ACC golf course in great shape, playing fast

golfballThe PGA Championship is under way at the Oak Hill country Club in Rochester, New York, and like usual with the majors, the golf course looks beautiful.

The golf course in Athens is looking pretty gorgeous as well, these days.

“For our course, it’s the best around as far as condition-wise. We’re very pleased with it,” said ACC Golf Pro Gaylord Walden.

Gaylord highlighted three reasons the course looks so good:

1. An irrigation system installed three years ago. … “It is kind of the heartbeat of your golf course,” Gaylord said.

2. Unusual rains in July.

3. A pre-emergent program that is keeping the course fairly clear of weeds.

“That combination of those things is unbelievable,” Gaylord said.

So the course is in great shape and also plays quick, for those concerned about the time.

“We have a fast course here that plays in three or three-and-a-half hours, which compares to Dallas courses that play five-and-a-half or six,” Gaylord said.

He said you can walk nine holes at Athens in about an hour-and-a-half.

For more information about golf at the ACC — or for lessons or equipment — call Gaylord at the pro shop, 903-677-3844.

To learn about becoming a member of the ACC, call the office at 903-675-8595.

Wulf Outdoors is going out of business


Wulf Outdoor Sports is going out of business. The company posted the following announcement on its Facebook page today:

To All of Our Valued Customers and Friends,

We regret to inform you that Wulf Outdoor Sports has reached a decision to close our stores and our business. We have served the East Texas outdoor sporting goods market for over 9 years and have made many wonderful friends and developed lasting relationships. We will always be grateful to our dedicated employees who have helped us build a great brand and company that we are all very proud to be a part. We are thankful for our customers who have been loyal to us all these years, both in our stores and those across the country who purchased through our website. And we are thankful for our valued vendor partners who supplied us with great products and have stood by us.

We begin our final liquidation sale on Friday, August 9, at 9 a.m. in both our Athens, TX and Center, TX stores (our website is closed for this event). We invite you to come and shop and save on every product in the stores. Everything must go!

Thanks again for a wonderful 9 years of serving you and serving our communities!

Homeschool group gets started in Henderson County

classical conversations

Classical Conversations is a new homeschool community for all ages that offers guidance and accountability.

The group will meet in Athens on Monday starting in the fall, and will use classical methods to train students in the art of learning. Group members will support and encourage each other on the homeschooling journey.

The Classical Conversations mission is to “Know God and make Him known.” Continue reading “Homeschool group gets started in Henderson County”

New home for Athens Christian Preparatory Academy

Here is an artist's rendition of the first two classroom buildings planned for ACPA's new home.
Here is an artist’s rendition of the first two classroom buildings planned for ACPA’s new home.

By Michael V. Hannigan

Athens Christian Preparatory Academy is finally home.

Last week, area reporters were invited to tour the 5-year-old ACPA’s new 49-acre property and to speak with Headmistress Theresa DeMay. As always, she was a whirlwind of activity, directing traffic as the move in continued while answering questions from three reporters. (You can read the story by the Review’s Kathi Nailing here.)

The new campus — formerly a horse ranch on State Highway 175 — is a work in progress. Eight portable buildings are being installed for classrooms and plenty of work remains before the first day of school.

“It will come down to the wire, but we plan to start school on Aug. 26,” DeMay said.

Knowing the headmistress the way I do I have no doubt.

I still remember meeting DeMay for the first time. It was in July 2010, and I was interviewing her for a story about ACPA. I had just recently heard about the school and learned that students in my coverage area (Malakoff) were attending. I wanted to know more, so I went to talk to DeMay.

What I found was a high school that was about to start just its third year, but was already moving toward accreditation. In fact, accreditation came a year faster than usual for ACPA. Continue reading “New home for Athens Christian Preparatory Academy”