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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Good as gold
The Henderson County Farm and Ranch Tour pulls out Tuesday morning as it has for half a century, but this time, from a new location.
A little Hope for West
On Thursday, April 18, West, Texas changed. The small community was shocked and devastated with a fertilizer plant explosion. Lives were lost, hundreds were injured and homes and buildings were flattened.
AISD trustees approve agreements at meeting
Action items were all approved Thursday by the Board of Trustees of Athens Independent School District. The approvals were made at their regular meeting.
A future investment
Harry and Patti Hogue present a check for $500 to go toward the Splash Pad at Kiwanis Park in Athens. The fund-raising effort is nearing the finish line for the $220,000 project, although donations are still being sought. The Splash Pad is expected to be open some time this summer.
Peace officers from across Henderson County gathered on the courthouse square Thursday afternoon to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
Ideas on display
Charles Parker can do some pretty fancy things with your kitchen utensils and old golf clubs.
Parker’s ideas can be seen on display Saturdays at the Athens Farmers Market. This is his third year to bring his crafts to be sold.
iPads trim costs
Keeping pace with new technology, Henderson County Justices of the Peace can potentially save thousands of dollars through the use of iPads.
Fly-in to help with awareness of airport
Mark your calendar for June 1. Athens will be busy with the Old Fiddlers Reunion and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes events.
To make the day complete, the Athens Municipal Airport will be hosting a “Fly-in” on Saturday, June 1. According to organizer Charles Tidmore, the event will give the local community a better awareness and appreciation of the Athens Airport.
AISD hires PBK architects
Athens Independent School District Blake Stiles believes one of the biggest considerations rendered at Thursday’s school board meeting was to choose a company that will carry out construction for security at Athens High School and Athens Middle School. The contractor is known as a construction manager at risk.
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