When a young Larry Stewart pointed his car in the direction of Nashville, Tennessee, unlike generations of country music dreamers, he sought a future on the baseball diamond. Little could he know then that his future would hold platinum and gold as he and a group of perfectly harmonized singers known as Restless Heart set aflame a new movement in country music. Stewart grew up in Paducah, Kentucky, a relatively small town where the school district and Walmart serve as two of its biggest employers.
.Amid the late-70s sounds of disco and R&B, Larry graduated and pursued his dreams of playing college baseball. He won a scholarship to play at Belmont University in Nashville. Once there, the hand of fate urged Larry away from the baseball field and into the music studio. After finding work as a demo singer in the early 1980s, he joined the group Restless Heart at the recommendation of the band’s keyboardist Dave Innis, with whom Larry had attended college.
The Pine Forest Elementary Students of the Month for March, in no particular order, are: Brazlyn Bourque, Raelynn Lejeune, Hunter Castolenia, Tryton Holmes, Kyra Fry, Karson Cudd, Keegan Cloide, Kaitlyn Gwaltney, Kaydi Tanner, Joseph Shirley and Emma Taylor.
The Board of Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Jay Killgo recognized Vidor Junior High’s Carol Woods as April Employee of the Month for Vidor ISD. Woods will retire at the end of the school year. She is the math department head at VJHS, and teaches 7th grade math, having thirty years experience. Woods is seen as a teacher who can explain a math concept to students and incorporate a test-taking strategy at the same time, all seamlessly. She has high expectations for her students, and she is committed to leadership in the math learning community. “Woods is always one of the first to pitch in and help others on our campus. She will appear to help with bus duty, cafeteria duty, or early dismissal crowds with a smile and an encouraging word. Further,” said her nominators, “she bakes cakes and cookies. It is a reason to smile when a ‘Carol cake’ appears when it’s most needed --- on testing days!
Mauriceville Middle School was notified that seventh grader, Karina Zuniga, has been named a finalist in the Better Business Bureau Laws of Life Essay Contest. Karina is one of the top sixteen finalists of 4200 entries in the program.
ORANGE – The County Finals competition of the 113th Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the Lutcher Theater, 707 Main, in Orange, Texas.
Contestants in the two categories of Interpretive Reading or Declamation who won first place at the local level competitions that were previously held at each of the five participating Orange County public high schools will compete for scholarship awards totaling $15,000.00.
The Vidor Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, April 7, 2017 for the newest salon in town, Pirate Cuts owned by Cynthia Worsham. We are excited to have them as memebers and look forward to watching them as they grow.
Attached is a picture of Pine Forest Elementary Students of the Month for February. Shown in no particular order are: Emalie Jones, Travis Seigrist, Caleb Lewis, Connor Robichau, Jeffrey Robertson, Charles Stevenson, Tripp Collins, Madeline Cormier, Devon Pearson, Kaylei Jacobs, Colton Smith and Jillian Allen.
ORANGE — Once, winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, will play the Lutcher Theater Saturday, April 15, 2017. Originally slated for two performances, the tour schedule has changed and Once will now play for only one performance at 6:00 PM. Tickets for Once are available now and can be purchased at lutcher.org or by calling the Lutcher Theater Box Office at 409.886.5535.
Once, which was also named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards, ran for more than 1,100 performances on Broadway with acclaimed international productions from London and Melbourne to Japan and South Korea.
AUSTIN - Commissioner George P. Bush today announced the beginning of the 2nd annual month-long Texas Adopt-A-Beach Better Beaches fundraising campaign. Donations to the Texas Adopt-A-Beach program are tax-deductible and can be made at TexasAdoptABeach.org.
“As Texans, we are proud of the shared heritage our coast represents,” said Commissioner Bush. “Every day at the GLO, we work to protect that heritage for future generations. This month, I’m asking Texans to help make our coast even better. Whether you contribute your time or money, your donation will help keep the Texas Adopt- A-Beach program robust and our beaches clean.”
LCM High School advanced to the Region III Finals from the Region III Area 2 Contest on Saturday, April 1 for a chance to appear that the UIL One Act Play Conference 4A State Meet with their play The Miracle Worker. Award winners for the Area contest were as follows: Outstanding Technician: Emily Warner ;
Honorable Mention All-Star Cast: Kaylee Pattillo; All-Star Cast: Connor Alexander & Sydney Smith; Best Actress: Tyler Regan.