Daily Brief: The Top 5 Stories of the Week

STORY 2: The Lady Cardinals get ready to Play 4 Kay Wednesday, Jan. 30.
STORY 2: The Lady Cardinals get ready to Play 4 Kay Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Story No. 1 – Kaufman County shooting: Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was gunned down in what appears to be an assassination Thursday morning.
Why it is important: Although it didn’t happen in Henderson County, the shooting rocked our area. The thought that the murder might be connected with the Aryan Brotherhood is even more chilling.
Learn more: There are stories in just about every news source … but the Review did a nice job with their reporting and found a local attorney who was in Kaufman at the time of the shooting.

Story No. 2 – Lady Cards roll on for Kay: The TVCC Lady Cardinals remain ranked No. 3 nationally and are in great position for the run up to March Madness. On Wednesday, they also spent time raising money for cancer awareness.
Why it is important: On a community level, Play 4 Kay has become an important event. On a sports level, the defending national champions are setting themselves up to be the team to beat.
Learn more: Play 4 Kay is one of those events best reported on through photos, and TVCC has dozens on its Facebook page. 

Story No. 3 – Shuttle Columbia anniversary: Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Shuttle Columbia tragedy.
Why it is important: I’m not sure anyone who was around at that time will ever forget picking up pieces of the space shuttle from yards all around Henderson County.
Learn more: Again, this is a story with plenty of media coverage. Locally, the Review and the Tyler Paper. 

Story No. 4 – Time to file for office: The filing period for May city and school board elections opened Wednesday and closes March 1.
Why it is important: This is your chance to be a part of government at Athens ISD and the cities of Athens, Malakoff, Gun Barrel City, Caney City, Brownsboro and Eustace.
Learn more: This was our Wednesday Daily Brief. 

Story No. 5 – Congress Hensarling visits: Congressman Jeb Hensarling visited Athens Wednesday, speaking to a packed house at the Henderson County Annex meeting room.
Why it is important: Truthfully, the congressman didn’t say much that he hasn’t been saying since he first was elected in 2003. However, it is noteworthy that he still finds the time to come to one of the smaller parts of his district and talk to his constituents face-to-face.
Learn more: If you really want to know Congressman Hensarling’s positions, his website is probably the best place to start.


Athens ISD basketball is on the road to Mineola, while the boys soccer team is home to host Crandall. 

Malakoff ISD basketball is home to host Red Oak.

Eustace ISD basketball is home to host Dallas Life Oak. 

Cross Roads ISD basketball is home to take on Cayuga. 

Brownsboro ISD basketball is home for Canton. 

Mabank ISD basketball is on the road at Van. 


The Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cardinal softball team opens its season today. 

Income tax preparation help from AARP begins today. 

A medieval-looking monster was found in Lake Athens. 

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