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Notebook 6-12-20

County school districts learn PPE allotment.

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Hannigan’s Notebook, May 29, 2020

Big donations, happy graduates, and Fiddlers.

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COVID-19 mobile testing scheduled

By Michael V. Hannigan Ready to get tested? Drive thru COVID-19 testing will be available in Henderson County Saturday, May 16. This testing is by appointment only and is being offered by the Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Military Forces, Texas Division of Emergency Management, and Emergency Medical Task Force. “They actually relaxed […]

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Library donations given in Ken Geeslin’s name

By Michael V. Hannigan Henderson County Commissioners Court accepted donations from the Friends of the Library and the Public Library Fund in the name of the late Ken Geeslin last week.  Pct. 4 Commissioner Geeslin passed away December 3, 2019. “We accepted two $500 donations in the name of Commissioner Geeslin to commemorate all the […]

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May is Elder Abuse Awareness Month

By Michael V. Hannigan Tuesday, Commissioners Court proclaimed this Elder Abuse Awareness Month in Henderson County. There were 234 confirmed cases of elder abuse and neglect in the county in 2019, County Judge Wade McKinney said during a podcast this week. “They are a precious recources and that’s not just giving lip service to it,” […]

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Suicide related calls up at Sheriff’s Office

By Michael V. Hannigan The Sheriff’s Office is receiving more calls about potential suicides, Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said during this week’s podcast. Hillhouse said in February — before the COVID-19 quarantine — there were 14 suicide related calls. He said between 10 and 15 calls per month was normal. Through 28 days of […]

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County Order to expire Thursday

County Judge Wade McKinney explains the difference between the order and the disaster declaration.

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Farmers Market opens this Saturday

Michael V. Hannigan The Athens Farmers Market’s 2020 season kicks off this Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the city parking lot, one block northeast of the square and behind The Texan. “We would love for you to come down and experience the love that the local community puts into the […]

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New communications system moving forward

System could come online in December By Michael V. Hannigan Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said work on the county’s new digital communications system is progressing and may even be ahead of schedule during a podcast interview this week. “It’s really moving forward quickly now,” he said. Commissioners Court approved the $4.5 million system from […]

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Why isn’t there enough COVID-19 testing in county?

By Michael V. Hannigan Why isn’t there more testing for COVID-19 available in Henderson County? County Judge Wade McKinney and County Attorney Clint Davis answered that question during  a podcast Wednesday morning. “We are a rural county,” McKinney said, “that has almost a thousand square miles in it. Our population density is much less (than […]