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Kadie Lynn hugs family members and friends after a packed house at Chaps diner in Seven Points erupts in applause following Kadie’s performance on “America’s Got Talent.” She got a “yes” from all four judges.
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
SEVEN POINTS–It was all hugs and cheers for local performing artist Kadie Lynn Roberson when a packed house at Chaps diner in Seven Points watched her triumphant performance on “America’s Got Talent” June 14.
Roberson, a twelve-year-old Kemp girl, has been singing at local events like Gun Barrel City’s July Fest and Kemp’s Wildflower Festival for a few years. The Roberson’s had to be tight-lipped about the AGT results until it aired Tuesday night. Boy, was it worth it.
Kadie smashed it, singing “Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star” to the delight of the live audience and, more importantly, all four “Talent” judges.
Out of all the judges, typically the hardest to please–and the one whose praise means the most–is Simon Cowell. Lynn was pleased to hear fantastic feedback from him.
“When we make these shows it’s a bit like we are mining for talent,” stated Cowell. “You dig and you dig and you dig and then every so often you find a little diamond and that’s who we found today with you.”
“I am so impressed, actually from the moment you started talking to me, I had this feeling about you, Kadie,” stated Cowell. “You’ve got this really cool almost confidence about you.”
“Your voice, however, is so mature, so real, and I have a feeling, and I’m rarely wrong, that in a few years’ time we are going to look back to this moment and say this is the day we discovered Kadie Lynn,” said Cowell.
After Cowell finished speaking, the crowd in the Seven Points diner erupted, proud to share in the happiness and success of their own. Kadie fought back tears in her eyes as she hugged her mother and other supporters.
“Knowing how many people I have rooting for me means the world to me,” Roberson said after the show aired.
Other feedback from the judges included Heidi Klum praising Kadie for having so much confidence so young.
“I have a daughter your age, and I cannot imagine her doing what you are doing right now,” Klum said.
After singing “Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star,” Judge Howie Mandel jokingly asked Kadie if she had ever been in love. Kadie just smiled and said “with my mom!”
The City of Gun Barrel City is hosting a Kadie Lynn parade and concert June 30. The parade is scheduled for 5 p.m., and a performance by Kadie Lynn is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the city park amphitheater. Other performances include Trinity Wennerstrom and The Lost Boys at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively.
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By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
ATHENS– Here are the results from the 29th annual Coaches Playday Golf Tournament held at the Pinnacle Club June 10.
Dan Youngman-Chip Souza-Ronny Snow-Steve Tardiff 30-30—60
Ty Morris-Jim Owens-Brian Owens-Doug Steger 33-32—65
Brad Scoggin-John Hacker-Elton Caldwell 33-32—65
Chris Frederick-Brad Smiley-Tres Winn-Phil Hicks 35-31—66
Sherard Poteete-Steve Green-Will Reed 34-34—68
Bill Mullins-Chuck Chapman-Jeff Thorpe-Scotty Bradley 35-33—68
Eddie Arthus-Benny Rogers-Billy Hughes-Mark Sartain 36-33—69
Michael Landers-Roark Montgomery-Kenya Landers-Jean McSpadden 34-35—69
Kris Baumann-Harold Jones-Leon Spencer-Mary Ensign 35-35—70
Jim Wommack-Lange Svehlak-Troy Scott-Alec Scott 34-36—70
Carl Tapley-Russell Tapley-James Bass-Walter Bingham 37-35—72
Blake Williamson-Brad Burnett-Ronnie Raines-Joe Elerson 36-38—74
C.O. Phillips Memorial Award – Jeff Thorpe
Putting Contest – Ty Morris
Closest To The Hole No. 2 – Brad Scoggin
Closest To The Hole No. 7 – Jeff Thorpe
Closest To The Hole No. 10 – Brad Scoggin
Longest Putt Made No. 9 – Lange Svehlak
Second place was determined by a three-hole scorecard playoff, starting on Hole No. 1. The team of Ty Morris-Jim Owens-Brian Owens-Doug Steger went par-birdie-birdie on the first three holes to get the decision. Both teams carded 65s to finish five shots back of the winning team.
The title was the second for Dan Youngman, Steve Tardiff and Ronny Snow and the first for Chip Souza. Youngman won his first title in the first Coaches Playday in 1988. Tardiff won his first title in 2010 and Snow in 1994.
Former Cross Roads Athletic Director/Head Boys Basketball Coach Jeff Thorpe was the recipient of the C. O. Phillips Memorial Award. Ty Morris won the coveted Putting Contest title, becoming the third participant to claim it for a second time. He last won it in 2013.
The event was played at The Pinnacle for the first time since 1993 and for the sixth time overall.
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Monitor Staff Reports
TYLER–Brookshire’s is coming to Kemp.
Brookshire Grocery Co. announced today the pending acquisition of 25 former Walmart Express stores, including the one built across from Kemp High School. The stores will open this summer as the company’s new Spring Market brand. The acquisition is scheduled to close in July.
The name “Spring Market” represents and honors the company’s great history which began in 1928 with the opening of its first store on Spring Avenue in Tyler.
The stores will offer hometown convenience in an easy-to-shop format with a surprising assortment of products at highly competitive prices.
“Brookshire Grocery Company is already known throughout our market areas for having great stores and we are confident that our customers in these new markets will feel the exact same way. Our Spring Market stores will stand for friendly service, quality products, affordable convenience and a pleasant shopping environment. We are also really excited to hire hundreds of employees from these communities to help us take care of our new customers,” said Chairman and CEO Brad Brookshire. “We look forward to making a positive difference in each of these communities through our people, products, stores and service.”
The store locations range from southern Louisiana to west Texas and include Anson, Diana, DeKalb, Edgewood, Frankston, Godley, Grandview, Hughes Springs, Haskell, Italy, Kemp, Leonard, Lone Star, Maud, Merkel, Naples, Palmer, Waskom, Whitewright and Winters (all in Texas). Louisiana locations are in Colfax, Iowa, Lake Arthur, Mamou and Zwolle.