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Page 6B - The News Friday, May 13, 2016 The News Staff Reports CANTON-Veteran law enforcement officer C.B. Wiley died Friday, having served a 50-year career in Van Zandt County. The Precinct 2 Constable was 79. Funeral services were set for Tuesday with Van Zandt County Justice of the Peace Ronnie Daniell preciding at Eubank Fu- neral Home in Canton. He was under hospice care the last days of his life. Wiley made it his busi- ness to know most ev- eryonein his precinct and had a warm working relationship with neigh- boring law enforcement agencies, including Hen- derson County. He began his career in Van Zandt County in 1974 and served as Justice of the Peace and then as Constable. He founded the Van Zandt County Blood- hound Team about 35 years ago. The team has been used on numerous occasions to search for lost children, elderly and fugitives. Over his adult life, he was a member of the American Cancer Society, Canton Lions Club and presided as president of First Monday Centennial. In 2001, he was selected by the Chamber of Com- merce as Citizen of the Year. He was married to his wife, Mary, for 54 years. Together the couple raised three children and have four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Many may recall the time a Van Zandt family brought a child to Wiley's home office in the middle of the night. The child was not breathing. Wiley began CPR and the child's life was saved. C.B. WILEY alms .ay as By Russell Slaton The News Correspondent MALAKOFF-Malakoff City Council members have adopted a procla- mation declaring May as Motorcycle Awareness Month. That action came during the council's May 9 monthly meeting. Kerry Locke of the Zealots Motorcycle Club told council members his group donates motorcy- cle awareness signs to the City of Malakoff and "wants to make sure that everyone looks twice" for fellow motorists. Council members also granted a special use per- mit allowing a doublewide manufactured home to be situated along North St. Paul Drive. That action came following remarks by Delanda Johnson of the City of Malakoffplan- ning and zoning board, which had earlier ap- proved homeowner Lat- anya Barker's request. Malakoff's city gov- ernment also heard from Larry Ball, who is Atmos Energy's manager of pub- lic affairs based in Athens, who told council members about a negotiated settle- ment between the natural gas supplier and a steering committee of about 160 Texas cities, all of which have been in a lengthy dispute over a proposed rate increase. Gas rates will go up, but not as much as Atmos originally requested. The Malakoff City Council adopted an ordinance approving the rate increase, which takes effect June 1. Mayor Pro-Tem Tim Trimble also announced the death of Malakoff resident Valuen Grayer, who died May 6. Grayer's funeral service will be held Saturday, May 14 at First Baptist Church at 205 Walker St. Grayer had been serving as Malakoff Municipal Court's bailiff as well as a board member of the Malakoff Housing Authority. In addition, Malakoff Mayor Delois Pagitt re- minded residents about the citywide garage sale, scheduled Friday-Satur- day, June 3-5, during which garage sale permit fees will be waived. Also, the annual city- wide cleanup is Saturday, June 11, at the city facility on Highway 198, north of that highway's intersec- tion with Highway 31. City workers will help with bulky items during the cleanup, which lasts from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Also, Mayor Pagitt said the Red Waller Com- munity Library's summer reading program will be each Thursday at 2 p.m., from June 9 until July 28, at the Malakoff Com- munity Center (503 N. Terry St.). Finally, the Malakoff City Council has set a special meeting for Monday, May 16 at 6 p.m., which is expected to include deliberation about the city's lawsuit against the Malakoff Vol- unteer Fire Department over ownership of the fire department building and equipment, as well as negotiations between the cities of Malakoff and Star Harbor over a sewer contract, with those services provided by the City of Malakoff. The 20-year contract expires June 1. TVEC awards grant to Malakoff Education Foundation COURTESY PHOTO The TVEC Charitable Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to the Malakoff Education Foundation April 26. The check was presented to members ofthe Malakoff Education Foundation Board of Directors on May 3. The TVEC Charitable Foundation is funded by donations from Operation Round Up, a voluntary program that allows TVEC members to round up their monthly bills to the next whole dollar amount. The portion that is rounded up goes to the TVEC Charitable Foundation and may be used to award grant requests to local charitable organizations. Pictured are (back row, from left) Mike Burns, Malakoff ISD Superintendent Randy Perry, MEF Board President Dave Bullock, (front row, from left) Julie Armstrong, Krista Stutts, TVEC employee Kari Wilmeth and assistant Superintendent Special to The News ATHENS-Henderson County Sheriff's Office Patrol Sergeant M. Jistel performed a traffic stop on a vehicle on Martin Luther King Blvd., in Athens, May 9. While searching the op- erator of the vehicle, the officer located a crystal- like substance believed to be methamphetamines, a white powder like sub- stance believed to be cocaine and pills believed to be Xanax. Jose Rico-Gama, 28, of Athens, was charged with Manufacture/Deliv- ery of a Controlled Sub- stance more than 4 grams (g), less than 200 g and more than 1 g, less than 4 g, and Possession of a Controlled Substance, more than 28 g. Manufacture Delivery of a Controlled Sub- stance of more than 4 g is a first degree felony and punishable from 5 to 99 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Manufacture Delivery of a Controlled Substance of more than 1 g, less than 4 g is a second degree felony and punish- able from 2 to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Possession of a Controlled Substance more than 3 g, less than 28 g is a class A misde- meanor and punishable up to 1 year in jail and up to $4,000 fine. Rico-Gama was re- leased thesame day on bonds totaling $27,000. an arrl The News Staff Reports GUN BARREL CITY- Bradley Lynn Blanken- ship, 56, of Athens, was arrested April 16 around 7:30 p.m. after a traffic stop and foot pursuit. Officer Roger Cullum 'initiated the traffic stop on a silver Chevrolet truck for a traffic viola- tion. After identifying Blankenship, and detect- ing an alcoholic bever- age odor, Cullum asked Blankenship to step out of his vehicle. When Blankenship stepped out the vehicle, Cullum asked about a small black zipper case he was holding. Blankenship then fled the scene on foot for a short distance prior to being apprehended by Cullum. Cullum, upon examina- tion, of the black case, found approximately 45 grams of methamphet- amine and several items employed in the act of drug consumption. Blankenship was taken into custody and charged with possession of a controlled substance more than to 4 grams, less BRADLEY BLANKENSHIP than 200 grams, evad- ing arrest detention and resisting arrest search/ transport. Blankenship remains in custody on bonds totaling $62,500. Central Elementary GT class hatches chicken eggs COURTESY PHOTO/AUDREY HALEY i i Central Athens Elementry School Gifted and Talented (GT) students get a chance to see eggs hatch into chicks each year, thanks to a grant awarded in 2011 by the Athens Public Education Foundation to GT .i teacher Audrey Haley. Using the funds provided, Haley purchased an incubator for her classroom. The study of life cycles are a significant component of the curriculum for science in the lower grades. Students are able to watch life develop. Haley candles the eggs (shines a bright : light under it) throughout the incubation process to allow her students to see the outline of what is inside. "The students absolutely love it." she . said. "1 love it as much as they do because I get to see their reactions. ! My room is quite popular around egg-laying time. I leave my door open when I'm able so that classes are able to come in and ask questions and watch the chicks." +t .............................................................................................. +