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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The Henderson County Narcotics Officers have been busy with drug trafficking arrests in the county.
Henderson County Narcotic Officer Kay Langsford presented Judge Tommy Barnett with a probable cause affidavit for a warrant on Alton “Butch” Hawthorne, 59 of Seven Points on Monday, Nov. 25.
HCSO recovers stolen items
The Henderson County Sheriff's Office has reportedly been investigating numerous thefts and burglaries in the Athens area.
On Thursday at approximately 10 a.m. Henderson County Investigators Billy Jack Valentine and Michael Shelley conducted a follow-up investigation at a residence on County Road 3911.
A slap on the wrist?
Disorderly conduct, disruption of class, trespassing or being under the influence on school grounds are no longer offenses that can receive citations from Texas school districts.
Senate Bill 393 went into law Sept. 1 during the 83rd Texas Legislature changing the way school districts across the state with law enforcement officers on campus operate.
A Military Christmas
A mother’s love has far reaching effects.
Amy Hillhouse has sent her daughter Kaylee care packages on a routine basis to provide for her basic needs.
A 2009 Martin’s Mill graduate, Kaylee Hillhouse is currently stationed in Afghanistan at Camp Leatherneck as she serves in the U.S. Navy.
With Christmas approaching, Amy thought she would send a couple more packages to a couple of Kaylee’s closest friends on the base.
When Kaylee responded with a list of 21, Amy was floored, but like most mothers she stepped into action out of love for her daughter, and our nation.
Community Christmas Concert coming
More than 100 choir members from seven organizations in the Cedar Creek Lake area have been preparing for several weeks for the upcoming Community Christmas Concert to be held at the Mabank High School auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is a canned good item for donation to the Family Resource Centers.
Chandler Tour of Homes this Monday
The 25th annual Chandler Christmas Tour of Homes will be Monday, Dec. 9 from 6-9 p.m. The event is sponsored by Women’s Unity Fellowship.
The organization has traditionally funded local groups and charities that improve the quality of life for children and young adults in the area.
These projects include the summer reading program at the Chandler Public Library, the Chandler Historical Museum, God’s Open Hands, Chandler Volunteer Fire Department and the Brenda Epperson Memorial Scholarship for Future Teachers.
Palestine library hosts Angel Tree for veterans
Palestine Public Library is partnering with the local veterans groups to make sure area veterans are remembered this Christmas.
‘Mary Did You Know’
The members and guests at Payne Springs United Methodist Church Fellowship Night dinner were blessed by the Mabank High School Panther Edition on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The choir performed "Mary Did You Know," along with a medley of favorite TV theme songs. These students practice everyday, along with their regular school curriculum. “It does your heart good to see young students so dedicated and talented,” an attendee said. The Panther Edition Christmas program will be Dec. 17. Mark your calendar for an entertaining evening.
It’s a boom time for criminals
Christmas is a boom time for cybercriminals with spam e-mails, fake sites and fake products used to lure bargain hunters to their sites. Beware of the viruses that could possibly be lurking in these sites.
Henderson County police departments routinely check out possible scams and viruses that could effect the area. Recently, Infosecurity Magazine reported of a trojan virus that is set to target banking websites nationwide. Area police departments encourage citizens to be watchful while using the Internet, and keep a close eye on their transaction.
Enrollment deadline nears
With the impending deadline for open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), insurance agents from around the county are scrambling to provide as much information as possible on the new law.
Lana Mock, with Skip Smith Insurance, spoke to the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (CCLACC) Seven Points/Tool/Kemp Branch members about what they can expect from the ACA. Mock tried to answer as many questions as she could.
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