Story No. 1 – The state released STAAR results: The Texas Education Agency released preliminary results for the STAAR and the last few TAKS tests. The STAAR is the new test which was rolled out for the first time this year.
Why it is important: Educators are facing a lot of challenges with the new test, and some of those are showing up in the results. Athens High School freshmen finished below the state average on all five major STAAR end-of-course tests given this year.
Learn more: The Malakoff News had a story about Malakoff ISD’s grades, and The Athens News had a story about the Athens ISD grades.
Story No. 2 – Body found at Judicial Complex: The Facebook Telegraph hummed with the news Tuesday that a body was found in a pickup truck in the parking lot of the Judicial Complex in Athens. Although few details have been released, it is looking like the poor woman died of natural causes.
Why it is important: Anytime a body is found in a parking lot it causes a stir.
Learn more: Here’s an update from the Review.
Story No. 3 – Fourth of July is coming: That’s right, everybody’s favorite patriotic holiday is just a couple weeks away. There will be fireworks at the Fishery Center, fireworks on Cedar Creek Lake, and a big celebration is planned in Gun Barrel City.
Why it is important: Seriously, you have to ask? It’s the Fourth of July!
Learn more: Keep an eye out online and in the papers for details of events, and watch next week’s 5 Things for an update
Story No. 4 – Chandler up next: It looks like Chandler will be the next city in the county to try and get beer and wine sales approved.
Why it is important: Alcohol elections always raise questions in Henderson County.
Learn more: KYTX television had a story.