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Sampson Masonic Lodge honors Betty Brewer


HIGHLANDS – Sampson Masonic Lodge No. 231, a veritable institution in this town since 1859, annually honors a local citizen or group with their “Community Builder Award” for outstanding service to the community.

This year, the award went to Betty Brewer for her involvement in numerous civic causes and organizations.

The award was presented to Brewer by Worshipful Master Travis Major, in a ceremony held last Saturday evening at the Lodge, attended by family, friends, and Masons.

Major and three members of the community that know Betty Brewer well spoke to the audience about her history of service to the community. These were Betty Michalsky, Janette Walker, and Matt Forestiere, as well as Major himself. Each brought their own knowledge of Betty’s warmth and spirit to the room, as they told tales of her activities.

Janette Walker’s thoughts were typical of the accolades: “A Busy Betty Brewer” was how she typified the honoree. “A person with a heart of love and deep care and concern for others.”

The Brewers moved to Highlands in 1967, husband Clovis, Betty, and daughter Charlotte. She kept herself busy with these types of activities: Highlands Church of Christ Benevolence Committee, Highlands PTA room mother, Highlands Youth Booster Club president, Girls Sports Association coach, Highlands Jamboree committees, Highlands Horizons Miss Highlands Pageant committees, Highlands Chamber of Commerce charter member and director, Highlands Rotary Club member, Pilot Club charter member, Stratford Library assistant librarian, and worked as a florist for Barbara’s Florists, Bee Hive Florists, and her own Highlands Flourette & Gifts. She presently is employed at Sterling White Cemetery, helping others deal with their grief and loss.

In 1975 she was awarded the Winfree Welch Award for Outstanding Service to Youth of Highlands; in 1983, she was included in the Who’s Who of Houston; and in 2005 she won the coveted Terry Davis Award as Citizen of the Year in Highlands.

Matt Forestiere, manager of Sterling White Funeral Home, recalled her passion for her work, and for life in general.

“She is into every event in this town,” and with a smile said her attitude toward him is “I’m the boss.”

After the awards ceremony, the attendees gathered for a social occasion and refreshments in the Sampson Lodge Building.

Brewer’s husband Clovis passed away in 1992, but she is close to her family with daughter Charlotte and son-in-law Bill, and two granddaughters Amanda and Ashley.

Searchers locate Crosby boy lost in forest overnight


It started as a training exercise in orientation in the outdoors, but it ended in a lesson in “disorientation.”

Cody Moore, a 13 year old 8th grader from Crosby Middle School, was part of a group of almost 400 boys in Scouts and LOTC (Leadership Officer Training Corps) from several schools that went to Sam Houston National Forest to practice outdoor skills last weekend.

On Sunday morning, they were assigned a map reading exercise. Armed with a compass and a map, about 100 boys including Cody set out on a trail, individually, a minute apart. They were supposed to find marked spots in the forest, and return to the start. For some reason, Cody lost his direction, backtracked for a while, and eventually just wandered about, disoriented and lost, according to reports he gave to rescuers later.

When he did not return on time, group leaders set out to search for him. Hours later, with no results, they enlisted authorities that eventually included the DPS, Walker County Sheriff ’s deputies, U.S. Forest Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife, TDC canine unit, police and fire departments from Huntsville and New Waverly, and volunteers. They searched all day and late into the night, finally quitting about 4 a.m. until morning.

In the meantime, Cody was getting cold, as the night temperature dropped to about 27 degrees. He crawled into a log, he told rescuers, stuffed leaves around him for warmth, and waited until daylight. At morning sunlight, Cody decided to walk some more, this time toward the sun, sensing the warmth after a cold night.

The search party, which had numbered in the hundreds on Sunday, now was about 40 persons, and had started looking at dawn. Steve Degner, of Montgomery County Search and Rescue, said they used horses, dogs, helicopters, ATV’s, and thermal imaging equipment as part of the search.

Finally, about 10:30 on Monday morning, a DPS helicopter spotted Cody in the pine trees below, waving some branches to get their attention. The pilot said he was helped by the fact that Cody was wearing a red shirt, that stood out in the woods.

It turned out that he was located only about 1000 feet from the end of the mapping course, but only after wandering far afield before that.

Cody was checked by medical personnel, at the site and at a Huntsville hospital, and discharged with only minor scratches and dehydration.

He was welcomed back by the search party and family that had gathered at the scene. Officials with the training group, and Crosby ISD, said they will review the guidelines and training that participants received, to understand and correct what went wrong in this exercise.

Pilot Club Fair entertains, innovates


[Click here to see the Pilot Club Community Fair photo gallery.]

HIGHLANDS – The Pilot Club held their 11th Annual Community Fair last Saturday, and it seemed the whole town turned out for this festive and much anticipated event. The event at the Highlands Elementary School was from 10 am to 3 pm.

The usual fare was present, including a great Barbeque Dinner, Live and Silent Auctions with many more items than usual, and music, crafts booths, organizational exhibits and booths, and a raffle with prize drawings.

This year there were some new features to the event, including a “Breaking of the Blocks” by the SuperTeam from First Assembly of God Church, and a music presentation by the Show Choir from the new Memorial High School.

Other events included a drawing for two bikes and helmet, one for a girl, one for a boy. Cheyanne Mohler won the girls prizes, and Brandon Shoemaker won the boys prizes.

There were five door prize drawings, health checks by the fire department, Sheriff’s office safety information, information about the Heritage project, children’s I.D. and fingerprinting, and for kids there were race games by the Boy Scouts, train rides, face painting, and a clown.

Music was presented throughout the day, starting with an opening song by Selena Shoemaker, and songs by Brendan Boudreaux, David Sabon, and the Memorial Show Choir.

The morning started with a welcome by Pilot Club President Susan Precht, who introduced the emcee Scott Clift, and co-emcee Miss Highlands 2008 Megan Adams.

Also introduced were Fair Chairwoman Betty Michalsky, and the Pilot Club Officers:

President – Susan Precht
Pres. Elect – Laura Dean
V. Pres – Faylene Boddie
Rec. Sec. – Bonita Tankursley
Corr. Sec. – BJ Richardson
Treasurer – Barbara Reeves
Directors – Becky Baumbach, Janette Walker, Susan Kalke

Monies raised by this benefit will be used by the Pilot Club for local community working projects, such as scholarships, beautification, library books, school support, and more, according to Fair President Betty Michalsky.

The Pilot Club, both nationally and locally, is tasked to support brain related injuries, and Alzheimer’s prevention.

At the end of the afternoon, the live and silent auctions ended, and major prizes were drawn. The live auction included some unique items, including signed baseballs by Brett Marshall, Lance Berkman, and Andy Pettitte, and a 2 night stay at the Victorian resort.

Winners of the Rafffle were as follows:

1st, Nintendo Wii Sports – Gene Boddie
2nd, Trutech Dual 7” Mobile DVD System – Artis Martin
3rd, Ruby/Diamond Pendant, Bracelet & Earrings – Patti Bell
4th, Garmin Nuvi 200 GPS – Ethel Simpson
5th, GiiNii 8” Digital Picture Frame – Terry Bridwell

The card draw for a Diamond Bracelet was won by Sue Norris.

Crosby Church to open Huffman campus, plans community BBQ

CROSBY – Crosby Church is excited to announce their expansion to a multi-campus facility, with a new Huffman location scheduled to begin having services March 15 at 9 a.m.

The Crosby Church-Huffman Campus is nestled in a quaint area on FM 2100 approximately seven miles north of FM 1960.

Pastor Keenan Smith said that he feels like God gave him a vision to expand the outreach of Crosby Church several years ago and is thrilled that this opportunity has arisen.

He said the new church will operate at the level of excellence of a large church while offering the closeness and connectivity found in small churches.

The Crosby campus currently has approximately 1,200 weekly attendees, while the Huffman sanctuary can seat about 140. The two campuses will operate as one church with multiple locations, with each having their unique characteristics. Services at the Huffman location will be Sundays at 9 A.M. Smith will preach the sermon in Huffman before going to the Crosby campus to preach the 10:30 service.

Smith, his wife Lorie, and the entire Crosby Church staff and congregation would like to invite everyone to join them as they follow God’s direction and embark on this new and exciting journey.

The congregation would also like to invite the Huffman community to join them Saturday March 28 from 3:00 – 6:00 for a day of family fun and free Bar-B-Q as they celebrate their expansion.

Crosby Rodeo: Jody Nix for April dance, David Glenn for June

CROSBY – The Crosby Rodeo hosts their Annual Spring Dance on April 11, after Good Friday and before Resurrection or Easter Sunday known as No-Name Saturday.

Get all bright eyed and cotton tailed and hop over to the American Legion Hall in Crosby, just South of the Fairgrounds from 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m.

Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys will play Western Swing Dance music, a style developed in the 40’s and 50’s by Bob Wills and Hoyle Nix. Jody Nix began his profession career playing with his dad’s band, West Texas Cowboys, 5 nights a week from the time he was eight years of age. Among those in his band are Johnny Cox, “one of the best steel players in the world.” says numerous C&W Magazines.

Nix and The Texas Cowboys were tapped by the Texas State Society Black Tie & Boots Ball for then President George Bush.

David Glenn opens for Kevin Fowler Thursday, June 11. The self described Texas-Nashville Style singer song writer is an avid outdoorsman that likes golf, hunting, fishing and dirt track racing. He likes a range “from George Jones to Lenny Kravitz and lots of people in between.”

Races Return to Highlands

HIGHLANDS – That was not the sound of war but of Battleground last Saturday night as races returned to this area for the first time in three years.

The first winner on the newly modified 3/8 mile dirt track was Roger Kettl in the Pure Stock class. He came from the back of the line, blasting to the front and streaked ahead to take the checkered flag. He traveled with wife and daughter from Vidar, Texas. His family has been in racing since 1949, his personal interest dates back 31 years.

“My dad, my grandpa and all my uncles raced in a little bit of every class. I can’t get enough of it. – We are going to race here as much as we can.” said Kettl.

The wind cut a scourging swarth through the 4000 seat grandstand last Saturday as sprint car dashes gave way to the serious-money modified classes running neck to neck four abreast at speeds that seem entirely too fast to hold the circle. Fans clustered in the pit stands and on the stand walls for a closer view outside the wind chilled grandstand last weekend.

Cheering and excitement rang out as the #2 modified spaced a lead far ahead of the pack in the more expensive cars. The home town crowd seemed most proud to have the racing return and bring in some new guests.

Crosby loses playoff 55-54

CROSBY – The Crosby Cougars basketball team has put together an exciting season for its fans.

First it won the District 19-4A championship. Then, in their Bi-District playoff with Beaumont Central, the team won a nail-biter 58-55.

Playing the Brenham Cubs in the second round of the playoffs, the Cougars could not keep the magic flowing to the final buzzer, losing 55-54. The game-winning bucket came with just 34 seconds left in the game.

For most of the night the Cougars played catch-up with the Cub. Brenham opened the game with a 14-8 first quarter lead.

Crosby made adjustments in the second quarter and was able to regain the lead, taking a 28-24 advantage into halftime.

The Cubs came out quickly in the third quarter, tying the score at 28. Crosby kept it close and by the end of the third quarter trailed by one point at 40-39.

In the final quarter the Cougars could not build up a lead, with the Cubs maintaining a fine edge.

With 1:58 left in the game Kendrae Carter hit a three-pointer to tie the game. Carter led all scorers with 22 points.

A.J. Anderson also gave Crosby a boost with a late basket to pull them ahead 54-53.

Tyree Gaines, who scored four points for the entire game, pushed the Cubs ahead with 34 seconds to play. A pair of turnovers later and Crosby had one last shot with three seconds to play. The ball missed the mark and the Cougars’ season ended.

Lady Pats maintain perfect record with tie

BAYTOWN – Don’t tell the girls soccer teams of 19-4A that there is no talent at the new high schools. The district’s newest high schools: Goose Creek Memorial and Kingwood Park are sitting at the top of the standings with undefeated records.

Memorial owns an 8-0-2 record, while Kingwood Park has a 7-0-2 record. The two ties on each school’s record have come at the other school’s hand.

The teams picked up their second tie of the season last week fighting to a 0-0 deadlock.

The Lady Patriot’s Shelby Rodriquez had 20 saves in the game.

Goose Creek Memorial has two games left in the season. They will play C.E. King on Friday, then will close out the season on Tuesday against Crosby. Kingwood Park has three games left.

Following next week’s games the two teams will take different routes in the playoffs. Assuming that they end the season both undefeated, Kingwood will hold the first seed ranking since they scored more goals on the season. The Patriots will take the second seed schedule, making a potential third game against Kingwood Park a far-off possibility.

Obituaries for Mar 5, 2009

Ray Duncan, 87, Highlands
Kenneth Ham Jr., 54, Crosby
Mary Holub, 82, Highlands
Georgia Smesny, 79, Crosby
Wayne Smith, 69, Crosby
Mary Martin, 79, Humble

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