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Posts published in June 2014

Crosby Livestock Auction brings $279,188

CROSBY – June 11 was the day that the Crosby Fair & Rodeo hosted the Annual Livestock Auction and this year sals and re-sales topped a new record.

With a total over $24,000 more than last year the Rodeo Board can continue to boast of expansion while bestowing opportunity and cash to exhibitors.

Over $50,000 came in Grand Champion Sales alone this year in the Crosby FFA & 4-H Auction and there were exhibitors out to third place that sold livestock.

This year one of the flag bearing riders inside the arena during the rodeo was also the Grand Champion Steer Exhibitor, Meagan Nash. Meagan and her sister Madison have been thoughout Texas learning all there is to know about livestock.

Gracie Shubert had the Grand Champion Lamb bought by Omnix Healthcare. Teague Schexnayder sold his Grand Champion Swine to Oilwell Tubular Consultants.

On it went into the night as the community rallied about the concept of a Livestock Auction to provide educational opportunities to area youth that will work with the programs.

Repeatedly, the efforts of the parents of these exhibitors in contribution to the community prosperity is most gratifying for those outside the events.

Officials promise widening of FM2100 by 2019

CROSBY-HUFFMAN– It looks like as early as 2019 drivers on FM 2100 can expect to move a little faster on two lanes in both directions.

The Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce had as guests last Thursday not only TXDoT’s Quincy D. Allen, P.E. but also Jeremy Phillips, Senior Director of Infrastructure for Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jack Morman. Along with them as guest, Dan Huberty R., District 127 Texas House of Representatives.

“We are really picking up steam on FM 2100,” Quincy Allen,Deputy District Engineer Houston District said. Allen was instrumental in the completion of U.S. 90 and helped move through the overpass of the Union Pacific railroad tracks in Crosby.

“Right now, we are looking at what our right-of-way needs are and we’ll start the process of dividing right-of-way. We’ve got to get an environmental study done to make sure we’re not disturbing the wetlands or vegetation that might be in danger but that process takes time and we’ve got that started,” he said.

This proposed project sought by the Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce on FM 2100 is to make four lanes throughout the eight-mile stretch from FM 1960 to Hare Road. Costs should run about $60 million and is expected to be submitted to a project selection panel in August 2014.

Allen suggested that Wayne Smith, R. 128th Texas House of Representatives, had been a prime mover of the project and often offered questions and suggestions engineer to engineer.

According to Wayne Smith, “I met with TXDoT not just those in Austin but also those there about making improvements to FM 2100 a few times and I’ve met with the county a few times. The county has some responsibility in that corridor and Jack Morman really wants it done. To relieve the congestion will take a combined effort working with TXDoT, the House of Representatives and Harris County Commissioners. I think we have placed a priority that we want to get done.”

“Jeremy Phillips and I have been able to work together on several projects and I’m here to tell you point blank that this is about the strongest partnership that I have had with Harris County in a certain area in a long time,” said Allen.

The question came up at the luncheon about the backup in Barrett Station. As covered in the April 24 issue of the Star-Courier, the $7.5 Million proposed project the county is doing to widen FM 2100 through Barrett Station hinges on TXDoT connecting to FM 1942 as a four lane south of the U.S. 90 overpass. When accomplished, the county can then begin to put in culverts in the ditches and widen the roadway through Barrett Station.

“We’re confident that the need exists for this area. This roadway is high on that list and we are confident that it will be selected, approved and we’re pushing ahead,” Allen said. “We’re going to start our design work, developing our partnerships with the county and some others; I’m fairly confident that this thing is going to go.”

“We are fairly confident now that it will not get sidetracked.” Rep. Smith stated, “Environmental is going on now until about 2015 then we should be able to do the right of way. I’m looking for about 2016 or 2017 for the shovels to start.”

Dan Huberty answered this reporter that “Expanding the other side from New Caney down to FM 1960 going through Huffman is what we are focused on going into the next session, getting the additional funding for that is going to be critical.”

Crosby Rodeo writes Pink Heals $115,000 Check

Remember last February 8 when the Bras For the Cause was the social event of the year and the most fun had as most of us had with our clothes on? Well, that event culminated Saturday night, Tough Enough to Wear Pink night, with the presentation of two checks from the Tough Enough to Wear Pink Committee, headed by Debbie Holmelin raised about $120,000 that night and presented a check for $115,000 to the Pink Healers Foundation doing business at Methodist San Jacinto Hospital.

The Tough Enough to Wear Pink Committee of the Crosby Fair & Rodeo also presented a check for $10,000 to the American Cancer Society as will be seen on page 10.

On hand right here in the Rockin’ C Arena last Saturday were Denise Martinez for Pink Heals and Kylie Vincent for the American Cencer Society.

Martinez said fighting back tears as she exited the presentation, “If someone would have told me 4 years ago (when 1 patient, seeking ways to pay her bills while paying for and receiving cancer treatment, and 1 small fundraiser inspired the idea to start a patient assistance fund) that I would be receiving a check for $115,000 I probably would have laughed. I never imagined that this moment would come true. It is such an honor to lead a cancer program that is so in touch with the community that it serves. And for the Crosby community, there are not enough words to express the gratitude for their commitment and support. I am humbled to see the outpouring of support that is shown for the cancer survivors. ”

Her efforts are to provide for a patient’s living expenses as a patient pays for cancer treatment. The American Cancer Society helps fund research and contributes to finding a cure for cancer.

Crosby Fair & Rodeo this weekend

Aaron Lewis, Phillip Griffin on Thursday, June 12.

Turnpike Troubadours will be led by Breelan Angel on Friday, June 13.

Charla Angel leads for Kevin Fowler on Saturday, June 14.

PRCA Championship Rodeo inside the Rockin’ C Arena each night.

Mutton Bustin’ featuring area youth starts at 7:00 each night.

Carnival rides each night this week.

Tickets are available at Crosby ACE Hardware, Community Bank of Texas, the Fair office, and online at

Veterans recall D-DAY at Tea Pot Depot event

HIGHLANDS– June 6, 1944 over 10,000 soldier in the Allied Command paid the ultimate price for their country in the Invasion of Normandy and seventy years later a remembrance of that day was held at Teapot Depot with three veterans of that awesome struggle.

Jack Langham recounted for over an hour of the ironies and incidents that befell the 101st Airborne as they regrouped and cut Nazi supply for the 10 days that was the Battle of Normandy and the Battle of the Hedgerows until the Capture of St. Lo. Recounting skirmishes and tank battles, the first thing one learns from veterans is that the movies often got it wrong. The Battle of Carentan was explained in details that caused many to wince.

It occurred between June 10 until the 15 between the 101st and the Nazi Wehrmacht. The Germans were thrown back on June 12 but the 17th S.S. Panzergrenadier Division counter atacked supported by tanks. Langham recalls that each American Airborne knew that this group of Nazis were dedicated, would not surrender and would fight until the last man fell. In spite of what many remember from movies,the 2nd Armoured Division with the 101st Airborne were more than a match for the Nazi combined forces.

Langham displayed a frame filled with medals including the Bronze Star and recounted how he earned each one that eventful fortnight. He peppered his talk with recounts of battles and the bravado of the airborne troops.

With a little help from visiting reenactor Cody Larson of Baytown, he showed how equipment was used, illustrated how heavy all that equipment was to walk with and the extent of the rigors of training endured by the 101st. “Now, I looked just like this young man except I had put two ammunition belts across my shoulders and one around my waiste so I was even more heavy than most. I looked like a movie bandito with all those bulletts around me.I tried to pick up that M-1 that I had always carried everywhere but that thing sure got a lot heavier over the years.”

Other local veterans joined in the rememberance including Cecil Newton and Grody Hand adding to the vivid discussion of events.

Turner Chevy brings familiar faces to Crosby

CROSBY – Some familiar faces are returning to the area to “make customers comfortable buying GM products and used cars and getting service locally.”

New ownership, new dealership, new management that have many familiar faces will be found at Turner Chevrolet.

Robert Turner, owner of John Keating Chevrolet and John Keating Subaru across the street from each other in Nederland, Texas has purchased the local Chevrolet dealership and says, “We are people people. We are here in the community to try and do some good. We appreciate the support of the entire community.

If they are interested in General Motors vehicles, we will make it convenient for them to own one. We invite them to come on by and see us. I’ve been doing this for 35 years, mostly for General Motors. I started doing this in 1976. The pervious three years I had spent in the insurance industry. Since then it has all been automobiles. It is important for people to know that, I’ve wrenched, I’ve sold, I’ve financed, I’ve managed. Now I’m just a janitor, cleaning up everybody elses mess. This is a pretty big one, but I am cleaning it up.”

Turner’s business philosophy may be summed up in the phrase, “ The people make the difference.”

Apparently, that philosophy influenced his employing David Mendez for General Sales Manager. David is known for having been the General Manager at John Keating Chevrolet before the dealership was sold.

“We’d love for the community to come out, shake our hand and meet us.” Mendez says.

Mendez is well known in the area for his involvement in the community, like Crosby Fair and Rodeo and charities for the last 20 years, and in taking care of customers expresses his philosophy as “I want customers for life.”

“When you walk into Turner Chevrolet you are going to see a familiar face,” says Mendez, “I want to keep your business by taking care of you. Certainly in our service department we want you to feel comfortable sending your husband, your wife and your kids in whether it is to buy a part or get your oil changed. We are here for you during the sale, after the sale, we are going to be here for you always. There are big plans for this dealership. The phoenix rising from the ashes is my analogy for this dealership.”

Some customers have already expressed their enthusiasm for the change. Charles Reeves says, “David Mendez, the new General Sales Manager of Turner Chevorlet in Crosby, Texas, has built his distinguished career on one motto ‘customers for life.’ His customer service is the best I’ve ever experienced. I can’t wait to see what unfolds in this new chapter of his life at Turner Chevrolet.”

“My vision is to give ‘knock your socks’ off service, create a culture that sincerely takes care of the community. We want to earn your trust again and again. We can’t wait to help you with all of your needs. I plan to be here for many more years.” says Mendez that has shown his sincere love for Crosby and the surrounding communities by efforts like buying livestock at the Crosby Fair & Rodeo Livestock Auction with his own personal cash. His first e-mail address still is and he plans to keep it for life too.

“If we can be of help contact us. Our phone number is 281-328-4377, my e-mails is You can deal directly with me for any needs you have.”

Rodeo Cook-off this weekend

CROSBY – It’s time to rodeo and it all begins with the largest party anywhere nearby, the Crosby Fair & Rodeo Cook-off at the Fairgrounds this weekend.

The Cook-off is food, a parade, party and concerts Friday and Saturday nights.

The fun begins on Friday night at about 5:00 p.m. when the gates open for the Cook-off party and concert. The concerts will begin each night after dark or about 8:30 p.m.

Rides and a carnival atmosphere will be going on for the kids earlier and the cooking teams will be perparing delicious entries.

The Rodeo Parade is Saturday, June 7 at 10:00 a.m. It occurres when the Rodeo Cook-off is going on inside the fairgrounds. Bill Murff and family will be the Parade Marshals. Friends, Families, Representatives and Organizations of the community are encouraged to enter a float or vehicle in support of “Sticking to Our Roots.”

Line up at the Crosby Fair & Rodeo parking lot is at 9:30 a.m. The parade will go north on the CF&R property to Church St. Turn Left on Church St. turn right on 1st Street, turn right on Kernohan. Turn left on Crosby-Dayton Rd. Turn right onto Pecan St. Continue back to Church St. It goes to the Entrance of C.F.&R. Parking lot and enters C.F.&R. Property.

Hill Country Jane plays first for the Cook-off on June 6. The band leads for Johnny “Looking for Love” Lee.

Since 2005, Hill Country Jane has been steadily gaining momentum in the Texas/Red Dirt Music scene. Starting out as an acoustic trio in Austin, and now based in their native northeast Harris County, Hill Country Jane has evolved into a Texas Country Rockin’ Blues powerhouse.

In 2012 HCJ joining forces with long-time friends and collaborators Chip Oliphant, Dan Payne & Derek Wilson from the local Houston band Last House on the Left.

The 1980 top single, with “Lookin’ for Love,” has been the signature song for Johnny Lee. That fantastic hit not only spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard country singles chart in the second half of 1980 but also went to the Top 5 on the Pop charts, and Top 10 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary survey. He racked up a series of country hits in the early and mid-80s.

Johnny Lee, born John Lee Ham on July 3, 1946 in Alta Loma, Texas plays here Friday night. Since 1976 he has been making hits with the vocals that Americans love. He first became spotlighted with the movie “Urban Cowboy” after having worked with Mickey Giley for 10 years in Pasadena.

To this day at every local cook-out someone will break out “Cherokee Fiddle.” and play it for the whiskey. Lee had five songs reach the top of the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart. “One in a Million” (1980); “Bet Your Heart on Me” (1981); “The Yellow Rose” (1984, a duet with Lane Brody and the theme song to the NBC TV-series of the same name); and “You Could Have Heard a Heartbreak” (1984). Major hits that are still being played are “Pickin’ Up Strangers” (1981), “Prisoner of Hope” (1981); “Sounds Like Love” and “Hey Bartender” (1983); and “Rollin’ Lonely” and “Save the Last Chance” (1985).

He still plays with the Urban Cowboy Band.

His cookbook Chef Boy ‘R’ Lee was a splash in 2006 and the website for the Texas Country Music Hall of Famer is

The following night, Saturday, June 7, the concert will headline Jason Boland and the Stragglers. A Central Texas lad that went off to Stillwater, Oklahoma to the Oklahoma State University with plans on going to the Seminary. He went to the OSU Fraternity instead and dropped out to become a musician in two years.

Texas born and bred singer, songwriter Abbi Walker Petkoff has been dubbed a Rockabilly songstress sort of a cross between Adele and Miranda Lambert. She will lead for Jason Boland and the Stragglers on Saturday, June 7, doubtless with songs her new single Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

Daughter of a preacher, singing since she was 3 years old, she’s in love with not just singing, but songwriting and learning how to tell her story. Her songs are relatable. Abbi’s sound has many layers. Her fresh feisty lyrics hold deep Gospel soul and sweet harmonies mixed with gritty Southern Rock.

Bayway Drive Partial Closure Planned


The City of Baytown has issued a “Permit to Close Public Way” for a partial roadway closure of Bayway Drive on Tuesday, June 10, through Wednesday, June 11. The closures will take place from 6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., to allow for inspection of piping and installation of a new pipeline over Bayway Drive. 

The worksite is located approximately 100 yards east of the ExxonMobil south security gate. Motorists are asked to find alternate routes if possible and to obey all traffic signs and signals.