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Posts published in “Day: November 6, 2008

Crabb, Jones reelected to East Harris Co. posts

EAST HARRIS COUNTY — Voters in East Harris County expressed contentment for the jobs that local elected officials have been doing, returning two incumbents to their posts.

State Representative Joe Crabb beat another Joe- Joe Montemayor with 65% of the vote to win the District 127 seat.
Justo Perez came in a distant third with 2% votes.

Ken Jones, who has served as constable for Harris County Precinct 3, will keep his badge as voters overwhelming supported him in his reelection bid. He beat challenger Tony Lewis 67% to 32%.

Crosby ISD

Voters in the Crosby ISD service area returned two incumbents to the board In Position 4 Sheryl Shaw defeated Kathie S. Slotter 63%-36%. Dan Kasprzak, who holds the Position 6 seat, edged out Will Locke 50.4% to 49.5% or a difference of 49 votes. Gerald Blankenship ran unopposed for the seat that was held by Earl Boykin.

Huffman ISD

Winners in the Huffman ISD Board Election were Charles Bardwell, Dean Tinnin, Denise Shirley and Guy Smith.

Harris County

Ed Emmett, who took over as county judge when Robert Eckels resigned the post, beat Democrat David Mincberg with 53% of the votes.

Republican Pat Lykos will be the first woman to serve as Harris County District Attorney. She beat out Democrat C.O. Bradford 50.2 to 49.7%, less than 5,000 votes. Mike Stafford was a victim of the Democratic straight ticket voter, losing 51-48% to Vince Ryan.

Democrat Adrian Garcia’s attempt to unseat Sheriff Tommy Thomas was successful, as he got 56% of the vote. In the race for Harris County Tax Assessor/ Collector Paul Bettancourt defeated Democrat Diane Trautman 51% to 46%.

National Races

The Goose Creek CISD held a presidential election prior to Tuesday’s national election. Goose Creek students selected Barack Obama as the next president. The nation’s voters concurred, sending him and running mate Joe Biden to Washington D.C. with 333 electoral votes to Republican nominees John McCain and Sarah Palin’s 155 votes.

In other national races, Senator John Cornyn lost to Democratic challenger Rick Noriega, who recorded 50.7% of the votes. Congressman Gene Green will get two more years in Washington after beating Republican Eric Story and Libertarian Joel Grace.

The race for Congressional District 2 was a landslide with Republican Ted Poe outpacing Libertarian Craig Wolfe 89% to 11%.

Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade estimated that 68% of registered voters cast ballots, either during early voting or on Election Day. This is the second highest percentage in Texas history, with the highest coming at 73% in 2004.

Crosby hosts Veterans’ Week

CROSBY – There was a time in which Veteran’s Day held a pale shadow to Memorial Day but ongoing world dangers have heightened local senses of gratitude for those who serve their country in the military.

Crosby ISD schools, the local Harris County Precinct 4 Community Center and a Veteran’s Luncheon at the American Legion Hall are holding a series of Veteran’s Day Celebrations featuring the color guard of Crosby High School’s JROTC.

Beginning at Barrett Primary at 9 a.m. on Nov. 3 and at Crosby Kindergarten last Monday at 7p.m. by the classes of Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Hall and Mrs. Rucka, the ceremonies last through Nov. 11.

On Thursday, Nov. 6, Crosby Middle School has a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. and Crosby High School will hold a ceremony on that same day at 1:44 p.m. Drew Intermediate School will hold a ceremony on Friday at 1 p.m.

Crosby American Legion Post #658 at 14890 F.M. 2100 hosts the Veteran’s Luncheon on Nov. 8 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

A Veteran’s Ceremony will be held at the Crosby ISD Annex on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 10:30 a.m.

On Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day, Newport Elementary will hold two ceremonies, one at 9 a.m. and another at 2 p.m.

The Crosby Community Center will host a Veteran’s Day Ceremony at 11:30 a.m.

Veteran’s Day is a remembrance of the service of individuals of all American military branches.

The day was commemorated in 1918 as Armistice Day, the conclusion of World War One, “the war to end all wars.” Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.

Both a federal and a state holiday in all states, it is usually observed on Nov. 11. However, if it occurs on a Sunday then the following Monday is designated for holiday leave, and if it occurs Saturday then either Saturday or Friday may be so designated. It is also celebrated as Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, falling on Nov. 11.

Lynchberg Ferry reopens

LYNCHBURG – The Lynchburg Ferry, closed since Sept. 12 due to Hurricane Ike, reopened at noon on Nov. 3.

“We were fortunate that even though both boats were lifted by the surge on top of their landings there was not significant damage to either of them,” Commissioner Sylvia Garcia said. “The majority of the cost of getting our ferries operational again has been in safely lifting the ferries from the landings.”

Special cranes were floated up the channel to lift the ferries from off the pilings, which make up part of the landings.

Thorough inspections have been conducted and all necessary repairs have been made to the boats. The total cost of repairs and inspections is about $300,000.

The ferry serves about 1,500 vehicles per day operating between 4:30 a.m. and 8:15 p.m.

Interstate I-10 crossover lanes, detour will last next 12 months

HIGHLANDS – Drivers might as well get used to the inconveniences of the I-10 construction, said TxDOT Engineer Quincy Allen, as he spoke to the Rotary Club in Highlands, because in spite of the fact that the project is on a fast track, it will take six months to rebuild the Eastbound lanes, and another six months after that to rework the Westbound lanes.

Allen, a sixth generation Texan, recalls as a boy seeing the I-10 highway constructed, over 50 years ago. It is because of its age, plus the wear from heavy traffic, that required the rebuilding of the roadway.

Allen said that later in the month, with state approval, the speed limit will be reduced through the work area, to 50 MPH.

In other areas, the state will finish the US90 connection to I-610, near the Budweiser plant, in the year 2010. At that time, a clear two-lane highway with frontage roads will extend to Crosby and beyond.

Another TxDOT project recently completed is the three large “bumpers” built in the San Jacinto river below the I-10 bridge. These are to keep barges and boats away from the bridge structure during high water flooding.

Another project Allen says will commence soon is the widening of frontage roads in the I-10/Mercury Drive area.

Crosby projects, including the railroad overpass and a new Westbound exit ramp from US90 to FM2100, are on hold, awaiting new funding when the state legislature meets in January 2009.

Where’s our overpass?

I’m disturbed!

No, I’m upset!

Nay, I’m more on the angry side!

The subject of my wrath is the lead article in the October 16, Star-Courier telling of the once again delay of the Crosby railroad overpass on Rt. 2100.

I just couldn’t believe it when I read that article. Writer Lewis Spearman said it was the third time the project had been delayed and I reacted to that. I thought it had been delayed more often. However, after discussions with Lewis and others I guess it just seemed to me the delays were more frequent.

My first ever trip to Crosby was in May of 2001 when the trip was made to assist in my son’s move from inside the 610 Loop in Houston to Newport. A move I have seen as a fine one from the first time I laid eyes on Crosby, Newport and the rest of the area. I think, and have said previously, I believe you live in a desirable section of Texas and the U.S.

Rumors, and perhaps some facts were floating around the area then about straightening out portions of Rt. 2100 and the much-needed overpass. I’ve been in the area for at least three months each year since then and believe that overpass should be high on the list of area needs..

When the last delay occurred and the announcement was made that some work would begin in early 2009 I said to myself, “it is about time.” I was pleased. Now, since no date has been given for its construction date, I wonder if it is all a figment of my imagination. At least, when it was delayed earlier, dates were set when construction would begin.

It appears to me Crosby, and environs, is not exactly high on the needs lists for the Texas Department of Transportation. I am also disturbed in the way this delay was announced… It appears the decision was made earlier but kept undercover for some period of time.

It also appears consideration of the Union Pacific Railroad, owners of the local tracks, was at least a partial cause for this delay. Another track may be needed, and that is all well and good, but can’t ways be worked out to allow for that and still build the overpass? I wonder if the Union Pacific holds a bigger stick than the people of Crosby?

The overpass needs to happen in my view.

Crosby soccer star named collegiate player of the week

CROSBY – Mackenzie Fowler, a 2008 graduate of Crosby High, earned her first award of the 2008 season being named the NCCAA (National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association) women’s soccer “Player of the Week.”

She is the goalkeeper for the Judson University Eagles in Elgin, Ill.

Fowler earns the award for a 2-1 record and two shut outs.

She shut out both Calumet College (5-0) and NCAA Division I Houston Baptist (1-0) and then fell to Illinois Tech, 1-0. With both shut outs, she earned her fourth and fifth shut outs of the season.

It was also the fourth time this year she has recorded 10 or more saves in a match. Against Houston Baptist, she stopped seven of 11 shots in the second half with three saves coming in the first four minutes of the second half. She also had a save in each overtime period. She faced only one shot against Calumet College.

Before the lone goal that went by her against Illinois Tech, she had record 358 minutes of shut out soccer. The last goal she had let past her came in the first half on Oct. 11 vs. McKendree. Illinois Tech did not score until the 91st minute against Judson.