The Athens Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake held a joint meeting on Thursday at Athens Country Club.
Pam Burton, president and 19-year member of the Athens Rotary Club, introduced Cedar Creek Lake RotaryClub President Kathi Nailling and other members of the lake area Rotary Club.
Dr. Phil Bandel, Rotary District 5830's District Governor, was the guest speaker. Dr. Bandel, a dermatologist, is a member of the Rotary Club in Paris, Texas. Bandel has been an active member of Rotary for more than 30 years.
Bandel updated both clubs on upcoming District 5830 Rotary events. He said the Rotary District Conference will be held in Texarkana in April. Bandel also talked about Rotary's effort to eradicate polio worldwide.
“Two years ago there were 600 cases of polio throughout the world,” Bandel said. “So far this year 10 cases have been reported.”
Until the Rotary International took on the goal to eradicate polio, more than 1,000 people were dying each day from the disease. Rotary International has raised more than $240 million in its efforts to stop the disease.
Both the Athens Rotary Club and Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake contribute to their respective communities by providing college scholarships, supporting local libraries and food pantries, as well as many other organizations in the Henderson County area.
Athens Rotary Club meets on Thursdays at noon at the Athens Country Club. Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake meets on Fridays at noon at Vetoni's Restaurant in Gun Barrel City.
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Breaking new ground
The ceremonial groundbreaking was held on Wednesday morning for the newest resident at Athens Industrial Park.
Med-Logics is relocating from California to a 4-acre tract on Enterprise Drive. The company, which specializes in manufacturing opthamology laser blades used in eye surgery and related technology, is bringing its entire operation to Athens.
City’s budgets in works
The various City of Athens Departments are working on their preliminary budgets in preparation for the coming crunch of the numbers.
In 2012-2013, the city budgeted $15,462,939 for expenditures, which included more than $1.26 million for street upkeep and repairs.
Open casting call to be held in Kemp
An open casting call for the upcoming feature film, “Hellion,” by award winning Texas director Kat Candler and Executive Producer Jeff Nichols will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, June 21 and from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 at Underground MX Park, located at 7353 Farm-to-Market 3396 in Kemp.
Mayor gives update
Athens Mayor Jerry Don Vaught updated the Athens Kiwanis Club on several city projects at the Country Club on Tuesday.
A personal story to tell
When Donna Johnson took to the podium last week at Trinity Valley Community College, it wasn’t to tell her own story.
Johnson was the featured speaker at the college’s annual GED graduation ceremony last week. The ceremony gives students who have completed the high school equivalency exam during the past year the chance to attend commencement.
Athens house burned
A Monday afternoon fire inflicted severe damage to a house at 911 W. Cayuga Dr. in Athens.
No one was injured in the blaze that started in the back bedroom of the residence. Athens Fire Chief John McQueary said the resident had been staying with her sister and was not at home at the time of the blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Radio Club plays the field
CQ ... CQ ... CQ ... This is what you will hear this coming Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, when the Athens Amateur Radio Club once again participates in the annual Amateur Radio Relay League’s (ARRL) National Field Day event.
Retired teachers get raise, fund solvency
During the final days of the 83rd Legislative Session, the Texas House approved the Teacher Retirement Actuarial Soundness Bill, or SB 1458, which will put the Teachers Retirement System on solid ground for years to come.
Time to have a blast
The annual Fourth of July fireworks show at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) is coming up on Thursday, July 4. The show will last about one-half hour and is one of the biggest in East Texas.
The fireworks show is directed and produced by Alpha-Lee Enterprises, Inc. of Liverpool, Texas. The show is a Keep Athens Beautiful event.
Easy there, big fella
Athens bullrider Kody Ingham hangs on during the opening round of the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Black Rodeo held at the Henderson County Fairpark Complex Friday night.
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