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The Henderson County Performing Arts Center will host the classic musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 through 18 and Sept. 23 through 25 with a special matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19.

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A proclamation was read Tuesday by Mayor Toni Clay at the City Council meeting designating Saturday, Aug. 14 as Dennis Gilmore Day in Athens. The proclamation honors and recognizes Gilmore’s service to the community of Athens and beyond.

 The classic 1942 movie "Casablanca'' has over the years become a treasured part of American culture for many reasons but mostly because of its war time plot, and the timeless performances by Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and others. However, what has also become classic was one particular line and even a person from the film – where Tyler native and East Texas Notable Dooley Wilson is told to “Play it again, Sam.” However, while Wilson has perhaps become best known for this scene and this role, there were some ironies involved. First the line was actually just, “Play it, Sam” and also, while Wilson simply fingered the keyboard he couldn’t play the instrument and the music actually came from an off screen pianist. And second and probably more important, though Wilson was a talented singer and drummer and had led his own bands, he was also an experienced and talented stage actor with numerous credits. Yet because of standard movie studio policy, because he was an African American, Wilson was limited to such roles as “Sam”- and as train porters.

Memorial Day weekend is primarily a time to honor the fallen. For many, it is also a time to be thankful for life with family, friends and kick off the beginning of summer. Between the lake and Athens there is no shortage of activities. Hang up your suit and join in for a jam packed weekend.

Those attending the upcoming summer reading program at the Henderson County Library will notice a brand new set of custom painted stairs. The Friends of the Henderson County library hace been busy in 2020 and 2021 with two new commissioned pieces, including the stained glass transom and stairs painted to look like books.