Story No. 1 – UIL redistricting: The University Interscholastic League released the results of its bi-annual reshuffle Thursday. Locally, Athens-Mabank-Brownsboro all ended up in a district together, while over on Cedar Creek Lake Malakoff-Eustace-Kemp are all in the same district.
Why it is important: Nothing builds a rivalry like games that count.
Learn more: Jayson Larson over at the Review has a rundown of the local districts. For the complete list, check out the UIL site.
Story No. 2 – Fire chief indicted: The former president and fire chief of the now-defunct Shady Oaks VFD was indicted late last week for theft and misappropriation of fiduciary property (means he’s charged with stealing from the VFD).
Why it is important: Beyond the impact on that one VFD, this case is likely to have an impact on the way Commissioners’ Court handles its contracts with the volunteer fire departments.
Learn more: Here’s the story.
Story No. 3 – Church event: Henderson County churches are organizing an outreach event at the Cain Center for Feb. 11. This is a direct outgrowth of the Nativity Rally which brought an estimated 5,000 to the Courthouse Square in December.
Why it is important: If area churches start actively reaching out to the poor and hurting it can only help the county.
Learn more: Area journalist and blogger Michael V. Hannigan has a story.
Story No. 4 – Elections snafu: Well, the date for Texas primaries got even more murky this week (if that’s possible), with federal judges in D.C. telling a San Antonio court not to expect any help from them for at least 30 days.
Why it is important: Because we all have to keep up with what’s becoming a running joke.
Learn more: The Houston Chronicle breaks it down.
Story No. 5 – Your taxes are late!: I sure hope this doesn’t come as a surprise, but county taxes were due by Tuesday, Jan. 31.
Why it is important: If you forgot, there is a 7 percent penalty which increases monthly.
Learn more: Here’s some information from the Review.