Two years into the process, the Athens City Council is still debating the proper direction for the Cain Center rehabilitation project. Tuesday, Oct. 30, the council met and revealed a wide difference of opinion among members about how much the project could cost taxpayers. There is also now a minimalist operations plan that may be the Cain Center’s last hope.
The East Texas Crisis Center is holding its annual Wine & Cheese Gala this Friday at the Stone Oak Ranch in Murchison. This is an organization vital for Henderson County. They help victims of domestic violence and friends, we have way too many of those. We spoke with the director of outreach Della Cooper about the event and the problem.
Trinity Valley Community College renamed its auditorium the Pauline Knight Perkins Performing Arts Center on Monday and established a $750,000 endowment for scholarships. The moves are part of a multi-million dollar gift left to the college by Athens attorney Nancy Perkins, the single biggest gift ever given to the college. Listen in as Vice President Kristen Bennett, President Dr. Jerry King, and Foundation Chairman Steve Grant talk about the gift and hits impact on the college.
After 24 years of being an important part of the Athens business community, Robert and Shiela Walker of Walker Plumbing Supply have decided to retire. We sat down with them and the guys from NWS who are taking over.
Benny Rogers has been the dean of Henderson County sports for as long as I can remember. For nearly as long, he has been the announcer of his beloved Malakoff Tigers. I talked with him and Malakoff Superintendent Randy Perry about Benny’s tenure behind the mic.
October is Elderly Financial Abuse Awareness month. That’s just one form of elderly abuse, but there are others and Adult Protective Services is the agency tasked with standing in the gap and that’s a big job in Henderson County. In this podcast, we’ll hear about one way the local APS board is trying to help and we’ll also hear from an APS specialist about what they do.
A line of storms hit the county hard last Saturday, prompting cities to activate emergency sirens and communications networks and the report of a tornado in the Cross Roads area. We spoke with the Athens Fire Chief and the County Judge about what’s going on behind the scenes during severe weather events.
Have you heard that there are as many as EIGHT new restaurants coming to Athens?
We talked with Athens City Councilman Ed McCain and City Manager Elizabeth Borstadt to find out who is coming to town and where they are going to be.
TxDOT (Athens) Maintenance plans to conduct base repairs on SH 155 and edge repairs on FM 85. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control at both locations.
Henderson County construction projects updates:
SH 31 Overlay Project
- Limits: From FM 3204 east to 0.5 miles west of FM 315 in Chandler
- Contractor: Big Creek Construction of Hewitt
- Cost: $2.7 million
- Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2018
The contractor is backfilling pavement edges, working on guard fence, and preparing for surface hot mix. Expect daily lane closures. Watch for construction traffic exiting and merging throughout the project limits. The project consists of base repairs, mill and inlay, seal coating, surface hot mix, Metal Beam Guard Fence upgrades, and the installation of signs and pavement markings.
SH 19 Widening Project III
- Limits: FM 1615 south to 0.3 miles south of Coon Creek
- Contractor: A.L. Helmcamp
- Cost: $4.9 million
- Anticipated Completion Date: Spring 2019
The contractor is cleaning base, preparing to prime the northbound shoulder, and applying seal coat to the roadway as weather permits. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 mph for the duration of the project which consists of adding 10-foot shoulders on both the northbound and southbound travel lanes.
US 175 Widening Project (Phase I)
- Limits: From 0.1 mile SE of FM 804 near Baxter SE to 1.1 miles E of Loop 60E at Larue
- Contractor: A.L. Helmcamp, Inc. and Big Creek Construction
- Cost: $39.2 million
- Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2018
The contractor is conducting miscellaneous work and final cleanup activities. Observe advance warning signs and expect lane closures. The speed limit is 55 mph on this project to expand US 175 from two lanes to a four-lane divided highway with a depressed median.
US 175 Widening Project (Phase III) in Anderson County
- Limits: From 0.85 mile E of FM 315 in Poynor SE to .5 mile NW of SH 155 at Frankston
- Contractor: A.L. Helmcamp, Inc.
- Cost: $27.6 million
- Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2019
Traffic is on the westbound lanes as an undivided highway running east/west as work is conducted in the eastbound lanes. The contractor is working in the two southern most lanes from Elm St. to Cemetery Rd. to install driveway pipe and box culverts. Installation necessitates the continuation of clear/grub, demolishing existing culverts, and excavation. SW3P items are continuously installed and repaired on this project that is expanding US 175 from two lanes to a four-lane divided highway with a depressed median.