Week of October 17, 2011

Story No. 1 – Fugitive Chase in Tool: A suspect fled from a narcotics search in Tool Wednesday night and stayed on the loose, hiding in the woods, until early Thursday morning. Police called in US Marshals, the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force, DPS Air from Garland, Texas DPS, and the TDCJ dog teams to help with the search.
Why it is important: The incident was connected with methamphetamine production in the county and will no doubt spur another round of questioning why drugs are so prevalent here.
Learn more: The Athens Review story is here. The Malakoff News story is here.

Story No. 2 – Smoking Ordinance: On Wednesday, the Athens City Council started discussing a possible smoking ordinance in the city. One council member said the process is just beginning, but could include bans in local restaurants and public buildings.
Why it is important: Whether you are a smoker or a non-smoker, everyone shares the same public space.
Learn more: There have been no stories about this issue yet in the local newspapers, but there was an interesting conversation about it on The Malakoff News Facebook Page.

Story No. 3 – Texas Rangers: The World Series is coming back to Texas with the series tied 1-1. The Rangers now have three consecutive games at The Ballpark in Arlington, playing by American League rules.
Why it is important: By winning Game 2 – in dramatic style, with a 9th inning comeback – the Rangers flipped the home field advantage. This is now a five-game series, with three in the Ballpark. Make sure you are near a TV Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights.
Learn more: Best place to check out the World Series is the official site of Major League Baseball.

Story No. 4 – Randall Wayne Mays: The U.S. Supreme Court this week refused to review a petition by Randall Mays, the convicted killer of sheriff’s deputies Tony Ogburn and Paul Habelt. The two deputies were gunned down by Mays during a 2007 standoff in Payne Springs.
Why it is important: That day in 2007 was devastating to local law enforcement. The Sheriff’s Office still carries around the memory of Ogburn and Habelt. Anything that stops the march to the executioner would not go over very well in Henderson County.
Learn more: Here’s what the Athens Review had.

Story No. 5 – TVCC Rankings: The local college has three teams with national rankings right now. The Cardinal football team is ranked No. 11; the Cardinal basketball team is starting the year at No. 6; and the Lady Cardinal basketball team is at the top at No. 1.
Why it is important: You want quality sports, don’t you? Or how about the chance to see future professionals on the field or on the court right in Athens? Former TVCC players have landed in the NFL, NBA, and WNBA.
Learn more: Check out Cardinal football here; basketball here; and women’s basketball here. Here is a story by Jayson Larson from this week’s Region XIV media day.

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