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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Sanders suspended indefinitely
Two University of Texas football players were arrested and charged Thursday with felony sexual assault after a female student said she was raped in a campus dorm room last month.
Wide receivers Kendall Sanders, of Athens, and Montrel Meander were arrested and later released on personal recognizance bonds. According to an arrest affidavit, Sanders and Meander texted each other during earlier interviews with police to "get their story straight" and Sanders also faces a charge of improper photography tied to the alleged assault on June 21.
Thunderstorms take their toll on counties
A line of thunderstorms rolled through Henderson County on Wednesday, snapping tree branches and power lines along the way.
The winds that accompanied the storm resulted in thousands of people in North Texas without electricity and roads broken by falling trees or debris.
Council considering Burton's severance package
The Athens City Council, by a 3-to-2 vote, tabled a budget adjustment on Wednesday to fund a severance package for City Administrator Pam Burton who’s stepping down at the end of the year.
Eustace ISD approves tax rates
The Eustace Independent School District Board of Trustees held its regular monthly meeting Tuesday in the Eustace High School Library.
Several reports and agenda items were considered by the board, and all were passed or approved. Board Secretary Ashley McKee was absent.
The board was presented with the superintendent's reports on revenue, expenditures, payroll and taxes.
TxDOT signs at issue in county
It turns out Texas counties will not be picking up the cost of Advance County Road signs as the Texas Department of Transportation had stated earlier this year.
TxDOT informed Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders recently that it has reversed its decision to change its policy regarding maintenance of the signs installed to aid approaching traffic to identify an upcoming county road intersection.
Free meals for schools in Malakoff, Tool
The Malakoff Independent School District has been approved to provide free breakfast and lunch for Malakoff Elementary, Tool Elementary and Malakoff Middle School.
Those schools did meet or exceed the 40-percent requirement to participate in the program.
Ramps for handicapped
Encino Landscaping is doing a necessary job for the Texas Department of Transportation Tyler District. All four corners of the block upon which the Henderson County Courthouse rests are being converted to better serve handicapped pedestrians.
Appearance and operation of Splash Pad upgraded
The Splash Pad at Athens Kiwanis Park has been closed this week, as work is being done that will upgrade the appearance of the surroundings and operation of the facility.
The pad is now well into its first full summer of operation, and has proven to be a popular spot for youngsters in the city.
GBC official asked to resign
Gun Barrel City resident Carroll Strickland asked Councilman Marty Goss “to do the right thing and resign.”
Strickland spoke to the GBC council during the citizen's comment portion of the Tuesday evening’s council meeting. Strickland accused Goss of trying to take over the GBC Economic Development Corporation (EDC).
In a prepared statement, Strickland said, “Marty is doing harm to the city's reputation. I am asking the mayor and the city council to do something about the situation.”
Nutt says being part of task force has really paid off
Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt reports that being a part of the Drug Enforcement Task Force in Tyler has paid off in a big way with the arrest of two major drug distributors.
On May 13, following an investigation initiated in January by the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office investigators, Uleyses Roberts, 45, and Dijon Howard, 25, were arrested by a task force of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The men were charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
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