Athens Review, Athens, Texas

July 2, 2013

County accepts award

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

ATHENS — The Henderson County Commissioners Court accepted the 2012 Distinguished Service Award Tuesday on behalf of the Henderson County Historical Commission.

The award comes from the Texas Historical Commission in Austin and is based on the accomplishments of the local group during the past year. Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin presented a certificate to HC Commission members present at the meeting.

“I think this is a great award,” County Judge Richard Sanders said. “I believe our Historical Commission was also given this award in 2011 and continues to preserve our history here in Henderson County and the state of Texas.”

Geeslin said the local Commission distinguished itself above and beyond the norm in 2012 with the publishing of the History of Henderson County, which updated the volume published in 1929.

According to the THC, the Distinguished Service Award is based on the county organization’s report of its service during the year, as documented in its annual report to the state commission. Commissions must meet certain standards for projects completed and volunteer hours during the year.

Board members advise the Commissioners Court on matters of historical preservation. The members are appointed for two years. The chairman is Sarah Jane Brown and Betty Hollowell oversees finance and budget.

One of the main functions of the Historical Commission is to review all applications for a historical marker before the information is sent to the State Historical Commission for approval.

Commissioners also voted to:

• enter into an agreement to assist the Eustace Independent School District with chip sealing the common area of the baseball complex;

• allow installation of a cattle guard on County Road 4530 at the landowners expense;

• approve tax resale deeds for two lots in Pete’s Paradise and two lots in Hill Estates in Precinct 1 and

• authorize payment of bills in the amount of $243,980.44.