Cain Center to open Tuesday

The Cain Center will reopen at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, after being closed the past two days for flooding.

The center was closed Sunday and Monday to clean up after water damage both upstairs and downstairs from heavy rains.

The news was announced on the Cain Center Facebook page Monday afternoon.

On a post on Henderson County Now’s Facebook page, Executive Director Tere Lawyer said, “Kudos to the great staff for working hard on getting things back in shape so quickly. Thanks for everyone’s patience and understanding as we dealt with this issue.”

Cain Center closed because of water damage

Executive Director Tere Lawyer said the Cain Center would be closed at least through Monday because of extensive water damage after Saturday’s torrential rain in Athens. We had to start doing a lot of Water Damage Restoration. The update came Saturday night in posts to the Cain Center Facebook page and Henderson County Now.

Lawyer said the damage was both upstairs and downstairs.

“We are extremely sorry for any inconvenience and will be up and running as soon as possible,” she said.

District attorney and sheriff hold free training

Legislative Update

District Attorney’s Office Press Release

Over the last week, Henderson County District Attorney Scott McKee and Assistant District Attorney Justin Weiner have been teaching a training course for Henderson County Peace Officers. Over three sessions a total of 271 Peace Officers hailing from 27 different agencies were in attendance. The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office sponsored McKee and Weiner’s course ensuring that the officers in attendance received credit.

“I am very proud to be a part of this training and to give back to peace officers that give and sacrifice so much to ensure that our community is safe. It was a wonderful experience and great to see so many officers from so many agencies come together,” Weiner said about the training.

In Texas, Certified Peace Officers are required to complete 40 hours of continuing education training every 24 months. The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education is responsible for maintaining and regulating said training and licensing in general. Some courses are mandated, but otherwise, officers are allowed to attend an array of courses covering a large span of topics. One of the required courses is a State and Federal Law Legislative Update Course. The course usually costs $50 or less and covers a large portion of the changes from each Texas Legislative session. “At the end of the day, this training saved taxpayers and agencies a bunch of money because it was free,” McKee added about the training. Continue reading “District attorney and sheriff hold free training”

Brookshire’s to donate more than $100,000 to local high schools

Brookshire’s press release

Regional grocery chain Brookshire Grocery Co. today announced it will donate more than $100,000 to high schools in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas by sponsoring the Brookshire’s Extra Point Instant Win Game sweepstakes Aug. 29 – Nov. 9 at schools in the company’s operating area.

Customers will have the opportunity to win one of 10,000 weekly prizes, with anyone 18 years of age or older living in one of the three states where the company operates being eligible to enter to win. To enter, simply text the word FOOTBALL to the short code 43101. The contest is open for 11 weeks and customers can only text to enter on Thursday or Friday nights of the competition from 4 p.m. CST to 10 p.m. CST.

The 10,000 weekly prizes include $500 Brookshire’s gift cards, free yourpoints and free Brookshire’s Brand items. In addition, Brookshire’s store directors will make check presentations to each participating schools at a home football game during the regular season.

“Community involvement and education are priorities at BGC, which is why we are giving back to our communities by investing in our local high schools,” said BGC President and CEO Rick Rayford. “We believe this money will go toward improving educational and athletic programs, and we are very proud to be a part of the special football game celebrations.”