DAILY BRIEF: Motions in Guthrie murder trial set

Jackie Martez Guthrie
Jackie Martez Guthrie

HOT TOPIC: Pre-trial motions in the Jackie Martez Guthrie murder case were scheduled to begin today in Judge Dan Moore’s 173rd District Court, according to Henderson County judicial records.

The motions were originally scheduled for Jan. 15, but were postponed.

Guthrie is charged in connection with the shooting death of Chantel Barrett, 18.

Barrett was found dead in a Coffee City residence by police on Thursday, July 19, while responding to a call about gunshots. Guthrie, 23, was quickly identified as a suspect and a manhunt was initiated. The suspect was believed to have also kidnapped 19-year-old Tiffany Hurd, who was eight months pregnant with Guthrie’s child at the time.

Guthrie was arrested 24 hours later in Galveston. Hurd was with him in Galveston.

He also faces a charge of theft of a firearm.

At the time of his arrest, Guthrie was already serving probation for burglary of a habitation.

WHAT YOU MISSED

Cain Center Heart N Sole results were posted. 

There is still time to file for city council or school board seats. 

The Athens Hornets stumbled in the playoffs, falling to Kilgore 67-51. 

We are giving folks a chance to be in a Harlem Shake video. 

Obituaries: Michael Aaron MagrillMaycie Lavelle and Maggie Marie Alexander, and Donald L. Ellis.

WHAT OTHERS ARE TALKING ABOUT

Athens EDC President Brian Malone was trying to drum up business in California last week. The Review has a story. 

Tough choices for the Poynor Post Office. 

ON TAP

Don’t forget the Keep Athens Beautiful “Organically Speaking” event scheduled for Thursday.

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Warrant Round-up Scheduled

Cities and counties will be conducting a coordinated state-wide Warrant Round-up this year in March. More than 240 law enforcement agencies from across the state will be serving warrants for arrest in the biggest-ever Warrant Round-up effort in Texas, which starts on March 1.

“For those with warrants, be warned that unless you paid in full to the Court Clerk, we will be serving warrants at residences, workplaces, and other locations,” Malakoff Municipal Judge Bill Burton announced. “Those with outstanding warrants should act immediately to avoid going to jail.”

To make a payment

To make a payment on an outstanding warrant, go to the Municipal Court location at 109 Melton, Malakoff, Texas. The payment window is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday; closed from noon – 1 p.m. for lunch.

Payments also may be mailed to the City of Malakoff Municipal Court, P.O. Box 1177 Malakoff, Texas 75148. Money orders and cashier’s checks are accepted. Personal checks are not accepted.
Note: if you choose to mail a payment, the warrant remains active until the payment is received and posted by the Municipal Court.

TVCC announces Hoops For Hope Day

Hoops for Heart LogoIt’s time to shoot hoops for hope.

Trinity Valley Community College and the Lady Cardinals are teaming up with faculty member Mandy Weber to raise funds for the East Texas chapter of the Amazing Little Hearts Group (ALHG).

The college has proclaimed Wednesday, Feb. 27, as Hoops For Hope Day. The Lady Cardinals play San Jacinto at home that day at 5:30 p.m. and opportunities will be available for fans to contribute to the effort to raise funds.

ALHG provides support, information and resources to families affected by congenital heart defects in our area.

A congenital heart defect (CHD) is a defect in the structure of the heart and great vessels which is present at birth. Many types of the heart defect exists, most of which either obstruct blood flow in the heart or vessels near it, or cause blood flow through the heart in an abnormal pattern.

The cause is very personal to Weber, as both her husband and daughter have CHD.

Among the opportunities for fans to contribute at the game will be the chance to purchase ribbons for $4 and a note for the wall. Donations will also be accepted.

The college is also inviting children from ALHG and others touched by the disease to be special guests at the game.

February is heart month and the college encourages fans to support Hoops For Hope Day.

Obituary: Michael Aaron Magrill

Michael Aaron Magrill, 32, of Murchison, was born in Eustace on Aug. 8, 1980 to the home of Michael Galen Magrill and Mary Belle Tow. He passed away on Feb. 13, 2013.

He is preceded in death by his bother, Bryan Holman and grandparents, Ike and Robbie Tow and Ed Peeler.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Alisha Magrill; sons, Ryan and Hunter Magrill; parents, Mike Magrill and Mary Hancock and husband Royal; brother, Chano Preciado; sisters, Robbie Preciado, Lisa Rojos, Leighann Pena and husband Joey, Kathryn Holman; grandmother, Ruth Peeler; cousins, Sherri and Toni Oaks; aunt and uncle, Karen and Tom Helzer, and uncle Johnny Magrill, and many other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Zion Hill Church, officiated by Pastor Don Herring and Pastor John Kling.

Obituary: Maycie Lavelle and Maggie Marie Alexander

Maycie Lavelle and Maggie Marie Alexander, of Kemp, were born on Feb. 15, 2013 to the home of Damian Alexander and Ashley Easterly, and passed away that same day of Feb. 15, 2013.

They are preceded in death by their grandparents, Lavelle and John Easterly, Diane Alexander, and Teresa Hank.

Left to cherish their memory are their parents; grandparents, Charles and Lori Easterly, Ralph and Sandi Johnson; great-grandparents, Geneva Martin, Dale Cox and Thomas Alexander; uncles, Christopher Easterly, Clay Easterly and Jarred Johnson; aunts, Kellie Easterly, Mercedes Alexander, and Brooklyn Johnson.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, 2013 at Moorhead Epps Memorial Chapel under the direction of Moorhead Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City. To leave an online condolence go to moorheadepps.com.