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Ally Odom went home today!

We received this update from Ally Odom’s mother, Paula, today: “All home safe and sound today. Ally has three drains and feeding tube, but the doctors thought she would recover faster at home. There is still a close eye on her pancreas. We will go back for a check up in Temple next week. So glad to be home.”

Ally suffered serious injuries in a barrel racing injury March 22.

A benefit trail ride is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Trace Trails. The event is sponsored by the Henderson County Horse Committee, which is also accepting donations to help the Odom family with the medical bills.

For more information, contact Charlotte Allgood at 903-288-0043 or Gary Hill at 903-880-3230.

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2014FootballSchedule4-16-14Trinity Valley Community College released the 2014 Cardinal football schedule yesterday. Important dates to note include:

  • September 20: Family Day vs. Kilgore
  • October 4: Battle In The Valley vs. College of DuPage
  • October 18: Homecoming/Hall of Fame vs. Arkansas Baptist.

TVCC Sports Information Office Benny Rogers wrote that “Interesting aspects of schedule are opening with conference games against Tyler and Navarro and 3 of 4 games in middle of schedule are non-conference games. 3 of first 4 are at home and 4 of first 6. Playing SE Prep on the road for the first time.”


This 36x40 abstract painting will be auctioned at the Spring Art Show to benefit TVCC student Sasha Madsen, who is battling leukemia.

This 36×40 abstract painting will be auctioned at the Spring Art Show to benefit TVCC student Sasha Madsen, who is battling leukemia.

By Jayson Larson/TVCC Public Information Officer

Trinity Valley Community College is preparing for its annual Spring Art Show, and this year’s event will include a call to the community to participate in a special cause.

The Spring Art Show will be held Thursday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the first floor of the Administration Building on the Athens campus (100 Cardinal Drive). The show puts on display some of the works of art created by students during the spring term.

This year’s show will include a silent auction featuring a 36×40 abstract painting creating by the TVCC Painting I class and art instructor Sue Lynn Trent. All proceeds from the auction will go toward defraying the medical expenses of TVCC student Sasha Madsen. Madsen, 27, was recently diagnosed with acute leukemia and is trying to raise money for treatment at MD Anderson in Houston.

“This will be a very special show for me since it will be my last one as a full-time instructor at TVCC,” Trent said. “The students have worked very hard this semester and have produced some amazing art. Please come by and have some cookies, punch and inspiration.”

There will also be a special exhibit that corresponds to the college’s “Read Through The Valley” project. RTTV is a book club that chooses a book each year to read and discuss as a group. This year’s book was “The Hunger Games,” and the Spring Art Show will feature a “Hunger Games Game Show” beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

For more information on the Spring Art Show, contact Trent at 903-675-2655 or visit for more information about the college’s art program.

Do you enjoy Henderson County Now on Facebook, but seem to be missing our posts more often? That’s because of Facebook.

Facebook has a complicated process called an algorithm to decide what shows up in your news feed. The algorithm has recently been changed to reduce the number of posts you see from Pages like Henderson County Now. The frequency has been cut in half and reports say it is going to be cut even more.

You can make it very easy to follow HCN with just one click, however, and that’s by using an interest list. Here’s how.

STEP 1: First subscribe to the interest list I’ve created called “HCN Feed” by clicking this link.

STEP 2: Now “HCN Feed” should show up under your Interests. Hover over the link until you see the pencil to the left, click that to give you the drop down box and click “Add to Favorites. If “HCN Feed” is not under Interests on the left side of your screen, hover over the word Interests until you see the “more” and click. That will give you a list of all your interests. Again click the pencil and click “Add to Favorites.”


STEP 3: You will now see “HCN Feed” up with your News Feed at the top left of your screen. Just click that link anytime you want to see all our posts.


James RogersFuneral services for James Rogers, 90, of Athens, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014 at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Athens with Bro. Mike Dean officiating. Interment will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 21, 2014 at the DFW National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.

Mr. Rogers went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in Tyler, Texas.

James Edward Rogers was born March 20, 1924 in Wolf City, Texas the son of James Berry Rogers and Zera Hazel Ferguson Rogers. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Athens. He was a dedicated Mason of Lodge #441 in Garland, Texas and also an active Shriner proud of his service to the Children of Texas and all over the world. James was an avid outdoorsman and hunter, spending his most memorable times hunting elk in Colorado. He was a loving, hardworking family man who will be missed by all that knew him.

James is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce Faye Rogers of Athens, Texas; two daughters, Robin Redd-Johnston and husband Glen of Red Oak, Texas, Kim Reese of Dallas, Texas; one son, Michael Rogers and wife Linda of Paris, Texas; two sisters, Ruth Eller Bruner and Wynona Vail both of Commerce, Texas; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 18, 2014 from 1-2 p.m. at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Athens.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home Family in Athens.

You may write condolences or light a memorial candle at:

CITY OF ATHENS - 4 Color LogoCity of Athens press release

The City of Athens would like to invite local citizens to come out and show their support on April 23 during the live broadcast on Good Morning Texas to kick-off the “Europe, Texas” series from Athens. This is an exciting opportunity for members of the Athens community to be on television for a fun, high energy segment promoting our beloved city.

The City of Athens is encouraging all interested citizens to be at City Hall at 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 23. For those arriving early, breakfast will be provided compliments of Kevin Lilly’s McDonald’s. Republic Services will be grilling up hamburgers for the live broadcast to promote Athens as the home of the original hamburger and to share with the crowd. The TVCC Cardinal Regiment Drumline will be playing before and during the live broadcast. Good Morning Texas recommends community members be in place by 8:15 a.m. in order to be ready at 9 a.m. when the show airs live.

Paige McCoy Smith serves as the on-air personality for Good Morning Texas and will be in Athens to conduct the live interview with Mayor Jerry Don Vaught.

Good Morning Texas is a morning show that airs weekdays immediately following Good Morning America on WFAA-Channel 8 (ABC affiliate).

Join the fun, come celebrate Athens. Athens City Hall is located at 508 E. Tyler Street. For more information, please contact the City of Athens at 903-675-5131.


– Rummage sale Thursday – Saturday, April 17th-19th starting at 7:30 am each day. Home décor, toys, clothes, books, electronics, dishes, & much more
All proceeds go towards Malawi, Africa Mission trip for Chad Ellis, Madelyn Ellis, & Tom Williams. On Hwy 31 from light in Chandler, travel 3.8 miles and the house will be on the left. On Hwy 31 from light in Brownsboro, travel 4.2 miles and the house will be on the right.  The house sets off the road on top of hill with white pipe fence and gate. Look for the signs.

((The Bulletin Board is posted every weekday morning. It is an opportunity for our users to list garage sales, items for sale, items wanted, job listings … well, you get the idea. Just send us a message on our Facebook page and give us your information. And as always with Henderson County Now, there is no charge for advertising on the Bulletin Board. REMEMBER: If you want me to rerun an item from the previous week, you have to let me know … you don’t have to retype the whole listing, just let me know to rerun it …. If you don’t let me know, it won’t run again.))

Elena-Lovato---Trinity-ValleyTrinity Valley Community College head women’s basketball coach Elena Lovato was named the NJCAA Division I Coach of the Year today.

Carrying on the winning tradition of Trinity Valley women’s basketball, Lovato has established a new era in the program’s history in only her second season. After guiding the Cardinals to a national championship in her first year at the helm, Lovato repeated the feat this year by leading Trinity Valley to their third straight national title – a first in the history of NJCAA basketball.

Following this season’s 36-1 finish, Lovato now boasts a record of 72-2 in the past two seasons with the Cardinals and has yet to lose a game in the spring. Prior to arriving in Athens, Texas, as a head coach in 2012, Lovato was a Cardinals assistant in the 2009-10 season before being promoted to interim head coach for the final 11 games.

Following that season, Lovato earned the head coaching job at Grayson (Texas) before moving on to NCAA program Nebraska-Omaha as an assistant. She also served as an assistant at Houston and Pittsburg State following a successful career as a high school coach in Missouri and New Mexico.

Wednesday, April 16, Volunteer Get-Together 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Dairy Queen Seven Points.

This fast paced informative meeting is a great place to keep in the know about The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake and meet lots of animal loving energetic people. Be ready to introduce yourself, your school, business or retired, city & ways you help or could help the animals at the shelter.

The meeting will include a Shelter Update from Board President Donny Shubert.

Opportunity to lead offsite adoption efforts .

Volunteer Spotlights, volunteers telling us about their positive experience in helping the animals at the shelter.

Rewards & Joys of Dog Transport – Stacie Flowers

Show & Tell Animal Transport Items to Take with – Sallie & Ron Chapman

April 05 Gala & Other Fundraising Opportunities


Current Volunteers- We can really make a better life for more animals with more volunteers! Do you have a 3-5 Spotlight that you can offer the group regarding adoptions, rescues and reuniting lost pets.

Thinking about donating time, money, energy and/or love to the animals… Attend a meeting or email with your name, phone number-best time to call & what you would like to do… VOLUNTEER IT FEELS GOOD…. & DO WHAT YOU LIKE TO DO…EMAIL ME –!!!


By Michael V. Hannigan

CROSS ROADS — Cross Roads ISD residents must make a decision on a $4.5 million bond in May’s election.

Plans call for about $500,000 of the bond to be used for repairs and improvements to existing facilities and the rest to build a 29,000 square-foot gym which will double as a student event center.

Early voting will be April 28 through May 6, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the district’s administration building.

Election Day will be Saturday, May 10, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

During a public meeting Monday night, builder Ron Boone of Boone & Boone Construction Ltd. told the audience the district has outgrown it’s current 35-year-old gym.

“The district has no place big enough for a large assembly,” he said.

The district has an enrollment of about 600 students with nearly 100 additional faculty and staff, according to administrators. The current gym can hold 512 in the bleachers. The new facility would be able to hold 700 in the stands and another 400 on the floor.

Boone also pointed out that although the current gym has been cared for, it still suffers from the wear of 35 years of constant use. Continue reading