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Country music star Neal McCoy gets the crowd going at a concert as part of the Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the historic Tomato Bowl on June 7. (Jessica T. Payne/Tyler Morning Telegraph)  

Neal McCoy, Longview's resident country music star, will again raise money for his Angel Network with a little help from his friends. 

His Neal McCoy & Friends Concert will take place Sept. 28 at the Belcher Center in Longview.

McCoy's many hits include the No. 1 songs "Wink" and "No Doubt About It."

He and his wife started the East Texas Angel Network to provide financial and other assistance for families who have children with a catastrophic or terminal illness.

This will be the 25th year McCoy has held a concert to raise money for the good cause. 

This year the opening act will be Diamond Rio, a band whose debut song, "Meet in the Middle," topped the country music chart in 1991. Over the years, Diamond Rio has had 32 hits, including "I Believe," "One More Day" and "Beautiful Mess."

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders also are set to perform at the concert. 

Tickets range from $40 to $75. Most of the seats in sections closest to the stage have already been sold. 

Tickets can be purchased through the Belcher Center's website, belchercenter.com.

Hit the Bricks Saturday includes billy cart races

The Hit the Bricks on Saturday in downtown Tyler will feature billy cart races.

People will race their carts on the steep hill on South Broadway Avenue between Erwin and Elm streets, according to information posted by organizers. 

The races will begin at 9 a.m. and that section of Broadway will be closed to traffic throughout the morning. 

Competition will be held in adult (15 and older) and children's divisions. 

There are a lot of rules about how big the carts can be and weight requirements. All participants will have to wear a helmet and be on site by 8 a.m.

More information about he races is available from its sponsor, ETC Brewing Co. 

Hit the Bricks takes place on the second Saturday of the month and features events to bring people to downtown Tyler. 

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