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GOOSE CREEK CISD SUPERINTENDENT: No resignation, O’Brien backed

Spontaneous demonstrations are in favor of Randy O’Brien on Monday.

BAYTOWN – It may be that some of the board members of Goose Creek Consolidated ISD got ahead of reality in efforts to guide the district in a different direction this week and that calling for the resignation of the popular superintendent of the schools was a less than popular idea.

Last Monday, at a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees a vocal crowd with signs and plenty of enthusiasm showed up and signed up to speak for Randal O’Brien. Of ten citizens that signed up to talk on a topic, all ten spoke accolades for O’Brien. Most expressed their appreciation for the dedication of their superintendent for goals that he has promoted in every method.

Libby Zegland spoke first of O’Brien’s attentiveness to parents, faculty and staff. She called for the renewal of O’Brien’s contract.

Melissa Aitel spoke next of her experience as a parent with the district and in particular about O’Brien. From the start she made a case for proven character and competence. “Under his leadership our students routinely advanced in state UIL Competition.”

She concluded, “There is no better person for the job.”

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Stephens now President of Heart Screenings

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The Cody Stephens Go Big or Go Home (GBOGH) Foundation is going big! The foundation is absorbing the Texas non-profit Who We Play For (WWPF) in order to directly screen young students’ hearts with electrocardiograms (ECG). The GBOGH foundation has been funding WWPF heart screening for a number of years, so this move just made sense to reduce duplication of efforts. Together, more than 100,000 students have been screened, with a large portion funded directly by the GBOGH Foundation.

The GBOGH Foundation will have five employees immediately with the charge of screening all of Texas. For the first year of participation, school districts new to the screening program, are offered a free and optional ECG heart screening to those students that are required to have a sports physical. Thereafter, there’s a $20.00 charge for an ECG.

“This program is not about stopping students from playing their respective sports, but just allowing them the opportunity to make sure their hearts are healthy before participation,” said Scott Stephens, Cody’s Dad and co-founder of the GBOGH Foundation. “The current sports physicals use a stethoscope to check the students’ hearts. This technology is 200 years old. We can do better by testing our students’ hearts with computers (ECG machines) and allowing the advances made in modern medicine find these unknown heart conditions.”

The current history and physical and stethoscope is said to find about 3% of the conditions that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest whereas by adding a 5 minute, $20 ECG we can find about 86% of the causes of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).

It is the goal of the Cody Stephens Go Big or go Home Foundation to be the largest Non-profit screening organization in the USA. Currently, we are the largest in Texas, but in order to honor Cody Stephens words to his dad before he left us we believe we should be the largest in the USA.

In order to achieve this goal we are having a fundraiser at the Crosby American Legion Hall on August 25, 2018 at 7 pm. Tickets are $50 per person (tables of 8 for $400) at www.codystephensfoundation.org.

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Klobassa Fest success

Eddie Foster checks registration on the record fifty six of classic dream vehicles at the Knights of Columbus’ Klobassa Festival last Sunday. The elegant car show was only part of the attraction as the Live Auction also hit a high water mark. Traditional Czech food was served at its most delicious manifestation for donation. A gun raffle featured some highly desired weapons. Intermittently the Knights of Columbus hall was packed and bids were high for kolaches, bicycles and Catholic Education during the Live Auction. Trophies were awarded to the winners of multiple categories for the car show. Most loud were the drawings for the firearms that went on raffle.

Crosby Fair & Rodeo Auction wraps up a success

Shelby Kouba showed the Grand Market Steer that sold for $25,000.00 to Bayshore CDJR. In all, the Live Auction brought $328,050.00, silent auction, add on sales and No Sale added $39,358.00. The total 2018 Fair Sales were $367,408.00 from 108 Exhibits this year. See Pages 5 and 6 for details of the Livestock Auction with photographs of the Grand and Reserve, sellers and buyers.

‘Tough Enough’ bestows $150,000

Tough Enough to Wear Pink Committee of the Crosby Fair & Rodeo bestows $150,000 Saturday night at the Crosby Fair & Rodeo $120,000 to the Pink Heals Foundation that helps those fighting cancer pay regular bills. They awarded $30,000 to Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance. These fund were raised by the volunteer organization at Bras For The Cause last February. More on page 8.

CROSBY – Tough Enough to Wear Pink a committee of the Crosby Fair & Rodeo raised a stunning amount of money from the Bras for the Cause last February. Last Saturday they gave those funds to two deserving charities that help people fighting cancer, and they passed a million dollar milestone in funds they raised and gave away, too.

Lanette Armstrong said, “I am thankful to have the support of the community that we have year after year. Although we are a small community it blows me away that we are able to do this and give back. There are so many people that are in such need.”

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Cristy Graves named Citizen of the Year, again

Christy Graves, Medical Services Chief for HCESD#5, the ambulance crews in Crosby and board member of HCESD#4 in Huffman receives the 2018 Citizen’s Recognition Award from Eastside Veteran’s Celebration engraved Citizen of the Year from Bob Ward. Eddie Foster of the organization looks on and John Lindsay, Lifetime member Crosby Fair & Rodeo applauds.

Cook-off promises best rodeo yet

First Place Tailride the crew on horseback and the ones aboard presented
a fine vista for judges last Saturday.

CROSBY – The rodeo here begins with the cook-off, and the cook-off contains the rodeo parade. Last weekend, both occurred, and this week it is time for the show – cowboy sports and concerts.

Bag of Donuts led the concerts this year, and they were as outlandish as during the regular rodeo last season. Fans packed the parking lots.

This year Coy Hearn headed up the parade that went the traditional route north on FM 2100 and went under the Overpass at Kernohan Street.

Eddy Glover presided over 90 teams in the cook-off, a record. This year, party and great food were a most successful combination. Of course, Sony Armstrong is president and Major Rick Larkin is Chairman of the Crosby Fair & Rodeo.

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First Responders saluted at event

Paul Kessler tries out Precinct 3’s race car, which is dedicated to those that gave their last full measure to protect and defend.

CROSBY – Turner Chevrolet hosted Precinct 3 Constable Deputies, Harris County Emergency Service District #5 (the ambulance service for Crosby) and Crosby Volunteer Fire Dept., along with free food, and Zac Brown provided live music, in a special salute to First Responders last Saturday.

Precinct 3 brought in Deputy Mike Parson to chat with the kids and tell adults all they need to know about keeping up with kids and the elderly programs they offer.

Hernando Andrada, Teresa Aldi and other ambulance crews were on hand to demonstrate life saving equipment that was used at the dealership when the Parts Manager had an incident at the store earlier this month. That incident brought to mind the relatively uncelebrated groups of professionals that keep our society safer and more carefree in our daily existence.

Crosby Volunteer Fire Department turned out in force and demonstrated the jaws of life by cutting open a car in front of the service department.

It was an entertaining and educational party for all that attended.

GUNS, THREATS AT LOCAL SCHOOLS

Precinct 3 Deputies turn out in force at Crosby High School after a threat was made on a bathroom wall. The threat is being thoroughly investigated and locals fed the offices special lunches as thanks.

Police investigate at Huffman, Crosby

CROSBY – In the wake of the shooting at Santa Fe High School, an incident in which a student brought a pistol to Hargrave High School in Huffman – Crosby was taking nothing for granted when a threat was found to be written on a bathroom wall indicating there would be a shooting at Crosby High School on May 30. Later that threat would allegedly be moved up to May 22.

The Superintendent’s Office issued the following statement at 11:55 a.m. on May 21:

“We have received a report this morning that a threat was written on a bathroom wall at Crosby High School. The threat alleges a shooting that would take place on May 30th. At this time, administrators and our school resource officers are investigating the threat to determine its source. We are asking that our staff, parents, and students be especially vigilant in the coming days. In the aftermath of any school shooting, hoax threats are often made. However, we are not taking lightly any threat made against student safety. The threat did not name a specific student or group of students. A thorough investigation is in progress and appropriate consequences will be taken once we have more information. We strongly encourage you to directly report any information you have regarding this or other safety threats directly to the school district or you can use the Crosby ISD app, which has an anonymous tip line for the reporting of information related to any type of threat. We will keep you updated on the situation.”

Later on June 21 at about 4:07 p.m.:

“The threat that was discovered in a boy’s bathroom this morning at Crosby High School is still being investigated. Because so many students had already accessed that bathroom before the threat had been reported, it has proven difficult to narrow down the person who might have originally posted the threat. Regardless, administrators and our school resource officers are exhausting all avenues to determine the source of the threat. We will update if there is new information.”

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Crosby mourns Santa Fe shooting, local lad

Keenan Smith eulogizes Christian Garcia at a special memorial inside Crosby Church. Pastor Smith had ministered to the lad’s spiritual development. Smith talked of Garcia’s dedication to serve his country and his God in life. He was murdered in the Santa Fe shootings on May 18.

CROSBY – Secondary education is supposed to be about building a future not about eliminating the hope of the future yet in incident after incident the school shootings continue.

This time Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, walked up to the art class of Santa Fe High School on May 18 at about 7:40 a.m. and opened fire with a shotgun. He then entered the building and threw explosives about the area. He killed ten and thirteen were otherwise wounded including a Santa Fe Police Officer in critical condition. That officer and a Texas State Trooper had engaged him and Paguortzis surrendered after being injured in the shooting. He is now charged with capital murder.

As the data about munitions piles up, as the information about benefits and dangers of metal detectors become clear and all the piles of rhetoric mount, it becomes clear that officials don’t know what to do.

The youngest student to die was Christian Riley Garcia, a new freshman at Santa Fe High School. Witnesses indicate Pagourtzis jumped up on the new guy, yelled “surprise,” and shot him in the chest.

The Garcias had lived in Crosby. They got three acres from a relative and decided to make Santa Fe home. A new and beautiful beginning for a faith based family. Pastor Keenan Smith had baptized Ryland and knows their story well.

“This is the worst thing that can happen to a parent that loves their children. The only comfort there can be in a time like this is in knowing they had dedicated their life to Christ,” declared Smith to reporters after a brief memorial. “I don’t know what comfort there can be for others.”

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Sheriff’s Safety Forums set for locals

Deputy “G2” Allen discusses formation and operation of citizens patrol with Highlands group last Thursday at the Highlands Storefront. Information packages, a business security survey and some of the facts learned during decades of law enforcement were shared with attendees.

CROSBY – Harris County Sheriff’s Office’s Patrol Deputies of northeast Harris County will meet to address community concerns at the Crosby Community Center May 17 at 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

The Community Center is located at 409 Hare Road. The meeting is formatted to last just one hour to fit in the many community members that are active in varied concerns.

Sheriff Ed Gonzales during the election demonstrated a profound knowledge of the principles of Community Policing. His office established these community meetings to share information and gain ideas beneficial to the community.

“We want these to be productive community meetings with positive results. This is a prime opportunity for the community to ask questions of District III of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.”

Last week in Highlands, during their Safety Forum discussion ranged from solving issues that have come up with citizen’s patrols to identifying potentially troubled area and best approaches to getting in contact with the local deputies in other than emergency situations.

Information brochures concerning Business security, preventing scams, shredding events, anti-burglary tactics, avoiding robbery and many other topics were made available.

Many deputies currently patrolling Crosby may be new to most of the community so it may be a chance to meet your patrol deputy for the first time and the new Captain.