Athens — Isabella Hawkins and her father, Richard, visit with the Easter Bunny at last year’s Athens Kiwanis Club Easter Egg Hunt. This year’s hunt is set for Saturday at Kiwanis Park in Athens. Thousands of eggs will be dropped for children to hunt, and many prize eggs will have a ticket for a bicycle or an Easter Bunny. Ten bikes and 20 Easter Bunnies will be given away. The hunt begins at 9 a.m.
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Magical time of year
Despite temperatures below freezing, parades were held in Athens and Gun Barrel City Saturday night. Above, Santa Claus made his annual appearance in the Athens parade around the county courthouse square. Hundreds of people braved the cool weather to enjoy the parade and after-parade party.
Henderson County TEA party forming
A public meeting will be held Monday, Dec. 16 primarily for the purpose of forming an active TEA Party/Grassroots group in Henderson County.
Benefit scheduled for Jan Aaron
Jan is the wife of George Aaron, owner of Elite Tax Service and Pea Pickers Produce in Athens.
Prescribed burn planned for Purtis Creek State Park
Park Superintendent Mendy Davis announced the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staff plans to conduct a prescribed burn at Purtis Creek State Park sometime during the months of January - April.
Obstacles removed, DA approves
Henderson County District Attorney Scott McKee believes a new law designed to remove obstacles to accessing evidence can help prevent abuses such as the ones that sent Michael Morton to prison for 25 years for a crime he didn’t commit.
Judge Carter Tarrance of the 392nd Judicial District Court said he wants something done about the leaky judicial complex roof before rainwater does more damage inside.
The much needed rain in Henderson County has caused havoc at the judicial complex.
Two arrested for drugs
The Henderson County Narcotics Officers have been busy with drug trafficking arrests in the county.
Henderson County Narcotic Officer Kay Langsford presented Judge Tommy Barnett with a probable cause affidavit for a warrant on Alton “Butch” Hawthorne, 59 of Seven Points on Monday, Nov. 25.
HCSO recovers stolen items
The Henderson County Sheriff's Office has reportedly been investigating numerous thefts and burglaries in the Athens area.
On Thursday at approximately 10 a.m. Henderson County Investigators Billy Jack Valentine and Michael Shelley conducted a follow-up investigation at a residence on County Road 3911.
A slap on the wrist?
Disorderly conduct, disruption of class, trespassing or being under the influence on school grounds are no longer offenses that can receive citations from Texas school districts.
Senate Bill 393 went into law Sept. 1 during the 83rd Texas Legislature changing the way school districts across the state with law enforcement officers on campus operate.
A Military Christmas
A mother’s love has far reaching effects.
Amy Hillhouse has sent her daughter Kaylee care packages on a routine basis to provide for her basic needs.
A 2009 Martin’s Mill graduate, Kaylee Hillhouse is currently stationed in Afghanistan at Camp Leatherneck as she serves in the U.S. Navy.
With Christmas approaching, Amy thought she would send a couple more packages to a couple of Kaylee’s closest friends on the base.
When Kaylee responded with a list of 21, Amy was floored, but like most mothers she stepped into action out of love for her daughter, and our nation.
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