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If you are looking for a tall shrub which blooms in summer, consider the Rose of Sharon, aka Althea (Hibiscus syriacus). This shrub grows to 12 feet tall and spreads to 10 feet wide. It has an erect, vase-like shape because the branches grow upright. In summer, blooms cover the tree with large-petaled flowers that attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees.

When the first Henderson County community library was established in Athens about 100 years ago it actually followed a national trend. After all, about the same time other East Texas towns were doing the same. In Athens the library was first organized and maintained by community service groups like a women’s club, and it was located at first in the courthouse before it moved to other locations. However, other communities might need some extra help to get started.

The East Texas Arboretum Glow Run was a huge success with around 40 participants. Money raised goes towards the general fund that helps provide maintenance and beautification of the grounds and assists with operating costs.

Ricardo Abundiz, 43, pled guilty to the charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child June 10 and received a sentence of 30 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He is required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life should he ever be released from prison. Additionally, he is subject to a lifetime protective order protecting the victim in this case.

Some folks only hunt during the cold weather months and I totally understand the reasons.

ATHENS - Water level is about six inches high and stained. Water temp in the low 80s.

With the summer vacation season upon us, those planning a car trip will be paying a higher price to gas up weekly reports by GasBuddy and the American Automobile Association show.

The Juneteenth Celebration at O.D. Baggett Park Saturday was a success with around 150 people coming and going through the day. Regina Hall, director of community outreach, coordinated the event.

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Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Mabank hosted its seventh semi-annual Car, Truck, Motorcycle, Boat and Off-road Show Saturday with all donations going to Feed the Hungry Corporation 501c3.

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The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the governing body that oversees the electric grid in Texas, is asking all Texans to reduce electric use as much as possible through Friday, June 18. Per ERCOT, a significant number of forced generation outages combined with potential record electric use for the month of June has resulted in tight grid conditions.

Last week we made our first road trip in more than a year, a thousand-mile round trip to Santa Fe at the foot of the Sangre de Christo mountains. People were everywhere. The roads were packed, as were the usual stops at McDonalds and Love’s. Restaurants were busy with waits of an hour or more. The year of isolation appears to be over, and everyone wants to go somewhere.

Every year in early June, we observe the anniversary of the Normandy invasion of World War II commonly called D-day. By the way, the “D” simply stands for whatever day a military assault is planned. For example; D-3 meant three days before a D-Day, while D+7 meant seven days after a D-Day. On June 6th, 1944, America and its allies engaged in one of the most significant military operations of the 20th century. I have personally suffered loss from war and have a deep appreciation for the service and sacrifice that men and women give to protect our country. My mother’s youngest brother, Kenny Maye was killed in Korea and I have his dog tag, casket flag, and a rare picture of him. He was only 20 years old in 1950. Sadly, his existence is nearly unknown and I often wonder about the life he could have had. For everyone that has sacrificed for this great nation, thank you for your service.

We’re coming off a waterlogged May in parts of Texas and early June is forecast to be pretty soggy, as well. Likewise, rising water and above normal lake levels are hot topics across much of state these days.

Since 1971, a special group of law enforcement officers have been responsible for the safety, security and protection of the natural jewels in Texas and those who visit them. In 2021, Texas State Park Police celebrate a half-century of serving these special places and the 10 million state park annual visitors.

Following the continued economic recovery in Texas and the announcement of Texas opting out of certain Federal Pandemic Unemployment benefits, the Texas Workforce Commission is ending job refusal guidance associated with the COVID-19 emergency orders. The guidance for individuals at high risk from COVID-19 were put in place a year ago. The decline in COVID cases in Texas, widespread availability of vaccines, and greater availability of services such as child care renders such guidance out of date as Texas ends certain federal unemployment programs with the benefit week ending June 26, 2021 and Texas’ economy continues to recover.

Gov. Greg Abbott Tuesday signed Senate Bills 2 and 3 into law to reform the Electric Reliability Council of Texas and weatherize and improve the reliability of the state's power grid. Abbott made ERCOT reform and weatherization of the power system emergency items this past session.

The Henderson County Republican Party had special guest Chad Prather Monday night at its Executive Committee Meeting. Almost 200 people attended of all ages to hear the internet personality speak.

The Chandler City Council took up the matter, Tuesday, of a large charge stemming from the ice storm that gripped North Texas in February.

 This coming weekend is jam packed with family friendly activities.

If you like dogs, tacos and classic cars, Sunday in Athens is your day to have them all in one place. This winning combination will be at the first Athens Car and Dog Show from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 13 at Coleman Park. The event is sponsored by Big House Bullyz and Guevara Bully Ranch. The group hopes to make this an annual event.

Most of the time, millipedes stay outdoors, preferring to say hidden in the soil or under leaf litter. With all the rain we have been having, however, they have begun venturing inside, looking for drier conditions.

The Senate approved legislation late Sunday that would require weatherization of critical energy facilities and completely overhaul the management and oversight structure of the organization that oversees the state electric grid. In a session that looked to be dominated by other concerns, the February winter storm put the Electric Reliability Council of Texas at the top of the agenda.

It is time for the seventh annual Lake Athens Fly Fishing Festival and it looks like a weekend of fun for the whole family. There’ll be a 5 p.m. launch Friday, June 11 at the Lake Athens Marina, with an educational presentation with live music by Grant Broderick to follow.

It was no doubt a festive day in Athens in 1928 when the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus came to town!  And as was explained in the October 11, 1928 Athens Weekly Review front page article this appearance was to be the final one in their season. For their “advance representative” C.H. Rhodes, had met with the Cotton Palace officials “..for use of the fair grounds where the circus tents will be pitched for the final performance of the year.”

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Athens students, Ashley Armas, Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Semonna Battenfield, Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice, and Sidney Gomez Torres of Kemp, Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice, Summa Cum Laude, earned degrees during the 2021 Spring semester at Sam Houston State University.

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The Athens City Council unanimously named Toni Garrard Clay as mayor Tuesday morning, filling the vacancy left by the resignation of Monte Montgomery.

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June is National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. While a frightening disease for the afflicted and their caregivers alike, there are changes in lifestyle that may reduce one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia.

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Bill Burt and George Bremer discuss the NFL schedule and Tom Brady's return to New England; Elton Hayes and Kevin Brockway reflect on Coach K's retirement; and Clay Horning breaks down the worst defensive play in baseball in recent memory.