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Posts published in “Day: August 6, 2009

Crosby turns out for Ellender benefit

CROSBY – Much of this community turned out to aid a fundraising effort on behalf of Ronnie Ellender last Saturday.

According to brother, Mike Ellender, “It is a real good turnout, Ronnie did a lot of things to help the community, he definitely needs the help now though.”

Ronnie was struck by a vehicle as he was standing near the roadside on May 2 on Beltway 8 at Fairmont Parkway.

“He had got out of his truck and was hit before he got back in it. The man that struck him, I think, they ended up charging him with failure to maintain a single lane – even though he left the scene of the accident. He went to the Home Depot on Fairmont Parkway to call police. Fortunately, there were people where it happened that pulled up and blocked Ronnie from being hit again and called an ambulance.”

Lifeflight was called to fly him to Hermann Hospital. He stayed in ICU. for over a month before his condition improved and he was moved from ICU. Damage to the right side of his face was extensive and there were multiple fractures to his foot and ankle area. He and his family face a long road of rehabilitation and surgery and a challenging recovery with no current planned release date from the hospital.

Fund-raising efforts were organized by Dianna McDaniels, featuring Rodney Foster as auctioneer, much of the Crosby Fair & Rodeo Board of Directors attending including familiar bid catchers. The Fairgrounds were packed for the event, examples of generous bidding including a puppy for $500 and a bicycle that retails for about $100 sold for $300.

“This is the best town to live in because everybody helps as a community,” said Mike.

Ronnie and his wife Lisa Peters Ellender are lifelong Crosby residents and have been very active in many volunteer efforts in the community.

Crabb not running again

Joe Crabb, R, has decided not to seek reelection to the Texas Legislature after 18 years of representing District 127.

Crabb issued a statement at the Crosby Alumni Association Reunion dinner on Sat., August 1 concerning his community affiliation since he was born in 1939.

“We moved to Crosby towards the end of WWII. Other than our parents and church, your friendship contributed the most to our values. We did all our public school education here in Crosby and will always be Crosby Buffaloes at heart.

“I had the good fortune to pastor the Lake Houston United Methodist Church in later years and spent over seven great years with that congregation in Huffman. Before that my wife Nancy had taken a job with the Humble School District, so we moved up by the lake in Atascocita. Over my life, I have lived in and been associated with Highlands, Crosby, Huffman and Atascocita, plus I have officed for 16 years in Kingwood, so my life has been spent across District 127.”

Crabb summarized his career, “It has been 18 exciting years, but after 49 years as a Methodist preacher and 26 in the military reserves, it’s time to move on to the next years which will include some fill-in work for some pastor friends, some business ventures, and much more time with the family.

“By the way, my best decision in this life was to ask my wife to marry me.

“Before I did, I prayed about it for several hours down on the beach at Freeport. I listened to God. Nancy has been not only my wife but also my best friend as well as my adviser, booster, defender, listener, gatekeeper, travel agent, valet, nurse, chaperone and minesweeper – and one great cook. I haven’t always been so smart as I was when I asked her to marry me.”

Crabb served on the House Committees Agriculture & Lifvestock, Energy Resources and Rules and Regulations since he has been elected since 1992. Crabb is one of the more educated representatives in the Legislature, he has a D.D.V. from Texas Christian University, J.D. from University of Austin, M.A. from the University of Saint Thomas and a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. His employment history includes Rancher; Attorney, he is a member of the State Bar; Commander, Judge Advocate General Corps U.S. National Reserve, retired; Prosecutor for the Cities of Houston and Humble; Assistant District Attorney for Harris County; Ordained Minister as Pastor of Addicks United Methodist Church.

To the community at large he expresses, “Thanks again for your friendship and thanks to all the folks in District 127 who have allowed me to represent them in the Texas House for 18 years. It has been a great honor to represent you.”

TEA “Recognizes” Huffman schools

Crosby found “Acceptable”

HUFFMAN — The Huffman ISD got good news from the state last week. The Texas Education Agency, in the last release of Accountability ratings, has awarded the district a “Recognized” status.

Additionally, the high school and intermediate school was ranked as “Recognized” campuses. Bowen and Copeland Elementaries, which are linked for testing purposes, received the state’s highest rating: Exemplary. The middle school was classified as “Academically Acceptable.”

Accountability ratings are based on the percentage of students passing the TAKS (Texas Assessment of Skills and Knowledge) standardized test and completion (graduation) rates.

To be “Acceptable” a campus must reach 70% passage rate in each of the subject areas in both overall student population as well as each of the subpopulations: African American, Hispanic, White and Economically Disadvantaged. To be “Recognized” the passage rate must exceed 75%. Those hitting over 90% are called “Exemplary.” Student completion rate is also taken into consideration.

At the high school, students showed across the board improvement in the passage rate among the math and social science test. In Reading they were two students away from having improvements in every subpopulation. The only subgroup to show a decline in science was the economically disadvantaged.

At Bowen/ Copeland students showed improvement in reading and math.


The Crosby School District earned an “Acceptable” rating. Both the high school and middle school were named “Acceptable” while the combined Newport/ Barrett campuses reached the “Recognized” level. District Superintendent Mike Joseph said Drew’s rating is still “up in the air” and has not been made official.

While the high school showed improvement math and science, which are considered the hardest of the tests, they appeared to do poorly on their completion rate. Figures show a nearly 5% increase in dropouts from 2007 to 2008. Joseph said that this drop was caused by a new way the state classifies students who have left school, but returned to enter the GED program.

The middle school would have been “Recognized” had it not been for the science test. Only the white subpopulation topped the 75% passage mark.


Having completed their first round at TAKS, Goose Creek Memorial came out as “Acceptable.” The school ranged from 63 to 77% in math and 66 to 80% in science.

Showing declines in writing, math and social science, Highlands Junior School also earned an “Acceptable” ranking. The combined Highlands Elementary/ Hopper Primary campuses were “Recognized.” Students showed consistent gains in reading, writing and science, with declines in math.

Garcia named head of national Latinos organization

HARRIS COUNTY — Harris County Precinct Two Commissioner Sylvia R. Garcia was recently named the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials’ (NALEO) president of its board of directors.

An active member of NALEO, Commissioner Garcia becomes the first Texan and only the second woman to lead the organization.

She previously served on its board of directors from 1999 through 2004. As NALEO’s seventh president, she leads a constituency of more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials.