Story No. 1 – Jewelry heist foiled: Harold Durham had enough when a couple apparently tried to rob his jewelry store for the second time since December. He whipped out a gun, catching one of the robbers.
Why it is important: This has to be the most talked about story of the week. How often does a 79-year-old businessman shoot at thieves?
Learn more: The Review had a good story with quotes from Durham.
Story No. 2 – STAAR 15 percent rule: The Texas Commissioner of Education recently gave school districts the opportunity to push back the so-called 15 percent rule one year. Public schools will start taking the TAKS-replacement starting next month.
Why it is important: It is a big deal for high school freshmen, who otherwise might have their whole high school record impacted by a test nobody has seen yet.
Learn more: The Malakoff News explains the issue.
Story No. 3 – The range is still open?: Henderson County Commissioners’ Court approved holding an election to close the range to hogs, sheep and goats.
Why it is important: The way things stand, if your neighbor’s hog comes on your property and roots up your yard, you have no recourse. The law says it is your job to keep them out.
Learn more: There were stories in both the Review and The Malakoff News.
Story No. 4 – TVCC starts scholarship to honor Budke/Serna: The TVCC Foundation has announced the creation of the Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna Lady Cardinal Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, once completely-funded, will benefit future students involved with the women’s basketball program.
Why it is important: Because it is a classy move by the college, honoring the two coaches who lost their lives in a plane crash in November.
Learn more: Here is the announcement from the college.
Story No. 5 – Black History Scholarship Banquet: The Henderson County Black History Committee will wrap up February with its annual Scholarship Banquet.
Why it is important: More than 30 students from across the county will receive scholarships this year.
Learn more: Read about the banquet here.