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Posts published in “Day: August 20, 2009

Rotary Exchange student arrives from Sweden

HIGHLANDS ROTARY CLUB will host an Exchange Student this year, from Sweden. Above, a welcoming party was held with Rotarians and the host families. L to R, Kathryn and David Dunlop, Jacob Nordin, and Weston and Delene Cotten. Jacob arrived in the U.S. on Thursday, by way of Chicago. He is from Hoor, Sweden (pronounced HER). This is a village about the size of Highlands, and located in the Southern part of Sweden, about an hour from Malmo and the sea. Jacob and his family have been to the U.S. one other time, visiting Atlanta and the Orlando area. His father is a corporate recruiter, and his mother is an English teacher. Rotarians were surprised at his English, which sounds quite American, due to the fact that his mother was an exchange student in her youth, and picked up the American accent while here. Jacob, 16, has two sisters 9 and 19, and he will be attending Memorial High School while in Highlands. He will also travel to other parts of the United States with a group of Rotary exchange students during the year.

Thank you for your support

To Our Community of Friends:

Words simply can not adequately express how truly grateful Joe and I are to each and every one of you for your acts of kindness shown towards our family, as we daily deal with Devinn’s illness. You may have thought we were not looking or paying attention, but we saw you extend to us love that was unimaginable.

Each of you know what you did, and we feel like you were representative of God’s help in time of need. You knew when we needed to talk, so you called us to remind us that you were thinking and praying to God on our behalf, because we needed His touch and guidance.

We were faced with something that we had no idea was to be a part of our lives – Cancer. You, our Community of Friends, extended your tremendous love for us with prayers, meals, drinks, snacks, books, monetary gifts, garage sales, BBQ dinner sales, the silent and live auction, raffle ticket sales and so many other ways, which have left the LaRive Family speechless.

Every tear you shared and every phone call you made, the hours you labored and the time and sweat you spend preparing, and attending all of the functions on our behalf – is so dearly appreciated, humbly accepted, and will forever be remembered.

We never could have made it this far without God and each of you! We have a long road ahead of us and know the strength we receive from God and the prayers you have spoken will get us through.

It is our prayer that God would bless each of you bountifully, for the services given to us, and that he would supply all your needs according to His riches in glory.

In God’s Love,
Joe, Carrie, Devinn and Mattie LaRive

N.P.O.A.N. clarifies facts in fire article

Seven Oaks is a section of Newport that was being developed by Modelo Development L.P. At the time it was purchased by Modelo, there were no deed restrictions in place that could be enforced by the NPOAN. Modelo had the sections platted through Harris County and agreed to impose restrictive covenants upon the platted lots in exchange for the agreement of NPOAN to accept Seven Oaks as a section of Newport.

Prior to the utilities being connected in Seven Oaks, Kara Custom Homes (on behalf of individual owners) submitted requests to the Architectural Control Committee of NPOAN to construct four homes in Seven Oaks. The Architectural Control Committee of NPOAN approved the elevations for the homes and advised Kara that there were no utilities and suggested that they not commence construction at that time.

The NPOAN did not approve the “development”. Prior to occupancy of homes in Seven Oaks, the NPOAN only has the responsibility of approving elevations for new home construction and other structures. The NPOAN also has no authority or involvement with arrangements for utilities to be provided to this section. Water and sewer are provided through Newport MUD.

On December 2, 2008 Woodforest National Bank foreclosed on all of Seven Oaks except for twelve lots which had previously been sold by Modelo to individuals (four of these lots contain homes including the one which burned). Newport Development Joint Venture is the “developer” of Newport and has no connection whatsoever with Seven Oaks or Modelo Development.

On January 23, 2009, Modelo Development filed for bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division.

Any questions regarding the water supply should be directed to Newport MUD. Their attorney is Lori Ayett and her telephone number is (713) 652-6500.

On behalf of the NPOAN Board of Directors and NDJV the developer of Newport, thank you again for agreeing to print a correction to your article.

Carol Jones

Publisher’s Note: The Star-Courier would like to thank the NPOAN for their clarification and correction of statements made in the article about a fire in an abandoned house structure in Newport, that ran in the newspaper last week.

Hurricane Season is here

To the community,

The tropics have become a bit more active last week, with three areas of concern being monitored by the National Hurricane Center. These areas may or may not develop into serious tropical threats, however, now is the time to double check your disaster kit and make certain that you have all the supplies you need to sustain yourself for at least three days.

Water, non-perishable food items, medications, important papers, a nonelectric can opener, and personal hygiene items are just some of the things you should already have in your kit.

We will watch the systems and keep everyone advised if anything develops, all we ask is that you help us out by preparing now and not waiting until the last minute. If you have any questions regarding hurricane preparations, please feel free to call the Liberty County Office of Emergency Management at 936-334-3219.

Tom Branch
Emergency Management Coordinator
Liberty County, Texas

Body of missing Crosby woman found near Dayton

CROSBY – A local family is mourning the loss of a wife and mother this week after her body was found last Thursday afternoon just over a mile from the abandoned vehicle she was last seen driving. It was not far past the Liberty County line. Family members tell of her getting upset August 6 and taking off in the family’s white 1993 Oldsmobile, while her husband William followed behind. He lost sight of her as she sped toward FM 2100 coming from Indian Shores.

The family informed officers that she had been diagnosed as having dementia and since short term memory does not stay with her for long – her husband worried for her safety.

Precinct 3 Constable’s Office was the first law enforcement agency informed of the dire situation. Ken Jones asked for extra effort from Precinct 3 Constable’s Deputies to find the missing woman. Deputies deployed throughout Northeast Harris County in patrol cars, heading up volunteer searches, on ATV’s, Jet Ski’s, running behind tracking dogs and directing special hunts. Some of the more senior deputies looked a little weather worn from enduring the sultry humidity and heat factors making each day feel over 100 degrees.

Finally after a search of an area in which her vehicle was spotted by a Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice airplane on Wednesday, she was found. There had been deputies near the location during the night. Her body was located just over a mile North from the vehicle on Thursday. They had found footprints around the car leading North but the trail abruptly ended. Her vehicle had traveled North on FM 2100, East on FM 1960, North again on Highway 686 and into a wooded path two miles off County Road 6242.

Precinct 3’s Captain Jack Hagee credits Houston Police helicopter crews with spotting her remains shortly after 9:00 a.m. on Thursday. She had apparently changed clothing after getting out of the car on the muddy roadway. “We don’t know why.” he added.

Cause of death has yet to be determined. An autopsy will be performed by the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office in Beaumont, TX.

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Dept. is still investigating the cause of her death.