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Posts published in December 2015

Santa visits Crosby with presents and a deputy

CROSBY – Santa dropped by to visit some special folks here on Monday Dec. 28.

One woman in Crosby with three kids in the car got pulled over Monday but instead of a ticket for her traffic violation she got presents for her four kids, one was with the grandparents when the traffic stop occurred.

At right, Santa caught a ride with Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Nason over to C.J. Tannehill’s home. He wanted a bike for Christmas and he got one courtesy of Santa and with the help of Crosby Church via Extreme Off Road’s Toy Drive.

Later, Santa, Deputy Nason and Becky Moon of the Highlands Substation went to the kids at Crosby International Academy .

Clothe-A Child blesses families

CROSBY – Local families got a special Christmas gift this year from Clothe-A-Child. Some got a $100 gift voucher for Wal-Mart and they were assisted by local families as hosts that turned out to help them pick out their Christmas gifts and stay under $100. About 900 people participated this year.

Recipient families got the voucher plus toys for the youngsters from a massive toy drive so all the children were able to pick out several toys after their shopping for clothes thanks to Down South Off Road.

Keenan Smith, pastor of Crosby Church, A Fellowship of Believers, “Our Clothe- a- Child events are over and WOW what an amazing time! Thousands of children have been so blessed for all the years. I want to say a huge thank you to all of our Host Families that helped to make this Christmas brighter and better for hundreds of children and their families. Thank you for your financial support an sacrifice, thank you for your time an devotion, thank you for your care and concern to others at this very special time of year. These magical, loving events would not happen if it wasn’t for your dedication to help someone else, to see outside of ourselves into the needs of others and that’s what Christmas is truly about. This event blessed families from our entire region that would not have had a Christmas gift if it wasn’t for all of your love and concern followed up with faith manifest into actions for others.”

One could witness the miracles. One young lady about 13 years old was so excited she was getting new clothes because the jeans she was wearing were the only ones she had. Another child had no jacket to wear he wanted one because its been really cold some. Then again one child just wanted socks when asked why he didn’t have any on, he said “I don’t have any.”

Children were so thrilled their faces lighting up to get new clothes was truly awing.

“Thank you Crosby Church for your devotion and faithfulness to make thousands of children’s and their parents dreams come true. Christmas is about the greatest Gift ever given in Christ Jesus, which helps to remind us about how we also should be sacrificial in our giving to others. So thank you all for showing the Love of Christ to a world around us and that is the spirit of Christmas!!” Pastor Smith beamed, “Each child was able to shop for one hundred dollars’ worth of clothes I always say that we are not just buying them clothes but we are giving them dignity so when they return to school they will have new clothes like the other kids and then perhaps the will insert into the learning process rather than revert out of it and I believe education is what helps break the cycle of poverty. So our prayer is as they grow they will stay in school and reach their full potentials and become world changers.”

Extreme Off Road Park hosted a huge toy drive for the children that we distributed to the children who would have had nothing otherwise also Extreme donated the proceeds of the days park registration fees to help us purchase the clothing.

The challenge is always raising the funds for this massive endeavor and each dollar raised goes directly to the clothing for the children the entire organization is run by volunteers.

For more information visit www. for your Christmas giving and bless someone else. – I’m sure there are some but I don’t really know any other organizations that have no fees taken off the top and 100% goes to the needs. ” Smith concluded.

New Training facility shows Crosby’s potential

CROSBY – A new school is going to be built here. A proposed training facility is to be built between Newport and Lake Shadows by Collins Engineers, Inc.

Last Nov. 18 a proposal was submitted to Newport Municipal Utility District to supply water to a new training facility to train workers in the oil and gas industry.

According to Don Cox of Century 21 Life Changers and a member of the Newport Municipal Utility District Board the district is prepared to offer an annexation proposal to the builders but “We haven’t finalized the property yet.” but he indicated the land deal has been closed.

The water board has plans to offer water to proposed new housing in all of Sections 8 and 7, about 60 new homes near Newport Elementary School, to annex property across FM 2100 and will offer water for 525 new homes proposed on Foley Road. “We have lots of water credit to sell.” said Cox.

The International Training and Conference Center is part of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) education initiative.

“Over 100 state-of-the-art training centers throughout the United States and Canada provides members the skills to build, operate and maintain the essential infrastructure of both countries.” says the union webpage.

The facility project will encompass over 64 acres of buildings. North Diamondhead Blvd. runs West to reach Golf Club Drive, where the drive currently stops there is a proposed extension of Golf Club Drive to head North in the direction of Foley Road. Behind the existing tree buffer, 64 acres with a classroom site is proposed. Two single acre secured equipment areas with a field class room facility is proposed on a 48 acre training area across the street from the Administration and Dorm Buildings. Another training area is 19 acres near Foley Road with a Site Classroom facility.

On the west side of the Golf Club Drive proposed extension, there the 79,900 square foot first floor of the dorm and administration building is to be built plus 11,540 square feet of the central plant plus 5,790 square feet of warehouse. The second floor is to be 13,414 square feet over the dorms and another 4,957 over the training facility.

A pool and health club are to be added back toward the direction of Newport from the Administration and Dorm Building.

The IUOE is the twelfth largest union in the AFL–CIO and third largest in the Canadian Labor Congress. The IUOE is dedicated to improving the standards of living of families in both the USA and Canada.

The IUOE originated in Chicago on Dec. 7 1896 as the National Union of Steam Engineers of America. In 1906 after the earthquake in San Francisco IUOE workers were primary in the rebuilding. In 1928 steam was being replaced by the internal combustion engine so the name was changed to Union of Operating Engineers.

Parade opens holiday festivities in Crosby

CROSBY – More than a little politics was at work last Saturday when the Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce held their Children’s Christmas Festival and Parade.

There were more vendors and craft participants than ever and kids enjoyed the rides inside the fairgrounds.

However, a traffic scheme caused some difficulties. Southbound traffic on FM2100 was allowed to keep moving, even as the parade went North to Wahl Street, and then looped South. The parade held the attention of locals but according to parade director Bob Ward, “This parade wore me out. Precinct 3 gave me a new guy and the idea was to run the parade through moving traffic, with patrol cars in front and back of the parade. But, there is one thing wrong with that and that is, local kids don’t know to stay out of the way of traffic. I was all over that parade trying to make sure everybody was safe.”

The push through method had apparently worked with the two “one-way” non-permitted parades and toy drives on the previous Saturday and at about 10:00 a.m. last Saturday for the toy drive. But the permitted parade is a lot different.

Then a trail rider was bucked off his horse on Wahl Street while waiting for traffic to move South on FM 2100 to get the parade moving back to the high school. The rider was taken by ambulance to the hospital. Fortunately, HCESD#5, the ambulance service for Crosby, had the foresight to have an ambulance follow the parade. Shortly thereafter, an altercation between two riders was broken up by other parade participants.

Meanwhile back at the front entrance and the judge’s tables, a large black truck immediately after the parade was to begin forced it’s way through the crowd at the front entrance to the fairgrounds. Then the occupant exited the truck and stated that he had to lock the gate for the Fair board. He wasn’t with the fair board. He was convinced not to do so and Santa was able to enter on Engine 82 of the Crosby Fire Dept. Families delighted in having their kids get their pictures taken with Santa Claus.

FM 2100 chase ends with crash

CROSBY – A deputy was injured when he chased a speeding vehicle into a ditch on Thursday, Dec. 3, at about 1:00 a.m.

A witness saw a gray Toyota “went tearing” south on FM 2100 after Midnight “and his wheels was just smoking, nearly hit a pole” at Foley Rd., “passing anybody out there.”

“Directly, a Sheriff’s car was roaring right after whoever it was.” the witness relayed.

Law enforcement says the chase exceeded 90 miles per hour. These streaks began southbound on FM 2100 then went east on to Hare Rd. at the traffic lights. Then past the ball fields they turned north on Miller-Wilson. But the S-curve at Clara is not built for speed. The suspect’s vehicle flew over the ditch crashed though barbed wire into the pasture beyond, a few feet more east and the car would have hit a power line.

The pursuit lead the deputy to smashing his car into the ditch to avoid a similar situation.

The deputy, whose name the department did not release, went to the hospital in another patrol car, complaining of a sore back and knee. He had narrowly missed power lines, too.

The suspect was taken by Lifeflight helicopter to LBJ Hospital reporting pain in his neck and back. Harold Johnson was charged with evading arrest and driving while intoxicated.

Lions Award Young Talent

The Lions Club International of Crosby represented here by club President Glenn Cole, bestowed Jessica Lasky $100 and recognition of her Lion’s Club International Share Peace Poster Contest at last Tuesday night’s Share Peace Dinner at Peso’s Restaurant in Crosby. Lasky was the winner of Crosby branch’s competition and moves on to the next level of the International Competition.