By Toni Garrard Clay/AISD Communications Coordinator
If you noticed busier restaurants, more traffic and a lot of out-of-town school buses last week, there was a reason for that. Athens High School Head Boys Basketball Coach Cliff Thompson successfully spearheaded a three-day invitational basketball tournament that brought hundreds of people to town from Nov. 29-Dec. 1.
Twenty-eight varsity girls and boys teams competed in 63 games over the three-day period, which brought not only players, coaches and officials to town, but parents as well. Local McDonald’s owner and Athens Economic Development Corporation Board President Jeaneane Lilly reported the number of customers at their store increased an average of 21 percent over the three days of the tournament as compared to the previous year. That increase is particularly notable given the addition of two nearby competing restaurants that did not exist in 2017.
TYLER — The Malakoff offense shook off a lackluster start to turn a 7-7 halftime score into a 35-7 win over Gladewater in the Region II Semifinal Saturday afternoon.
Malakoff got a spark from running back Dedric Davis in the third quarter and big plays from Andreas Garrett to turn things around offensively, while the defense was able to stand toe-to-toe with the Bears and shut them down.
The win puts the Tigers into the Regional final for just the second time in school history. Malakoff will be taking on Atlanta 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Pine Tree ISD.
Athens Maintenance this week plans to conduct pothole repairs on roadways around the county. The week of November 26, the Special Jobs Crew will assist mill and inlay operations on US 175W between the Kaufman County line and SH 334. Work will also be conducted on SH 31W between Malakoff and Trinidad. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.
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
The contractor is scheduled to conduct hot mix operations as weather conditions allow. Ongoing work includes backfilling behind the guard fence mow strips. 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.
SH 19 Widening Project III
Limits: FM 1615 south to 0.3 miles south of Coon Creek
Contractor: A.L. Helmcamp
Cost: $4.9 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Spring 2019
The contractor is preparing to conduct hot mix operations as weather conditions allow. Expect daily lane closures and take alternate routes to avoid delays. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 mph for the duration of the project which consists of adding 10-foot shoulders on both the northbound and southbound travel lanes.
US 175 Widening Project (Phase I)
Limits: From 0.1 mile SE of FM 804 near Baxter SE to 1.1 miles E of Loop 60E at Larue
Contractor: A.L. Helmcamp, Inc. and Big Creek Construction
Cost: $39.2 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2018
Miscellaneous work and final cleanup activities continue. Observe advance warning signs and expect lane closures. The speed limit is 55 mph on this project to expand US 175 from two lanes to a four-lane divided highway with a depressed median.
US 175 Widening Project (Phase III) in Anderson County
Limits: From 0.85 mile E of FM 315 in Poynor SE to .5 mile NW of SH 155 at Frankston
Contractor: A.L. Helmcamp, Inc.
Cost: $27.6 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2019
The westbound lanes are undivided and carrying all traffic as work is conducted in the eastbound lanes. Work is ongoing to install driveway pipe and box culverts in the two southernmost lanes from Elm St. to Cemetery Rd. Clear/grub, demolishing existing culverts, and excavation work also continues. SW3P items are continuously installed and repaired on this project that is expanding US 175 from two lanes to a four-lane divided highway with a depressed median.
This column was supposed to be about finding the lost dogs’ owner last week. I may have to wait till next week to tell you about that. You see, Barbara, their owner, turned out to be the mother-in-law of Shelly, who is the daughter of Tommy, the only nephew I have in the world, and Tommy has been married to Shelly’s mother Bernice for so long we forget she was not born into the family. It will be fifty years the first of December. I know that because their kids are throwing them a big anniversary celebration.