Leading Off (1/30/13)

Director of Largest Band in Nation Ousted. Charles Pennington has been heading up Allen High School’s marching band since 1999. Earlier this month, he was removed from the position, with no explanation from the district. On Tuesday night, supporters of Pennington showed up to a board meeting to demand to know what happened. No answers were found. And now the supporters are singing the blues. (Nailed it.)

Teacher Turns Herself In After Deadly Hit and Run. A 6-year-old boy was hit and killed by a car around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday after the car ran a light that had been red for 14 seconds. The force was so powerful, the boy landed on the hood where he was carried for 100 yards. The car then drove off. Today, Tammy Lowe, a seventh-grade social studies teacher at Adams Middle School, left a note at her school saying she was resigning. She then turned herself in to the police as being the person who hit the boy.

Woman Reunited With Her Lost Dog Seven Years Later. Just watch this. And then go hug your dog. Or cat. Or potbellied pig.