The Henderson County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to apply for a 2013 National Crime Victims’ Rights week Community Awareness Project Grant.

The grant funds will be used to hold a Crime Victims Week Awareness Fair, and a 2-day conference next spring.

Henderson County Audit Office Grant Coordinator Jennifer Nicholson said the crime victims awareness week will fall from April 21 to April 27 next year, and the District Attorney’s Office is greatly-involved in the week’s activities.

Crime victim coordinator Deanna Browning of the DA’s office said the conference would be something new to the week, and will fill a void in East Texas.

“There hasn’t been one in several years,” Browning said. “There used to be one Tyler, and it brought in 200 to 300 individuals.”

Browning said her office anticipates seeing that many, or more at a conference in Athens. The Living For the Brand Cowboy Church will donate its facility for the conference at no cost to the county.

The total amount available to Henderson County through the grant is $4,771. The county is not required to put up a match to receive the funds.

The DA’s office lends its services in several events each year to assist crime victims, and alerts the public to their needs.

In April, the Commissioners Court issued three proclamations for Child Abuse, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, and Sexual Assault Awareness. During Crime Victims Week, the office put on a health fair at Trinity Valley Community College.

In other action, with the jail construction project complete, and right-of-way purchased on major highway projects, the commissioners voted to close related fund balances, and authorize that all future revenues from those funds be placed in the General Fund delinquent tax revenues line item.

Commissioners also voted to pay bills in the amount of $203,888.02.


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