Week of February 27, 2012

Story No. 1 – Hornets flying high: The Athens High School boys will be taking on the No. 5-ranked Silsbee Tigers tonight in regional semifinal basketball action in Huntsville.
Why it is important:
The Hornets are just two wins away from the Final Four in Austin.
Learn more:
Jayson Larson is on top of things at the Review

Story No. 2 – Finally, a primary date: Looks like there will be primary elections after a San Antonio federal court issued interim redistricting maps this week.
Why it is important:
The move makes it likely the primaries will be held May 29.
Learn more:
The Malakoff News has a story looking at what’s next for the county elections office. 

Story No. 3 – Atheist going blind, files complaint: San Antonio atheist Patrick Greene has backed off his promise to sue the county over a nativity scene, but that didn’t stop him from filing a complaint against County Judge Richard Sanders.
Why it is important:
In all likelihood the complaint against Sanders will come to nothing; Greene was even using the wrong part of the law, according to county officials. But the threat of a lawsuit was very real, and was probably going to cost the county real money.
Learn more:
Again, The Malakoff News has the story

Story No. 4 – Filing of muncipal/school elections closes Monday: Time is running out if you want to serve on the city council in Athens, Malakoff, Chandler, Log Cabin, Star Harbor or Gun Barrel City … or the Athens ISD school board.
Why it is important:
Because democracy doesn’t work without participation.
Learn more:
The Review breaks down the Athens races

Story No. 5 – Saying goodbye: Athens Review journalist Art Lawler wrote a column about the passing of his first wife last weekend.
Why it is important:
Because the column stands alone as the best piece of writing produced locally in a long, long, long time.
Learn more:
Read it here, but bring tissues. 

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