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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Pinnacle Church serves the Chapman House
The Pinnacle Church has taken The Chapman House under its wing by providing the necessary support for the organization to help its residents recover from their addictions.
Eustace Christmas on the Square set for Dec. 14
Mayor Elicia Sanders invites everyone in Eustace and the surrounding area to attend the 17th annual Christmas On the Square celebration Dec. 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
All aboard the Polar Express!
Get ready for an unforgettable experience as two Athens-area organizations are preparing for showings of the hit movie, “The Polar Express.”
The first showing of the movie will be this weekend at the Henderson County Clint W. Murchison Memorial Library.
A royal event
Miss Texas 2013, Ivana Hall, will join a royal celebration at the Cain Center in Athens on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The event is hosted by the Cain Center, along with the Henderson County Historical Museum. The reining Miss Texas will honor the 50th Anniversary of Miss Texas 1964 Sharon McCauley from Athens.
Nativity goes up
The Nativity Scene on the Henderson County Courthouse lawn is shown during it’s construction midday Wednesday. Keep Athens Beautiful Executive Director Carol Morton, coordinator for the project, was present at the scene, as were employees of Dillon Manufacturing in Athens. They were Isidrio Catano, Edgar Rodriguez, Francisco Carranzo and Curtis Vaughn. The scene was finished Wednesday and will be well-lit through the Christmas holidays.
Athens readies for holiday events
It is going to feel a lot more like December this weekend, as temperatures are predicted to drop into the 30s just in time for several area community Christmas events.
The City of Athens is preparing for the cooler weather, and encourages citizens to come out and enjoy a bevy of events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.
5-percent matching fund OKed
During a special-called council meeting Wednesday, the Athens City Council voted unanimously to authorize a 5-percent matching fund for an Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) sponsored by Homeland Security. City Manager Pam Burton, said the 5-percent matching would amount to about $4,800 the city would provide.
Chandler holiday event moved
The city of Chandler's Holiday in the Park scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7 has been moved from Winchester Park to First Assembly of God church.
Organizer Shelia Haskins said the possibility of inclement weather forced the change as the city wanted to keep its citizens safe.
Breakfast with Santa coming to Seven Points
Best Friends of The Library at Cedar Creek Lake will host the 13th annual Breakfast With Santa, Saturday, Dec. 14, at the library, 410 E. Cedar Creek Parkway in Seven Points.
Christmas in GBC this weekend
Christmas will be coming to Gun Barrel City this weekend.
The City's Annual Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7. The theme this year is “Remember Me.”
Gun Barrel City Street Superintendent Mike Horton said, “The ‘Remember Me’ theme is because the date is the anniversary of Pearl Harbor.”
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