Story No. 1 – Kurt Budke dies in plane crash: Oklahoma State University head basketball coach Kurt Budke was killed in a plane crash Thursday. He was on a recruiting trip.
Why it is important: Coach Budke led the TVCC Lady Cardinals to four national championships during his tenure from 1993-2000.
Learn more: The Huffington Post has more information on this story. Here is his TVCC Hall of Fame bio.
Story No. 2 – Thanksgiving: The holiday season kicks off with Turkey Day next week, and there are plenty of community events on tap to get things going.
Why it is important: Who doesn’t look forward to this time of year? Plus, with a chance to run in the Turkey Trot or have Breakfast with Santa, there’s no reason to just sit on the couch. There’s even a community Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Recovery by the Cross in Athens.
Learn more: Here’s a list of events from the Athens Review. Here is some information about Recovery by the Cross.
Story No. 3 – Malakoff, Eustace still playing football: Malakoff will take on East Chambers, and Eustace will face Melissa in area round playoff football action Friday night.
Why it is important: It is a week before Thanksgiving and we still have football being played by Henderson County teams – how cool is that!
Learn more: Once again, Jayson Larson at the Athens Review is the one to look to for football previews.
Story No. 4 – Judges weigh in on Monarch rates: Last week, State Office of Administrative Hearing (SOAH) judges put a Monarch water rate case on hold and pushed rates back to their former level. A Monarch spokeswoman says the company has more than 4,500 connections in Henderson County.
Why it is important: Investor owned utilities are becoming a hot topic in Austin. This is only the second time SOAH judges have set interim rates and both times involved Henderson County.
Learn more: Here is a story from The Malakoff News.
Story No. 5 – Redistricting maps: Federal judges on Thursday released maps for Texas House and Senate districts. The maps will be used while a lawsuit works its way through the federal court system.
Why it is important: Locally, Henderson County remains split between House District 10 and District 4. Depending on which map is chosen (there are two), District 10 might actually get even more of Henderson County.
Learn more: Here’s a story from the Texas Tribune.