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Not the largest moth in Texas, but close, the Polyphemus moth (Antheraea polyphemus) made a brief appearance at my house this past weekend. It has a wingspan of up to six inches, with a fat body and thick legs. The one at my house was a female. It was easy to determine this because its anten…

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Recent railroad crossing accidents in Athens illustrate the importance of motorists being alert and obeying traffic laws at train-auto intersections.

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Kennedy Ard, Amelia Tinsley and Giselle Reyna, members of the Athens Middle School hospitality class, flip burgers Thursday for faculty and staff in recognition of National Cheeseburger Day.

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Henderson County had more people on the job in August than the previous month and a significant improvement in the unemployment rate Texas Workforce Commission reports said.

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Trinity Valley Community College Foundation Director Emily Heglund named the 2021 City of Athens/TVCC Partnership Scholarships at Monday’s City Council meeting.
For the fifth consecutive year, students from the city were awarded scholarships to Trinity Valley Community College. The scholarsh…

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The Gun Barrel City Texas Beautification Committee invites everyone to attend a ceremony honoring COVID-19 victims at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 at the GBC Municipal Park Monarch Butterfly Garden.

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 Prostate cancer is the most common cancer found in men in the United States, with one in seven men diagnosed in their lifetime and approximately 30,000 deaths annually.

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In the third in a series of gubernatorial candidates guest speaking at Henderson County Republican Party County Executive Committee meetings, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Allen West will appear in Athens Oct. 4.

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The East Texas Arboretum Fall Plant Sale was a huge success. Many volunteers worked tirelessly getting hundreds of plants ready for purchasing.

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The Chandler City Council wrapped up its budget and tax rate by approving the documents at a meeting Tuesday.

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Eustace Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Coy Holcombe recently announced his retirement in June 2022.

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The Lone Star Republican Club will host Under the Sea Casino Night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Athens Country Club. The cost is $65 per couple or $35 for singles, which includes some gambling chips and a “cruise ship” buffet.

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The Athens City Council learned more about the progress of the Cain Center construction and a possible location for a proposed new police station on Monday.

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The Malakoff City Council meeting featured a special presentation to the family of Ann Barker, who was the City Manager and City Secretary of Malakoff until her passing in May. Mayor Delois Pagitt (left) presented the plaque to Ann’s husband Maxie Barker, daughter Tori Barker and grandson Cl…

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HUNTSVILLE — Deep within the Huntsville “Walls” Unit sits a building that contains the most active death chamber in the United States.

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Despite above average August rainfall, parts of Henderson County are now extremely dry, prompting Commissioners Court to take up the topic of a burn ban on Tuesday.

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Gov. Greg Abbott set Tuesday, Sept. 28 as the date for the special runoff election to fill the Texas State House of Representatives District 10 seat vacated by Jake Ellzey. Early voting will begin on Monday, Sept. 20.

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It is time for the biggest fundraiser for the East Texas Arboretum, the Fall Plant Sale, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. The selection is huge and volunteers have been busy preparing fall color for your flower beds.

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Today as in the past military personnel, whether in actual battle or not, are often stationed far from home and family. Naturally they want to stay in touch with the familiar so “Mail Call” can be a welcome time for those lucky enough to get a letter from home.

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Athens’ sales tax allocation for August reverses the downward trend of the past two months with a double digit increase in the amount returned from the state to the city.

The Henderson County Grand Jury returned indictments against 96 people for the September session. In addition, 28 cases are indicted under seal.

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The Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System continues to provide assistance to areas of southern Louisiana that were hit hardest by Hurricane Ida. Athens Fire/Rescue deployed initial TIFMAS resources Monday, Aug. 30. Over the past couple of weeks, Assistant Fire Chief Paul Crayton, Fire Driv…

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Gov. Greg Abbott Monday signed Senate Bill 6, the “Damon Allen Act,” into law. Abbott said the Damon Allen Act will keep Texas communities safe and secure by prohibiting the release on personal bond of defendants charged with a violent offense or who are charged while released on bail.

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 I love seeing garden spiders (Argiope aurantia), aka orb-weavers, spinning their webs in fall. They’ve been around since spring, but it is never until autumn when I start noticing them. These spiders are large and scary when first encountered, but they are considered beneficial because they…

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Area hospitalizations for COVID subsided a bit over the past few days after reaching a peak Wednesday.

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Donald Lewis and McNair Farms, along with numerous sponsors, hosted a successful patriotic luncheon Saturday. The event was an appreciation event for first responders in memory of the catastrophic events on Sept. 11, 2001.

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The Texas Attorney General’s Office has assigned a new Assistant Attorney General to the case against John Stevens, the former Athens ISD bus driver charged in a fatal crash that left one student dead and another injured. The case is now scheduled for a jury trial in February.

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Athens High School honored the 2021-22 Homecoming Court during Friday's Homecoming win over Fairfield. Pictured from back row left is Homecoming Queen Zayra Nunez, Junior Princess Miranda Garcia, Sophomore Duchess Karen Morales and Freshman Duchess Kaddy Garcia. Standing front row is Stella …

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In honor of the many who lost their lives Sept. 11, 2001, lake area fire and police Departments organized a procession of lights after an opening prayer Saturday.

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The Henderson County Commissioners Court approved a balanced budget Tuesday and agreed on a tax rate that is 1.5 cents lower than a year ago.

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Gov. Greg Abbott Friday presented the 2021 Star Of Texas Awards to peace officers, firefighters, and first responders who demonstrated heroism and sacrifice in service to their communities and the Lone Star State.

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The Henderson County Performing Arts Center will host the classic musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 through 18 and Sept. 23 through 25 with a special matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19.

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Two local gents are off to Pennsylvania as competitors in the National Beard and Mustache Championships Friday and Saturday. J-son Hart and Jesse Morton, friends and business partners, have been preparing for it a long time.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Foes of the new Texas law that bans most abortions have been looking to the Democratic-run federal government to swoop in and knock down the most restrictive abortion law in effect in the country. But it's nowhere near that simple.

Gov. Greg Abbott Tuesday announced he will convene a third special legislative session at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 20, with five agenda items including redistricting and COVID measures.

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In his most forceful pandemic actions and words, President Joe Biden on Thursday announced sweeping new federal vaccine requirements affecting as many as 100 million Americans in an all-out effort to increase COVID-19 vaccinations and curb the surging delta variant.

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Athens High School Homecoming begins Thursday

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The Justice Department on Thursday sued Texas over a new state law that bans most abortions, arguing that it was enacted "in open defiance of the Constitution."

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In remembrance of Sept. 11, and to show appreciation for our local first responders, McNair Farms is hosting Patriots Day, a first responders BBQ lunch, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, to celebrate their bravery then and now.

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