Week of August 13, 2012



Story No. 1 – County sees first case of West Nile:
The first case of West Nile virus in Henderson County was announced Thursday with a press release from the City of Eustace. Kudos to the city for being proactive and letting residents know.
Why it is important:
The outbreak of the disease in the DFW Metroplex has people in the county worried – and this first case is likely to increase that worry.
Learn more:
The Athens Review and The Malakoff News.

Story No. 2 – Athens council proposes tax increase: The Athens City Council has proposed a 3-cent tax increase for the coming budget year. The money raised by the increase will go to pay for a new fire truck and a street sweeper, officials say.
Why it is important:
Anytime anyone says the words “tax” and “increase” in the same sentence, it’s important.
Learn more:
The Athens News.

Story No. 3 – Drive-by trial gets under way this week: The James Garfield Marshall murder trial started this week. Marshall is accused of firing an automatic weapon into a crowd in Athens last Fourth of July, killing one and injuring another.
Why it is important:
Murder trials are always important, but this one is particularly sad because of the youth of both the victims and the accused.
Learn more:
The Athens Review.

Story No. 4 – Malakoff looks to add liquor to beer and wine: The alcohol train keeps on getting longer in Henderson County. This November, voters in Malakoff will decide if they want to add liquor to the beer and wine they approved in November 2008.
Why it is important:
Because it is another referendum in the way county residents feel about alcohol.
Learn more:
The Malakoff News.

Story No. 5 – Nativity Rally pastor lands statewide gig:  First Baptist Church of Malakoff Pastor Dr. Nathan Lorick has been named the Evangelism Director for the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention.
Why it is important:
Lorick was one of the vocal leaders defending the Athens nativity scene after the county was confronted by the atheist organization, Freedom From Religion Foundation.
Learn more:
 The Malakoff News.

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