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Posts published in “Day: June 14, 2007”

Battle of Anahuac anniversary celebrated

By BOBBY HORN JR.
ANAHUAC—With tensions rising between colonists, loyalists and Mexican troops, the arrest of William Travis and imprisonment at Fort Anahuac escalated in bloodshed in what is considered some of the first shots fired in the Texas Revolution.
On June 9, county residents gathered in Anahuac to celebrate the 175th anniversary of what become known as the Battle of Fort Anahuac.
The celebration began at 9 a.m. with a parade from the courthouse to Ft. Anahuac Park. Festivities continued with a performance by the Anahuac High School band, which played “From Anahuac to San Jacinto.”
The program continued with welcomes and greetings from local dignitaries and a performance by the East Gate Brass Ensemble, under the direction of James Sterling III.
Guest speaker for the ceremony was Sam Houston IV, great grandson of General Sam Houston.
The program concluded with a recreation of the Battle of Fort Anahuac with rebel troops from The Texas Army, wearing period uniforms, charged a wall manned by Mexican troops portrayed by local Royal Rangers.
During the celebration, guests had the opportunity to visit various arts and crafts and antique vendors as well as food vendors, have their picture taken on an authentic Texas longhorn or learn about local historical and wildlife projects.

A group from the Buffalo Soldiers Museum in Houston was on hand to teach about the contributions of the African-American soldiers who were assigned to protect wagon trains during the post-Civil War westward expansion.
According to historians the Battle of Fort Anahuac in 1982, as well as later skirmishes in 1835 upset those wishing to maintain the status quo with Mexico which helped precipitate the Texas Revolution.
Tensions in Anahuac already high between colonists and Mexican soldiers came to breaking point when Travis, who would later command the Texian forces at the Alamo, formed a civilian militia. Depending on who was asked the purpose of the militia was to protect residents from Indian attack or to protect them from Mexican troops who were convicted felons sent to Anahuac to serve out their sentence in the army.
With slavery illegal in Mexico, Travis was also accused of helping slave trackers recover runaway slaves who sought asylum at the Mexican outpost.
Following Travis’ arrest by fort commander Col. Juan Davis Bradburn, a group of 200 rebels captured 19 Mexican cavalry near Turtle Bayou. While near Anahuac, the rebels penned what has become known as the Turtle Bayou Resolutions, a series of statements supporting the reform movement by Federalist Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.
Bradburn superior, Col. Jose de las Piedras, released Travis from prison. Travis is then believed to have incited the Mexican forces against the remaining Centralist officers in favor of Santa Anna supporters.

61st Fair & Rodeo sets record Auction

By LEWIS SPEARMAN
CROSBY – Harkening to Old West roots with a rollicking display of cowboy skills and Texans’ helping hands, the Crosby Fair & Rodeo put on a show to be remembered and a record setting auction last week.
Wednesday, the auction brought in a record $230,000 all totalled. A key contributor to this success, Mr. Wilton Owens donated to round all Grand Champion purchases up to $1,000 minimum. A large crowd was on hand and occasionally bidding was frantic.
According to Gary “Strawberry” Clifton, the funds raised at the auction creates a check directly to the youngsters that raised the livestock and although the cost of raising animals has gone up there is plenty of profit to motivate the kids to the auction. It is then a direct benefit to participants with many a life lesson involved.
Funding raised year long at various events up to and including the P.R.C.A. Rodeo and concerts (the show) contribute to the scholarship fund. Five (5) $3,000 agriculture scholarships were awarded to 5 Crosby High School seniors that met strict criteria for continued education. This year Austin Blancet, Trey Buck, Ashley Cormier, Clayton Erhlich and Melissa Jennings were recipients.
In addition to these benefits the Crosby Fair & Rodeo sponsors various educational programs and uplifts the community by hosting a unifying wholesome entertainment program that gains recognition throughout the Greater Houston Area.
This year the sport of rodeo seemed to draw somewhat less of crowds than the performances from Wade Bowen, Stoney LaRue, Aaron Watson, Jason Boland, Blaine Larsen and Charlie Robison.

New Crosby ISD superintendent takes reins

By BOBBY HORN JR.
CROSBY—The Crosby ISD Board of Trustees didn’t have to look far to find a successor to retiring Superintendent Dr. Don Hendrix. He was, quite literally, across the hall.
Mike Joseph, who was serving as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, was no stranger to the board having served Crosby for the past 23 years.
Joseph started out his career in Crosby teaching 8th grade math. Eleven years later he was promoted to principal at Newport Elementary. He held this post for 10 years until, in 2005, he moved up to assistant superintendent.
Joseph said that coming up through the ranks given him a unique perspective to the post, as each promotion has widen his focus from a classroom, to campus to the entire district.
In these 23 years, Joseph said that he was learned some valuable insight into Crosby students.

“We feel that Crosby can compete with any school across the state,” he said. “And when they get to college they can compete with kids anywhere.”
The view of students comes not only from a teacher and administrator but also a parent. Two of Joseph’s sons have graduated from Crosby, one going on to Texas A&M University and the other to the Washington University in St. Louis. His third son will be a senior in the fall. Joseph’s wife, Roseanne, is coordinator for the dyslexia and speech pathology department with the district, having served the district for 28 years.
Joseph said his goal is that every student who graduates from Crosby and wants to go to college will be prepared. Those who choose to go directly into the workplace, vocational training or military, he said, will also have the skills they need to be successful.
While proud of the achievements that students are making in college entrance exams and advanced placement classes, Joseph said that there is still work to be done. Areas most in need he said are math and science. Across the state, he said, students are having trouble on standardized tests in these areas, and Crosby is no exception. While he approves of testing in general, Joseph said that requiring passage to graduate is wrong.
Another issue facing the district is growth. While school growth is about140 students a year, Joseph said that Crosby could see significant growth over the next five to seven years, possibly enough to make Crosby a 5A district. Under the current guidelines, Crosby is about 550 students below the 5A mark.
To address this, Joseph said that in the fall he was putting together an exploratory committee that will review facilities needs. In May 2008 the committee, made up of community members and school employees will bring recommendations back for review.

Eversole initiates Crosby Park expansion

CROSBY– Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jerry Eversole presided over ceremonies kicking off the new second phase of construction at Crosby Park.
The groundbreaking event was held last Wednesday, June 6th at 10 a.m. in the morning, with local officials and community leaders attending.
Crosby Park is located on Hare Road, and currently is 46 acres, and includes two baseball fields, four soccer fields, two tennis courts, basketball court, playgrounds, walking trail, picnic tables, and a pavilion and rest room facilities.
New construction to be started this year will total $496,000 of new facilities.
This will include a new double-sided concession area and restroom pavilion, serving both the football and soccer leagues., and utilities including new water and sewer lines.
Work on these facilities has been undertaken by Urban Architecture, and GCC Builders.

Recently completed construction includes two additional lighted parking lots with 96 spaces, a new regulation size soccer field, a youth size soccer field, two lighted football fields, and electrical upgrades.
In addition to the groundbreaking, Eversole and other interested officials and community leaders cut the ribbon symbolizing the opening of the recently completed facilities. This work totalled $788,709 and was funded through the 2001 Capital Improvement Projects bond funds.
In his remarks, Commissioner Eversole stated the “Since 1992, we have been working to add more land and new amenities to this park, and I am pleased to say that all the improvements have continued to move along as scheduled. By March of next year, the community will have a fully expanded facility to enjoy.”
Other facilities and amenities implemented in the Crosby area by Commissioner Eversole include the Crosby Community Center, opened in February 2002 and located within Crosby Park.

Women must plan (extra) carefully for retirement

If you’re a woman, you have to be actively involved in your financial preparations for retirement – and that’s true whether you’re single or married. As a woman, you have at least two special considerations associated with your retirement planning:
*You’ve got a longer life expectancy. Women typically outlive men by about seven years, according to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics – and more years of life mean more expenses.
*You may have less money in your retirement plan. Women drop out of the work force for an average of 12 years to care for young children or aging parents, according to the Older Women’s League, a research and advocacy group. This time away from the workforce results in women accumulating much less money in their employer-sponsored retirement plans, such as 401(k)s.
The prospect of a long, underfunded retirement is not a pleasant one. Fortunately, there’s much you can do to avoid this fate. For starters, know what’s going on in your financial situation. If you are married, share the responsibility of making investment decisions. What are your retirement goals? Are the two of you investing enough to eventually achieve these goals? And where is the money going? You must know the answers to these questions.

You’ll also need to know what you could expect to receive if your husband dies before you. As a surviving spouse, you will likely inherit all your husband’s assets, unless he has specifically named other people – such as grown children from an earlier marriage – as beneficiaries. Nonetheless, you can’t just assume that all sources of income that your husband receives will automatically roll over to you. For example, if your husband were to die before you, you wouldn’t get his Social Security payments in addition to your own, although you could choose to collect his payments instead of yours. But if you both earned close to the same income, you might not get much of an increase in Social Security benefits.
In any case, whether you’re married or single, here are some moves that can benefit you:
*”Max out” on your 401(k). If you can afford it, invest the maximum amount into your 401(k) and increase your contributions every time your salary goes up. Your 401(k) provides you with tax-deferred earnings and a variety of investment options.
*Contribute to an IRA. Even if you have a 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan, you might be eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA. A traditional IRA offers the potential for tax-deferred earnings, while a Roth IRA potentially grows tax-free, provided you don’t take withdrawals until you’re 59-1/2 and you’ve had your account at least five years. You can fund an IRA with virtually any investment you choose.
Do whatever it takes to help ensure a comfortable retirement – and the sooner you start planning, the better.