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Posts published in “Day: January 1, 2004

Crosby begins anew in New Year


CROSBY – Many here will glad to see 2003 over and there are those ready to greet 2004. The last year has been one of controversy and developments that are sure to change the face of Main Street.

One of the changes that drew most attention last year was that Wal-Mart Properties Inc. had found sufficient data about Crosby to purchase land and a Wal-Mart Supercenter behind and north of their current location is nearing completion.

H.E.B. Pantry closed its door in late Sept., 2003.

Crosby and Huffman passed school bonds, both anticipating increases in student population.

Early reports from local developers indicated that the U.S. 90 to IH-610 was back on the 5 year plan, but later in the year it was learned that the plan has now been delayed a year or four. The project may now be completed in 2012.

2003: the Year in Review

Thieves stole the tires and wheels off the Highlands Rotary Truck. Shawn Latta was named Baytown Police Dept. Officer of the Year.

Tom Adam was named Highlands VFD Firefighter of the Year. Mt. Rose Church of God in Christ dedicated their new sanctuary.

Crosby Church dedicated their new sanctuary. Crosby VFD opened a station at the AtoFina plant. Jim Hildebrand won the Highlands Rotary Club truck (complete with new tires and wheels). The Pilot Club of Highlands raised $20,000 toward construction of a new library in Highlands.

Armando Hernadez was arrested for the Feb. 17 murder of Newport resident Christopher Harrell. Huffman FFA holds their annual livestock show and sale.

A record number of fans attended the original Zydeco Jamm Festival at the Crosby Fairgrounds. Diana Singer was named Highlands Little League Queen.

The Huffman VFD approved land to build a new EMS station. Area school districts canceled elections due to a lack of candidates.

Crosby ISD proposed a $45 million bond package for school upgrades. The Crosby Sports Association renamed a field in honor of Bobby Michalsky.

Cross Canadian Ragweed and Patrick Murphy were announced as headliners for the 2003 Crosby Fair and Rodeo. Highlands VFD battled a truck fire and hazardous materials spill which closed I-10 for six hours.

Crosby State Bank celebrated its 90th Anniversary. A Goose Creek CISD redistricting committee recommended consolidating the two high school s into one.

The Lynchburg Ferry was closed for three months for repairs and repainting. Crosby voters approved $45 million in schoolhouse bonds. Crosby veterans joined a protest in Dayton, where students were forced to attend classes on Memorial Day.

Construction of a Super Wal-Mart was announced for Crosby. The 57th Crosby Fair and Rodeo was held. A record $11,000 was bid for the Grand Champion Steer.

Cases of West Nile Virus was confirmed in Harris, Liberty and Chambers Counties.

Charlie Farrar was elected president of the Highlands Chamber of Commerce. Deacon Tittel received the Highlands Chamber’s Terry Davis Award for community service.

Huffman ISD announced a $22 million bond referendum. A community survey to determine the possibility of a YMCA in Crosby was held.

Congressman Christ Bell traveled to Israel as the guest of a Jewish political group to review tensions between Israel and Palestine. The Highlands Kawasaki Racing team set new track records at races in South Africa.

The Highlands Chamber of Commerce announced they would move Jamboree festivities to the Highlands Elementary School. Harris County said that they would do a feasibility study of the Lynchburg Ferry.

Tensions continued to rise between emergency service providers in Crosby and Huffman. Crosby’s Bonnie-Beth Newman was named Region IV Teacher of the Year.

Huffman voters approved $22 million in schoolhouse bonds. The body of David Mixon, found in a Highlands canal, leading to the arrest of Chris Crow, of Baytown and Ollie Ford Jr. of Highlands.

Powerboats returned to Highlands for races along the San Jacinto River. Jessica Gonzales was named Miss Highlands and Candace Smith was named Junior Miss Highlands.

Four were injured in a boating accident on the San Jacinto River. An armed robber struck at game rooms in Huffman and Dayton. Phillip Beck and Miranda Johnson were named Crosby HS Homecoming King and Queen.

Dr. David Hicks resigned as superintendent of Deer Park ISD. Crosby ISD announced they would begin an JROTC program in the Fall of 2004.

Goose Creek CISD approved spending $42,000 on a feasibility study for a third high school.

Crosby’s Phillip Beck set a new state record for most receptions in a season.

The Honey Stop 7 game room in Crosby was robbed at gunpoint. The new Barrett Community Center opened in Barrett Station. Two “meth” labs were raided in Crosby.

Highlands youth injured in drive-by shooting


HIGHLANDS– Harris County Sheriff’s Department homicide investigators are looking for clues which will lead the to the arrest of a person or person who injured a 13 year old Highlands boy in what is believed to be a drive-by shooting.

The incident occurred in the early morning hours of Dec. 18. Investigators say that at 12:54 a.m. they were dispatched to the 2000 block of North Battlebell in Highlands

Sheriff’s deputies were told upon arrival by the mother that her son was in her bedroom talking on the telephone when they heard a loud noise. The son reportedly told the mother that he had been shot in the lower back.

Highlands EMS transported the boy to East Houston Regional Hospital’s emergency room for examination. X-rays revealed that the boy had indeed a bullet lodged in his lower back.

A hospital spokesman said that because the bullet was in the fatty part of the back they chose to leave it in rather than remove it and the boy was released from the hospital.

The boy reportedly told deputies that since he was in the bedroom he could not have seen the shooter. He also said that he did not known of anyone who would want to shoot him and could not offer any possible suspects.

The sheriff’s department homicide division is asking anyone with information to step forward and assist them. Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 713-222-TIPS. Callers do have to give their names.

Crosby man killed in auto accident


CROSBY– A Crosby man was killed Friday, when his pickup left the road and crashed into a ditch.

According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Department, Mark Emil Nicolella, 46, was driving west on Stroker Rd when he lost control of his GMC pickup as he tried to make a turn.

Investigators say that the truck drove into a ditch, breaking a fence post and coming to rest in a dirt embankment. Nicolella expired at the scene.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Nicolella was employed as a dispatcher for Last Trail Services.

A memorial fund for his daughter Ashley, has been established at the St. John Vianney Federal Credit Union, 625 Nottingham Oaks, Houston, Tx. 77079-6234.

Harris County deputies “adopt” local familes for Christmas


On December 20, Harris County Sheriff’s Office Community Services Deputies and students who were completing their community service hours from Judge Mike Parrott’s Court, delivered gifts to several families throughout east Harris County as part of the Adopt-A-Family Program.

The Adopt-A-Family Program is a program that sponsors indigent families during the Christmas Holidays. The program is a collaboration of donations from area businesses, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Police Academy Alumni.

The Adopt-A-Family Program, which was coordinated by Deputy Bumpers, enabled indigent families to receive gifts for Christmas that they wouldn’t have received otherwise.

With the donated funds, Sheriff’s deputies, Harris County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni, and student’s doing community service, all went shopping for the gifts for each individual family.

The gifts were selected from the wish lists of each individual child. Some of the gifts consisted of dolls, games, bikes, clothes, etc. The families that received the gifts resided in Baytown, Highlands, Channelview, and the Cloverleaf areas.

Overall, the Adopt-A-Family Program was huge success this year. Everyone who participated expressed they were glad they were apart of such a positive program that touched so many lives.