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Posts published in December 2018

Clothe-A-Child brings Christmas to 600+ families

Pastor Keenan Smith adds words of inspiration to host family and volunteers from D.P.S and Prison Guards just before everyone is released inside the local Wal-Mart early this week to grab about $100 in clothes for school and later get a toy provided by the parade drive last weekend.

Smith indicates that host families are down some from last year, but over 200 families in Atascocita on Monday and over 600 in Crosby were assisted by the effort based on needs determined by local schools.

Crosby ISD gets a “C” for Finances

CROSBY – Last Monday, the Crosby ISD Board of Trustees meet and topics were mostly related to finances.

Crosby ISD’s Chief Financial Officer, Lesa Jones, held a public hearing at the Regular Meeting of the Crosby ISD’s Board of Trustees to present results from the Texas Education Agency’s Schools FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) financial accountability rating system indicating that Crosby ISD received a C for Standard Achievement based on financial data from the 2016-2017 fiscal year. The District scored 72 out of 100 possible points. The Texas Education Agency assigns one of four financial accountability ratings to Texas school districts, with the highest being an A for Superior Achievement, followed by B for Above-Standard Achievement,C for Standard Achievement, and F for Substandard Achievement. In Texas, 83% of school districts received an A for Superior Achievement rating, 11% received a B, Above Standard rating, 6% received a C Standard Achievement rating, and less than 1% of districts received an F Substandard Achievement rating.

There are 15 indicators used to determine a District rating. The following three indicators resulted in the deduction of points for Crosby ISD:

Was the number of days of cash on hand and current investments in the general fund for the school district sufficient to cover operating expenditures? 0 out of 10 points

Car collision on US90 kills horse and rider

CROSBY – A rider on a horse was killed on Sunday at about 8:00 p.m. on US 90 at Lord Road. The rider was identified as Richard Wright.

According to HCSO Traffic Investigators, it appears that the rider was trying to cross the 7500 block of US 90 on the north side when he and the horse were struck by a 2016 Dodge Journey sedan also traveling eastbound. Investigators indicated that the horse rider had failed to yield right of way to oncoming traffic.

A two year old was with its mother in the car and was injured by flying glass. The driver of the car cooperated with authorities at the scene. No charges were filed against the car’s driver.

Music rings in the Holiday Season

Highlands choir entertains Rotary, Chamber

Students from the Highlands Elementary 4th and 5th grade sang Holiday music to entertain the Rotary Club at their Tuesday luncheon.

Under the direction of Elizabeth Krajewski, they got a standing ovation for their lively musical performance. This has become an annual tradition, enjoyed by the club and the students.

Largest, longest Crosby Christmas Parade bears toys for kids

2017 Fireman of the Year Warren Thompson waves with Santa at parade watchers throughout North Main Street that capped the Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce’s Children’s Christmas Pageant. Tower 82 brought Santa around for the largest parade in Crosby history last Saturday, but a truck with a Mexican flag and Ole’ Glory turned upside down got more attention than the mission to gather toys for less fortunate girls and boys.

Sharing Christmas at B.P. Hopper

Once again, the community of Highlands provided new clothing through the Share Your Christmas project for school children in the Highlands area.

Partners in this project pictured are: B.P. Hopper counselor, Nieketta Bapiste, Nadine Goodney and Theresa Cashion Catholic Daughters of the America’s, Jim Strouhal Knights of a Columbus, Andy Scott and Denise Smith Rotary Club, Greg Evans Knights of Columbus, Teresa Verret ZXP, Chrissa Teel, Tri-County Construction and Horizons, Delene Cotten Horizons and, last but by no means least, Claudia Birdsong First Baptist Church.

STATE CAPITOL HIGHLIGHTS: Texas, nation mourn death of former president

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 3 proclaimed Dec. 5 as an official day of mourning across the Lone Star State in honor of former President George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, who died in Houston on Nov. 30.

In the proclamation, Abbott encouraged Texans to “gather, assemble and pay their respects to the memory of George Herbert Walker Bush through ceremonies in homes, businesses, public buildings, schools, places of worship or other appropriate places for public expression of grief and remembrance.”

The proclamation also allowed state employees to attend such observances. State agencies, offices and departments were closed on that day, with general government operations and services maintained by reduced-size work crews.

Rotary Club celebrates 70th anniversary

Judge Joe Stephens presents Rotary Club president Denise Smith with a proclamation congratulating the club on its 70th Anniversary.

The Highlands Rotary Club marked a milestone this year, by reaching its 70th anniversary of its founding.

The club held a combined Christmas party and 70th Anniversary celebration last Sunday, at the Monument Inn.

Almost a hundred past and present members and their families attended the gala event.

Led by club president Denise Smith, the program included an oral history of the club from its beginning, and vintage and recent photographs depicting the activities and history of the club and many of its members. The photos were presented by Gilbert Hoffman, who acknowledged that Alton Neatherlin, publisher of the Highlands Star and a past president of the club, had published most of the vintage photos in the newspaper.

Weston Cotten introduced guests, and acknowledged several clubs whose members were present, and a large number of past presidents of the Highlands club. There were also a number of District 5890 officers present.

A special award was presented by Johnny Gaeke to club member Chester Stasney, for his 51 years of membership, which included club president in 1972-73. Gaeke thanked Stasney for mentoring him when he joined the club.

The highest honor in Rotary is to become a Paul Harris Fellow, and Past District Governor Bill Palko presented this award to three members, Johnny Gaeke, Chuck Radney, and Carol Radney. In addition, past member and past president Richard Robinson presented his wife Pat with the same Paul Harris Award.

Santa’s arrival in Highlands delights kids

The Pavilion in the Railroad Park on San Jacinto Street was the scene for Santa and the two Highlands queens to greet children, have a picture taken, and learn what is on their list.

HIGHLANDS – Santa arrived on a Fire Truck last Tuesday night, to mark the start of the Christmas season.

Hundreds of children and their parents lined up in the park, to get a chance to talk with Santa, and have their picture taken.

The Santa event is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, with the help of the Highlands Horizons, the Rotary Club, and many other volunteers.

Present with Santa were Miss Highlands, Kaitlyn Rolin, and Jr. Miss Highlands, Payton Radle.