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Posts published in “Day: February 27, 2003

RODEO TIME– Highlands to Huffman, we’re on the bus

HOUSTON– Kenny Chesney, the country western artist known for the hit single “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” as well as a successful 2002 tour, will be the featured performer on Feb. 27 at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. During the night the Crosby-Huffman Metro Go Texan Committee will be among the committees recognized.

The rodeo begins on Feb. 25 with George Strait taking the stage. The Baytown-Highlands committee will be recognized on the second night of the rodeo, Feb. 26, when Martina McBride performs.
The rodeo will continue nightly through March 16, when Alabama closes out the event.

Among the hot country artists coming to Houston this year are Clay Walker, Pat Green and Mark Chestnutt.

The rodeo will also feature some non-country music performances by LL Cool J, ZZ Top, Bon Jovi and Lynyrd Skynrd.

Schedule of Performers 2003 HLS&R
Tues, Feb 25 – George Strait
Wed, Feb 26 – Martina McBride
Thurs, Feb 27 – Kenny Chesney
Fri, Feb 28 – Robert Earl Keen
Sat, Mar 1 – Lee Ann Womack and Cross Canadian Ragweed
Sun, Mar 2 – Julio Iglesias
Mon, Mar 3 – Tim McGraw
Tues, Mar 4 – ZZ Top
Wed, Mar 5 – Toby Keith (presented by Ford)
Thurs, Mar 6 – Clay Walker
Fri, Mar 7 – LL Cool J and Ashanti
Sat, Mar 8 – Phil Vassar and Jamie O’Neal
Sun, Mar 9 – Intocable and Los Tres Amigos, featuring Little Joe, Roberto Pulido, and Ruben Ramos, with special guests Johnny and Rocky Hernandez
Mon, Mar 10 – Lynyrd Skynyrd and Jerry Jeff Walker
Tues, Mar 11 – Brooks & Dunn
Wed, Mar 12 – Bon Jovi
Thurs, Mar 13 – Pat Green (presented by Miller Lite)
Fri, Mar 14 – Ray Charles and Ronnie Millsap
Sat, Mar 15 – Rockin’ Roadhouse Tour, featuring Joe Diffie, Mark Chestnutt and Tracy Lawrence
Sun, Mar 16 – Alabama

Fairgrounds serves well for Huffman FFA Show & Sale

CROSBY – The Crosby Fairgrounds hosted the Huffman FFA Livestock Show on Friday and Saturday for the first time, and the turnout for Saturday’s auction was tremendous.

The Fairgrounds were packed throughout Saturday as parents, entries and buyers poured in mass into the area to view or display livestock raised by Huffman students in efforts to raise scholarship money. Artistic and craft production was well represented this year.

This year’s Grand Champion Steer was raised by Marsi Campbell and bought by Hazelwood Dodge. The Reserve Champion Steer was raised by Kari Jameson and bought by Hazelwood Dodge.

A good example of agrarian science and livestock development was demonstrated by Grand Champion Lamb by Marsi Campbell. The lamb was purchased by the Law Firm of Purdue, Brandon and Frazier. The Grand Champion Broiler was raised by Cory Long and bought by Hi-Tech Pump & Crane.

The Grand Champion Rabbit was raised by Nolan Pope and bought by Hazelwood Dodge. The Grand Champion Swine submitted by Matt Holman was bought by the Law Firm of Purdue, Brandon and Frazier.

Among the home produced crafts and artwork this year were outstanding accomplishments. Kari Jameson also made the Sweetheart Cake bought by Crosby office Supply. Zane Johnson made the Grand Champion Wood Project and it was purchased by Raye’s Decor. The Grand Champion Art Project was bought by Dana Wiggins and Jerry Jones, Dustin Heinrich was the artist. The Grand Champion Metal Project was submitted by Justin Baxleg and bought by a partnership known as The Men.

Reserve Champions were not far off the Grand Champion standard. Mindy Holman’s swine was bought by the Campbell Family.

Samantha St. John grew the Lamb and Triple K Roofing bought it. The goat was raised by Courtney Ashley and bought by the Law Firm of Purdue, Brandon and Frazier. Chase Griffin raised the broilers and Karen Jackson bought them. Rabbits went to Heather Bocci and bought by the partnership of ladies called Biddin Broads.

Crosby ISD hits funding crisis


CROSBY – Crosby ISD is planning on asking local residents for a bond issue to refurbish the buildings and technical infrastructure of Crosby schools soon while funding from the state is running short.

The shortfall of Texas sales tax money to operate schools is a separate problem from the need for Crosby schools to renovate their buildings.

The school district will cut back on personnel to decrease their operational budget but is facing tough questions on how to best prepare the district for the future needs of students in infrastructure and building. Bond money cannot be used for maintenance and operations.

Crosby ISD will be cutting back on personnel by attrition next year and needs money to refurbish buildings. Attrition means that as personnel retire or quit, those positions will be phased out. The result is most likely larger class sizes.

The shift in legislation for funding schools has created some of the shortfall problems currently effecting school operations. Currently operational and maintenance budgets are derived from about 41.2% from the state and 58.8% from local taxes. That is about the reverse of some 15 years ago.

According to Don Hendrix, the benefits of asking for a bond now include the interest paid on a bond issue now is low, about 5%; and now the construction market is currently depressed and construction costs are less now than 3 or 4 years ago.

“We are almost sure to get lower bids on projects,” explains Hendrix.

Hendrix delineated the names of a committee of some well respected residents of the Crosby area who were asked to review the structures of Crosby schools and they made a bare-bones list of needs to the Crosby ISD School board. The list of what the committee saw as being minimal is extensive and an estimate of total cost is not ventured by anyone yet. The CRE8 Architects has been designated by the board to review the committees recommendations and produce an estimate.

According to Hendrix, the goal of the bond (which has not yet been approved,) concerning the high school would be an upgrade to handle 1,600 students. Replacement of the metal buildings outside the schools, replace the existing Agricultural Building, build a career technical wing, replace the HVA/C system’s power supply on the new gymnasium, expand the library, expand the computer and science wing and modernize to change the traffic flow to handle additional students expected in the year 2015.

An alternative would be to construct a new high school to handle about 1,800 students for about $37 M to $40M. Renovation under the current condition for the next 12 years is seen as most cost effective.

Crosby middle school’s access road is deteriorating and will need to be expanded. The middle school’s roof air conditioning is 15 years old, it is seeing it’s life expectance lapse. The committee found that with re-venting, the life expectance for a new system could be 20 to 25 years. The middle school will need upgrading for technical demands.

Drew Intermediate School will probably need the ceilings renovated, the library is currently small for expected needs. Class rooms that date back to 1957 are seen as needing to be taken down and renovated.