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Kenny Rogers Returning To Crockett

By Lynda Jones
Editor-in-Chief
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Saturday, Jan. 30, will be a special day in Crockett as Kenny Rogers takes the stage live at the Crockett Civic Center.

The ever popular Kenny Rogers will return to Crockett on Saturday, Jan. 30, for a live performance at the Crockett Civic Center.  The concert is a Piney Woods Fine Arts Association “special event” in honor of the PWFAA 25th Anniversary Season.   (Courtesy Photo)The ever popular Kenny Rogers will return to Crockett on Saturday, Jan. 30, for a live performance at the Crockett Civic Center. The concert is a Piney Woods Fine Arts Association “special event” in honor of the PWFAA 25th Anniversary Season. (Courtesy Photo)For new residents who may be unaware, Rogers has long maintained a loving relationship with the city. He was born in Houston, but had family ties here.

The Houston County Senior Citizens Center in Crockett has gratefully benefitted from his generosity in the past.

Rogers, now 77, appeals to audiences of all ages and still loves touring and recording new music.
Although many know him for his humorous bit on a television commercial, sitting at a poker table and singing, "You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em", Rogers is so much more.

His long list of timeless classics includes 24 No. 1 hits, including "The Gambler", "Lady", "Lucille", "She Believes in Me", "Islands in the Stream" (a duet with Dolly Parton) and "We've Got Tonight".

He has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, making him one of the Top 10 Best Selling Male Solo Artists of all time, according to the Recording Industry Association.

In addition to receiving the CMA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, Rogers has three Grammy Awards, 19 American Music Awards, 11 People's Choice Awards, 8 Academy of Country Music Awards and 6 Country Music Association Awards, to his credit.

The Crockett concert is a Piney Woods Fine Arts Association "Special Event", booked in honor of the PWFAA's 25th Season.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the PWFAA office at 936-544-4276 between 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday - Friday, or visit www.pwfaa.org.

Proactive Security Seminar Offered To All Churches

In a world where churches face increasing danger from the invasion of criminal elements, a world where hostages have been taken during active shooter incidents and a world where a congregation was slaughtered, several churches in Houston County feel the need for training to address the issue.

Texas DPS/Rangers Chaplain Wade McKinney and Houston County Sheriff Darrel Bobbitt invite all churches in Houston County to a Religious Congregation Emergency Proactive Security and Active Shooter Seminar.

McKinney, who also serves as chaplain to the Angelina County Sheriff's Office, recently presented similar seminars in Angelina and Trinity counties.

The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Harvest Church, 1403 East Loop 304, in Crockett. For more information, call the Houston County Sheriff's Office at 936-544-2862.

HCMC Announces First Birth Of 2016

Dr. Christopher Haeckler is shown presenting Morgan and Ryan Driskill of Centerville with “Welcome to the World” gifts in honor of their new son, Ryan Lee Driskill, Jr., born on Friday, Jan. 1, at Houston County Medical Center in Crockett. (Courtesy Photo)Dr. Christopher Haeckler is shown presenting Morgan and Ryan Driskill of Centerville with “Welcome to the World” gifts in honor of their new son, Ryan Lee Driskill, Jr., born on Friday, Jan. 1, at Houston County Medical Center in Crockett. (Courtesy Photo)

The first birth of a new year is always special, but Morgan and Ryan Driskill's bouncing baby boy is extra special. He is the first New Year's Baby born at the hospital in Crockett since it became Houston County Medical Center in June 2015.

Ryan Lee Driskill, Jr. arrived at 12:31 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, with a little help in the delivery room from Dr. Christopher Haeckler. Baby Ryan weighed in at 6 lbs. 14 oz., and measured 20 inches long at birth. He and his parents live in Centerville.

The proud grandparents are Rocky Nichols, Tanya Paulson, Benny and Judy Driskill, and James and Kim Nichols.

In the photo above, Haeckler is shown presenting the Driskill family with a wreath donated by the HCMC Radiology Dept., and gift basket items donated by HCMC, Carrie in HCMC Medical Records Dept. and several local merchants.

Crockett Junior High Presents ‘Lily Daw And The Three Ladies’

An impromptu exercise in emoting was the order of the day for Janet Walker’s Crockett Junior High School drama students after they won second place in the District UIL One Act Play contest last week.  They will present their play, “Lily Daw and The Three Ladies” for the public at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17 (tonight), in the Crockett High School Commons Area.  Admission is free.  “The play is only 25 minutes, so it will not take much of your valuable time to come and support these wonderful kids’ hard work!” Walker exclaimed. (Courtesy Photo)An impromptu exercise in emoting was the order of the day for Janet Walker’s Crockett Junior High School drama students after they won second place in the District UIL One Act Play contest last week. They will present their play, “Lily Daw and The Three Ladies” for the public at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17 (tonight), in the Crockett High School Commons Area. Admission is free. “The play is only 25 minutes, so it will not take much of your valuable time to come and support these wonderful kids’ hard work!” Walker exclaimed. (Courtesy Photo)

Crockett Junior High won second place in the District UIL One Act Play contest last week with "Lily Daw And The Three Ladies".

CJHS brought home four acting awards and a technical award.

Directed by Janet Walker, the play stars Katie Bradshaw (All Star Cast), Aaron Dotson (All Star Cast), Ashley Moore (Honorable Mention All Star Cast), Leanna Tran (Honorable Mention All Star Cast), Khushi Bhatt, Tristin Mancilla, Yazaret Ramirez, Gloria Hernandez, Cassie Murphrey, Jose Quintero, Matte Hartt (All Star Technical Crew), Jaylon Senagal, Katlyn Marshall and Cali Parker.

The students invite the public to see the play tonight (Thursday, Dec. 17) at 6:30 p.m. in the Crockett High School Commons Area.

Picture Perfect Day For ‘Way Out West Lovefest’

Photo by Lynda JonesPhoto by Lynda Jones

The City of Lovelady took its 33rd Annual Lovefest "Way Out West" on a picture perfect day Saturday, Feb. 14. Festival goers commented throughout the day how wonderful the weather was, especially after cold temperatures and rain plagued several other festivals across the county the past couple of years. On Saturday, the skies were blue and the temperatures warm. The float pictured above was a popular entry as it reminded parade watchers of the days of saloon girls and outlaws. See more "Way Out West Lovefest" photos on Page 9 and related story on Page 10.

Latexo ISD Presents Homecoming Court

Jace Skalicky and Karson Patton (center front) were announced on Jan. 17 as the 2015 Latexo Homecoming King and Queen. Landon Duren and Shala Creswell (front row, left) were selected as Prince and Princess.Jace Skalicky and Karson Patton (center front) were announced on Jan. 17 as the 2015 Latexo Homecoming King and Queen. Landon Duren and Shala Creswell (front row, left) were selected as Prince and Princess.

Latexo High School recently elected Jace Skalicky and Karson Patton as the 2015 Homecoming King and Queen.

Latexo High School held its homecoming coronationon Saturday, Jan. 17 in the LHS gym. The LHS Student Council sponsored the event.

The theme for the evening was "Glitz and Glam", complete with spotlights and a center gazebo that served as the stage for introducing all of the candidates to the audience members.
Returning to oversee the night's activities and crown the 2015 royalty were the 2014 King and Queen, Salar Khokhar and Jordan Lane.

Candidates running for Duke and Duchess and representing the seventh and eighth grades were Jonathan Luce and Harleigh Beavers, Colby Thornton and Ashley Oswald, Blake McCoy and Destiny Filer, and Jack Woodford and Bailey Ingle.

Presented with the titles of Duke and Duchess were Jack Woodford and Bailey Ingle, eighth grade representatives.

Candidates running for Prince and Princess and representing the ninth, tenth and eleventh grades were Reese Filer and Jasmine Simon, Peyton Turn and Kelsey Patterson, Charles Rothrock and Emily Cook, Wyatt Sales and Haylee Frizzell, Landon Duren and Shala Creswell, and Jacob McLeod and Shelby Keene. Presented with the titles of Prince and Princess were Landon Duren and Shala Creswell, representing the Junior Class.

Competing for the titles of King and Queen were seniors Hunter Bodine and Presley Ellis, Chase Hutcherson and Ashlee Frizzell, J'Mariaun Taylor and Karson Patton, and Jace Skalicky and Ashley Rothrock.