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2: INSIDE FOR MORE!L Cheerleaders 0ualitv gg A for r c0mpeteti AHS stud i for state, page 6A. g Athens and Malakoff 1 Friday, November 27 2 15 lSe t 75 cents VOLUME 106 NUMBER 48 2015 MediaOne, L.L. C. ~ ction malakoffnews, ne Special to The News ATHENS-Last week, Henderson County Dis- trict Attorney Scott McKee, District Clerk Betty Herriage and Sher- iff Ray Nutt along with First Assistant D.A. Mark Hall presented a $500 check to Ann Hall of the Henderson County Rain- bow Room. The check was from the Henderson County Go Blue non-profit organiza- tion. McKee and Herriage are officers of the orga- nization, which raises awareness of child abuse and neglect throughout Henderson County. County Attorney Clint Davis is also a member and supporter of Go Blue. "The Rainbow Room is a great organization in our community," McKee said. "When a child is re- moved from a home by CPS, he or she often leaves home with nothing, or just a couple of per- sonal items," past presi- dent Ann Hall said. "Once they go to foster care, their needs are pro- vided for. But, in-between, the state doesn't provide any funds for clothes or whatever they need. We provide brand new clothes, shoes, school sup- plies, back packs, diapers, personal-hygiene items, even birthday parties their parents may have forgot- ten about, because of drug .problems." COURTESY PHOTO AT RIGHT: Rainbow Room past president Ann Hall accepts a $500 donation from Henderson County District Attorney Scott McKee, District Clerk Betty Herriage and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hall. 1 " " , ............. GARRARDCLAYtAtlID Central Athens Elementary students were given a Challenge last week to collect as many newspapers as possible for recycling. By the end of the drive, 841 pounds had been collected to give to Keep Athens Beautiful. Wendy Ottaberry's kindergarten class collected the most, with 255 pounds. Mrs. Ottaberry's students are pictured along with (from left) Principal Jennifer Risinger, teacher Melody Brantley, who helped organize the recycling effort; Kabi, the KAB mascot; Mrs. Ottaberry; KAB Execu- tive Director Carol Morton; and Vice Principal Amanda DeShazo. Payments due by January 31, 2016 Special to The News ATHENS-Henderson County tax statements have been mailed out, ac- cording to Henderson County Tax Assessor Collector's office Cindy Edwards. More than 65,000 state- ments were posted With payments due by the end of January. Although the bill comes from the county tax office, each statement may in- clude a fee from more than two dozen entities from whichthe tax office collects. Some of them will be on all the statements, while others, such as school districts and emergency ser- vices districts, will only show up on a portion of the bill. For a taxpayer living in the city of Athens, seven taxing entities are listed on the bill in alphabetical order. The Athens Independent School District appears first on the bill along with those accounts for the largest amount of the total tax owed. The AISD tax rate is $1.19647 per $100 prop- erty valuation. Homeowners received an increase in their home- stead tax exemption, fol- lowing the Texas Constitu- tion Amendment Election, Nov. 3. That exemption jumped from $15,000 to $25,000. The first $25,000 of property valuation is free and clear of property tax evaluation. The City of Athens also assesses a property tax. The rate this year is 65.4140 cents per $100 valuation. That's followed on the statement by the Athens Municipal Water Authority. Taxes, Page 6B Leadership emphasizes utilizing local vendors By Toni Garrard Clay AISD Communications Specialist Two weeks after voters approved an Athens ISD $59.9 million bond proposal, the wheels began to turn Thursday on a projected two-year project. It is ex- pected ground will be bro- ken around May of the " doming year at 'the four campuses earmarked for construction. One item on the agenda with the prospect of being concerned the method of more transparent through- delivery for the project. Su- out the bidding process than perintendent Blake Stiles is possible with the man- recommended the con- ager-at-risk method. struction manager-agent "When people bid on some- method. "Having a man- thing and don't get it, they ager-agent provides more want to know why they transparency for our local didn't," said Board Presi- vendors and more opportu- dent Robert Risko. nities to tocal vendofg, ..... i-The benefits noted with explained Si'iles the manager-agent delivery Several of the board members were pleased AISD, Page 6B Hensarling urges colleagues to take homeland security seriously "Isis is not the 'J. V. team,' they are not 'contained,' and what happened in Paris was not merely a 'setback'" Special to The News WASHINGTON - U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), chair- man of the House Finan- cial Services Committee, made the following speech on the House floor to urge his colleagues to vote for the American Safe Act of 2015 (H.R. 4038), a bill which he cosponsored: i "Mr. Speaker, I do rise in support today of the safety and security of the American people. As members of congress, we have no more sacred re- sponsibility. Thus, I rise in support of the SAFE Act. "I join all Americans and all the people of the world in standing with the people of Paris. We are so so- bered as to what happened to their homeland, but we are also sobered by the challenge and the grave re- sponsibility to thwart the same evil from coming to our homeland. "The director of the F.B.I. has testified before Corigress just last month that a number of people who are of serious concern were able to slip through screenings of Iraqi refu- gees. That's what the di- rector of the F.B.I. said. This disturbing informa- tion, Mr. Speaker, obvi- ously raises very serious red flags about lapses in the security within our current refugee vetting system. "Again, it is why I sup- port and I encourage all members to support the American SAFE Act of 2015. It would effectively hit the pause button on the refugee program - not the stop, but the pause button. And it's simple leg- Isis, Page 6B t itat, .... Carpet, Tile, Hardwood Laminate, Blinds, Vinyl Plank Installation Available 1401 W. Corsicana, Athens, TX (903) 677-2443 Karla Dunson 15 years Sales Experience and your sales representative at (214)385-1633 I+ + + %,