Story No. 1 – Athens Homecoming: That’s right, it is that time of the year. Tonight is Athens Homecoming, with the Hornets taking on Rusk.
Why it is important: It’s homecoming! Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
Learn more: The Athens Review website has photos of the court.
Story No. 2 – West Nile case No. 3: A third case of West Nile virus has been confirmed in Henderson County.
Why it is important: From 1999, when West Nile was first discovered in the U.S., until 2011 there were only two human cases of the disease in Henderson County. This year there have been three.
Learn more: The Malakoff News and The Athens News have the story.
Story No. 3 – Burn ban expires: Henderson County commissioners allowed the burn ban to expire this week. This is the first time without a ban since the first week of August.
Why it is important: Looking forward, the weather will be warm and dry. Officials expect to be putting the burn ban back in place pretty quickly, so if you have something to burn you better do it now.
Learn more: The Review had a story.
Story No. 4 – New bus line gets started: The Chariot bus line began operation between Athens and Tyler on Monday.
Why it is important: The project is a mission of Gates Community Church and is aimed at filling a real need in the city.
Learn more: Both The Malakoff News and the Review have stories.
Story No. 5 – County approves 2013 budget: After hearing from a group of folks upset at cuts to the library part-time employee budget, Commissioners’ Court approved the 2013 budget on Tuesday.
Why it is important: The budget represents about $1 million in cuts from the present year, including the loss of 14 positions (eight employees will lose their jobs in January).
Learn more: Both papers and KCKL have reported extensively on this subject.