Kaufman County — The Home for the Holidays shopping expo was held last weekend at the Cain Center, and organizers are calling the event a huge success. Pictured above is Kim Hodges, who is explaining how to recreate some of the amazing items she had for sale. The expo was sponsored by the Athens Chamber of Commerce.
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Retired teachers get raise, fund solvency
During the final days of the 83rd Legislative Session, the Texas House approved the Teacher Retirement Actuarial Soundness Bill, or SB 1458, which will put the Teachers Retirement System on solid ground for years to come.
Time to have a blast
The annual Fourth of July fireworks show at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) is coming up on Thursday, July 4. The show will last about one-half hour and is one of the biggest in East Texas.
The fireworks show is directed and produced by Alpha-Lee Enterprises, Inc. of Liverpool, Texas. The show is a Keep Athens Beautiful event.
Easy there, big fella
Athens bullrider Kody Ingham hangs on during the opening round of the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Black Rodeo held at the Henderson County Fairpark Complex Friday night.
NISD to vote on Wooten
BROWNSBORO — Kenneth Wooten, Brownsboro High School’s principal since 2007, is set to be voted on regarding the vacant principal’s position at Nacogdoches ISD.
One step closer
The Athens Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors and Athens Mayor Jerry Don Vaught are excited to announce with Med-Logics, Inc. the location of a new facility in Athens.
A first for the county
Henderson County has its first licensed foster care and adoption agency.
Lifeline Children and Family Services has opened a location in Gun Barrel City. Lifeline CFS may be new to Gun Barrel City, but it has been licensed by the State of Texas for 10 years.
Beetle infestation in county
If you’ve noticed some big black bugs gathering outside your home or crawling along the carpet, you’re just seeing evidence of the large number of ground beetles now in East Texas.
“The ground beetles are not rare, but the population of them that we’re seeing now is uncommon,” Henderson County AgriLife Extension Agent Rick Hirsch said. “This is the heaviest population of ground beetles that I’ve seen in my 20-plus years in Henderson County.”
Former AISD coach, educator dies
Johnny Knott, who taught and coached in the Athens Independent School District for more than three decades, died Friday after a lengthy illness.
Knott, 75, began teaching in the Cayuga Public School System in 1963, before joining the AISD. He was also caretaker for Catfish Creek Ranch south of Athens, an avid gardener and fisherman.
Vehicle glass broken
The Athens Police Department is investigating several windows that an Athens business reported broken out on vehicles parked at the location between closing time Wednesday and when employees arrived on Thursday.
Kids eat for free
After more than 20 years, Athens Independent School District is again giving away free breakfast and lunch.
It’s all part of the Summer Feeding Program, which began June 10 and will continue through July 18 from Monday through Thursday of every week only at Athens Intermediate School, 307 Madole St., Athens.
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