Week of January 23, 2012

(Photo credit The Athens Chamber of Commerce)

Story No. 1 – Citizen of the Year: Judith McGilvray was named the Athens Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year during the chamber banquet last Friday. East Texas Medical Center was the Business of the Year. The Ambassador of the Year was Darlene Clark.
Why it is important: Because these are prestigious awards with a long history.
Learn more: The Athens Review has the story.

Story No. 2 – Limited time to save primary: Leaders from the Texas Democratic and Republican parties are scheduled to meet today to see if the April 3 primary date can be saved. All they have to do is agree on redistricting maps.
Why it is important: Get ready for more moving election dates.
Learn more: The Texas Tribune had a good story early in the week.

Story No. 3 – Brewery coming to town: First Athens went wet and now it is getting a brewery. The Cedar Creek Brewery will be opening on Highway 175 between Athens and Eustace.
Why it is important: New business is always good, plus the brewery is going to host tours on Saturdays.
Learn more: We first learned about this when The Malakoff News posted a link to this Pegasusnews.com story.

Story No. 4 – TVCC women still undefeated: The No. 1-ranked Trinity Valley Lady Cardinals are 20-0 after an easy win over San Jac Wednesday night.
Why it is important: We could be seeing a very special season unfolding in Athens. Remember, the coaches Landers (Michael and Kenya) took the Lady Cardinals to the national championship game last year but came up short. Could this year see a triumphant return?
Learn more: Jayson Larson has a story.

Story No. 5 – Power out at courthouse: There was some excitement at the Henderson County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon when a wire leading into a transformer in the basement shorted out and caught fire. Judge Richard Sanders said the fire was quickly extinguished with no other damage, although one employee did get stuck in the elevator when the power went out. She was rescued pretty quickly by maintenance, however, said Sanders.
Why it is important: Truthfully, it wasn’t THAT big a deal: the fire was put out, the employee got out of the elevator, and Oncor came and fixed the problem. But it is still the type of story that gets around.
Learn more: The Review had a short story.


Week of October 17, 2011

Story No. 1 – Fugitive Chase in Tool: A suspect fled from a narcotics search in Tool Wednesday night and stayed on the loose, hiding in the woods, until early Thursday morning. Police called in US Marshals, the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force, DPS Air from Garland, Texas DPS, and the TDCJ dog teams to help with the search.
Why it is important: The incident was connected with methamphetamine production in the county and will no doubt spur another round of questioning why drugs are so prevalent here.
Learn more: The Athens Review story is here. The Malakoff News story is here.

Story No. 2 – Smoking Ordinance: On Wednesday, the Athens City Council started discussing a possible smoking ordinance in the city. One council member said the process is just beginning, but could include bans in local restaurants and public buildings.
Why it is important: Whether you are a smoker or a non-smoker, everyone shares the same public space.
Learn more: There have been no stories about this issue yet in the local newspapers, but there was an interesting conversation about it on The Malakoff News Facebook Page.

Story No. 3 – Texas Rangers: The World Series is coming back to Texas with the series tied 1-1. The Rangers now have three consecutive games at The Ballpark in Arlington, playing by American League rules.
Why it is important: By winning Game 2 – in dramatic style, with a 9th inning comeback – the Rangers flipped the home field advantage. This is now a five-game series, with three in the Ballpark. Make sure you are near a TV Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights.
Learn more: Best place to check out the World Series is the official site of Major League Baseball.

Story No. 4 – Randall Wayne Mays: The U.S. Supreme Court this week refused to review a petition by Randall Mays, the convicted killer of sheriff’s deputies Tony Ogburn and Paul Habelt. The two deputies were gunned down by Mays during a 2007 standoff in Payne Springs.
Why it is important: That day in 2007 was devastating to local law enforcement. The Sheriff’s Office still carries around the memory of Ogburn and Habelt. Anything that stops the march to the executioner would not go over very well in Henderson County.
Learn more: Here’s what the Athens Review had.

Story No. 5 – TVCC Rankings: The local college has three teams with national rankings right now. The Cardinal football team is ranked No. 11; the Cardinal basketball team is starting the year at No. 6; and the Lady Cardinal basketball team is at the top at No. 1.
Why it is important: You want quality sports, don’t you? Or how about the chance to see future professionals on the field or on the court right in Athens? Former TVCC players have landed in the NFL, NBA, and WNBA.
Learn more: Check out Cardinal football here; basketball here; and women’s basketball here. Here is a story by Jayson Larson from this week’s Region XIV media day.