Fighting for those without a voice

  Fernando Luis Santillan, Texas Wesleyan junior political science and world religion major who is originally from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, has high hopes for his future but has the constant fear of deportation. “I feel like my freshman year I got so, not bullied or anything, but like I can feel like people are talking…

Defying all odds

As the SATs are being passed out and the names are being written at the top, panic begins to settle into one particular student. After spending years of having classes at home and being taught by her mother, Amanda Roach never thought that she would endure this make or break moment. Words of despair began…

Chandler approves alcohol in McCain Park

The Chandler City Council approved the regulation to serve alcoholic beverages in parks at Tuesday’s city hall meeting. During the meeting, City Administrator John Taylor introduced ordinance O-061317, which would allow the council to approve the serving of alcohol at special events on a case-by-case basis.   “The city of Chandler has an ordinance that…

Parks and Recreation Board look for new members

The Chandler Parks and Recreation Board are looking for dedicated Chandler citizens wanting the opportunity to be a voice for the community. On July 13, the board met for a specially scheduled meeting to discuss the new park board structure and its relationship with the Chandler Sports Association. “My observation of the boards is that…

Commissioners Court meet to discuss the needs of Chandler residents

Members of the Commissioners Court met on Tuesday, June 27 to discuss the needs of the Henderson County residents. During the meeting, commissioner Chuck McHam requested the opportunity to transfer a 2011 Chevy Tahoe from the Sheriff’s office to the Precinct 3 offer. “We have two Tahoes we are taking out of our fleet,” Sheriff…

After 24 years of hard work and dedication as the Chandler City Secretary, Shirley Parmer plans to retire and commit her time to new experiences. “I’m so excited,” Parmer said. “My husband has been retired for many years and really it’s time for me too.” Parmer started her career as a worker in the courts…

Meals on Wheels volunteers needed in Henderson County

The Henderson County Meals on Wheels Ministry is looking for dedicated volunteers with the need to serve the community. “Our volunteers are a diverse group of individuals,” East Texas Meals on Wheels Vice President of Development and Public Relations Zoe Lawhorn said. “They are business owners, retirees, students, professionals and stay-at-home moms.”   Meals on…

Young and old enjoy Fiddlers weekend

The annual Old Fiddlers Reunion came back to the Athens Courthouse Square to excite and entertain many fans of the event this past weekend. Even with a major change to the event, hundreds of fans attended the 86th annual Athens Old Fiddlers Reunion to dance to music, chow down on food, and embrace the spirit…

Students thank supporters, look ahead

As the stands of the Cross Roads Student Event Center filled with exciting family members and friends on May 26, graduates took the time to thank the many people in the stands and on the stage. “Everyone in this building has impacted our lives for better or for worse but ultimately created the new members…

Glow Run returned for its fifth year in Athens

The Glow Run returned to Athens for its fifth year with over 70 participants running, walking or observing the event. The run/walk started at the Cain Center Staging area with participants running or walking a one and half route with a turnaround. Upon taking the turnaround, participants were stopped by Boy Scout members from Troop…