Come Join Phs Homecoming Fun

Join the Spirit Squad for Homecoming at PHS Friday night at Longhorn Field.

Join the Spirit Squad for Homecoming at PHS Friday night at Longhorn Field.


The floats have been built, the band has quickened its step and the cheer squad has honed its routines. The royalty vote has been counted, the team has gone over its final x’s and o’s and alumni are on their way home.

All that remains is for the game to be played, the king, queen and court to be announced and the dance to be held.

Homecoming 2012 is here!

This Friday at 7 p.m. at the high school football stadium, our Longhorn varsity football team will take on the Coronado (Scottsdale) Dons. After last weekend’s pasting (a 63-0 defeat at the hands of Scottsdale’s Saguaro High School), the Dons bring a 3-5 record into Friday night’s game. The Longhorns enter at 4-4. It should be a great game.

If you haven’t been to a high school athletic event for a long time, please consider breaking out of your usual Friday night routine and head on over to Longhorn Field for tonight’s Homecoming game and support all of the hard work that goes into a “Friday Night Lights” game.

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the country music singer who recorded the 1986 hit “Homecoming ’63”?

Born and raised in Kentucky, this singer-songwriter began singing as a child, winning a talent contest at the age of 4. When he was 8 years old, he learned how to play guitar and within a year he was singing on a Charleston, W.Va.-based radio station. He formed his first band at the age of 13, playing nothing but straight bluegrass. A few years later, he formed the Lonesome Mountain Boys with his high school friend, Ricky Skaggs.

In 1982, he began a full-fledged solo career and four years later scored Top 10 hits with “Ten Feet Away,” “Homecoming ’63” and “Hard Livin’.” Just two years later, he began a string of five consecutive No. 1 hits, which included “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” “When You Say Nothing At All” and “I’m No Stranger To The Rain,” which earned him the Country Music Association single of the year award.

Although things may have been going smoothly on the surface for him, behind the scenes he was being torn apart by alcoholism. On May 9, 1989, when he was only 34 years old, he suffered from a fatal case of alcohol poisoning.

This artist was married to country music singer Lorrie Morgan from 1986 until his death.

Is this “Homecoming ’63” country music artist A) Keith Whitley; B) Ronnie Milsap; C) Hank Williams Jr.; or D) Jake Swartwood?

If you’re the fifth caller this week and have the right answer, you’ll win a CD of your favorite genre’s music. Good luck.

Last week’s Music Trivia Question

This past week’s trivia question asked which of the following statements about Dolly Parton is NOT true? A) To date, she has composed over 3,000 songs; B) She and Porter Wagoner scored 14 duet hits on Billboard’s country chart; C) From 1967 until 1980, she was married to country singer Johnny Horton; or D) With Burt Reynolds, she starred in the movie “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”? The correct answer was “C.” Country singer, Johnny Horton, known as “the singing fisherman,” died in a car crash in 1960 at the age of 35, when Dolly was barely into her teens.

Dolly has been married now for 46 years to Carl Tomas Dean, who runs a Nashville, Tenn.-based asphalt-paving business. They had met in 1966, two years prior to their marriage at the Wishy-Washy Laundromat on Dolly’s first day in Nashville. Dolly has been quoted as saying, “We’re really proud of our marriage. It’s the first for both of us. And the last.” How refreshing.

Congratulations to this past week’s first-time music trivia winner, Katie Wilcox, who won a “Best of Dolly Parton” CD.

A little about Katie — She was born and raised in Plymouth, Ind., a small, rural community in the northwestern part of the state. After high school, she moved to Arizona, where she would begin a long career as an office worker, primarily as a legal secretary. She has two daughters.

Katie moved from Phoenix to Payson 20 years ago. She said, “I love Payson. It’s just a wonderful place to live.”

She now works at Walgreens and in her spare time enjoys reading, following NASCAR and socializing with friends. She is a member of St. Philip’s Church and volunteers each year at the Relay for Life walk.

When it comes to music, Katie enjoys “old country, something with a little twang just suits me fine.” Her three favorite artists are George Strait (whom she has seen many times in concert), Conway Twitty and Ray Price.

A couple of final notes

New pictures that I’ve added to my Web site are from last Saturday’s Steven Badilla-Jenna Hothan wedding ceremony and reception, held at the picturesque Verde Rock House Bed & Breakfast on the East Verde River.

On a beautiful clear day in the Rim Country, friends and family from as far away as California came to celebrate the couple’s commitment to each other.

Other pictures that I’ve recently added are from Deborah Rose-Ellis’ birthday party in her home last Friday night. It was a hoot!

DJ Craig, (928) 468-1482


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