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Daily THURSDAY, May 17, 2012

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Serving Henderson County


Paul Habelt

Tony Ogburn

Healing, but still hurting

Thank you ... ... just doesn’t seem to say it enough. On this day of remembrance, let us not forget the dangers and sacrifices our public servants willfully make for the betterment of all. The tragedies are too hard to forget, but may we remember what was gained from the lives that made them so special.

Five years later, process of learning to cope continues “The grief needs to be felt, but I have it in a place. When I need to visit it, I visit it, you know... I can draw from it, learn from it, then put it back.” — from a Henderson County Deputy who chooses not to be identified on the crisis that cost two officers their lives five years ago. Many of the officers that day still cannot talk of this day publicly.


Ronnie Brownlow, the Henderson County Sheriff at the time, had taken off early that beautiful afternoon to mow his yard at his home in Chandler. He remembers his wife Teresa coming out to get him. “It's Mark,” she told him. “He needs to talk to you.”

Related column.............................4A

Henderson County Peace Officers Memorial 6 p.m. today, Courthouse square, Athens

Woman’s car hits gas pump By Rich Flowers NEWS EDITOR

A 45-year-old woman was injured in Athens Tuesday afternoon, when her unattended pickup struck her as she attempted to stop it from moving. The unruly vehicle came to rest after smashing into a gas pump. Athens Police Department reports said Paula Gaylean McKee legally parked in the driveway of the Global Gas Station at 600 N. Palestine St. and went inside to shop. While she was inside, the pickup started to roll backward. Because the steering was turned slightly to the right, the Ford moved in a

counterclockwise arc, crossing the parking lot, and headed toward the street. It rolled onto North Palestine Street, and continued to circle until it was headed back toward the Global parking lot and gas pumps. McKee, reports said, saw the vehicle, and ran toward it to try to stop its progress. She was struck by the open door on the driver’s side, and knocked to the ground. The Ford, according to reports, reentered the Global lot, and struck one of the pumps. The impact caused the pump to fall over and burst into flames.

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Malakoff man dies from injuries after wreck NEWS EDITOR


Shown above is the gas pump a 45-year-old woman’s automobile hit just seconds from the time it hit her at Global Gas Station in the 600 block of North Palestine St. The impact caused the pump to fall and burn.

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By Rich Flowers

Vol. 111 No. 219 © 2012 Athens Daily Review

Mark Jordan, Brownlow's chief deputy at the time, was about to give Brownlow news that all but knocked the Sheriff to his knees. “Boss, I'm in Payne Springs, and we lost Habelt,” he heard Jordan say. “We lost Habelt and Ogburn, too, and Harris has been shot.” It was as if Jordan had hit his boss with three consecutive Habelt haymakers. “Your heart just sinks,” Brownlow told the Athens Review Wednesday. “People you know have been killed.” The news about Deputies Paul Ogburn Habelt and Tony Ogburn, who were popular, well-respected lawmen, was like nothing the county had endured before. The saddest and most violent moment of Brownlow's career had just

A 37-year-old Malakoff resident was killed Wednesday in an early-morning one-vehicle wreck north of Poynor. The victim, identified as Matthew Joseph Bradley, was transported to East Texas Medical Center Athens, where he was pronounced dead from injuries sustained in the crash. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Cpl. James Martin said the wreck was first reported at 8:31 a.m. on Farm-to-Market Road

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In This Issue

Bible Verse

Four members of the Northeast Texas Writers Association held a book-signing at the Murchison Memorial Library in Athens on Friday. See photo on Page 3A.

"But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." — Matthew 9:13

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Funeral services for Elbert Eugene ‘Gene’ Jackson, 80, of Grand Prairie wil be at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 19, 2012 in the Eubank Memorial Chapel. Internment will follow in the Payne Springs Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home.




Memorial services for Willard (Bill) L. Hosey, 75, of Payne Springs, were held May 14, 2012 at the American Legion, Post 310 in Gun Barrel City at 6 p.m. Willard passed away May 7, 2012 at Trinity Mother Francis Hospital in Tyler. He was born Sept. 10, 1936 in Attalla, Ala. to the late Marbry and Gladys Hosey, and was one of 11 children. Hosey Bill served in the U.S. Army for three years, and they joined the U.S. Coast Guard where he retired after 17 years of service. Bill then attended Alabama Tech, and received his associate degree in Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, in the commercial market. Bill move to Dallas in 1985, and worked at LaTour Condominums, where he was a building engineer. He retired in 1992, and moved to Cedar Creek Lake. Bill will be greatly missed by his wife, Regina, his family and his dog, Rocky. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Willes, Little Ray, Junior and sister Della. Bill is survived by his wife, Regina, of 20 years, son Laun Hosey and wife Elizabeth, and grandson Khayman of NOLA; daughter Fawn Anthony Hosey of NOLA; stepson Ron Foster of Mesquite, Norman Foster and wife Laura; step-grandsons Jeremy Foster, Brandon and Jordon of Garland; sisters Lois Duncan, Grace Young, Diane King, Hazel and Ed Bradley; brothers Eduard and Clarance Hosey and all their families in Alabama; and in-laws in Germany. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer and Diabetes Foundation. LOCAL is possible.

Elbert Eugene ‘Gene’ Jackson


Willard (Bill) L. Hosey

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Yesteryear May 17, 1992 • The 1992 Miss Athens, Micha Warren was hugged by the 1991 Queen, Jennifer Trammell at the conclusion of the pagent held Friday at Athens Country Club. Warren is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Warren, and is a junior at Athen High School. The pageant was one of the largest in recent years, with more than 350 in attendance. • Janet Morton, daughter of John and Ginger Morton, entertained a near-capacity crowd at Athen Country Club Friday night during the Miss Athens Pageant. Morton sang, “Just Like That There,” a tune recorded by Bette Midler. • Six-year-old Josh Owen of Brownsboro entertained the crowd with his version of John Anderson’s Swingin’ at the Miss Athens Pageant Friday at Athens Country Club. • Teresa Rhodes has been selected by Collegiate Secretaries International members at Trinity Valley Community College as the Student of the Month for MarchApril. • Errors were the death of the Athens Hornets. The Hornets committed six errors to self-destruct and make an early exit from post-season action with a 6-1 loss to the taylor Ducks in a Class 4A bi-district playoff Friday at Texas A&M University’s Olsen Field.

PALESTINE — A 24-year-old Palestine woman was killed and a local man critically injured following a singlevehicle wreck shortly after midnight Tuesday on North Link Street, according to local police. Amberly Diane Nix, 24, of Palestine died at a Tyler hospital early Tuesday morning, according to Palestine Police Sgt. James Muniz. As of late Tuesday afternoon, 32-year-old Rock Allen Conner, also of Palestine, remained in “critical” condition at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, according to a hospital spokesperson. Conner reportedly sustained broken bones and multiple other injuries and was in surgery around mid-day Tuesday, according to a family friend. Shortly after midnight Tuesday, representatives of the Palestine Fire Department were dispatched to a car fire in the 2000 block of North Link Street. Officials say it was quickly determined the fire was the result of a car wreck. Emergency Medical Services personnel were dispatched to the scene after firemen located two persons in a wooded area near the car, according to Muniz. Through investigation, Palestine police determined that a Mercedes Benz had been traveling southbound on North Link Street at a high rate of speed and crossed over into the northbound lane before leaving the roadway on the east side of the road. The vehicle traveled several hundred feet before hitting a light pole and multiple trees, according to police. Police believe the vehicle ultimately rolled over and ejected both occupants who were identified as Nix and Conner. Nix was first taken to Palestine Regional Medical Center before being transferred to a Tyler hospital where she died. Conner was first taken to PRMC before being flown to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, according to police. Late Tuesday afternoon, Muniz told the Herald-Press that police had not determined whether alcohol played a role in the fatal wreck.

Luncheon to feature motivational speaker

East Texas News Briefs Volley for Child Victims: ‘Y’ not five? Corsicana — In five years, the YMCA has won four titles at the benefit Volley for Child Victims volleyball tournament. “We didn’t play the first year. I didn’t know about it,” team leader Regan Howze deadpanned. Everyone in the field knows about them. The Y is the team with the bullseye square on their backs. The big dog. The evil empire. The New York Yankees of the Volley for Child Victims era. So what’s the plan for this year? “Champions, of course,” Kara Bragg said. The 16-team fields typically produce good competition, and it’s getting better, Y teammates agree. That makes the tournament more fun, and winning sweeter. Still, it’s friendly, and they realize it’s for a great cause. But they’d welcome a challenger. “We’d love for it to be 16 teams on our level,” Kevin Bragg said. “To get to that point would be amazing.”

Collins Middle School gearing up for technology boost Corsicana — The 2012-2013 8th grade students and teachers of the Corsicana Independent School District will be incorporating technology into the academic and social mainstream at Collins Middle School. Through the U.S. Department of Education’s “Gear Up” grant, each student will be issued a school-leased iPad to use throughout the year. Wireless connectivity will now be accessible to these students and teachers with a touch of a screen, allowing students to access video lessons, textbooks and novels, and resources needed for research. And that’s not all — the “Gear Up” grant will follow this Class of 2017 throughout their first year in college. “We are fortunate to be able to offer this program to this Class of 2017,” said Marti Shaner, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. “As they advance in grades, the technology for these students and teachers will follow throughout their first year of college.” The district has been able, with some assistance through the Corsicana Education Foundation, to purchase iPads in smaller quantities for various classroom and instructional use. Next year, the high school will begin a pilot program with a small group of students. As technology will continue to play a vital role in education, CISD must seek funding alternatives to meet the digital demands of students. The “Gear Up” grant is a good example. “We are making accommodations now at Collins Middle School to be ready for this new technology,” said Herbert O’Neil Jr., principal at Collins Middle School. “Our eighth grade students can look forward to using this wireless technology. Included in the grant, is the funding of a counselor who focuses exclusively on the success of this class.” “We are very pleased to be able to offer this one-toone technology resource,” said Dr. Diane Frost, superintendent of CISD. “Utilizing iPads in daily instruction opens doors for the individualization of learning as well as extending lessons beyond the school day.”

County hears courthouse restoration update Corsicana — With a vote llikely looming in a couple of weeks, Navarro County Commissioners spent over two and a half hours Monday going over plans for the proposed restoration of the Navarro County Courthouse. And with that vote possible at the May 29 meeting, there are still some unanswered questions on commissioner’s minds as they weigh getting state help in restoring the courthouse or missing out on that assistance. The Texas Historical Commission has offered the county about half the cost of the restoration — a grant of $4,439,997. To do the work in the manner required by the THC to qualify for the grant, the price tag for the work comes in at $9.5 million, leaving the county responsible for the difference of $5,117,523. The real costs would exceed that, factoring in the cost of re-locating county offices during the renovation period, and possible long-term costs of permanently relocating some courthouse offices due to the scope of the renovation. Items such as restoring the balcony area in the District Courtroom impacts office space now being used by the probation department. The restoration would return the building to a more original look — eliminating some added on office space through the years, moving the elevator to the south side of the building, and creating more “open space” in some of the lobby areas. Some exterior work required by the program would include work on the mortar on both the sides of the building as well as the clock tower.


PALESTINE — Motivational speaker Judy Goodman will discuss the importance of personal dreams and visions as it transcends into the community at large at the Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce’s Quarterly Luncheon on Tuesday, May 22. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ben E. Keith Community Room, 2019 W. Oak St. in Palestine. A “meet and greet” will be held from 11 to 11:30 a.m. prior to the luncheon. A certified professional coach, relationship counselor and addiction recovery coach, Goodman has worked privately for more than 30 years with individuals and companies to see the potential of their business success reached “out of the box.” Goodman teaches leadership development, performance improvement and communication tools for teams and individuals. Of particular interest to Goodman is the work she has done with The Kaiser Institute, serving as a faculty member and working with professional individuals to develop their intuitive abilities. Goodman’s presentation will discuss the importance of personal dreams and visions as it transcends into the community at large. She also will discuss social media and its place in growth and development.

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Book signing at Murchison Library


Four members of the Northeast Texas Writers Association held a book signing at the Murchison Memorial Library in Athens on Friday. The Edward Handcock book is titled, “Mourning Reign.” Lynn Hobbs wrote, “Sin, Secrets and Salvation.” Patty Wiseman was signing her book, “An Unlikely Arragement.” Ann Everett was there signing the book she wrote, “Laid Out and Candle Lit.”

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Cross Roads Community News T

he phone company finally got my phone connected here at South Place. I am sure happy to have it back. My number stayed the same, and I am listed in the phone book. I hope all of you mother's had a nice Mother's Day. I received a few nice cards from friends wishing me a happy Mother's Day. I attended my church, Landmark Baptist, on Mother's Day. There were several visitors in attendance that Sunday. The church gave each lady in attendance a carnation. The oldest mother in attendance was Hazel Brannon. The mother with the most children there was Tonya Knoles. She has four children, and they were all in attendance. Joyce Barton Trammell passed away. I have known her for many years. She was a good friend of mine. I did not have a way to attend her funeral. Avon Lewis from Cross Roads also passed away. Our condolences to the families. Malcom brought me some more gardenias. They sure do smell good. Malcom and I have been able to visit

Clara Jo Davis more since I have been here. Bruce Thompson picks Malcom up and brings him here when Bruce visits his wife Carol, who is also here. Bruce, we thank you very much, and appreciate all you do. Bruce is not in real good health. He has to use a walker now. The widows met Tuesday in the home of Mary Bevels. We enjoy going to Mary's. I did not get to go to Frank and Linda Upchurch's last month for the widows meeting. I did not have a way. My sister, Bobbie Matthews, visited me. Also Adonna. Pat Kinabrew also came to visit me. I visited Phyllis Litchfield Gandy this week here in South Place. She is my 2nd cousin. Joe Hall and his wife stopped by for a visit. He is

Pastor at Willow Springs Baptist Church. Dixie came by to visit, and brought me a Subway sandwich one night. I went and got some silverware, and came back to my room, and Malcom was here. We split the sandwich. We put some paper towels down and had us a picnic. We really enjoyed it. Pat Kinabrew also came to visit. I have heard that the bus from here takes some of the residents to the Fiddlers. I hope I will be able to go for a little while. The annual Memorial Service at Willow Springs is the first Sunday in June. I have five generations buried there. I hope to be able to attend. If you would like to make a donation to the cemetery fund, you can send the donation to Willow Springs Cemetery c/o Butch Boyd, 8756 FM 59, Athens, TX 75751. The Union Cemetery in Cross Roads will be having the annual Memorial/Homecoming the following Saturday. News is short this week. I hope to hear from some of my old friends and readers, now that I have my phone again. Thanks for reading.

Guitars Etc to host first Acoustic Guitar Picking Contest Special to the Review Guitars Etc in Athens is hosting the first ever Acoustic Guitar Picking Contest on the square during Athens Old Fiddlers Reunion festivities. The competition is set to take place at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 26. Will Burgin, the owner of Guitars Etc saw this as a way to get more people involved, and more musicians recognized for their incredible artistry. “Last year, I saw spectacular guitar players backing up marvelous fiddle players, and decided that it was time the guitar pickers got a little bit of prize money, so we decided to sponsor the competition,” Burgin said. Guitars Etc hopes the Guitar Picking Contest will grow along side the Fiddle Contest, and inspire many more musicians. Acoustic guitar contestants will play two tunes

of the picker’s choosing. Contestants will draw numbers for the competition order. This contest division is open to pickers of all ages and awards three places/prizes: first place, $200; second place, $100; and third place, $50. Following the Fiddlers Contest, a country and western band will play for the famous Street Dance. Concession and novelty vendors will be set up along the sidewalks. In addition to vendors, there will also be a carnival set up just off the courthouse square. Guitars Etc offers incredible instruments, learnable lessons and music for life. For more information about this or other events, please drop by the store at 604 S. Palestine in Athens, call 903-292-1733, find us on facebook or e-mail


Some's gotta' win, and some's gotta lose. J.C. Penney's is having a credit-card contest. Jennifer Hitzelloerger, Brenda Price, store leader, Steve Murphy and Sherry Fish pose as both winners and losers of the department store contest with other J.C. Penney stores in the region. The store in Athens finished first in sales, ahead of Dallas and Tyler stores in this region on a percentage-of-increase basis. Those dressed up in bunny tails and rabbit ears all day Monday, lost. Those who didn't are the winners.

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May 17, 2007: a day in Henderson County like no other S

ometimes, the most extraordinary things happen on the most ordinary days. That’s the way it was on May 17, 2007. Most of Henderson County was coming to the end of the business day. The Athens Daily Review Friday edition was just about finished. The stories had been written, and the front page design was taking shape. That all went out the window when we heard that shots had been fired near Payne Springs, and a couple of Henderson County Sheriff ’s Office lawmen were down. Rumors fly into our office regularly. Most turn our to be exaggerated. This, unfortunately, was not. That same afternoon, peace officers and friends had gathered in the warm midday sun at a memorial service to honor officers who had died in the line of duty. Many who bowed their heads in remembrance had not been born in 1977, when the final name on the list,

Athens Police Officer Benny Everett, died from a kick to the chest while moving a prisoner. But, each of the names chiseled into the marble Peace Officers Memorial on the courthouse lawn represents a living, breathing man – pinned on a badge one day, drove to work and never returned. On that day in 2007, after a brief crackle of gunfire, two more names were added. Tony Ogburn and Paul Habelt were a pair of the Henderson County Sheriff ’s Office’s most experienced lawmen. Habelt had more than 40 years to his credit. Ogburn had been a fixture around the courthouse for several years. No Henderson County deputy had been fatally wounded by a gunshot since Charlie Fields died in 1956. But, on that May afternoon near Payne Springs, with two of their own cut down, the officers on the scene sprung into action. Sheriff Ronny Brownlow praised his people for their pro-

Rich Flowers fessionalism as they arrested the assailant, Randall Mays, and transported him to jail. Rather than react in anger, they performed their duties as they’d been trained to perform. The days following the shootings brought a series of funerals and memorial observances. The community Ogburn and Habelt served came out in large numbers as if to say, “We can’t feel your pain, but we can hold your hand while you go through it.” The tragedy brought Henderson County together like no other event I’ve seen. On a smaller scale, it was like the na-

tion’s response in the days after 911. In time, a sense of normalcy began to return to the sheriff ’s office. The officers settled back into the routine. The wounds of May, 2007 became less apparent to the naked eye, but still stung beneath the surface. No one present at that scene in Payne Springs can ever push it far back into the recesses of memory. The Randall Mays’ trial in early 2008 again brought the story to the forefront. For days, witnesses recounted the events until the decision finally went into the hands of a dozen of his fellow citizens. The returned with a guilty verdict almost a year to the day after the shootings. In retrospect, I think the deaths of Habelt and Ogburn brought a change to the county. Before, Henderson County was perceived, even somewhat by ourselves, as a sleepy, rural place where nothing much happened. Gunplay was something

from the well-worn tales of Sheriff Jess Sweeten. May, 2007 taught us that we were as vulnerable to an unforeseen tragedy as anyone else. It can happen here. We’ve seen it. In the past five years, the sheriff ’s office has been through many changes. All of the people at the top have either moved on, or are serving in different roles. New faces are seen throughout the department. In another few years. a new generation of officers may stand in front of the Memorial, see the names of Ogburn and Habelt, and know them only by the plaques they’ve seen around the sheriff ’s office. They’ll honor them in appreciation of all the officers who’ve put their lives on the line to serve and protect. But today, on this fifth anniversary the memory is too fresh, and the offiers are too real. Rich Flowers is a Staff Writer for the Athens Daily Review.

MAIL CALL Not patriotic to bash President I don't consider it patriotic to verbally bash the president of the United States. However, that is exactly what the FOX News people do for a living. Hour-after-hour, day-after-day, our president is presented to the world in the most degrading manner possible by FOX News. While I disagree with their contempt for our president, I realize that enough money can motivate people to do or say anything. Truly, money can be the root of evil. And while Bill O'Reilly, Shawn Hannity, Dennis Miller, Dick Morris, Ann Coulter, and the others disparage the president of the United States for money, they profess to be patriots. In reality they are paid bullies. And it's hardly about the president's policies. It is personal – personal attack for profit. I can somehow understand the money grabbers better than I can comprehend the people they mesmerize. The loyal FOX viewers are surely hypnotized by the fathers of spin. I prefer my patriotic plan. I will support the democratically-elected president of these United States of America. And I will tell you who also wanted to destroy President Obama. That was the late Osama Bin Laden.

Jerry S. Phillips Athens

Concerning Voter ID What is the difference in showing your ID when you are on a jury, stopped for traffic violation, rent an automobile, then showing it before you vote? If you’re legal, you should have some kind of ID on you. Even if you’re not illegal, you still should have a green card, but that doesn’t give you the right to vote.


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Concerning Muslims – wake up! Are the Muslims still allowed to live here, visit here, and worship here because our President is a professed Muslim himself ? There are video recordings and Internet sites available across America that show President Obama making his personal proclamation that he is a Muslim! If you had tried to tell me 55 years ago that we Americans would one day have a President whose name is Barak Hussein Obama, I would have told you that you were out of your gourd! Actually, any American would have told you the same thing! "Watch and read the news!" Our courts, our entertainment organizations, and our news media are all telling us on a regular basis that Muslims are trying to destroy America! Maybe not all Muslims! But the majority of Muslims have made what they consider a holy vow to destroy all Christians, Hindus, and Buddhists, and any other religions that are not Muslim! I have questioned and discussed the Muslim religion and the Koran with Muslim people that are teachers of their religion, and the result is always the same; "Our bible, the Koran tells us to extinguish "ALL" infidels!" What they all say is; "It is Allah's will for us to extinguish all who are not Muslim believers!" We have a direct threat to our Nation, and our way of life, by even allowing Muslims to visit or live in America! "WAKE UP AMERICA." Burying your head in the sand will not make this threat go away! We have a time of electing our leaders in Washington coming up soon! If you don't want to become a Christian, or even act like a Christian, you can at the very least become or act like an American. This threat is growing day-by-day! Please be an American! Don't allow yourself to get sucked into this Atheistic and Idolatrous way of life!

Pat Harris Athens

Associated Press Today is Thursday, May 17, the 138th day of 2012. There are 228 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 17, 1937, Teddy Hill and His Orchestra recorded "King Porter Stomp" for RCA Victor's Bluebird label in New York; making his recording debut was trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. On this date: In 1510, Early Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli died in Florence, Italy; he was probably in his mid 60s. In 1792, the New York Stock Exchange had its origins as a group of brokers met under a tree on Wall Street. In 1849, fire erupted in St. Louis, Mo., resulting in the loss of three lives, more than 400 buildings and some two dozen steamships. In 1912, the Socialist Party of America nominated Eugene V. Debs for president at its convention in Indianapolis. In 1939, Britain's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth arrived in Quebec on the first visit to Canada by reigning British sovereigns. In 1946, President Harry S. Truman seized control of the nation's railroads, delaying - but not preventing - a threatened strike by engineers and trainmen. In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, unanimously struck down racially segregated public schools. In 1961, Cuban leader Fidel Castro offered to release prisoners captured in


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the Bay of Pigs invasion in exchange for 500 bulldozers. (The prisoners were eventually freed in exchange for medical supplies.) In 1971, "Godspell," a contemporary musical inspired by the Gospel According to St. Matthew, opened offBroadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre. In 1980, rioting that claimed 18 lives erupted in Miami's Liberty City after an all-white jury in Tampa acquitted four former Miami police officers of fatally beating black insurance executive Arthur McDuffie. In 1987, 37 American sailors were killed when an Iraqi warplane attacked the U.S. Navy frigate Stark in the Persian Gulf. (Iraq apologized for the attack, calling it a mistake, and paid more than $27 million in compensation.) In 1992, orchestra leader Lawrence Welk died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 89. Ten years ago: Former President Jimmy Carter ended a historic visit to Cuba sharply at odds with the Bush administration over how to deal with Fidel Castro, saying limits on tourism and trade often hurt Americans more than Cubans. Joe Black, the first black pitcher to win a World Series game, for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1952, died in Scottsdale, Ariz., at age 78. Five years ago: President George W. Bush and retiring British Prime Minister Tony Blair held a joint news conference at the White House, during

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which Blair allowed not a single regret about the Iraq war alliance. World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz announced he would resign at the end of June 2007, following controversy over his handling of a pay package for his girlfriend. Trains crossed the border dividing the two Koreas for the first time in more than half a century. One year ago: Queen Elizabeth II began the first visit by a British monarch to the Republic of Ireland, a four-day trip to highlight strong Anglo-Irish relations and the success of Northern Ireland peacemaking. Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued a statement confirming a Los Angeles Times report that he had fathered a child with a woman on his household staff more than a decade earlier. (Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, had announced their separation on May 9, 2011.) Baseball Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, 74, died in Scottsdale, Ariz. Today's Birthdays: Actor Peter Gerety is 72. Singer Taj Mahal is 70. Singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester is 68. Rock musician Bill Bruford is 63. Singer-musician George Johnson (The Brothers Johnson) is 59. TV personality Kathleen Sullivan is 59. Actor Bill Paxton is 57. Boxing Hall-of-Famer Sugar Ray Leonard is 56. Actor-comedian Bob Saget is 56. Sports announcer Jim Nantz is 53. Singer Enya is 51. Talk show host-actor Craig Ferguson is 50.

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Man trying to help with stressful family situation Dear Annie: For the past five years, I've been with the most wonderful woman. "Jane" and I plan to marry, but we haven't set a date because she has two adult daughters who still live at home, and their future plans are unsettled. Her younger daughter, "Trudi," is 24 and recovering from a debilitating gambling problem. Trudi lost her job, got caught stealing family heirlooms and was arrested for drunk driving. Jane eventually kicked her out. Trudi bounced from place to place, landed at a homeless shelter, met an irresponsible young man and got pregnant. At that point, Jane made the difficult decision to bring Trudi back home so she could help raise her grandchild. Things actually worked out. Trudi is sober and no longer gambling, and she

has become a trusted member of the household again. (The father of the baby is not in the picture.) Trudi hasn't had much opportunity to look for a job. Jane works all day and then goes home to take care of her granddaughter. The other daughter is busy with work, school and a serious boyfriend. She does not take much interest in her niece. In the past 18 months, intimate relations with Jane have steadily declined. Menopause is a factor, but it's mostly because she has a lot on her plate. She hasn't been to my house in months, and when I'm at hers, I try to care for the baby so Jane can sit down and rest. I feel like our relationship is slipping away. We've talked briefly about it, but I simply want more than Jane can give. Is this just a rough patch, or is this our new relationship? -

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Annie’s Mailbox - Too Much Dear Too Much: You sound like a good guy who is trying to help with a stressful situation. Raising a baby is exhausting, and we are certain that Jane appreciates your patience and assistance. Instead of pressuring her for intimacy, ask what she thinks you can do to improve your relationship. She will always have two daughters and a grandchild. Decide whether

you can handle that. Dear Annie: For 30 years, my cousins and I were good friends. We went places together and had lunches. They seemed to enjoy the gatherings as much as I did. About three years ago, they stopped calling to make a date, leaving it up to me. Not long after that, I discovered they were meeting with my nieces, but not including me. I didn't understand the reason, but tried not to let it bother me. Now they are including the nieces' husbands, and I'm still not part of the festivities. I am deeply hurt and feel ostracized. Family has always been important to me, and I have strived to be a congenial person. Most people seem to enjoy my company. Do I pretend this is OK, or do I ignore their existence like they do with

me? -- Outcast Dear Outcast: We can see how this would be hurtful, but let's give them the benefit of the doubt. They may simply be waiting for you to schedule the next dinner date and, in the meantime, are enjoying their nieces' company. Pick up the phone, tell them it's been bothering you and ask whether there is a problem that can be resolved. Dear Annie: I think you missed an opportunity in your response to "Jim in Peoria," who says his wife won't let him help around the house. Jim is involuntarily unemployed, and even though money is apparently not a problem, he needs to feel that he is valued. You should have suggested that he find a nonprofit organization that needs volunteers. He might be able to get work

that is related to whatever he did in his previous career, and this might even lead to a paying job down the line. In any case, it is a win-win-win: Jim wins, the nonprofit wins, and his wife wins by having a happier husband and fewer arguments. -- Been There Annie's Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to, or write to: Annie's Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. To find out more about Annie's Mailbox and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at

67 year-old woman to take up bike-riding Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about three-wheeled bicycles? I’m 67 years-old, and would like to take up recreational bike riding, but don’t trust myself on a 2wheeler. Unbalanced Bonnie Dear Bonnie, Three-wheeled bikes – also known as adult tricy-

cles – are a great cycling option for older boomers and seniors, especially those who have concerns with their balance or stamina. Here’s what you should know, along with some tips to help you shop for one.

Safer Cycling If you’d like to take up bike riding, but worry about falling, an adult tricycle is a smart option to consider because of the stability it provides. With a tricycle, you can ride as slow as you want without ever losing your balance and you can put both feet on the ground while seated, which is very reassuring for many

older riders. In addition, adult tricycles are also made with a low “step through” design making mounting and dismounting much easier than a traditional bike; they come with big tires that ensure a smooth ride; have raised, ergonomic handlebars that are easier

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Zesty Pepper Steak Ingredients 2 sheets (12x18-inches each) Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil 1 pound boneless beef sirloin steak, 1/2 inch thick 2 cups frozen yellow, green and red peppers with onions 1/2 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained 1/2 cup liquid fajita marinade Tortillas 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese for tacos Directions Preheat grill to medium-high or oven to 450 degrees F. Cut steak lengthwise in half and then crosswise into 1/8inch thick strips. Combine steak strips, peppers with onions, black beans and fajita marinade. Center half of steak mixture on each sheet of Reynolds Wrap Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil. Bring up foil sides. Double fold top and ends to seal packet, leaving room for heat circulation inside. Repeat to make two packets. Bake 15 to 18 minutes on a cookie sheet in oven OR GRILL 9to 11minutes in covered grill. Serve with tortillas; sprinkle with cheese before serving.

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their plans and answer questions at an Evening Forum. Linda Mrosko and Sean Hubbard have confirmed their presence at press time, with others expected to attend. Supper snacks and pie will be

served at the church, located at 2101 E. College St. in Athens. Call 903675-1639 for more information.

Friday, May 18

Ministries will meet at 6 p.m. Come hear the Word four the people, two the people. The meeting will be at The Judge Center on Edmonson Street. For

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Thursday, May 17 • Mabank High School Underclassmen Awards Assembly will be at 8:30 a.m. in the Competition Gym. • At 10 a.m., Happy Hours Garden Club will meet at the East Texas Arboretum Pavilion with a plant sale and lunch. Each person brings a salad to share, and a plant to sell or give away. This is a fundraiser for the club. For more information, call 903675-3873. • At 6:30 p.m. at St. Stephens Church, candidates for the U.S. House and Senate will present


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Animal farm welcomes home 700-pound pig By Sonya Varabedian CNHI NEWS SERVICE

NEWBURY, Mass. - A stash of potatoes, a bale of hay, a piece of flavorful candy and a clean pen. What else could a 700pound pig want? Bethany Groff wasn't leaving anything to chance Tuesday on Big Dave's return to this historic animal farm after several months absence. But just in case, a bottle of cold beer, which Dave is known to occasionally enjoy, stood at the ready to wash down his pet candy, a red and white peppermint drop. Groff is the regional site manager for Historic New England, which owns and operates the Spencer-PeirceLittle Farm in this


Big Dave, a 700-pound pig, returned to a larger pen at an historic animal farm in Newbury, Mass., this week, pleasing the farm's visitors, especially children.

n o r t h e a s t Massachusetts community. She was anxious to be reunited with Big Dave. "There's just something in his personality," she said. "He has more human eyes and loves to talk." Big Dave first spent a summer at the farm in 2009 and soon became a visitor favorite, taking on a celebrity status akin to the runt named Wilbur of "Charlotte's Web" fame -only seven times his size. But he soon grew even bigger, and his fence enclosure was no longer adequate to contain his 700pound frame. So he was moved to larger, quarters at a nearby farm. "When he left, I started getting letters from kids saying, 'Please bring Dave back,'" said Groff.

World leaders set for busy U.S. weekend of summitry Associated Press WASHINGTON — More than two dozen world leaders will join President Barack Obama in an extraordinary weekend of back-to-back summits to tackle Europe's mounting economic woes and solidify plans for winding down the decade-long war in Afghanistan. The Group of Eight economic summit and the national security-focused NATO meeting will be infused with politics from every angle. For Obama, the summits are a unique election-year opportunity to show leadership on the world stage without having to leave the U.S. But with some new faces around the conference tables, Obama and the other leaders will be confronted by the stark reminder of the political turmoil from Asia to Europe that cost several of their old counterparts their jobs. Since late 2011, public frustration with Europe's debt crisis has led to

Hurting Continued from 1A taken place in Payne Springs, and the Sheriff found himself on a lawnmower in his backyard. Everything inside him wanted to be in Payne Springs at that very moment. “We have the man in custody,” Jordan told Brownlow. That man, Randall Mays, was the brother of Noble Mays, Jr., who had, himself, been executed by the state for murder a few years earlier. When one of the officers was gunned down, a deputy heard him say that day, “We're even now.” Not for long, though. Both men were killed in a matter of seconds with Mays' long-range rifle. The fact that Mays survived the crisis, while only being wounded in the showdown, is a moment that still makes Brownlow proud to this day. After watching two of their own men dropped dead by Mays' rifle, fellow officers managed to arrest Mays without further injury. “If anyone ever doubted the professionalism of our department, they can rest easy now,” Brownlow said. “They (the deputies making the arrest) were remarkably restrained. They showed great discipline and professionalism.” With adrenalin running high, the officers captured Mays, read him his rights, and took him into custody. The justice system was allowed to work, and in time, a jury in 392nd District Court would convict Mays of the double murders, plus the wounding of Dep. Kevin Harris. Like his brother, Randall Mays would get the death penalty, though the day of execution has yet to be set. To this day, cars and trucks throughout the county have 5-year-old bumper stickers plastered to their vehicles, honoring the fallen deputies. Brownlow retired a year later, and Ray Nutt was elected to replace him. But

the ouster of leaders in Italy, Spain, Greece and most recently, France. Two other members of the G-8, Britain and Japan, have had leadership shake-ups since Obama took office. Obama is fighting for his own job in a campaign expected to hinge on the economy. He has had the good fortune of being able to hold both summits this year in the U.S., allowing him to tailor the meetings around his election-year messages of expanding the economy, creating jobs and ending the war The summit locations rotate annually for each organization. Leaders from the world's eight leading industrialized nations arrive in the Washington area on Friday for meetings at Camp David, the wooded presidential retreat in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains. Immediately following the G-8 summit, Obama and most of the other leaders will fly to Chicago Saturday evening to join

Nutt, a deputy investigator himself at the time, was at the scene that day. “I think the saddest part of the whole thing is the families left behind who still suffer from it,” Nutt said. “We pray for them. I think being around all that back then, and now in my position, it makes me more cautious when it comes to putting our people in harm's way. “I'm certainly not saying anybody made mistakes. We just have to look at every situation. A police officer loses his life, and we need to train and try to keep it from happening again.” During the aftermath of the tragedy, Brownlow remembers the kindness of citizens and fellow law officers who went out of their way to help Henderson County and its Sheriff's Department through the crisis. “It's a brotherhood,” said Brownlow. “When one's hurt, we're all hurt.” He remembers sending four cars to Dallas with uniformed officers to pick up the bodies after the autopsies. When they got there, one of the officers called the Sheriff. “The sheriff and police chief (in Dallas and Dallas County) want to help us bring these guys home,” the deputy said. “Let them do whatever they want to do,” Brownlow told him. They brought them to Athens, surrounding the hearse. Our people were surround-

other heads of state from NATO. Obama originally planned both meetings for Chicago, his hometown. But the White House abruptly scrapped those plans in March, announcing with little explanation that the G-8 would shift to Camp David. It was an unexpected move from Obama, who rarely spends time at Camp David and has never hosted a world leader there, unlike many of his predecessors. The White House said that location would lend itself to more intimate talks. It also will keep them far from the protests that usually flare on the summit fringes. But U.S. and other diplomats said a major reason for the switch was to appear welcoming to Vladimir Putin, who recently reclaimed the presidency in Russia. Putin planned to skip NATO because of his staunch opposition to the alliance's planned missile defense shield, and separating the two meetings was seen as a way to give Putin cover to slip away

ed by uniformed officers. I was waiting for them at the funeral home. I couldn't believe it.” Sheriffs departments and police agencies in every county and many communities showed up to offer assistance. J.B. Smith, the now retiring sheriff in Smith County, sent officers to Henderson County to help patrol the streets. Dep. Thomas Goodell admits that day affected him deeply. “It messed with me for a long time, but I guess I learned to deal with it,” Goodell said. “I think about him (Habelt, his former partner) all the time. I wish he was here with us. “Paul was just an honorable person. A really good guy, and one of the best police officers I ever met.” “Ogburn was a community leader, and a representative of his deep Christian faith,” said one officer. “I don't want to trivialize any other career choice,” said another officer. “But if you’re working at a local grocery, you don't have expectations that you're putting your life on the line. But when you pin this badge on every day, that is a definite possibility.” Each officer who went through the ordeal had to figure out how to move forward from the tragedy. “Our officers were just emotionally-drained right after it happened,” Brownlow said. “But slowly they returned to normalcy and it was business as

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less awkwardly. Yet in a move widely perceived as a snub, Putin told Obama last week that he was skipping the G-8 as well in order to stay in Russia and focus on forming his government. Russia's former president and current prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, will attend the G-8 sessions, which also include the U.S., Japan, Britain, France, Italy and Canada. White House officials insisted Putin's presence was not a factor in their decision to move the G-8 summit. The G-8 talks are expected to be dominated by the eurozone crisis, though Obama administration officials are keeping expectations for tangible agreements low. While the health of the U.S. economy is closely linked to Europe's stability, Obama has made clear that he has no appetite for ponying up American money to help bail out the continent.

usual.” “You move forward,” said now Chief Deputy Dan Parker. “You don't ever forget the memories, but you do move forward. I don't want that to sound cold, but you just have to.” Another deputy at the time, but a patrol officer in the Chandler Police Department now, was Chris Stanbery. He was Habelt's stepson, and Anita Habelt is his mom. “We were real close,” Stanbery said. “He was one of the reasons I got into what I'm doing now. He was always somebody I could go to, if I had any questions about the law. He was awesome.” Stanbery said his dominant thoughts after he found out was concern for his mother. She was so distraught for a long time,” he said. “They were very close.” “We all think about it, but we don't dwell,” said an officer who chose to remain anonymous. “We move forward, and honor the memory of it.” The officer admitted they occasionally do talk among themselves about that day. “We talk to young officers who weren't there that day. But we don't dwell on it, because that's not what we're about. “It's about the 60-plus



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years they lived, not the one day five years ago.” Brownlow had communicated with the two law enforcement officers just before their deaths. “I had just talked to both of them that morning. It was odd for me to see both of them in one morning,” Brownlow remembered. “Tony worked out of the Civil office, and Habelt was in the Seven Points office. “I remember Tony sticking his head in the doorway, and saying, ‘I know you're busy, Sheriff,’” Brownlow said. “But I just wanted to tell you how good God is to me.” Note: The Review asked to talk with any of the deputies and civilians who wished to comment from the Sheriff's Department. Anyone overlooked, who wishes to comment on the tragedy, is invited to do so.

So the historic farm built a larger and more sturdy pen with a wirepanel fence, wood posts and an electrical current to accommodate Big Dave. Michael McLaughlin, who helped build the new pen, was confident it would do the trick, admitting, however, that "he's a tough guy to keep contained." Groff said she adores all the farm animals she oversees but Big Dave is her favorite. "I have to say, I love this pig," she said. "I love all my aniamls but I really love him." Sonya Vartabedian is a reporter for the Newburyport, Mass., Daily News. Contact her at s v a r t a b e d i m.

Wreck Continued from 1A 315, about four miles north of Poynor. Martin said Bradley was driving a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo at the time of the wreck. He was northbound near County Road 4225, when his tires on the right side left the roadway. Bradley apparently tried to steer back onto the roadway, overcorrected, and left the pavement on the other side. Bradley’s vehicle continued on the west side of FM 315 and flipped, then collided with a tree. The Jeep came to rest, pinning Bradley in the vehicle. Rescue personnel were called to the scene to free Bradley from the vehicle, and transport him to ETMC.

Hits Continued from 1A In addition to the damaged pump, the business sustained a small amount of fire damage to the overhead structure. McKee was transported by EMS to East Texas Medical Center for treatment of incapacitating injuries. Officer James Graham investigated the accident for APD. He was assisted by Sgt. Brett Morman and Cpl. Billy Westover. The Athens Fire Department responded to the fire with three pumper trucks and personnel.

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three no trump. North’s cue of four hearts allowed Eas make a lead-directing dou Four no trump was Rom Key-Card Blackwood wh the king of the agreed tru suit counts as a fifth ace, North-South ended in spades. Peter Weichsel, West, d fully led a heart. Declarer w in dummy with the ace, cro to the ace of diamonds, then turned to the table with the k of trumps to run the queen diamonds, discarding a h when East did not cover. W ichsel ducked smoothly! W declarer repeated the ruffin nesse, pitching a club f hand, Weichsel won with king and returned a diam for East to ruff. Declarer o ruffed, but one of the No South winners disappeared. Declarer tried to recove drawing trumps, discarding other club on the long diam and then finessing the jack West won the queen for the ting trick. Beautiful! Observe that if West w the king of diamonds at the opportunity, declarer home. Suppose West rever hearts. Declarer ruffs, draw the trumps and then crosse the king of clubs to disc three club losers on the high amonds.

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HCRSPA new officers

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Saturday, May 19


Henderson County Retired School Personnel Association installed their new officers for the 2012 - 2013 year. From right to left, are outgoing President Betty Gore, new President Patty Curtis, 1st Vice President Kirby Thomas, 2nd Vice President Bill Green, Recording Secretaries Norma Lewis and Jo Gresham, Treasurer D.D. Winfield, and Corresponding Secretary Pat Rogers.

Defense rests without calling Edwards, mistress Associated Press GREENSBORO, N.C. — John Edwards' defense team rested Wednesday without calling the twotime Democratic presidential candidate or his onetime mistress to the witness stand, a sign of confidence after presenting little more than two days of testimony and evidence. The defense had called a series of witnesses aimed at shifting the jury's focus from the lurid details of a political sex scandal to the legal question of whether the Edwards' actions violated federal campaign finance laws. Prosecutors spent nearly three weeks trying to convince a jury that Edwards masterminded a conspiracy to use nearly $1 million secretly provided by two wealthy donors to help hide his pregnant mistress, Rielle Hunter, as he sought the White House in 2008. Many people watching

Woman Continued from 5A to reach and grip; and offer oversize seats (some even have backrests) for comfort and support. And, other than the frame, tricycles use the same standard components as traditional bikes do, so replacement parts are readily available, and repairs are not an issue. Types of Tricycles There are literally dozens of different types of adult tricycles to choose from with prices ranging anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. To help you figure out the right kind of tricycle that meets your needs and budget, here’s a breakdown of the different styles and costs, along with some popular models to checkout. Upright: If you’re primarily interested in a leisurely ride around the neighborhood for pleasure, fitness or running errands, upright trikes are a good choice. These are traditional upright-positioned tricycles that come with rear cargo baskets and limited gear options usually ranging from one to threespeeds. Some popular models in this category include the Schwinn Meridian Adult Tricycle sold at Walmart and Target for around $270, the Sun Traditional 24 trike (see that retails for around $375, and the Torker TriStar threespeed ( which costs around $500. Recumbent: These are the lower-to-the-ground, stretched-out frame tricycles that allow you to recline with your legs positioned in front of you. Available in various styles, recumbent trikes are very comfy, easy on the back and aerodynamic which make them ideal for long rides. See, sunbi-

the case believed Edwards would testify so the jury could hear directly from the former U.S. senator and trial lawyer, who had a reputation for his ability to sway jurors. But putting Edwards on the stand was also a gamble: It would have exposed him to withering cross-examination about his past lies and personal failings. Most experts were convinced calling Hunter to testify would have dredged up more negatives and lies. The defense also elected not to question Edwards' oldest daughter, Cate, who has sat behind Edwards nearly every day of the trial and could have helped humanize him. At one point during the trial, she ran out of the courtroom in tears during testimony about her cancer-stricken mother confronting her father about his extramarital affair. The judge told jurors that no more witnesses

would be called and closing arguments would be Thursday, with the jury likely beginning deliberations Friday. Edwards is charged with six criminal counts including conspiracy to violate the Federal Election Campaign Act, accepting contributions that exceeded campaign finance limits, and causing his campaign to file a false financial disclosure report. He faces up to 30 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines if convicted of all charges. Edwards has sat quietly at the defense table throughout his trial, whispering with his lawyers and rarely showing reaction to the often emotional testimony from witnesses who were once among his strongest supporters and closest friends. He has made no public statements since October, following a pre-trial hearing where a judge refused to throw out the criminal case against him.,, and for a nice variety, but be aware that recumbent trikes are more expensive than upright models, typically ranging between $800 and $2,500. Tandem: If you plan to ride primarily with your spouse or another partner, you may want to get a tandem tricycle that comes with two seats (front and back), or you can get a double seat tricycle with the seats side-by-side. You can find these types of bikes for around $1,000 to $2,000, at the same websites that offer recumbent trikes. Folding: If you like to

travel or if you have limited storage space, tricycles that are designed to fold up to fit in tight spaces are another popular option. The Adventurer ThreeSpeed Folding Trike which sells for $390 at, Kent Westport Folding Tricycle sold at Target and for $300, and Walmart’s Port-O-Trike 3Speed Folding Tricycle for $400 are three good folding trikes to consider. Electric: If you need a boost from time to time, electric tricycles are hybrids that have pedals and an electric motor, so you can exercise when you want or you can sit back

• There will be a barbeque sandwich plate sale on Saturday, May 19, starting at 11 a.m. at Tractor Supply Company. Henderson County 4-H is raising money to help our 4Hers get to Lubbock for Sate 4-H Roundup. The community’s support is essential to ensure that these hardworking kids get to compete at state. Plates will be sold until they run out. Plate will include chopped beef sandwich, chips, a brownie or cookie and a drink for only $5. The event is sponsored by Ribmasters 2, Ole West Steakhouse, TSC Tractor Supply Co., Danny’s Smokehouse BBQ, Lilly Enterprises, Inc., Chicken Express and First State Bank. • The Gun Barrel City No. 369 Rainbow Girls Masonic Youth are having a Yard Sale from 7 a.m. to noon at 224 Lakeshore Dr. in Seven Points.

their family. • Henderson County Senior Citizens will sponsor a dance with country western music at the Senior Citizens Center on State Highway 31 East from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. All ages are welcome. Music will be provided by the Hwy. 31 Band.

Saturday, May 26 • A Murchison Reunion will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Murchison School Cafetorium. Lunch at noon will be catered by Danny’s Smokehouse. There will be a bake sale and raffle in the cafetorium during the reunion. Proceeds to benefit Barbara Ann Brown Smith. Larry Everett and Group will provide music. Come early and visit later and listen to the music at noon for lunch or all day for all. For lunch reservations, call Wilda Gothard at 903-4693646, or ZoNelle Ferguson

at 903-469-3689 or Idelia Simmons at 903-4693395. • The historic Rounsavall Cemetery, located on CR 3700 north of FM 317 in what was once known as the Flat Creek community, will be recognized with the placement of an official Texas historical marker at 11 a.m. Following the dedication, all relatives, friends and former neighbors are invited to join in the reunion of the decendents of Arba and Fannie Emeline Carter Rounsavall, by bringing a covered dish to the home of Donald and Frankie Sue Adair Rounsavall on Lake Athens for lunch at 1:30 p.m. Following lunch, there will be a brief meeting of the Rounsavall Cemetery Association, which oversees the upkeep of the cemetery. For more i nformation, call 903-6770315.

Monday, May 21 • Henderson County Needlecrafters will meet from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Woman’s Building in the lower level at the Arboretum, 1601 Patterson Road. Bring your work basket and sack lunch. Visitors are welcome. • The next meeting of the Rootseekers Genealogical Society will be held at 7 p.m. at the TriCounty Library in downtown Mabank. The speaker will be James Ray, and his topic is to be his experiences as a POW. We are looking forward to hearing from James, and are excited that he wishes to share his experiences with us. On Tuesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon someone will be in the genealogy room to help anyone wishing to do research on

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Mabank has used the experience of its seniors to make an unprecedented run this season in baseball. The team’s seniors, pictured from left, are Jarred Odom;

Ryan Walker; Hunter Carrico; Jacob Ortiz; Toby Grimes; Zeke Gonzales; Jake Raney; Austin Craig; and J.T. Delay.

Cool, calm & collected Mabank tries to keep things loose as quarterfinal vs. Pleasant Grove looms By Jayson Larson SPORTS EDITOR

MABANK — As they lined up to take a picture recently, several members of the Mabank Panthers baseball team couldn’t help themselves. Between snaps of the photographer’s camera, one would say something to try to get the others to smile. But as the picture was taken, none dared flash a grin. And that’s essentially what this team has been about this season. The 2012 Mabank Panthers take pride in being loose, relaxed and playful. But at game time, it’s strictly serious business. Yet the results of their recent games have only left them with more reasons to smile. The Panthers — fresh off an upset of the Carthage Bulldogs, Class 3A’s sixth-ranked team —

are set to face fourth-ranked Texarkana Pleasant Grove in a Region II-3A quarterfinals series. The first two games of the series, set for Thursday and Friday, will be played at 7 p.m. at Kilgore’s Driller Park. A third game, if necessary, will be played Saturday at 2 p.m. at Northeast Texas Community College in Mount Pleasant. Mabank head coach Jeff Johnson said his team’s ability to stay cool under fire has brought it this far. Prior to last Saturday’s elimination of Carthage, Mabank had never won a playoff baseball game. In that game, the Panthers needed to rally in their last at-bat to set down the always-tough Bulldogs. “They’re doing a good job of staying relaxed and loose — but

Region II-3A quarterfinals Mabank (18-7) vs. Texark. Pleasant Grove (26-5) Best-of-three series Game 1: Today, 7 p.m., Driller Park in Kilgore Game 2: Friday, 7 p.m., Driller Park in Kilgore Game 3*: Saturday, 2 p.m., Northeast Texas Community College, Mount Pleasant * if necessary not silly,” Johnson said. “This group has never been worried about who they’re playing.” Regardless of state ranking. Catcher Hunter Carrico, one of the team’s seniors, said the Panthers carry around an “ac-

cept all challenges” mentality. “We’ve had faith from the getgo,” he said. “We were picked second-to-last in our district, but our expectations were always higher than that.” The Panthers (18-7) ended up going 9-1 to claim the District 133A championship — the program’s first since 1989. That title, Johnson said, was a huge boost in confidence for a team that already believed in itself. “We know if one guy’s not getting it done, the next guy will,” said junior Garrett Holcomb, whose two-run single provided the go-ahead runs against Carthage. “It’s been a total team effort all year long.” That effort, senior Jacob Ortiz said, began months ago. “We’ve been blessed by God with a team that’s real close.

Coming soon to the top ... New TVCC men’s coach says he plans to take Cards to No. 1 By Jayson Larson

Smiley named AD, Furr kinesiology chair


In the hours leading up to his official introductory press conference, Kris Baumann could have been practicing his remarks or straightening his tie. Instead, he was conducting a recruiting meeting. Translation: Baumann, the new men’s head basketball coach at Trinity Valley Community College, is ready to go to work. Baumann was formally introduced to the college and the community on Wednesday, two days after his hiring was announced by TVCC President Dr. Glendon Forgey. Baumann — who likes to be called by his nickname, “Coach Bucket” — comes to TVCC after seven years as head men’s coach at Garden City Community College in Kansas. “This is a great opportunity for me,” Baumann said. “I’m very excited. I’m taking over for two guys who are probably going to be in the athletic Hall of Fame. I’ve got big shoes to fill.” Baumann is replacing Pat Smith, who left TVCC after six seasons to return to Moberly Area Community College in Missouri after compiling a 12267 record in Athens. Smith is 20 wins shy of 600 in his career. Before Smith came Leon Spencer, who won 773 games in a 40-year TVCC career. That makes Baumann only the third men’s basketball coach at TVCC over the past half-century. Baumann said it was a hard decision leaving Garden City, but that his decision was swayed by the fact the Kansas conference in which he coached is limited to giving only partial


New TVCC memn’s head basketball coach Kris Baumann talks about his plans during a press conference officially introducing him on Wednesday. scholarships to players. This conference, he said, can offer 12 full scholarships. But playing twice a week in a Texas conference that can include four-hour road trips, Baumann knows, won’t be easy. “This league is legendary,” he said. “Look at how many guys from this conference have played in the NBA, how many coaches are in the Hall of Fame. It’s a dynamic league.” Like Smith, Baumann spent six seasons with his previous employer. In that time,

Baumann’s Garden City teams went 120-75. His 2008-2009 team won 25 games and claimed the Region VI championship, advancing to the NJCAA Men’s National Tournament for the first time in 53 years. Baumann was later named Region VI Coach of the Year and selected to coach in the NJCAA All-Star Game. Guy Furr, who has been assistant coach at TVCC for two different stints, will remain on staff. Trent Wolf from Garden City will also join the staff.

During his press conference announcing the hiring of his next men’s head basketball coach, TVCC President Dr. Smiley Glendon Forgey on Wednesday also announced several personnel moves within the Furr athletic department. Football coach Brad Smiley has been named athletic director, while Kris Baumann — the new men’s hoops coach — will serve as associate athletic director. Guy Furr, who has been an assistant with the men’s basketball team since 2007 after serving in the same post under Leon Spencer from 1987 to 1992, will now be chairman of the kinesiology department. Former men’s basketball coach Pat Smith previously served as athletic director before departing for Moberly Area Community College in Missouri. — Jayson Larson

We’re always with each other,” Ortiz said. “When we first started coming out here (for preseason workouts), we were working hard.” The Panthers say they know it will take hard work to take down Pleasant Grove’s Hawks, who are trying to make the Class 3A State Baseball Tournament for a record fifth-consecutive year. The Hawks (26-5) made the state semifinals last year and won it all in 2010. “We’re confident,” Johnson said. “Our guys understand that once the game starts, it’s all about throwing, catching and hitting the ball. (Pleasant Grove) is going to have to field and throw it just like we do. “We have nothing to lose,” he added. “Nobody thought we could beat Carthage, yet here we are.”

Fresno’s Furr on the mend By Jayson Larson SPORTS EDITOR

Alex Furr, Athens High School’s leader in career basketball points scored, is flying through the process of recovering from a severe knee injury suffered late last year. Furr, a sophomore at Fresno State University, tore her ACL, MCL and damaged other parts of her left knee during a game last December against Stanford. Furr said she Furr was playing defense when an oncoming ballhandler crossed over her dribble. Furr shifted in the same direction. “As soon as I did it, it just snapped,” Furr said. “It was the loudest noise I’ve ever heard.” The injury ended Furr’s sophomore season eight games in. She had surgery last December 28 and has since been working hard to get ready for next season. She said she is expecting to recover fully and likely be stronger than before the injury. Furr finished with 3,169 points in her four-year career at Athens. She was named most valuable player in each of her final three years of high school on the Athens Review All-Henderson County Area Basketball Team. As a freshman at Fresno State, she led the team in free throw percentage (88.9 percent) and helped FSU win a Western Athletic Conference championship. She played in 26 of the team’s 33 games.

Athens Daily Review, General Excellence, May 17, 2012  

Athens Daily Review, General Excellence, May 17, 2012

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