Story No. 1 – Judge denies FFRF banner: This week, Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders denied the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s request to display an atheist banner on the square in December.
Why it is important: The FFRF is the organization that protested the county’s inclusion of a nativity scene in its courthouse square decorations last year.
Learn more: Michael Hannigan at The Malakoff/Athens News broke the story. The Athens Review also had a story.
Story No. 2 – FFRF targeted AISD first: A month before the nativity scene controversy broke, the FFRF contacted Athens ISD to complain about a field trip to a church pumpkin patch.
Why it is important: See Story 1.
Learn more: The Athens/Malakoff News.
Story No. 3 – Fourth case of West Nile Virus: A fourth case of human West Nile Virus was confirmed in Henderson County last week.
Why it is important: This is double the number of cases in all other years (back to 1999) combined.
Learn more: The Malakoff/Athens News.
Story No. 4 – Pct. 1 JP Henry Ashford passes away: The Rev. Henry Ashford passed away of an apparent heart attack in Waco last weekend. He was 65.
Why it is important: The Rev. Ashford was a pastor, Justice of the Peace, municipal judge, and active member of the community.
Learn more: Both the Athens Review and The Malakoff/Athens News.
Story No. 5 – Former TVCC coaches fired/investigated: News broke last Saturday that former Trinity Valley Community College girls basketball coaches Michael and Kenya Landers were fired from their jobs at the University of Mississippi for “impermissible recruiting contacts and academic misconduct.”
Why it is important: The last time Athens saw Mr. and Mrs. Landers they were celebrating a national championship title in March.
Learn more: The story is all over the web, so just Google “Michael Landers.” The Review also has a story.