The Henderson County website has a new look, but the change is only a step on the path to where the county wants it to be.
Information Technology Director Josh Brock said the new design of the page is the work of County Information Resources Agency, which hosts the website for Henderson County and many others around the state.
“They’ve changed to a new company, EZ Task. That’s who these new templates came from,” Brock said. “We can customize a little here and there, but basically it’s just a blanket template.”
One improvement is that the county website has been moved away from the state server. Previously, the state kept all counties on the same web server, and results could be bogged down by the volume of hits. This switch should alleviate that problem.
“We had about three elections on Election Day where people couldn’t get on the website,” Brock said. “There was nothing we could do because it was hosted by the state. They haven’t shied away from that problem.”
The old website was in use from 2007 until 2013, a long time in the ever-changing world of Internet technology.
“Five years is about the life of a website, give or take. We’re hoping to do something a lot better than this, so this one is kind of a stepping stone in between,” Brock said.
Brock plans to eventually get the county website to the point where you can find more than just a phone number to call a department, but also answers basic questions the caller might have.
“Any place that you work, there are certain questions that you answer every day,” Brock said. “If it’s 8 o’clock at night we want it to be a site where you can get the answer to that question.”
The county recently reserved another web address where Brock hopes to eventually move the site. He also wants to create quick links to get to a particular department.
“There are things that we can make happen with more flexibility, but that’s not where we are at the moment,” Brock said.
The Henderson County website can be found at www.co.henderson.tx.us.
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Several repairs are needed on the lagoon at the Chandler Wastewater Treatment Plant, and as a result, the city council has voted to close the lagoon, effective Jan. 1.
The lagoon is used by several area septic companies for dumping of the sludge from their trucks. Those companies will be notified of the closing.
Brownsboro ISD adding eight courses
House Bill 5 is leading to changes in education across the state, and Brownsboro Independent School District is making sure it is ready.
While all the details of the bill have not been released, Brownsboro ISD approved adding eight courses to its high school curriculum Monday during a regular school board meeting in preparation.
Water authority sues Athens
The Athens Municipal Water Authority filed suit in 173rd District Court on Tuesday concerning bills presented to the AMWA the authority contends were the responsibility of the city.
The AMWA Board voted unanimously to take the action at its meeting Tuesday morning. The suit claims the city had wrongfully charged the AMWA with bills the municipality had been obligated to pay.
School buses collide in Athens
Two Athens Fire Department responders assist students after two buses collided near the bus barn on S. Palestine Street on Wednesday afternoon. The collision sent multiple individuals to East Texas Medical Center with unspecified injuries. Athens Police Department Officer Michael Reynolds said the driver of one of the buses was transported to the hospital with unspecified injuries. AISD officials said none of the students were thought to be seriously injured, but were being taken to the emergency room for evaluation. Two parked, unoccupied, vehicles received minor damage in the indecent.
Henderson County Election Administrator Denise Hernandez wants to alleviate fears of potential voters who believe they may be disenfranchised if the name on their voting card is not an exact match.
Hernandez said her office has received several inquiries concerning the question, and want’s to assure voters that the changes might cause them to spend a few extra seconds in the election process, but will not curtail their rights at the ballot box.
County discusses appointments
The Henderson County Commissioners discussed the appointment of three members to the Regional Fair Park Board at their Tuesday meeting.
Judge Richard Sanders said three positions were expiring on the park board. The positions are currently being held by Bob Myers, Ken Hayes and Martin Davis. Sanders said Bob Myers of Precinct 4 was the only board member who showed an interest in remaining on the Fair Park Board.
Hazardous materials response
The Athens City Council on Monday approved an agreement with Henderson County for hazardous materials response.
Now that the city has approved the document, it will go to the Henderson County Commissioners Court to be approved and signed.
More than 50 people were at the Cain Center on Sunday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the crowning of Athens' own Sharon McCauley as Miss Texas.
The event was attended by dignitaries such as City Administrator Pam Burton, Athens Mayor Jerry Don Vaught, Miss Texas Pageant historian Randy Pruett and Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders. Many of McCauley's family members also were on-hand for the celebration.
Primary filing complete
Filing for the March 2014 primary elections ended Monday for several key positions across Henderson County.
A total of 25 Republicans filed for a county position, while four Democrats filed.
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