Athens' is turning pink.
In support of preventing all forms of cancer, the Athens Fire Department is sponsoring the Athens Cares Enough to Wear Pink campaign by selling pink T-shirts across town, in preparation for the Oct. 21 Pink Out football game between the Athens Hornets and the Brownsboro Bears.
“Coach Paul Essary has let us use a game for everybody to wear pink, and has been very supportive. We are also in the process of working something out with the Athens volleyball team to do a Pink Out day at one of their games,” Athens firefighter Chris House said.
The shirts are $10 each. They are available in youth small to adult 5XL.
“The proceeds go to local families, and we average helping four or five families a year with the proceeds from the sales of the shirts,” House said. “We did something similar to Make a Wish last year, where we used the proceeds to help grant a wish for a family battling cancer. Last year, we helped a school teacher who was just returning from M.D. Anderson, and we called and asked if we could buy Thanksgiving dinner for them. They had good jobs, but it meant a lot to them not having to worry about the dinner.”
All the proceeds from the sale remains local, and the demand for the shirts is at an all-time high in the program's third year.
“We have had a lot of support, and it continues to grow every year. We are averaging 250-300 shirts more every year. We have several businesses that have helped us out in the past, that we could not do this without them,” House said.
The shirts are sold at Trinity Valley Community College, Athens High School, Coffee Love, Cherry Laurel and Island Tans.
More than 2,000 shirts have sold this year. It took until mid-October for the same amount to be sold last year.
Creative Graphics designed the shirt featuring a new design that has been very popular in the community.
The front of the shirt displays the Athens Fire Department shield in the upper left-hand corner, while the back has a larger graphic.
The back of the shirt has two angel-like wings on either side of a fire truck and the shield, while Athens Fire Department is above the graphic, and “Heroes Wear Pink” is below.
House said the firefighters will wear the shirts on calls for three days leading up to the Pink Out game against Brownsboro, as the entire department is committed to helping extinguish cancer.
AFD selling pink T-shirts for cancer prevention
Athens' is turning pink.
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Athens Triathlon this weekend
The Athens Triathlon returns for the 29th time on Saturday with hundreds of contestants competing in the three legs of the annual challenge.
The registration deadline has been extended to Friday. The fee for individuals is $80 and $160 for teams. Contestants will get a distinctive Tek T T-shirt. Online registration is available at www.active.com. The events starts at 9 a.m., Saturday.
Texas Independence Week proclamation
Athens Mayor Jerry Don Vaught presents a proclamation from the City declaring March 2 through March 8 as Texas Independence Week. Vaught is joined by Sons of the Republic of Texas James George Chapter President Clayton Starr and SRT member Dr. Charles Luna.
Slippin’ & sliding
A strange mix of thunder, sleet, freezing rain and snow played havoc with drivers in Henderson County on Sunday.
Henderson County Sheriff’s Office reports show the dispatchers received a flurry of calls after the county was placed under a severe weather alert at 3:16 p.m. Over the next four hours, the switchboard took 22 calls concerning wrecks, and many others involving motorists stranded on the slush and ice.
Runoff elections set for May
The campaign trail got a little longer for candidates whose tightly-contested Primary elections ended in runoffs.
Henderson County voters in both parties will head back to the polls on May 27. Local Republican runoffs include County Commissioner Precinct 4, with Kelly Harris and incumbent Ken Geeslin.
Several incumbents lose in KC
Tuesday night was a bad night for incumbents in Kaufman County. The unofficial election results are reporting runoff elections in three county races.
The 4-way race in Kaufman County for Judge of the 86th Judicial District will advance to a runoff election in May. The four candidates entered the race after longtime Judge Howard Tygrett announced he would not seek reelection.
Council elections May 10
With the filing deadline past, city elections are set in Henderson County’s two largest cities.
Athens has three city council seats up for election, while Gun Barrel City will elect a mayor and two councilmen.
Election day is May 10. Early voting in the municipal and school board elections begins on April 28. The early voting window closes on May 6.
Mission field on shores of Cedar Creek Lake
Way back in the woods off of U.S. Highway 175, across the street from the boonies, and just a block away from the middle of nowhere, sits a city that many saw as one of Henderson County’s dirty secrets.
It squats on the shores of Cedar Creek Lake, hiding behind the scenery that attracts vacationing movie stars and sports heroes from all over the nation.
Benefits of home care
Sharon Strickland, owner of Home Instead Senior Care, was the guest speaker at the Seven Points/Tool/Kemp branch of the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce monthly networking breakfast. Strickland told the chamber members the benefits of having your elderly family members taken care of at home. The Seven Points/Tool/Kemp branch meets once a month at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points. For information on joining the Chamber of Commerce, call 903-887-3152.
County authorizes private resale of Jonathon Street property
The Henderson County Commissioners Court authorized a private resale of property on Jonathan Street in Athens that has been in the county’s possession for about three years.
Nautical Affordable Housing is acquiring the property for an 80-unit low-income development to be called the New Haven Apartments.
National Pancake Day
John Thatcher, left, and Jeremiah Diamond enjoy a hotcake supper at the annual Kiwanis Pancake Day at Cain Center on Tuesday. Hundreds turned out for event that has been a tradition since 1954.
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