TVCC schedules Cruisin’ Cardinals Car Show

Trinity Valley Community College student Will Baker isn’t going to Romania this spring break. But that didn’t stop him from finding a way to help those who are.

Three students from the college will be traveling across the globe in March to spend a week helping Romanian orphans in need.

Although he isn’t taking the trip, Baker has been working to organize a fundraiser for those students. His idea: the Cruisin’ Cardinals Car Show.

On March 2, drivers of all makes and models of car, truck, motorcycle and boat are invited to attend the show, which will be in the front parking lot of the college’s Athens campus.

“I told them I would help fundraise. And I enjoy car shows and have grown up going to car shows. So I thought this would be a great excuse to have a show,” said Baker.

The show will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Drivers do not need to register in advance, but can do so the day of the show. Registration for the show is $15 for a car or truck and $7 for a motorcycle or a boat.

“I’ve had people asking about all kinds of vehicles,” said Baker. “I even had a guy ask about an ATV and I decided why not. Sounds like fun.”

There’s no charge for members of the public who want to come look at all the vehicles on display. However, donations will be taken at the show for those who want to help the students with their efforts.

Awards will be given for best of show in a car/truck category and then in a motorcycle category.

Cortney Curran, who is the TVCC staff sponsor for the trip, said she is glad to have students like Baker who are willing to help where needed.

“This was a great idea Will had and I hope everybody comes out,” said Curran.

The students will be leaving for Romania March 7. Curran, who has been to Romania on similar trips in the past, said the students will be spending their days working at a facility for infants and working with children after school hours.

“These children are truly destitute,” said Curran. “They have nothing and we are glad to be able to help them.”

For more information on the Cruisin’ Cardinals Car Show, contact the TVCC Student Activities Office at 903-675-6252.

Athens girls powerlifters headed to Regionals

The Athens High School girls varsity powerlifters competed at the Fairfield Invitational meet Thursday night, finishing 6th.

Individually the girls finished as follows:

CeCe Monmouth finished 2nd with a total lift of 790 pounds. This placing and lift total sealed her a competing position at the Regional meet. She is currently ranked 8th in the region.

Wendi Pacheco finished 3rd with a total lift of 535 pounds. She also earned a position at the Regional meet in the 114-pound weight class. She is currently 8th in the region.

Ingrid Castaneda finished 3rd with a total lift of 520 pounds. She will be competing at the Regional meet. She is ranked 9th in the region right now.

Melissa Rodriguez will go to the regional meet as an alternate. She is ranked 11th.

The regional meet is at Wills Point Friday, March 1.

DAR hears about American Flag

Marsha Head (left), Claire Grant (seated at table), Billy Burford and Perry Holcomb at the recent DAR meeting. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Marsha Head (left), Claire Grant (seated at table), Billy Burford and Perry Holcomb at the recent DAR meeting. (COURTESY PHOTO)

By Fred Head, Special to HCT Now

Americans love their flag! Texans love their flag! The members of the Daniel McMahon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution love their flag!

At their Feb. 20 George Washington Tea, held at the Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church of Athens, members and guests showed their love for Old Glory as they enjoyed a program concerning the American Flag by DAR member Marsha Head.

In her presentation, Head discussed the flag and explained the meaning of the folding of the American Flag at military funerals. She was assisted with a folding demonstration by two local veterans, each with many years of military service, Billy Burford, career Air Force retired and Perry Holcomb, career Navy retired, as they slowly proceeded through the 13 separate folds while Head explained each of these folds to the large crowd in attendance.

In closing her presentation, Head said, “In the future, you’ll see flags folded and now you will know why. Please share this with our children and all those you love as we strive to keep our country strong and free.”

Outstanding area students were honored for their essays and their good citizen behavior by DAR member Claire Grant as she presented certificates and monetary awards to each of the winners.

District 13-2A All-District Team announced

The girls District 13-2A All-District Team was announced this week, including the following:

Malakoff High School

1st Team: Plandreika Jackson, Candace Denis (Academic Team also)

2nd Team: DyEsha Brookins, Kiana Reed

Honorable Mention: Hayley Thomas (Academic Team also), Sierra Perez (Academic Team also), Taye Jackson

Eustace High School

1st Team: Kacie Richards

2nd Team: Casey Bramblitt

Kemp High School

1st Team: Bri DeGrate

2nd Team: Bree Weisinger

District 15-3A All-District Team

The girls District 15-3A All-District basketball team was announced this week. Local honorees include:

District MVP: Kourtney Holyfield, Mabank

Offensive MVP: Demi Cumby, Athens

Defensive MVP (co): Bailey Swain, Mabank

1st Team All-District: Sydney Hightower, Brownsboro; Josee McNeese, Athens; Meagan Holyfield, Mabank.

2nd Team All-District: Kaitlyn Holyfield, Mabank; Madison Montgomery, Brownsboro.

Honorable Mention: Kaitlyn Holyfield, Mabank; Madison Montgomery, Brownsboro.