Man receives maximum sentence for 2010 manslaughter

Denton Bookin
Denton Bookin

District Attorney’s Office press release

On Friday, Aug. 2, after hearing evidence for two days, a 49 year-old man was sentenced by Judge Dan Moore of the 173rd Judicial District Court. Avery Lee Denton received the maximum sentence of 20 years for the death of his former girlfriend and burning her body in a burn pile near Brownsboro three years ago. In addition to the 20 year sentence, Denton was also sentenced to serve 15 years on a charge involving tampering with a human corpse.

Justin Weiner and Daniel Cox presented punishment evidence on behalf of Scott McKee’s District Attorney’s Office.

“I’m glad he got the maximum sentence for manslaughter,” McKee said. “I also want to recognize ADA Weiner, who was assisted by Daniel Cox, for doing an excellent job presenting the punishment evidence.”

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office began its investigation of the case back in July of 2010. Sandra Gail Anderson, Denton’s girlfriend, Continue reading “Man receives maximum sentence for 2010 manslaughter”

Obituary: Linda Ann Vance

Services for Linda Ann Vance, 66, of Athens, are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 at Meredith Campground Cemetery with Bro. Randy Fisher officiating, under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home, Canton. Burial will be in Meredith Campground Cemetery, Henderson County.

She passed away Aug. 5, 2013 in Longview.

Mrs. Vance was born Feb. 16, 1947 in Dallas to Garvin Easter and Martha Ann Meredith Morris.

Linda loved her grandkids. She loved sweets and enjoyed painting and music.

Surviving are daughter, Rhonda and Randy Traister of Athens; mother, Martha Meredith Morris; three grandchildren, Crystal and Brandon Carlson of Athens, Brian and Jennifer Clark of Gun Barrel City, Coty and Sally Clark of Athens; five great-grandchildren, Kylee, Hayden, Makayla, Ema, and Coty.

Linda was preceded in death by her sister, Carol Jeanette Eskridge.

Pallbearers are Coty Clark, Brandon Carlson, Randy Traister, Brian Clark.

Family will receive friends Wednesday 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Nichols praises transportation bill

State Sen. Robert Nichols
State Sen. Robert Nichols

Sen. Robert Nichols press release

Yesterday the Texas Legislature passed SJR 1, creating a constitutional amendment to dedicate up to 50 percent of all oil and gas severance taxes currently transferred to the Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF) to the state highway fund.

“I am thankful for Governor Perry’s leadership in calling this session to address such an important issue,” said Nichols. “I would also like to thank Lt. Governor Dewhurst, Speaker Straus and all members of the House and Senate. Our state’s economy depends upon having a safe and reliable road system.”

According to estimates from the comptroller’s office, SJR 1 could deposit as much as $1 billion a year into the state highway fund. The resolution stipulates that the funds could only be used for constructing, maintaining and acquiring rights-of-way for non-tolled, public roadways. However, it is also careful to ensure a healthy balance is left in the Continue reading “Nichols praises transportation bill”

Homeschool group gets started in Henderson County

classical conversations

Classical Conversations is a new homeschool community for all ages that offers guidance and accountability.

The group will meet in Athens on Monday starting in the fall, and will use classical methods to train students in the art of learning. Group members will support and encourage each other on the homeschooling journey.

The Classical Conversations mission is to “Know God and make Him known.” Continue reading “Homeschool group gets started in Henderson County”