Burn ban remains in place

Henderson County Commissioners decided to leave the current burn ban in place for at least another week Tuesday morning after hearing the county’s Keetch-Byrum Drought Index (KBDI) numbers are still high despite recent rains.

Fire Marshal Shane Renberg reported the county’s KBDI average is 595, still 20 points above the suggested level for a burn ban.

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May is Elder Abuse Prevention Month

Press release

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) works to protect the unprotected, and that includes the elderly members of our communities. Since May is Elder Abuse Prevention Month, it’s the perfect time to check on elderly relatives, friends, and neighbors or attend an event in your community.

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Black History Committee receives TVEC grant

Pictured, from left, HCBHC member Marcus Hornbuckle, TVEC Public Relations Representative Kari Wilmeth, and Delanda S. Johnson. (Courtesy photo) receives $2,000 for the HCBHC scholarship fund.

By Delanda Johnson/HCBHC

On Thursday, April 5, the Trinity Valley Electric Co-op (TVEC) Charitable Foundation awarded a $2,000 grant to the Henderson County Black History Committee.

The TVEC Charitable Foundation is funded by donations from Operation Round-up. Operation Round-up is a voluntary program that allows TVEC members to round up their monthly electric bills to the next whole dollar amount. The portion that is rounded up goes to the TVEC Charitable Foundation and may be used to award grant requests to local charitable organizations.

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Child Abuse Prevention proclamation ceremony set for April 10

Pinwheels are planted on the square in Athens for child abuse victims in 2017. Area nonprofits and officials will come together again this year to plant pinwheels on the west lawn of the courthouse square, in Athens, in honor of local victims. (Photo from The Henderson County Help Center Facebook page)

Press release

East Texans are invited to speak out against child abuse and neglect by attending a Proclamation Ceremony Tuesday, April 10th, on the West side of Court House Lawn.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is time to recognize that 295,485 Texas children reported abused or neglected last year to Child Protective Services (CPS).

Area nonprofits and officials will come together the second week of April to plant pinwheels on the west lawn of the courthouse square, in Athens, in honor of local victims. The pinwheels will be displayed for one week.

“No child ever asks to be abused or neglected,” said Leslie Saunders, Executive Director of the Henderson County HELP Center. “It’s up to everyone to look out for the children in our community.”

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County jail passes state inspection

Sheriff Botie Hillhouse

Press release

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards inspected and approved of the operation of the Henderson County Jail following its recent unannounced review late last week.

“These inspectors are tough,” Hillhouse said. “The professionalism of our staff, the way they conduct themselves year round and their consistency keeps this facility in compliance.

“I thank each of the supervisors, jailers and entire staff for their fine work that keeps this operation running smoothly,” he said.

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