The Athens Homecoming Court

This is Homecoming Week in Athens. Here are photos of the Homecoming Court broken down by class via our Instagram feed.

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Road Buzz: TxDOT Updates for Week of Oct. 22

TxDOT (Athens) Maintenance plans to perform surface repairs on SH 155, base repairs on SH 31E in Brownsboro, and edge work on FM 315 between FM 314 and US 175. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control at both locations.

Henderson County construction projects updates:

SH 31 Overlay Project

  • Limits: From FM 3204 east to 0.5 miles west of FM 315 in Chandler
  • Contractor: Big Creek Construction
  • Cost: $2.7 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2018

The contractor is scheduled to lay PFC hot mix on the surface this week. Ongoing work includes backfilling the pavement edges and working on guard fence. Expect daily lane closures. Watch for construction traffic exiting and merging throughout the project limits. The project consists of base repairs, mill and inlay, seal coat, surface hot mix, guardrail upgrades, and the installation of signs and pavement markings.

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PODCAST: Longtime Malakoff football announcer Benny Rogers

Benny Rogers has been the dean of Henderson County sports for as long as I can remember. For nearly as long, he has been the announcer of his beloved Malakoff Tigers. I talked with him and Malakoff Superintendent Randy Perry about Benny’s tenure behind the mic.

Midnight raid nets drugs, arrests

Press release

A midnight raid by Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse’s Narcotics Investigators ended with a 60-year-old drug dealer locked up and a large amount of methamphetamines, as well as cash, seized early Friday morning.

Hillhouse said another 19-year-old man was also arrested at the travel-trailer home on Old Goshen Road just outside of Eustace, north of the County seat of Athens.

Martin Elvis Riddle, 60, of Eustace was in possession of a substantial amount of the illegal drug, the paraphernalia used in its manufacture and delivery and over $1,000 in cash.

Dylan Wayne Morrison, 19, of Gun Barrel City was also at the residence and was charged with possession of a smaller amount of meth.

“This dealer was plying his trade deep in the country but that did not protect him from our team of Investigators committed to busting up the drug business here,” Hillhouse said.

Investigators Wayne Nut and Kenneth Slaton executed the search warrant signed by Gun Barrel City Municipal Judge Grace Wallace prior to the raid.

They found a large group of the people at the trailer as they arrested the pair.

Henderson County Investigator Damon Boswell, currently assigned as a Task Force Officer for the Drug Enforcement Agency, assisted in the raid.

He was joined by Investigators Tell Walker and Dustin Smith and Deputies Matt Jistel, David Robertson and Josh Shoemake.

Both men were taken to the Henderson County Jail.


PODCAST: APS investigates abuse, neglect, and exploitation of the elderly

October is Elderly Financial Abuse Awareness month. That’s just one form of elderly abuse, but there are others and Adult Protective Services is the agency tasked with standing in the gap and that’s a big job in Henderson County. In this podcast, we’ll hear about one way the local APS board is trying to help and we’ll also hear from an APS specialist about what they do. Click the play button above to listen.

PHOTO: Pictured are, from left, Adult Protective Services Henderson County Advisory Board member Todd Weaver Board, APS Supervisor Kelly Curley, Board Treasurer Sharon Strickland, and Board President Darlene Clark. NOT PICTURED are board members Jana Thompson, Pam Holcomb, and Marlena Taylor.