Eustace to refinance bonds and save $1.9 million

BulldogBy Michael V. Hannigan

The Eustace ISD school board agreed to refinance the school district’s bonds during a special meeting Tuesday night. The action could potentially save the district $1.9 million in debt service, according to Superintendent Dr. Coy Holcombe.

The refinancing should not change the district’s tax rate.

In his blog “The Yard,” Holcombe wrote:

“In this scenario, the district would use $450,000 of its I & S fund balance as a cash contribution to pay down on the balance of the bonds and do an advance refund based on current interest rates. In this case, the potential savings to the district would be almost $1,900,000 in debt service. Further, the refunded bonds would be paid off three years earlier than the original maturity date. The overall bond payment for the district will not change dramatically from what it is paying now (about $1,070,000). Since the bond payment will not change much, the expected I & S rate will not be affected, either. The big difference is the fact that the bonds will be paid off early.”

DAR: Margaret Ann Trail awarded Conservation Award

DAR awardDAR press release

Regent Margaret Ann Trail was awarded a “Conservation in Action Award” by Texas State Daughters of the American Revolution conservation chairman Colleen Petsoa. Colleen said it was almost a given that Margaret Ann would win on the state level after all the paper work was in and the board saw what all Margaret Ann does for conservation. She lives, eats and breathes conservation. Nothing is wasted on her and her husband, Newt Trail’s ranch. After Sarah Maples member Susan Cothran-Martz paid a visit to the ranch and saw just how Margaret Ann made conservation work she made the nomination and filled out all the paper work, which was a chore in itself.

The Sarah Maples Chapter is very proud of Margaret Ann for all her work at conservation and for all the accomplishments she has done as Regent of the Sarah Maples Chapter of DAR. She has set a standard for all of us to followed which will be no easy task.

Daughters of the American Revolution hear about SAR

Pictured are Julie Gustafson, Margaret Ann Trail and Skip Gustafson. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Pictured are Julie Gustafson, Margaret Ann Trail and Skip Gustafson. (COURTESY PHOTO)

DAR press release

Due to the illness of Jim Gablin, Julie and Skip Gustafson filled in as guest speakers as the recent  Sarah Maples DAR meeting.

Skip spoke about the requirements for membership in the Sons of the American Revolution. He says the research can become tedious but it is worth it to hang in there. He answered questions from the audience on problems that have arisen for them in their research.

Julie spoke about the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogy Education Program she just finished. These courses, which are created and maintained by NSDAR genealogists, provide the proper completion and documentation standards required by the DAR for the verification of applications and help you hone your skills in preparing DAR applications.

Skip tried to retire from flying for American Airlines. He became the Safety Officer and Captain in the Tyler Civil Air Patrol, then he became CAE Flight Instructor for the Falcon Jet 2000. Skip is in SAR, Sons of 1812, Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims and is working on membership in the Huguenot Society.

Julie is Skip’s wonderful wife and she retired from a career in Real Estate with Ebby Holliday Realtors. She has her Real Estate Broker’s license. She is a member of the Jane Douglas Chapter of NSDAR and an associate member of the Sarah Maples Chapter. She is also a member of the Dallas Chapter 6 of UDC, War of 1812 and the Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims. She is a Genealogical Consultant for District lll TSDAR.

Kallhoff named A-State women’s basketball assistant coach

Aaron Kallhoff
Aaron Kallhoff

Arkansas State press release

Arkansas State head women’s basketball coach Brian Boyer announced Tuesday that Aaron Kallhoff has joined the Red Wolves coaching staff as an assistant coach.

Kallhoff joins the staff after spending the previous season as an assistant coach at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens where he helped coach the Lady Cardinals to their seventh National Junior College Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Championship. TVCC finished the year with a 36-1 record.

There has been an increased interest in women’s basketball over the last few seasons which has led to more women wanting to be players. In fact, there is some rise in basketball equipment sales – people start buying things like swimming pool basketball hoops more! This is good news as it means more females are exposed to this sport which has been increasing in popularity. More fans are choosing to go to games, deciding to visit female Fantasy Basketball websites and invest their time in the sport. It is hoped that a few of the Red Wolves women will go on to play professionally.

“I’m looking forward to having Aaron join our staff,” Boyer said. “It is obvious when you look at his coaching track record that his teams have been very successful wherever he has been. Aaron is very well connected across the country, which will help our program in recruiting. I have talked to a lot of coaches about Aaron and everyone has nothing but great things to say about him. He is also going to be very valuable to our program because of his passion for developing players. During the short time that I’ve known him he has really impressed me with his enthusiasm and you cannot help but be excited when you are around him.”

Prior to his time at Trinity Valley Community College, Kallhoff spent fours at Hill College in Hillsboro, Texas, where he served as the head coach of the Lady Rebels. In his first year he coached Hill College to a conference runner-up finish and helped the Lady Rebels advance to the Region V Tournament. He was named the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference Co-Coach of the Year in his final season at Hill College and led the Lady Rebels to the Region V semifinals. The 2011-12 squad finished 27-5 and was co-conference champions. Kallhoff was named as one of the nation’s top and up coming Junior College Coaches by Women’s Basketball Insider publication.

In his time at Hill, Kallhoff coached three All-Americans, four All-Region V selections, 16 NTJCAC All-Conference selections, one NTJCAC Player of the Year, two NTJCAC Defensive Players of the Year and one NTJCAC Freshman of the Year. His teams were also named Academic All-American teams on three separate occasions.

He spent one season serving as the head women’s basketball coach and assistant athletic director at Allen County Community College in Iola, Kan., prior to his time at Hill College where the Red Devils achieved a 3.1 overall team grade point average under his tenure. He also coached a player to a Jayhawk East All-Conference selection.

Kallhoff also spent time as the men’s assistant basketball at Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kan., where the Saints made the Region VI tournament and had every sophomore move on to a four-year university, with three signing with Division I institutions.

“I am really looking forward to working with Coach Boyer and being a part of the ASU family,” Kallhoff said. “It is a privilege and honor to be a part of the tradition at Arkansas State. I am extremely excited about the upcoming season and opportunity for the Red Wolves.”

After graduating from college, Kallhoff spent three years as the men’s assistant basketball coach at Allen County. From 2003-06, he helped lead the Allen County basketball program to two berths in the Region VI Tournament. In his three seasons, Kallhoff coached four Jayhawk East All-Conference selections, two NJCAA All-Region VI picks and one JUCO All-American.

“I’ve been very pleased with our teams progress during this post-season,” Boyer said. “All of our returning players have shown a great deal of commitment to improving during the off-season. I am convinced that this team has a chance to be very good next year. Because of this, it was very important that I hire the right person to help us maximize our team’s potential for next year.”

A native of Norfolk, Neb., Kallhoff’s career as a player began in 1998, when he was tabbed the Northeast Nebraska High School Player of the Year at Norfolk Catholic High School.

He began his collegiate career at Iowa Central Community College where he led the NJCAA Division II Iowa Region in three-point field goal percentage. In 2000, he earned All-Region IX athletic and academic honors at Northeast Nebraska Community College after averaging 14 points per game.
After Northeast, Kallhoff spent a redshirt season at Southern Utah, where the team advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He completed his playing career at Bemidji State where he was a two-year starter, and in his senior season led the nation (NCAA Division II) in assist/turnover ratio.

In 2003, Kallhoff graduated from Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minn., earning a bachelor’s degree in mass communication with an emphasis in public relations, advertising and electronic media. While at Bemidji State, he represented the university as a chairman for the Special Olympics and the United Way Foundation. Additionally, Kallhoff was involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Kallhoff and his wife, Josie, have a five-year-old daughter, Camden, and a seven-month old son, Caylix.

Obituary: Jimmie Lynn Featherston

Services for Jimmie Lynn Featherston, 60, of Athens, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013 at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Chapel with Rev. Lynn Solomon officiating.

Jimmie was born Feb. 12, 1953 to the late Willie Albert and Minnie Lee Jordan Minchew.

Jimmie has been a resident of Athens most of her life. She is a graduate of Athens High School. She worked for Curtis Mathes a number of years as a cabinet builder.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her son, Ryan Minchew, Athens; sisters, Janice Smith, Chandler, Jenny Rector, Quinlan; brothers, Frank Minchew, Brownsboro, Ernest Minchew, Maydelle, Bobby Minchew, Jacksonville; numerous nieces and nephews.