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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.