PODCAST: Coach Essary looks forward to Greenville and Meet the Hornets

Interview with Athens High School Athletic Director and Coach Paul Essary. (8-22)


  • Review Friday, Aug. 18, scrimmage against Royse City.
  • Look forward to this Friday’s home scrimmage against Greenville.
  • Meet the Hornets scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at Bruce Field.

QUOTABLE: “We were young last year and we’re young again. People ask how are you young two years in a row? Because we were playing with a lot of sophomores and freshmen last year. This year, they’re juniors and sophomores, and we do have a freshman that is starting for us again this year.”

TVCC graduates 228 during summer commencement

Press release

Trinity Valley Community College conferred degrees on 228 students during commencement ceremonies held Friday, August 18 at Cardinal Gym, the largest August graduation class ever. 138 Associate degrees and 90 certificates of completion were awarded.

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Projects complete at three AISD campuses; work continues at AHS

A view of the east end of new construction work at Athens High School, which will house new classrooms, kitchen and cafeteria. The cafeteria is expected to be open by Christmas, and the balance of work at AHS should be finished in the summer of 2018. Students were greeted at the beginning of the school year with six brand new science classrooms and two new labs.

By Toni Garrard Clay/AISD Communicaitons Coordinator

Athens ISD Director of Operations Barry Choate summed it up succinctly when he called the amount of construction that took place across the district this summer as “intense.” Major work took place at four of the five campuses and continues at the high school.

Inside the main building at the high school, six new science classrooms and two new labs greeted students on the first day of school. While the rooms are located in the same space as the old science hall, they are entirely new. “That space was bulldozed,” said Choate. “We dug up the floor and put new plumbing in and used a new configuration for the rooms.”

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AUDIO: Athens Middle School students experience solar eclipse

SUBJECT: Interview with Athens Middle School Principal Jennifer Risinger about students studying the solar eclipse. (8-21)


– Ties directly to some of the things 8th graders will be tested on this year.
– Students are excited.
– It’s a rare experience

QUOTABLE: “NASA and a lot of people have put out some great resources tying this event directly to our curriculum.”

That flying squirrel did not break my new refrigerator

Posted by Around the Town on Saturday, August 19, 2017

By Loretta Humble/Around the Town

That flying squirrel did not break my new refrigerator. No way. But due to some of my previous run-ins with nature’s creatures, maybe you could forgive me for taking a minute to wonder.

I have never been one for throwing money around. I live in a little old house that I moved to my portion of the family farm and fixed up. Then I furnished it with used furniture. I totally love it. It reminds me of the house where I was born right across the road from here. But I don’t want my kitchen to look like Mama’s. I like stainless steel appliances, and in particular, I love a huge wonderful refrigerator/freezer that looks like the refrigerated section of a fancy grocery store inside, but no way could I stand to part with cost of a new one of those.

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