AISD says follow our read

Central Athens Elementary Principal Shannon Pursley reads to students as part of a new book club initiative across all three elementary campuses called Athens Reads Together. All pre-k through fifth-grade students were given the same book, which was read aloud at school for the first few chapters. Parents were provided with a schedule to finish the book at home with their child during the first half of November. (Deidre Pool/AISD)

By Toni Garrard Clay/AISD Communications Coordinator

Athens ISD has been hard at work getting all its elementary students on the same page — literally.

In late October, pre-K students at all three elementary campuses — Bel Air, Central Athens and South Athens — participated in the 13th annual Read for the Record event, which included each child receiving their very own copy of the illustrated storybook, “Maybe Something Beautiful.”

“It was a great opportunity for us to be able to share the value of literacy in our community,” said South Athens Elementary Principal Claudia Stiles.

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Lady Cards headed to nationals

A season that appeared over has become a historic one for the Lady Cardinals.

They are headed to the national tournament for the first time in school history. The tournament is scheduled Nov. 15-17 in Hutchinson, KS.

Coach Tosha Spain’s squad, which is 25-6 on the year, drew a No. 9 seed and will play No. 8 Mineral Area (27-3) at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. The winner advances to face the winner between No. 1 Miami Dade and No. 16 Monroe at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Athens receives Texas Downtown Association Award for The Texan

Press release

On Wednesday, November 7, at the annual Texas Downtown Association Conference in Corpus Christi, the City of Athens received the award for “Best Renovation/Rehabilitation/Restoration” for The Texan: A Landmark Venue in the competitive Texas Downtown Association’s President’s Award program for its impact to downtown revitalization and development efforts for the City of Athens.

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Obituary: Sammie Brasher

Sammie Brasher, 87 Athens passed away peacefully Tuesday November 6, 2018 at her home in Athens. Sammie was born February 10, 1931 in Aspermont, Texas to the late George Samuel and Amelia Alene Sandlin Hester. She was a resident in Athens since 1965 and was a member of West Athens Baptist Church. She was a seamstress for many years at Vassarette here in Athens. She was a 1992 graduate of Henderson County Junior College where she earned her Associate of Art degree. She spent 20 years with Athens Independent School District as a substitute teacher which she truly loved.

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Obituary: Kenneth James Hayes

Funeral Services for Kenneth Hayes, 60, of Malakoff are scheduled for 2:30 p.m., Sunday, November 11, 2018 at First Baptist Church Malakoff with Bro. Brian Berry officiating. Interment will follow at Post Oak Cemetery near Malakoff.

Kenneth Hayes passed away on November 6, 2018 in Malakoff.

Kenneth James Hayes was born August 9, 1958 in Dallas, Texas the son of Willie Kermitt Hayes and Olene Ashton Hayes Thomas. He graduated from HCJC, worked for Texas Utilities Mining Co. in Fairfield for over 25 years and then began his career as a home builder for Hayes & Company Custom Home Building in Henderson County for many years. Ken was a member of the First Baptist Church in Malakoff, active in his community and served Henderson County as Commissioner. He was a board member of the National Soil and Water Conservation Board and President of Post Oak Cemetery. He had a passion for animals; working on his cow/calf operation and especially riding his mule, Ruth. Ken and his wife enjoyed trail riding with friends from four surrounding states. He truly cherished his family and friends and will be missed by each and every one of them.

He was preceded in death by his father Kermitt Hayes.

Ken is survived by his mother Olene Thomas of Malakoff; his loving wife Joyce Hayes of Malakoff; four children, Kristi Hayes Dalrymple and husband Jason of Malakoff, Josh Jamison and wife Kasey of Malakoff, Jenni Hayes Notley and husband Justin of Humble, Katie Hayes Hoover and husband Wesley of Malakoff; two brothers, Jimmy Keith “Bubba” Hayes of Athens, Karl Wayne Hayes of Rusk; one sister Pamela Kay Johnson of Malakoff; ten grandchildren, Megan, Allie, Kyler, Paige and Kinleigh Dalrymple, Loden and Lukas Jamison, Seth and Ady Notley and Jace Hoover.

Serving as Pallbearers will be Tim Stanfield, Kevin Hazelip, Dr. Dale Ehmer, Randy Sorenson, Wade McKinney, Terry Moore, Michael Radler, Stace Smith, Justin Mize and Chuck McHam. Honorary pallbearers will be Glen White, Kelly Holt, Joe Martinez (PCT 1). Kenny Cowley, Roy Mills, Danny Davis and Robert Mills.

Visitation will be held Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 6-8:00 p.m. at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in Athens.

In lieu of flowers the family would like donations made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home family.

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