Referendum scheduled on Cain Center with Mayor Montgomery and Councilman McCain

December 11, 2018

There will be a referendum on the May ballot for the Cain Center.

There are basically three important facets to the Cain Center project currently in play.

-- The City of Athens will keep for now the $5.33 million in Certificates of Obligation currently earmarked for the Cain Center. 
-- The Cain Center steering committee established last month will continue its work. 
-- Citizens will get a chance to vote on spending the money in the referendum.

We speak with Athens Mayor Monte Montgomery and City Councilman Ed McCain about where we are with this issue and how we got here.

Interview with Coach Driskell - area round

November 23, 2018

Interview with Coach Jamie Driskell after Malakoff's 31-21 win over No. 7 Jefferson in area round action.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Weinstein Team

November 20, 2018

We have plenty to be thankful for here at the Weinstein Team. We are thankful that the things we do keep us so connected to our community. If you don’t know, the Weinstein Team includes Weinstein Law, Weinstein Real Estate, Henderson County Now, the Uncle Fletch Festival, and the Silver Screen Movie Club.

In today’s podcast, I ask Jeff Weinstein what he’s thankful for.

Dr. Fran, East Texas Crisis Center, Help Center and Family Peace Project

November 19, 2018

Dr. Francine McCain of Ask Dr. Fran fame presented checks to the East Texas Crisis Center, The Henderson County Help Center, and the Family Peace Project this week. The money came from a year-long fundraising effort in her office.

Because of the check presentation, I was lucky enough to get the leaders from three important organizations: Mary Farmer of the Family Peace Project, Della Cooper of the East Texas Crisis Center, and Leslie Saunders of the Help Center.

Interview: Coach Jamie Driskell after Pottsboro win

November 17, 2018

MESQUITE -- The Malakoff offense was red hot Friday night as the Tigers burned Pottsboro 63-35 Friday night at Mesquite E.H. Hanby Stadium in bi-district action.

Malakoff got going early, scoring 21 points in the first quarter and never trailed in the game. Pottsboro never got closer than 14.

The Tigers improved their record to 8-2 on the year and will face 11-0 Jefferson next week in the Area round.

Athens Police Department struggles with finding, keeping officers

November 16, 2018

Friday, Police Chief Buddy Hill told City Council members that the department currently has seven positions open and it could lose three more officers before the end of the year. If that happened, the department would be short nearly a third of its budgeted officers.

The council is expected to vote on a new pay scale for police that could change all that. I sat in on the meeting and spoke with Chief Hill about the problem, its causes and what it all means.

Hope Springs Water changes the world

November 14, 2018

The lack of clean drinking water is a worldwide crisis. According to the World Health Organization, 844 million people lack even a basic drinking-water service and Globally, at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with feces.

It is a horrific problem, but there’s a group in Athens doing something about it. Hope Springs Water gives 100 percent of its profits for clean water, improved sanitation and public health and hygiene education.

On today’s podcast, I talk with Jessica Richardson of Hope Springs about their mission and the big Turkey Trot event scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 22.

In Addition: Cain Center project goes to community committee

November 14, 2018

The long-running saga of the Cain Center rehabilitation project took another twist Tuesday night, but this time there’s a clock ticking.

During their regular meeting, council members decided to give a group of community members and activists until April 2 to come up with a viable plan for moving forward with the Cain Center. The committee is to be led by Steve Grant.

Read the story here.

We’re gearing up for the McDonald’s Toy Drive

November 9, 2018

It is time for the annual Kevin and Jeaneane Lilly’s McDonald’s Toy Drive and the Weinstein Team is on board again. We will be helping out with big events in Athens on Dec. 4 and Gun Barrel City on Dec. 5. In today’s podcast, I chat with Berta Winn and Cori Warren about what’s on the schedule.

Healthy eating, healthy living with AgriLife Extension

November 6, 2018

Carolyn Tyler is one of our county’s AgriLife Extension Agents and she is in charge of Family and Community Health. We talked with her this week about what that means and what AgriLife FCH can do for you.

You can find the Henderson County AgriLife FCH Facebook page here. 

Learn more about the “Maintain, No Gain” program here. 


The Rundown

2:00 -- About Carolyn Tyler

3:30 -- About AgriLife Extension and how it plugs into local government

5:20 -- About Family and Community Health

6:05 -- Child Passenger Safety

8:00 -- Certified Food Handlers course

9:40 -- Healthy food preparations, Cooking Well with Diabetes, Cooking Well with High Blood Pressure

11:00 -- Maintain, No Gain -- getting through the holidays without gaining

14:15 -- December 15 live cooking demonstration

15:45 -- Library Learning Series

17:20 -- Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes

19:15 -- Lunch and Learn Series

21:45 -- 4-H and 4-H food programs

25:20 -- 4-H is about more than just livestock projects