For those who try to live for the Lord and want to please Him, I’m sure you know what I mean when I say there are times when the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. When it comes to maintaining a red-hot enthusiasm for the Christian life, we are not robots, but rather we are emotional humans that have good days along with other times that are clouded with with feelings of melancholy. It does the heart good to quietly sit alone as we search within our soul trying to figure out what is wrong. It could be a nagging sin where we should have stood strong against it but instead we gave it control. God promises that in the midst of our misery there is nothing we can do that will make Him love us any less. Or maybe our hearts are weighed down with heaviness for a world that has turned away from God. Whatever our burden, we can rest assured that He knows our thoughts and exactly what we are going through. Romans 8:39 is a wonderful reminder, “Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

I first heard Billy Graham preach in 1970 at Cowboys Stadium in Irving, Texas. The legendary teams of Tom Landry had yet to play in the stadium which was in its last stages of construction. I sat in rapt silence with more than 50,000 others as Dr. Graham preached. At the close of the service, thousands flooded the aisles in response to his invitation to trust Christ. I later witnessed the same in Houston and Minneapolis. For more than 50 years he preached with the same results in more than 185 countries and territories.

South Athens Elementary students in Alejandro Guzman's fifth-grade class work on creating closed circuits that produce light, sound and/or mechanical energy. Pictured in the foreground are (from left) Rodrigo Hernandez, Anna Newman, Jeremny Taylor, and Amber Earvin.

Athens High School senior Zoe Anderson wishes Madileine Guard, a pre-K3 student at Central Athens Elementary, a great start to her day. Members of the varsity volleyball and football teams greeted students at all three elementary campuses during car drop-off Thursday morning.

 The Texas Department of Public Safety reminds the public that they play an important role in ensuring the school buses make it to their destinations safely each day.

“Anything liquid, fragile, hazardous or perishable,” will no longer be the daily mantra of long-time postal worker Howard Wright. After 38 and a half years he is leaving it all behind to spend time at the beach and with wife Debbie, two grown children, Jack and Tracy, and his two grandkids.

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Here are the Week 9 finals for the Henderson County area schools. We will have a full story on the Brownsboro and Malakoff homecoming game in Tuesday’s printed edition of the Athens Daily Review.

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Etabs-Best use of Pumpkins

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The annual Purse Bingo event for the Family Peace Project had The Texan at near capacity with around 275 people in attendance. Twenty lucky winners left with designer handbags. The last bag, a Louis Vuitton, was awarded after a "sudden death" match between four bingo card holders. Raffles included two vacations and attendees won numerous door prizes.

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Reel in a cure and help raise awareness for breast cancer by registering for the second annual Pink Fishing Tournament at 5 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Red Barn in Log Cabin. The tournament will run from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. with launch from the Log Cabin boat dock.

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The 20th Annual Wine and Cheese will be from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Big Red School House & Community Center. This is the largest fundraiser of the year for the East Texas Crisis Center and local victims of family violence. Tickets are $40 a person.

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Kelsie Carrizales-Gray (left) and Jennifer Trejo present a floral arrangement to Assistant Superintendent Ginger Morrison. The girls created arrangements, along with other students in Athens High School's practicum of floral design class, at the request of the five campus principals to be presented to Morrison, Superintendent Dr. Janie Sims and Assistant Superintendent Jami Ivey in recognition of Boss's Day.

First-grade students at South Athens Elementary recently dissected owl pellets. The pellets are the indigestible parts of an owl’s meal — such as fur, bones and feathers — which form into small masses that are regurgitated by the bird. It’s a great way for students to learn about the food chain, even if some of them, like Emiliana Cleto, are a little leery at first.

Local rodeo kids are getting ready for the Lone Star High School Rodeo Association event starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 at Henderson County Fair Park Complex.

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department fisheries scientists recently launched a pilot study at Toledo Bend Reservoir aimed finding an explanation as to why hydrilla and other types of aquatic vegetation have not rebounded after vanishing from the Texas/Louisiana border lake roughly six years ago.

The Athens Police Department, Keep Athens Beautiful and the Drug Enforcement Administration will host a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Athens Partnership Center, 201 W. Corsicana St.

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Ann McCormick, also known as the Herb ’n Cowgirl, will present “Herbs for Fun and Flavor” at Henderson County Master Gardener Association’s annual Fall Conference on Thursday, Nov. 11, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Athens Country Club, 500 Park Drive, Athens. Tickets are $50 and are available through HCMGA’s website, txmg.org/hendersonmg. Dinner is included in the price of the ticket.

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The readers of the Athens Weekly Review in the 1930s of course saw a wide variety of articles covering Henderson County news. However, occasionally they also saw captioned photos covering people and events from the national scene. Many of these concerned recent movies, as well as the activities of politically or socially prominent figures – something that today we see in social media and on television news. However, the July 30, 1936 issue contained something unusual.

Saturday was a beautiful day in Athens, in more ways that just the weather. Athens Masonic Lodge #165 hosted Carter Blood Center for a successful blood drive at the lodge at 2030 East Corsicana Street. The blood collected will go to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.

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Gov. Greg Abbott Thursday appointed John Scott as the Texas Secretary of State. The Secretary serves as Chief Election Officer for Texas, assisting county election officials and ensuring the uniform application and interpretation of election laws throughout Texas.

Athens had a reason to celebrate Tuesday with the long-awaited grand re-opening of the Cain Center. The event was extremely well attended with an amazing turnout including the community, city and county officials and the local Chamber of Commerce. Center Director Chris Baker, Mayor Toni Garrard Clay and City Manager Elizabeth Borstadt cut the ribbon to the shouts and claps of those in attendance.

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Beatlemania '64 will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Cain Center, 915 S. Palestine St. in Athens. Opening show will be special guest Shake Rattle & Roll.

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U.S. regulators on Wednesday signed off on extending COVID-19 boosters to Americans who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and said anyone eligible for an extra dose can get a brand different from the one they received initially.

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In less than two hours Wednesday morning, Henderson County Sheriff's Deputies successfully searched for and arrested a fugitive and found a missing 15-year-old girl, according to Sheriff Botie Hillhouse.

Texas Republicans approved redrawn U.S. House maps that favor incumbents and decrease political representation for growing minority communities, even as Latinos drive much of the growth in the nation's largest red state.

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