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FBI investigates report of ‘potentially hazardous materials’ in Athens

(Courtesy photo)

(Courtesy photo)

(UPDATES with FBI statement, general edits — 6:15 p.m.)

By Michael V. Hannigan/HCNow

The Athens Police Department confirmed the presence of FBI agents in hazmat suits in the 200 block of Guadalupe Street in Bel Air Saturday afternoon.

APD released the following statement: “On Thursday, September 22, 2016, the Athens Police Department received information about a matter that fell within the operational scope of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The following day, the information was provided to the FBI field office in Tyler which initiated an investigation. The Athens Police Department is assisting with the investigation in an ancillary role.”

FBI officials said there is no threat to public safety.

Thomas M. Class, Sr., Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Dallas Field Office, said, “The Dallas FBI received a report of potentially hazardous materials at a residence in the 200 block of Guadalupe Street in Athens, Texas. FBI personnel are lawfully present at the residence conducting law enforcement activity in support of the ongoing investigation. At this time, the FBI has deemed there is no threat to public safety, but is taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of law enforcement personnel involved.”

No other information has been released at this time in this continuing investigation.

South Athens Elementary earns $955 at McTeacher Night


Thursday night was McTeacher night in Athens for South Athens Elementary School.

“What an amazing community! Thanks to all that came out to support South Athens Elementary for McTeacher night! Thank you Kevin Lilly’s McDonald’s for all you do for the students in our community! Thank you to everyone who made this evening a $955 success!”

(Photo and quoted text via South Athens Elementary Facebook Page)

Cross Roads FFA brings home awards


Congratulations, Cross Roads FFA!

“We are very proud of the Cross Roads FFA. We competed in the Trinity Neches Soil and Water Conservation District Plant ID contest at the TVCC ranch. We placed 3rd overall with a team consisting of Sara Spivey, Dixon Baird, Cody Weaver, and Danaleigh Stiles. We also had other FFA members to compete with high Scores; Trent and Tucker Watson, Karah Lawyer, Heath Ingram, Wesley Rogers, Bailee Stanfield, and Cameron Rogers. Thank you for representing CRFFA well!”

(Photo and quoted text via Cross Roads ISD Facebook page)

Staubach to receive award at TVCC game Oct. 1


Press release

Multi-hall of fame and Heisman Trophy quarterback Roger Staubach will be in attendance on Saturday, Oct. 1, when the Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals take on New Mexico Military Institute in the Battle In The Valley at Bruce Field.

Staubach, a former multi-sport athlete at NMMI, will be on hand to receive an award for his induction into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in August. He will be presented the award from his alma mater prior to the coin toss.

The Cincinnati, Ohio native attended NMMI to help him prepare for entry into the United States Naval Academy. He was a one-year student during the 1960-61 school year, a private in the 1st platoon and 2nd squad of Company G, and he participated fully in the NMMI Corps of Cadets, all while playing three officially sanctioned junior college sports: football, basketball and baseball.

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LIVE FROM: Construction at the new Help Center buildings

Demolition/construction at new Help Center building at 808 N. Prairieville in Athens, future home of Maggie’s House, a Child Advocacy Center.

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