The Athens Christmas Parade began its new era with a big turnout, Saturday, as spectators took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to line the downtown streets.
Athens City Administrator Pam Burton said the 2012 version of the parade, the first with the city of Athens at the reigns, was a crowd pleaser. More than 75 entries were part of the lineup that featured Santa, the Grinch, numerous depictions of the Nativity, fire trucks, bands, drill teams and decorated ATV’s. The collection of participants rolled past the courthouse for almost an hour.
“We’ve had nothing but positive comments,” Burton said. “We’ve lots of calls Saturday night and this morning saying it was the best parade ever.”
Burton said the $500 grand prize for the best entry, Sponsored by Republic Services, went to the float entered by Crestway Park Dental. The entry recreated the town of Whoville from the animated Christmas classic. Rolling along on the float were, Cindy Lou and the other Who residents, as well as the evil Grinch. The Crestway Park group added to the Christmas feeling by bringing a snow machine to create flurries all around Whoville.
The winners in each of the divisions were:
• Business - Crestway Park Dental
• Church - Sand Springs Baptist Church
• Civic non-profit - Athens Bicycle Club
• School - South Athens Elementary
• Individual - Pat Bellah
• Other- Mud Digger ATV No. 34
As darkness fell, Saturday, crowds began to gather around the Courthouse square to look at the decorations and browse the arts and crafts. Santa opened his house to meet with the kids and magically lit the Christmas tree.
After the parade, the Athens Central Business Association invited the audience to come to Ginger’s Park for a showing of the classic Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer projected in giant detail on the side of the Henderson County Courthouse Annex.
More that 75 floats lined up for city’s parade
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Wet and wild
A line of severe thunderstorms roared throughout Henderson County on Tuesday afternoon, dropping significant rainfall and taking down trees and power lines.
The storm produced heavy rains in Athens, where the National Weather Service reports 2.16 inches fell. Residents in the county were seeing three or more inches in their rain gauges.
A Henderson County jury delivered a strong message to a 37-year-old Kemp man in the sentencing phase of a child sexual-abuse trial on Tuesday.
The jury, in Judge Mark Calhoon’s 3rd District Court, handed Danny Ray Lusk four life sentences and one 20-year sentence, the maximum jail time on each count.
Going to ‘WAR’
A program termed “We Are Responsible” was generated this year at South Athens Elementary School by its principal, Eugene Buford.
At first reading, the slogan appears to be for the school’s students. But, after looking at the slogan and noting that the abbreviation is WAR, Buford says the slogan is for educators.
A need that’s very easy to see
The Greater Athens Lions Club is asking for used eyeglasses, lenses, glass cases and hearing aids for the annual Lions Club White Cane Day this Saturday.
Too close to home
It was the kind of moment any parent would dread.
Give it to Jody!
The 50th annual Henderson County Farm and Ranch Tour concluded Tuesday with a luncheon on the floor of the Henderson County Fair Park Complex arena and the naming presentation of the Joe B. Fulgham Agriculturist of the Year.
The 25th recipient of the award was Jody Jackson of Murchison, whose farming and ranching operations started with a few cattle and some chickens then grew to one of the county’s most varied operations.
County votes to sell old annex building
Henderson County officials on Tuesday narrowly approved contracting with an Athens realtor to list the old Courthouse Annex building for sale.
Steve Grant Real Estate was chosen to sell the property by a 3-to-2 vote. Precinct 3 Commissioner Ronny Lawrence and Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin cast the dissenting votes.
Burk to serve as next ACA administrator
Athens Christian Academy (Kindergarten through 6th grade) is pleased to announce Dale Burk as the new administrator beginning July 2013.
Bullying just got tougher
To reduce the prevalence of school age bullying the Athens Independent School District has added a new communications tool called Anonymous Alerts, allowing individuals to quickly, easily and anonymously report urgent information that they may otherwise be uncomfortable revealing.
The Athens Odd Fellow Lodge No. 961 and Athens Rebekah Lodge No. 23 has seven students who are receiving a $500 scholarship to Trinity Valley Community College for this year.
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