Week of October 31, 2011

Story No. 1Daylight Savings Ends: Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour before you go to sleep Saturday night. Officially, daylight savings ends 2 a.m. Sunday morning.
Why it is important: Do you really want to lose an extra hour of sleep? Me either.
Learn more: What’s better than Wikipedia for this sort of explanation?

Story No. 2 – Big Game Saturday: Last week, the TVCC Cardinals and the Navarro College Bulldogs played one of the most entertaining football games of the year, with the Cardinals winning 55-51. The college playoffs start this Saturday and the same two teams will face off at 3 p.m. at Bruce Field.
Why it is important:
 The Cardinals scored two touchdowns in the final 1:50 last week to pull off the upset and get this week’s playoff game at home. These two teams are primed to put on a show Saturday afternoon, and at $5 a ticket to watch guys who may end up playing on Sundays you can’t beat the price.
Learn more:
 Get ready for the game by reading Jayson Larson’s wrap up from last week.

Story No. 3 – Cancer Making Noise: Cancer survivors rode into Athens this week to send a statement to Congressman Jeb Hensarling about the importance of cancer research funding. Hensarling is a member of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.
Why it is important: From Washington to Austin to Henderson County, government agencies are cutting budgets. Hensarling’s committee has been tasked with slicing $11.5 trillion in spending over the next 10 years. Expect to see more such demonstrations from a variety of sources in the coming year.
Learn more: Here’s the Review story on the cancer bus.

Story No. 4 – Deer Season: Saturday, Nov. 5, is the start of white-tail deer hunting season.
Why it is important: Well … it’s deer season.
Learn more: Here is a great column in the Austin-American Statesman about the start of deer season. The Houston Chronicle says more deer, smaller antlers.

Story No. 5 – Changes at Malakoff Food Pantry: The Malakoff Food Pantry is now Faith in Action Outreach. The name change reflects an expanding ministry, and the desire for the non-denominational organization to help more people in more ways.
Why it is important: Faith in Action Outreach helps feed 1,000 people a month, a staggering number of hungry when you think about it. Also, the organization started a weekend feeding program for students at Malakoff and Eustace elementary schools. A similar, but separate, program was already underway at Tool elementary. The economic troubles are causing a greater need in Henderson County.
Learn more: Here is the story about Faith in Action from The Malakoff News. And here is the group’s website.

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