The Perrys, one of Southern Gospel Music’s top groups will sing at the Texas Gospel Music Hall in Athens Saturday, despite a stroke that has left one of the members in a Nashville hospital for more than a month.
The 6 p.m. concert that also features New Grace Trio and Hearts of Grace will feature the Perrys singing some of the songs that have made them longtime favorites and perennial award winners. Perrys booking agent Jeff Harper said the group has been continuing to travel and keep its dates each weekend despite the absence of bass singer Tracy Stuffle, who’s sung with the group since 1970.
Stuffle’s wife LIbi Stuffle, also a popular singer with the group, has been off-the-road watching Tracy’s recovery and giving regular updates on his condition via the group’s website. Harper said Katy Peach, a former member of the Nelons and the Mike Speck Trio has been singing Libi’s part, just as she did three years ago when Tracy was recovering from heart surgery.
“We are obviously taking Tracy's recovery day by day at this point, and the doctors are telling us that it may be a long-term process,” Harper said.
Libi’s goal is to rejoin the group for dates that don’t require her to venture far Nashville and eventually rejoin the group full time with Tracy.
Libbi is so thankful for the churches and promoters who have stood by their side during these trying times,” Harper said. “There is not a day that goes by that she does not want me to communicate her appreciation for your support of the group, and to remind everyone that her and Tracy will be back soon.”
Fans at the Texas Gospel Music Hall Saturday will hear many of their Perrys’ favorites. Lead singer Joseph Habedank, known by many as “the Singing Cop” from season 9 of American Idol will be in town along with the newest member of the group, 27-year-old Bryan Walker. Walker sings the baritone part.
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Color run coming to Athens
Have you been seeing those pictures on the internet of people in wild costumes, running through clouds of neon pink, blue, purple, and green and coming out looking like a rainbow?
If you have, you’ve been looking at the hottest thing to hit the walking and running world – the color run. And it’s coming to Athens on March 22 to benefit Hope Springs Water and celebrate International World Water Day.
AISD students honored for reading challenge
To get kids excited about reading and encourage more adults to spend time reading with their children, the National Education Association launched the first NEA's Read Across America day in 1998.
On March 3, NEA's Read Across America marked 17 years of celebrating reading and the birthday of Dr. Seuss.
Athens Independent School District participated in the event, but added a twist to encourage students to read more often.
The minimum standard for living
The average minimum wage worker renting a living space in Henderson County will spend more than 30 percent of their monthly income on their home.
The National Low-Income Housing Coalition reports Henderson County renters would have to work 85 hours at minimum wage for a two bedroom apartment. Of the six counties in the 5th Congressional District, Henderson ranks second, behind Dallas, for the most hours required.
Chandler, BMC to settle contract
Since the beginning of the year, Chandler city officials and leaders of the Brownsboro-Murchison-Chandler Youth Foundation have worked to finalize an agreement on use of the facilities at Winchester Park.
County preparing to address roads
With hundreds of miles of pavement to deal with, three Henderson County Road and Bridge Precincts may soon be getting a tool to help them keep track of the tasks involved.
The Henderson County Information Technology Committee discussed on Wednesday whether to acquire Precinct Tracker software and will present its findings to Commissioners Court.
The students have spoken, Brownsboro ISD considering adding a soccer program.
Superintendent Dr. Chris Moran is scheduled to updated the school board on the progress of the program during the meeting on Monday, March 17.
A by-precinct breakdown of Henderson County’s vote on Tuesday shows pockets of support for candidates who came up short in the vote totals.
The 27 boxes in the county delivered 9,908 votes, of which more than half, 5,219, were cast during early balloting. There were 8,869 in the more hotly-contested Republican races and 1,039 Democratic votes.
Missing no more
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Department reports the recovery of a boat and a tractor among the $40,000 in stolen property located over the past week.
A true country caterer
It’s not every restaurant that you visit, that while you are eating, you are watching the RFD-TV channel known as “Rural America’s Most Important Network.” The huge wall screen keeps eyes going back and forth from where they are cutting their pork chops, to current information about the profit that can be realized from soy-bean growth on that day.
CASA receives $5,000 from Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric believes in supporting non-profit organizations in the communities where they work and live.
Recently, Steve Ramsey, Location Manager, from Schneider Electric presented a check to CASA’s Resource Development Officer Elvis Allen, as a sponsor of CASA’s annual 5K Race and fundraiser for the upcoming 2014 event.
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