HAMLET — “Good vibrations” are coming to Richmond County.
The Beach Boys will bring their signature sound to Cole Auditorium at Richmond Community College Nov. 5 as part of the DeWitt Performing Arts series’ 2014-15 season.
College officials unveiled the slate of musical acts during the RCC Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday evening. Also performing at Cole will be Smokey Joe’s Cafe on Oct. 21, Livingston Taylor and Tom Chapin on Dec. 4, Piano Battle on Feb. 10, Rhythm of the Dance on March 17 and Collin Raye on April 17.
Founded in Hawthorne, California, in 1961, the Beach Boys recently marked their 50th anniversary with the release of their 29th studio album, “That’s Why God Made the Radio.” It’s the first album in decades to feature all of the band’s surviving members.
The Beach Boys were enshrined in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and are recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award.
Season ticket prices for the DeWitt series are listed as $145 per seat for front orchestra seats, rows A-M, $135 for rear orchestra, rows N-S, $125 for front mezzanine, rows T-W, and $115 for rear mezzanine, rows X-CC.
Single-show tickets are $50 each for The Beach Boys and $35 for all other shows.
The Cole Auditorium box office can be reached at 910-410-1691 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and one and a half hour prior to showtimes.
Richmond Community College will begin offering truck driver training this fall through a partnership with Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute in Hudson, RCC spokesman Andy Cagle said in a Wednesday release.
Robbie Taylor, the college’s vice president for work force and economic development, presented the plan for the training at Tuesday’s meeting.
“Caldwell is known statewide for its truck driver training,” said Taylor, “and we are fortunate to be able to partner with them to offer this certificate to our students.”
According to RCC President Dr. Dale McInnis, the training will be taking place at Superior Crane’s facility west of Rockingham on U.S. 74.
The program has been approved for veterans’ benefits, and Taylor said classes are beginning to fill up.
The cost of the eight and a half week program is $2,000.
“The cost is very competitive compared to some of the other ones offered in the state,” said Taylor. “We have seen them cost students as much as $3,100 for the training.”
McInnis reported the results of the college’s reaccreditation from the Southen Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Colleges, said Cagle. The school received full reaccreditation without follow up.
“This letter proves that no one was trying to play a trick on us,” McInnis joked.
“There are a lot of colleges that do not receive full accreditation or reaccreditation without any follow up,” McInnis said proudly. “This is a testament to the hard work of people on our campus. It was truly a campus-wide effort.”
In other action, Cagle said, trustees approved a proposal to name the fitness trail to be built at RCC for Mary Ellen Kindley.
The board proposed the name at its June meeting, but by policy, any naming action must be tabled for consideration for at least one month.
“We have a great deal of support coming in for the Mary Ellen Kindley Fitness Trail,” McInnis said. “This project will soon become a reality, and we are very appreciative of any contributions.”
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