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Posts published in “Day: April 24, 2003

I remember…

I hope you all had a happy Easter and spent time with family and friends. I had a new addition to the family on Easter mornin’…..a fine little stud colt born to “I’m Shameless”, his proud momma. We haven’t chosen a name yet, but favor something like “Toby’s Anthem”, after Toby Keith’s Song of the Year, “American Anthem”. His momma, I’m Shameless, was named after a Garth Brook’s song by the same name, so…

I’m really excited about the Cowboy Ranch Competition at the George Ranch on May 3rd and 4th. I’ve told you all about it, but will mention it again. Your whole family will have a ball if you take the short forty minute drive to the first exit after you cross the Brazos River on 59 South, go to your left about eight miles and it’s on your right, you can’t miss it. There will be real chuckwagon cooking with gooood food, lots of cowboy stuff for the kids and, and, a team competition for workin’ cowboys you won’t wanta miss!

Well, I was discussing the upcoming book and CD, titled “I Remember”, when my better half asked me if I remembered the old movies with the singin’ cowboys? You bet I did! You probably guessed it, I wrote a poem about it! To make a long story short, we decided to introduce this new one to a few close friends, like you all! So, you are the first to read this new one. Hope you like it!

The Silver Screen

The names I seem to remember best,
from when I was a kid,
Are now the stuff of legends telling, of
the daring deeds they did.
T.V. wasn’t the way at first, we saw our
heroes then.
The Silver Screen on Saturdays, was
where it all began.
A nickel or dime was entrance fee, a
coke a nickel more.
And our feet would always stick, on that
gooey movie floor.
The guys would always laugh and talk,
then the lights were turned down low.
To signal all was to begin soon, the start
of our favorite shows.

The serial was continued from last week.
Could the hero come back again?
And if he was dumb enough to kiss the
girl, all of us would grin.
Now was time for the western to start,
we all could hardly wait.
Then Dale and Roy and Trigger were
there, ridin’ through the gate.
And Roy was oh so smooth, as he sang a
cowboy song.
We kids knew every single word, so we
would sing along.
Next week it might be Hoppalong, or the
Cisco Kid.
Everyone really loved those guys, and
the daring deeds they did.
Gene Autry was a favorite, and
Champion his trusty steed.
When he told us to follow “The Cowboy
Code”, we were quick to heed.
The Lone Ranger with Tonto his trusted
friend, kept us glued there in our seats.
They may have been my favorites, I
dreamed someday we’d meet!
His silver bullets never failed, to find the
bad guys hearts.
Many ran when they heard his name,
headin’ for other parts.
John Wayne, The Duke some called him,
fought for right in every show.
Another of our cowboy heroes, pointing
the way to go.
Now a Silver Screen’s in every home,
both here and in far off lands.
But some have never seen those guys,
ridin’ cross the sands.
I think it’s time we brought them back,
those heroes from long ago,
And they would straighten out the world,
the right way they would show.
And we could all be kids again, knowing
who was really bad and mean,
The world would be a better place again,
if we had that “Silver Screen”!

I gotta go check on “Toby” and his momma. You can come if you want to, but please, now especially, shut the gate!

Just a Ridin’,

College basketball’s top star Ford to be honored at Texas Exes gala in Baytown


BAYTOWN– This year’s top college player T.J. Ford of the University of Texas Longhorns, will meet fans on April 26, prior to being honored at a fund-raiser dinner hosted by the Baytown and Bay Area Texas Exes alumni association.

Ford will be at the Baytown Historical Museum at 2 p.m. to meet fans and sign autographs. Then, at 6:30 p.m. he will be at the Goose Creek Country Club for the Texas Exes Annual Scholarship Fundraiser. Tickets for the fundraiser are available from Brennon Marsh, at Southwest Bank in Baytown.

Returning to the area will be a homecoming for Ford, who grew up in Highlands. The son of two Sterling High graduates, Ford began his education at B.P. Hopper, where he attended first and second grade.

Ford then began playing basketball at Highlands Elementary and later Highlands Junior School, where he finished the eighth grade in 1997.

Sterling High missed out on Ford, when his parents moved to Ford Bend and he was enrolled in Willowridge High School. While at Willowridge, he led the team to two state championships, including a number two ranking in the nation.

After signing with UT-Austin, Ford made an immediate impact breaking seven school records for freshmen.

Ford continued to dominate college basketball in his sophomore year as well, as he lead the nation in scoring with 15 points per game. This accomplishment, along with others, earned him the Naismith Collegiate National Player of the Year Award and the John Wooden Collegiate National Player of the Year Award. For a player to win both honors is almost unheard of in today’s game.

This year, Ford also took the University of Texas to their first final four appearance in 56 years.

Crosby gets the Blues


CROSBY – One of the largest Blues festivals in the world comes to Crosby May 3, featuring nine of the leading blues artists in the country.

This is the fourth year in which Across the Board Entertainment and Radio One Inc., have hosted a Blues festival at the Crosby Fairgrounds. This year, Budweiser “The King of Beers” is the “Title Sponsor.” The Budweiser Southern Blues Festival is to be one of many nationally successful musical events sponsored by the company and this local venture has been found appealing to the entire family.

Previously, The Southern Blues Festival was the most attended concert ever under the roof of the Rock’n C Arena. Small wonder considering headliners like Marvin Sease and Tyrone Davis are integral to the venture.

Traditional blues connoisseurs can find few better than Lattimore to provide the finest in wrenching catharsis.

That is the essence of Blues, catharsis; purifying or figurative cleansing of the emotions, especially sadness, described by Aristotle as an effect of tragic drama on its audience. The music form is release of emotional tension, as after an overwhelming experience, that restores or refreshes the spirit after having cascaded through the emotion into the other side.

According to Steve Delasbour President of Across the Board Entertainment, “The Budweiser Southern Blues Festival is the occasion to connect your soul, and body on a musical beat, beginning with the nodding of your head to the stomping of your feet. Your fingers start popping and hips begin to move, suddenly you realize you are in a totally different groove. Your thirst will be quenched with numerous beverages, wet and cold, and your appetite thoroughly satisfied by a variety of foods sold. You will be stimulated by what you hear and see, and your spirit will take flight and be set free.”

Mel Waiters brings an especially spiritual tone with his brand of Blues. Waiters has great range and directs great energy into the re-telling of powerful drama from personal experience.

For the first time in Crosby, Pat Brown will bring her ringing coloratura, packing the might of a Billie Holiday. Representing other of the dynamic impact of the Blues Diva, an internationally celebrated contribution, are Cynthia Walker with Denise LaSalle in mezzo-soprano.

Patrick Green and Floyd Taylor ring in with strong voice and heavy bands playing in harmony both Soul as well as Rhythm and Blues Music.

In total plans are for 12 hours of performance, fun, a variety of food, and beverages. The festival is to be a (BYOB) affair in which only plastic liquor bottles are allowed. No beer, water, food, soda or ice will enter the fairgrounds. No coolers, video cameras, or glass containers will be allowed.

Gates will open at 11:00 a.m. and the shows start at 1:00 p.m. The event will be hosted by “Funky” Larry Jones, “Chili Bill Smith,” and “Kandi” Eastman of Majic 102 FM. Don Dam and Stevey ‘Goodtime’ “T” of KCOH 1430 AM will also host along with D.J.s from KSHN 99.9 FM, THE CHOICE, 90.0 F.M., and Al Flemon of KYBI 101.9.

Ticketmasters has the tickets, additional information can be found on the World Wide Web by logging on to, or The festival information line can be reached at 281-471-5060.

Highlands VFD battles truck fire, hazardous waste spill that closes I-10E for 6 hours

HIGHLANDS– A smoky and stubborn fire that started in the tire well of a semi, hauling a cargo container, threatened motorists and nearby businesses Tuesday, and caused authorities to shut down Eastbound I-10 at the San Jacinto River for almost 6 hours.
The fire spread from the tires to the wooden floor of the flatbed trailer, and then consumed part of the metal container and its contents, according to Chief Harvey Little of the Highlands Fire Department.

Responding first to the fire, Highlands soon had help from Channelview and eventually Houston’s HAZMAT trucks. The container had just come from the Rohm & Haas plant in Deer Park, and was loaded with barrels of glacial methylacrylic acid. One of these barrels caught fire, and the result was a toxic cloud that threatened humans nearby, including the firefighters.

Firefighters used water from their tank truck to cool the fire, and eventually douse the flames. However, by that time the acid has spilled over the roadway and released gases into the air, and it was not safe for motorists or emergency personnel. Therefore the eastbound lanes were shut down until the spill could be contained and cleaned up, and eventually a crane was called to the location to life the remains of the container onto another truck, and remove it to a safe location.

This remedial process lasted until almost 5 pm in the afternoon, and tied up traffic for as much as eight miles at the worst condition. Detours were announced by local radio stations, and a traffic jam on US90 near Crosby ensued, with side roads such as FM2100, FM1942, and Crosby-Lynchburg Road clogged for hours.

Authorities did not have a cause for the fire, but fire inspectors were considering possible locked brakes or a leak from hydraulic fluid as conditions that could have contributed. No injuries to the driver or firefighters was reported.

Newport water quality achieves “Superior” rating


CROSBY – The Newport Subdivision has traveled a mighty hard road to achieve good water but now the drinking water can be called superior, according to the state regulator agency.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) designated the public water system operated by Newport Municipal Utility District as a Superior Public Water System on April 8.

Texas water supply systems are regulated by (TCEQ) with supervisory jurisdiction. The new designation for Newport means the subdivision’s water exceeds minimum acceptable standards for the state.

Newport M.U.D. is a political subdivision governed by a five-member board of directors elected by residents. Sources inside the Newport MUD Board say that Newport is now one of very few Municipal Utility Districts east off the San Jacinto River to meet this standard. State statistics show less than 13 % of community water systems in Texas have achieved superior ranking, and only 58 systems in Harris County have been so designated.

“A superior water system must meet and maintain a higher set of standards than the minimum rules that apply to community water systems,” says James Pope of the Public Drinking Water Section of the TCEQ.

Richard Swanson, President of the Board of Directors, said, “Through the endeavors of our operating staff, the Newport MUD was able to achieve the highly esteemed water system rating of ‘Superior.’ It will take the commitment of the staff and the Board of Directors to maintain this rating in the coming years.”

Newport MUD is operated by Professional Utility Services, Inc.

“Newport MUD provides water service to approximately 2400 homes, multifamily units, and businesses in the Newport subdivision near Crosby.” writes Lori Aylett, attorney for Newport MUD, “A superior water system must continually meet or exceed the enhanced standards to remain a superior system.’’

Since 1936, state agencies have recognized outstanding water supply. The program was codified by state law since 1945. To be rated superior, a system must be inspected and evaluated by TCEQ personnel as to physical facilities, appearance and operation.