The Athens Review and Athens have lost one of their biggest supporters, Richard (Dick) and Peggy Dwelle have made the move back to Dallas. The couple found a community fit for their needs and made the move on Wednesday. The Dwelles have lived in the Athens area for 63 years.
The couple became a part of the Athens Review Family in January 1949 when Dick Dwelle became the publisher/owner of the Athens Daily Review. At the time Mr. Dwelle was publisher the Review printed four to six pages five days a week and on Thursday the Athens Weekly printed about eight pages.
All the publishers who have come and gone from the paper they would all say the same thing 'when you need history on Athens or the Review call Mr. Dwelle. Mr. Dwelle had a wealth of history and always loved to share it with young aspiring reporters.
At the time Dwelle owned the Review the newspaper was printed on a four page, hand-fed, flat-bed press. The sheets of the paper were hand fed into a folder. Circulation for the daily was 1350 when he purchased the paper. The daily circulation grew to about 1800 during Dwelles ownership. The Athens Weekly had about 1000 circulation.
Dick Dwelle and his son Dan started the Cedar Creek Lake paper The Cedar Creek Pilot. The Dwelles sold the paper to Donrey Media in 1986. Dwelle stayed on as a consultant for the new owners. Up until a couple of days before he left Athens to move to Dallas he visited his friends at the Review.
Dick became involved in the Athens community shortly after arriving in town. He joined the Athens Rotary Club in February 1949.
The couple were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Athens. Their neighbor Mrs. Raymond Robbins encouraged the couple to join the church. They became very involved members of their congregation.
The couple who has called Athens their home for many years will miss a number of things about living in a small town. Mr. Dwelle said “I will miss the people. They have been very nice. Peggy and I feel fortunate to have come to Athens. We hate to leave, but we think this is the best move for us. We will miss our friends and the activities we have been involved in.”
As much as the Dwelles' will miss Athens, Athens is surely going to miss the Dwelles. Those at the Athens Review who were lucky enough to have known Dick and Peggy Dwelle will miss his visit to the paper. Dwelle has never forgotten what brought him to Athens, the Athens Review.
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Sanders suspended indefinitely
Two University of Texas football players were arrested and charged Thursday with felony sexual assault after a female student said she was raped in a campus dorm room last month.
Wide receivers Kendall Sanders, of Athens, and Montrel Meander were arrested and later released on personal recognizance bonds. According to an arrest affidavit, Sanders and Meander texted each other during earlier interviews with police to "get their story straight" and Sanders also faces a charge of improper photography tied to the alleged assault on June 21.
Thunderstorms take their toll on counties
A line of thunderstorms rolled through Henderson County on Wednesday, snapping tree branches and power lines along the way.
The winds that accompanied the storm resulted in thousands of people in North Texas without electricity and roads broken by falling trees or debris.
Council considering Burton's severance package
The Athens City Council, by a 3-to-2 vote, tabled a budget adjustment on Wednesday to fund a severance package for City Administrator Pam Burton who’s stepping down at the end of the year.
Eustace ISD approves tax rates
The Eustace Independent School District Board of Trustees held its regular monthly meeting Tuesday in the Eustace High School Library.
Several reports and agenda items were considered by the board, and all were passed or approved. Board Secretary Ashley McKee was absent.
The board was presented with the superintendent's reports on revenue, expenditures, payroll and taxes.
TxDOT signs at issue in county
It turns out Texas counties will not be picking up the cost of Advance County Road signs as the Texas Department of Transportation had stated earlier this year.
TxDOT informed Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders recently that it has reversed its decision to change its policy regarding maintenance of the signs installed to aid approaching traffic to identify an upcoming county road intersection.
Free meals for schools in Malakoff, Tool
The Malakoff Independent School District has been approved to provide free breakfast and lunch for Malakoff Elementary, Tool Elementary and Malakoff Middle School.
Those schools did meet or exceed the 40-percent requirement to participate in the program.
Ramps for handicapped
Encino Landscaping is doing a necessary job for the Texas Department of Transportation Tyler District. All four corners of the block upon which the Henderson County Courthouse rests are being converted to better serve handicapped pedestrians.
Appearance and operation of Splash Pad upgraded
The Splash Pad at Athens Kiwanis Park has been closed this week, as work is being done that will upgrade the appearance of the surroundings and operation of the facility.
The pad is now well into its first full summer of operation, and has proven to be a popular spot for youngsters in the city.
GBC official asked to resign
Gun Barrel City resident Carroll Strickland asked Councilman Marty Goss “to do the right thing and resign.”
Strickland spoke to the GBC council during the citizen's comment portion of the Tuesday evening’s council meeting. Strickland accused Goss of trying to take over the GBC Economic Development Corporation (EDC).
In a prepared statement, Strickland said, “Marty is doing harm to the city's reputation. I am asking the mayor and the city council to do something about the situation.”
Nutt says being part of task force has really paid off
Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt reports that being a part of the Drug Enforcement Task Force in Tyler has paid off in a big way with the arrest of two major drug distributors.
On May 13, following an investigation initiated in January by the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office investigators, Uleyses Roberts, 45, and Dijon Howard, 25, were arrested by a task force of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The men were charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
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