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Photo Gallery: Special Olympians take on DP basketball

Written by Deer Park Photos. Posted in Gallery


It was all smiles at Watkins Gym when the senior class of the Deer Park Boys Basketball team hosted their classmates for a special challenge game. Click the image for a gallery from our friends at Deer Park Photos. Photo by Weston Carlisle/Deer Park Photos.


Deer, Special Olympians hoop it up at Watkins Gym

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

becky shotThe outgoing senior class of the Deer Park boys basketball program hosted DPHS Special Olympians for a game last week at Watkins Gymnasium. The game has become cherished tradition following the end of the basketball tradition. Photo by Weston Carlisle/Deer Park Photos.

In what is becoming a cherished tradition at Deer Park High School, the outgoing seniors on the boys basketball program played against a team of Special Olympians.

The score could be considered a blowout – the Special Olympians won 70-33 – but the early evening game at Watkins Gym was all smiles from everyone in the gym.

The seniors provided the entire varsity experience for their opponents; there were lineup introductions, cheerleaders on the sidelines and even a halftime show that featured a dance from the Best Buddies group and two prom proposals.

"It's great to see the joy on their face playing on the court," said Darren Chandler, Deer head coach. "For our guys, they have a responsibility because there is a lot of people that look up to them as athletes."


APP opens Patsy Cline musical April 24

Written by staff. Posted in Community

PatsyClineThe Art Park Players will soon open Always...Patsy Cline, a moving and tuneful tribute lovingly told through the eyes of Patsy's best friend and biggest fan, Louise Seger.

The musical follows the girl with the big voice and even bigger heart from live radio through her fame at the Grand Ole Opry, to her early tragic death. The show is based on a true story about Cline's friendship with a fan from Houston, Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961, and continued correspondence with Cline until her death.

The musical play, complete with down home country humor and true emotion includes 27 of Cline's unforgettable heart-felt hits, including Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams, Walking After Midnight. The show's title was inspired by Cline's letters to Seger, which were consistently signed "Love Always... Patsy Cline."

Police Report: 03-30-2015

Written by staff. Posted in News

The following is a list of arrests filed by the Deer Park Police Department from March 23-30 along with nine warrant arrests. The information was retrieved from P2C. All locations are posted as blocks. Suspects are innocent until proven guilty. Court decisions are not reflected in this report.

March 24

3:03 a.m. Driving while license invalid, 7300 Carrie Ln.

3:03 a.m. Possession of a substance in Penalty Group 1, 7300 Carrie Ln.

3:04 p.m. Possession of marijuana, 2600 Center St.

March 25

4:17 p.m. No driver's license, 9700 Spencer Hwy.

7:43 p.m. Driving while intoxicated, 10000 State Hwy. 225

11:36 p.m. Assault causes bodily injury-family violence, 300 Linda St.

Concerns over experience has city reconsidering low bid on major project

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

Concerns about the qualifications of the low bidder for a major city project may cause City Council to accept the second-lowest bidder or reject project bids altogether.

At its March 17 workshop, council discussed bids concerning Phase 1 renovations to the Waste Water Treatment Plant. Three bids were opened, the two lowest being from Webber, LLC at $4,883,148 and CSA Construction at $4,908,600. The bid includes reconstruction of two major components of the facility.

Jeff Peters of CDM Smith, an engineering consulting firm, advised the city in its recommendation award letter that Webber "failed to meet the required firm experience as outlined in .... the contract documents."

At the meeting, City Manager Jay Stokes said the city was advised that Webber was not the "lowest competent bidder and that city should go with the second-lowest bidder.

"It's not often that you look to move past the lowest bidder to the bidder above them," Stokes said. The city notified Webber LLC that they would not be recommended for the bid, which was challenged by the company.

Watkins Golf Tournament to raise scholarship funds

Written by staff. Posted in Community

CWTscholarsFrom left: Christopher Thomas, Ali Dupin, Corina Arroyo and Jenna Fife were last year's recipients of Cotton Watkins Memorial Scholarships. This year's golf tournament to raise funds for the scholarship is April 18. Photo provided by Roy Dale Adams.

Over the course of its history, the Cotton Watkins Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament has provided more than $125,000 in scholarship funds to Deer Park ISD employees' children.

This year, the 13th annual tournament will be April 18 at the Battleground at Deer Park Golf Course at 8 a.m. The tournament is a Florida scramble. Awards will be given to first through third place in each flight and special gifts will be awarded in other categories. Cleveland putters will be awarded to champions of each flight.

Registration for the tournament is $125, which includes golf, range balls, a meal before and after the tournament, two mulligans each, and the monster drive hole.

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