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Obituary: Pamela Tolbert Kidd

Funeral services for Pamela Tolbert Kidd 54, who was a resident of Traskwood, Arkansas, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 13, at Autry’s Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home Chapel with Bobby Newsome officiating. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be held Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Autry’s Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.

Mrs. Kidd passed away December 6, 2017 in Arkansas.

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Around the Town: Working again with old friends

Debra Bacon, left, and Pat Hustead.

By Loretta Humble/Around the Town

I had the best time today! I went to Pat Hustead’s house to get together with her and Debra Bacon brainstorming about how to get that Cedar Lake Nursing Home website done. I have been struggling with the words, and trying to collect some pictures, and Pat has been there to keep me at it.

I am more of a dreamer and schemer, and Pat is a git r done person. More than once I have started something that was a great idea and then get all balled up in it, and Pat has come in and helped me get untangled. That’s what happened at The Malakoff News when I owned it. Pat came looking for a job, having never worked before. But she had had lots of experience selling things for school causes and that turned out to have been plenty experience to make her able to sell newspaper ads just fine. She did so well that a few years later Cable TV made her an offer she couldn’t refuse. Somewhere along the way, she came back to the newspaper long enough to straighten things out so we could sell it. She worked for the Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice for quite a while too. Nowadays she mainly does stuff with her grandkids. But she was still ready to get me unstuck from the website project that has been driving me crazy. Pat doesn’t know anything about websites, but as I told you, she can always get me unstuck. However, we were sort of wondering how to take the next step.

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Angels still remaining on FSB tree

Kim Hodges, left, and Pam Johnson with the First State Bank of Athens Angel Tree.

By Michael V. Hannigan/HCNow

There are still 43 angels left on the First State Bank of Athens Angel Tree and time is running out. The tree benefits the foster kids of Henderson County.

You can help by visiting the bank, selecting an angel and and returning new, unwrapped gifts by Monday, Dec. 11 (the number of gifts and amount spent is up to you).

The tree started with 256 angels, and while all the children are from Henderson County they are spread across the state and some are even in foster homes out of state. That’s because Henderson County has more foster needs than can be accommodated here.

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Republican Ashley McKee launches campaign for State Rep.

Ashley McKee

Press release

Republican attorney and small business owner Ashley McKee kicked off her campaign Thursday for a seat in the Texas House representing Kaufman and Henderson counties. A life-long resident of the district, McKee said she believes that in order for the state to solve the serious challenges it faces, we need to elect experienced advocates and problem solvers with strong records of achievement in the private sector.

“I am a professional problem solver,” said McKee. “That’s what I do for a living. I go to work every day in courtrooms across our district and East Texas advocating and fighting for the people I represent- most of them children. I know exactly how difficult a task it will be to go down to Austin and take on the state bureaucrats in order to advance our conservative agenda, but I have the skills, experience, and energy it takes to fight the bureaucracy on behalf of the citizens of our district.”

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Poteete named head football coach at TVCC

Press release

Trinity Valley Community College has announced the promotion of Sherard Poteete (photo) from offensive coordinator to head football coach.

Poteete, 39, will be introduced as the 17th Cardinal head football coach at 10 a.m. Monday in the lobby of the administration building on the Athens campus.

He replaces Brad Smiley, who resigned to accept the offensive coordinator position at Northwestern State University. Smiley leaves after 11 seasons as the all-time winningest head football coach in school history and as the longest-tenured along with the late Carl Andress.