Thursday, March 28
• CCL 49er’s Senior Citizens Club will host an Easter dance and every Thursday night from 7–9:30 p.m. dancing to classic Western Music will be played by Chuck and the 49er’s band. Atmosphere is very friendly. No alcohol or smoking. Cost is $6 at the door. New addition, C/W dance lessons from 6–7 p.m Thursdays. You’ll find us in Seven Points, off Hwy. 334, 2 blocks south on Arnold Hills Road. You may phone or fax us at 903-432-3552.
• Starting today and every Thursday at 9 a.m. a Line Dance class will be held at the Henderson County Senior Citizen Building, 3344 Hwy 31 East, Athens. Whether you would like to learn or you like to dance come out and join the group. It is a great form of exercise and a wonderful opportunity to meet new people. Wear comfortable shoes or sneakers and bring a water bottle. Cost is $5. For information please call 903-670-3324.
• The Henderson County Beef Cattle Committee will present its annual Cattlemen’s Cow Calf Clinic at 3 p.m. at the Henderson County Regional Fair Park Complex. Cost of the event is $15, which includes a catered BBQ dinner and 1.5 CEUs which will be available for producers with pesticide applicator’s licenses.
• Trinity Valley Community College will host a financial aid workshop from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will take place inside the Student Success Center, which is located on the third floor of the Baugh Technology Center on the Athens campus. Staff from the college's financial aid department will be available to answer questions about financial aid and assist in filling out the 2013-14 FAFSA application. Those who attend should bring their 2012 tax return (students who are dependents should also bring their parents tax return). For more information about the workshop, contact the TVCC Financial Aid Office at 903-675-6233.
• Members of Athens First United Methodist Church will present a Living Last Supper at 7 p.m. in the Church Activities Building. Those attending will sit in groups at tables, and take turns serving each other the Lord's supper.
Friday, March 29
• A Good Friday program will be conducted at the Church of the Living God on U.S. Highway 175 in Athens at 7 p.m. It will be given by the Hospitality. It will be an everlasting event in your life. All are welcome.
Saturday, March 30
• A giant flea market will be staged at 7 a.m. at 910 Needmore St. in Athens. Rental spaces are $25. Proceeds go to the scholarship fund. For more information about this event sponsored by the Fisher High Alumni Association, contact Barbara Handy at 903-880-7475 or Jimmie Johnson at 903-681-7574.
Sunday, March 31
• Community Easter Cantata will be staged at sunrise, 7 a.m. at Stone Oak Ranch in Murchison. The 30-minute Easter celebration presents “Rise Again” by First Baptist Church and First United Baptist Church of Murchison. Everyone is welcome to share the resurrection morning in the outdoors (inside if inclement weather). Directions: From State Highway 31 in Murchison, go north from the Post Office on North Front Street, turn right on CR 3807/Bankhead Street, go around the bend and Stone Oak Ranch on the right. For additional information, call 903-714-2747 or 903-469-3885.
Monday, April 1
• Henderson County Senior Citizens will sponsor a country western dance at the Senior Citizens Center on State Highway 31 East in Athens from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. All ages are welcome. Music will be provided by the Hwy. 31 Band.
Friday, April 5
•The Cedar Creek Lake Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. at Lowe's Home Center, 201 West Main Street, Gun Barrel City. The program, "Growing with Succulents," will be presented in the Garden Center by Lowe's staff. Individuals interested in making new friends and learning about succulents are cordially invited to attend. Please contact Gail Haynes at 903-498-6544 for additional details.
Thursday, March 28
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Silent auction Saturday, August 9
Andrea Pickens at Tri-County Ford is collecting silent auction items for the upcoming Rotary at Cedar Creek Lake Celebrity Waiter event. Celebrity Waiter, the largest fundraiser the Rotary hosts, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9 at Athens Country Club. Any business wanting to donate an item to the silent auction can contact Kathi Nailling at 903-340-7597 or Andrea Pickens at 903-887-2121.
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.
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