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TYLER — Not only are Carthage and Gilmer ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the state in Class 4A Division II, but the Bulldogs and Buckeyes also occupy the top two spots in the Class 6A/5A/4A portion of the #bEASTTexas Fabulous 15 heading into their showdown Friday night in Carthage.

Not the largest moth in Texas, but close, the Polyphemus moth (Antheraea polyphemus) made a brief appearance at my house this past weekend. It has a wingspan of up to six inches, with a fat body and thick legs. The one at my house was a female. It was easy to determine this because its antennae did not have the bushy plumes like the males have. The females emit pheromones so the males can find them. They do not have long to find each other. Polyphemus moths only live about four days.

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Kennedy Ard, Amelia Tinsley and Giselle Reyna, members of the Athens Middle School hospitality class, flip burgers Thursday for faculty and staff in recognition of National Cheeseburger Day.

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Henderson County had more people on the job in August than the previous month and a significant improvement in the unemployment rate Texas Workforce Commission reports said.

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Trinity Valley Community College Foundation Director Emily Heglund named the 2021 City of Athens/TVCC Partnership Scholarships at Monday’s City Council meeting.
For the fifth consecutive year, students from the city were awarded scholarships to Trinity Valley Community College. The scholarships awarded this were are worth $1,000 per semester for one academic year.

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The Gun Barrel City Texas Beautification Committee invites everyone to attend a ceremony honoring COVID-19 victims at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 at the GBC Municipal Park Monarch Butterfly Garden.

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 Prostate cancer is the most common cancer found in men in the United States, with one in seven men diagnosed in their lifetime and approximately 30,000 deaths annually.

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In the third in a series of gubernatorial candidates guest speaking at Henderson County Republican Party County Executive Committee meetings, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Allen West will appear in Athens Oct. 4.

The East Texas Arboretum Fall Plant Sale was a huge success. Many volunteers worked tirelessly getting hundreds of plants ready for purchasing.

The idea of not being spiritually prepared to trust Christ because of a lack of interest is like being told that you have been scheduled to box a champion fighter this coming Friday night, even though you have no boxing experience and are in terrible physical condition. It’s too late to start training and you will easily be knocked out with one punch. Another scenario would be that you have been given one week to compete in a body-building contest against other contenders that have been lifting weights for years. You have never lifted weights, are overweight. It will be obvious to everyone that you did not take this seriously. The same is true with knowing God and His Word and today is the day to start building faith so that we will be ready to stand strong when trials and tribulations come. I remember the song, “Wasted days and wasted nights” and this could not be a more clear explanation of our lives if we refuse to invest our time seeking God’s presence. Solomon told the Almighty that above all things he wanted more wisdom and understanding and the Lord was very pleased. How would you respond to God if He were to ask you what you would want more than anything in the world?

The Chandler City Council wrapped up its budget and tax rate by approving the documents at a meeting Tuesday.

Eustace Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Coy Holcombe recently announced his retirement in June 2022.

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The Lone Star Republican Club will host Under the Sea Casino Night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Athens Country Club. The cost is $65 per couple or $35 for singles, which includes some gambling chips and a “cruise ship” buffet.

The Malakoff City Council meeting featured a special presentation to the family of Ann Barker, who was the City Manager and City Secretary of Malakoff until her passing in May. Mayor Delois Pagitt (left) presented the plaque to Ann’s husband Maxie Barker, daughter Tori Barker and grandson Clayton Harmon. The plaque will hang in the lobby of Malakoff City Hall in her honor.

Despite above average August rainfall, parts of Henderson County are now extremely dry, prompting Commissioners Court to take up the topic of a burn ban on Tuesday.

Gov. Greg Abbott set Tuesday, Sept. 28 as the date for the special runoff election to fill the Texas State House of Representatives District 10 seat vacated by Jake Ellzey. Early voting will begin on Monday, Sept. 20.

It is time for the biggest fundraiser for the East Texas Arboretum, the Fall Plant Sale, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. The selection is huge and volunteers have been busy preparing fall color for your flower beds.

Today as in the past military personnel, whether in actual battle or not, are often stationed far from home and family. Naturally they want to stay in touch with the familiar so “Mail Call” can be a welcome time for those lucky enough to get a letter from home.

Athens’ sales tax allocation for August reverses the downward trend of the past two months with a double digit increase in the amount returned from the state to the city.

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The Henderson County Grand Jury returned indictments against 96 people for the September session. In addition, 28 cases are indicted under seal.

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The Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System continues to provide assistance to areas of southern Louisiana that were hit hardest by Hurricane Ida. Athens Fire/Rescue deployed initial TIFMAS resources Monday, Aug. 30. Over the past couple of weeks, Assistant Fire Chief Paul Crayton, Fire Driver Ricky Harris, and Firefighter Justin Miller have provided 911 coverage, worked and managed points of distribution, handing out water, ice, food, and cleaning supplies, and assisting with municipal cleanup. A second team comprised of Captain Aaron Munn and Firefighter Eugene Lattis (pictured) deployed Sept. 13 to relieve the first team. Their mission is to continue with the recovery process in Jean Lafitte, a town on Bayou Barataria to the south of New Orleans. In addition to the deployed team members, personnel from Athens Fire/Rescue have been working extra shifts to support the overall operation.

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