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Posts published in “Day: August 13, 2009

C-H Chamber hosts supplies drive, welcomes educators

CROSBY — The Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce has gotten into the spirit of Back to School with a pair of community service projects.

For the past couple of weeks, the chamber has been holding a School Supplies Drive.

Bob Ward, Second Vice President of the C-H Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and owner of Bob’s Computers, said that the chamber celebrates their 85th anniversary this year and they wanted to give back to the communities that have supported them for so many years.

“Every year there are students in our area who start school without supplies,” Ward said. “Our chamber wants the community to know we care.”

Ward said that donations could be dropped off at the chamber office located at 5611 S. Main in Crosby, the Crosby State Bank branch across from Palais Royal in Crosby and at Crosby Church on U.S. Hwy. 90.

“We are asking members to support this effort either with a monetary gift or with school supply items (i.e. crayons, paper, glue, No. 2 pencils, etc.). Anything received will be divided between the schools,” Ward added.

The drive will continue through Aug. 14.

On Aug,. 13, the chamber continued their tradition of welcoming new teachers to the area with a New Educators Luncheon.

The luncheon was held at the Newport Golf Club. During the luncheon, newly hired educators for Crosby and Huffman ISD as well as Sacred Heart Catholic School were introduced. Each of the new educators were presented with a goodie bag with information about the community and local businesses.

The loan game…

Having spent over 30 years in the banking and finance business, my start in the finance company came soon after being discharged from the Coast Guard in Wilmington, North Carolina. The position was titled Customer Service Representative AKA collector, not a bad job but dealt entirely with past due accounts and sometimes rough people.

That was back in the corn liquor days as they still had liquor stills in that part of the country. The fellow who trained me was from Ash, NC and he went to collect from this one person going into his garage. Next thing he knew, he was surrounded by a bunch of men and they got into a shoving match.

That same customer was having his power cut off for lack of payment. The customer held the power company man with a gun making him go back up the pole and cut the guy’s power back on. Nice people huh.

After getting hired by a bank to assist in the collection of its loans, I was making an outside call to a customer’s residence only to find nobody home. Arriving back at the bank at the day’s end and reporting to the respective loan officer of my attempts to collect, he informed me that this way past due customer had come into the bank. The loan officer had loaned him more money, however the father-in-law co-signed the note. That did not make much sense to me, but loan officers are known to do some really squirrelly things.

Had two lenders quit one time because the holding company had sent a big time lender to the bank who had been promoted over the two that quit. Reckon it hurt their feelings. Did not hurt my feelings, it gave me more job security because this hot shot was loose as a goose with his lending. Apparently he did not know the meaning of No!

Had another big time lender come in from Dallas and a big shot he was. He even had to find a place to send his shoes to be shined. I thought good grief! Rather funny, this hot shot loved to frequent topless bars and soon after his arrival in town he made the Houston circuit of a few bars spreading word of how big a banker he was. Needless to say, the next day a stripper showed up in the bank, fully clothed of course, and was going to hit him up for the loan per his evening before. Thought the hot shot was going to crawl under his desk. It was so funny; he closed the door to his office and told the assistant that he would be in conference for the rest of the day.

Had one lender with a drug problem and it too was comical for a while; but not so funny when I inherited his portfolio as the loans had to be collected. I do believe the man would have loaned Jessie James money. Of all those college boys, we had one who simply could not compose a letter. He had his secretary write all of them and to think they got the big bucks.

Abandoned Newport house scene of mysterious blaze

NEWPORT – Firemen from Highlands and Crosby rushed to put out a blaze at an uncompleted house in Newport, Tuesday morning at about 5:30 a.m. Fire crews tried for better that 40 minutes to knock out the flames, but the building was just about totally involved even before the crews arrived at the scene.

While under construction a lack of water supply was the reason that the house could not be completed. The Maldenado development saw four houses built before it was discovered that Newport Municipal Utility District was unable to provide water/sewer facilities under the conditions at that time. The development had already been approved by the N.P.O.A.N. and was just shy of being connected, before funds were exhausted, sources say.

Delay after delay held the project up for six months, including telephone pole specifications that went unresolved, say other sources.

Since the developer filed for bankruptcy, vandalism in multiple instances has attacked the unoccupied houses. Until the fire Tuesday morning burned the largest house, only barricade fences separated the previously wooded area from the rest of Newport that is lit by street lights.

Fire Chief Alan Kulak was on the scene and expressed worry that the shell of the building might be a hazard, long after the fire was finally tapped out. He expressed multiple concerns for the neighborhood, especially not knowing the cause of this fire.

Once it was determined that hosing down the fully engaged building was unproductive, then fire fighting went into defensive mode as crews cleared away debris and flammable materials and watched for sparks. The house would have to burn itself out and crews would be on hand for hours to see that the fire did not reignite or spread. There would be only taxpayers to bill for this fire, since it was in a bankrupt section.

Back to School event: Rotarians donate fifty backpacks to needy students

Working with United Way of Baytown, the Ministerial Alliance of Highlands and Highlands First Baptist Church, the Rotary Club has donated backpacks to fifty Highlands students designated by the organizations, who then filled them with school supplies. Seen above getting the backpacks ready are (back row) Robert Woodall, Rotary president, Charlie Ward, Johnny Gaeke, Michelle Lomazoff, Alton Neatherlin, and (front row) Robin Edwards of First Baptist Church, Kris Barry of United Way, and Weston Cotten of Rotary.