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The temperature in East Texas can drop this time of year faster than Santa can fall down the chimney.
From 9 a.m. Sunday, to 9 a.m. Monday, Athens went from shirt-sleeve weather to the big chill. A strong breeze accompanied the front, and sent people searching for their winter coats.
The National Weather Service Athens location recorded a high of 77 degrees for the period, and a low of 36. That’s a big plunge, even for a place with wide temperature swings.
The NWS reports of drops of 30 degrees or more are pretty common in Henderson County, especially when hot summer temperatures soar past the century mark, then dip to the 70s overnight. According to NWS records, 40-degree drops are a rarer phenomenon.
There were no 40-degree dips last winter, but a near -miss took place in December, 2010. That year, the temperature plummeted from a warm 83 degrees to a cool 44 degrees.
The 10-day forecast says now that the cool front is here. We can expect it to hang around for a few days. The NWS predicts the overnight low should stay in the 30s Tuesday night, and climb out of the 40s by Thursday. Mild temperatures will prevail early next week.
Although severe weather alerts were sounded in eastern Henderson County as the cool front blew through Sunday, the weather event didn’t result in much precipitation. Athens’ rainfall for the period was only .03 of an inch, it’s first precipitation for the month. After receiving nearly eight inches of rain in December, 2011, the city is off to a slow start this year. November was also a dry month with .37 inches recorded, all of it falling on Nov. 12.
Cool front pushes temps into 30s
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Theater director ends 25 years
Former owner of the Athens Review, Richard “Dick” Dwelle said it best: “There are so very many people who have made significant contributions to this community, but it would be difficult to find anyone who has had a greater impact for good on the youth of Athens than Dennis Gilmore.”
After 25 years as Executive Director of The Henderson County Performing Arts Center, Gilmore announced his retirement from HCPAC.
Chandler resident Tom Booth shot free throws for 24 hours to raise money for God’s Open Hands and a sports missionary. He overcame three surgeries to set a new record for shots made during the fourth annual Free Throws for Souls event held Friday-Saturday at Chandler First Assembly of God. He took 24,575 shots and made 15,750 for a 64 percent success rate. The goal is to raise more than $30,000 to donate all the proceeds toward missions work.
Kiwanis Pancake Day
The Athens Kiwanis Pancake Day started with a bit of uncertainty because of the weather, but ended with a steady stream of customers.
When the last griddle had been put away, the Kiwanis had served 1,525 customers, and raised over $20,000, before expenses.
Master Gardeners present giant check
The Henderson County Commissioners Court heard the annual report of a hard-working group on Tuesday.
The Henderson County Master Gardeners presented a giant check to represent the value of the volunteer work the organization performed in 2013.
Adopt a Bucket
As part of the activities surrounding the Color Fun Run for Water benefitting Hope Springs Water on March 22, participants will have the opportunity to adopt a bucket of water for the day for only $20.
The bucket is symbolic of those carried by mostly women and children in countries without access to clean water each day.
Citizens Academy coming
As a part of the City of Chandler’s ongoing effort to communicate information, provide transparency and promote citizen involvement, Mayor Ann Hall and the City Council established the Chandler Citizens Academy in 2013.
The first session was held April-May 2013, and was deemed a success by organizers and attendees.
A second academy is planned for 2014, with the first class scheduled for Tuesday, April 15.
Fighting for life
Family and friends have rallied around 20-year old Aaron Jenkins.
Three weeks ago Jenkins, a Mabank resident and former Trinity Valley Community College student, was diagnosed with liver cancer.
Aaron's Aunt Sheila Guill said, “He's pretty sick, but Aaron has a high pain tolerance and doesn't complain.”
Lake Palestine, Athens above levels, CCL close
Lakes Athens and Palestine are above their normal levels, while Cedar Creek Lake to the west still needs a good downpour to close the gap.
On Monday, when the average Texas lake stood at just 64.3 percent of full. Lake Athens had a reading of 440.06 feet, just above its average.
Three arrested for drugs
Drug offenses led to three Athens Police Department arrests over the weekend according to reports.
The first incident on Friday night resulted in the arrest of Joshua Paul Rogers, 25, for evading arrest and possession of a controlled substance. Rogers remained in custody on Monday, with bond set at $9,000 on the two charges.
County unemployment edges upward
Henderson County unemployment edged upward in January, falling between the state and national rates.
The January Texas Workforce Commission Report, issued on Friday, gave Henderson County a 6.1 percent reading, after a 6.0 percent rate in December. The national unemployment figure was 7.1 percent, while Texas enjoyed its lowest mark since 2008, 5.7 percent.
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