Athens — New members of the Athens Rotary Club were the guest speakers at Thursday's meeting. The new members introduced themselves and told about their background. New members included Mary Wright, Kyle Roberts, Winston McCowan Jr. and Ashley Humble. Also pictured are Athens Rotary President Robert Nelson (far left) Athens President-Elect Kelly Driskell and Rotarian Dennis Gilmore (third from right). Gilmore was responsible for recruiting the new members to the Athens Rotary Club. Athens Rotary meets every Thursday at Athens Country Club.
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Arrests made near Eustace related to gaming establishment
The robbery of a gaming establishment near Eustace on Wednesday led to two arrests, according to information from the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office.
Manuel Herminio Hernandez, 25, of Gun Barrel City, was booked into the Henderson County Jail for robbery, evading arrest or detention with a previous conviction and a warrant for manufacture with intent to deliver a controlled substance (four grams to 200 grams). Hernandez was still in custody on Friday, with bond set at $125,000.
A summer blessing
Children gathered late Thursday while parents watched them enjoy the coolness of water moving over their bodies. This is one of many reasons that the Splash Pad in Kiwanis Park is such a welcome fixture.
Murchison ready to proceed with EDC
Voters in the Murchison city limits who desire to see business growth will have a chance to let their voice be heard in November.
The Murchison City Council passed two agenda items Tuesday in regards to the proposition to add an Economic Development Corporation in the city.
Airport Advisory Board continues to pursue lengthening progress
The Athens Airport Advisory Board continues to pursue lengthening of the Municipal Airport, and received an update Thursday from its liaison with the Texas Department of Transportation. The meeting was held at the Athens Training Center on South Prairieville Street.
Phil Becker said the staffing had changed at the TxDOT aviation planning unit with David Fulton now in charge.
State agency prepares to expand STAR+PLUS program
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is preparing to expand the STAR+PLUS Medicaid Managed Care program on Sept. 1.
Most people in Texas who have Medicaid get their services through managed care. In this system, the member picks a health plan, and gets Medicaid services through that health plan’s network of providers. Most health plans offer Medicaid members extra services not available through traditional Medicaid.
Murchison Bridge to be repaired
The bridge on Cardinal Drive in Murchison will be ready for public access in the summer of 2015, according to Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Eric Fisher.
Fisher addressed the Murchison City Council on Tuesday regarding the proposed repair. He said the project will be funded in 2015, with the department seeking bids in March. Construction should begin in May 2015, with work expected to be complete within two months after work begins.
Kicking in the heat
Eleven-year-old Elias Cruz practices kicking a soccer ball at Cain Park Thursday, preparing for competition with other Emanuel Baptist Church teams in Athens.
Sales tax allocations up
The city of Athens and most Henderson County entities enjoyed increases in the July sales-tax revenues over the previous year, according to information from State Comptroller Susan Combs.
Athens’ allocation of $400,802.40 was 4.47 percent ahead of the previous year, and allows Athens to remain 3.39 percent of 2013 for the year-to-date. Double-digit gains were reported in July for Brownsboro, Caney City, Log Cabin, Malakoff, Murchison and Poynor.
AMWA, city close to contract
The Athens Municipal Water Authority Board is moving closer to a new contract with the City of Athens, Executive Director Wylie Pirkle said Wednesday.
The authority met Wednesday in a meeting, which also included an executive session concerning the litigation between the two parties.
Former Athens mayor dies
C.W. Tidmore served as Mayor of Athens from 1960 through 1962 and was a proud supporter of the city's claim of being home to the original hamburger.
The former mayor, contractor and Lion died Wednesday at East Texas Medical Center in Athens. He was 91 years old.
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