Athens Police Department looking for new officers

Press release

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.”

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City of Athens Management Team donates turkeys

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)

Nichols files for re-election

State Sen. Robert Nichols

Press release

State Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) has filed for re-election for Texas Senate District 3. The district covers 19 counties including the greater part of East Texas and Henderson County.

“Serving the people of Senate District 3 is a tremendous honor and I ask for their support so we can continue to work to make our state’s government more efficient and accountable,” said Nichols.

Since being elected in 2007, Nichols has built a strong conservative record and has authored and passed legislation to protect landowners’ rights, increase educational opportunities in East Texas, reform transportation policies, and promote free-market principles. Nichols has continued to stay faithful to the ‘Texas Taxpayer Protection Pledge’, which opposes any and all efforts to increase taxes.

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City of Athens upgrades warning system; test scheduled Nov. 1

Press release

Approved by the Athens City Council in April, work is now complete on system-wide improvements to the City’s Emergency Outdoor Warning System. Through the competitive bidding process, the City selected Federal Signal Corporation to update the City’s aged warning system with the objective of providing reliable and effective emergency notification to citizens.

The City’s previous system had four notification stations that were over two decades old. Due to their age, these systems consistently failed or were in need of costly repairs in order to function. Contracted at $173,634, Federal Signal Corporation’s proposal provided a savings to the City of $54,366 by preserving three existing poles and siren mounts, which are in compliance and were first installed in 2011. All other emergency notification stations received new sirens, hardware, poles, and mounts.

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City holds groundbreaking for O.D. Baggett Park renovation

By Michael V. Hannigan/HCN

O.D. Baggett Park in Athens is about to get a major upgrade.

City leaders — including members of the Athens City Council, Parks Advisory Board, and Just Us Guys (JUGS) group — held a groundbreaking ceremony at the park Thursday afternoon to kick off a $160,000 renovation project.

“This is a project that’s been needed a long time,” said Mayor Monte Montgomery. “It shows that this council and this board and these committees are progressive. We’re about quality of life in Athens.”

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