Story No. 1 – TVCC basketball teams in Regional Tournament:The Cardinals and Lady Cardinals are playing in the NJCAA Regional Tournament in Tyler this weekend with a berth in the National Tournament on the line.
Why it is important: Both the men and women are red hot and playing well. The women are the No. 1 team in the nation and finished the regular season unbeaten for the fifth time in school history. They are a team with legit National Championship aspirations.
Learn more: Here’s Jayson Larson’s preview on the women and the men.
Story No. 2 – County looks at premises use policy: Henderson County Commissioners’ Court tabled a policy detailing the rules for outside use of county property Tuesday, but the policy is expected to come before commissioners again next week.
Why it is important: Remember the nativity scene fiasco (like you could forget)? Well the Freedom From Religion Foundation is expected to be back next month, and when it asks to place a banner on the courthouse lawn it will run square into the county premises use policy.
Learn more: Here’s a little bit from the Athens Review, but expect to hear more about this next week.
Story No. 3 – What elections?: Filing for municipal and school board elections in Henderson County closed on Monday. Most of the elections were cancelled because of a lack of candidates.
Why it is important: In Athens, only incumbents filed for the City Council and School Board. Malakoff, Log Cabin, Star Harbor all also cancelled elections because there were the same number of candidates as seats. This is either proof of deep satisfaction with our local government officials, or a sign of apathy. I’ll leave it to you to decide.
Learn more: Elections that are not.
Story No. 4 – Christians showing love to atheist: In the strangest twist to the nativity scene saga, a San Antonio atheist who is going blind is finding support from among Henderson County Christians.
Why it is important: Opposite sides loving each other? Dropping differences to focus on a real problem? Is Congress watching and learning anything?
Learn more: There’s not really a story on this yet; instead it is all playing out in the comments section of The Malakoff News.
Story No. 5 – Clownzo hurt in accident: The man who says he invented Ronald McDonald and who hung out with Buddy Holly the night of his death was critically injured when hit by a tow truck while riding his bicycle in Tyler.
Why it is important: This is one of those strange, strange stories you are going to love telling your friends.
Learn more: The Tyler Paper has an interesting read on Clownzo.