Crestway Park Dental won the Grand Prize in last Saturday night’s Athens Christmas Parade for its Grinch/Whoville float (with real snow!). Here Crestway is receiving the $500 grand prize from city officials and the parade judges.
Story No. 1 – Christmas Parades: The Athens Christmas parade was a huge success last Saturday, and two more parades are on tap for this weekend. The Malakoff Christmas parade will be Saturday at 10 a.m., and the Eustace Christmas parade will be Saturday at 6 p.m.
Why it is important: Because it’s Christmas and we love parades.
Learn more: The Malakoff News has some info.
Story No. 2 – 15 percent rule: Texas Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams announced last Friday that the state will defer the so-called “15 percent grading requirement” for the current school year.
Why it is important: Under the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), which went into effect last year, a student’s score on the STAAR end-of-course exams count as 15 percent of the student’s final grade.
Learn more: The Malakoff/Athens News.
Story No. 3 – Nativity lawsuit … not: San Antonio atheist Patrick Greene filed a lawsuit against the City of Athens on Monday in connection with the annual nativity scene on the County Courthouse lawn — and then he dropped it three days later to go after the Texas Attorney General instead.
Why it is important: Because the nativity scene controversy has taken on a life of its own, regardless of how weary we’ve become.
Learn more: The Athens Review.
Story No. 4 – Citizen of the Year applications: Nominations are being accepted for the 2012 Athens Citizen of the Year. The award was established to acknowledge and show appreciation to citizens who have exhibited generous community spirit, and a commitment to improving the quality of life for the citizens of Athens.
Why it is important: The award highlights someone who usually works without recognition.
Learn more: Nominations should be sent as a letter of recommendation, in a sealed envelope marked “Citizen of the Year Nomination” to the Athens Chamber of Commerce, 201 W.Corsicana Suite #1, Athens, TX 75751 no later than Dec. 28. The award will be announced at the Jan. 18, 2013 Chamber banquet at the Athens Country Club. For more information contact Sarah Hueber at 903-675-5181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Story No. 5 – Charlotte’s Web: The Henderson County Performing Arts Center will be staging “Charlotte’s Web,” running Dec. 7, 8, 13, 14, 15.
Why it is important: Because the crew at HCPAC put on an outstanding production.
Learn more: Get more information, or purchase tickets, on the HCPAC website.