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Athens board schedules vote on 4-day instructional week

The Athens ISD Board of Trustees is expected to vote Friday afternoon on instituting a 4-day instructional week starting next year, Board President Rob Risko confirmed.

By Michael V. Hannigan/HCN

The Athens ISD Board of Trustees is expected to vote Friday afternoon on instituting a 4-day instructional week starting next year, Board President Rob Risko confirmed.

The special meeting is scheduled for noon Friday, Dec. 14 at the District Support Center Board Room, 104 Hawn Street.

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How do invasive species affect you?

Come learn the consequences of having these species in our environment, and what you can do to help prevent their spread.

By Lydia Holley/Special to HCN

Master Gardener Peter Cole will present “How Invasive Species Affect You” on Tuesday, December 18, 5:30 p.m. at the Clint W. Murchison Memorial Library, 121 S. Prairieville, Athens, TX.  A part of the Henderson County Master Gardener Association’s ‘Learn at the Library’ series, this presentation is free to the public.

Invasive species in Texas include plants, animals and insects.  Cole will identify what makes a species invasive and the impact they have on our lives. Kudzu, emerald ask borer, feral hogs, fire ants and bed bugs are all invasive species.  Billboards advise you to “clean, drain and dry” your boat.  Do you know why?

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Letter to the Editor: Councilwoman writes about Cain Center issue

Last night, Dec. 10, the city council once again took up the topic of the Cain Center. Naturally, there is a lot of frustration and emotion being shared today, as well as confusion over what was decided, who voted how, and why. I’d like to bring some clarity to this complex topic.

1) I want the Cain Center up and running again. I wasn’t on the council when the city started this journey, but I am now, and my vote has consistently reflected a desire to see the doors open again, sooner rather than later.

2) There is no one on the council who wouldn’t like to see the Cain Center operating again — as long as it does not come at too great a cost to the residents of Athens who bear the tax burden. There is no one on the council who hasn’t sat through hours and hours of meetings to discuss this issue with staff and with one other. Therefore, even when some of my fellow council members vote in a way that may be labeled “anti-Cain Center,” it’s important to know he is doing so because he truly believes it is in the best interest of the citizens, not because he doesn’t care or doesn’t listen. In fact, I can say with certainty that every member of the council is deeply invested in doing what is right in this matter. We simply do not all share the same opinion on how to best move forward. This happens in a representative democracy.

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Athens Farmer’s market to host evening Holiday Market at the Texan Saturday

The market will be open December 15 from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM at The Texan, both before and after the annual Christmas Parade.

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The Athens Farmer’s Market is hosting an evening Holiday Market at the Texan venue in Athens on Saturday, December 15, from 5-9 pm. The City of Athens Christmas Parade will start at 5:30 pm.  This Christmas shopping event has been overwhelmingly received by local artisans and small local businesses, with over 75 vendors expressing a desire to present their offerings. Many of your favorite market vendors will be there with their seasonal foods and products including locally sourced meats (Red Wattle Pork and Beef), jams & jellies, goat milk soaps, local honey, baked goods, jewelry, leatherwork, personalized gift baskets and so much more!

Door-prizes for shoppers will be awarded every 30 minutes throughout the evening. Alongside the 75+ vendors, there will be at least 5 food vendors, including Mow’s BBQ (a long time market favorite), Dough Balls Pizza, Fizzy Swig, Hot Diggity Dog, and Tilo’s locally famous street tacos! There will also be live music featuring 4 local musicians, Shane Rendon, Tyler Matthews, and — with Drake Grammer. We haven’t forgotten about the kids! There will be free cookie decorating every 30 minutes with Matthew of Lakeland House to sign up for (limited quantities). Bring your camera or phone and take your own pictures with Santa sponsored by Reigning Jewels and Athens Army Navy & Pawn.  Coupled with our wonderful community and lots of love for all things local, we will make this inaugural event one you don’t want to miss!

The Texan will be filled wall to wall with wonderful holiday inspired shopping with many more vendors outside to shop from as well. We would like to also thank Athens Screen Printing for providing shopping bags for our first 100+ customers; come early and get yours! Big thanks to Come and Take It for their sponsorship in shedding some light on our situation with their sponsorship of lighting for our event! Lastly, thank you to Paul Benson with Virtual Communications for his continued support, sponsorship, and for our beautiful holiday banners!

The market will be open December 15 from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM at The Texan, both before and after the annual Christmas Parade.  With over 75 vendors, this is not a shopping event you will want to miss!

PRICE AT 50: Teaching icon at TVCC celebrates half-century in classroom

Dr. Price will receive his plaque for 50 years of service teaching biology at the annual TVCC Christmas luncheon Thursday.

Dr. Vernon Price

Press release

Dr. Vernon Price.

It’s very possible the name might be one of the most recognizable to students at Henderson County Junior College/Trinity Valley Community College student over the past 50 years.

In addition to learning from the biology teacher in the classroom, many students would likely also say they were positively impacted by his book “What Every Student Should Know About Studying, but Didn’t Know To Ask!”

Dr. Price will receive his plaque for 50 years of service at the annual TVCC Christmas luncheon Thursday.

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