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Posts published in “Day: April 22, 2004

Huffman ISD breaks ground on new Hargrave High

HUFFMAN- The Huffman ISD administration, trustees, students and community wrote another page in the history of the district last week, when they held a groundbreaking for the new $21 million Hargrave High School.

The groundbreaking took place on a plot of land west of the current high school.

The ceremony began with a welcome by Hargrave Principal Robert Schnuriger.

The high school’s Army JROTC’s color guard posted the colors, while the Falcon band played the “Star-Spangled Banner. The JROTC will be a direct beneficiary of the new school as they will receive a larger building for their classes.

Focusing of the Huffman ISD of the past, Board President Jerry Jones gave a brief history of the school district from the first school which opened on FM 2100 in 1915, to the last countyrun school to operate in Harris County in the late 1920s. In 1967, the first Jr. / Sr. high was built, in the area now occupied by the tri-campus complex and in 1974 the first Hargrave High School.

The new Hargrave High will open in the fall off 2005.

Jones said that the new school will address continued growth in the district, growth he attributed to the quality of the schools. “Folks,” he said, “We’re a recognized school district with exemplary schools.”

“It is important that we honor the past as we look to the future,” said Steve Myers, superintendent of the district.

Myers thanked the community, bond committee and staff for their two years of effort that culminated with a successful bond referendum in 2003 which provided financing for the construction.

He also recognized Bobby and Cynthia Holcomb, who were representing the late Willie Hargrave. Hargrave donated the land on which the 1974 school built and Myers said that it was only fitting the new school continue to honor him.

He then invited trustees, members of the administration, community and building crews to break ground.

Myers then told the crowd that the school belonged to the whole community and invited students as well as those in attendance to “grab a shovel and turn some dirt.”

Crosby’s Beck chosen to play in Bayou Bowl

CROSBY-In mid-June the best high school seniors football players in Texas and Louisiana will throw down in Baytown at the Bayou Bowl All Star game.

Among those 50 players making the roster from Southeast Texas, who have been recognized as the best of the best, will be Crosby’s Phillip Beck.

Beck, who was named First Team All State for 2003, broke a state record for most receptions in a single season last year with 214.

The Bayou Bowl pits the best graduating seniors from Southeast Texas against the best from Louisiana. The game is played in an alternating series with two years in Texas, then two years in Baton Rouge, La. As the largest stadium in the Greater Houston Area, Baytown’s Stallworth Stadium has been selected as the Texas site.

This year’s game will be held June 19 at 8 p.m.

Beck is one of seven wide receivers to make this year’s squad. Other local players to make the team are Jake Sutton, an offensive lineman from Sterling and Charles Godfrey, a defensive back from Lee. Coaching this year’s squad from Texas will be Dick Olin, head coach of the Lee Ganders.

The Bayou Bowl will have a Super Bowl-like atmosphere with a week of activities for players including a chance to practice at Reliant Stadium and the University of Houston, a baseball game at Minute Maid Park and dinners hosted by volunteers from Louisiana and Texas.

New roadways in design for Crosby

South Diamondhead in Newport may begin bidding by December

CROSBY – The Newport Subdivision’s South Diamondhead Boulevard, FM 2100 at the railroad tracks in Olde Town Crosby, FM 2100 from Hare Road to FM 1960 and US 90 to I-H 610 are all under design for construction to begin in 2006.

According to Precinct 4 Commissioner Jerry Eversole, “There are two projects planned for South Diamondhead in Newport. Reconstruction of the existing asphalt section of South Diamondhead is currently beginning evaluated and the project should be bid by the fourth quarter of 2004; the actual bid date is contingent on design completion. Future capital improvements include completing the boulevard section on South Diamondhead between Golf Club Drive and FM 2100 including bridge installation over Gum Gully. It is Precinct Four’s goal to initiate the engineering efforts in 2006.”

The bridge Commissioner Eversole is referring to has been in existence since Newport Subdivision began to run toward Lake Houston in the early 1980’s. According to engineers, the replacement will be completed before condemnation by state regulatory agencies.

The Crosby/Huffman Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee meets Monday, April 26, at 9:00 a.m. at the Crosby ISD Administration Building with Texas Dept. of Transportation’s (TXDoT) Bridge and Road Design Team. Discussion of specifications to make the bridge overpass reflect the Crosby community’s individuality is expected at the meeting.

At a Crosby/Huffman Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on March 27, TXDoT Engineer Stephen Wainaina and Public Information Officer Jeanelle Gbur described the processes necessary to begin construction.