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Posts published in July 2018

US 90 cycle crash kills local woman

Traffic investigator check the scene of US 90 at the access road in front
of Friendly Ford of Crosby where the guardrail was struck Sunday night
at about 6:05 p.m.

CROSBY – A Sunday outing turned tragic when a blue Harley-Davidson motorcycle tried to enter US 90 from the southbound feeder at the 2400 block.

Witnesses say some riders on bikes had been racing along on their way to an event closer to Houston at about 6:05 p.m. on July 22. Apparently, the motorcycle hit the guardrail marking the entrance to the highway.

The motorcycle was being driven by Martin Stephen McKinley and his sister-in-law, Aliecia Wright Pruitt, was riding behind him.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office report says, “Witnesses advised McKinley was traveling at a high rate of speed just prior to the crash, and that he had been drinking alcoholic beverages.”

Theft of historic jewel leads to Highlands man


Two people were arrested last Saturday by West Columbia police and the Brazoria County Sheriff’s department for the theft of a precious jewel from the historic Varner-Hoff Plantation Historic Site in West Columbia.

Arrested for the alleged theft were Carla Fuentes, 26, of Freeport, and Tirso Miguel Perez, 24, of Highlands, TX. Court records show that Perez has a history of as many as 13 theft convictions.

The pair tried to sell the brooch at a jewelry store, but the owner recognized the piece and called police.

Cedar Bayou to benefit from Flood bonds

Pct. 2 Commissioner Jack Morman talks with Luce Bayou and Cedar Bayou watershed residents at the I.T.May Community Center last Thursday.

HUFFMAN – Thursday, July 19, at the I.T. May Community Center, a public meeting was held to discuss the $2.5 Billion bond proposed by the Harris County Commissioner’s Court to sponsor comprehensive flood relief programs by the Harris County Flood Control District.

The measures are to initiate a comprehensive flood control program that begins in the north of the district all the way to the sea. The meetings focus on the needs of local populations and interact with the neighborhoods through a series of meetings. The H.C. Flood Control District presented 14 proposed anti-flood projects to be paid for by the bond.

Cedar Bayou has been flooding for decades now and a study of the watershed has been completed.

In the HCFCD proposal the upstream Cedar Bayou Project would receive $74M from the bond for right of way acquisition, design and construction of channel conveyance improvements and stormwater detention basin upstream of FM 1960. This 1% floodplain could be reduced in size from about 1,500 acres to less than 100 acres.

Another upstream project on Cedar Bayou would cost $11M but almost entirely eliminate the flood risk along upper Cedar Bayou.

Dayna Steele runs for Congress TX-36

Seeks to unseat incumbent Babin

CROSBY – A candidate for the U.S. Congressional seat representing the east part of Baytown to the Louisiana border including Highlands, Liberty and Crosby, District 36, was in Crosby last weekend interviewing with the Star-Courier about the upcoming election at the intersection of U.S. 90 and FM 2100. Dayna Steele never worked in politics before, she was busy working in radio, most famously on Rock 101 for 14 years, television and writing 8 books that have sold well.

What does the Democratic candidate know about recent incidents in Crosby?

“I know that what happened after Hurricane Harvey and the incident at Arkema. Locals told me that the chickens refused to eat feed off of the ground. I started doing a little research and looking into what happened. I live in Seabrook, so I live close to all the plants. I have done a lot of crisis communication training for the executives in those plants, so I know what can go wrong and I was very concerned with what happened at Arkema. That is one of the many reasons I decided to run against Brian Babin. ”

Sylvia Garcia resigns Legislature

Seeks TX-29 Congress seat

State Senator Sylvia Garcia has submitted her resignation in a letter to Governor Greg Abbot, earlier this week.

Garcia is running for the seat that was vacated by Congressman Gene Green, Texas District 29. Her name will be on the November ballot, as well as a Republican opponent, Phillip Aronoff.

In her letter to Abbott, she said, “It has been an unbelievable honor for me and my family to serve the diverse, proud, working class constituents of Senate District 6 who contribute immensely to our state and want nothing more than to provide a good life for their family.”

Her term will end Jan. 2, 2019. She asked Abbott to call an election to fill her seat in the next election in November.

Beaumont Highway reopens to traffic

CROSBY – Local commuters are relieved now that the Beaumont Highway, known also as old US 90, again provides a relief route to Houston and back, and is now reopened.

Local traffic and industrial trucking puts about 12,000 to 13,000 vehicles on the roadway daily between FM 2100 and Beltway 8.

TxDOT closed the road for repairs in early May on an emergency basis. It was feared that possible collapse of the roadway might occur. The closure was at Sheldon Road to drivers travelling east and originally at the San Jacinto River Bridge for those westbound, later moving nearer to C.E. King and then to Beltway 8.

Causes for the action were many. Normal wear and tear from erosion under the bridge was one factor. Varied floods last year including Hurricane Harvey compromised the integrity of the roadway.

Stephens now President of Heart Screenings


The Cody Stephens Go Big or Go Home (GBOGH) Foundation is going big! The foundation is absorbing the Texas non-profit Who We Play For (WWPF) in order to directly screen young students’ hearts with electrocardiograms (ECG). The GBOGH foundation has been funding WWPF heart screening for a number of years, so this move just made sense to reduce duplication of efforts. Together, more than 100,000 students have been screened, with a large portion funded directly by the GBOGH Foundation.

The GBOGH Foundation will have five employees immediately with the charge of screening all of Texas. For the first year of participation, school districts new to the screening program, are offered a free and optional ECG heart screening to those students that are required to have a sports physical. Thereafter, there’s a $20.00 charge for an ECG.

“This program is not about stopping students from playing their respective sports, but just allowing them the opportunity to make sure their hearts are healthy before participation,” said Scott Stephens, Cody’s Dad and co-founder of the GBOGH Foundation. “The current sports physicals use a stethoscope to check the students’ hearts. This technology is 200 years old. We can do better by testing our students’ hearts with computers (ECG machines) and allowing the advances made in modern medicine find these unknown heart conditions.”

The current history and physical and stethoscope is said to find about 3% of the conditions that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest whereas by adding a 5 minute, $20 ECG we can find about 86% of the causes of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).

It is the goal of the Cody Stephens Go Big or go Home Foundation to be the largest Non-profit screening organization in the USA. Currently, we are the largest in Texas, but in order to honor Cody Stephens words to his dad before he left us we believe we should be the largest in the USA.

In order to achieve this goal we are having a fundraiser at the Crosby American Legion Hall on August 25, 2018 at 7 pm. Tickets are $50 per person (tables of 8 for $400) at

New Emergency Facility opens

THE CROSBY/HUFFMAN CHAMBER participated in the Ribbon Cutting, as well as members of the Bayshore and HCA staffs, and community members. Seen above, Bayshore CEO Jeanna Bamburg {in pink) cuts the ribbon, with the help of Dr. Alan Lo, Administrator Rachel Rivera, Judge Mike Parrott, who is head of the advisory board, and Denise Smith, Rotary president.

A new Emergency Treatment facility has opened on Beltway 8 East, near Wallisville Road.

A ribbon cutting was held on Monday of this week, to officially open the facility known as “HCA Houston ER-24/7.” The Emergency Room is part of the Bayshore Medical Center, an HCA affiliated hospital.

HCA decided not to reopen their full service hospital, East Houston Medical Center on I-10, after it flooded last year with several feet of water over the first floor. This ruined all the medical equipment, making it too expensive to reopen, and with no guarantee it wouldn’t flood again, according to Jeanna Bamburg, CEO of Bayshore Medical Center.

The new ER is for minnor emergencies, with lab, radiology, and treatment rooms. It is staffed 24 hours, 7 days a week, with doctors and nurses. Major problems can be transferred to Bayshore Hospital. The ER-24/7 is located on the frontage road southbound, and can be reached from the Beltway or Wallisville Road. The official opening was Monday, and the staff is now treating all types of medical problems.

See page 2 for more details on the facility.

$5 billion more for flood work

Funding will Complete Every Federally Authorized Flood Control Project in Houston and Harris County

HOUSTON, TX – Congressman John Culberson (TX-07) and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett last week announced the influx of more than $4.5 billion in federal aid headed to Texas for flood prevention and mitigation efforts.

“This funding was secured as part of the hurricane relief bills I helped shepherd through Congress and, as promised, allows the Harris County Flood Control District to finish every federally authorized flood control project,” Congressman Culberson said. “We know this money is vitally important, but it is only part of the solution. I will continue to fight for legislation that will help protect families, homes and businesses in the future.”

Judge Emmett joined Congressman Culberson at the Jewish Community Center, which is located close to Brays Bayou. It suffered extensive damage because of flooding during Harvey. The current project underway by the Harris County Flood Control District is purposed to reduce flooding along the Brays Bayou and will receive $75 million. The other projects receiving money are: