The Olney Chamber of Commerce [OCC] hosted a networking night on Aug. 4 at Hometown Coffee & Tea on Main Street in Olney. OCC director Deidre Brown and board members host regular networking nights as a way for Chamber members to socialize and discuss business.
The community is invited to enjoy a free gospel concert by the Fabulous Blackwood Quartet at 6 p.m. on Aug. 21 at the First Baptist Church of Olney. Mark Blackwood and the Fabulous Blackwood Quartet perform around the world, and the original group’s name is legendary in gospel circles. The quartet was formed in 1934 in the hills of Choctaw County, Mississippi. They played at camp meetings and other church events throughout the 1930s and 1940s. Inthe 1940s, they moved to Iowa, where they had a live broadcast on the radio. In1954, they won first place and a recording contract on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts on CBS. The same year, the group lost two members in a plane crash near Clanton, Alabama. They were the first gospel group to sell over 1 million records. They have won eight Grammuys amd 27 Dove Awards and have been inducted into the Gospel Hall of Fame.
Local author Zachary Schertz has penned a science manual for teachers that contests some aspects of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, and he offered it to the Olney Independent School District’s board of trustees at a recent meeting. Mr. Schertz, 31, grew up in College Station and earned his bachelor’s degree in religious and theological studies from St. Edward’s University in Austin. He works at Stewarts Food Store in Olney, and has written several drafts of his textbook, “Operation: Battleground,” which is available on Amazon.com. The OISD trustees said they would consider his suggestion that “Operation: Battleground” be used to supplement lessons about Darwin’s theory. The Enterprise caught up with Mr. Schertz to get more details about “Operation: Battleground” and his other works.
Life in “small town USA” is the best life. City dwellers don’t understand us. Why would anyone enjoy small town life with the lack of shopping, restaurants, and entertainment? It is all about the people. We can always drive a few miles for entertainment, big sports, and the big stores. What we can do is enjoy riding bikes in the evening with the family without the fear of possible danger in our neighborhoods. That is priceless!