Athens Review, Athens, Texas

May 14, 2014

Athens approves closure

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Athens City Council on Monday gave the green light to closing a portion of North Prairieville for a blues concert on the square, July 4.

The concert is planned by the Fisher High School class of 1960 as part of a school reunion. Organizers of the event believe it will bring back many of Fisher’s former students and also attract people from the surrounding area.

The concert features the music of Beautiful Bobby Blackmon, a recording artist from Orlando, Florida, will highlight the show. Blackmon is a member of the 1960 Fisher class.

The blues concert is part of a busy weekend of activities in conjunction with the reunion. On Thursday night a “Unity in the Community” musical will be presented at the Church of the Living God on U.S. Highway 175. Mayor Jerry Don Vaught will be on hand for a presentation that evening.

July 4 events begin with registration at the Fisher High School Campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.. The blues concert follows from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m., and the evening wraps up with a meet and greet mixer in the Holiday Inn Express.

Activities shift to the Fisher campus at 9 a.m. for a community outreach brunch. An evening at Athens Country Club starts at 6 p.m. and includes a cocktail hour, program, buffet dinner and show.

The council also authorized extension of a water line on W. Larkin Street, as requested by Nancy Pitts. City Administrator Pam Burton explained that Pitts owns a trailer park with 17 tenants who are currently on one master meter system and wishes for the city to place each mobile home on its own water meter. Pitts has offered to pay the cost of $12,598 to extend the water line at no expense to the city.