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Posts published in “Day: November 13, 2008

Make your voice heard

By Kristan Hoffman

Regardless of who you voted for, this election should have made one thing clear: it is extremely important to voice your opinion.

What’s important to you? Taxes, the environment, health care? Who do you think is going to make the best decisions about those policies? Voting is not about popularity, but about selecting a representative to lead our community in the right direction. Your vote lets the world know where you stand on the issues.

But there are additional options. Yes, voting is extremely powerful and important, but it is not the only way to make your voice heard. Local politicians—such as city council members, state senators, and congresspersons—they all read the newspapers that serve their districts in order to keep a finger on the pulse of the communities they represent. They are reading the same news stories as you, the same cartoons, the same movie reviews. These very words! How do I know? Because I have had the honor of meeting many of them through my dad’s work with this newspaper.

So if you want to let your local representatives know what you think—about a new tax increase, or a potential improvement for the school district, or potholes in the roads—write a letter to the editor. Your words could be published here for everyone to read and consider. Who knows, you might spur new legislation! At the very least, you will probably find people who agree with you and want to band together for a change. Your reasoning could help educate someone about the issue, or convince someone on the fence. You might find yourself engaging in friendly debate the next time you’re in line at the grocery store.

Maybe it’s just because I’m a “chatterbox,” as my dad affectionately nicknamed me at age three, but I know I am always looking for more ways to make my voice heard. I was proud to cast my first vote four years ago, and whether or not elections go my way, I will always participate in the democratic system. But I have come to recognize that I can make a greater impact on a smaller scale. We all can. So think about what matters to you today, and tell someone. Your best friend, your teacher, your coworkers, your cat. Write down your reasons, write down what someone on the opposite side might say, and then figure out how you would reply. Sleep on it. And if you still think it sounds pretty good in the morning, send it our way.

We look forward to hearing more of your voices in the future.

Hargrave blanks Longhorns 20-0, prepares for playoffs

HUFFMAN – Taking full advantage of three four turnovers, including three interceptions the Hargrave Falcons shut out the Tarkington Longhorns 20-0. The win improves their record to 5-3, 4-2 in district play and assures them a playoff spot as the second place team in district.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Falcons got on the score board in the second quarter when Cole DeBerry completed a 43-yard touchdown pass to Casey Martin. DeBerry was 7 of 14 in the game for 123 yards. Martin had three catches for 68 yards.

On the Longhorns next possession Jake Abshier picked off a T. Hobbs pass and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown. The Falcons attempt at a two-point conversion came up short, leaving them with a 13-0 halftime lead.

The score stayed at 13-0 until the final quarter when Tyler Orn excited the visiting Falcon Faithful.

Taking the handoff on his own 17-yard line, he broke through a line of tackles and went the length of the field for a 83-yard touchdown run.

On Friday night, the Falcons will play Silsbee (5-4) on the Class 3A, Division 1, Region III Bi-District championship.

The game will be played at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville beginning at 7:30 p.m. The winner will move on to play the winner of the Jasper- Tyler Chapel Hill game which will be on Saturday.

Crosby loses 39-24

CROSBY – Playing for second place in the district standings, the Crosby Cougars ran into a tough C.E. King Panthers team and was unable to pull out an upset, losing 39-24.

The loss was only the second one for Crosby in district, with the other coming to Dayton, which beat every other team in district as well.

The Cougars found themselves behind early in the game and was unable to make up the lost ground.

In the first quarter, King scored first on Terrence Guy’s 13-yard run. Four minutes later Crosby tied the game when Dominic Merka scored from the 7-yard line.

In the final seconds of the first quarter the Panthers kicked a 33-yard field goal to go up 10-7.

Crosby’s offense stalled in the second quarter, as they were unable to put up any points. The Panthers took advantage of this to score two more touchdowns to give themselves a 23-7 halftime lead.

The Cougars got back one the scores in the third quarter when Forrest Tyler scored from the one-yard line.

The Panthers responded quickly with Jimmie White scoring on a 49-yard run. Another field goal in the fourth quarter by King made it a 29-14 game.

Sam Fowler added his own field goal for Crosby in the fourth quarter, hitting from 32 yards out.

Merka gave Crosby their final score of the game with an eight-yard pass to Paul Erwin.

Merka was 24 of 37 for 243 yards with one interception. He also rushed for 42 yards on eight carries. Tyler led the Cougars in receptions with five catches for 74 yards.

The primary difference between the two teams was the running attack. The Panthers had 462 yards rushing, with A. Alexander accounting for 136 of those yards, Z. Jones with 93 yards and Josh Williams with 92 yards.

The Cougars will now turn their attention to the Lumberton Raiders in Bi-District play. The teams will meet Friday at Turner Stadium in Humble at 7:30 p.m.

Majestic buck harvested

Keith Coble, owner of Highlands Tractor & Kawasaki and Humble Kawasaki, harvested this 199 point B.C., 278 lbs. deer with 23 points on November 9 at S.L.C. Land & Cattle Co. of Highlands. The ranch, named 888 Ranch, in Live Oak County has lots of big, trophy quality, white tail deer and a few hunts still available. Reference for more details.

Crosby Tower truck fights fire in plastics plant

At about 2:20 p.m. Saturday, the Tex-Trude plastics warehouse on Sheldon Rd. erupted into flames, the blaze would be battled for 16 hours before Crosby Volunteer Fire Dept.’s Tower Truck #82 sprayed directly into the flames, containing the fire.

According to the owner of the warehouse, the fire started inside the “reaction” department where plastic products are converted for sale.

Channelview’s fire department indicates that each of the three warehouses at that location is full of plastic pellets in cardboard and metal totes.

As of 6:00 p.m. last Nov. 8, 150 firefighters from 12 fire departments fought the flames.

The main water source for firefighters is a 10-inch main on Sheldon Road. Fire trucks shuttled in water because the supply was greatly exceeded by the demand. On Sunday, Crosby VFD closed out the burning issue with their largest truck.

According to Cloverleaf Fire Department Chief Michael Battise, Harris County Pollution Control was testing the air. He said that even though the smoke was heavy, it is not considered toxic and no shelter-in-place or evacuation orders have been issued.

Plastic when burned generally gives off toxic smoke, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Website.

Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services (HCPHES) were in fact on the scene monitoring air quality in that neighborhood, “Monitoring to see if any particulate matter had any negative health impact.”

Acrid smoke filling Highlands was from a resident maintaining a controlled burn at the same time as the fire across the river. The situation raised local alarm. HCPHES indicates that “If someone’s burning impacts residents we have a complaint line they can call and we will investigate to see if air quality has been impacted.”

Twenty Tex-Trude employees at work when the fire started have been found and all are uninjured by the fire.