Story No. 1 – Randy Daniel sworn in: Former Athens mayor Randy Daniel was sworn in as Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Friday morning. Daniel is filling the seat left vacant when Henry Ashford passed away last month.
Why it is important: Always good to know the judge.
Learn more: 5 Things is actually being published before any of the local papers reported on the swearing-in, so here is an older story about the Athens City Council accepting Daniel’s resignation.
Story No. 2 – Lawsuit against Athens dropped: That’s right, San Antonio atheist Patrick Greene dropped his nativity lawsuit against the City of Athens the same week he filed it.
Why it is important: Over the past year, anything nativity related in Athens has become big news.
Learn more: The Malakoff/Athens News has the story.
Story No. 3 – Blake Stiles is official: The Athens ISD Board of Trustees made it official last week. Blake Stiles is the new superintendent. We know this might sound like old news, but state law requires a 21-day waiting period before school superintendent hirings become final.
Why it is important: Because Athens ISD arguably reaches the most people in the community.
Learn more: The Tyler Paper did a very good story with Stiles.
Story No. 4 – Big splash: Texas Trust Credit Union donated $5,000 toward the building of a splash pad in Kiwanis Park.
Why it is important: There has been a huge effort to make the splash pad a reality.
Learn more: The Athens Review has a story and photo.
Story No. 5 – Fighting Obamacare: Malakoff resident Clint Stutts travelled to Austin recently to lobby for a bill to nullify the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, in Texas. Stutts helped write the nullification legislation.
Why it is important: Regardless of your politics, Stutts’s story is reminder that Democracy is about participation.
Learn more: The Malakoff/Athens News has a story.