TOP 5 STORIES OF THE WEEK
Story 1 — Plans for the old hospital?: The left-for-dead, old Henderson County Hospital could get new life as an assisted-living facility for veterans.
Why it’s important: Because one of the most iconic and important buildings in Athens is crumbling away.
Read more: The Athens Review has a story.
Story 2 — Hoops playoff action: It’s that time of the year, and Athens, Mabank, and Brownsboro all made it to the postseason.
Why it’s important: Even though Athens was knocked out Tuesday night, both Mabank and Brownsboro were alive going into Friday night.
Read more: Each of the local papers has stories about their particular teams.
Story 3 — Merry Christmas bill filed: Sen. Robert Nichols filed legislation this week to protect the “use (of) traditional holiday greetings such as ‘Merry Christmas’ and ‘Happy Hanukkah’ on school grounds.”
Why it’s important: This is a shot fired in the culture wars.
Read more: We have the senator’s announcement.
Story 4 — Home and Garden Show: Keep Athens Beautiful will be hosting its annual Home and Garden Show on Saturday.
Why it’s important: Over the past eight years, this has become a big event in Henderson County.
Read more: Here is the Facebook event page. We’ll be at the event, so watch for our posts.
Story 5 — Still time to file: The filing period for May city and school board elections closes next Friday, March 1.
Why it’s important: This is your chance to be a part of democracy.
Read more: The incumbents have filed in Athens.
WHAT YOU MISSED
The Henderson County Black History Committee is set to host its annual scholarship banquet Saturday night. (We’ll be there)
TVCC raises $5,000 for cancer research.
WHAT OTHERS ARE TALKING ABOUT
Trinidad resident Phyllis Watson is going to be back on television, The Monitor reports.
Congressman Jeb Hensarling is tied for the most conservative member of the Texas delegation.
The Malakoff Teenage Baseball/Softball signups are this Saturday.
The Perrys are in concert at the Texas Gospel Music Hall.
The Eustace FFA Chili Dinner is Saturday.
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