DAILY BRIEF: Top 5 Stories of the Week

Tuesday, Feb. 12, was Athens Day at the Capitol. Above, State Rep. Lance Gooden poses with members from the Athens community. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Tuesday, Feb. 12, was Athens Day at the Capitol. Above, State Rep. Lance Gooden poses with members from the Athens community. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Story No. 1 – Athens Day at the Capitol: Tuesday, members of the Athens community traveled to Austin for Athens Day at the Capitol.
Why it is important: Face time with elected officials is one of the most important factors in government.
Learn more: There was a story in the Review. 

Story No. 2 – County lawmakers file legislation: State Reps. Jim Pitts and Lance Gooden have both filed legislation that is drawing attention.
Why it is important: There is a reason we call them “law-makers” … it is sort of what they are supposed to be doing.
Learn more: I wrote about this issue. 

Story No. 3 – Local connections to Carnival Triumph: The country watched in fascination as a crippled cruise ship limped its way into port this week.
Why it is important: Besides the media attention the story received, we learned that a Kemp resident with ties to Malakoff was onboard.
Learn more: Rather than giving you a link, just Google “Carnival Triumph.”

Story No. 4 – Lady Cards are No. 1: The Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cardinals moved into the top spot in the national ranking this week.
Why it is important: Because the Lady Cards have a legitimate shot to repeat as national champions.
Learn more: In the TVCC Sports Notes. 

Story No. 5 – Big honor for Railway Cafe: The Railway Cafe in Athens was named in the Texas Monthly recommendations section.
Why it is important: Because we love Texas Monthly .. and we love the Railway Cafe.
Learn more: Rich Flowers over at the Review had a good story. 

WHAT YOU MISSED

Our first birth announcement. Nice to meet you Alexis Faith Crye.

The Athens ISD February Teachers of the Month were named.

We had some photos from a sweet bake sale for Valentine’s Day.

Obituaries: Thomas Simmons. 

WHAT OTHERS ARE TALKING ABOUT

We need to celebrate academics just as much as athletics … and this story by Jayson Larson on an Athens boy’s gold medal in number sense does just that.

Don’t forget to check our community calendar for this weekend’s cool events: Barrel racing in Malakoff; Heart & Sole at the Cain Center; and the For the Love of Art show.

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