Closures and delays for Wednesday, Jan. 17

Updated throughout at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17


– Athens ISD – Two-hour delay
– Athens Christian Academy – Closed
– Athens Christian Prep – Closed
– Brownsboro ISD – Closed
– Cross Roads ISD – Closed
– Eustace ISD – Closed
– LaPoynor ISD – Closed
– Malakoff ISD – Two-hour delay
– Mabank ISD – Two-hour delay
– Martin’s Mill ISD – Open 10 a.m.
– Murchison ISD – Closed
– Trinidad ISD – Open 10 a.m

– TVCC – All campuses open at 9 a.m. Report to 8 a.m. classes at 9 a.m. then resume regular class schedule.


— Athens Texas Economic Development Corporation will open at 10 a.m.
— Child Support Court (at senior citizens building) closed.
— County government offices will open at 10
— City of Athens offices open at 10 a.m.
— Lakeland Medical Associates in Athens and Gun Barrel City will open Wednesday at 10 a.m. The late start will allow time for road conditions to improve to allow patients and staff to travel safely to the clinic.
— Christus Trinity Clinic Athens will open at 10 AM
— Eyecare Associates will be closed.
— St. Peter Lutheran preschool (GBC) opens at 9 a.m. If Mabank ISD closes, we close.
— Andrews Diversified Industries and Andrews Center closed.
— Athens Park Homes opening is delayed until 10 a.m.
— Athens DentalWorks closed.
— Crestway Park Dental will open at noon.
— Dr Edwards and Dawn Dasnby FNP-C will be opening at 10 am today.

Obituary: David L. Williams

David L. Williams of Montalba, went to be with his heavenly father on January 13, 2018 in Palestine, Texas. He was born on May 23, 1942 in Palestine, Texas to Grady Hall Williams and Ruby Lou Rhoades Williams.

David grew up on his beloved family farm in the Springfield Community. He attended the Springfield United Methodist Church. He also attended Cayuga High School and graduated in 1959. Following graduation, he attended Henderson County Junior College. He worked for a short time at Curtis Mathis in Athens. Around the time that David began his family, he started working for Nipak in Trinidad. He was employed there for approximately 13 years. During this time, Mr. Williams made a home for his family in Murchison, Texas. He called Murchison home for over 30 years.

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Councilwoman floats idea for library at the Cain Center

By Michael V. Hannigan/HCN

The Athens City Council approved the budget and direction for the Cain Center rehabilitation project last Friday, but also set aside 30 days to explore a brand new idea for the center.

Athens council makes decision on Cain Center project

Councilwoman Toni Garrard Clay said, “This is going to be something out of the blue for a lot of people.”

She then went on to “float the idea … of the top floor of the Cain Center becoming a modern, vibrant library.”

Clay chairs the Henderson County Library Advisory Board and said the Public Library Fund (a fundraising arm for the library) has been exploring a new home for the Henderson County Clint W. Murchison Memorial Library.

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TxDOT crews ready should winter storm impact roads

Editor’s Note: You can find our winter storm updates blog here.

Press release

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) crews will report for duty this evening and are ready to work throughout the night in response to forecasted icy weather conditions that could impact area roadways. If inclement weather develops motorists are reminded to reduce speeds considerably below the posted speed limits and to avoid driving completely if conditions warrant.

TxDOT spokeswoman, Kathi White, said maintenance crews have completed pre-treatment of various elevated structures around the Tyler District and have prepared their dump trucks and equipment to respond as weather conditions change. Upon reporting for work, crews will begin monitoring roadways, increasing their activity as night falls and the chance for icy conditions move in.

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Obituary: John A. Rash

Funeral services for John A. “Dick” Rash have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Autry’s Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will follow at Leagueville Cemetery.

Mr. Rash passed away January 10, 2018 in Tyler.

He was born November 22, 1932 in Brownsboro, Texas to the late Tom and Stella Mitchell Rash. Poppa was a lifelong resident of Brownsboro and the youngest of 7 children. He served our country in the United States Army. He retired from Kelly Springfield Tire Company and Brownsboro ISD Bus Dept. He had a side job of maintaining several local cemeteries which he really enjoyed. A passion of his was growing large gardens and he was known by man as “The Watermelon Man.” His selfless big hearted character will be missed by many.

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