While amusing in a sad sort of way, I’m not sure that the presentation has not been tailored a bit.
Rather than the story being “mysteriously pulled,” I note that the original story was printed on April 6, 2006 while the blog entry was posted on August 12, 2007–meaning the story, probably “borrowed” from one of several other blogs that had carried it, was well over a year old and had probably simply rolled off the paper’s open archive.
More recently, the paper has carried an ongoing story regarding financial cutbacks to the county’s community college that has curtailed the lecture series at which Nye had spoken. Those stories each mention that Nye drew an audience of 1,700 people, which seems significantly larger than the few goofballs mentioned in the story with its RO emphasis.
So, rather than the Waco paper suppressing a scary story of rampant Texan ignorance, it appears that we have a bunch of bloggers reporting over a year late on a couple of kooks (several people including one woman with three children) staging what appears to be a prepared walkout.