in third-grade ready writing.
MVFD names chief
Murchison Volunteer Fire Department has a new chief but he’s a familiar face around the department and the community.
Brandon Irby, 22, was named fire chief on Nov. 7 after former chief Gerry Huffman stepped down due to health reasons.
“He was the assistant chief and whenever Gerry Huffman stepped down due to health reasons that left Brandon in line to step up. All the volunteer firemen there voted him in as fire chief because he had the knowledge,” Mayor Deanna Benson said.
Brownsboro approves lease, NIMS ordinance
Brownsboro city leaders approved a lease agreement with Thomas Robertson for use of a dump truck on an as-needed basis while re-adopting NIMS ordinance No. 2007-004 during the regularly scheduled city council meeting Thursday.
Robertson, the city’s police chief, recently purchased a dump truck for private use and offered to lease it to the city on an as-needed basis.
After checking with the city’s attorney, the council voted to lease the truck for $50 a day as needed.
Utilities Superintendent Gary Arnold said other companies lease trucks for $75 or more a day but Robertson was willing to work with the city on a price-point fair to both parties.
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