The Athens Police Department (APD) faithfully serves the citizens of Athens on a daily basis. Thanks to a recent agreement with the Athens Independent School District (AISD), APD will soon take over law enforcement responsibility on all AISD campuses. For years, Athens ISD has maintained and operated their own police department. In an effort to focus more on educating the students, the District recently presented the City of Athens with a proposal seeking to transfer campus safety and security responsibilities to the Police Department as part of a School Resource Officer (SRO) program.
“Athens ISD approached the City with the idea of the Athens Police Department providing law enforcement services to the District through a SRO program,” said Athens Police Chief Buddy Hill. “The District said they wanted to get out of the law enforcement business so that they could focus on the education business.”
By Toni Garrard Clay/AISD Communications Coordinator
Each year a select group of people in the world of high school policy debate determines a topic to be used by teenagers across the land. Thanks to this process, students in all 50 states tackle a single, carefully worded topic, culminating in a national tournament. This year, there’ a 50-50 chance that essential topic will come from the mind of Athens High School educator Nicole Cornish.
As one school administrator succinctly put it, “This is a big deal.”
Thirteen members of the Athens High School choir earned places in the Texas Music Educators Association Region 21 Honor Choir or All-Region Mixed Choir. Members of the Honor Choir are (top row, from left) Lindzey Roberts, Dakota Emanis, Melanie Clay, (middle row, from left) Sydney Harrod, Torryn Traxson, Rachel Benson, Jackson Killgore and Edgar Pinedo. Members of the All-Region Mixed Choir are (bottom row, from left) Jacob Moore, Bethany Oglesby, Katelyn Hanson and J Brenden Wallace. Not pictured is Honor Choir member Mackenzie Knotts. “I am thrilled at this accomplishment,” said Choir Director Bridget Scott. (Toni Garrard Clay/AISD)
The City of Athens Management Team donated 10 turkeys to the Athens Soup Kitchen on Nov. 14. Pictured are from left: Community Services Coordinator: Adrianna Hinds, City Secretary: Bonnie Hambrick, and members of the Athens Soup Kitchen’s management and volunteer team. The Soup Kitchen will serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday, Nov. 21. Please contact the Athens Soup Kitchen at 903-681-2754 for more information. (Courtesy photo)