Story No. 1 – Smoking ordinance public hearings: After months of discussion, residents of Athens are going to get the chance to be heard on the city’s proposed no smoking ordinance. The first of two public hearings is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 23.
Why it is important: It doesn’t matter if you smoke or don’t smoke, or even if you are a resident of Athens or not … this ordinance will have an effect on you if you go in public in the city.
Learn more: The Review has the story on the public hearing.
Story No. 2 – Election confusion: Federal and state officials are still having trouble figuring out the once-a-decade redistricting from 2011, and the result is confusion all across Texas politics.
Why it is important: If you are waiting on a voter registration card, you are going to have to wait a little bit longer.
Learn more: Both the Review and The Malakoff News had the story.
Story No. 3 – Time for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Monday is the annual MLK holiday. Johnson Chapel AME Church will be hosting the Annual Gospel Explosion starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, and the annual Candlelight Vigil will be held 7 p.m. Monday at New Hope Corinth CME Church. Both churches are in Malakoff.
Why it is important: Civil rights, nonviolence, service, equality, courage, faithfulness … Dr. King is an example for us in so many ways.
Learn more: Check out the official website.
Story No. 4 – TVCC back in session: Students registered this week for the spring semester at Trinity Valley Community College.
Why it is important: Basketball is back, for one. Another reason is a new requirement for students this semester is a bacterial meningitis vaccination.
Learn more: Here’s info about the vaccination.
Story No. 5 – Meeting for big outreach: The big rally might be over, but Henderson County Christians are looking to keep the momentum going forward. A planning meeting is scheduled for Monday at Sand Springs Baptist Church for a February outreach.
Why it is important: There are plenty of poor and down-on-their-luck people in Henderson County right now who need help – hopefully this is a step in that direction.
Learn more: Henderson County Christian has info.
*BONUS STORY – Day for friggatriskaidekaphobia: That’s right, it is Friday the 13th… the first of 2012. There will be two more this year (April, July).
Why it is important: Seriously, how many times do you get to use friggatriskaidekaphobia?
Learn More: Time to turn to Wikipedia.