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Posts published in “Day: February 15, 2007

Scout’s honor…

This past Sunday was Boy Scout Sunday at the Crosby Methodist Church and it gives me an opportunity to talk a little about scouting—an institution that I support proudly and have done so for many years.
Scout Sunday is always a good time for a sponsoring organization to give some publicity and show support for its Scout Troop and Crosby Methodist always does that. This time the highlight of the event was the awarding of the Eagle Badge to one Jerry Orgeron III, a long time member of Scouting and Troop 264 at the church. I give lots of credit to Crosby Methodist, and the Methodist church nationally, for its support of Scouting. The last I heard the Methodist church is the leading institution of support for Scout Troops and Cub Packs across this great nation of ours.

Jerry Orgeron, son of Newport residents Jerry and Elizabeth Orgeron, told me following the service that he has been in scouting since he became eligible to join the Cubs. Now 18 and a college student, he isn’t as active as he used to be but still does what he can for his local troop. Orgeron is a freshman at San Jacinto College and hopes someday to be a chef. His family has a catering business and, as his college studies allow, young Jerry works for the business.
We offer a tip of the Touch of Life hat to Jerry for reaching the rank of Eagle, scouting’s highest award. Going from the entry level of scouting to the rank of Eagle is not an easy trail for anyone. It takes some study and “stick-to-itness.”
Watching Jerry at the front of the church during the ceremony took me back a few years. Well, more than a few as I got my Eagle badge about 60 years ago (maybe 61), was proud of it then and continue to be.
I haven’t mentioned scouting in this column for two or three years. The last time I remember doing so, was also following a Scout Sunday at Crosby Methodist. At that time a young Zach Harrison, son of Jerry and Connie Harrison, also of Newport, took the pulpit and did a beautiful job of leading the service. Zach has moved on to other things and Jerry will be doing much the same thing shortly. College, new jobs, and then later with their own families, they began to put into practice many of the character building ideals they learned as a Scout.
These boys may later become leaders of boys who follow in their footsteps, maybe with the same troop or perhaps another. I hope they do. Unfortunately there are not enough adults to take leadership positions in troops today.
I left scouting as a member back in 1948 when I headed for college but still remember many of the things I learned as a Scout as well as many of the friends I worked with and enjoyed while there, Since then I have done some work as an adult leader but age has separated me from those duties. Jerry Orgeron is a better young person today, in part because of Scouting, and I hope he grows more with this training.
Such are the people, places and things that have touch my life in my home.
Don Springer can be reached at

WCC Pilot Club hosts annual gala

MONT BELVIEU– West Chambers County Pilot Club will hold their annual Gala on Feb. 17, 6 p.m. at Barbers Hill High School. This year the theme is “Mardi Gras on the Hill”.
Tickets are $10 each and children under 3 are free.
There will be a Cajun dinner, a silent auction, live auction (with items such as a Craig Biggio autographed baseball, opening day Astro tickets, Round Rock package, a trunk, and rodeo tickets, jewelry from Robson’s Jewelry etc.), and entertainment by Jeffrey Chenier and the Zydeco Hardhitterz. There will also be a style show from “All about You”.

 A drawing for a BBQ grill, a handmade quilt, membership to Curves and tools will also be held at the “Mardi Gras on the Hill” Gala.  Tickets are $2.00 each and will be sold at the door.
This annual Gala fundraiser help supports the many different project of the West Chambers County Pilot Club throughout the year.  Some of the projects that the Pilot Club has supported in the past includes helping to purchase a wheel chair accessible van for Chambers County, supporting the Barbers Hill High School Anchor Club, presenting the BrainMindertm Buddies program with the Anchor Club to Barbers Hill Primary and Elementary schools, helping the City of Mont Belvieu with the annual City Easter Egg Hunt, Christmas in the City and the Fourth of July Celebration, annual Breakfast with Santa, collecting items to send to support our soldiers, highlighting textbooks for the Middle school, and donating school supplies to Barbers Hill Primary, helped purchase playground equipment for the Special Education classes at Barbers Hill Primary.  
The club has also helped several families in the West Chambers County area, made donations to the Winnie gazebo project, and the Baytown Homeless shelter. Helped former Anchor Addie Kelly’s family by purchasing a large generator and helping monetarily with adding ramps for the Kelly family.
For more information or to purchase tickets please contact West Chambers County Pilot Club President Sharon Harper, 281-576-6667 or any Pilot Club member.

Crosby Rodeo announces concert acts

CROSBY – The Fair board announces all but one of this year’s fantastic star lineup for the concert at the 61st Fair & Rodeo here in June.
The Crosby Fair & Rodeo Board seems to bring in better acts each year, and seeing them here has proven to be a value because the performers have a tendency to go big after playing Crosby. When Kenny Chesney played here this earlier this century some people asked who is that? They don’t ask that now, nor do they ask who Pat Green is, anymore. Last year, the Kevin Fowler concert then Cory Morrow concert packed the Rock’n C Arena about as well as Dierks Bentley’s in 2005. The shows in Crosby are catching the public’s imagination.

On April 21, Jake Hooker signed to play the annual Crosby Fair & Rodeo Dance, he was a hit last year. “Faded Lights and Lonely People” is climbing the charts and hosts a distinctive edge on the Texas honky tonk sound.
Darrell Dodd entertains for the Crosby Fair & Rodeo Cook-Off Party on June 1. An affable Dallas resident now, Dodd recorded his album, Stronger Proof, last year, a honky-tonk archetype, in Nashville. After moving to Nashville in 1991, he toured with Martina McBride as her guitar player. In 1994, he joined Tracy Lawrence’s. In 1996, his first hit was a cover of Tom T. Hall’s “That’s How I Got to Memphis.” Two years later, he rose even higher with “A Bitter End.”
However, he was forced to turn down tours with Tim McGraw and Brooks & Dunn after being diagnosed with viral encephalitis, a central nervous system disorder. He is on the way back up the charts after some incredible success with physical therapy. See him here or pay more later.
Wade Bowen will open the Thursday night Rodeo concert on June 7. For the last six years this young man has paid the dues and rode the circuit between Nashville and Austin. Late this summer, new his album will debut and some labels have been tantalized to pick him up. If it goes as big as his sound, he probably wont be playing local very often. Critics say he is Texas music, alternative country, roots rock and guy rock, he is hard to pigeon hole. Born in Waco, Texas, Bowen attracted large audiences with “God Bless This Town.” It was number 4, then Live In New Braunfels won the 2004 Bluelight Live Album of the Year.
Stoney LaRue, 28, of Taft, Texas is playing about 300 shows a year nationwide and in the Caribbean. Somehow John Anderson comes to mind when hearing his music. A natural talent that never thought of doing anything else but play music for a living, LaRue will close out the Thursday night Rodeo with an awesome mix of craftsmanship, barroom wit, and the charismatic catharsis that flows from his flawless voice and catches an arena full of listeners.
Friday night’s concert begins with Aaron Watson. “Off the Record” played top five in Texas in 2003. Capping that with “Reckless” playing top 5 of the Texas Music Chart for two months. The Amarillo native is now touring about 200 shows a year and has come to be called the Honky Tonk Kid. A songwriter and polished vocalist and guitarist, Watson produces unique quality.
Jason Bowland and the Stragglers, 32, closes the Rodeo Friday, June 8. Somehow Waylon Jennings comes to mind when hearing his voice. This baritone’s first album release in three years, delivers a seasoned sonic indulgence mellowed with age and wiser for the wear.
An untamed songsmith and performer, Bowland emerged first in 1999. Now that 50,000 combined record copies sold independently, he is being backed with some musically well endowed. The Stragglers are Roger Ray (pedal steel, lead/rhythm guitar), Brad Rice (drums/backing vocals), and Grant Tracy (bass). Additional record contributions goes to Noah Jeffries on banjo, mandolin, and guitar.
The quiet, delightful confidence sometimes found in native Texans is the make-up of Charlie Robinson’s voice and a mature, conscious thinking and concentration on heartfelt ballads and bittersweet depths of emotion come through in his songs. Although his personality by reputation was more of a brash maverick with lyrics designed for the roadhouse dance floor. Recently, he released “Magnolia” and voiced a depth of emotions from beyond. But there is the fun stuff too, on “Love Means Never Having to Say You’re Hungry.” one has to entertain the double entendre.
“When things get really heavy, I always have to break the tension,” says Robison, “I’m not putting myself on a songwriter pedestal. I’ve always been a huge fan of John Prine, who would write a record with all this heavy stuff, then there’d be something like, “Illegal Smile.” Tom Waits is the same way, I’ve been strongly influenced by those two guys.”

Hill charged in Highlands Assault

HOUSTON – The 19 year old man arrested in connection with a series of attacks on two men near Highlands is “in a heap ‘o trouble,” with more coming.
Six new charges were filed against Keith Chester Hill on Monday, February 12, in two cases and Wednesday he is to face three more cases with more charges expected to follow.
Currently, six charges from the Harris County Sheriff’s Department are all first degree felonies. They are three counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of aggravated kidnapping and one count of aggravated sexual assault.

According to Lt. John Martin, “One of our detectives spoke with him and obtained a written confession. So far he has been cooperating with our investigation.”
These confessions were related to three charges against him from April and September attacks. They detailed Hill stalking his victim for days before the attack, and in one case entered the home of the victim days before the attack.
The Baytown Police filed two charges; aggravated sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping in connection with an attack last May.
Items reported stolen by victims turned up at Hill’s Tanglewilde residence.
Law Enforcement says Hill became a person of interest back in December. One of the victims pointed out Hill to Law Enforcement as he happened to drive by him in another car. When DNA evidence taken from Hill matched that taken from a victim, Hill was taken into custody late last Tuesday.
Detectives say, “It is very unusual for a male that sexually assaults another to allow the victim to live.”
Prosecutors indicated that Hill had posted a nude picture of one of his victims on According to prosecutors, after kidnapping one young male, he forced the victim to withdraw money from ATMs.
Authorities say sexual gratification was the motive for the attacks.

Archeological dig uncovers keys to Lynchburg’s history

LYNCHBURG— An archeological god going on outside Highlands in helping give scientists a better idea of life during the infancy of the Republic of Texas.
David G. Burnett, the first president of Texas, made is home at Lynchburg. The remains of the home known as Oakland have been lost to the ages; or have they.
A team of scientists from the firm of Roger Moore Archeological Consulting in Houston has discovered a cistern or pit at Burnett Park that they say could help mark the location of Oakland.

This past week a shovel test survey revealed an 8’ long pit, Based on the various levels of clay, the team determined that the pit had been deliberately dug and it was likely used as a trash dump.
Project Archeologist Randy Ferguson said that a similar survey done in the 1980s discovered a pit where whole bricks dating back to the mid-19th century were discovered.
Ferguson said that in the pit found last week they have discovered ceramic shards and square head nails of the same time period. He said that such pits were commonplace during the time and that based on what type of artifacts are found they can determine the approximate location of the pit in proximity to other structures. For example, a pit close to a home site would have ceramic and glass in it while one out in a field might have farming implements buried.
Ferguson said that the state has regulations that require archeological studies before construction can be done on historic or prehistoric sites or government-owned property like the park.
Improvements at Burnett Park are part of a larger project being conducted by Commission Sylvia Garcia. Entitled Project Stars, the project goal is to highlights area of historical significance in East Harris County. Among the projects planned are to build an interpretive center and pavilion at Burnett Park.
Ferguson said that the team expects to be onsite for a week before submitting a final report.