HIGHLANDS – Let anyone planning where best to celebrate holidays in the U.S.A. remember to be here for Memorial Day.
Each year a capacity crowd turns out to remember those that have served the armed forces — and especially those that gave the last full measure for their country — with speeches, tributes, prayer and music at the cemetery in Highlands.
This year — with the help of the Crosby High School JROTC, Boy Scout Troop #107, Cub Scout Pack 264 Den 1, and honored guests that served in the International War on Terror, and scores of veterans from nearby areas, with local folks that echo the patriotism that summoned the rest — scores of people returned to see the Memorial Wreath placed on the Wall of Honor.
LA PORTE – The Battleship Texas may be in line for another big battle, and the loser may be La Porte and East Harris County.
In a last minute maneuver in the 86th Legislative session, State Representative John Cryer (R-Lockhart) and State Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) sponsored a bill that would allow the ship to be moved to another location, reportedly Galveston, after it received $35 million in state money for repairs in a shipyard in Alabama. SB1511 provides for the transfer of the ship from the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife to the Texas Historical Commission, and then to a nonprofit, possibly the Battleship Texas Foundation. Who would make the final decision on relocation is not clear from the bill.
Local state representatives Mary Ann Perez and Briscoe Cain have been vocal in opposing the move. Perez pointed out that the Galveston population is seasonal, and there is no guarantee that more people would visit than in La Porte. Cain filed an amendment to stop the ship from being relocated, but it was not in the final bill.
CROSBY – The biggest party in northeast Harris County kicks off this weekend (May 31-Jun 8) at the Crosby Fairgrounds for the 73rd Annual Crosby Fair & Rodeo Cook-Off.
Bag of Donuts plays Friday, May 31 and Travis Matte plays Saturday, June 1. Booths are sold for cooking teams to compete against one another for best in brisket, ribs, open dish, desert, chicken, and other categories, including Showmanship.
Saturday morning June 1 at 10:00 a.m. a parade that first appeared during World War I will leave the Middle School and venture North on FM 2100 tossing candy to all that witness. Displaying every business that wants local customers to visit.
After the camps clear on Sunday the next event of the rodeo is the Livestock Auction.
Assessing Resilience and Recovery in Residents Post-Hurricane Harvey
HOUSTON — Harris County Public Health (HCPH) staff and volunteers will go door-to-door in the Huffman/Crosby area to assess residents’ needs more than a year and a half after Hurricane Harvey. This area affected by flooding during Harvey and some residents are still trying to recover. Survey results will be shared with local, state, and federal public partners to better understand how residents were impacted, what their current needs are, and how to better prepare residents for future emergencies.
On Saturday, June 8, survey teams will visit randomly selected homes in the Huffman/Crosby area. Survey takers will be asking residents how they have fared in since Harvey, and what their current needs are. Some of the questions will include the following:
The Cody Bill, or House Bill 76, that provides an opt-in opportunity for parents to have their children screened with an EKG before participating in competitive activities, passed the Texas Senate on May 20 by a vote of 20-11 after clearing the House overwhelmingly.
The bill goes back to the House for an amendment before going on to the Governor who can sign it or do nothing after 15 days and the bill become law. The bill probably comes into effect in 2020.
HIGHLANDS – Monday night was the Rotary Club Annual Scholarship Banquet, held at the San Jacinto Community Center.
Receiving scholarships were 18 students, who attended along with their families. The scholarships totaled $32,000 and these funds were a result of the Chili Feast held each February. Scholarships were in the amount of $1500 except for four special awards named for individuals as memorials. These were $2500 apiece.
The keynote speaker was Justice of the Peace Lucia Bates, of Precinct 3 in Baytown. Judge Bates spoke of her early life, having been born on the island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean (hence her name), and coming to this country at an early age.
Bates was educated at the University of Houston Clear Lake, and the University of Phoenix. Her major was communication and marketing, and she worked for GTE, several newspapers, and then her own marketing firm, LB Marketing Solutions.
She has a passion to give back to the community, which led her to seek a position as judge. She has held a number of public service positions, including Rotary director, chair of the North Channel Chamber, president of her HOA, and former board member of the YMCA, Pilot Club, Top Ladies of Distinction, and an advisory panel to LyondellEquistar. She said she is busy improving her court, making it a more people friendly, inviting atmosphere.
In anticipation of heavy rains and storms through the rest of the month, the City of Houston Public Works has warned residents along the lake to expect lower lake levels for at least the rest of this month, and perhaps extending further into the year. The normal lake level is 42.5 feet above sea level, and authorities will let it drop to 41.5 inches.
Officials said that all four of the flood gates on the dam structure are open and will remain open until the desired level is reached. This means that property below the dam can expect higher water levels, but hopefully will not be flooded if the heavy storms do occur.
HUFFMAN – In March of 2018, trash cleaners found the severed head of a woman in a trash bag near the McKay Bridge, doubtlessly thrown from FM 1960. Now Houston Police are still trying to follow up and obtain leads concerning this murder, similar to one that occurred in Louisiana.
A description of a suspect has been released. He is described as in his mid-twenties, short dark hair with long bangs standing about 5’4” to 5’8”. He was observed driving a teal or green blue Chevy Silverado Extended Cab. The victim was described as being between 20 to 45 years old.
A head was similarly found in Calcasieu Lake inside Camron Parish nearly 100 miles apart. Call (713) 222-TIPS with any information for a reward.
CROSBY – Yee-haw, let’s rodeo! Bring on the beautiful Lil’ Cowpoke children’s pageant on Saturday, May 11, before the Cook-Off on May 31 to June 1, before the Livestock Auction on Wednesday, June 5, and even the rodeo itself June 6 though 8.
This year according to President Sonny Armstrong, a whole new event is coming to the cowboy sport. “We are having ‘Bull Fighters Only’ all three nights. It is an action packed event featuring some of the best bullfighters in the world without bull-riders that slow the bulls down!”