Story No. 1 – Questions over AHS principal contract: Several community members turned out to support AHS Principal S.D. Loyless Thursday night after the school board decided against renewing his contract last month.
Why it is important: Mainly because the biggest question about the Loyless issue hasn’t been answered: Why not renew? Communication with the community seems to be at an all time low for Athens ISD. And new superintendent Dr. Robert Steeber doesn’t seem to be going out of his way to fix the problem.
Learn more: Art Lawler from the Review was at Thursday’s meeting.
Story No. 2 – Lady Cards reach Final Four: The TVCC Lady Cardinals reached the Final Four of the NJCAA National Tournament by beating an Alabama squad Thursday night.
Why it is important: With a win Friday night, the Lady Cards will be in the national title game on Saturday for a second straight year.
Learn more: Jayson Larson is in Kansas following the action.
Story No. 3 – Rope Myers is jousting: Jousting? Yep, the former Athens resident and PRCA World Champion Steer Wrestler is one of the contestants on The History Channel’s Full Metal Jousting.
Why it is important: Because one of our own is starring (and no doubt he’s a star) in a reality series … plus, it’s jousting!
Learn more: The Malakoff News has a story.
Story No. 4 – What drought: There were some flooded roads in Henderson County early this week following torrential downpours, but you didn’t hear too many complaints.
Why it is important: After one of the longest droughts in Texas history, the rains were welcome.
Learn more: The Athens Review had a photo of all six gates on the Cedar Creek Lake dam open; can’t remember the last time that happened.
Story No. 5 – Regional Citizen of the Year: Dwayne Garner, 77, of Brownsboro was named the East Texas Council of Governments (ETCOG) Regional Citizen of the Year.
Why it is important: ETCOG covers a 14-county area, so being the top citizen is no small feat.
Learn more: The Review story is here.
BONUS STORY – Henderson County goes national … again: The story about San Antonio atheist Patrick Greene getting help from county Christians has been picked up by national outlets.
Why it is important: How many times can a small, East Texas county end up in the national news? Apparently, a lot.
Learn more: Here’s a story from MSNBC.