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Crosby Fair & Rodeo books concerts

By LEWIS SPEARMAN
CROSBY —The Crosby Fair & Rodeo Board announces an exciting lineup of after-rodeo concerts for this coming June including Kevin Fowler, Jack Ingram, and Aaron Watson leading for Jason Boland.
This year the fun begins on Friday, June 6 with the Barbecue Cook-Off Party with concert and continues on the following day with the Rodeo Parade and Cook-Off. After the Thursday, June 12 sport of Professional Rodeo inside the arena, Kevin Fowler plays fresh from his concert at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Friday, June 13 Jack Ingram will perform as the last act. A preceding act has yet to be booked. The Saturday show will feature Aaron Watson followed by Jason Boland and the Stragglers.
Each of these acts has history here in Crosby. This will be the fifth time Kevin Fowler has played here. He is considered a local favorite who excites many honky-tonk Western style fans. This is a consecutive years for Watson and Boland.
Kevin Fowler
Kevin Fowler’s new single, ‘’Best Mistake I Ever Made’’ gets respectable air-time and is about 180 degrees from last year’s “Long Line of Losers.’’ “The Loser’s” release pokes fun at some annoying folks in his Austin neighborhood and “Best Mistake” is much closer at home and heart. Both of the songs exemplify Fowler’s themes for bawdy humor and genuine feelings. Mostly, Fowler packs the concert venues due to his rowdy anthems like “Beer, Bait and Ammo.’’ His music is a jubilant hybrid of Southern Rock and honky tonk Country Western styles. The eclectic seems aimed at a sophisticated audience that is equally at home watching MTV or CMT.

Fowler was once quoted as having said, “I have Merle and Metallica next to each other on my iPod.”
Although there is a definite Country music style with a great concentration on feelings, his stage show is a Rock & Roll spectacle. Many would remember when he and George Jones cut “Me and the Boys.”
In presentation, local audiences will find Kevin Fowler a totally country Texas Rebel with pearl buttons and a big ole’ hat exemplified in his songs, “The Lord Love A Drinkin Man” and “Loose, Loud and Crazy.” The stagecraft will suggest a big production rock show and the cheering fans – fun.
Jack Ingram
Texas-Revolutionary Jack Ingram, a no-hat act born on the first day of 1970, toured Dallas and Houston as a troubadour before he earned his breaks from out of the road houses and honky tonks. In his twenties, his Beat Up Ford Band produced two albums that were large locally and gateway to become opening act for Merle Haggard and Mark Chesnutt.
He is performer of high vocal quality who conveys emotion in the mood in which it strikes the listener, as a writer. A compliment to Brooks and Dunn, Brad Paisley and writing songs, while performing with Sheryl Crowe, there is depth here.
Warner signed him in 1996 Livin’ or Dyin was the result. In 1999, Ingram released his fifth roots rock album, Hey You.
Last year he released This is It with the hit “Lips of an Angel.” A father of three now, his music quieted some and began to reflect maturity
Three years after Hey You he wrote Electric Young Man with many of his earliest songs given professional dressing that the songs deserved, then Live at Gruene Hall: Happy Happy in 2004. A live recording featuring two studio singles, Live Wherever You Are, was released in 2006.
Aaron Watson
Aaron Watson played Crosby last year. He’s from Amarillo, formerly a baseball player at Abilene Christian University. During college he developed a strong following in the local honky-tonks with a varietal act including Rootsy Rock, Swing and Bluegrass elements harking inspiration from Willie, Merle, and Waylon. The album Shut Up And Dance seems to have come out of a marriage with little money present. The single, “Off the Record” became a ‘most requested.’
The album also earned him airplay and media attention nationwide. Then came Honky Tonk Kid with guest vocals from his inspiration, Willie Nelson. Aaron and the Orphans of the Brazos captured their energetic live set in 2005 with Live at the Texas Hall of Fame. In 2006 he released San Angelo.
Jason Boland and the Stragglers
Jason Boland started with the Stragglers about nine years ago and his band moved from Harrah, Oklahoma. Their blue collar, alternative country developed a local following, and their experiences led to hedonistic tracks like “Drinkin’ Song” and “When I’m Stoned.”
Now that everyone has forgotten the “Outlaw” Country Music with origins in Hank and developed by Willie and Waylon, along come some Oklahoma Outlaws that are determinedly Country but completely modern, using heavy overtones and vocal nuances.
Recording a concert in the spring of 2002, they released Live at Billy Bob’s Texas that fall. In 2004, some maturity had developed and Somewhere in the Middle was released. Bourbon Legend bust upon the music scene in 2006. An observer at the concerts notices the crowd swinging, cheering and singing along. They also see that the female members of the audience are looking at steel, lead/rhythm guitarist, Roger Ray or Brad Rice on drums, Grant Tracy, on bass, and Noah Jeffries on every type of string instrument. Boland’s intonations are moving but his face has the effect of a train wreck, one just cannot turn away, even if they definitely want to look elsewhere.

Stratford boasts librarians

Martha Fisher is the new Senior Children’s Assistant Librarian. A mother of five, three boys and two girls, her eldest is a Freshman at Creighton University in Omaha. She is a graduate of the University of Houston. A native Texan, she is fluent in Spanish. She has exciting bilingual storytime planned for the children and adolescents at Stratford. The Babytime Storytelling is also going to become bilingual. Daughter of a Methodist Minister, she was born in San Antonio. Jeanette Jett, center, worked for the Harris County Library for 20 years (the last 13 at Stratford) before retiring at the end of last year. She said that she noticed the dust flying around and feels that it should because she had not made any changes over the past couple of years. Katherine Parker is the new Circulation Assistant Librarian. Her organizational skills are serving the community with research, book shelving, and clerical duties. A native of Highlands, she joined the team September 24, 2007. Katherine is a great help to find anything in the library. “Up here I am organized but don’t ask my husband.”

Hargrave football coach inducted into Sports Hall of Honor

By BOBBY HORN JR.
HUFFMAN—Hargrave High School football and track coach Jeff Jones is considered one of the most dominate football players of the 1990’s within Barbers Hill ISD.
This past Saturday night his alma mater recognized him by inducting him into the Barbers Hill Sports Hall of Honor. Jones attended Barbers Hill High from 1990-1994. While at Barbers Hill he “lettered” in four sports: football, basketball, baseball and track. It was in football and basketball in which he most stood out.
Jones earned a spot on the varsity squad as a sophomore. Ken Skidmore, during Jones’ introduction Saturday night, said that he knew there was something special about Jones. Jones proved him right. In his first game on varsity on the very first time touched he touched the ball he scored a 94-yard touchdown.

The endzone would become a familiar place for this running back. He currently holds school records in most career touchdowns at 55 and he tied the school record with most TDs in a season with 23. He joked during his acceptance speech that if Skidmore had given him the ball one more time he would have broke the record, which has stood since 1971. He also holds school record for career rushing yards (1,556). Skidmore said that Jones had multiple 200+ games. Among the ones who stood out was the 1992 game against Liberty that Barbers Hill needed to win district. Jones had 289 yards on 39 carries. In 1994 he rushed for 238 yards in one game against Hargrave.
As a basketball player he was named District Newcomer of the Year in 1992 and Defensive Player of the Year in 1993.
Jones accepted the honor with humility saying that as he grew up in the Barbers Hill tradition he knew the names of the early legends.

Will presidential election year affect investors?

As you are no doubt aware, 2008 is a presidential election year. As a citizen, you may well have a great deal of interest in the election. But how about as an investor? How does an election year affect the investment climate? And – again from the perspective of an investor – does it matter who wins?
To begin with, let’s examine how the stock market reacted in the past to the selection of a president. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose in nine of the past 11 presidential election years, with an average gain of slightly more than nine percent. So it’s clear that, for the most part, the market has done pretty well when America goes to the polls.
Does the election or re-election of a president just make us more optimistic, leading us to invest more heavily and thereby drive up the markets? Probably not. In reality, many factors – such as corporate profits, geopolitical concerns, interest rates and inflation – drive stock prices. And this is true in all years, whether an election is held or not. Consequently, stock returns from past presidential election years, while impressive, cannot serve as a reliable predictor of what the market might do in 2008.

Now, let’s turn to the next question: As an investor, how will the outcome of the election affect you? There’s not really a simple answer. In the past, the stock market has performed well – and performed poorly -under both Democrats and Republicans. Of course, candidates of both parties will have different priorities and try to enact different economic agendas, and these priorities may have some impact – although one that’s notoriously hard to predict – on different market sectors. In short, no one can accurately forecast the effect of this November’s election on the financial markets, and that won’t change even after the nominees are known.
Instead of pondering the “what-ifs” involved in a presidential election, you’re much better off following some tried-and-true investment strategies. Here are a few to consider:
* Keep on investing. World events may be good or bad, and the stock market may be up or down – but no matter what happens, the most successful investors stay in the market. Look for quality investments and hold them until either your needs change, or the investments themselves undergo some type of transformation.
* Know your risk tolerance. If you’re losing sleep at night over your investments, you’re probably taking on more risk than the amount with which you are comfortable. At the same time, if your investments are putting you to sleep, they may be too conservative, which could mean they’re not providing the growth necessary to help you meet your goals. Strive for a balance that fits your investment personality.
* Think long-term. If you’re constantly adjusting your investment mix in response to short-term events, you’ll probably rack up big commissions and you almost certainly won’t make the necessary progress toward your important objectives, such as a comfortable retirement. So, train yourself to ignore daily or weekly or monthly price fluctuations and keep your eyes on the far horizon. If you’ve chosen the right investments, they should be designed to help you work towards your goals in exchange for your patience.
This November, don’t forget to vote. But before and after Election Day, cast your ballot for solid investment technique.

Barbers Hill Legends

Jeff Jones, left, and Curt Ball were inducted into the Barbers Hill Sports Hall of Honor last Saturday. Jones, a standout in football in the early 1990s, set school records for touchdowns and yards rushing. Ball was this year’s Special Recogniton Honoree. Also a Barbers Hill alumnus, Ball has been a longtime supporter of the Hall of Honor, serving on the first committe which created the hall of honor.

WCCC Chamber sets date for annual awards banquet

By BOBBY HORN JR.
MONT BELVIEU—The West Chambers County Camber of Commerce will celebrate the close of another successful year on Jan. 22 with their 24rd Annual Awards Banquet.
The banquet will be held at Especial Events, 2232 Alexander Drive in Baytown. The event begins at 6:30 p.m with a cash bar. The dinner and awards begin at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $35 and must be purchased by Jan. 18. Dress is “After Five” or “Cocktail.”
The theme for this year’s banquet is “2007 Mission Recognition.” In keeping with this unique theme, CenterPoint Energy is bringing in a special guest speaker. Keynote speaker will be Jim Olson, former Chief of Counterintelligence for the Central Intelligence Agency.

Olson served 25 years with the C.I.A., primarily in clandestine operations overseas. He currently serves as a senior lecturer with Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government and Public Service.
During the banquet several businesses and individuals will be honored. The West Chambers County Chamber of Commerce will present the award to Corporate Business or the Year and Small Business of the Year as well as the coveted Person of the Year award. The cities of Mont Belvieu, Beach City, Cove and Old River-Winfree will also present their respective Person of the Year awards. During the banquet the chamber will also recognize outgoing board members.

Historical Commission recognizes Wilburn House

The Chambers County Historical Commission recently recognized the Elwood A. Wilburn home located on FM 562 near Double Bayou. The home was built in 1915 with lumber that was purchased in New Orleans and brought by boat through Galveston and Trinity Bay, then up Double Bayou to the Wilburn property. The ceiling joists are 4X6 and the walls are made of 1 inch pine. Following the deaths of Mr. and Mrs. Wilburn, the home was purchased by Charlie and Peggy (Wilburn) Henry who now reside there. Peggy’s father Lloyd was raised in the home. Pictured with the recognition sign are Bob Wheat, Commission Chair; Kay Willcox, Commission Secretary and Charlie Henry.