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Local police officer works to improve lighting at Cain Park

Dustin Cook repairing one of the lights surrounding the Cain Park Phase 2 parking lot. (Courtesy photo)

By Adrianna Hinds/City of Athens Community Services Coordinator

The lighting at Cain Park, Phases 1 and 2, has recently received some much-needed improvements thanks to Athens Police Officer Dustin Cook. Cain Park is the home field for the Henderson County Girls Softball Association (HCGSA), Trinity Valley Community College softball team, adult softball leagues, and other sports groups for many years. It is a well-loved park and also includes walking trails and picnic areas, which citizens enjoy on a daily basis.

As a local and invested citizen, Dustin Cook knows the importance of seeing our City parks improved and maintained for the current and future generation’s enjoyment. For that reason, Dustin took it upon himself to partner with the City of Athens to see the lighting at Cain Park renovated.

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Danna Lynn Busby sentenced to 30 years for murder

Press release

Danna Lynn Busby, 55, Ben Wheeler, was sentenced to 30 years confinement in the Texas Department of Corrections – Institutional Division, for the murder of Wendell Harris, 54, of Brownsboro.

A jury found Busby guilty on July 21, 2017 after a week of testimony and arguments by counsel. She opted to have 173rd District Court Judge Dan Moore assess her punishment upon completion of a Pre-Sentence Investigation report.

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Obituary: Jonnie Schmidt

Memorial services for Jonnie Schmidt, 72, of Athens will be held 3 p.m., Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home of Athens with Bro. Kelly Carnes officiating.

Mr. Schmidt passed away October 10, 2017 in Athens, Texas.

Johnnie Christopher Schmidt was born September 19, 1945 in Dallas, Texas the son of John Edger Schmidt and Barbara Kokar Schmidt. He joined the United States Army early and spent over 20 years fighting for our Country; doing two tours in Vietnam. Johnnie came back and began his career with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice before retiring after many years of service. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Bobbie Stone Schmidt.

He is survived by his children, Johnnie Schmidt and wife Robin of Rockford, Alabama, Robert Schmidt and wife Kim of Sylacauga, Alabama, Tiffany Buttram and husband Buddy of Piedmont, Alabama, Lee Schmidt Hoffman of Connecticut; two sisters Maureen Hutchison and husband Frank of Canton, Gloria Moore of Lake Jackson; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home family of Athens.

You may light a candle or write condolences to the family at: www.hannigansmith.com.

Obituary: James Wesley Dozier

James Wesley Dozier, 77, of Athens, passed away to his heavenly home on October 10, 2017. He was born on January 25, 1940 to Joseph Wesley Dozier and Vecretta Juanita Ward.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Billy Edward Dozier.

James graduated from Athens High School in 1958. He served his country in the US Navy from 1958 to 1960. He was a deacon and faithful member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of the Black Jack Community. James owned and operated Piggy’s BBQ in Murchison from 1991-2009.

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Obituary: Ruby Jack Morris

Graveside services for Ruby Jack Morris 87, Athens have been scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday October 13, 2017 at Oaklawn Memorial Park, Athens with Dr. Joe Warren officiating. Services are under the direction of Autry’s Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.

Ruby passed away on October 8, 2017 in Athens.

She was born September 7, 1930 to the late Jack and Beatrice Ramsey. Ruby attended school in Athens. Ruby worked for a jewelry company and lived in California for several years. After returning to Texas, she worked many years at Mr. Fine Clothing Company. Ruby was a member of First Baptist Church of Athens and well known as a keen business woman, who started her own business, The Apron Shop. As a sole proprietor, she worked endless hours and enjoyed every minute of it. She had an adventurous nature and was an avid traveler, taking her daughter and granddaughter with her on many of her trips. She will be remembered as headstrong, loving, and a fierce protector of her friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years Sherman Morris.

Survivors include her daughter, Priscillia Morris of Athens, granddaughter; Akram Smith and husband Tom of Arlington, great-grandchildren; Kate, Jack and Lily.

Visitation for family and friends will be held Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.