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PWFAA announces concert series

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06092022 wishbone hazeWishbone Haze will perform June 17 at the Davy Crockett Park in Crockett. Courtesy photo

By Jan White
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CROCKETT – The Piney Woods Fine Arts Association’s Summer Concert Series has become an annual summer favorite. What’s more fun than piling some lawn chairs and a cooler filled with your favorite beverages and snacks into the car and heading to Davy Crockett Park for an evening full of fun and music.

Double Vision, the Foreigner tribute band, performed on June 3, the first of three outdoor concerts held on Friday night during the month of June.

On Friday, June 17, Wishbone Haze, a local favorite, will take the stage, and on June 24, Band on the Run- The Beatles and Beyond will bring back memories of the most influential rock bands of all time.

The organizers encourage everyone to come and join the fun at 8 p.m. at the concert stage in the city park for these shows.

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Legendary songwriter playing Camp Street

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CROCKETT – Live music lovers have the opportunity to catch the legendary singer/songwriter Shake Russell at Camp Street Café this Saturday.

Russell, who has performed at the venue before, will take the Camp Street stage at 8 p.m.

The concert will showcase a performer and songsmith with more than 50 years of experience to draw from.

Russell is best-known to mainstream audiences for co-writing such songs as Clint Black’s hit “Put Yourself in My Shoes,” has released 30 albums in his career.

His tunes have also been recorded by artists ranging from Ricky Skaggs, who made a hit with his “You’ve Got a Lover” to Miranda Lambert.
His latest album is titled Chasing the Song, and according to a news release from Camp Street about the show, Russell’s new record showcases “a delightful array of original compositions” that display his talents.

Russell’s sturdy folk-rock style falls under the “Americana” banner in today’s musical marketplace, and among his accolades, he has been a two-time recipient of the BMI Millionaire Award and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Music Association.

Russell has performed solo, as well as with bands and often as a duo with fellow singer/songwriter Dana Cooper. Admission to see Russell on Saturday is $27.50.

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Nichols named chair of Senate Special Committee

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Robert Nichols webisteRep. Robert NicholsAUSTIN – Last week Gov. Greg Abbott sent a letter calling on the Texas Legislature to form special committees to make legislative recommendations in response to the tragic school shooting in Uvalde.

That same day, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick named Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) as chair of the newly formed Senate Special Committee to Protect All Texans.

The committee is tasked with reviewing actions previous legislatures have taken, examining resources the State has made available to local school districts, and developing recommendations for the Legislature and Executive Branch. Additionally, the Governor has asked that the committee cover the following topics to prevent future school shootings: school safety, mental health, social media, police training, and firearm safety.

“I’d like to thank Lt. Gov. Patrick for selecting me to chair the Senate Special Committee to Protect All Texans,” Sen. Nichols said. “It’s an honor to serve the state in this capacity during these difficult times. To the families, friends, and communities impacted by mass violence, know that this committee is committed to listening to you and developing significant reforms for the State of Texas. I look forward to working together with my colleagues to further enhance safety and security in our schools, improve mental health resources, investigate the impacts and influence of social media on Texas teens, examine and enhance police training, and consider firearm safety policy. I also anticipate working collaboratively with our House partners on these pivotal issues. It is my hope and prayer that the work we do over the next several weeks will lead us to meaningful solutions.”

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Annual Davy Crockett festival this weekend

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060922 davy crockett festival

By Jan White
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CROCKETT – The annual Davy Crockett Music and Arts Festival, which is hosted by the Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce, will be a jam-packed weekend of food, art, and music- an event guaranteed to entertain the entire family.

The festival begins on Friday, June 10, and runs through Sunday, June 12.

This year, the event will host an IBCA sanctioned cook-off on Friday and Saturday. The categories are chicken, pork spare ribs and brisket.

Everyone loves a classic car show, and this one will not disappoint. Classic cars, trucks, hot rods, rat rods, modern muscle cars, and motorcycles will be featured. Bring your fave out and enter the competition for a host of categories.

There is a $10 early bird registration - $20 day off. Pre-register at www.crockettareachamber.org.

On Sunday, June 12, Prosperity Bank will sponsor the Master Cupcake Challenge. The three categories are 6-11-year-olds, 12-17-year-olds, and adults.

On Friday night, Moe Bandy, sponsored by The Loft, will perform at the Crockett Civic Center. Throughout Saturday, free live music will be presented on two stages in the park. The lineup includes Nathan James, Ryan Lawless, Crockett State of Mind, Youth showcase (TBA), and Johnny Riley & The T-Roy Show. Rooftop Travelers will top out the evening with an 8 p.m. concert.

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DPS increases reward for for fugitive Lloyd

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060222 Hardy LloydHardy LloydAUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announces an increased reward for fugitive Hardy Carroll Lloyd, who is wanted for making terroristic threats. Texas Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to Lloyd’s arrest. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.

Hardy Carroll Lloyd, 44, is w a n t e d by authorities after posting a series of threatening
comments online where he promises to carry a firearm onto the Texas State Capitol grounds this weekend and challenge any law enforcement officer who tries to take enforcement actions against him.

Lloyd is a convicted felon and cannot legally carry a firearm. Lloyd, of Pittsburgh, Pa., is five feet, 11 inches tall and weighs about 250 pounds. He is a known white supremacist.

To be eligible for cash rewards, tipsters MUST provide information to authorities using one of two methods: Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).

All tips are anonymous, regardless of how they are submitted, and tipsters will be provided a tip number instead of using a name.

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