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Crosby Fair & Rodeo Livestock Auction brings about $304K, $17K for G.C. Steer

Delaney Klise showed her Grand Champion Steer. Crawfish Shack and Scott Stephens & Assoc. purchased the steer for $17,000. Melody & Scott Stephens with, Jennifer & Dan Meaux, Katie McGinnis, Clay Stephens, Michah Lane and Kristi Adams Niemtschk in this photo. Scott Stephens had kept the steer in his barn for Klise since his son exhibited.

CROSBY – A great effort to bring in funds for kids to go to higher education netted about $304 thousand dollars last week at the Crosby Fair & Rodeo Livestock Auction held within the Rockin’ C Arena on June 12.

The area of Crosby was not diminished from past attendance of their annual tradition of supporting the Crosby Fair & Rodeo’s Livestock Auction held for the express purpose of raising money for Crosby High School students to have for higher education.

This year there were extra spots to lavish upon students for having experienced a school year like never before including a special photo of Seniors that exhibited during the year of COVID–19, an extra booster check from the Smith family to the four new rodeo scholars, and other awards that were presented before the auction was conducted by Ricky Loggins.

This year the Belt Buckle Sponsorship was purchased by both John and Teresa Matt and a matching sponsorship by Zorro’s Welding & Fabrication.

According to Auctioneer Rick Loggins, the entire sale brought in about $304,000 and the Grand Champion Steer $17,000 just $2,000 off last year in a year that had to cope with a global pandemic and resultant economic downturn wherein most businesses have yet to reopen at capacity and the county facilities saying they might open by July 16.

Please see additional auction and event photos in the print or PDF editions.

18 yr. old Swimmer drowns in San Jacinto River

Gilberto Martinez drowned while swimming in the San Jacinto River last week.

HOUSTON – The body of a teen swimmer was found in the San Jacinto River after he went missing Wednesday morning, June 10, 2020, prompting search and rescue efforts from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Houston Police Dive Team.

Deputies with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit searched the river near the intersection of Guinn Avenue and Riverside Street in the Magnolia Gardens Park area.

Relatives who took the teen to the river have identified him as Gilberto Martinez, 18, from El Salvador.

Mario Recinos, the teen’s uncle, said Martinez tried swimming to the other bank but struggled 3/4 of the way. Recinos said his nephew started yelling for help around 10 a.m., but the currents were too strong for anyone to get near the teen. Recinos said he even borrowed a stranger’s kayak but was unsuccessful.

“Black Lives Matter” protest held on Eagle Drive in Mont Belvieu

MONT BELVIEU – A “Black Lives Matter” protest began about 1:00 p.m. last Thursday at City Park marching south on Eagle Drive to Barbers Hill Middle School and back.

Protestors numbered about thirty and it looked like someone’s Sunday School Class had made signs, undertaken to march and shout, “Black Lives Matter.”

It seemed that police presence was nearly equal to protesters. Local patrol vehicles were plainly visible and white vehicles with the trademark search lights had uniformed officers in some. There was no police interferance in the protest and it was rumored that the extra police presence was to protect marchers from various locals that held contrary views.

Key issues mentioned by marchers when approached were qualified immunity for police, chokeholds, the use of body cameras and the experience of Deandre Arnold at Barbers Hill High School. Arnold’s dreadlocks were found to be in violation of a school’s code and he was suspended for the violation. The incident drew national attention in light of dreadlocks originated within a religion as a cultural distinction.

When asked if Arnold’s family had agreed to obey school codes, one answer was, “They had no choice but agree to the school codes to go to school. When the Superintendent enforced the codes they instituted a cultural and racial imperative that is unjust.”

Organizer Martha Atonal said, “We have a variety of people here that came to show their support peacefully. Many of the young people are from Barber’s Hill High School with a recent experience, it is very rewarding to see.”

“This is a critical time in our nation’s history and we have made the decision to express our solidarity with ethnic minorities to stop killing and abusing them,” said another marcher.

HARRIS COUNTY COVID-19 Recovery Czars announce Housing relief

Harris County Czar Armando Walle announces housing relief.

Recovery Czars Rep. Armando Walle and Marvin Odum Launch Effort to Reduce Evictions and Maintain Affordable Housing

Harris County, Texas – Thursday, June 11, 2020 – County and city recovery leaders on Thursday announced the formation of a task force to prevent evictions while bridging gaps in housing stability that have been exposed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Housing Stability Task Force, which will include stakeholders with deep experience in the community who touch all points of the housing stability cycle, will align resources to address evictions while developing strategies and recommendations to strengthen the region’s housing delivery system. Although the city and county each have independent czars leading their respective COVID19 recovery efforts, city and county leadership decided to unify their efforts to deal with the unprecedented housing crisis through the creation of a joint task force.

“Evictions were a serious issue before the COVID-19 pandemic, and they will continue to be of great concern throughout the course of the economic downtown. We unfortunately anticipate a substantial increase in the volume in the weeks and months ahead, and we are determined to make our best attempt at proactive planning to reduce as many as we can. The Houston region had systemic barriers to affordable housing before COVID, and the current crisis has exposed in plain sight the underlying system shortcomings,” said State Rep. Armando Walle, Harris County Recovery Czar. “With key players at the table, working together toward the same end goals, we will structure our efforts to be responsive to the immediate crisis, even as we maintain a firm resolve not to lose sight of the importance of future work required to make housing stability a reality for more people.”

GALVESTON CAUSEWAY ACCIDENT: Crosby firefighter drowns after Jeep crash

Crosby Firefighter
Kent Zavala

Crosby Firefighter Kent Zavala, 20, and his dog were thrown into the water underneath the I-45 Galveston Causeway after a three-vehicle crash that caused the Jeep he was in to slam against a guardrail last Sunday, June 14, according to KHOU.

The dog was rescued by boaters, but only Zavala’s shoes and hat were founding floating in the water.

Galveston Island Beach Patrol, Galveston Police and Galveston Fire personnel, along with Coast Guard boat and helicopter crews, searched for Zavala overnight. Texas EquuSearch, a nonprofit search and rescue organization, also joined the search on Monday.

Authorities say two other men in their 20s who were in the Jeep at the time of the crash were critically injured, and that it is unclear who was driving and if any of the men were wearing seat belts.

Galveston’s I-45 area where crash occurred and the Jeep’s occupants were thrown into the water.

One dead in Highlands shootout


HIGHLANDS – A broad daylight shoot out in the 1000 block of Main St. on June 9 is said to be related to a dope deal that became attempted robbery by investigators of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Ryon Goodrum, 20, was charged June 10 in the shooting death of Eric Wheeler, 25, at a convenience store parking lot.

Deputies were called to Neighbor’s Emergency Center in Crosby regarding a shooting victim pronounced dead upon arrival on Thursday.

Detective filed a criminal complaint alleging that Goodrum was outside a vehicle at a vehicle that had Wheeler inside while transacting a drug deal arranged by Wheeler. Wheeler produced a pistol, so did Goodrum. Goodrum fired into the vehicle striking Wheeler. Wheeler later died of gunshot wounds.