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Russellville Independent Schools News Article

Rhea Stadium Historical Marker, 10/12/19

On Saturday, during the Heritage Festival activities, a good crowd gathered at the base of the RHEA Stadium to witness the unveiling of the newly erected historical marker.  Mr. Sonny Green and Mr. Greg Owens have clocked in many hours to see this day come to fruition.  Mr. Chris McGinnis spoke eloquently regarding the history of this famous iconic structure.  Home-town resident, Tom Rhea, was also a Kentucky political kingpin, and his three sons were all on the Russellville team.  Rhea pulled strings, and the government's Works Progress Administration (WPA) built Russellville's new stadium.  Russellville High School played its first game in its new stadium November 23, 1939, and Russellville Schools still play their games in this 1939 stadium.  Chris mentioned our stadium is well-known throughout all of Kentucky.  Mr. Tom Noe, grandson of Tom Rhea, shared a few words on behalf of the RHEA family, and his sister, Jane, and niece assisted him in the unveiling.  Mr. Noe stated there were grandchildren, great grandchildren, and even great, great grandchildren present for this occasion.  We were also privileged to have Ms. Allie Robic, Community Engagement Coordinator with the Kentucky Historical Society in attendance.  When you have the opportunity, stop by and see this beautiful addition at the base entrance of Rhea Stadium.
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