MLK Awards still on tap tonight; NETCS auditions rescheduled
From Staff Reports

Jan. 15, 2007 - The 16th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Ceremony will go on as planned this evening, but bad weather has forced the rescheduling of another event.

North East Texas Choral Society had planned to hold auditions from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. this evening, but the group's leaders have decided to play it safe and reschedule.

Auditions for singers interested in joining North East Texas Choral Society will be held Thursday, Jan. 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church.

Both men and women are encouraged to audition for soprano, alto, tenor and bass voice parts.

Those wishing to audition should enter at the rear (west side) of the church, where they will be directed to the audition site.

The choral society, entering its 10th year, will perform its annual spring concert the weekend of May 5 and 6 at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center auditorium.

The choral society will also be holding the NETCS Cabaret fundraiser  on Feb. 9 and 10. This year's edition of the annual event will be a masquerade ball featuring songs in a tribute to Broadway.

For more information about auditions, or to make reservations for Cabaret, call Beth Alsobrook at 903-885-2949.

Still on tap for tonight is the "16th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Ceremony: Celebration of the Dream," which will be held at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center.

This year marks the 16th year East Caney Missionary Baptist Church has hosted the awards celebration named after the civil rights leader. Two years ago, the event was moved to the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center due to the large number of people attending the cermony.

Those selected for honors exemplify the spirit and inspiration of Dr. King's dream, according to East Caney Pastor M. LaVelle Hendricks.

Carolyn Malone Thomas, a former award recipient, will be the featured speaker. Thomas, a Sulphur Springs Independent School District trustee, has served as a legislative assistant for a U.S. Senator and was also operations manager for the National Rainbow Coalition.

Awards will be handed out in 32 categories.

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