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The Athens City Council passed final reading of an Ordinance on Tuesday providing special seniority pay for newly-hired police officers with full-time, paid, law enforcement experience.

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The East Texas Crisis Center is changing things up this year. Since the annual Walk-a-mile was cancelled due to COVID-19, it will be selling face masks for $15 with a ribbon decal or $10 without.

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Today we get our entertainment largely on our electronic devices – TV, computer, tablets or our phones and we have a myriad of choices of what to see. If you have a favorite singer, or a comedian, or a particular type of drama or adventure program – they’re all there. And usually you can see…

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Henderson County has confirmed its first fatality due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A former Athens school teacher died at age 101 last week, after instructing decades of students.

"Too many to count," Stella Floy Pace once said.

Pace was in the Athens school district for more than 40 years. Most of her students knew her as their Physical Education teacher.

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There will be music in Athens on fiddler's weekend despite the COVID-19 restrictions, but the annual contest won't be on the bill.

The contest, the heart of the annual Athens Old Fiddlers Reunion, has been the focal point for the festivities since 1932. It has been held on the Henderson County Courthouse square since a couple of years after that. This year, the fun will be in the form of a drive-in concert in the city parking lot behind he Texan Theater.

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With Texas gradually re-opening, The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens and Sea Center Texas in Lake Jackson partially reopened to public visitation Wednesday, May 27.

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The Athens City Council's second meeting of May is set for Tuesday, because of the Memorial Day holiday falling on Monday.

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A collision on Saturday in Henderson County was one of several East Texas fatalities in recent days investigated by Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a big impact on schools around the country and Trinity Valley Community College is no exception.

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The following is an excerpt from a story which ran in our annual newsletter, Vol. 18 – 2019. Rufus H. Day fought in the Civil War, became a prisoner of war, and ultimately died as a law enforcement officer.  

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The Henderson County unemployment rate flew to double digits in April, just months after the lowest numbers on record.

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When Memorial Day rolls around on the calendar, I'm reminded of gather-ings long ago at little country cemeteries, where family members would place fresh flowers on graves, then gather for a pot-luck lunch on the grounds.

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The City of Athens Police Department will conduct a written entry exam and physical ability test to create an eligibility list for the position of Police Officer Thursday, June 4, 2020.

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Forty years ago James Kirksey rented a house to Diane and the two hit it off and married. Their empire has now grown to six grown children, 17 grandchildren, and a farm called the Garden at Peaceful Valley.

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Near the beginning of each new school year, the School Uniform Ministry of First Baptist Church,  Athens provides two uniforms sets, new socks, new underwear and new shoes to about 20% of Athens ISD students.  

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Cain Center construction is under way. Justin Lewis, the site superintendent is wasting no time making progress. He received plans for the building on April 27. "Since then I've been beyond excited to head this project and look forward to the days ahead," Lewis said.

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The Family Peace Project (FPP) Waffle Breakfast will be July 10 from 7:30 until 1:00 at the Methodist church. This will be a drive through/pick up and carry out breakfast. We will also be offering deliveries to anyone within the city limits of Athens. Tickets will be $8.00 for adults and $5.…

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According to Texas Department of Public Safety reports, troopers responded to the crash around 4:22 a.m. Saturday, May 23, at the intersection of CR 4222 and SH 155 in Henderson County.

Because the U.S. military has only been involved in limited actions in the last 60 years, we don’t read many reports in our local newspapers about service members who have been injured, or tragically been killed in those conflicts. However, during World War II, and particularly in the Athens…

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This month, Henderson County Appraisal District has sent out notices informing property owners of taxable value. Many are seeing increases on their appraised values and are wondering why their property value has risen at a time when the economy is being hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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AUSTIN – On Tuesday, May 26, at the direction of Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will begin reopening driver license (DL) offices by appointment only and with limited services. The reopening of DL offices will happen in a phased approach, in order to allow D…

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State Representative Keith Bell visited the new East Texas Community Clinic Wednesday and took a tour. "I just want to thank Dr. Curran and his associates for having the vision to do this," Bell said.

A federal appeals court has temporarily put on hold a lower court’s sweeping ruling that would have allowed all Texas voters to qualify to vote by mail during the coronavirus pandemic.

All meetings, activities, and worship services are still on hold at this time. We will update our information as soon as our situation changes.  Check our Facebook page (Payne Springs United Methodist Church) for updates going forward in May, as we will be publishing any news or changes ther…

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With Governor Abbott extending reopening Texas to Phase 2, there are new options for fun and entertainment.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety has identified a motorcyclist killed in a crash Thursday night a half a mile west of the city of Athens in Henderson County.

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We all enjoy the Memorial Day holiday and while we’re having fun, we also probably remember that its true purpose is to remember those in the military who have died for their country. Each was an individual and (of course) each had a family and friends – many of whom may still live in our co…

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Chandler Cemetery Association and the Chandler Historical Society will sponsor a Memorial Day service at 9 a.m. Monday, May 25. This year’s program will be presented by Daniel Lyons, a Marine Corp veteran. A coffee will follow at the Chandler Museum. The Cemetery is located on Old Tyler Road…

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Henderson County and local entities are eligible for funds under the Coronavirus Relief Fund and Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to submit an application.

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The Athens Economic Development Corporation is issuing a Request for Quotations to find a company to study roadway and drainage at the Athens Industrial Park. The AEDC board voted to proceed with the RFQs to solve those ongoing problems at its regular meeting on Tuesday.

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The effects of the coronavirus pandemic have been far reaching and some of the worst financial casualties have been the most critical in assisting the community during a crisis.

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Athens High School held a drive-in baccalaureate service for the Class of 2020 on Tuesday using an FM radio transmitter to broadcast to those gathered in the AHS parking lot. Bel Air Elementary teacher Juan Moreno, who is also the bilingual teacher at First Baptist Athens, delivered the mess…

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The Henderson County Republican Party had many events scheduled for March, April and May.  The COVID-19 pandemic forced them to postpone all events.  With the easing of restrictions, the Party is back on track with many events rescheduled

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State Representative Keith Bell visited the new East Texas Community Clinic Wednesday and took a tour. "I just want to thank Dr. Curran and his associates  for having the vision to do this," Bell said. "We are excited to provide good health care for those less fortunate. We are also excited …

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On Tuesday, May 26th, Wanda Adair, loving wife and mother of two children, passed away at the age of 67. Wanda was born on September 19, 1952 in Athens, Tx to Raymond and Margie Magness. She married James Randall Adair on June 25, 1971 and they would have celebrated their 49th wedding annive…

Peggy Ruth Wathen, of Houston, passed away on May 22, 2020. She was born on October 16th, 1933 in Cross Roads to the late Reba Frances Wathen and James Richard Wathen. She is survived by her sister Joan (Wathen) Maniscalco and her husband Joseph; James R. Wathen and his wife Jeanne; nieces a…