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Crosby Rodeo attracts record buyers and fans


CROSBY – The Crosby Fair & Rodeo attracted record numbers of buyers and fans to the Livestock auction, record numbers of attendants at the P.R.C.A. Rodeo and concerts for June 10 through June 13.

The Crosby Fair & Rodeo Livestock Auction sold Delynn Michalsky’s Grand Champion Market Steer for $10,000 to Certifab. She said she was thrilled that her steer was selected for Grand Champion and that amount was “Absolutely fabulous.”

Her mother, Rhonda Michalsky indicates that the steer was named “Highway” because he had escaped his confines one afternoon and was found on U.S. 90 bound for Liberty, other than this one steer Delynn does not name livestock.

Some $159,025 changed hands at auction from 100 items at bid before resale. Certifab bought four items for $19,350 in total before resale. R.L. Doskocil/C.M.T. purchased eight items. Oil Well Tubular was in on the purchase of seven items. The Fair Board has yet to release official tallies and amounts for auction and for attendance to the three nights of rodeo and concerts.

This week’s Star-Courier has a special pull out section with Grand and Reserve Champions and special recognitions for the 63rd Annual Crosby Fair & Rodeo on pages 5 though 8.

Check out the Champions gallery!

This year Gary Smith purchased the Belt Buckle in honor of his father, Wayne Smith, the 2009 Catalogue was dedicated to Wayne as recognition of his 25 years of service to the rodeo in capacities as Chairman of the Board and President and also as an Honorary Member. A special tribute to Wayne was presented to the Crosby Fair & Rodeo of 93-94% of the Crosby Fair Catalog. Baytown Youth Fair bought back the Fabian’s Quilt that Crosby Fair & Rodeo had bought from them for $1000.

Rodeo Highlights



This year the Thursday night performance attracted more than previous attendance packing the parking full. The sport of Rodeo saw the return of Fred Williamson to Crosby Former World Champion Cowboy. Williamson participated in the calf roping event and his adroit with the lasso and rope is unmatched. Concert opening act David Glenn met with fan before and after his stage performance. He put on an exciting act with contagious enthusiasm that some would call unruly and quite welcome. When Kevin Fowler took to the stage observers could not only tell that most of the ladies wondered that they might be his “Butterbean” but most of the crowd were mouthing the words to the various songs. Fowler had the most crowd of all performers during all three nights.

Local talent Cody Kouba led Friday nights concert performance with an exciting eclectic of old and new, traditional gospel and original songs. Cody packed a tremendous energy into his performance and demonstrated why he is being tapped and winning contests to take a chance in the Memphis scene.

The Eli Young Band packed in the college age attendance and this year the Friday night gate seemed slightly higher than last year with Jack Ingram. Certainly the parking lot was full.

The Saturday night Rodeo features brought out the championship surge in cowboys.

Performances were at a fever pitch. The gate for Saturday’s performance seemed slightly off for Gene Watson and the Bellamy Brothers.

Constables on TV Cops, bust Newport burglars


CROSBY – Dramatic upswing in burglary throughout the Greater Houston Area is being met locally by increased late night/early morning patrols by Ken Jones’ Precinct 3 Deputies and Harris County Sheriff’s Deputies working together.

Last early Monday morning, for example, a homeowner was detaining a young person in his yard that had been attempting to get inside his vehicle. The resident called 911 for patrol help to his Newport residence and Deputy Peterson was first to arrive.

Peterson obtained a statement that the young man had a friend run off before the resident came out of his house. The deputy then noticed a vehicle drive by and performed a traffic stop and detained the driver.

Lieutenant Jasen Rabalais arrived and interviewed the two young men concerning the alarming number of burglary of vehicles that had been experienced in Newport over the past few months. The Lieutenant elaborated about how he had conducted an arrest of two similar young four weeks before burglarizing vehicles.

During Rabalais’ interview, the two young suspects talked of how they had entered vehicles that had been left unlocked throughout Newport and took items from each. A total of seven residential vehicles had been entered by the youths, according to their statements.

Rabalais convinced the two seventeen year olds to go with him and see that all the items that had been taken were returned to their rightful owners. All the missing items had been found in their backpack.

The youth that was detained in the car was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Ikoras Hench, 17, was also charged with burglary of a motor vehicle. Cody Blair, 17, was charged with burglary of a motor vehicle.

The Garrett Road area of Sheldon had been home to both the seventeen year olds. Both had been charged as adults in these cases.

Deputy R. Clenney assisted with the arrest.

Residents would do well to lock their cars at night, large numbers of unlocked vehicles attracts car burglars.

Retro theme highlights Rotary Installation


HIGHLANDS – The Rotary Club couldn’t contain themselves to a normal, quiet installation of new officers and board last week. It was a “Back to the 50s and 60s” retro affair, complete with clothes, hair styles and accessories to match. And there was even an “Elvis” to help with the entertainment.

Club members gathered at the Community Center for the dinner. In the Highlands Rotary club, each new president gets to set the agenda and theme for his or her year ahead, and it was fitting that the new president, Robert Woodall, would think of this retro evening, because one of his interests is restoring old cars of that era. He is a member of the Baytown Fine Rides auto club, and has his own restored red convertible, seen around town.

In addition to club members, (and Elvis), the new president of the District 5890, Ed Charlesworth, was on hand to wish the club well and to swear in the new officers and board.

Click here for more photos of the event!

#Woodall was named the Rotarian of the Year by the club, in recognition of his very successful fundraising effort at this year’s Chili Feast, where over $50,000 was raised for the club’s community and international projects, including 12 scholarships totalling $20,000. Traditionally, the president elect each year is in charge of the Chili Feast.

Woodall presented each of his officers and board with pins, in recognition of their position and service in the coming year.

The outgoing president, Patricia Scott, reviewed the accomplishments of a very successful year. Events and projects in her year included donating over 200 dictionaries to teachers at the local schools; scholarships; food baskets at the holidays to needy families; a book drive to send books to villages and schools in Africa; clothing for children in Nicaragua; bicycles to students at the elementary school in recognition of perfect attendance; and probably the largest and most important, helping organize and staff the Hurricane Relief Center at the Community Center after Hurricane Ike hit the area.

For all these efforts, the Greater Highlands-Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce recognized the Rotary Club this year as the Outstanding Organization in the community.

The District also recognized the club for highest per capita giving to the Rotary Foundation. In fact, two years in a row the club was second in the world in this category.

One project the club is still working on is a suitable memorial for Mark Mulloy, a former member of the Highlands club, and now a member of the Northshore Rotary. He recently donated $50,000 to the Highlands club, in memory of the start he got in Rotary at our club, and a suitable scholarship in his name has been established. It is the intention of the club to use the proceeds of the money for a more permanent memorial in the future, Scott said.

Note: All photos this page contributed, courtesy of the Highlands Rotary Club and Denise Smith.