Things I Learned: Christmas decorations, a new school board member, and ‘Human Zoos’

By Michael V. Hannigan/HCN

I finished putting up my Christmas decorations last weekend and posted on Facebook asking if I was the last procrastinator.

I wasn’t by a long shot!

So if you still have your Christmas tree up while you read this don’t despair, you aren’t the only one.

Here’s what I learned this week.

— AISD gets a new school board member

The Athens ISD Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of board member Renda Garner on Monday night and immediately replaced her with Kari Wilmeth.

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K-9 tracks down burglar in Athens

Press release

Henderson County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Max and his Deputy Meagan Hogan tracked down a burglar after she fled from a home she was burglarizing near Lake Athens, Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said Saturday.

“This is exactly what I expect from our two, new K-9 Deputies,” Hillhouse said. “They and their well-trained handlers have proven their worth dozens of times during their short time on the force.”

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What We Learned: Crime stories and skating rinks

By Michael V. Hannigan/HCN

The holidays are officially over now with the kids returning to school. Welcome back to the real world!

This is Week 2 of 2019 and Christmas is just 351 days away, so while we wait here are 5 Things We learned last week.

1. Readers really like stories about crime.

I went back and reviewed the top posts on our Henderson County Now website for 2018 and found out the top posts were dominated by crime stories and obituaries. Of the year’s Top 50 posts, 24 had to do with crime and 19 were obituaries.

The top ranking story that wasn’t in one of those categories was the post about Athens ISD considering a four-day instructional week. That post came in 24th.

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Malakoff falls short in title bid

Coach Jamie Driskell talks to the team after Thursday night’s loss.

By Michael V. Hannigan/HCN

ARLINGTON — The most successful football season in Malakoff school history ended Thursday night.

It just didn’t end the way everyone hoped.

The Tigers came up short in their bid for a state championship, falling to Grandview, 35-21.

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Crime Stoppers offers $10,000 for information about murders

Press release

Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said Henderson County Crime Stoppers organization is offering up to $10,000 to anyone with information leading to the arrest or conviction in the case of a double murder last week south of Chandler.

“Crime Stoppers has proven to be useful tool in these types of investigations, and I am hopeful that anyone with relevant information will step up and help put a murderer behind bars,” Hillhouse said.

Beverly McBride, 17, was found Dec. 10 inside a residence in the 20000 block of Woodridge West. She was found deceased with a gunshot wound.

Her father, Gabriel McBride, 47, was found in the residence with a gunshot wound and was in and out of consciousness and airlifted to UT Tyler hospital where he later died.

“While we are conducting our investigation, anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-545-TIPS or our Office at 903-675-5128,” the Sheriff said.

Hillhouse said his Office is being assisted in the case by the Henderson County District Attorney’s Office and the Texas Rangers.