Child safety seat checkup Nov. 14

Every parent wants the best for their child’s future, and one of the best ways to make sure your child will have a bright future is to be sure that you are correctly using the right car seat for your child and that the seat is correctly installed in your vehicle every time. The problem is that keeping them safe in vehicles isn’t as easy as it might appear. Most parents think they are using their car seat correctly, but unfortunately, at least three out of four car seats are used incorrectly. For a car seat to best protect your child, it must be the one that fits your child, your vehicle, and one that you will use correctly every time you travel.

That’s why Texas AgriLife Extension agent, Carolyn Tyler, is urging all parents, grandparents, and caregivers to attend the child safety seat checkup event on November 14th. Certified technicians from surrounding communities will be there to provide on-site child safety seat inspections and education from 1:00 -4:00 p.m. at the Walmart Supercenter parking lot located at 1405 E. Tyler Street in Athens. The only requirement is that you will need to have the child with you when you arrive. That will ensure that the best seat will be identified for that particular child.

For more information on this event, please call Carolyn Tyler, Henderson County Extension Agent and Certified Child Safety Seat Technician, at 903-675-6130.

Securing your children properly in age- and size-appropriate child safety seats — in the back seat of your vehicle — is the most effective thing you can do to protect them in the event of a crash. In fact, in motor vehicle crashes, child safety seats reduce the risk of a fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers. Misuse of car seats can cause needless injuries and fatalities as the personal injury attorney law firm indicates in their reports.

For a child safety seat to do its job correctly, it has to be:

Appropriate for your child’s age and size,
Installed properly in your vehicle, and
Adjusted to fit your child securely.

Parents are reminded to keep children rear-facing until at least age 2 or until the limit of their rear-facing convertible seat, which is usually 40 pounds or more. Also, children should stay in a 5-point harness system until they are ready to ride in a booster seat. Booster seats are for children who are at least age 4 and 40 pounds or more, and mature enough to sit still in a booster. Finally, keep children in a booster seat until the seat belt fits correctly. This is usually sometime between ages 8 and 12. The average child fits in a seat belt at age 11.

If you’re a parent or caregiver, don’t miss this opportunity to have a free child safety seat inspection by a certified child passenger safety technician. A technician can provide hands-on advice and instruction. Make sure your children are safe and you are in compliance with the current child safety seat law in Texas. The law requires all children under age 8, unless taller than 4-feet-9-inches, to be in a child safety seat system, which includes traditional child safety seats with harnesses and booster seats. Keep in mind that the law is always the minimum. Car seat technicians will be able to provide education on best practices.
Follow these guidelines from American Academy of Pediatrics to keep your children riding safely:

Infants and Toddlers – Rear-facing Only and Convertible Seats

All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing seat until they are at least 2 years of age or, preferably, until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat manufacturer.

Toddlers and Pre-schoolers – Convertible and Forward-facing with a Harness Seats

Children who have outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for his convertible seat should use a forward-facing seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by his car seat manufacturer.

School-age Children- Booster Seats

Children whose weight or height exceeds the forward-facing limit for their car seat should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly; typically this is between the ages of 8-12 years old.

Older Children – Seat Belts

When children are old enough and large enough to use the vehicle seat belt alone, they should always use lap and shoulder seat belts for the best protection.

Remember: All child passengers under age 13 should ride securely restrained in the back seat, where they are safest — every trip, every time.
For more information on this event, please call Carolyn Tyler, Henderson County Extension Agent and Certified Child Safety Seat Technician, at 903-675-6130

Sheriff’s Beat #3 with Sheriff Botie Hillhouse

Sheriff Botie Hillhouse

Henderson County Now’s Michael V. Hannigan sat down with Sheriff Botie Hillhouse Wednesday, Jan. 23, to discuss what’s happened at the Sheriff’s Office in the past week.

Send your tips to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office at 903-675-5128 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-545-TIPS.

TVCC presents 11th Annual Southern Region National Intercollegiate Rodeo

TVCC’s Jesse Petri participates in bull riding during the 2018 TVCC Rodeo. (Courtesy photo)

Press release

Trinity Valley Community College will host the 11th annual National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association rodeo on Feb. 8 – 9, 2019 at the Henderson County Fair Park Complex for weight loss.

Coming from as far away as Louisiana, the event will feature approximately 400 contestants representing 20 colleges and universities including: Hill College, Southwest Texas Junior College, McNeese State University, Louisiana State University, Trinity Valley Community College, Northeast Texas Community College, Lone Star Community College – Montgomery, Panola Junior College, Texas A&M University, Sam Houston State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas A&M University – Kingsville, and Wharton County Junior College.

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Obituary: Thomas George Semikoski

Services for Thomas George Semikoski, 86, of Athens, Texas are scheduled for Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 11:15 AM at the DFW National Cemetery.

Mr. Semikoski passed away January 8, 2019 in Athens. He was born May 13, 1932 in Capron, Virginia. He devoted his life to his country by serving in both the United States Air Force and Army, at home and abroad. Tom always loved planes, when he enlisted in the Army, he was selected to go to flight school. There he was trained to fly as a recon pilot in the Korean War. While flying on mission his plane was shot down behind enemy lines. He was rescued by the British Army and spent 3 months in a military hospital. After recovery he reenlisted and served 10 years more in active duty with the Army and Air Force. At this time he met Wilma Gross. They were married for 63 years. Tom never lost his love for flying and owned several planes some of which he built himself. Some of his adventures included living in Alaska where he was a bush pilot and flying hunters into remote areas. He enjoyed playing golf and was still playing with friends into his 80’s. For 20 years Tom was a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxillary at Cedar Creek Lake. He was as much at home on the water as in the air. Tom and Julie met and began “whirlwind” courtship. After 2 months Tom Proposed and in 4 months they were married. They sold their homes and bought a house together. It was love at first sight. God blessed them both with a new life together. Soon though, Tom’s health rapidly began failing. He is gone now but will never be forgotten.

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Obituary: Louise Aline Rhoden

Graveside services for Louise Aline Rhoden, 97, of Larue, are scheduled for Monday, January 21, 2019 at 2:00 p.m., at Larue Cemetery with Dr. Gary Bowman officiating.

Mrs. Rhoden passed away January 17, 2019 in Athens. She was born August 21, 1921 in Bono, Texas. She graduated from Athens High School in 1940. She was a member of the Larue United Methodist Church and also of the React CB Club in Larue. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, embroidery and loved gardening and working in her nursery.

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