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Posts published in “Day: September 9, 2010

Highlands Methodists hold fish fry Sept. 25

HIGHLANDS— Highlands United Methodist Church is in the midst of plans for their 20th Annual Fish Fry and Auction. Tickets are being sold by church members. Ticket chair is Julie Gilbert. Adult tickets are $9 and children are $4. For advance tickets you may call the church office at 281-426-3614. Tickets will also be sold at the door.
The event will be Sept. 25 with service from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The fried catfish dinner includes fries, hush puppies, cole slaw, dirty rice, and iced tea. The cooking team is headed by Jody Andrus and the kitchen crew is directed by Tracy Andrus. Delicious desserts are available at the Sweet Shoppe.
Dinners for groups of 10 or more will be delivered. If your business is interested, call 281-426-3614.
All proceeds from the Fish Fry will go to the ministries of the church. These include a 10% donation to the Highlands Food Pantry, support for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), youth program, camp scholarships, New Church/Revitalization fund, and many others.

Hargrave blows out Kashmere 45-12

HUFFMAN– The Hargrave Falcons racked up nearly 600 yards of offense in their 45-12 win over the Kashmere Rams Friday night.
The win gives Hargrave a 2-0 start on the season.
Just over two minutes into the game the Falcons fans jumped to their feet when Cole Berry completed a pass to Riley Julian. Julian then streaked 76 yards for a touchdown.
Cade Hardy ran in the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.
DeBerry completed 13 of 22 passes for 258 yards. Julian had four catches on the night for 95 yards.
Five minutes later DeBerry found Casey Martin who scored on a 77-yard pass. Cannon Cotter’s kick made it a 15-0 game.
The Falcons continued to pound the Rams in the second quarter. Taking the handoff at his own 41 yardline, Matias McCloskey drive the length of the field for a 59 yard touchdown run. A missed extra point left the score at 21-0.

While the Falcons’ offense was moving the ball, the defense used turnovers to keep the Rams at bay. Hargrave recovered two fumbles and caught two interceptions.
The biggest interception of the night came shortly after the McCloskey touchdown.
On the Rams’ next possession Anchor Ebaks intercepted an Anthony Wiltz pass and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown.
Martin closed out the scoring in the first half with a 59 yard run to give his team a 35-6 halftime lead.
In the third quarter Cotter came through again with a 17-yard field goal and a 38-6 lead.
Hargrave would score once more when Joel Witwer pulled in a 21-yard pass from DeBerry in the third quarter.

Patrols plea for safety on local waters

NORTHEAST HARRIS COUNTY – Seven drownings on Lake Houston and the San Jacinto River this summer, while certainly not a record, are prompting authorities to attract public notice of some dangerous realities related to fishing, boating and mostly swimming.
Authorities say only two of those drownings were related to alcohol and all but one were in the San Jacinto. In 2009 and 2007, 3 drowned, 1 intoxicated; all were adults. In 2008 four drowned, two children and 2 male adults; only one was intoxicated. In 2006 11 drowned.

Anticipating thousands of people visiting the areas on Labor Day Weekend, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference on Sept. 3 at Love’s Marina concerning not “underestimating the powers and dangers of the open water, especially factoring in the heat, fatigue and the need for safety,” said Media Spokesperson Christina Garza.
Major Martin O’Brien summarized, “Most people underestimate the power of the water and overestimate their ability to swim.”
Chief Kevin Maples, of the Reserve Command stated, “Drownings are silent, they occur especially without strong swimming ability and in as little as 4 feet depth. The water depths along the San Jacinto River can be extremely deceiving and when you add the heat, fatigue and sometimes drinking, that is when tragedies strike. Proper swimming attire, bathing suits, are important, regular street clothes will weigh you down. Operation Share Responsibility is still in full force, there will be no drinking and driving of watercrafts, I would ask the public to use common sense to be aware of their surroundings and be sure that their children are supervised. When many people gather, too often each believes that someone else is watching the children.”
According to Captain Denise O’Leary a lot of the drownings have to do with the lack of swimming ability, and with many in attendance it is easy to get distracted. One grandmother drowned this year. About 70% are adults. The drowning process occurs between 20 and 60 seconds. He encouraged parents to teach their children to swim at an early age. None of this year’s water tragedies were boating related. About 20% were alcohol related.
Captain O’Leary said, “Most of the people we run into here tell us that this is the first time they have been here. We recommend that anyone in a new swimming area make themselves familiar with that swimming area before playing. The water depths here change constantly when the dam opens up north of here. We have different sandbars and soil gets eroded very quickly. You can be standing in 5 feet of water and the next thing 20 feet of water.”
State Game Warden Tim Holland of Texas Parks and Wildlife said, “There is a misconception that, ‘I can’t drown because I can swim.’ These waters have currents, if you sit in one spot too long you are going to move. Many times people panic. Often many see someone flailing and think they are waving. They may actually be drowning. The best you can do when you see something like that is to ask, ‘Are you alright’.”
Leaping from the bridge one can strike the water with their side and get the wind knocked from their bodies. There is a rope under the Crosby Freeway that swings out into boating lane where vision is obstructed, it is not recommended to swing there.
The Marine Division started back in 1956 in the days of Buster Kern. There are about 50 people using Sheriff’s equipment on volunteer time. There are three black water certified divers in the division.