Athens Review, Athens, Texas

June 11, 2013

County approves courthouse decorations

KAB, Light Up Athens will decorate lawn at Christmastime, include Nativity Scene

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

ATHENS — The Henderson County Commissioners Court approved Keep Athens Beautiful and Light Up Athens as decorators for the courthouse and courthouse lawns during the 2013 fall and Christmas season.

KAB Executive Director Carol Morton contacted County Judge Richard Sanders last week seeking permission to decorate the courthouse property in October, November and December as the organization has for several years.

The fall decorations will be put in place the weekend of October 5 and 6. The scenes on the four corners of the courthouse lawn will include 50 bales of hay, more then 300 pumpkins, scarecrows and fall floral displays.

During the week of Nov. 25, decorators will begin readying the square for the Christmas season. Holiday on the Square and the Athens Christmas Parade are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7, this year.

The Nativity scene, which has generated complaints from  the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an out-of-state atheist group in 2011 and 2012, is also set to return as a decoration. The decorations will also include Santa’s house and the community Christmas tree, as well as snowmen, carolers, Santa’s sleigh and other holiday favorites.

In other action, commissioners approved a proclamation in observance of June 14 as “Flag Day.” Dr. Charles Luna of the Sons of the American Revolution was present along with Athens SAR President Terry Sharit.

Luna told the court that June 14 is the date designated for Flag Day because on Saturday, June 14, 1777, Continental Congress approved a flag of 13 stripes of alternating red and white and 13 white stars on a blue field to represent the new nation. Woodrow Wilson officially proclaimed that Flag Day be celebrated each year on June 14. President Harry Truman signed an act of Congress officially establishing the day in 1949.

Commissioners also voted to:

• accept a reimbursement check from the Henderson County Appraisal District in the amount of $53,874;

• approve transferring two Digital Ally video cameras from the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department;

• approve transferring two Digital Ally video cameras from the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office to the Trinidad Police Department; and

• authorize payment of bills in the amount of $424,257.03.