Daily Brief: Tuesday, Jan. 8

It is Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 … the first day of the 83rd Texas Legislative Session.

Not a whole lot expected to happen today other than lawmakers taking the oath of office and some paperwork.

Later today, we will have a story about a bill filed by State Rep. Jim Pitts regarding the use of cellphones while driving around schools.

Today also marks the first meeting of Henderson County Commissioners’ Court.

I went by there this morning but, as one official said, the agenda was “long and laborious” so I didn’t stay. I did get an interview with the County Judge and couple of the commissioners regarding their take on the upcoming Legislative Session. That story will be posted later today or early tomorrow.

Now that we’ve got THAT out of the way, we can move on to the important news. Local high school sports returns in full swing tonight.

It is also registration day at Trinity Valley Community College. This is from the TVCC Facebook Page. 

It’s registration day at The Valley! Welcome new students and those of you coming back for another semester. It’s going to be great to see all of you on campus today. If you have any questions you need answered, please remember you can ask them here and we’ll do our best to help you out. Here’s a link to the schedule finder if you’re needing your registration time. Just type in Spring 2013 and it will bring up the info. Have a wonderful day Valley family!

Check it out here.

 

AISD faveOne of the important area Facebook pages is the one for Athens ISD. 

Here is my favorite photo posted over there this week.

Ending on a down note today. It has been announced that My Favorite Things in Malakoff will be closing. I cannot tell you how sad this makes me. Jessica Crye and her mother have been a wonderful addition to the Malakoff downtown and their absence will surely be felt.

We’ll miss you.

TVCC men drop Lee, 99-81

254814_10151313849267284_398758990_nBy Benny Rogers, TVCC Sports Information

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Talk about overcoming a slow start!

With 7:17 left in the first half Saturday at Cardinal Gym, the Cardinals found themselves in a 40-19 deficit to the Lee College Rebels, who had hit nine three-pointers. By halftime, they were back in the game, trailing by just six, 47-41.

In the second half, the Cardinals hit stride and blew away the Rebels for a 99-81 win.

Freshman Jarion Henry, in his first game of the season, led the assault with 32 points. Karon Phillips and Josh Gentry tossed in 13 and 10, respectively.

The win improved first-year coach Kris Baumann’s Cardinals to 12-4 on the season and 3-2 in the the conference. Lee dropped to 10-6 and 2-3.

The Cardinals are scheduled to return to action Wednesday at Brenhman against Blinn College. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

The Cardinals will be at home again Saturday against Coastal Bend Community College. Game time is 4 p.m.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The fifth-ranked Lady Cardinals are scheduled to return to action Wednesday at Brenham against 14th-ranked and unbeaten Blinn College (15-0). Game time is 5:30 p.m.

Coach Elena Lovato’s squad will carry a 14-1 record into the game. The Lady Cardinals, who have won 11 straight conference championships, are 1-0 in league play. Blinn is 2-0.

The Lady Cardinals observed an open date Saturday. Blinn scored an impressive 84-71 road win against Tyler.

The next home game for the Lady Cardinals is Wednesday, Jan. 16 against Kilgore.

Daily Brief: Monday, Jan. 7

State Sen. Robert Nichols speaks with a staff member in this file photo. (Courtesy Photo)
State Sen. Robert Nichols speaks with a staff member in this file photo. (Courtesy Photo)

Welcome back to school for administrators, teachers and students. Hope you all had a great holiday.

The rest of us need to be very careful this week as kids and buses return to the roads for the first time in nearly a month.

The 83rd Texas Legislature will convene tomorrow and will play a big role in the news over the next few months.

In Henderson County, we have three lawmakers representing us in Austin. State Sen. Robert Nichols,

State Rep. Lance Gooden, and State Rep. Jim Pitts.

While Gooden represents most of the county, Pitts portions around Cedar Creek Lake during redistricting.

Gas prices are still rising:

Average retail gasoline prices in Texas have risen 5.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.16/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 13,114 gas outlets in Texas. This compares with the national average that has not moved in the last week to $3.26/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. Including the change in gas prices in Texas during the past week, prices yesterday were 4.2 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 6.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has decreased 9.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 6.8 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

The Malakoff Athletic Booster Club will be holding a meeting 6 p.m. tonight in the coaches office to discuss the upcoming powerlifting meet.

In just a few years, Malakoff has made this meet one of the best in East Texas. If you are in Malakoff, think about helping out. If you are not in Malakoff, think about attending.

For those who heard my anguished cries Friday on our Facebook Page, you know that our website was deleted in an industrial accident. I believe there were explosions and fire and mayhem involved. (Actually, we managed to copy over the database files, thereby erasing the site.)

We are back up and running and will continue to tweak the site of the next few months to try and bring you the best completely free news site in the county.

One of the modules lost was the one that emailed the Daily Brief to those who registered. I have not rebuilt that module yet, but will be working on it this week. I apologize for the inconvenience.

Have a great day and remember, ALWAYS backup your files.

Kendall Sanders: Humility, Honesty, Hunger

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Kendall Sanders concentrates on the ball during practice in Austin.

You are a freshman at the University of Texas, and you just played a part in the Longhorns’ thrilling 31-27 come-from-behind win over Oregon State in the Valero Alamo Bowl. What do you do now?

If you’re Kendall Sanders, you come home to Athens.

The 6-foot, 183-pound former Hornet visited with Henderson County Now this week to talk about what it’s like to play football in Austin — and to no one’s surprise, it’s amazing.

“Just being there, the atmosphere will open your eyes,” he said. “Practice is like Friday nights here.”

“I (stand in awe) a lot,” Sanders said. “When I first got there, I’d do that in practice. Then I got used to it, and we started bowl practices and it hit me again. It’s my first bowl game and I’m at Texas.”

He also learned quickly that he was playing on a different level, talent wise.

“At the All-American game, that’s when I got perspective (on talent),” he said. “Because all those people were All-Americans, all those people were great. I thought, that’s where I’m going to, Texas, where everyone is great, so I just kind of prepared myself there so I wouldn’t be (overwhelmed) when I got to Texas.”

He might have known he was on a different level, but grabbing two interceptions in that U.S. Army All-American Bowl last year also proved he belonged on that level.

He proved it again when he got to Austin and earned a spot on special teams as a true freshman. He also earned time at wide receiver. His first catch came against Wyoming in the season opener and yes, he heard the crowd.

“When I caught that ball, I felt like I had never played football before in my life,” he said with a laugh. “When I caught the ball, I didn’t know what to do. I heard the crowd (roar) and I stopped, and then I went on with the play.”

Like any season, Sanders’ freshman year had ups and downs. Even though he was playing, it was much less than in the past.

“But at the same time, it was a learning experience because I never played just that position,” he said, “so i was learning from the guys in front of me.”

Sanders said that positive spirit comes from God and his family.

My family instilled the three “H’s” in my life: Be Humble, Honest and Hungry,” he said. “So I just try and live by that.”

That ethic also helped Sanders nail down a solid “B” average in the classroom.

And believes he’s at Texas for a reason.

“I believe God led me to Texas. He sets my whole life, and so I’m just following his footsteps,” he said.

Looking forward, the path seems ready for Sanders to take on a bigger role in the offense for the Longhorns next season.

The 18-year-old isn’t surprised, but still manages to be both humble and confident about the future.

“Like I said, God is setting up my road,” he says.