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Posts published in “Day: October 6, 2011

Jamboree sees largest crowds in many years


As the tradition of the Highlands Jamboree continues into its 55th year, the community support and participation just seems to grow.

This year, with the weather just outstanding, more people turned out for the various events than in many recent years.

The 5K Fun Run/Walk, sponsored by Habitat for Humanity, started at the Highlands Community Center on Saturday, shortly after the 7:00 a.m. sign-in. Winners will be announced in next week’s paper.

The parade was longer, noisier, and crazier than usual, as the them was “Highlands… A Hidden Treasure” and most floats and participants came dressed in Pirate Garb! Judges for the best floats were Brook Terrell, Ramona Villarreal, and Chelsea Read. Best of Show Float was by ZXP Tech. See box on page 2 for more results of the judging.

Then the action moved to the Highlands Elementary School, where the multi-purpose room was packed with parents and friends for the Children’s Pageant, silent auction and other awards. Please see photos and winners in this issue.

The crafts and organization booths in the gymnasium were busy, with more groups represented than ever before. A new event this year was a booth selling Homecoming Dance Tickets. A long line formed, and news came that the event was sold out before the day was over.

The Hidden Treasure also included lots of food, as the Boy Scouts had their BBQ tent, and ice cream and other vendors helped everyone fill up and enjoy themselves.

A Car Show was a people’s favorite. Sponsored by Ellard Lambert and Discount Auto Parts, a large collection of restored and vintage autos were shown. Attendees voted, and Awards were presented by Dickie Woods, as follows:

Participant’s Choice, #5 Cindy Valentine with a ‘57 White Corvette;

Chamber’s Choice, #2 Carl Green with a Purple 1956 Chevrolet Coupe;

People’s Choice, #20 Barbara Slusser with a 2010 Chevy Camaro;

Best of Show, #2 Carl Green with his ‘56 Purple Chevrolet.

Festivities continued into the afternoon, and as the Jamboree ended about 3 p.m., it seemed that most people were not ready to go. But as an alternate, they could travel to the Highlands Junior School, where the Junior Miss Highlands Pageant took place at 2 p.m., with 10 contestants, and at 7 p.m. when 11 local girls competed for the coveted title of 2011 Miss Highlands. See elsewhere in this issue for the results of the Pageant contest.

Proceeds from the Jamboree go to support the Chamber and it’s activities. Official sponsors this year were Woodforest National Bank, Portraits of Texas, ZXP Technologies, San Jacinto Methodist Hospital, Constable Ken Jones, Kostka Auto Repair, United Community Credit Union, MegaSand Enterprises, Amegy Bank, Rainbow Jewelry & Loan, BJ Portascan, Timesaver, Community Resource Credit Union, and Star-Courier.

County appoints new Pct. 4 Commissioner

A replacement has been named for Precinct 4 Comissioner Jerry Eversole, who gave up his office in the wake of legal turmoil a few weeks ago.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett has given the post to R. “Cactus Jack” Cagle, a civil court judge for more than a decade.

Eversole has been in and out of the courtroom for several years, embroiled in charges of official corruption and bribery stemming from his business partnership with county contractor Michael Surface. After more than two decades in office, Eversole stepped down and pled guilty to one count of lying to federal investigators at the end of September.

Cagle, a graduate of Rice University, was sworn in during the Oct. 4 meeting of the commissioner’s court in Houston. Cagle has sat on the bench of Harris County Court-at-Law No. 1 since being elected in 2000. He has earned some of the highest ratings from the Houston Bar Association and has garnered several awards from local groups during his tenure on the bench.

“During this process, my goal was to find someone who could best serve the constituents of Precinct 4,” Emmett said in a press release. “I met with and spoke with dozens of folks in the community about the Precinct 4 commissioner’s position in recent weeks. Jack quickly emerged as the top candidate because of his mature judgment, keen intellect, unquestioned integrity and his many years of work in the community.

“He will serve the residents of Precinct 4 with great passion and hard work, and I genuinely look forward to working with him in the years to come.”

Approximately 70 people had their names in the running, but Emmett said in a press conference that he had considered around a dozen of those names for personal interviews. Cagle impressed Emmett with his professional demeanor, and he considers Cagle to be a good candidate for election in 2012, Emmett said during that conference.

“I appreciate Judge Emmett’s faith in appointing me to represent more than 1 million of my friends and neighbors in Precinct 4,” said Cagle in the release. “I am keenly aware of my new responsibilities, and I promise to work as quickly as possible to acquaint myself with the area’s ongoing projects and to hear from as many of my new constituents as possible.”

Cagle joins Emmett and commissioners El Franco Lee of Precinct 1, Jack Morman of Precinct 2 and Steve Radack of Precinct 3.

Old River-Winfree Founders Day festivities this weekend

The Old River-Winfree Founder’s Day Festival is coming around once more, and all area residents are invited to attend and learn more about the history of the area, partake in fun and festivities, and much more.

Set to kick off Friday, Oct. 7, the event will carry on through the weekend until 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9. The event not only commemorates the incorporation of Old River and Winfree in 1979, but also the pioneers who settled Chambers County and the areas within. According to the organization’s Web site, Founders Day “commemorates and celebrates the founding of our community, promotes cooperation and volunteerism in the community, generates community spirit and recreation, and enhances the economic welfare of the town.”

Beginning at noon on Friday, a silent auction benefitting the Old River-Winfree Historical Museum will be held. Also featured will be a historical display, the Texas Wall of Heroes, and an appearance by historical author Ms. Jean Epperson. All of these will be on display throughout the weekend as well. The Energy City Big Band will play at 6 p.m. and the festival will shut down for the night at 10 p.m.

At 6:30 a.m. Saturday, registration will begin for a 5K run/walk event benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project. The event will get moving with a cannon start at 8 a.m., followed by awards at 9 a.m. Also on tap for Saturday are a pie, cake and cupcake contest, with registration starting at 9 a.m., as well as a classic car and truck show, with registration beginning at 9 a.m.

A Tiny Miss and Mr./Junior Miss Contest will take place at 10 a.m, along with the Miss West Chambers County Pageant.

Awards will be given at 2 p.m. for the car and truck show, followed by awards for the bake-off at 2:15 p.m. The silent auction will finish up at 4:30 p.m., and local band David’s Heart will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. The fair will close Saturday again at 10 p.m.

Ongoing through the festival will be a re-enactment of life in Chambers County when the pioneers first made their way there. Those who attend can learn about the rough and tumble lifestyle those pioneers faced when settling their little part of Texas.

Also featured will be food vendors, as well as arts and crafts for sale.

For more information, call 979-661-6172, or visit