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Many families had to forego their gathering for Thanksgiving this year choosing a few empty places at the table now to avoid permanent empty places for years to come. This Thanksgiving was different, unlike years past when our children, grandchildren and extended family assembled at multiple…

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These days while we may adapt our Thanksgiving plans to accommodate the COVID virus, if possible we still enjoy being with family and friends to enjoy the traditional fare. However, in 1939 in some parts of the country – and in Athens – the actual date was under question.

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Will Brice, O.D. is an Optometrist who will serve Heaton Eye Associate's patients with passion, providing the most advanced quality vision care to residents of Athens and beyond.

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AUSTIN – Don’t mess with Texas is launching a contest as big as the Lone Star State to find its new anti- litter theme song. The Don’t mess with Texas “Lone Star Song Search” invites Texans to compose an original song to compete for prizes provided by iHeart Media, Guitar Center and the Scho…

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Although this holiday season will likely be different in so many ways, the need to support our local small businesses is greater than ever. Small Businesses across America are trying to recover from the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the local shops in our own small town.

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A board meeting of the Athens Economic Development Corporation is set for Wednesday, Nov. 25, with a public hearing to discuss financial assistance within the community. 

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 This year, add the Henderson County Performing Arts Center Radio Hour to your list of after dinner entertainment. At 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving day switch your radio dial to KLVQ 94.5 FM or 1410 AM and gather around the radio. Play a board game while you listen to the cast tell a story.

A 20-year-old Chandler woman was arrested Sunday morning, Nov. 22, after a Henderson County Sheriff's Deputy found she was carrying heroin and methamphetamine.

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Thanksgiving weather can be cold turkey or warm and wonderful in East Texas, but the forecast for 2020 calls for a little above normal temperatures and cloudy skies.

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County Hazard Mitigation Plan ready for review

By Rich Flowers

rflowers@athensreview.com

Henderson County is updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan and is seeking public input on the lengthy document.

The plan is designed to reduce the risk of loss of life from hazards such as drought, floods, severe storms, wildfires and tornadoes. It is a requirement for eligibility for the millions of dollars available through federal mitigation programs.

"This is an integral part of our emergency management planning and response" County Judge Wade McKinney said.

The current plan has been in effect since Sept. 16, 2011. The draft of the plan can be seen at the Henderson County Fire Marshal's Office and is available online at the Henderson County website.

"We will have on the Commissioners Court agenda setting a public hearing on the plan for December," County Judge Wade McKinney said. "People will be able to give their opinions about anything they'd like to see addressed."

Earlier in the year, a steering committee was put together to provide technical support

for the update. The committee included county emergency management representatives, and key county staff.

The update was done in light of the many changes that have taken place since 2011.

"This is a comprehensive overhaul of the plan," McKinney said.

The first step in developing the Hazard Mitigation update was to re-establish a planning partnership with the unincorporated areas of Henderson County as well as Athens and the more than 20 other municipalities. Each area has a portion of the 650 page document devised especially for them.

"Henderson County is unique, compared to most counties with the number of municipalities that we have," McKinney said. "If was just the county, it would be half that size."

Each planning partner must individually adopt the updated document.

"Once we send the plan to the Texas Department of Emergency Management, they approve it," he said. "Once it comes back from that approval, all of the entities have to adopt the plan."

McKinney expects the time frame to take from three to six months.

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The inaugural Cedar Creek Lake Pink Fishing Tournament, held Nov. 14 at Log Cabin City Park, raised more than $10,000 to fight breast cancer. Around 37 anglers participated and America's Got Talent contestant Kadie Lynn sang the National Anthem at sunrise as they launched.

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Several school districts in the area have announced extended holiday breaks for Thanksgiving due to the rise in reported cases of COVID-19 throughout the county.

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PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 13, 2020) Operations Specialist Seaman Talissa Birch, from Gun Barrel City writes in a deck log aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54). Curtis Wilbur is assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy's largest forward-depl…

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The Athens City Council, Monday, and Henderson County Commissioners, Tuesday, approved the canvass of the November 3 votes, as a final punctuation to the election process.

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Athens Police responded to a report of gunfire in a neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, making one arrest.

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The City of Athens and the East Texas Arboretum have joined together to create an art display perfect for an afternoon stroll.

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There's a lot of love and good will wrapped into the holidays and Operation Christmas Child sends the message of caring to children thousands of miles away.

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Some people love hedges, others do not. But hedges can be the solution to a myriad of problems. Need a fence?  Use a hedge instead. Or, if you already have a less-than-beautiful fence, you may wish to plant a hedge in front of it. Would your plantings look better with a green background? A h…

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Athens Country Club will host the second annual Turkey Trot  at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Take a one mile stroll around the course for a good cause. All proceeds go to the Family Peace Project.

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On Nov. 21, 1980, Stella and Jim Sikes expected to wake up to another day of eating buffets and pulling the handle of a slot machine at the the MGM Grand Hotel. They didn’t realize they were waking up to a real life nightmare as guests during the third deadliest hotel fire in modern history.

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The Rebecca Project needs help to provide Thanksgiving meals for nearly 200 people. The group needs donations of six turkeys and two hams.

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A stubborn fire swept through two houses in Enchanted Isle on Cedar Creek Lake, Sunday, killing a person who was trapped in one of the structures.

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TYLER - NET Health has been reporting COVID-19 death information primarily received from area hospitals and nursing homes. The State of Texas has reported larger numbers of COVID-19 deaths per County on its State Dashboard, as compared to NET Health’s COVID-19 reports, by utilizing informati…

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The Daniel McMahon Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, recently delivered snack food, toiletries, and useful items to Angels of Corsicana Troop Support in Corsicana.

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With COVID-19 cases climbing in Henderson County, Athens residents and business owners are headed into uncharted waters as two major holidays approach.

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When tragedy struck and Eddy Hopkins lost his father, he wanted to find a positive place to direct his attention. He drew on his love for music and a desire to help others and created a concert that doubles as a toy drive.

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AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Department of State Health Services is allocating an initial shipment of bamlanivimab, the Eli Lilly & Company monoclonal antibody therapy, to be distributed as early as next week to acute care hospitals across every geographic…

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Athens Fire Department members who battled the flames that scorched California and the Pacific Coast states remember it as exhausting, sometimes dangerous work, but an experience they won’t forget.

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Mayor Monte Montgomery proclaimed Saturday, Nov. 14, as America Recycles Day during this week's City Council meeting. 

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Now that Veterans Day has passed, the deadline is closing in on an effort to place wreaths on the graves of those who went into battle and are buried in Athens Cemetery.

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Bathed in sunlight, Henderson County residents and some special visitors gathered for the Henderson County Veterans Memorial ceremony on Wednesday.

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A small quilting group started 44 years ago has grown into one of the biggest craft fairs in the area and a mighty fund raiser for the Athens First Methodist Church. The Crafty Ladies are hosting the 44th annual Crafty Ladies Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. S…

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Held on the Second Saturday of each month by Friends of the Animals, the next low-cost vaccination and microchip clinic for all area residents is Saturday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon.

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The Henderson County Commissioners Court, Tuesday, approved purchase of a software package that will enable the county to submit required crime information.

Two calls at once kept the volunteers of Payne Springs Fire Rescue busy this Monday afternoon, Nov. 9.

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A spot one block south of the Athens city square could be the site of a new barbecue business the owner hopes will draw not only locals, but attract out-of-town customers to the city.
Kelly Barnes appeared before the City Council, Monday, for a public hearing and first reading on a zoning ch…

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In fashion, a little black dress for formal wear or cocktails is so well known it it often abbreviated as just LBD.  Supposedly, every woman needs a little black dress.  The same could be true of your garden.  You just might need a LBG — a little (or a large) black grass.  

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The cost of a gallon of gas has been dropping around the country, GasBuddy reported on Monday. 

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As we observe Veterans Day this week we honor service members of the past as well as today, and the Athens community is certainly well represented in this area. Particularly during the days of World War II.

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When the Vietnam War wound down in the mid-70s, the United States military still had concerns around the globe. Not the least of those was the shaky peace with the heavily armed Soviet Union.

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A two-vehicle wreck at the intersection of U.S. 175 west and Loop 7, on Friday, sent a 22-year-old driver and a passenger to U.T. Health Athens with non life-threatening injuries, Athens Police Department reports said.

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