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City asks residents to conserve water during Tuesday project

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

On Tuesday, the city will perform scheduled maintenance at the water treatment plant.

The project will begin at 9:30 a.m. and take eight to 10 hours to complete.

During this time, the water plant will be without power and the city's water system will operate from its potable water stored in the elevated ground storage tanks.

Bill Pedersen, the city's director of public works, said the project involves replacing the system's automatic transfer switch. In case of total power loss, the device allows the plant to switch from its main power source to a generator.

Off-stage relationship gives upcoming APP production a personal touch

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AlwaysPCSusan Mele (left) and Tamara Robinson portray Louise Seger and country legend Patsy Cline in the Art Park Player's upcoming production of Always... Patsy Cline. The show opens April 24 at the Municipal Courts Theater Building, 1300 Center St. Photo provided by the Art Park Players."Always...Patsy Cline" is the story of two women who connect through strong friendship, music and the striking parallels between their two lives.

For Susan Mele and Tamara Robertson – who will portray Cline and her devoted friend, Louise Seger in the upcoming Art Park Players production about the famed country music singer – this relationship is all too familiar.

Robertson and Mele, who met as student and teacher more than 20 years ago, have maintained their friendship through years of performances, life changes and personal struggles, giving them a unique insight into the characters they will portray.

"My husband was saying how funny it was that Susan and I are doing this particular show together, and he was right – it really is like coming full circle for us," Robertson said. "It's one thing to do 'Always... Patsy Cline' – it's another to do it with a friend, because it really helps you understand the relationship between these two women."

Friends through the theatre
Robertson met Mele initially when she joined the Junior Art Park Players as a sixth-grade student, and she continued in the program throughout junior high and high school.

At 18, right after graduating high school, she performed her first leading role in the Art Park Players production of "Nunsense."

Furious final 9 puts Deer golf back at state tournament

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

fulldeerhead smallThe Deer Park High School Varsity I Boys golf team mounted a furious nine-hole comeback to snag the final Region III berth in the state tournament on Thursday.

Sitting in the fifth spot after playing 27 holes on Wednesday, the Deer stormed back against the elements and opposition to take a two-day, 36-hole total of 298-305 at Eagle Pointe In Mont Belvieu.

The team is comprised of Tate Flemming (75-77), Tyler Talley (80-78), Sebastian Lara (83-84), Court Crawley (73-73) and Austin Harrell (72-77).

"We are really, really proud of these guys," said Deer Park Golf Coach Mark Boyd. "Sitting two spots out of a state spot, with just nine holes, that was quite a rally. We graduated some special players last year and this year, the seniors took ownership of the team and where they wanted to go. They got it done."

Man plows car through DP insurance office

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

crash23No one was inured when a vehicle plowed through the front of Plemons Insurance at the corner of San Augustine and Center Street Wednesday. Witnesses say the driver was slurring his speech at a restaurant across the street before he sped away and crashed. Photo by Bobby Vasquez.

No injuries were reported after a man drove his car through the front of a building on San Augustine and Center Street on Wednesday just before noon.

According to witnesses, the man was first at the Church’s Chicken at 102 E. San Augustine. Employees at the restaurant said he was in his Ford Escape at the drive-through speaker, but his speech was slurred and they could not understand him. The man reportedly drove his car around to the window.

“They said they still couldn’t understand him and all of a sudden he slammed on his accelerator and was coming across the street. They saw him slam more on it,” said Frieda Shafer, who was in the building at the time.

Witnesses inside the building said they saw him race across San Augustine and into their parking lot.

“I watched him. I didn’t know if he thought if he was hitting the brake but I saw him coming and I heard him accelerate,” said Dede Plemons.


Library's Friends meeting to feature renowned storyteller

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MikeCoxCOXThe Deer Park Public Library will host its Friends of the Deer Park Public Library Annual Meeting on April 23 at 7 p.m. The Friends will hold a brief business meeting and elect officers prior to introducing the evening's speaker Mike Cox.

Cox has an impressive resume that has given him a front row seat to several noteworthy events in Texas. He also is the author of more than 20 books on Texas related topics, including a two-volume history of the Texas Rangers. His Texas Tales series collects fascinating true stories from around the state. Titles in this series include Big Bend Tales, Central Texas Tales and Texas Panhandle Tales. Other books written by Cox include Standoff In Texas, Texas UFO Tales (co-written with Renee Roderick) and The Man Who Wrote Old Yeller: Fred Gipson Texas Storyteller.

Cox also wrote for the Austin-American Statesman from 1970 to 1985. He received the A.C. Greene lifetime achievement award and is in elected member of the Texas Institute of Letters.

Shell's Strides for Schools another success for DPEF

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

S4S5K2015More than 2,000 participants registered to pound some pavement at the sixth annual Strides of Schools Fun Run presented by Shell Deer Park. The annual run is the largest fundraiser for the Deer Park Education Foundation. Photo provided by Deer Park Photos.

The threat of stormy weather Saturday morning did not deter a record-setting 2,036 registrants from participating in the sixth annual Strides for Schools presented by Shell Deer Park.

The fun run benefits the Deer Park Education Foundation, which provides enrichment grants to Deer Park ISD teachers. Sponsors, runners and a matching gift from Shell Deer Park raised a record $230,800, said Jennifer Torres, coordinator of the Foundation.

"The weather wasn't even an issue like we thought it would be," said Torres. "It didn't even really sprinkle until the afternoon."

The Strides for Schools Fun Run draws participation from families, school groups and teams, adding to the grandeur of the event.

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