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Posts published in “Day: May 16, 2013

All Bond referendums pass; higher taxes for everyone

Northeast Harris County– The only bond initiative or sales tax increase to fail in the Greater Houston Area was Lone Star College. All questions of local tax increases were passed affirmative, mostly to their maximum.

So, taxes in Goose Creek Consolidated ISD, Crosby ISD, and surrounding areas will be increasing. The HCESD#4 for the Huffman Volunteer Fire Dept. obtained a 1% increase bringing the sales tax to the maximum 8.25% per dollar purchase. Lee College got a tiny bond for renovations that adds up to 1.75¢ per 100 valuation.

The results are among all agencies reporting, the agencies reporting being the agencies to benefit from the increases are overwhelmingly for the tax increases.

The Crosby ISD Bond for $86.5 M passed with 777 for votes to 687 against, unofficially, the official vote awaiting the canvasing of votes at the Crosby ISD Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, May 20. So a new Crosby High School will begin building in 2016 behind the Wal-Mart, new stacking drives will be added to Barrett Primary and Newport Elementary and a bunch of renovations will begin.

According to Dr. Keith Moore of Crosby ISD, “This is an exciting day for the students and staff of Crosby schools, for our schools, for our school system and for our community. I do not take lightly the trust that our community expressed by the outcome of this election. It is now up to me, my staff and the CISD Board to work diligently through this construction process to maintain this trust. Our community has expressed their desire and commitment to have top quality schools and we will work diligently to provide a superior academic program, top quality extracurricular opportunities, and safe and secure facilities. Tradition, with a future!”

Goose Creek Proposition 1 had 1,857 votes for and 758 against the $177.6 M bond. The second proposition had 1,855 for votes and 748 votes against the $89 M renovation and security improvement initiative. The second proposition had two less votes for it and 10 less votes against it. A $100,000 home will see increases of about $97.80 per year for renovations of three high schools, three new buildings including an expensive technical center and a modest transportation center.

Lee College had an overwhelming 72% approval within Goose Creek CISD for a $40 M bond to renovate and upgrade facilities, a working training center, some infrastructure and remodeling. Some 2, 565 votes were cast on the bond, 1,865 or 72.7% were in favor and 700 were against or 27.29% against. The Regents at Lee College had decreased the tax by one cent last year so the real increase will be about .75 of one cent per $100 valuation.

HCESD#4 the representatives for the citizens of Huffman for Harris County overseeing the Huffman Volunteer Fire Dept. obtained at vote for a sale tax increase with 21 votes for the proposal and 14 against. Two voters went into the booth at the Huffman Volunteer Fire Department and did not vote either way. The Board will meet to approve the vote and canvas ballots on May 20 at 6:30 p.m. Questions are directed to Amber Jackson at 281-797-5732.

Crosby American Legion gives Leadership Awards

CROSBY – The David H. McNerney American Legion Post 658 presented their Leadership Awards this past Thursday to one student, one teacher, one fire fighter, one lawman and one preacher.

Awardees, their families, their parishioners and friends attended the ceremony at the Legion Post for a ceremony in which the men that have served their country bestow tokens of their appreciation for Community Leaders. The best of each categories are recognized in their categories from young leader to mentor from hero to champion and recognition of those that take up the cloth in the spiritual battle.

For these categories a young woman that demonstrated the abilities that America needs. She was called the true future of the United States by Commander Boyles.

Crosby High School Senior Rosaline Curb was honored as Leadership Student.

The teachers in Crosby ISD chose Raymond Blanchard as best representative of teachers at Crosby ISD.

Russell White was choice for Firefighter Leadership not only for his dedication, training and demonstration of courage but also for the constant training and volunteering to excel in the profession. Even for the Leadership Award Russell White was called away to serve Texas 1 the elite firefighter unit for this August State.

Lieutenant Ricky Larkin was recognized not only for his selfless dedication as a law enforcement officer but also for his perpetual involvement within volunteer organizations.

Rev. Dr. Larry Koslovsky was recognized for his calling, dedication and practice of ministering. He is known to all as Brother Larry. He entered the ministry 30 years ago. His history includes years in the 1980s as an outreach minister and his active support of local, state national and international mission efforts.

Rotary makes annual scholarship awards

May 16, 2013

HIGHLANDS – The Rotary Club of Highlands presented 18 students with scholarships last Tuesday evening at an awards banquet, held at the Community Center. The scholarships, in amount varying from $1500 to $2500, totalled $30,000. The money was raised at community events, especially the Chili Feast held annually in February.

The keynote speaker for the evening was the superintendent of the Goose Creek schools, Dr. Salvador Cavazos. With wit and wisdom, he spoke to the students and the audience of parents and Rotarians about his life, and early childhood with five siblings, viewed as a “novel” that is only half done, and his early lessons of Perseverance, Passion, and Plan that should guide our life. He said that after spending 13 years of his life in college, he learned the purpose: to Create a new Reality. He said that Education is a Life Changer.

The Scholarship Awards were under the direction of Rotarian Dr. Larry White, assisted by a committee of nine other Rotarians who reviewed 68 applications and recommended 18 awards. Criteria were academic achievement, need, extracurricular activities, work ethic, and intangibles (such as essays or other presented materials).

Recipients of the scholarships, their intended college and major, are as follows:

Sterling High School:

–Erin Reisner, Univ. of Houston, Health and Nutrition

Crosby High School:

–Taylor Sneed, Texas A & M, veterinarian

–Jessica Muldrow, Stephen F. Austin Univ, music director

Goose Creek Memorial:

–Heather Hooey, UT San Antonio, Kesiology

–Emily Brown, Brigham Young, Accounting

–Brittany Cortez, Galveston Jr. College/UTMB, Nursing

–Keely Walker, Texas Tech, Business/Accounting

–Miriah Spurgeon, Lee College/TAMU, Business

–Jaquelin Camarillo, Lee College/UTMB, Nursing

–Faith Doucette, Univ. of Houston, Business

–Victor Chavez, UT Austin, Environmental Science

–Ethan Hunt, Rice Univ., Physics/Chemistry

College Students:

–Dianna Muldrow

–Melanie Muldrow

–Amy Brewer

W.L. HERNDON DDS SCHOLARSHIP, presented by Patricia Scott:

–Brittany McGhee, (Goose Creek Memorial), San Jacinto College, Radiology

PAT MCPHEE SCHOLARSHIP, presented by Barbara McPhee:

–Dalton Cook (Crosby High School)

JAY E. BIRD SCHOLARSHIP, presented by Weston Cotten:

–Melissa Valdez, (Chinquapin School), UT San Antonio, Engineering

At the conclusion of the ceremony, presided over by Rotary president Dane Listi and Dr. White, the audience was encouraged to comment on the evening, and Rotarians spoke about the club and the scholarships.