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Posts published in “Day: March 8, 2012

Empowering East Harris County

BARRETT STATION– A dedicated young man decided four years ago, that he could make a difference in the lives of the youth and families in this community.

Thinking that an organization that would focus the help of many volunteers was the right vehicle, he formed the East Harris County Empowerment Council, and proceeded to undertake a number of worthwhile community service projects.

Trey Narcisse spoke recently at the Highlands Rotary club’s luncheon meeting, about his vision for this work.

“Be Empowered. Own the Vision.”

He said that after seeing a good friend of his killed in 2008, he looked for a better direction for his own life. He studied many paths, including the tenets of Paul Harris, founder of the Rotary Clubs.

Narcisse’s goal is to help people live better, with the help of volunteers and collaboration with those who can assist.

With a board of directors from Crosby, Barrett, and Sheldon, and funding from individuals, businesses, and corporations, he has proceeded to accomplish a number of community service projects. These include holiday toy drives, Thanksgiving dinners for families, Back-to-School drives and health fairs, Meet the Candidate Night, Business Mixers, a Community Picnic for Veterans, Seniors, and Families, a Run to Remember on 9/11, a $4000 grant for a 2012 MLK Day of Service Project, and much more in the last 4 years.

More than just accomplish service projects, Narcisse wants to build future leaders in the community and develop collaborations with other organizations.

He expects that from his work, others will join to prepare youth and families with knowledge, skills and real-life experiences. He wants to build up the civic minded and skilled leadership in the community. Another goal is to increase the marketability of members of the community for jobs in the economy now and in the future.

In 2010 Narcisse received the Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce President’s Award for his efforts.

Highlands Pilot club to be dissolved

The Highlands community missed the Pilot Club Fair in February, which signalled a change in the club’s status, according to local sources.

The local club will hold meetings through May, and then no more. Members of the club will either join clubs in adjoining communities, or not belong at all.

The Pilot Club of Highlands was chartered in April 1998, sponsored by the Pilot Club of Baytown, and had at its inception over 60 members. However, membership has dropped greatly, with only about a dozen current members, not enough to sustain the club and carry on with their community projects.

The first president of the club was Laura Estes, with Janetta Walker as President Elect.

In 2004 the club received the Community Builder Award from Sampson Lodge, for their community projects. These included a long list of achievements, such as landscaping at four corners, the park on railroad land in the center of town, historical signage at the Lynchburg Ferry landing, a welcome sign on Main Street, scholarships, Community Clean-up Day, collecting teddy bears for the sheriff’s office, support for Relay for Life, welcome bags for new teachers, parties and visits to seniors with emphasis on brain-related injuries, flags and decorations on Veterans’ holidays, and participation in Christmas ceremonies at the park and lighting ceremonies at the Ferry landing. The largest and most important project was the Community Fair at the Elementary School, which they sponsored for 13 years.

The current president of the club is Susan Precht. The club has met once a month on Monday evenings, at the Highlands Community Center.

The demise of the club is reminiscent of many other clubs that have thrived and then withered away in Highlands over the last few decades. These include the Jaycees, the Art Guild, and many more.

Pilot Club members interviewed by the Star-Courier indicated that one of the problems with sustaining the membership is that younger people seemed to have busy lives with other interests, and not enough time for a community service club.

Woman’s Body in San Jacinto River leads to manhunt

By Lewis Spearman

HIGHLANDS – A woman’s body found in the San Jacinto River early last Saturday has tested to be that of a Beaumont woman last seen on Feb. 27.

A fisherman near Monmouth Road under Interstate 10’s bridge called authorities concerning having spotted a body in the river mud at about 7:40 in the morning on March 3.

Reina Cornejo-Triqueros, 37, was last seen on Feb. 27 when at about 8:00 a.m. she left home to go to work at Willy Burger in Beaumont. At about 9:00 a.m. she telephoned her supervisor from a Sour Lake pay-phone to say she was running late.

Harris County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at the river at about 8:00 a.m. March 3 and saw that the remains were shrouded in a shirt like the one described that Triqueros was wearing the last time she was seen by her family.

Acting on a tip, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Investigators discovered her partially burned truck under U.S 59 at Hamblin Rd. in Kingwood two days before the body was found. There was physical evidence within the truck that indicated there had been a violent struggle inside.

A warrant has been issued for Jesus Roman-Castrejon, 52, of Conroe. Montgomery County Detectives allege that Reina was seen in Castrejon’s neighborhood days before the truck was found and that office sought the warrant. Some members of Reina’s family had stated that Castrejon had befriended Reina when they worked together in Houston. He wanted the friendship to be more but was rebuffed by Reina. Jefferson County Sheriff’s Investigators had called Castrejon when she went missing but were told he had not seen her.

The Texas Rangers, the Drug Enforcement Agency Air Wing, Houston Police Marine Division and the U.S. Marshal’s office have now joined the search for Castrejon. Authorities say the undocumented fugitive has probably fled back to Mexico but another source says he has gone to California in cooperation with a gang in that state.

Crimestoppers is offering $1000 for information leading to an arrest of Castrejon, call 713-222-tips. Your information remains anonymous.

Reina Cornejo-Triqueros had lived in this country for 12 years with 3 sisters and was mother to a six year old. Her body has been released to her family.

Jason Cassidy to play Crosby Spring Dance

By Lewis Spearman

CROSBY – The Crosby Fair & Rodeo Spring Dance will be held on March 24 and Jason Cassidy will be the feature act.

Deep, rich, baritone Jason Cassidy author of My Redemption on A-Blake Records in Deer Park, will render his own style of Neo-traditional Country Music for the pre-rodeo fund-raiser and dance that each year raises money to fund the Livestock Auction that proceeds the Crosby Fair & Rodeo.

Tickets are now available for $15 per person by calling the rodeo office (281) 328-2113 or go by Crosby ACE Hardware, FM 2100 at Wahl St. The dance lasts from 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m.

Cassidy is now #6 on the Texas Music Scene with his hit single Honky Tonk Heaven a tribute to the Red Dirt Texas Country Scene.

A devotee of George Strait, Cassidy is dedicated to the retelling of true life experiences with an emphasis on heart and faith. He uses “King George” as a guide.

Cassidy, a Montgomery County native, played his first gigs in the local honky tonks and the hard life left him with a busted marriage and two kids and now A devotee of George Strait, Cassidy is dedicated to the retelling of true life experiences with an emphasis on heart and faith. He uses “King George” as a guide.

Cassidy, a Montgomery County native, played his first gigs in the local honky tonks and the hard life left him with a busted marriage and two kids and now he is a regular church attendee, married to the love of his life Brandi and a classic car re-builder. He comes to the stage without the gimmicks or flash but a deep set of convictions and a deeper voice.

He plays alongside Scott Johnson on fiddle and Harmony vox. Big John Towslee plays lead guitar. Dan Lindsey plays bass and Spencer Booth plays drums.

Asked what would he do if he were just starting out now, Cassidy said, Play every time I can. Put my songs on YouTube and use your social media sites to their fullest.”