Republican candidates for Pct. 1 commissioner seat Scotty Thomas and Ken Hayes.
Story No. 1 – Primary election continues: Early voting for the Texas primary runoff elections begins Monday.
Why it is important: Locally, the runoff will select the Republican candidate for Pct. 1 commissioner between Scotty Thomas and Ken Hayes, and will determine the constable in Chandler.
Learn more: The Malakoff News has the story.
Story No. 2 – Filing for local school boards: While the runoff election has whatever attention it can get from voters, another election is on the horizon in November: local school boards. NOT Athens ISD, however. AISD would have held its election in May if it had a contested race – which it didn’t.
Why it is important: When you get right down to it, the school districts employee the most people and spend the most money. Selecting the people to guide those entities seems pretty important.
Learn more: No real story in the newspapers here … but check out what’s happening in your district by going asking administration (Malakoff, Trinidad and Cross Roads ISDs all have board members with expiring terms).
Story No. 3 – Watch for scams: County Attorney Clint Davis issued a press release recently saying that scams were on the rise. He lists several specific scams hitting the area.
Why it is important: Forewarned is forearmed.
Learn more: All the local papers carried the story, but here it is in the Review.
Story No. 4 – Million dollar rainfall: Rick Hirsch told Kiwanis Club members that drought-killing rains have Henderson County agriculture looking much better this year.
Why it is important: Agriculture is a $100 million-plus industry in the county.
Learn more: Check it out in the Review.
Story No. 5 – Recovery by the Cross: Pastor Tim Heifner is back in Athens now that his Recovery by the Cross outreach has found a new home.
Why it is important: Recovery by the Cross reaches places the more mainstream outreach efforts miss.
Learn more: Michael Hannigan has a story in The Athens News (remember to scroll to the end of the file).
Story No. 1 – Kurt Budke dies in plane crash: Oklahoma State University head basketball coach Kurt Budke was killed in a plane crash Thursday. He was on a recruiting trip. Why it is important: Coach Budke led the TVCC Lady Cardinals to four national championships during his tenure from 1993-2000. Learn more: The Huffington Post has more information on this story. Here is his TVCC Hall of Fame bio.
Story No. 2 – Thanksgiving: The holiday season kicks off with Turkey Day next week, and there are plenty of community events on tap to get things going. Why it is important: Who doesn’t look forward to this time of year? Plus, with a chance to run in the Turkey Trot or have Breakfast with Santa, there’s no reason to just sit on the couch. There’s even a community Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Recovery by the Cross in Athens. Learn more: Here’s a list of events from the Athens Review. Here is some information about Recovery by the Cross.
Story No. 3 – Malakoff, Eustace still playing football: Malakoff will take on East Chambers, and Eustace will face Melissa in area round playoff football action Friday night. Why it is important: It is a week before Thanksgiving and we still have football being played by Henderson County teams – how cool is that! Learn more: Once again, Jayson Larson at the Athens Review is the one to look to for football previews.
Story No. 4 – Judges weigh in on Monarch rates: Last week, State Office of Administrative Hearing (SOAH) judges put a Monarch water rate case on hold and pushed rates back to their former level. A Monarch spokeswoman says the company has more than 4,500 connections in Henderson County. Why it is important: Investor owned utilities are becoming a hot topic in Austin. This is only the second time SOAH judges have set interim rates and both times involved Henderson County. Learn more: Here is a story from The Malakoff News.
Story No. 5 – Redistricting maps: Federal judges on Thursday released maps for Texas House and Senate districts. The maps will be used while a lawsuit works its way through the federal court system. Why it is important: Locally, Henderson County remains split between House District 10 and District 4. Depending on which map is chosen (there are two), District 10 might actually get even more of Henderson County. Learn more: Here’s a story from the Texas Tribune.