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Posts published in December 2019

Celebrating Christmas in our communities

Share your Christmas sponsors are Nadine Goodney and Theresa Cashion (Catholic Daughters), Phile’cid Grant (ZXP), Andy Scott (Rotary), Jaime Ruiz (ZXP), Claudia Birdsong (First Baptist Church), Nieketta Baptist (Hopper Counselor), Chrissa Teel (Tri-County Construction, Shiela McDonald (Rotary,) Valerie Guerra (ZXP), Delene Cotten (Horizons)and Renee Stripling (Highlands Elementary counselor).

Share your Christmas

The Share your Christmas project provides new clothing for students in need in the three area schools in Highlands. The idea was conceived 17 years ago by the Catholic daughters organization of Saint Jude‘s church. For a project to serve approximately 150 students each year, it must have the support of local churches, clubs, businesses and individuals.

The school counselors take time from their busy schedules to work up the list of eligible students and handle the parent contact for the project. Sponsors shop for the clothing and gift wrap the items before delivering them to the schools. These sponsors give to the students with a joyful and loving attitude. They are a group of which we are all very proud.

Santa visits Huffman to chat with the kids.

I-10 Bridge lanes to reopen in January

State Representative Briscoe Cain
reported the opening schedule from
under the highway on Facebook.

HIGHLANDS – TxDOT has announced that the Interstate I-10 highway lanes over the San Jacinto River will return to normal in January.

The lanes have been restricted since September when several barges hit the structural supports under the highway, and TxDOT had to close the westbound lanes.

On the weekend of January 3rd the westbound lanes will reopen, including the on-ramp at 4 corners, and on the weekend of January 10th the eastbound lanes will return to a normal 3 lanes plus shoulder.

TxDOT said that this was a month earlier than originally scheduled.

Clothe-A-Child warms area hearts

Pastor Keenan Smith of Crosby Church reminded his gathering of Christ Jesus’ humble beginnings. He points out the giving of God from John 3:16 and says, “We just want to carry the true meaning of Christmas, is anyone ready to do some shopping?” Those attending helped the receiving families pick out school clothes and a toy. Families were chosen by Huffman ISD and Dayton ISD on Monday, and Crosby ISD and Sheldon ISD on Tuesday in an enriching experience helping others.

Fatal accident on Crosby-Lynchburg Road

EAST HARRIS COUNTY – A 19-year-old lost his life in an accident in the 10600 block of Crosby-Lynchburg Road a few minutes into Sunday morning, Dec. 15.

Deputies indicate that Jeyson Torres, 19, was driving his brown Silverado when he tried to pass another vehicle. The witness said he then swerved to get back into his lane, realizing that traffic was oncoming. His attempted evasive action was judged by deputies to be faulty and his truck pitched into a counterclockwise yaw.

The truck left the roadway and slammed into two trees at the east side of the roadway. Torres, evidently not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected as a result of the crash. Emergency crews found no sign of life on Torres.

Crosby ambulance gets heart award

Christy Graves, Director of Operations/EMS Chief of Crosby receives the prestigious American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of heart attack patients.

Harris County ESD No.5 receives Heart Association’s EMS Gold Plus Recognition Award

CROSBY – For the third consecutive year, on December 9, Harris County ESD No.5 received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline’s Gold Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

The Mission: Lifeline initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines.

Chamber Festival , Parade bring thrills to Crosby

Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce 2019 Christmas Parade — Holiday Group Award goes to Castaway Jeepers in the after-dark parade to feature Christmas lights on December 7 in Crosby. This was a large parade through Main Street. Crosby Church hosted the Festival with an extensive petting zoo, Santa photo booth and bounce houses.

CROSBY – The Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce hosted their gift to the community, the annual Christmas Festival and Christmas Lights Parade this past Saturday. It was well praised at the Festival venue, Crosby Church, and very well attended on the parade route.

According to Kim Harris, President of the Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber gave away some 550 hot dogs and 330 goodie bags to kids that had their photo taken with Santa.

Crosby’s flight path helipad keeps busy

It was more than seven years ago that Christy Graves, Director of Operations/EMS Chief of Crosby, began describing why a Heliport and Digital Flight Path would be needed for Crosby. Now other rescue services are using the rescue helicopter base and approved travel route for helicopters to fly to hospitals.

The amount of Life Flight out of our area has increased dramatically. Forty seven Life Flight requests with 54 patients flown from January 1, 2019 until December 1. Twenty eight from June 1 until September 1 (90 days of Summer.) Sixteen Life flights flew from September 1 until December 1. Statistically, each year there is a spiral increase.

All the plans and infrastructure became a reality recently as the the F.A.A. and N.T.S.B. approved flight path was finally completed and incorporated into the Harris County rescue program last year, just in time to be used for a patient of Dayton. Their ambulance crews became the first to use the helipad and flight path that can be used in bad visibility.

One factor that made it necessary for the area was that sea fog frequently nestles in lowlands and obscures where even a brightly lit low lying area is from helicopter height. Additionally, recent wrecks on Interstate 10 and US 90 would indicate that roadways can be blocked during inclement weather and flooding.

According to Christie Graves, “The idea first came up when I was talking with a former supervisor of mine about how many times I had been turned down for Life Flight because we lacked weather stations and things like that here.

HIGHLANDS: SJR Coalition hears about Liberty Disposal site

Rodrigo Cantu

By Jarret Murray

HIGHLANDS – Members of the San Jacinto River Coalition met at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2nd at the San Jacinto Community Center to discuss findings regarding the Superfund Site in the San Jacinto River, and the Liberty Waste Disposal site in Highlands.

The meeting was led by the executive director for Texas Health and Environment Alliance, Jackie Young. she reported that there was no new information on the status of the Superfund site work.

This was followed by a presentation on the known history of the Liberty Waste site, as well as test results and an analysis, given by Rodrigo Cantu of Lone Star Legal Aid.

The Liberty Waste site consists of a 37 acre landfill at the end of Steele Road in Highlands. 9 acres of the site are a pond, and the remaining land is covered with a 4’ deep clay cap. The landfill was actively used from 1973 to 1983 and then closed and capped. Although toxic, TCEQ said that it did not meet the criteria for a Superfund designation.

TCEQ reported that in 2001 some leaks were detected coming from the site.

The Liberty Waste pit site is 37 acres located at the end of Steele Road and the end of Ellis School Road in Highlands. The site is partially wooded, but also has a 9 acre pit lake. In spite of its designation as a toxic site by TCEQ, it is used for recreation and fishing. It is located near a fresh water canal, the Baytown water facility, and several residential areas.

Cantu reported that the TCEQ had visited the Liberty site in March 2019, to inspect conditions.