May 16: Nacogdoches County Booking Report

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SFA student entry among finalists in national Folgers® Coffee jingle contest

We’ve all heard it. We’ve all sung along to it, or replayed it in our heads. We’ve heard the award-winning Rascal Flatts, Aaron Neville and others sing it.

SFA SRT students, from left, Thaddeus Franklin of Dallas, Ben Smith of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Nathan Wackett of Crandall are seen in the video they recorded that was selected as one of the Top 10 finalists in this year’s Folgers® Coffee jingle contest. Online voting for the winning jingle is May 15 through June 19.

It makes us think of starting off our day on the right foot and with the right cup of coffee.

And the next group you hear singing the catchy jingle could be students in Dr. Kevin Kelleher’s sound recording technology (SRT) program at Stephen F. Austin State University.

As one of the most memorable and recognizable pieces of advertising, “The Best Part of Wakin’ Up is Folgers in Your Cup®” jingle has helped millions of Americans start their day with the sounds, sights and smells of fresh-brewed Folgers® Coffee.

SFA student Ben Smith of Cincinnati, Ohio, served as the team leader in a class project in which SRT students made a video commercial they submitted to the Folgers® Coffee jingle contest. Their entry was selected as one of the 10 finalists nationally.

The SFA students – Josh Birdsong of Port Neches, Nathan Wackett of Crandall, Thaddeus Franklin of Dallas, Cody Morris of Arlington and Ben Smith of Cincinnati, Ohio – submitted an entry earlier this year to the Folgers® Coffee jingle contest, and it was selected by a panel of judges as one of this year’s 10 national finalists. And now, the students need public support online to help them win the contest.

The public will assist in determining the winner of the grand prize of $25,000 and a chance to have the entry featured in a future Folgers® commercial. This year, Folgers® Coffee has partnered with multi-platinum recording artist Gavin DeGraw as the jingle spokesperson. Public voting at www.folgerscoffee.com began at noon Wednesday, May 15, and concludes at midnight Wednesday, June 19 – one vote per person, per day for the duration of the voting period.

Some of Kelleher’s students entered the jingle contest two years ago, but they were not selected as finalists. His students last year had planned to enter the event again, but the contest wasn’t held. Knowing his students’ high level of talent, Kelleher remained persistent, and when he came across the dates for this year’s promotion, he knew it would be a great opportunity for them.

“It was perfect; it’s a real-world experience in addition to a great class assignment,” he said. Entries are judged on creativity/originality, musical performance and adherence to the creative assignment. In the SRT program, students focus on areas such as these to earn a Bachelor of Music degree.

“To me, it’s a win-win situation,” Kelleher said, “because a lot of them are into songwriting, and we know that jingles are basically shortened songs, so they not only have to write the material, they have to record it. With the SRT program, it’s nice to know that they can do both of those things, ultimately expanding their income potential.”

SRT students watched previous winning jingles before they developed their own. One of the things that stood out immediately to Smith as he viewed the previous winners was “we can make a better recording than this.” Birdsong and Smith first tossed around a few ideas and lyrics, and the end result viewers will find on the Folgers® site is actually a refined fourth or fifth version of their efforts under the guidance of Kelleher.

After completing the writing phase of the jingle and coming up with the concept for the video, the five SRT majors collaborated with cinematography graduate students Herbert Midgley (director of the video and music technology instructor at SFA) and Peyton Paulette (lighting). The idea was to portray the students as college roommates, which they did in a house on the campus of SFA. It was filmed as the sun was going down, and they continued working into the night, but Paulette’s use of lighting makes it appear as though there is early morning light streaming in through the windows.

Not only could the students, with the help of votes, win the $25,000 grand prize, but anyone who votes online will be eligible for a variety of prizes, ranging from a Folgers® coffee mug, coffee for a year, Gavin DeGraw CDs, and iTunes® gift cards. Along with those items, one grand prize of $10,000 will be awarded to a randomly selected winner drawn from people who simply register and vote for their favorite jingle.

“This exciting learning experience is useful for students preparing for careers as recording engineers,” Kelleher said. “The five SRT majors even participated in a short biographical video that was filmed by a professional crew who followed them around Nacogdoches for a couple of days on behalf of Folgers®, the results of which can be viewed when you go to vote. Support the students now by grabbing a cup of Folgers® and casting your vote today at www.folgers.com.”

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Herrington: I Am Joe’s Kid: Why Go to School?

Chris Herrington, Contributing Writer

The only reason to come to school is so that we can do there those things we can’t do anywhere else. What are those things? We might be hard pressed to think of things we really need to do just at school any more, given the Internet and the capacity of the media to meet our educational needs. Imagine seeing this question through the eyes of a 17 year-old; he would probably say that school is not really necessary in these very modern times. This reminds me of something from my own youth; there used to be a series of stories in the Reader’s Digest which used the expression, “I Am Joe’s _________.” I always wanted to make things work out at school, but sometimes it just wouldn’t, and this seems to be a “Joe” moment. I have always wanted to revisit that process in a series of pieces called, “I Am Joe’s Kid.”
In this first edition of “I Am Joe’s Kid,” we could describe what it is like to be the child of some soccer dad or mom, a student who goes to Blankety Blank High School. Joe’s kid does not want to go to school, and so he goes through all of the usual mind games, trying to drag his feet so that he does not have to go to school. Why does he have to go to school? Really? He has to go to school because it is the law. What the heck kind of reasoning is that? In that line of thinking, anything could be made necessary!
Joe’s kid needs to go to school in order to fulfill Joe’s lifelong dream of his finally getting his education. Joe has been working for years and years and now he has the funds together, and it will be a major step forward for his family to see someone get an advanced degree. The problem for Joe’s kid is that he does not want an advanced degree. He wants to be able to become a dancer. This is against everything that Joe stands for, in politics and in religion. That Joe wants Joe Jr. to do anything does not make the kid want anything that Joe wants for him. They are at odds over everything. Joe only knows that life is changing fast and is constantly getting more complex. Dance might be a wonderful hobby, but it will never pay the bills, Joe thinks. But, this is Joe’s kid’s life, and he needs to be able to choose his own path.
In the course of coming to adulthood, there are many life lessons students need to master. One of the most important lessons is getting where you say you are going and being where you have agreed you will be. Sometimes kids have a tough time not being distracted, and they abandon their posts. If they cannot be depended on, then they may have trust issues, especially self-trust. It is imperative that we learn to trust ourselves, otherwise we will fail to make commitments we can keep and our values will be centered around avoidance and omission, lying and irresponsibility.
Ultimately, it is in the area of identity, and identity crisis, that most of our problems occur in life, and for kids and students, this is the single most powerful area of concern as they navigate into adulthood. Who am I? Where am I going? How am I going to get there? What do I least want o happen in my life? What do I most want to happen in my life? By our taking responsibility for our lives and our becoming more pro-active towards our becoming more of who we want to be, we can find ourselves being more instrumental in our own educational process and having a more optimistic outlook on a daily basis.
Joe’s kid has to do personal work in the area of expectations and feelings of shame and guilt, just because he is Joe’s kid. Joe has a way of making his kid feel like she or he needs to be more than she or he is. In other words, a family rule is that ultimately being self-satisfied is okay, as long as you are not satisfied with yourself. This is confusing to Joe’s kid, since having the feeling that he is better than everyone else seems like a family trait, but it does not mean that his kids are better than Joe. Joe’s kid then learns to condescend to others and to lie to Joe. This leads to guilt over what he has done and shame over who he is. That is a tall order for school to overcome.
What happens in the end is that the distance between this kid’s sense of self and who she works at being by her daily life are not the same person, and she has an identity crisis. She wants to please her parents, but she thinks her parents are more concerned about whether they are seen as good parents to an obedient daughter than whether she is healthy and truly happy. They project and provide and plan and foster and subject, but they do so under the delusion that who they are working with is the person they themselves wanted to be. Their daughter is her own person and someone else entirely. This creates a world of problems for Joe and Joan.
What is it that needs to happen for little Josey? For Joe, Jr.? How can these second generation students make their mark and be on their own while living in the shadow of their parents? We find that they need to think for themselves and yet that is awkwardly tested as parents ask why Joe’s kid did that. You are supposed to think for yourself and make all the same choices your parents would make.
All in all, Joe’s kid needs school as a breakfront against parents and adulthood; every new situation brings the need to re-appraise life from different angles. Joe’s kid will soon become Joe, the adult, and have his own kids. When he does that, he will have learned a few new tricks, but he will carry over a few old bad habits. Maybe over the generations Joe’s kid will transform, but for now, Joe’s kid is definitely Joe’s kid. And his kid will be his kid, to some degree. And so the story goes.
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May 15: Sheriff Office Daily Activity Log

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May 15: NPD Crime Report

This is a complete list of reports responded to by the Nacogdoches Police Department

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May 15: Nacogdoches County Booking Report

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May 14: Sheriff Office Daily Activity Log

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May 14: NPD Crime Report

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May 14: Nacogdoches County Booking Report

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Vehicle stop regarding the smuggling of illegal aliens

Around 1 a.m. , deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office stopped a grey Nissan sport utility vehicle for a traffic violation on Hwy. 59, which was north bound. Deputies received information from the department of homeland security that the vehicle may be smuggling illegal aliens.
Deputies made contact with the driver and observed several other occupants inside the motor vehicle. There were a total of 10 foreign nationals inside of the car. All subjects inside the motor vehicle were males believed to be from Mexico that had entered the United States illegally. The Department of Homeland Security responded to the scene and interviewed the subjects. It was then confirmed that the subjects were illegal aliens that had entered into the United States illegally.
A detainer was placed on all the subjects and they were transported to the Nacogdoches County Jail. The subjects are being held for the Department of Homeland Security, which have made arraignments to transport the subjects to a federal holding facility.

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