The Cedar Creek Women’s Club held their monthly meeting on Tuesday at Cedar Creek Country Club.
The women made their annual donation to the East Texas Crisis Center in Athens.
Each year the club collects items such as toiletry items, gift sets, diapers, body spray, footes and other items the center gives to the clients they help.
The center is need of sweatpants and sweatshirts, sizes, small, medium, large and extra large.
Crisis Center Executive Director Donna Johnson said “we can alway use sweat suits. We don’t have a lot of storage for other clothing. If we can new sweat suits donated that would be great.” She said “We can always use toiletry items.”
Retired fireman Buck Criner swayed the women with tunes from the 50s and 60s.
Criner from Crandall, Tx. started singing professionally in 2003 after retiring from the Farmers Branch Fire Department.
His music selection is not classical music, but rather the classic hits from pop to country.
Crine sangs popular songs, such as, Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash and For The Good Times by Ray Price.
Crine also sings songs from Broadway hits as well as gospel singing.
His wife, Gloria, assist Crine on the keyboard and does some backup singing.
He has performed throughout the State of Texas, as far north as Denison, to the east as far as Texarkana and south to San Antonio. He has gone west as far as Andrew, Tx.
He has sung on a number of occasions at the Grapevine Opry, especially for their Sentimental Journey programs which is very popular with the senior citizens.
The women enjoyed his musical talents because of the mixer of music sang. There were songs from all generations.
Criner has produced three CD.
The Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club is a civic organization designed for women of all ages. They meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month 11am at Cedar Creek Country. Each month has an interesting guest speaker or entertainer.
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Theater director ends 25 years
Former owner of the Athens Review, Richard “Dick” Dwelle said it best: “There are so very many people who have made significant contributions to this community, but it would be difficult to find anyone who has had a greater impact for good on the youth of Athens than Dennis Gilmore.”
After 25 years as Executive Director of The Henderson County Performing Arts Center, Gilmore announced his retirement from HCPAC.
Chandler resident Tom Booth shot free throws for 24 hours to raise money for God’s Open Hands and a sports missionary. He overcame three surgeries to set a new record for shots made during the fourth annual Free Throws for Souls event held Friday-Saturday at Chandler First Assembly of God. He took 24,575 shots and made 15,750 for a 64 percent success rate. The goal is to raise more than $30,000 to donate all the proceeds toward missions work.
Kiwanis Pancake Day
The Athens Kiwanis Pancake Day started with a bit of uncertainty because of the weather, but ended with a steady stream of customers.
When the last griddle had been put away, the Kiwanis had served 1,525 customers, and raised over $20,000, before expenses.
Master Gardeners present giant check
The Henderson County Commissioners Court heard the annual report of a hard-working group on Tuesday.
The Henderson County Master Gardeners presented a giant check to represent the value of the volunteer work the organization performed in 2013.
Adopt a Bucket
As part of the activities surrounding the Color Fun Run for Water benefitting Hope Springs Water on March 22, participants will have the opportunity to adopt a bucket of water for the day for only $20.
The bucket is symbolic of those carried by mostly women and children in countries without access to clean water each day.
Citizens Academy coming
As a part of the City of Chandler’s ongoing effort to communicate information, provide transparency and promote citizen involvement, Mayor Ann Hall and the City Council established the Chandler Citizens Academy in 2013.
The first session was held April-May 2013, and was deemed a success by organizers and attendees.
A second academy is planned for 2014, with the first class scheduled for Tuesday, April 15.
Fighting for life
Family and friends have rallied around 20-year old Aaron Jenkins.
Three weeks ago Jenkins, a Mabank resident and former Trinity Valley Community College student, was diagnosed with liver cancer.
Aaron's Aunt Sheila Guill said, “He's pretty sick, but Aaron has a high pain tolerance and doesn't complain.”
Lake Palestine, Athens above levels, CCL close
Lakes Athens and Palestine are above their normal levels, while Cedar Creek Lake to the west still needs a good downpour to close the gap.
On Monday, when the average Texas lake stood at just 64.3 percent of full. Lake Athens had a reading of 440.06 feet, just above its average.
Three arrested for drugs
Drug offenses led to three Athens Police Department arrests over the weekend according to reports.
The first incident on Friday night resulted in the arrest of Joshua Paul Rogers, 25, for evading arrest and possession of a controlled substance. Rogers remained in custody on Monday, with bond set at $9,000 on the two charges.
County unemployment edges upward
Henderson County unemployment edged upward in January, falling between the state and national rates.
The January Texas Workforce Commission Report, issued on Friday, gave Henderson County a 6.1 percent reading, after a 6.0 percent rate in December. The national unemployment figure was 7.1 percent, while Texas enjoyed its lowest mark since 2008, 5.7 percent.
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