The Athens City Council took an early look at several airport related issues that are likely to be appearing on future agendas during a workshop on Wednesday.
City Dire-ctor of Plann-ing and Deve-lopment Gary Crecilius said the Airport Advisory Board is scratching the surface of bringing an air show to the airport. At a December meeting, Crecilius said the board talked about scheduling a “fly-in and open house.”
Crecilius said the board would take perhaps a year to 18 months to put the occasion together, then come back to the council for final approval.
Crecilius also gave a progress report on the planning for a new sign for the airport. The sign would be placed on Loop 7 at the entrance to Airport Road. The project will cost about $8,000. Any signage must conform to city standards and be approved by the City Council. It would include the name of the airport and the elevation of the city.
Concerning another agenda item, the Council discussed filling the vacancy on the Airport Advisory Board left by R.W. “Dick” Dwelle, who resigned recently. Dwelle, a longtime Athens resident and board member, has moved to the Dallas area. City Administrator Pam Burton said Steve Grant has been recommended by the board members as Dwelle’s replacement and has said he would serve, if chosen.
The council also honored former Mayor Randy Daniel for his service to the city. Daniel resigned in November to become Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace.
Mayor Pro-tem Jerry Don Vaught presented Daniel a plaque on behalf of the city and a gold watch with an inscription commemorating his tenure at city hall from 2005 to 2012.
Air show is in early planning stages
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Alzheimer’s forum to teach about disease
The fact is over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. The Alzheimer's Association says “every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's. The disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.”
Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly, and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.
Give-and-take session to discuss problem of underage drinking
The East Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse’s Henderson County Coalition Partnership invites local citizens to take part, Monday, in a give-and-take session on the problem of underage drinking.
The meeting will be held at the Cain Center in the Cain Room, begins at 5:30 p.m. and is expected to last about an hour. Local officials have been scheduled to take part in discussing the problems regarding alcohol. It’s a concern that affects all parts of the county.
July proves cooler in 2014
July is gone, and the weather is leaving a much more favorable impression than its usual swelter.
The National Weather Service reports the cool front that came through the area on the last day of July, brought more showers to the area, and held the highs in the low 80s. The weekend forecast calls for temperatures to remain several degrees below normal through Sunday.
AMWA to meet Wednesday
An Athens Municipal Water Authority project that was moved off the front burner when its dispute with the City of Athens heated up is scheduled for discussion when AMWA meets Wednesday.
The AMWA board of directors is scheduled to meet at 8 a.m. in the Athens City Council chambers, located in the City Hall Annex on Pinkerton Street. On the agenda is to discuss and act upon proceeding with long-range plans to create AMWA offices and meeting facilities.
A look at the practicalities of AISD’s 2015 campus realignment
Athens ISD board members’ approval of the proposed campus realignment comes one full year in advance of the decision’s effective date. The timing gives the public as well as district staff and administration opportunity to adjust and prepare for the change.
Hirsch speaks at Athens Rotary Thursday
Henderson County Extension Agent Rick Hirsch spoke at the Athens Rotary Club weekly meeting on Thursday. Hirsch said unlike 2013, this year is a great year to grow anything. He also commented it was a good year to be in the cow business. Welcoming Hirsch to the Rotary Club are Rotary President Kelly Driskell and Rotarian John Trent.
Hydrating first responders
First responders were invited Wednesday to the Athens Brookshire’s grocery to celebrate a promotion formulated by the store. When customers purchase five 32-ounce bottles of Gatorade, they will receive 200 points. Customers are encouraged to donate the Gatorade to first responders. The promotion will last one month. Shown, from left, are Brookshire’s Store Manager Charles Beasley, Athens Police Department Patrolman Wesley Hoover, APD Cpl. Billy Westover, APD Assistant Chief Rodney Williams, APD Lt. Jeremy Hugghins, APD Patrolman Taylor Chancellor, APD Sgt. Eddie Smith, APD Chief Buddy Hill, Athens Fire Department Firefighter Brian Davis, AFD Firefighter Aaron Munn and AFD Firefighter Payton Lambe.
HC fine-tuning application to get CETZ funds
It’s been three months since Henderson County got word that money has been allocated from the Texas Department of Transportation in the form of a County Energy Transportation Zone grant, but Commissioners Court is still fine-tuning its application to get the funds.
Police arrest suspect with meth and scales
A 47-year-old woman faces felony drug charges after she was arrested in Athens Tuesday morning.
Connie Loraine Stokes was booked into the Henderson County Jail for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and a traffic offense.
Corbin to perform at Cain Center
Easton Corbin will be in Athens on Sunday, Aug. 3 to say “Thank You” with a free concert at the Cain Center. The invitation-only concert will begin at 4:30 p.m. The concert is free, but a ticket is required. Tickets can be obtained from any Athens or Brownsboro Future Farmers of America (FFA) member.
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