The Athens Rotary Club dined to the sounds of old standards and spiritual songs played by the Trinity Valley Community College Wind Ensemble, Thursday, then heard from the director.
Michael Matchael told the Rotarians that the band program is busy throughout the year and brought a visual presentation highlighting some of their work Concerts, football games and parades dot the calendar throughout the year. This Saturday, at 10 a.m, the Cardinal Regiment marches in the Dallas Christmas Parade.
“There’ll be four television stations on the parade route. Please watch for us. You should be able to see us live somewhere,” Matchael said.
Thousands are expected to brave the chilly weather to see the entries.
Events like the one in Dallas help spread the TVCC name and the reputation of the red and white, military clad band beyond the counties where the school’s classes are located.
“I’m very proud of the work that they’ve done. The keep improving year after year,” Matchael said.
Michael Matchael became marching band director at TVCC last year. Before that, his career included stints as director of jazz band, pep band and orchestra. For six years he was a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Army.
The Regiment will have a bright, new look bringing up the rear of the band.
“Wednesday, we had six new sousaphones come in — beautiful,” Matachael said.
They replace instruments that almost date back to the days of John Phillip Sousa himself, who died in 1932. Two of the old instruments were made between 1935 and 1940. The other four were manufactured between 1940 and 1945.
“We’ve been using 70 to 75 year old instruments in the band,” Matchael said. “They were well made, but they were well past their prime. They were costing us more to repair than to buy new ones.”
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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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