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Posts published in “Day: July 21, 2011

Grand Parkway’ s impact to be the topic of discussion at August hearing

Construction continues on the Grand Parkway, and a hearing will be held Aug. 9 in Mont Belvieu as an opportunity for residents to hear about and discuss the environmental impact of Segments H and I-1.
The Grand Parkway is made up of 11 segments, which traverse the greater Houston area. The two segments in question, H and I-1, will eventually become part of a four-lane toll road, stretching the area from Highway 59 to Interstate 10, generally between FM 2100 and Highway 146 in Montgomery, Harris, Liberty and Chambers Counties.
The project study area includes both Mont Belvieu and Dayton locally, as well as New Caney. Up for consideration is an alternative route to the previously planned roadway. This plan would bring the roadway on a more centralized path through the Mont Belvieu area.
The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9 at Barbers Hill High School, located at 9600 Eagle Drive in Mont Belvieu. For more information, call 713-802-5072 or see the Grand Parkway Web site at

West Chambers County Chamber fundraiser set to pamper local ‘divas’

By Luke Hales

The West Chambers County Chamber of Commerce is offering a night of fun and luxury August 18 at the Royal Purple Raceway Ranch.
The “Denim, Diamonds and Divas” fundraiser – the fifth of its kind for the Chamber — aims to let local women get together for pampering in the form of massages and makeovers, and shopping at booths served by local vendors – and serves also as a fundraiser for the Chamber.
“This is an opportunity to network, but it’s also an evening to laugh with your co-workers and firm up friendships,” said Missy Malechek, West Chambers County Chamber President.
There are massages to be had, along with artificial eyelashes and specialty hair and makeup – not to mention the tattoos, which Malechek assures are temporary.
“They’re for people who would do something they would never do otherwise,”
Malechek said with a laugh.
Shoppers will find a wide variety of unique jewelry, shoes, and home décor items, along with clothing and other surprises. Malechek said that the chamber seeks out local vendors first, so buying something there also means supporting local business.
Also featured will be a raffle for weekend getaways and a silent auction, with items handpicked by Malechek and her crew.
“With the auction items, we always try to make sure it’s something we would want in our own homes,” Malechek said.
And those who attend won’t want to eat ahead of time, as several buffets will be on hand.
One of Malechek’s favorite features of the annual fundraiser is the fact that almost everyone who attends dresses for the occasion. This year’s theme, “Denim, Diamonds and Divas,” lends itself to plenty of blue jeans and tiaras.
“It’s always fun to see what people will be wearing,” Malechek said.

Ron Paul to make White House run

By Luke Hales
Congressman Ron Paul, representative for much of the Barbers Hill area, announced recently that he will be giving up his seat in the 14th Congressional District, leaving a wide-open race and numerous hopefuls vying for the opportunity.
Paul’s announcement was made public July 12 via Facebook, where he wrote “Big news! I have decided not to seek re-election for my House seat in 2012 and will focus all of my energy on winning the Presidency.”
Paul, a veteran, medical doctor and author, served five terms in the House of Representatives, retiring briefly in 1984. He made his first bid for the presidency in 1988 on the Libertarian ticket, and then came back to Congress in 1996. He was a brief contender for the Republican nomination in 2004.
Senator John Cornyn congratulated Paul Monday with a statement, saying that “Ron has served Texans in Congress with distinction for nearly 24 years as a fierce advocate for a more limited government. His steadfast devotion to his core beliefs has earned him the respect and loyalty from Texans and
Americans of all walks of life.”
Chambers County Republican Party Secretary Rusty Senac was positive about Paul’s politics. “We think that Dr. Paul’s views, from a conservative standpoint, really match Chambers County very well,” Senac said. “I’ve always
been amazed at his energy level. And he’s 75 years old; if he’s going to run for the presidency, now’s the time to do it.”
Potentially affecting Paul’s decision is a congressional redistricting that would split up Paul’s District 14 into new districts, which would in turn take away some of his primary constituent support. The new plan would effectively create a district similar to one that existed in the 1990s.
“There’s a good chance we’d be losing Dr. Paul as a representative anyway under this new plan,” Senac said. “His district (which covers an area roughly from Chambers County to Aransas County) is tough to run in.”
Considering a run for Paul’s seat are Democratic Rep. Nick Lampson, former representative Steve Stockman, and Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski. Also in the running are Libertarians Bob Smither, Amy Jacobellis and Eugene Flynn.
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Redistricting Texas: Crosby to lose Poe, Huberty and Eversole

NORTHEAST HARRIS COUNTY – The most changed area in Texas following redistricting is here. The most change in representation is for northeast Harris County and the changes will be effective beginning at the next election and probably last for decades.
A public hearing is to be held Monday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the East Harris County Activity Center7340 Spencer Highway, Pasadena, Texas 77505 For more information call (713) 755-6220 or (281) 479-4232 to discuss re-drawing Harris County Precincts. Northeast Harris County will now be within Precinct 2 seated in Pasadena. Jerry Eversole’s District will shrink from 1.12 million folks to 1.02 million. Jack Mormon’s Precinct 2 will expand all over the East of Houston and shrink in population. It will be called “the slower growing district” by the City of Houston and remain a majority Hispanic District.

U.S House of Representative’s 2nd Congressional District, Ted Poe’s District once stretched from Beaumont to Tomball now it is a tiny area inside Houston and includes most of Huffman but not Highlands and Crosby. Of four new congressional seats in Texas a new district that willl include most of Poe’s seat up to the San Jacinto River will be call U.S. Congressional District 36 whenthe 113 Congress convenes in 2013. Poe will keep all of Newport, the subdivision just East of itself and Huffman.Poe keeps West of Peter’s Rd. to Ramsey Road but East of that is within District 36 East of FM 2100 within Crosby proper is within the new district. Poes’ new district now ends at Jones’ Rd. in West Houston and begins to encompass all of Huffman North of Stroker Rd. The new district 36 runs as far south as NASA Rd. 1. and East to Beaumont outside the Baytown area. Follow the railroad tracks North in Crosby, they divide the Poe’s district from the new district. Overall Harris County will lose one U.S. Congressional seat from 25 to 24.
In the State House of Representatives Crosby can say hello to District 128 and Wayne Smith of Baytown and Deer Park and the Houston Ship Channel and farewell to Dan Huberty. Most of Huffman remains within Dan Huberty’s repersentation except where the High School is located and some of the most easterly parts. In northern Crosby Huberty keeps the western end of Spanish Cove, North of Stroker. Those easterly parts down to Barrett Station go to Wayne Smith’s 128th District and runs south to Spenser Highway, includes La Porte but Barrett Station is now within District 142, connected by the keenest Gerrymander line yet. District 128 resumes again after Barrett Station. Highlands is busted into two state representative district right down FM 2100 West of FM 2100 goes to Pasadena’s District 144 while the easterly rest of Highlands generally goes to District 128.
Ken Jones, Precinct 3 Constable, will address the Crosby/Huffman Chamber of Commerce concerning redistricting begining at 11:30 p.m. at American Legion Hall 648 in Crosby on Thursday.

Chamber President greets new Chamber President

CROSBY – The Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce is moving toward new organizational direction by changing name of President of Board of Director to Chairman of the Board of Directors and hiring a paid President.
The Crosby/Huffman Chamber of Commerce has embarked upon new ventures to meet the highest standards for community service and is in the process of developing a new marketing program. The new President will be visiting businesses in the surrounding areas and especially the Crosby/Huffman areas to inform potential members of neworking opportunities and marketing potentials with the Crosby/Huffman Chamber of Commerce.
Glenda Logsdon-President, is hired by, and responsible to, the Chamber’s Board of Directors, and is responsible for the day to day management of the Chamber’s functions carrying out policies and procedures established by the Board of Directors.

Glenda will be focusing on membership as one of the main goals the board decided to move to the new position.
Julie Gilbert-maintains her current position as Chairman of the Board of Directors held since January 2010.
Please also say something to the effect that Glenda will be visiting all the businesses in the Crosby-Huffman community and eventually reaching businesses outside of the Crosby-Huffman area.

Highlands’ water cleared by state

HIGHLANDS– A Water Main burst on Prairie St. here last Saturday. H.C. WCID#1, the water supplier for Highlands, issued a boil water warning to residents, the problem has been remedied now.
When a boil water warning is issued residents should bil water to be consumed for just over 2 minutes allow it to cool before drinking.
Water mains have been erupting throughout Texas due to the extended heat with little rain according to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. That entity requires that when water pressure falls below 20 lbs. per square inch that the water companies issue boil water warnings.
There was a small rain on Satuday morning but the manager of Highlands water said he did not know if the incident of the rain had anything to do with the rupture.

According to Mark Taylor of HCWCID#1, “On July 16, 2011, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) required Harris County WCID #1 the Public Water Supplier for Highlands Texas, (PWS # 1010159) to issue a Boil Water Notice (BWN) to inform our customers that due to the presence of contaminants or an interruption in service, water from our system must be boiled prior to consumption.
Our system has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore adequate pressure, disinfectant levels, and/or bacteriological quality and has provided TCEQ with testing results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling.
If you have questions, contact Mark Taylor at 281-426-2115.”
Monday morning Taylor took the samples to the TCEQ labratories for examination, the exam is an 18 hour process.
Highlands purchases 80% of its water from the City of Baytown’s Water service and about 20% from local aquifers. The water from Baytown ultimately comes from the Trinity River and the well water from the San Jacinto River.