Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 12-18
Aug. 12: Actor George Hamilton is 79. Actress Jennifer Warren is 77. Singer-guitarist Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits is 69. Actor Jim Beaver ("Supernatural") is 68. Singer Kid Creole is 68. Actor Sam J. Jones ("Flash Gordon") is 64. Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny is 64. Actor Bruce Greenwood (2009's "Star Trek," ''Thirteen Days") is 62. Country singer Danny Shirley (Confederate Railroad) is 62. Guitarist Roy Hay of Culture Club is 57. Rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot is 55. Actor Peter Krause ("Parenthood," ''Six Feet Under," ''Sports Night") is 53. Actor Brent Sexton ("The Killing," ''Deadwood") is 51. Actor Michael Ian Black ("Ed") is 47. Actress Yvette Nicole Brown (new "The Odd Couple," ''Community") is 47. Actress Rebecca Gayheart is 47. Actor Casey Affleck is 43. Actress Maggie Lawson ("Psych") is 38. Actress Cara Delevingne ("Paper Towns") is 26. Actress Imani Hakim ("Everybody Hates Chris") is 25.
Today's music news from Music City >>
Reba McEntire’s stint as Colonel Sanders in those KFC TV commercials is coming to a close, as she’s replaced by the famously tan Hollywood actor George Hamilton. The 78-year-old will reprise his role as the “Extra Crispy Colonel” in a new series of ads for KFC, but he has high praise for Reba’s turn as the first female to portray the chicken chain’s founder.
A look back at country music history >>>
1959 - Born on this day, was Larry Stewart, country music singer, best known for his role as lead singer of the country pop band Restless Heart.
1962 - Born on this day in Meridian, Mississippi, was Ty Herndon, country music singer who scored the 1995 US #1 hit single “What Mattered Most”
Strong crop season means good pick-your-own season
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — With the blueberry crop going great guns, peach crop starting up and a very good apple crop on its way, the pick-your-own season is doing a lot better than last year.
For some crops, that isn't too hard to do.
"Peaches are, I don't know, 150 percent better — seeing there were no peaches at all last year," said Bob Pollock, an employee at Carter Hill Farm in Concord.
Omagh families suing police over bomb investigation failings
LONDON (AP) — Relatives of victims of Northern Ireland's deadliest bombing are suing the police over alleged failings they say allowed the killers to escape justice.
Families belonging to the Omagh Support and Self Help Group have issued a writ against George Hamilton, chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
A car bomb planted by IRA dissidents exploded amid shoppers, workers and tourists in the town of Omagh on Aug. 15, 1998, killing 29 people.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Officials at N.C. Central University say the historically black college has exceeded its $7.2 million goal for its annual giving campaign.
A statement from the school said it completed the 2016-17 campaign with gifts and commitments from more than 7,000 contributors, including 564 first-time donors to the university.
BLACKFOOT – During the 2017 Management Conference of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE), J. Brandon Bird, General Manager of the Eastern Idaho State Fair, was honored as a recipient of the Certified Fair Executive (CFE) designation. This Blackfoot native was selected based on his extensive education, management experience and community involvement.
BLACKFOOT – In keeping with its decade-old tradition of supporting outstanding high school seniors, the Eastern Idaho State Fair, in partnership with Butler Amusement, Inc., announced six finalists who have been awarded a $1,000 scholarship to the college of his or her choice. This scholarship fund has awarded over $66,000 to deserving college-bound teens since its inception twelve years ago.
For the fourth time in the past 6 years, The Eastern Idaho State Fair took home top national advertising honors at this year’s 126th annual International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) convention held at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The EISF was awarded top honors again for their 2016 “Eat, Drink and be Happy” theme, taking home the award for Best Overall Advertising Campaign nationwide in their division.
North Carolina Central chancellor dies after cancer battle
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The chancellor of North Carolina Central University, who was the first woman to serve full-time in that role, has died.
The university announced that Debra Saunders-White died Saturday after a battle with cancer. She was 59.
The university says she became chancellor in 2013 and improved the classroom and campus experience through the "Eagle Excellence" campaign.
She previously worked at the U.S. Department of Education and other schools including Hampton University in Virginia.
‘Tobacco Road’ songwriter John D. Loudermilk dies
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — John D. Loudermilk, a singer and songwriter who wrote pop and country songs such as "Tobacco Road" and "Indian Reservation," has died. He was 82.
His son, Mike Loudermilk, said that his father died on Wednesday in Christiana, Tennessee.
Woman charged with fatal stabbing of Kansas City man
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a Kansas City woman in a fatal stabbing.
The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/2cwcFZt ) reports that 35-year-old Clarisa Baldwin was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 40-year-old George Hamilton, of Kansas City. She is being held on a $150,000 bond. No attorney is listed for her in online court records.
KFC’s new marketing gimmick: Giving away scented sunscreen
NEW YORK (AP) — KFC gave away 3,000 bottles of sunscreen that it said smelled like fried chicken to drum up buzz for its Extra Crispy chicken.
Several Associated Press reporters who tested the sunscreen said the smell did not immediately bring to mind chicken, however.
The stunt is another way for KFC to promote its Extra Crispy fried chicken. In June, it hired always-tan actor George Hamilton to appear in commercials as Colonel Sanders.
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