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SEE INSIDE FOR MORE! Visit The Soul Kitchen, Page 5A Hornets win district opener, Serving Athens and Malakoff paQ e !B VOLUME 109 NUMBER 3 2018 MediaOne, L LC Friday, January 19, 2018 2Sections 75 cents Special to The News ATHENS-A Hen- derson County jury sentenced an Athens man to 60 years in the Texas Department of Corrections on Jan. 10. Stephen Duane Roberts, age 45, was arrested on Jan. 20, 2017 by the Henderson County Sheriff's Office Narcot- ics Task Force. District Attorney Mark Hall said, "The Henderson County Sher- iff's personnel that made the case and the attor- neys who tried it for the State all did an excellent job. I think that the sen- tence handed down by the jury reveals a clear statement to offenders STEPHEN DUANE ROBERTS that we are tired of il- legal drugs permeating our community and de- stroying lives in the pro- cess, and if two or more stints in. the pen don't bring about a :change in behavior, then this will be the result." Investigator Josh Rickman of the Sher- iff's Office secured-a search warrant for Rob- erts' home on Williams Street in Athens. Upon execution, deputies found almost 20 grams Of methamphetamine, cocaine, Xanax, ecsta- syand other prescrip- tion pills. Roberts was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Sub- stance with Intent to Deliver and was indicted : by a Henderson County Grand Jury in March of last year. In the trial that began on Tuesday, Jan. 9, As- sistant District Attorneys Jessica Bargmann and Daniel Cox presented evidence and testimony from Investigator Rick- man and other Hender- son County Sheriff's Roberts Be See page 6B ! ommlssloners osure By Robyn Wheeler The News Correspondent ATHENS-After a lengthy debate on the closing of Brown Road in Precinct 4 and a pub- lic hearing at the Jan. 2 meeting, Henderson County Commissioners Court members unani- mously agreed to close the road. The closure af- fects 423 feet of Brown Road off 4610, which is a dead-end road. A Brown Road home- owner called the prop- erty's owners "thieves and liars" but gave no clear evidence of his ac- cusations. He said con- struction crews speed down the road tearing it up with their heavy equipment and have not repaired any of the dam- age. A representative of the land owners said they 1,500 acres on both sides of Brown Road in between Bon- ham and Lassiter streets but does not affect the 423 feet of Brown Road and would cause no im- [ pediment to neighbors. The representotive said the company would not deny homeowners ac- cess to their properties. Precinct 4 Commis- sioner Ken Geeslin said the public notice of the proposed road closure has been posted for more than three weeks but assured the homeowner he would look into the speeding issue and have the Sheriff's Depart- ment patrol the area. The homeowner admitted 103 in his particular category. He also won the senior division for Texas in the Buckmaster Indoor World Competi- tion in Alabama. Varos is also a member of the Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) association. Varos is one of about 50 students in the Henderson County 4-H organization. In other news, com- missioners: he did not need access approved supple- to the closed portion of menting salaries to cleri- the road. cal staff of the District A Henderson County Attorney's Office from Extension Service repre- the enforcement seizure sentative presented 4-H fund. This provides an accomplishments. Leo enhancement to salaries Varos, 16, of Athens, without dipping into the was the only student to general fund. The total be selected to attend the amount of money being Shooting Sporting com- dispersed is approxi- pound archery competi- mately $10,000 with no tion in Nebraska, along with three other Texas youths. Texas placed first overall in all the shoot- ing sports disciplines including rifle, shot- gun, and archery. The team placed first in the competition and Varos placed second out of one receiving more than $2,000. authorized applica- tion for the 2018 Indi- gent Defense Formula Grant which helps with annual defense ,ex- penses. In past years, the grant has awarded County i See page 6B By Delanda S. Johnson Special to the News MALAKOFF-This past three-day-weekend was dedicated to the memory and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Lu- ther King, Jr. Dr. King dreamed of equal rights for all African Ameri- cans and committed to making that dream come true. His famous "I Have A Dream" speech at the March on Wash- ington moved the na- tion 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 a man of peace, a man of vision, success and a man with a dream was one of the many trailblazers who fought for that advancement of African Americans. As Dr. King and his freedom fighters marched against rac- ism and hate, time is repeating itself. We need to have a non-violent approach and let all of America know as the song says, "Ain't gon- na let nobody turn me around, going to keep on walking and keep on marching right up to freedom land." The first event to cel- ebrate Dr, King's holi- day was held on Satur- day night (Jan. 13) at Johnson Chapel A. M. E. Church in Malakoff. This event was a spirit uge filled gospel explosion, with singing groups and soloists from with- in Henderson County and Anderson County. The main attraction was gospel recording artist Chuck and the Guiding Clouds from Huntsville, who Blessed the audi- ence with empowering and Holy Ghost filled songs. The second event cel- ebrating Dr. King was held Monday night (Jan. 15, the actual birthday of Dr. King) at New Hope Corinth C. M. E. Church in Malakoff. The program opened with Bro. Derryl Jack- son and Sis. Marilyn Marks greeting the con- gregation. Henderson County The News Photo/Shaydi Paran~ore Henderson County Black History Committee member Delanda Johnson lights the candles surrounding the photos of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Henderson County Black History Committee's Annual Candlelight Vigil at the New Hope Corinth CME Church in Malakoff Jan. 15. For more on the vigil, see Page 6B. Sheriff Botie Hillhouse spoke to the congrega- tion on church security. He also stated that there would be a training ses- sion scheduled for 6:00 we must learn how to p.m. Monday, Feb. 12 at .protect ourselves even the Henderson County in a religious atmo- Sheriff office. "In times like these MLK ~l See page 6B Advertising Needs contact Mary Dlajab your sales representative at (903)887-4511 or (912) 674-3993 GROUND WORK FOR ALL PINESS IS GOOD HEALTH in a holistic alternative to wellnes~, ~:~ We provide the knowledge and re~es for optimal health and we In~ ,~ ~ | The rest is up to you ~: ,~ Diamaro Wellness screenings