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A developer with a vision to convert the old Quality Inn on State Highway 31 East to efficiency apartments came before the Athens City Council on Monday, seeking a zoning change.

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It’s time to get ready to bid in the first ever Henderson County United Way online auction.

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Athens will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration's Drug Take Back event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24 at the Athens Partnership Center, 201 W. Corsicana St.

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Election day is May 1 for local entities in the state. Early voting begins on Monday, April 19.

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Although they knew it was coming, Henderson County Commissioners Court members still knew they were looking at some big numbers when the looked at the packet of bills on the agenda for approval on Tuesday.

Sheriff Botie Hillhouse recognizes three outstanding employees for their dedicated service to Henderson County. Sgt. Patrick Johnson was named Deputy of the Quarter; Sgt. AshLee Mills, Communications Officer of the Quarter; and Detention Service Officer Willie Mitchell, Detention Officer of …

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Athens High School student Cage Hill recently placed third at the Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference in the category of Introduction to Business Communications. Hill, a sophomore, will now be competing virtually at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in June.

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Triple NNN Winery is hosting some great events coming up. With the pandemic cutting off concerts for nearly a year, many are eager to get back to live music and a night of adult beverages. This Friday night, come sing along with Don’t Stop Believin’ who will blast Journey and Genesis startin…

The American Automobile Association has launched a distracted driving awareness campaign titled Don’t Drive Intoxicated, Don’t Drive ‘Intexticated.’ The message is that driving distracted can be as dangerous as driving drunk.

The Senate Nominations Committee gave its full support to the governor's first nominee to fill a seat on the vacant Public Utility Commission on Monday. Will McAdams, if approved by the full Senate, would become the newest, and only member of the three-member commission, following the resign…

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Malakoff Independent School District voters begin early balloting next week on the biggest bond issue in the history of the district.

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 A handgun-wielding man who opened fire outside the San Antonio airport was fatally shot by police Thursday, hours after he'd shot at vehicles from a highway overpass in the northern part of the Texas city, officials said.

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A gunman killed eight people and wounded several others before apparently killing himself in a late-night shooting at a FedEx facility near the Indianapolis airport, police said, in the latest in a spate of mass shootings after a relative lull during the pandemic.

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The First Annual First Responder Freedom Golf Tournament hosted by Lone Star Republican Club will be held starting at 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 19 at the Athens Country Club. The event will benefit the First Responder Scholarship Fund benefiting future first responders.

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Is there more crime today in Henderson County than there was in the past? Hard to say of course but like today the newspapers certainly tried to cover what incidents did occur. Let’s look at a few of the early stories and of course we have one regular participant - the renowned lawman Jess S…

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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Tieon Lashad Legan, 25, (pictured left) and Jaime Alanis, 37, (pictured right) to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list, and cash rewards of up to $7,500 each are now being offered for information leading to either of their captures. Le…

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Over the past two weeks, several homeowners have asked about plantings for shady areas. Gardening in shade is completely different from gardening in full sun and finding plants that work can be frustrating. Most homeowners have at least one pocket of shade in their gardens.

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A resolution aimed at getting a Best Western Hotel open comes before the Chandler City Council at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 13.

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The U.S. is recommending a "pause" in administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.

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If you’re looking for seas of bluebonnets, you might want to head west, but if you’re seeking unexpected splashes of color, Henderson County has plenty of wildflowers to please the eye.

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The Texas Senate voted March 31 to advance Senate Bill 7, which would implement several new regulations regarding voting by mail, drive-through voting and electoral monitoring.

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Brookshire Grocery Co. is extending its discount programs through May 4, for a limited time, for senior citizens and critical and emergency service providers in all four of its banners – Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods, Spring Market and FRESH by Brookshire’s. BGC has offered both discount progr…

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Linda Kenneaster, Debbie Deas, and Dru Haynes share information about the East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Society at the Cedar Creek Chamber of Commerce. The group thanked JoAnn Hanstrom for inviting them.

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The slide in the number of COVID-19 patients continued this week in Henderson County according to Texas Department of State Health Services reports.

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The Texas Health and Human Services Commission will provide approximately $254 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program food benefits for the month of April as the state continues its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Spring is the time to pick-up, fix-up and spruce-up and Saturday is the day of the Keep Athens Beautiful Spring Clean-up.

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The Henderson County Commissioners Court adopted the 2021 Hazard Mitigation Plan on Tuesday.

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One person was killed and five people wounded Thursday in the wake of a shooting at a cabinet-making business in Bryan authorities said, and a state trooper was later shot during a manhunt that resulted in the suspect being taken into custody.

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The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday the arrest of a suspect in its investigation into the homicide of a Waxahachie man. Investigators asked for the public’s help to locate the suspect, Trenton James Adams, who was arrested April 8.

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The organization that cares for the Athens Cemetery was incorporated by the State of Texas, 100 years ago. At that time, the cemetery was already 64 years old. Family members of the people buried there had taken care of the grounds, but the work steadily increased as did its growth.

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Volunteers gathered on the square to place 352 blue pinwheels in honor of each Henderson County's victim of child abuse in 2020. T-shirts were also hung on the clothesline with each one representing a victim.

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The Texas Attorney General’s Office has been assigned the prosecution of Athens bus driver John Stevens, who faces trial for criminally negligent homicide and injury to a child.

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A World Series of Team Roping Competition comes to the Henderson County Regional Fair Park Arena Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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About 5,000 people gathered Wednesday at a Texas high school football stadium to pay their respects to a state trooper who was fatally shot during a traffic stop.

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Now that warm weather has arrived, many gardeners are assessing what survived the freeze and what did not. I made the mistake of digging up a dead-looking lantana which upon closer inspection had green below the soil and probably would have returned. I stopped digging additional lantana afte…

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The Senate this week passed several bills listed as major priorities by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. Though most bills are numbered in the order in which they are filed, Patrick reserves the first thirty numbers for legislation he feels are top priorities for the state. A number of these marque…

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If you enjoy ghost hunting shows, tales of terror and paranormal activity, this may be your weekend to get some action close to home. Haunted Rooms America is hosting full and exclusive access to one of the “most haunted buildings in East Texas,” the Museum for East Texas Culture.

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Last week, the East Texas Council of Governments released its annual Solutions Report, a snapshot of results delivered within each of the 14 counties it serves during the Fiscal Year 2020.

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