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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Third elementary school to replace Athens Intermediate School
The Athens Independent School District school board approved campus realignment Monday that will go into effect for the 2015-16 school year.
While full details of the plan are still being discussed, the district unanimously approved adding a third elementary school, while doing away with the intermediate level.
Laying Splash Pad bricks
Workmen from Rosenberg’s Outdoor Designs of Athens are shown installing bricks purchased by individuals, businesses and other organizations at the Kiwanis Park Splash Pad. Shown, left to right, are: Nick Rosenberg, owner of the company; Jonathan Perez and Gutierrez Concepcion.
Burton’s severance approved
The Athens City Council on Monday narrowly approved a budget amendment from reserves, to fund a severance package for City Administrator Pam Burton who is retiring at the end of 2014.
Mayor Jerry Don Vaught and council members Monte Montgomery and Tres Winn entered yes votes, while Joe Whatley and Charles Elliott opposed the adjustment.
Sanders readies proposed budget
Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders has his proposed budget ready for submission, with the numbers reflecting revenues slightly above last year.
Academically-weighted courses discussed at CRISD meeting
A concern about how elective courses in the Cross Roads Independent School District are academically-weighted was discussed at Monday night's school board meeting to determine a student's class rank.
The board of trustees decided to let the issue extend to a further meeting to work on rewording the change in the student handbook.
McDonald’s coming to Mabank
The corner of North First Street and North Third Street in Mabank is about to look a lot different as a construction crew broke ground Monday.
A formal ceremonial groundbreaking will be held within the next week to welcome McDonald's to the location just off of Highway 175.
Funeral held for 15-year-old drowned Eustace student
Funeral services were held on Sunday for a 15-year-old Eustace student who drowned Thursday evening after diving into Cedar Creek Lake.
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office investigated the drowning. According to reports, a medical emergency call came to 9-1-1 shortly after 5 p.m. from Timber Bay in the Payne Springs area.
PSCA seeks new student enrollment
“Striving to make a difference in each child for eternity,” reads the motto of one local private school seeking new enrollment.
Payne Springs Christian Academy is looking to enroll new students for the 2014-2015 school year.
“We are in need of some kids this year,” said Amanda Beets, a mother of one of the school's current students.
Lightfoot-Miller Cemetery to dedicate historical marker
The Texas Historical Commission, Henderson County Historical Commission and descendants of those who are buried in the Lightfoot-Miller Cemetery invite the public to the dedication of a historical marker at the property.
The observance is set for 10 a.m. on Aug. 2.
‘Party for the Paws’ event great success
The Henderson County Humane Society in Athens as well as Beckham are continuing to celebrate results of the Party For The Paws fundraiser. Beckham is a dog that was recently adopted from the HCHS.
HCHS Treasurer Ellen Barton commends those who were involved in the event’s planning and execution.
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