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Crosby Rodeo books spectrum of performers

This year, the Crosby Fair & Rodeo has a lineup of concert performers that are a match for local Country Western fans to enjoy.

Beginning with the Cook-off Party Concert Friday, June 3, Glen Templeton opens the series.

In 2008 Templeton was hand picked by Conway Twitty’s daughters to portray Conway in the touring musical tribute to their father. Glen had worked on demo projects after as string of hard luck finding work in Nashville.

In his early Nashville days, he worked the clubs down on lower Broadway. At the world famous Tootsie’s, it wasn’t uncommon for an “A List” star to hop up on stage to do a few songs with Glen and the band. After earning a reputation as one of the best singer-songwriters to play the shotgun bars and honkytonks in Nashville, Glen was recruited by Mike Murphy, owner of Cowboy’s Dancehall clubs in Texas. He toured the circuit playing to several thousand people each weekend for his own shows and was the opening act for a number of top names in country music. Never forgetting his old school country roots, Glen cites the shows he performed on tour with George Jones in early 2009 as some of his favorites. He has also appeared on CMT, The Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman, and a long list of regional performance venues.

Securing a foothold as a performing artist on the country music stage in 2010, Templeton crisscrossed the country playing events such as The ACM’s All-Star Jam, Country Jam USA, Cheyenne Frontier Days and numerous state fairs and festivals to perfect his rollicking stage show.

Glen is genuine in his performance; his studio recordings translate as undeniably and absolute as his live stage show. Country music may have chosen Glen Templeton, but it won’t be long before country music fans all over the country are choosing Glen Templeton’s music.

Tab Benoit follows that party act on Saturday, June 4. Tab Benoit (pronounced ben-wah (born November 17, 1967, Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is an American blues guitarist, musician, and singer. His playing combines a number of blues styles, primarily Delta blues. He plays a Fender Telecaster Thinline electric guitar and writes his own musical compositions. Benoit graduated from Vandebilt Catholic High School in Houma, Louisiana in May 1985. In 2003, he formed “Voice of the Wetlands,” an organization promoting awareness of coastal wetlands preservation.

A guitar player since his teenage years, Benoit appeared at the Blues Box, a music club and cultural center in Baton Rouge run by guitarist Tabby Thomas. Playing guitar alongside Thomas, Raful Neal, Henry Gray, and other high-profile regulars at the club, Benoit learned the blues first-hand from a faculty of living blues legends. He formed a trio in 1987 and began playing clubs in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. He began touring other parts of the South two years later and started touring more of the United States in 1991.

In 2007, Benoit won his first B.B. King Entertainer of the Year award presented by the Blues Music Awards.

Benoit was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame on May 16, 2010, at the Louisiana Music Homecoming in Erwinville, Louisiana.

In 2012, Benoit won three separate Blues Music Awards: Contemporary Blues Male Artist; Contemporary Blues Album (for 2011’s Medicine); and for the second time, B.B. King Entertainer of the Year. 2013 saw Benoit win the Blues Music Awards Contemporary Blues Male Artist for the second year in a row.

Whiskey Myers, an American Southern Rock/Red Dirt/Country group from Palestine, Texas, plays June 9. In 2008, they signed with Smith Entertainment and released their debut album, Road of Life. Their second album, Firewater, was released by Wiggy Thump in 2011 and debuted in the Top 30 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, largely thanks to the single “Ballad of a Southern Man”. On February 4, 2014, the album, Early Morning Shakes, was released and received mostly positive reviews. They have not yet released a live album. A new studio album was announced in 2015.

The band started when friends Cody Cannon and Cody Tate began playing guitar together, inspired by the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr., Waylon Jennings, and many other southern rock and country artists. They enlisted friend Jeff Hogg to play drums, and asked Cannon’s cousin Gary Brown to play bass. They began playing shows around their hometown and native state of Texas, slowly starting to build a following on the Red Dirt scene.

The act for Friday, Cody Johnson Band, is a country and rock sound of quality, Nashville blend with Texas Country/Red Dirt origins.

Johnson, 23, is energetic and bridges generation gaps between younger and older fans. Cody Johnson played to 6000 students at the 2007 Texas FFA Convention in Corpus Christi and was praised by several adult fans of his in the FFA administration. Johnson’s Band played several songs with presidential candidate Mike Huckabee at a campaign rally at Texas A&M University in College Station with Huckabee playing Bass.

Energy and excitement during a concert brings to mind legendary performers such as Garth Brooks, Chris Ledoux, and even Jim Morrison. He specializes in getting the crowd involved and drawing them into the show and fans seem to all pile up at the front of the stage begging to get closer. They also have an affection for acoustics.

They still play their own music but also divulge into covers ranging from Hank Williams to Seether. Cody has been playing guitar, singing and writing since he was twelve years old. Having written over 200 songs the band started in May 2006. They played as a 3 piece for a year and released their first album together titled Black & White Label then added Matt Rogers’ lead guitar. In May of 2007 they recorded the Live and Rocking at Shenanigans Album.

Bass player, Danny Salinas made a four piece, he shakes walls.

Six Strings One Dream was released September 2, 2009 with their debut single “Another Try” reaching the Texas Music Chart only weeks after release climbing to #28. Their second single “Nobody to Blame” climbed up to #7 and their third single “Pray for Rain” is already in the top 10 just weeks after release. Jody Bartula plays Fiddle. Jody began playing at the age of 7 with many internationally acclaimed venues. Jeff Smith on lead guitar started playing at 8 and performing live at 9 years old as a singer/songwriter.

Breeland Angel returns to the Crosby Fair & Rodeo Saturday, June 11. The Baytown native told the Star-Courier she loves returning to Crosby.

“It’s My Turn” was on her own independent label, MisBhavin’ Records, and celebrated as it reached #65 on the MusicRow Country Breakout Chart then “Halfway To Wasted,” won a “Discovery Award” honor), “Halfway To Wasted” climbed into the Top 40 on MusicRow, entered the Texas Regional Radio Report (where she garnered a nomination as Best New Female Artist), and impacted Billboard’s Indicator chart as a Top 50.

Gearing up to promote the release her of newest single, “Double Standards,” as well as her much anticipated debut album, Dirty Little Secrets (June 24, 2014), Breelan has carved a niche and discovered her true style for both songwriting and performing. Teaming up with hit songwriters in Nashville to build up her catalog she has collaborated with A-list luminaries.

Staying true to her style, the new single, “Double Standards,” continues this theme with an uptempo beat and a tongue-in-cheek delivery.

Showing off originality in both music and performing, she blends just the amount of southern charm and modern country rock and her spirited attitude are front and center when she and her band take the stage.

James Aaron Watson, 39, from Amarillo, follows George Jones, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson influence and his church’s gospel. Writing songs with his best friend, Jason Carter, Watson released his first album, Shutupanddance, in 2002 gaining Watson radio airplay and attention nationwide. Following the record’s success, Aaron Watson released The Honky Tonk Kid, produced by Ray Benson and featured Willie Nelson on guest vocals.

Having collaborated with other notable musicians (including Dale Watson, Jack Ingram, and Bill Joe Shaver), Watson performed 148 shows last year – touring nationally and internationally. In February 2015, Aaron Watson made history when he released The Underdog (Aaron Watson album), making him the first solo male artist to debut at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with a self-released and independently distributed and promoted album. The record sold more than 26,000 units in the first week.

By the end of 2014, the lead single from The Underdog “That Look,” which Watson wrote for his wife Kimberly, debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Country Digital Songs Chart and was one of the most successful-selling independent singles.

Highlands leader Dickie Woods dies

Dickie Woods, born Carl Raymond Woods on April 7, 1940, passed away on April 16, 2016. He grew up in Sweetwater, Texas and was co-captain of the 1957 State Finalist Sweetwater Mustang Football team.

He went on to attend Rice University in Houston, TX on a football scholarship and played in the Sugar Bowl, Orange bowl and the Bluebonnet Bowl. Upon graduation, Dickie joined the Texas Air National Guard after marrying his high school sweetheart. He then moved to the east side of Houston and earned his pilot’s license and started his long entrepreneurial career. He bought his first business in 1966 and continued building and developing businesses in the North Channel Area throughout the 70’s and 80’s.

In 1985 he acquired Banana Bend Beach Park and brought his family to the Highlands area. Dickie began investing in the Highlands community and he joined the Highlands-Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce where he served many years in the board and multiple terms as the Vice President and President. His love for the community and its people translates through the many projects he initiated and supported. He was a long time member of the Northshore and Highlands Rotary Clubs, the Citizens Bond Advisory Committee for GCCISD, and President of the local county water board. He supported the local first responders and law enforcement initiatives and worked with county officials to bring improvements to the community that he loved. Dickie was also a great supporter of local youth programs through sports organizations, boy scouts, partners in education and the Goose Creek Education foundation. In 2006, he was recognized by the community for a lifetime of service and achievements with the Terry Davis Memorial Award.

Dickie enjoyed hunting and motorcycle trips with his buddies and spending time with his family. He loved touring the state parks with his wife of 54 years, Virginia, and their five grandchildren; Kenneth Michael McCann III, EmmaLee Lopez, Logan Lopez, Sarah Woods and Hunter Woods. He is also survived by his three children; Jennifer Woods-McCann, Jessica Woods-Lopez and Moises Lopez, and Dickson Woods and wife JoEllen, his sister Estelle Councilman of Sweetwater, TX, his brother Floyd Woods also of Highlands, TX. and nine beloved nieces and nephews.

Dickie is preceded in death by his Father Carl “Dick” Woods and his mother Thelma Francis Woods.

Dickie Woods, cherished Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle and friend to all he met… will be missed. A Celebration of Dickie’s Life will be held on Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 2pm-5pm at the San Jacinto Community Center 604 Highland Woods Drive Highlands, Texas 77562. Donations can be made in Dickie’s memory to the Highlands-Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce Dickie Woods memorial scholarship fund. Services have been entrusted to Sterling-White Funeral Home 11011 Crosby-Lynchburg Rd. Highlands, Texas 77562. To send the family condolences please visit www.sterlingwhite.com

East Harris County catches Sunday’s flash deluge

EAST HARRIS COUNTY – The balmy and beautiful Sunday yielded to a fierce, hammering thunderstorm with over 100 lighting flashes a minute during the wee hours of Monday morning.

A storm cloud spread from Waller to Chambers Counties dropping from 10 to 20 inches of rain. The width of the deluge surge caused over 2000 flooding emergencies in Harris County alone.

In Crosby and Dayton 13 inches fell in less than six hours.

Thus far eight people’s deaths were counted as being storm related. That toll is expected to rise as water recede.

Some 123,000 were struck without power during the storm.

Governor Greg Abbott declared a State of Disaster for nine counties related to the deluge.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett made an emergency declaration acting as chief administrator for the Harris County Court. This storm has set records

The San Jacinto River and Lake Houston continued to rise throughout Tuesday. A capsized boat on the San Jacinto River near Interstate 10 Tuesday revealed another fatality locally for a man.

Estimates Tuesday night indicate millions of dollars in damages from the storm city wide.

Man dies after tugboat flips on San Jacinto River

Harris County, TX – Harris County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit along with the United States Coast Guard recovered a body of a male who drowned, after the tug boat he was working on submerged for an unknown reason on the San Jacinto River in East Harris County last Tuesday morning, April 19, 2016.

HCSO Marine unit was dispatched at around 9:00am to the San Jacinto River Bridge and Interstate 10 East. The tugboat had a crew of 5 working, when it became submerged.

HCSO marine personal rescued four people from the river to safety, but a fifth crew member was unaccounted for.

His body was located a short time later, and a Coast Guard boat assisted in recovering that victim.

The Coast Guard will determine how this maritime accident occurred.

TxDOT calls for public hearing May 5 on FM 2100 widening

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will conduct a public hearing on May 5, 2016, at the Newport Elementary School Cafeteria, 430 N. Diamondhead Boulevard, Crosby, Texas 77532.

The purpose of the hearing is to present the proposed widening of Farm-to-Market (FM) Road 2100 from FM 1960 to S. Diamondhead Boulevard, in Harris County, Texas, and to receive public comments. Displays will be available for viewing at 5:30 p.m. with the formal hearing commencing at 6:30 p.m.

The proposed project would widen FM 2100 from a two-lane undivided roadway to a four- lane divided facility. Five-foot sidewalks would be constructed on both sides of the roadway. The purpose of the proposed project is to reduce congestion and improve safety. The proposed improvements would require approximately 107 acres of additional right-of-way which includes seven proposed detention pond locations. The total project length is approximately 8 miles, and approximately six residences, eight commercial structures, and two churches would potentially be displaced as a result of the proposed project.

Maps and other drawings showing the proposed project’s location and design will be displayed at the hearing. Environmental documentation for the project will also be available for inspection at the hearing. This information is available by appointment Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the TxDOT Houston District office located at 7600 Washington Avenue, Houston, Texas 77007, and at TxDOT’s North Harris Area Office, located at 16803 Eastex Freeway, (US 59), Humble, Texas 77396. To schedule an appointment, please contact Wahida Wakil, P.E., at (713) 802-5513 or the North Harris Area Office at (281) 319-6400. The project information can also be viewed at TxDOT’s websites: http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/get-involved/about/hearings- meetings.html and http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/houston/fm2100.html.

All interested citizens are invited to attend this public hearing. Verbal and written comments from the public regarding this project are requested and may be presented for a period of 10 business days following the hearing. Written comments may be submitted either in person or by mail to the TxDOT District Office, Director of Project Development, P.O. Box 1386, Houston, Texas 77251, or emailed to HOU-PIOWebmail@txdot.gov. Comments must be received or postmarked on or before May 19, 2016, in order to become part of the official hearing record.

The Public Hearing will be conducted in English. Persons interested in attending the hearing that have special communication or accommodation needs, or need an interpreter, are encouraged to contact the TxDOT District Public Information Officer at (713) 802-5076. Requests should be made at least two business days before the hearing. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate these needs.

The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried-out by TxDOT pursuant to

23 U.S.C. § 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 16, 2014, and executed by the FHWA and TxDOT.

Local students take national debate honors

Two local debate team members of the University of Arkansas at Monticello became national champions last week.

UAM debaters swept the Scholastic, Founders and Overall Sweepstakes Awards at the 2015-16 International Public Debate Association National Tournament March 31 through April 3 at Lee College of Baytown, Texas.

Cody Bijou, a junior communications and political science double major from Crosby, Texas, bested 381 competitors to capture the national championship as the top debater in the varsity division in season-long competition. Cody is a Crosby ISD graduate.

Reagan Dobbs, a junior political science major from Dayton, Texas, was the national champion speaker in varsity debate at the national tournament in a field of 109 competitors.

The IPDA national championship is UAM’s second, and the first since the 2007-08 academic year. UAM debaters posted a winning percentage of 71 percent with 79 percent advancing past the preliminary rounds.

The competition included eight preliminary rounds in four divisions — novice, junior varsity, varsity and professional, as well as four preliminary rounds in team competition. Awards were presented based on both national tournament performances and season-long competition.

In addition to winning all three national tournament sweepstakes competitions, UAM debaters won five individual national championships.

Gabrielle Swain of Monticello, a senior communications major, was the season-long novice debate national champion in a field of 493 competitors. In the professional division,

Chris Brown, an assistant debate coach and debate instructor, captured a pair of national championships as the top season-long speaker and debater. UAM also won season-long team national championships in novice debate and varsity debate.

Larkin tapped as Rodeo Chairman

Rick Loggins, insurance salesman and auctioneer had been Crosby Fair & Rodeo Chairman for the last three years with great success, passes the gavel to Deputy Ricky Larkin now Chairman of Crosby Fair & Rodeo at Saturday’s Crawfish Festival before the Live Auction.

Widening of FM 2100 stalls

CROSBY – Although two proposed projects to widen FM 2100 from Hare Road to FM 1960 in Huffman have been funded for design and right of way acquisition to be completed in April of 2017, 0% of the right of way acquisition has been completed according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

Design concepts show that the proposals are for a four lane divided highway from Crosby to Huffman, various property owners have phoned in concerns for access to their businesses and design implementation is still underway.

Plans included the purchase of eight businesses between the proposed roadway.

Rep. Wayne Smith R. 127th District had pushed the proposal through to legislation.

Crawfish Fest featured music, dance and auction

CROSBY – There was plenty to partake of at the Rockin C Arena last Saturday as the Second Annual Crawfish Festival combined food and music.

Although slower attendance than last year few missed a chance to eat crawfish made by the Crawfish Shak or visit with the ladies of the Crosby Huffman Chamber of Commerce selling T-Shirts.

Other vendors offered the boudan, fried catfish and Cajun varieties.

Diginitaries including Wayne Smith R, 127th and Precinct 3 Constable candidates.

Three bands played for the event making music of sort a feature throughout the night. In the late evening, William Michael Morgan brought the party to life as many danced and most just watched but enjoyed the country sound.

The weather was perfect Texas Springtime.