TVCC releases fall honors lists

For Immediate Release

Trinity Valley Community College announces the honors list recipients for the Fall 2017 semester. Recipients are listed alphabetically by hometown:


ALBA: Jason Angler.

ATHENS: Karina Barrientos, Melissa J. Boister, Blake E. Box, Jennifer Campa, Sheigh L. Cassidy, Christopher C. Collins, Kaitlin E. Costlow, Stephen C. Flood, Diana P. Giordani, Cortney A. Grimes, Emelia M. Guerra, Natalie M. Harrell, Esperanza Hernandez, Hayleigh M. Hillhouse, Myriah M. Hull, Daimu Iwata, Yuvia K. Leon, Gabrielle R. Loredo, Kathryn A. Martinez, Jessica D. McCuin, Raymond A. McDaniel, Stephanie Miranda, Valerie J. Morales, Tran Nguyen, Katelynn M. Owen, Steven R. Pembleton, Sarah A. Pineda, Chandler F. Rowan, Andrea Salazar, Claudia Santana, Mayuko Shinohara, Brianna N. Shultz, Miguel S. Tabuso, Bobby L. Tucker, David P. Viator, Taylor S. Williams, Shelby K. Woolly.

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Cardinal cheerleaders to take part in partner stunt competition

Benny Rogers/TVCC Sports Information

Florida has been very good to the Cardinal cheer program through the years. Several members of the spring semester squad hope the trend continues over the upcoming days.

Three duos off the squad are scheduled to compete Friday in the Partner Stunt competition at the 2018 College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship in Orlando, Fla., at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Three members will also be trying out to make the Team USA roster.

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City of Athens collection station to close

Press release

At their Monday, January 8, 2018, meeting, the Athens City Council voted to close the city’s collection station. This decision was made in concern of the cost to maintain and operate the facility, the regulatory liability that comes with maintaining the facility, and the recognition that there are other facilities within the county that can provide the same service to residents.

City staff is currently evaluating the steps it will take to close the facility.

“We want to ensure that the closing of the facility is done in a manner that ensures Athens residents are well aware of the change,” said Managing Director of Public Services Ryan Adams. “Our priority will be to ensure all residents are aware of their options for properly disposing of their garbage, brush and bulky items.”

Until a closing date is set and communicated, the facility will remain open according to its regular schedule. Residents with any questions are encouraged to call City Hall at 903-675-5131 or email

National debate topic originated with AHS educator

Nicole Cornish

Toni Garrard Clay/AISD Communication Coordinator

This past November, Athens ISD announced that Nicole Cornish, the district’s dean of early college high school, was on the cusp of making a major mark on the national debate stage. Cornish put forth a monumental effort submitting for consideration a potential policy debate topic for high school students across the United States.

Athens High School is thrilled to report the National Federation of State High School Associations announced Wednesday that Cornish’s proposal — immigration — has been selected as the 2018-2019 policy debate topic throughout the United States.

“I am very honored,” said Cornish. “It has been a dream for my career to author a debate topic, and I am ecstatic that I reached it. I’m also very grateful to work for a district that is always supportive and made it possible for me to attend the national topic selection meeting.”

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Obituary: Tina Butler Shipes

A Celebration of the Life of Tina Butler Shipes of Athens will be held from 3-5 p.m., Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home of Athens.

Tina Denise Butler Shipes was born September 29, 1969 in Tucson, Arizona the daughter of David Stanley Butler and Imogene Long Butler. Her father was in the Air Force and she grew up in many communities all over the country before the family settled in Athens. She became a flight attendant shortly after finishing school. She then started her own family and became a registered nurse, so she could be closer to her children and home. She enjoyed watching the New England Patriots and Tom Brady, going to the beach, listening to Jimmy Buffett music and loved traveling with her husband. Tina was loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed.

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