Story No. 1 – State Legislature convenes: The 83rd Texas Legislature Regular Session began Tuesday.
Why it is important: Because the legal and financial decisions that impact every Texans’ life happen in the Legislature.
Learn more: There were many, many stories this week about the Lege. HCTNow had stories about lawmakers convening, and about State Rep. Jim Pitts filing distracted driving legislation and a bill to end the STAAR 15-percent Rule. The Review had a story about lawmakers heading back to Austin.
Story No. 2 – Rocked by the flu: Flu activity level continues to be widespread and intense in Texas and throughout the country.
Why it is important: HCTNow is currently working on a story about the flu impact locally, but it is clear that many in the county are sick.
Learn more: The Texas Department of State Health Services has the state info., the Centers for Disease Control reports flu activity increasing across the country.
Story No. 3 – Atheist drops lawsuit: San Antonio atheist Patrick Greene withdrew his lawsuit against Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders this week.
Why it is important: The lawsuit was based on the nativity scene displayed each year on the courthouse lawn, and that is still a hot-button issue for most people.
Learn more: HCTNow broke that story Wednesday.
Story No. 4 – Kendall Sanders takes a break: Former Athens Hornet and current Texas Longhorn Kendall Sanders came home following the UT bowl win over Oregon State.
Why it is important: Because you will be hearing Kendall’s name called plenty this year while watching the Longhorns.
Learn more: Check out our story here.
Story No. 5 – Sylvan classes coming to Athens: Sylvan Learning Center will start offering remedial reading and math classes at the Cain Center starting in February.
Why it is important: Reading and math … can do much without those two.
Learn more: The Athens Review has the story.