The April Child Abuse Awareness Poster Contest was open to all fourth graders in Henderson County. More than 350 posters were turned in with 11 school districts participating. The poster contest is sponsored by the Henderson County Child Advocacy Center, Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, Henderson County Attorney and District Attorney’s Offices.The four schools that are pictured are Southside Elementary, Lakeview Elementary, Cross Roads Elementary and Murchison. Each participant received a goody bag filled with candy and a gift card to McDonalds. The 1st thru 3rd place winners received Walmart gift cards in their goody bags.
Athens Christian Preparatory Academy recently completed its annual paintball fundraiser.
ACPA faculty member Brian West, who organized the event, said, “We are very grateful to the businesses who helped us sponsor the event this year. Scuba Steve’s of Tyler donated all the compressed air tanks and inspections this year, and Wes Chaney of Athens helped with gear. Beverly Duke, Marsi and Morgan Jones, Kim Hardin, and Melissa Bush donated paint for the players.”
Teams played four rounds each. Players were either sponsored by individuals, or collected pledges that paid every time their player sent another player to the elimination tent. Parents organized concessions of grilled hamburgers and hotdogs.
The event earned approximately $4,500 for the school. Proceeds will be used to help the school move to its new property this summer.
Mayor Jerry Don Vaught signs the proclamation declaring Tourism Week May 4-12. The travel industry is one of Texas’ largest industries with visitor spending generating $63.2 billion and directly supporting 545,000 jobs with earnings of $17.6 billion. Henderson County generated $110.1 million in visitor spending and supported 480 jobs with earnings of $17.6 million. National Tourism Week is annually recognized the first full week in May, a tradition first celebrated in 1984. Pictured from left to right are Tracie Lyda, America’s Best Value Inn; Sherri Skeeters, Tourism Coordinator; Mayor Jerry Don Vaught; Pam Burton, City Administrator. (COURTESY PHOTO)
The Pinnacle Women’s Club recently made a $1,000 donation to the Christian Life Center Food Pantry. The pantry’s mission is to help families in the community with food and hygiene items. They also share employment opportunities with the unemployed as well as resource information from other agencies. The PWC is proud to provide support for this worthy effort. Pictured are Juanita Franklin (left) Director of Christian Life Center Food Pantry and Daryl Daniels, PWC President. (COURTESY PHOTO)