Athens Review, Athens, Texas

Breaking News

Local News

January 22, 2013

Scouts branching out to Eustace

Methodist church wants to offer closer alternative for participants

Athens — God put the idea in his head, and he followed through.

The Rev. Jerry Williams of Eustace United Methodist Church said he is in the process of putting together scouting activities in his city.

“The district executive (for scouting) came to us and said that kids in scouting normally don’t travel very far for scouting, and parents don’t travel very far,” Williams said.

Williams said Athens has two troops, and Malakoff and Mabank have one each.  These are the locations that Eustace parents have to take their children if the kids are involved in scouting.

“It fits good for a church and scouts to be together,” he said. “Because God and country is our teaching. In scouting, we follow God and learn how to be better American citizens.”

Williams has been pastor at the church since 1999. He also is employed two days per week as a guard at the Beto Prison Unit at Tennessee Colony, a post he has held for the past 27 years.

He was a scout when he was younger, and was a scoutmaster at the Athens United Methodist Church for a time.

Williams believes increasing scout activity in Eustace would bring more scouting to the church and help his church grow through those efforts. Definitely, parents will not have as far to travel to get their children involved.

Current plans have the church to be the local meeting place for both scouts and leaders. A charter committee exists, and will have its first public meeting at the church on Feb. 4. It will be at that meeting that the committee will pick the scout leaders.

Chris Bynum, lay leader at Eustace United Methodist Church, will chair efforts to meet with the charter committee. A former scout himself, he is anxious to make the program work in an area void of scout leader activity.

“It’s amazing that Eustace has never had Boy Scouts. My dad never had Boy Scouts here, and everywhere we have moved, he has been involved as a Boy Scout,” Bynum said. “I think it’s an important program, today more than ever before.  It’s important to teach leadership and good principles of nature.”

Eustace United Methodist Church is located at 401 Church St. in Eustace. For more information about scouting or the charter committee meeting, call Williams at the church at 903-425-8394, or at his home at 903-675-2757. His cell number is 903-477-4216.

Williams’ mailing address is P.O. Box 462, Murchison, TX 75778.

E-mail Williams at jgeraldw@aol.com.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • ADR logo.tif City, AMWA differ on future management of water supply

    The 57-year relationship between the Athens Municipal Water Authority and the City of Athens grew stormy in 2013 because of a disagreement over who should pay certain bills.
    The difference-of-opinion led to the Authority filing suit against the city last December, and the city responding by setting the wheels in motion that slated a May 10 election to decide whether to abolish AMWA.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-18 Easter.jpg Excited and ready

    Lexie and Isabella Hawkins are excited and ready for the Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at 9 a.m. in Kiwanis Park.  Bicycles, rabbits and lots of Easter Eggs will be waiting for you. Everyone is welcome, and of course the Easter Bunny will be there.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Those running for Athens City Council, AMWA board set to speak April 24

    City of Athens registered voters are encouraged to attend a candidate's forum on Thursday, April 24 at the Cain Center.
    Candidates for the Athens City Council and Athens Municipal Water Authority will each answer three-to-four questions from Athens Daily Review Editor Chad Wilson, who will serve as the event's moderator.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-18 Lloyd Mahaffey.JPG Eustace announces new basketball coach

    Changes are coming to the Eustace Independent School District athletic department.
    They approved the hiring of a new head girls basketball coach on Tuesday during their regularly-scheduled board meeting in former Tyler Robert E. Lee head coach Lloyd Mahaffey.
    Head girls basketball coach Doug Holloway will be leaving at the end of the semester after one year at the helm.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-18 TVCC Show.jpg Annual Spring Art Show, auction set for April 24

    Trinity Valley Community College is preparing for its annual Spring Art Show, and this year’s event will include a call to the community to participate in a special cause.
    The Spring Art Show will be held Thursday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the first floor of the Administration Building on the Athens campus, 100 Cardinal Dr. 

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Special 5k walk, silent auction and bake sale scheduled for May 17

    Two fund-raisers have been scheduled to assist Trinity Valley Community College student Sasha Madsen, who was recently diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia.
    Madsen, 27, is currently without insurance and getting treatment at MD Anderson in Houston. All proceeds from the fund-raisers will go toward medical, travel and lodging expenses for the Madsen family.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-17 tvcc2.jpg Special 5k walk, silent auction and bake sale scheduled for May 17

    Two fund-raisers have been scheduled to assist Trinity Valley Community College student Sasha Madsen, who was recently diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia.
    Madsen, 27, is currently without insurance and getting treatment at MD Anderson in Houston. All proceeds from the fund-raisers will go toward medical, travel and lodging expenses for the Madsen family.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Possible drowning

    The Henderson County Sheriff’s Department and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department were searching for a man on Wednesday afternoon who may have drowned in Cedar Creek Lake. 
    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.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif 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.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_0577.JPG 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.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo