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Big Houston RODEO opens March 2nd

RODEO HOUSTON fans have an opportunity to get tickets to one of 20 performances in Reliant Stadium featuring superstar musical entertainment and thrilling rodeo action. Tickets are currently on sale.

Twenty-nine diverse entertainers make up the RODEO HOUSTON lineup. The list of prolific and acclaimed entertainers have together garnered numerous music industry honors, including 97 Country Music Association awards, 87 Academy of Country Music awards and 49 Grammy awards.

Since spring break for almost every school in Texas kindergarten through college coincides with the 2004 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo a special lineup of entertainers will be featured March 15-19 and the Show’s carnival will have an early opening at 2 p.m. each day that week.

The lineup of music industry stars currently scheduled to perform at the 72nd Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo from March 2 to 21 includes

* Tuesday, March 2 – John Mayer
* Wednesday, March 3 – George Strait
* Thursday, March 4 – Wynonna
* Friday, March 5 “ Black Heritage Day” – Bow Wow and the You Got Served Tour featuring Omarion, Marques Houston and the You Got Served Dancers
* Saturday, March 6 – Martina McBride
* Sunday, March 7 – Reba McEntire
* Monday, March 8 – Enrique Iglesias
* Tuesday, March 9 – Alan Jackson
* Wednesday, March 10 – Vince Gill and Amy Grant
* Thursday, March 11 – Clay Walker
* Friday, March 12 – Dwight Yoakam, Buck Owens, and Marty Stuart with Connie Smith
* Saturday, March 13 – Randy Travis
* Sunday, March 14 “ Go Tejano Day” – Bronco & ‘El Gigante de America’ and Jennifer Peña
* Monday, March 15 “Spring Break Stampede” – Robert Earl Keen and Dierks Bentley
* Tuesday, March 16 “Spring Break Stampede” – Kelly Clarkson, and Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson
* Wednesday, March 17 “ Spring Break Stampede” – Kenny Chesney
* Thursday, March 18 “ Spring Break Stampede” – Beyoncé
* Friday, March 19 “ Spring Break Stampede” – Miller Lite presents Pat Green
* Saturday, March 20 “ RODEO HOUSTON Finals” – Brooks & Dunn
* Sunday, March 21 “ Xtreme Bulls” – Willie Nelson

All weekday performances begin at 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday performances begin at 4 p.m. Each performance begins with the grand entry, rodeo events and the calf scramble, and ends with the concert entertainer.

Rodeo tickets are $16, plus a Ticketmaster convenience charge, and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets including Foley’s, Fiesta, FYE and Wherehouse Music locations. Tickets are also sold on the Internet at Tickets may be charged by phone at 713.629.3700.

Tickets may be purchased at Reliant Park at the south Reliant Stadium ticket windows. Ticket buyers should be aware that the only Show-authorized ticket outlets are at the Reliant Park box office and all Ticketmaster outlets.

Also available for purchase through Ticketmaster are World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest tickets and Houston Livestock Showase season passes. VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express cards will be accepted by Ticketmaster and at the Reliant Park box office.

Because of the nature of the event, there will be no restriction on backpacks, purses and other bags, but for increased security, everyone entering Reliant Park, and/or their possessions, may be subject to search.

RODEO HOUSTON fans have 20 performances to choose from each featuring some of the top rodeo athletes in the world competing in PRCA/ProRodeo action, the heartwarming calf scramble, exciting chuck wagon races and, to top it all off, the superstar concerts. In what has become the world’s largest rodeo, only the top 60 cowboys and cowgirls in the world are invited to compete in RODEO HOUSTON’s seven ProRodeo and WPRA events bareback bronc riding, barrel racing, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping and tie-down roping. Following three preliminary rounds, the RODEO HOUSTON finals will be on Saturday, March 20.

For those who can’t get enough of one of rodeo’s favorites, bull riding, PRCA Xtreme Bulls at RODEO HOUSTON promises thrills and excitement on Sunday, March 21. This special presentation of only bull riding features 30 contestants, with 15 advancing to the evening’s second round. In addition to the exciting 45 rides, the performance will include the calf scramble, grand entry and concert by Willie Nelson.

As the most convenient way to reach the Show, the Rodeo METRO Express will provide transportation for Show visitors from eight shuttle locations throughout Houston. Round-trip transportation on the shuttle is $3 for riders ages 13 and older and free for those ages 12 and younger.

From the northwest, riders can catch the shuttles at Delmar Stadium and METRO North Shepherd Park and Ride. In the southeast, the METRO Monroe Park and Ride serves as a pick-up and drop-off location. The Aramco Services Company at 9009 West Loop South, METRO West Loop Park and Ride, and METRO Westwood Park and Ride will serve patrons on the southwest side. Centrally located, the Minute Maid Park B and C Lots and Reed Road HLS&R Park and Ride will offer longer hours of operation than the other locations. Each lot is serviced by METRO lift buses.

Daily shuttle service to and from Reliant Park will begin on Tuesday, March 2. The Reed Road HLS&R lot will have continuous shuttle service from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. All other lots will operate from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., Monday through Thursday; 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays; and 9 a.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday and Sunday.
All daily attractions at Reliant Park open at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2, and conclude on Sunday, March 21. For additional information regarding the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Show’s Web site is available 24 hours a day.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a 501 (c)(3) charitable event, committed to benefiting youth and supporting education throughout the state. Since presenting its first scholarship in 1957, the Show has committed almost $100 million in scholarships, graduate assistantships, endowments and grant contributions for the youth of Texas.

Multiple school bus accidents concern Aldine ISD


ALDINE ISD– Two weeks of bad news from the school transportation department included a fatality accident on E. Mt. Houston road last week, and a major skidding accident on I-45 this week that sent about 20 school children to the hospital for check-ups, and closed that highway for about two hours while emergency workers helped the injured and sorted out the details. The school bus was being driven by a teacher, according to AISD authorities, who was trained and accredited to drive the bus. It occurred on Tuesday, about 5 p.m., as the bus headed for a basketball game out of the area. On board were students and adults.

However, due to a wet road from inclement weather, the bus went out of control and struck another vehicle, and ended up across two lanes of traffic. At that point, another car couldn’t stop, and hit the broadside of the bus, wedging itself under the bus. A secondary accident also happened, not involving the bus, between a truck and an SUV as they came upon the scene. Witnesses said the truck driver did a complete turn on the pavement, and actually avoided hitting the bus with this maneuver.

According to Superintendent Kujawa, in an interview with the Northeast News, when this type of accident occurs, the driver is removed from any additional service until an investigation is conducted, and then further training is required prior to again driving.

No serious injuries were reported to anyone in the 3 vehicles, but all the children were taken to the hospital for examination.

Dr. Kujawa stated that the transportation department has not had any unusual amount of accidents this month or this year, and that in fact in comparison with previous years, the incidents are less. Even so, she is reviewing the situation with the idea that further procedures might be required, she said.

In last week’s accident, a school bus hit a car head-on as it turned from a side street into oncoming traffic on Mt. Houston road, east of US59. Police cited the bus driver as at fault, according to the initial report, saying the bus failed to yield the right of way. Three passengers in the car were injured, and the passenger in the front seat later died at Ben Taub Hospital from injuried in the accident. Except for the driver, there was no one else on the school bus, according to the sheriff’s report.

Aldine HS get new football coach to succeed Bill Smith

Fort Worth Dunbar’s Bob Jones, with 46-29 record

Fort Worth Dunbar head football coach Bob Jones was named to succeed Bill Smith as head football coach and athletic coordinator at Aldine Senior High School by the Aldine ISD Board of Education during its Feb. 24 meeting.

Jones, who served as head coach at Dunbar for seven seasons, will assume his duties immediately.

Smith announced his retirement in December of 2003 after serving as the Mustangs’ head football coach for 29 years (he has worked in Aldine ISD for 39 years). During his 29 years as head coach, Smith led Aldine High to 237 wins (fifth best all time among Class 5A coaches in Texas) and the state and national championship in 1990. His 1989 team reached the state finals before falling to Odessa Permian.

Jones forged a 46-29 record in his seven seasons at Dunbar, a school that was better known for its basketball program prior to his taking over the football program. In the seven years he spent at Dunbar, Jones led the team to four district titles and five playoff appearances. While at Dunbar, Jones led his team to 28 straight district victories and the team has won 31 of its last 32 league games.

Jones received his bachelor’s degree in physical education and health education from Kearney State College (Nebraska) in 1982 and his master’s degree in supervision of physical education from that same school in 1985. While at Kearney State, Jones was coached by current Wisconsin head coach Barry Alvarez.

He began his coaching career in 1980 at the University of Nebraska where he served as freshman offensive line coach and assistant varsity offensive line coach. In 1983, he joined Missouri Western College where he coached wide receivers before moving onto North Dakota State University in 1985 where he also coached receivers.

In 1986, he became defensive coordinator at Red Oak High School, a suburb of Dallas. He also served as defensive coordinator at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO, Pleasanton High School in Pleasanton, Texas and at Terry High School in Rosenberg. In 1994, Jones joined the staff at Converse Judson High School, where he worked under D.W. Rutledge, one of the state’s most successful high school coaches. In 1997, Jones was named head coach at Fort Worth Dunbar.

Senior Housing planned for site on Mesa Road at Sterlingshire

New housing in the Northeast and North Forest neighborhoods has become a very active issue, according to local authorities who monitor this type of activity.

Some of the planned projects are being welcomed by the current residents of these neighborhoods, and some are not.

Therefore, a public hearing with give and take, such as took place last week at the Shadydale Elementary School, are important for both sides to share information and views.

The meeting was attended by about 30 people, including North Forest superintendent Dr. Elaine Berry, and leaders of several super neighborhood groups.

The School districts are especially interested, because new housing tends to bring in not only new taxes, but in many cases school children that will affect the district.

However, in the case of this new project, known as Mesa Senior’s Apartments, children will not be an issue, since this project of 150 apartment units is a Seniors only project, meaning that at least one person in the family must be over 55 years of age.

According to developer Sally Gaskin, units will be one and two bedroom in size, with each unit also having an enclosed garage.

Due to a relatively new federal subsidy program, known as tax credit financing, the rents in these units will be reasonably low, and most residents will have to have income within guidelines to qualify to live here.

The total project will include 150 new units, built at a cost of about $90,000 per unit, with total project cost at $13,000,000. Plans presented at the meeting showed expensive brick exteriors, and patios, enclosed garages, landscaped grounds, an an extensive “Amenity Center,” with offices, meeting rooms, mail areas, business center with computers, activity room, club room, fitness room, and laundry. Other recent projects in the area, especially along Little York, have not been popular with the community due to the potential influx of large families, traffic, school overpopulation and low cost housing, but this project seems to be a different type of proposal, and met with general approval from the group that were present.