Sheriff’s Beat #2 — Big burglary bust and where are the drugs

Sheriff Botie Hillhouse

Henderson County Now’s Michael V. Hannigan sat down with Sheriff Botie Hillhouse Wednesday, Jan. 16, to discuss what’s happened at the Sheriff’s Office in the past week, including:

Arrest stats – 1:00
Big Burglary Bust – 2:02
Where are most of the drugs – 6:01
Response to new fugitive’s list – 7:50
About patrolling big events – 9:15
Highlighting standout officers – 12:35
Training to volunteer in the jail – 14:38

Send your tips to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office at 903-675-5128 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-545-TIPS.

Congressman Lance Gooden Appointed to House Financial Services Committee

Congressman Lance Gooden

“I am honored to receive this appointment from party leaders and I am eager for the opportunity to work with my Republican colleagues on the committee.” — Congressman Gooden

Press release

This week Republican leaders appointed Congressman Lance Gooden to the House Financial Services Committee. The committee has jurisdiction over the housing and financial services sectors of the economy, including banking, insurance, real estate, public and assisted housing, and securities.

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Two AHS students qualify for all-state band

Athens High School seniors Yuvia Leon (left) and Allison Martinez have earned places on the all-state band. It is Leon’s fourth year as an all-stater and Martinez’s second. (Courtesy photo)

By Toni Garrard Clay/AISD Communications Coordinator

Two Athens High School band members have earned places on the all-state band — one for the fourth time.

Nine students competed Jan. 12 at the Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) area competition in Tyler. Of those, seniors Yuvia Leon and Allison Martinez, earned places on the all-state band, both on flute. Leon has now qualified for state four years running, and Martinez twice.

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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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Henderson County to celebrate two MLK events

“Tie your vision to the human desire for a better tomorrow.” — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Delanda S. Johnson/Special to HCN

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) dreamed of equal rights for all Americans and committed to making that dream come true. His dedication and talents made him the leader of the Civil Rights Movement. His famous “I Have A Dream” speech at the March On Washington moved the nation that August day in 1963. His extraordinary words and deeds made an impact we can still feel today–50 years after his passing. Dr. King was one of many brave trailblazers who fought for the advancement of African Americans.

On Saturday, January 19, at Johnson Chapel A. M. E. Church in Malakoff the community will come together to celebrate Rev. Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr. Gospel Explosion. The time for this event is 6:30 p.m. and will consist of area choirs, soloists, male chorus, etc., coming together to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King.

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