Winter storm updates

Current Delays and Closings for Tuesday, Jan. 16
  • Athens ISD -Two-hour delay
  • Athens Christian Preparatory Academy – Two-hour delay
  • Brownsboro ISD – Open 10 a.m.
  • Cross Roads ISD – Closed
  • Eustace ISD – Closed
  • Kemp ISD – Closed
  • LaPoynor ISD – Closed
  • Mabank ISD – Two-hour
  • Malakoff ISD – Closed
  • Martin’s Mill ISD – Open 10 a.m.
  • Murchison ISD – Closed
  • Trinidad ISD – Closed (Prior announcement, due to illness)
  • TVCC – All classes canceled on all campuses


  • Henderson County Courthouse, all county government offices are closed. Commissioners Court is canceled.
  • Lakeland Medical Associates in Athens and Gun Barrel City closed today.
  • Athens DentalWorks is closed today.
  • St. Peter’s Lutheran preschool in GBC is closed.
  • Athens DPS office is closed.
  • Cedar Creek Lake Chamber of Commerce office is closed.
  • Reigning Jewels in Athens is closed.
  • Community Care Food Pantry in Athens by Eastern Hills Church is closed today.


Update 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 – All school districts closed


Update 4:45 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 – Winter Storm Warning

The National Weather Service has reduced the length of the Winter Storm Warning. It is now set to expire at 12 p.m. today, six hours before previously thought.

The NWS predicts: “Continued light snow expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Tuesday. Total snow accumulations of around an inch have occurred.”


Update 4 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 – Malakoff ISD

Malakoff ISD announced it will be closed today.

Update 10:30 p.m. Monday, Jan 15 – LaPoynor ISD

LaPoynor ISD will be closed Tuesday due to incoming bad weather. We will also have a late start on Wednesday.

Update 9:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15 – Cross Roads ISD closed

Cross Roads ISD announced it will be closed Tuesday.

Update 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15 — Martin’s Mill and Brownsboro delayed

Martin’s Mill and Brownsboro ISDs have announced the will be opening at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

UPDATE 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15 — Athens basketball

The following is from the Athens ISD Facebook page: “AHS basketball is cancelled for Tuesday vs Madisonville. Rescheduled for Wednesday varsity only. Girls at 4:30 and boys at 6 here. Girls soccer vs Pittsburg Tuesday has been cancelled and may be rescheduled at a later date.”


UPDATE 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15 — Murchison and ACPA

Murchison ISD will be closed Tuesday.

Athens Christian Preparatory Academy has announced it will have a two-hour delay Tuesday. High School and Junior High report during third period, 10 a.m. Homeschool will start at 10:30 a.m.


UPDATE 1:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15 — Trinidad ISD was already closed

Here is a reminder that Trinidad ISD was already scheduled to be closed Tuesday because of illness.


UPDATE: 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15 — TxDOT ready

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) says that maintenance crews in the Tyler District have prepared their dump trucks and equipment to resond as weather conditions change.

“If current forecasts hold, travel disruptions and problems on area roads will be possible through Wednesday. The safest option during icy conditions is to stay off the roads,” TxDOT spokeswoman Kathi White said. “If you absolutely must drive, slow down and use extra precaution especially on elevated surfaces.”

Read the whole press release here.


UPDATE: 12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15 — Athens ISD delayed

Athens ISD is implementing a two-hour delay for staff and students at the start of school Tuesday. This will give them extra time to make a decision regarding the weather.


First Post 11:15 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15 — Eustace ISD closed

We already have our first school closing because of the possible winter weather. Eustace ISD will be closed Tuesday.

In a Facebook statement, EISD Superintendent Coy Holcombe wrote, “Due to the expected bad weather, and to give everyone a chance to get well, all classes will be canceled for Tuesday. Right now, we will plan to start school at regular times on Wednesday. The start time for Wednesday may need to be adjusted depending on road conditions.”

A Winter Storm Warning will be in effect for Henderson County from midnight Monday to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The National Weather Service reports, “Light to moderate winter precipitation is expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions tonight through Wednesday morning. Total sleet and snow accumulations of a half inch up to 2 inches are possible. Ice accumulations of a light glaze are also possible.”

Henderson County Now will be following the storm and the resultant closures. Follow on our Facebook page or follow Michael V. Hannigan on Twitter and Instagram @mvhannigan.

SBDC Stakeholders Breakfast scheduled for Tuesday

Press release

The Trinity Valley Community College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host a Stakeholders Appreciation Breakfast Tuesday, January 16 at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center. The invitation-only event will feature a panel discussion on economic development issues hosted by TVCC President Dr. Jerry King, Tyler Economic Development Director Tom Mullins and North Texas SBDC Network Executive Director Mark Langford.

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Athens man sentenced to 60 years on drug charges

Press release

A Henderson County jury sentenced an Athens man to 60 years in the Texas Department of Corrections on January 10, 2018. Stephen Duane Roberts, age 45, was arrested on January 20, 2017 by the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force.

Investigator Josh Rickman of the Sheriff’s Office secured a search warrant to search Robert’s home on Williams Street in Athens. When the warrant was executed, deputies found almost 20 grams of methamphetamine, cocaine, Xanax, ecstasy, and other prescription pills. Roberts was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver and was indicted by a Henderson County Grand Jury in March of last year.

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Obituary: Catherine Griffin

Funeral Services for Catherine Griffin, 81, of Athens are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, January 14, 2018 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Athens with Bro. Kris Menifee officiating. Interment will follow at Malakoff Cemetery.

Ms. Griffin passed away on January 10, 2018 in Athens.

Catherine Shirley Cox Griffin was born November 16, 1936 in DeKalb, Texas the daughter of Haskell Cox and Dorothy Fannin Cox. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist church and a dedicated homemaker. She was a member of the Athens Senior Singles Club and loved playing cards, especially 42. Catherine loved painting; all kinds of arts and crafts and gardening in her spare time.

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Athens council makes decision on Cain Center project

By Michael V. Hannigan/HCN
The Cain Center project has a budget.

After 2.5 hours of discussion and brainstorming Friday afternoon, the Athens City Council set a direction for the Cain Center.

The council unanimously voted to spend $5.8 million to go with a $2.5 million gift from the Cain Foundation to put the project budget at $8.3 million.

That budget allowed the council to put an additional $2.9 million toward water and/or wastewater projects.

The decision moves the project forward and allows the design team to get back to work.

With this budget, the design of the Cain Center very similar to its past, but with an updated, multipurpose pool and a new exercise area.

But that design could still change, although the budget would not.

Councilwoman Toni Garrard Clay floated the idea putting the Henderson County Clint W. Murchison Library on the upper floor of the Cain Center. The idea got a positive reception, but it was pointed out that there were complicating factors before it could become reality.

The council decided to take the next 30 days to explore if the library idea is feasible.