Dec 20,2014: Bri Bagwell

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Top ten reasons to purchase a museum membership

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Dec 21,2014: Photos With Santa at Katy Mills

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Lady Panthers have strong district start

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Dec 19,2014: Zane Williams


It didn’t make any difference how Zane Williams went about writing a song, it just came out country. You might say Zane didn’t so much find country as country found him.

“Everything I wrote just sounded country because I was telling stories that I could relate to; that other people relate to,” he said. “I believe that’s what makes a great country song.”

You don’t have to listen to Zane’s music long to recognize he reaches deep within his soul to pour out songs like, “Pablo and Maria.” But if you listen to his, “99 Bottles,” you also know Zane likes everybody to kick up their heels and have a good time on a Friday night.

“When I moved back to Texas I knew I was going to be playing honky-tonks so I figured I needed a good beer-drinking song,” he said. “The only beer-drinking song I knew when I was growing up was ‘99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall,’ so this is my take on it.”

Zane nearly gave up songwriting the year before producing “99 Bottles.” He had moved to Nashville shortly after graduating from college and started chasing his dream to be a singer/songwriter. Nine years later, Zane was still cranking out songs, including Jason Michael Carroll’s 2010 top 15 hit, “Hurry Home.” He had other songs – award-winning songs – recognized for their craftsmanship and thoughtful ideas, but he was only scratching out a living. Time to move on, he finally decided, but then he got a second unexpected boost…

He enrolled in a seminar to learn how to make money through revitalizing entire neighborhoods then selling the houses. Helping people and providing a better life for his family; it sounded like something about which he could get passionate. On the conference’s final day, the presenters spoke about work that aligned with your passion. It reminded Zane of a song; one of his songs.

“I said, ‘Hey you guys want to hear a song I wrote about chasing your dreams and the difference between who you are now and who you want to be?’ I got out my guitar and sang this song for this group of 30 or 40 people, and when I got done they were like, ‘Why are you here? If you can write and sing like that, you need to go do that!’”

So he did. Zane packed his family’s belongings and moved back to Texas. The real estate conference rekindled the dream into a blaze, and he wasn’t going to doubt again. The move proved to be the best career decision to date, mostly because the simplicity of life found around family, close friends and hunting and fishing connects Zane with “what’s real in life.”

“It was wonderful to be back close to our families,” he said. “My first gig was at an open mic night, and I met a local DJ there who started playing my music that very week. I started making fans right away, and there was so much appreciation for my style of music down here in Texas, almost reverence. For the first time in my life, I started to feel the momentum building.”

The momentum has certainly picked-up. Zane has received consistent radio airplay on country stations across Texas that led to his first entry on the Texas Music Chart with “Ride With Me,” from the 2011 album with the same title. Zane is also one of the featured artists on Troubadour Texas, a television show documenting his rising career.

“I can honestly say I’m doing what I love,” Zane said. “And I’m where I need to be.”

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Uberrito….It’s just Mission Burrito

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Dec 20,2014: Photos With Santa at Katy Mills

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Gallery: Student gets surprise

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Dec 18,2014: Bret Michaels


Bret Michaels is, if nothing else, a true survivor. He has survived a life long battle as an insulin dependent diabetic, a well publicized near fatal car crash in 1994 and the countless musical trends and fads of the last two decades.

“As soon as I ever start to just go through the motions I’ll quit,” confessed the 44 year old singer, songwriter, producer, director and actor in a recent interview. But there’s little chance he’ll even slow down let alone quit anytime soon. In fact, after more than 20 years in the business this award winning, multi platinum superstar’s career continues to move at warp speed.

As front man for the legendary rock band Poison, Michaels has sold 25 million records and scored an amazing 15 chartbusting Top 40 singles including “Talk Dirty to Me,” “Something to Believe In,” “Nothing But a Good Time” and the timeless #1 smash “Every Rose Has its Thorn.” And in the new millennium Poison’s music has been featured in such big screen flicks as “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “Grandma’s Boy” and “Deuce Bigelow-European Gigolo.” They continue to be one of the industry’s top grossing concert attractions and their 2006 “20 Years of Rock” CD was a bona fide Top 20 gold smash. Their current single, a remake of the 1974 Grand Funk Railroad classic “We’re an American Band” was produced by Don Was (The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt).

Michaels has also produced and written material for other artists including Stevie Nicks. He wrote and produced the song “Love’s a Hard Game to Play” which appeared on Nicks’ platinum album “Timespace: The Best Of Stevie Nicks.” More recently Michaels could be heard providing background vocals along with Phil Vassar on the Kenny Chesney/Uncle Kracker duet single “Last Night Again.”

In the mid-90s Michaels formed a film production company with actor Charlie Sheen. The partnership ultimately led to Michaels writing, directing and starring in several films including “A Letter From Death Row” which he executive co-produced with Sheen.

As an actor, Michaels has made regular appearances on such hit television shows as “Yes Dear,” “Martial Law,” and “The Chris Isaak Show.” And he has also co-hosted “Access Hollywood” and been a judge on the wildly popular “Nashville Star” program.

Setting his musical sights beyond Poison, Michaels released his debut solo album “Songs of Life” in 2003 followed by the rootsy, Americana flavored sophomore record “Freedom of Sound” in 2005.

“I would play music whether I made it or not,” Michaels told a journalist in 2002 and it’s that commitment to his art that continues to keep him at the forefront of the entertainment industry.

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Music Educators from 15 Countries Names Computerized Piano Curriculum ‘Great Discovery of the 21st Century’

Houston, TX – SOFT WAY TO MOZART or SOFT MOZART is a patented computerized piano curriculum, examined at 13th International Academic Conference held by Peter Tchaikovsky’s music school.

During the first week of December at the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory, the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation, the Academic Association for the Methods of Pedagogical Education, the Academic Council for Art Education and the Herzen Russian State Pedagogical University held their annual conference with the aim to discuss the actual problems of music education and professional music education in the complex system of art.

A study of the computerized music curriculum SOFT MOZART was presented on the first and last day of the conference by 19 speakers from 15 different countries. Music educators from Australia, Cuba, Chile, Israel, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, UK and USA presented their reports on using SOFT MOZART with variety of venues and with a broad range of students. Venues included universities, day care centers, private and public schools and home schools. Students using the program ranged from prodigies to children with special needs and included different ages – from early education to college levels.

“SOFT MOZART dramatically accelerates the learning process on the piano, as well as provides unprecedented motivational impetus for musical training worldwide,” experts reported. The presenters also mentioned that the system is especially important for the children with special needs. Dramatic improvement of focus, attention span, fine motor skills and speech development of children with Down syndrome, Autism, ADD and other problems were notarized and video documented.

Hellene Hiner, the author and inventor of SOFT MOZART, addressed the conference that the system was developed on the same foundation that the Russian School of Music has used for more than 100 years. The only difference being that SOFT MOZART uses interactive technology and her patented Elementary and Interactive Grand Staff visual aid.

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