In defense of the arts… in schools

These are dark days for artists and the arts. By “artists” and “the arts” I do not mean the avant-garde stereotype of indulgent silliness. Someone overturning a silverware drawer into the opening of a piano and calling it “music.” A few haphazard strings of glass and feather collected on a coathanger presented as “sculpture.”

No, I’m talking about some of the highest forms of human expression. Music. Painting. Sculpture. Literature. Dance. Theatre. The most elevated means of creativity known to mankind. Slowly and almost certainly being pushed further and further back from the forefront of our collective thought.

What is the cause of this? What has prompted this retreat from the more sublime manifestations of our culture? Don’t we understand what such a withdrawal means — if not to our civilization as a whole but to our very souls? Indeed, without art, the crudeness of reality makes the world unbearable.

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OHS alumni team sends out the call

If you’re a former Overton Mustang football player, your alumni team needs you.

Overton High School graduates from as far back as 1990 (Kurt Kitchings and Steven Sikes) to as recent as 2013 (Greg Moore) have pledged to play. The game is set tentatively for February/March of 2014, possibly against the Arp Tiger alums — a once passionate rivalry that’s cooled in recent years.

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Alumni teams to face off in “grudge match”

1991 Overton Mustangs

One of the most poignant facts of high school football is that it often goes by too quickly…  and when it’s over, it’s over forever.

Or is it?

With a 2 p.m. kickoff on Sunday, Jan. 27 Overton and Carlisle alumni teams will square off in Coach Chester Roy Stadium, for what organizers hope is an annual tradition. Practices are also currently ongoing at 3 p.m. every Sunday afternoon on the football field.

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Overton ISD to honor former coach

Coach Chester Roy Stadium is going to be re-dedicated 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 as work on the venue has now been completed. The stadium, named for former teacher and coach Chester Roy in a 2003 ceremony, was renovated as part of a $6.5 million bond issue that passed narrowly in 2009 and has only been opened to the public in recent weeks.

But school officials say now is the time to rededicate the facility and once again honor the life of the man who inspired and guided generations of Overton students. Roy’s widow, Mrs. Jackie Reddic Roy, will be a special guest of the event and family members will be in attendance as well.

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Week 2: Overton (1-1) at Mount Enterprise (2-0)

On the heels of last weeks mauling at the hands of a big and fast Class 2A squad from Union Grove, the Overton Mustangs look to rebound against Rusk County rivals Mount Enterprise.

The game will be played in the Wildcats new $3-million A. W. Phillips Stadium, kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday night.

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