It’s the most wonderful time of the year! But for some children from Henderson County it can be the most difficult time of the year. Children that have been placed in foster care due to allegations of abuse and neglect often struggle for a sense of normalcy around Christmas time.
You can help! The Henderson County Child Welfare Board sponsors an Angel Tree which will be on display at First State Bank here in Athens. This particular tree is unique and distinguishable from others within the community because it only includes children who are involved with Child Protective Services from Henderson County. The tree is currently up in the lobby of the downtown branch of First State Bank. Individuals or groups can sponsor an angel and help try to make Christmas a little more normal for these children. The Board will even take donations and shop for you if you don’t have time during the busy holiday season. This is a wonderful way to give back to children in need and is an excellent activity for the whole family. What could be a better way to get into the Christmas spirit? Without help from the community, these kids would get little or no Christmas, and so this is our attempt to provide at least some level of normalcy to their lives.
Come by the lobby at First State Bank located on the square across from the Court House during normal lobby hours: Monday through Thursday 9:00 am to 4:00pm and Fridays: 9:00am to 5:00pm. The Board asks that all purchased presents be returned by December 14th. This allows for the Board to make sure that presents get to the children on time.
The Henderson County Child Welfare Board’s mission is to support a network of volunteers and Child Protective Services workers who are concerned with the welfare of children, especially those suffering from abuse and neglect. Its purpose is to function as a liaison between the community and the Texas Department of Family and Child Protective Services.
Please help spread the word to anyone in the community who may be interested in helping to make Christmas for these children a little brighter and a little more normal.
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The students have spoken, Brownsboro ISD considering adding a soccer program.
Superintendent Dr. Chris Moran is scheduled to updated the school board on the progress of the program during the meeting on Monday, March 17.
A by-precinct breakdown of Henderson County’s vote on Tuesday shows pockets of support for candidates who came up short in the vote totals.
The 27 boxes in the county delivered 9,908 votes, of which more than half, 5,219, were cast during early balloting. There were 8,869 in the more hotly-contested Republican races and 1,039 Democratic votes.
Missing no more
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Department reports the recovery of a boat and a tractor among the $40,000 in stolen property located over the past week.
A true country caterer
It’s not every restaurant that you visit, that while you are eating, you are watching the RFD-TV channel known as “Rural America’s Most Important Network.” The huge wall screen keeps eyes going back and forth from where they are cutting their pork chops, to current information about the profit that can be realized from soy-bean growth on that day.
CASA receives $5,000 from Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric believes in supporting non-profit organizations in the communities where they work and live.
Recently, Steve Ramsey, Location Manager, from Schneider Electric presented a check to CASA’s Resource Development Officer Elvis Allen, as a sponsor of CASA’s annual 5K Race and fundraiser for the upcoming 2014 event.
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.
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