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Posts published in “Day: January 24, 2008

Highlands’ rodeo artists

Siblings Cristian, left, and Mayra Torquemada were two of the 10 secondary school winners in Goose Creek CISD’s annual Rodeo Art Show. They were among those honored at the Rodeo Art reception on Jan. 15. Cristian, an eighth grader, won Best of Show in the junior school category. He is the student of Carla Griffin at Highlands Junior School. Mayra, a senior, won a Special Merit award in the high school division. She is the student of Roberta Sturges at Ross S. Sterling High School.
Photo by Terri Cook

Hargrave FFA Livestock show follows HLS&R artistic wins

HUFFMAN – Beginning Thursday, January 24, Hargrave High School will become a flurry of activity due to the start of a Livestock show as animals weigh in for judging, spirit will be high as Hargrave recently returned from the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo with numerous successes in art.
The following day Hargrave will have a carnival on campus that will last until Saturday, January 26. This is to be the first time for a carnival on the campus.
A buyer’s diner will begin Saturday, January 26 from noon until 2:00 p.m. The diner will be followed by the Huffman FFA Livestock Show commencing at 2:30 p.m.

Retirement starts for familiar Highlands face

HIGHLANDS– Almost everyone in town knows Bettye Rosser. Maybe you have been doing business with her for the last 6 years at Woodforest Bank. Maybe you have dealt with her at Gerland’s Supermarket the 17 years before that. Maybe you remember her from her days at Ronnie’s, or Lewis & Coker in Baytown. Maybe you have read some of her poetry, in the Star-Courier or at her Poetry Club, the IWA in Pasadena Town Square. Maybe you have seen her in church, at Joy Lutheran on Beltway 8, or before that at Grace Lutheran in Channelview.
Whew. I think you get the idea. Bettye has done a lot of things in her lifetime, and now she deserves a rest.
What will she do? She and her husband Dale will travel some, perhaps to Rockport for some fishing and bird watching.

And she will catch up on her reading, and some poems that are waiting to be written. She is president of the IWA, you know, the Inspirational Writers Alliance.
And she can visit family. Lots of family. Bettye has 5 living and one deceased children. You know many of them. Lisa Vickers, Pastor Beau Rosser, Mark, Tinker and Sharlon.
And then there are the 18 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren.
Born in Monticello, Arkansas, she and her husband came to Texas in 1973, and bought a home close to Baytown, after their cotton mill closed in Arkansas. She has worked at the bank since 2001. Her husband is retired now, from Hy-Vac Corp., where he supervised environmental construction.
Bettye said she will miss her co-workers and customers, who held a nice day-long party for her last Friday, as she finished up at Woodforest Bank in Highlands. And you can be sure that we will miss Bettye, too.

Jackson named WCC Person of the Year

BAYTOWN– She is a local business owner and active member of the community and now Holly Jackson is the West Chambers County Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year.
Jackson, who not only owns the Liquor Hut south of Mont Belvieu, but holds another full time job, was recognized Tuesday night at the chamber’s annual awards banquet.
Throughout 2007 Jackson showed a willingness to do whatever was needed to help the chamber succeed in its mission to serve the community. In addition to taking leadership roles in nearly every project, she was one of the co-chairs of the Diva Evening. A first of its kind for the chamber, this fundraiser brought in over $15,000.
Jackson was not the only one honored Tuesday night. The lifeblood of the chamber is its business support. Local businesses not only provide financial support but personnel and expertise for its projects.

This year’s Small Business of the Year is Bookwork Solutions and owner Michelle Gilmore. Turner Industries, represented by Joey McWilliams, was named Corporate Business of the Year.
Each year the three municipalities that are within the chamber’s service area: Mont Belvieu, Beach City and Old River Winfree, present a Volunteer of the Year award.
The year’s Beach City Volunteer of the Year is Patrick “Patty Mac” McDonald. A medic and volunteer firefighter for the past 17 years, he has served the Beach City VFD, Cove EMS and Trinity Bay EMS.
Simple Simon’s Pizza owner Dennis Demura was recognized for his community service with the Old River- Winfree Volunteer of the Year award.
McWilliams was honored by the City of Mont Belvieu as their Volunteer of the Year. Mayor Nick Dixon said that McWilliam’s expertise had been an invaluable asset to the Planning & Zoning Committee.
In keeping with the “Spy” theme, keynote speaker for the banquet was Professor Jim Olson. Olson served over 30 years with the CIA.