AEDC announces call for Business Assistance Grant applications

AEDC’s Business Assistance Grant program encourages exterior improvements to properties located within the designated beautification area, along the western and northern corridors of Athens. Businesses must apply by February 1 to be considered for 2018 funding. (Courtesy photo)

Press release

Athens Economic Development Corporation has awarded nearly $90,000 in matching grant funds to eligible businesses located along the western corridor of Athens, since the Business Assistance Grant program’s inception in 2014.

AEDC Board of Directors approved new additions to the program that will allow properties located on the north corridor to be eligible to apply for the grant. Furthermore, first-time applicants will have an opportunity to receive a higher percentage of matching funds.

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Council approves fixing south wall of Texan Theater

By Michael V. Hannigan/HCNow

The Athens City Council added about $125,000 to the Texan rehabilitation project Monday night to replace the south wall of the building.

The council voted for the expenditure 4-1, with Councilman Ed McCain voting against. McCain said the council decided months ago to hold the line on the budget for the project and said he couldn’t vote for any increase.

“This (project) started as an open-air park,” he said.

The increase will take the Texan budget near $1.6 million.

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High price tag has Athens council reexamining Cain Center project

By Michael V. Hannigan/HCNow

Cain Center sticker shock set in for the Athens City Council Monday night and along with it, some second thoughts.

Council members held an hour-long discussion with members of the Cain Center construction and design team during their regular meeting and heard an estimated total price — AFTER some engineering cuts — of about $8.5 million.

That pricetag is significantly higher than any projection to date and reflects just how much mechanical and electrical systems in the Cain Center have deteriorated over the years, according to construction officials.

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Bardwell announces run for Pct. 2 commissioner seat

Josh Bardwell

Press release

I, Joshua Bardwell, am pleased to announce my candidacy for Henderson County Commissioner Precinct 2. I will bring honesty, respect, and integrity as well as 13 years experience working for the people of Henderson County. This time has been spent building and maintaining roads, and establishing communications with Property Owners Associations and other community organizations. With your support, we will make a positive transition into the future.

Obituary: Lynda Lou Seibt Craig

Graveside services for Lynda Lou Seibt Craig, 76, will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 14, 2017, at Oak Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Athens under the direction of Autry’s Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.

Lynda passed away Saturday in Terrell.

She was born in Lufkin, Texas, on July 3, 1941, to the late Virgil Gustaf and Winnie Loretta Seibt and moved to Athens where she spent her childhood years. She moved to Dallas shortly after graduating high school to pursue life in the city. She had a knack for numbers and an interest in real estate both of which became passions for her in her professional life. She spent her work years in banking, real estate and mortgage lending all while providing for her two children as a single mom. For all the challenges she encountered during those years what remained constant with Lynda was her positive attitude and her ability to be a survivor no matter the circumstances, which served as a wonderful role model to all those she influenced. She loved music and loved to dance and brought the sweetest demeanor to all that she did. Lynda was strong-willed, loving and generous and was a loyal friend to many. She taught us all that it is ok to have dessert before dinner and that we all need some sugar (kisses for Grandma) before bedtime. We all will miss her genuine, loving smile and upbeat nature.

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