Week of April 2, 2012

Erik Bendl (The World Guy) and Nice the dog walk along Loop 7 in Athens Thursday afternoon.

Story No. 1 – Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness Month: April is Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Henderson County. Law enforcement and activists fighting the scourge gathered on the Courthouse lawn Tuesday to try and raise awareness of the problem.
Why it is important: Because Henderson County has a severe problem in both areas. In 2011, the East Texas Crisis Center helped 222 children of mothers who were abused and worked with 96 sexual assault victims. Considering less than half of all sex assaults are reported, those numbers are pretty staggering.
Learn more: The Review had a story from the event.

Story No. 2 – Livestock Show Time: It is time for the annual Henderson County Livestock Show. Kids from all over the county will be hitting the Fairpark Complex in Athens April 9-14 for the culmination of a year worth of work.
Why it is important: This is the 52nd annual show … yeah, it’s pretty important in Henderson County.
Learn more: The Livestock Show has its own website.

Story No. 3 – The World Guy comes to Athens:  Erik Bendl is “The World Guy,” and he is walking across the state with his dog and a six-foot inflated globe to raise awareness about the dangers of diabetes. Thursday he walked through Athens.
Why it is important: Did I mention the guy is walking across the state with a six-foot globe? Plus, diabetes really is an insidious disease.
Learn more: The Malakoff News had a story and photo.

Story No. 4 – No Smoking Ordinance: The Athens City Council has been discussing a no smoking ordinance for the city since last November, but the process is coming to an end. Council members will hear the official “first reading” of the ordinance Monday night during their regular council meeting at 5:30 p.m. Final approval is expected to come during a meeting April 23.
Why it is important: The ordinance will impact nearly all public areas in Athens.
Learn more: Here’s the agenda, and here is the last story the Athens Review did on the subject.

Story No. 5 – TVCC Cheerleaders turn: The Lady Cardinal basketball team brought home a national title, and now it is the cheerleaders’ turn. The TVCC Cheerleaders are leaving for Florida Tuesday, April 10,  and will be going for a 10th national title.
Why it is important: Did I say 10 titles? When it comes to cheerleading, TVCC is the elite of elites.
Learn more: You can see the squad’s competition routine 7 p.m. Monday at Cardinal Gym and the cheerleaders go through their final tuneup before leaving.

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