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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Sheriff Ray Nutt said his department responded to a call for assistance from the Seven Points Police Department concerning two men who were boating on the lake, and ran into trouble between Seven Points and Gun Barrel City.
Water authority is born
It would be hard for anyone under the age of 50 to imagine East Texas without the abundance of lakes in the region, providing water and sources of recreation.
Many of the reservoirs in East Texas today, were created in the years immediately following the dusty, dry, decade of the 50s, when drought conditions left Texas parched for water. The rainfall all but stopped at the beginning of the decade and by 1957, 244 of the state’s 254 counties, including Henderson County, had been declared Federal Disaster Areas for lack of rainfall.
Time with the Easter Bunny
Six-year-old Mayven Ingalls is shown enjoying the company of the Easter Bunny at the annual Kiwanis Club Easter Egg Hunt for Special Needs kids at Kiwanis Park in Athens on Wednesday. A coordinator said the event was for students from Athens Independent School District. Tootsie the Clown also helped in the effort to bring enjoyment to the children.
AISD to discuss meal prices
The Athens Independent School District Board of Trustees will meet tonight at 6 p.m. in the District Support Center Board Room for its monthly meeting.
Several action items are on the agenda, including the consideration of meal prices for the 2014-15 school year.
More burglary complaints
The Athens Police Department continues to get numerous burglary complaints, and on Tuesday investigated a break-in of a vehicle parked at East Texas Medical Center.
104-year-old Henderson County woman passes
Helen Eveleen DeAngelis Carbone was a woman who experienced a lot in life. It was on April 15 that she passed from this life peacefully at the age of 104.
Carbone has been described as an interesting person with a lot of memories to share with everyone she met.
Bursting with beauty
A shining star already in her parents eyes, Geraldine Nieto displayed her ray of beauty Sunday in Tyler to claim top status in the Sunburst Talent/Beauty Contest.
The 5-year-old Athens resident is the daughter of Jaime and Karla Nieto.
Dozens attend council meeting for recovery, transfer station
Nathan Bullard, owner of Yellow Box Environmental LLC, was at Gun Barrel City Hall to explain future development plans for property located at 546 Gun Barrel Lane.
Bullard said he wanted to introduce himself and his company to the neighbors who own property close to his project.
Bullard was on hand to inform the public and address any concerns about the company’s plan to build a recovery and transfer station.
Commissioners sign proclamation for San Jacinto Day
The battle of the Alamo may be the best remembered conflict in Texas’ fight for independence, but the battle at San Jacinto closed the deal.
Representatives of the Sons of the Republic of Texas were on hand at the Henderson County Commissioners Court meeting Tuesday in observance of a proclamation, declaring April 21, San Jacinto Day.
Ram to donate $20 per test drive to FFA Organization
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