Athens Economic Development Corporation has announced its call for Community Development Grant applications.
The Community Development Grant program is designed to provide grants for eligible projects which promote sports, cultural, entertainment and community projects that attract tourism and contribute to quality of life, business development and growth of Athens sales tax revenue. All projects must be located in the city of Athens, in addition to creating an economic impact on the city.
Gun Barrel City resident, local veteran and aviator, Republican Earl Brunner, announced his candidacy in the race to represent District 4 in the Texas House of Representatives. He will be seeking the nomination in the 2018 Republican primary elections on March 6 this upcoming year.
“I will work every single day for this community,” Brunner said. “This is about the future of Texas and our communities.”
The Athens City Council split on how to move forward on the Cain Center project during a workshop meeting Wednesday night.
The divide among the council members adds importance to the seating of Aaron “Bubba” Smith next month. Smith was unanimously appointed by the council to fill the unexpired term of Joe Whatley, who recently resigned. This will be Smith’s second stint as an interim council member.
The two Cain Center options gaining support Wednesday night were:
A construction plan that would cost the City a little less than $5 million. That plan became possible with the announcement Wednesday that the Cain Foundation has committed $2.5 million for the pool area. This option would also allow the City to spend about $5 million from the Certificates of Obligation on water issues and was backed by Mayor Monte Montgomery and Councilwoman Toni Garrard Clay.
Allow Athens residents to vote on whether to move forward on the Cain Center project with a bond election. With this option, all the Certificates of Obligation money currently set aside for the project would go to water system repairs. This option was backed by Council members Ed McCain and Robert Gross.
The biggest issue is one that council members appear to agree on, which is the belief that the decision-making process on the Cain Center was flawed from the start.
Henderson County Republican Chair Betty Holland announced two forum dates for the 2018 Republican Primary candidates. These are official forums hosted by the Republican Party in Henderson County.
“We have scheduled two forums that allow Henderson County voters the opportunity to hear from the candidates,” Holland said. “Our focus will be on providing unbiased questions from unbiased moderators, and I’m encouraging all candidates seeking office next spring to participate. We want everyone to walk away from these events feeling good about how the forums served our voters.”
The first forum will be held 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, at Living for the Brand Cowboy Church 902 NE Loop 7, Athens. The second forum will be held 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at Rockhill Baptist Church, Highway 31 East, Brownsboro.
The Texas Transportation Commission took a huge step last week in funding the rebuilding of the Highway 334 bridge between Seven Points and Gun Barrel City. Prior to this vote, which made this project a reality, it had only been expressed as an important goal, but no money had been committed to this project.