Around the Town: How the toad frog saved Shelly

By Loretta Humble/Around the Town

Shelly Fugitt lives in the house next door to me on the farm. Shelly has a serious snake problem. When she was 10 years old a king snake, generally considered a friendly snake, flew off the side of a barn and bit her. She admits it was maybe because she was chunking rocks at him. When Shelly was eleven, a snake dropped out of a tree and bit her on the back. it apparently was non-poisonous, and didn’t do much damage other than scare her half to death. Then after she was grown, a copperhead bite on her ankle sent her to the emergency room and a two-day hospital stay where they pumped her full of anti-venom. The next time a copperhead bit her it was on the other ankle, but it didn’t hurt her that bad this time, apparently because she still had anti-venom in her system from the last bite. Since she has lived here on the farm she has seven more serious snake encounters, including finding one on a shelf in her bathroom and another one which dropped in front her from the awning of her front porch.

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Master Gardeners will present ‘Secrets to a Beautiful Winter Landscape’

Press release

Henderson County Master Gardener Association (HCMGA) will host Lydia Holley, Master Gardener and Landscape Design Steward, on Tuesday, October 16, 5:30 p.m., Clint W. Murchison Memorial Library, 121 S. Prairieville, Athens. Holley will present “Secrets to a Beautiful Winter Landscape”. This presentation is a part of HCMGA’s “Learn at the Library” series and is free and open to the public.

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‘Do Well Be Well With Diabetes’ classes scheduled

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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Henderson County and UT Health East Texas-Athens have partnered to offer a comprehensive diabetes education series called, “Do Well Be Well with Diabetes.” The five-session series will provide participants with the latest information on managing blood glucose.

Do Well Be Well with Diabetes was designed to help patients who have recently been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, have had diabetes for many years, or for the spouses and caregivers of loved ones with diabetes. Nine lessons are taught over a period of five classes and teach individuals about diabetes and how to manage the disease. Each lesson will be presented by local health care professionals with expertise in the subject area. In addition to learning diabetes self-care and management techniques, classes will include delicious diabetes friendly recipe demonstrations and tastings.

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Winners of Black History Committee tournament

The winners of the Henderson County Black History Committee Spade Tournament were Ms. Betty Sanders (left) and Ms. Bertha Davis from Dallas, shown here with their winning trophies and gift cards at the H. C. B. H. C. 1st Annual Amateur Spades Tournament held at the Malakoff Community Center. Second place winners were Mrs. Sharon Hunter and Mrs. Jasmine Pierce from Cedar Hill. (Picture not shown)

Road Buzz: TxDOT Update for Week of Oct. 8

TxDOT (Athens) Maintenance plans to conduct base repairs on SH 31E in Brownsboro. A second crew will perform edge work on Loop 7. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control at both locations.

Henderson County construction projects updates:

SH 31 Overlay Project

  • Limits: From FM 3204 east to 0.5 miles west of FM 315 in Chandler
  • Contractor: Big Creek Construction
  • Cost: $2.7 million
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2018

Ongoing work includes backfilling the pavement edges, working on guard fence, and preparing for surface hot mix. Expect daily lane closures. Watch for construction traffic exiting and merging throughout the project limits. The project consists of base repairs, mill and inlay, seal coat, surface hot mix, guardrail upgrades, and the installation of signs and pavement markings.

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