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Posts published in October 2020

Crosby wins US90 rivalry

Crosby used the backfield effectively to harry the Dayton defense and the Cougar defense was relentless against pass and rush.

DAYTON – The 2020 High School US 90 Cougars against Broncos rivalry goes to Crosby for a 24 to 0 victory last Friday.

It all began with a 17 yard pass a long dash and a four yard touchdown in the first quarter to put Crosby ahead. In the second quarter, Crosby scored fourteen points with plenty of running capped with short passes. The impact of Coach Jerry Prieto was clearly visible on the sidelines as Crosby clinched their first district game.

Overall, Crosby goes to 2-2 and prepares to take on rival Barbers Hill this Friday inside the Jungle or Cougar Stadium.

FLOODING RELIEF: Precinct 2 cleans 1 million feet of ditches

Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia explains that cleaning ditches prevents future flooding, and is his priority. He credits the public works crews in the background for their hard work, even through the Pandemic.

Harris County PCT. 2 — Since being elected into office, Commissioner Adrian Garcia has made drainage maintenance a major priority. This week, he celebrated the completion of 1 million linear feet of ditching in Precinct 2.

Roadside ditching and drainage maintenance improves water conveyance to drainage outfalls, which helps in the reduction of potential flooding for residents and businesses. Without proper maintenance, standing water can penetrate and seep under road surfaces causing deterioration, which in turn, requires more frequent, costly road repairs, and neighborhood flooding. Many neighborhoods that have not been serviced in years now have clean, excavated ditches.

Commissioner Garcia stated, “I am so proud of the Precinct 2 family for this outstanding achievement. When I tasked our team to clear 1 million linear feet of ditches, I frankly thought it might be out of reach. Not only have we gotten to a million feet, we did it 2 months ahead of schedule! What we’ve accomplished in one year is collectively more than had been done in the previous two years combined. The hard work of my office will make a huge difference to reduce the risk of Precinct 2 neighborhoods flooding.”

Crosby Superintendent to retire next year

Crosby ISD Superintendent Scott Davis to retire.

CROSBY – Superintendent Scott Davis announced he was going to retire from education at a special called meeting last week.

At a special called meeting October 14, that began at 6:00 p.m. it has been learned that Davis — who was earning just under $1/4 M per year, like Randal O’Brien of Goose Creek CISD, slightly more than King Roy Davis of Sheldon at $223.382 and over $140,000 less than Barbers Hill ISD’s Greg Poole — was said to have asked for a salary increase. Board members at that time tabled that request for later review.

In turn, Dr. Davis announced his retirement.

He responded briefly to Star-Courier questions about this decision with: “I will be retiring from education as of June 30, 2021. There were no arguments over anything to do with audits or Dr. Moore. I am pleased that we have been able to easily work together during my time here. I have always wanted Crosby to have ever-growing success. We had to take a detour over these last few years, but because of the work and sacrifice of so many wonderful people, my sincerest hope is that Crosby can jump all the way back on track as a leader in public education in our area! I have that confidence and will always be proud of Crosby ISD for its grit, determination, and excellence.”

Early voting breaks records

More than 700,000 Harris County voters cast ballots

By Chris Valdez

Harris County residents are voting at a record-setting pace this year, a clear indication that Texas voters are excited and enthusiastic about making their voices heard at the ballot box. Joint efforts by civic organizations like members of Houston in Action in partnership with local officials to expand voter registration, education and equitable access helped ensure Harris County’s election infrastructure was prepared to handle the enormous turnout.

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Crosby Fire Dept receives grant for more Rescue tools

Crosby Volunteer Fire Department Members, Jason Banks, Warren Thompson, Sam Parker and Chris Martinez with one of the new Jaws of Life tools.

CROSBY, Texas – Crosby Volunteer Fire Department received an $18,500 cost share grant through the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program administered by Texas A&M Forest Service. The grant helped to purchase two new Jaws-of-Life.

“Our department is pleased to have received an HB2604 grant to help purchase two battery powered cutters that are not only portable but also capable of operating underwater,” said Crosby Fire Chief Alan Kulak. “We have flooding in our area and having the ability to quickly free a victim entrapped after a vehicle accident is very important, especially if in the water.”

The portability of the cutters is critical.

“Having a set of Jaws with less setup time is important to the speed at which we can start the extrication process,” said Kulak. “Plus, not being connected to a hydraulic hose will allow us to reach a victim pinned in a vehicle, even if it is some distance off road.”

Fire Chief Kulak appreciates the local Emergency Service District #80 (ESD #80) for not only approving the acceptance of the grant, but also for purchasing the tools to receive grant reimbursement. He has volunteered with the department for almost 40 years and recognizes the value of the grant programs through Texas A&M Forest Service.

Crosby: Three deadly crashes in same day

US 90 Feeder Road at Kennings on Oct. 15 the third of three wrecks iin Crosby beginning at 5:00 p.m. and occurring until 9:00 p.m. A thirty-eight minute extrication of a woman (cutting her out of her vehicle) that had suffered multiple trauma including head and neck was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital via Lifeflight from the I.F.R. Pad at Crosby Volunteer Fire Dept. Station 1 on US 90.

CROSBY – A series of accidents last Thursday, Oct. 15 beginning with two hit and runs left a women dead and two in urgent condition.

The descriptions of the vehicles have not been released in both hit and runs. The first happened on FM 2100 at about 5:00 p.m. The rush hour motorist kept going after the collision.

The second hit and run happened about 8:36 p.m. on the 19500 block of Beaumont Highway. She would be transported to the hospital afterwards but expired under treatment. One witness indicated they had seen a vehicle stop and then leave the scene. Although no description of the drivers is offered, it is asked that anyone with information contact Houston Crime Stoppers at (713) 222- TIPS.

Body found floating in Dutton Lake

CHAMBERS COUNTY – Sheriff Brian Hawthorne reports that October 13, 2020, at approximately 10:30 a.m., Chambers County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and Patrol Division responded to the 15000 block of FM 2354 in Beach City, Texas, in reference to a deceased person in the waters of Dutton Lake (Cooling Pond).

Initial investigation reveals that foul play may have been involved in the death of the victim. The victim appears to be a white or Hispanic male, unknown age, and large in stature. The investigation is in the very early stages and the cause of death is unknown at this time. An autopsy is pending at the order of Justice of the Peace Precinct 6, Larry Cryer.

Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne asks that anyone with information regarding the deceased person or any missing persons in the area, please contact Detective Kalyn Perry at the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office at (409) 267- 2500.

Early Voting Oct. 13 thru 30

Election Day is November 3rd

Early voting started Tuesday, Oct. 13 in Harris County, and will continue through Friday, Oct. 30. Election Day is November 3rd. Voters can go to any polling location, which can be located at www.harris This year you will not be able to vote a straight ticket, so it will take longer to choose each candidate by name.

Important races include President Trump versus his challenger Joe Biden. Also Texas Senator John Cornyn is running against MJ Hegar, a war-wounded veteran.

U. S. Representatives that face challengers include Dan Crenshaw, Sheila Jackson Lee, Sylvia Garcia, and Brian Babin. All of these represent some part of local districts.

In state races, incumbents Dan Huberty and Briscoe Cain face challengers. Armando Walle, Senfronia Thompson, and Ana Hernandez are running unopposed in their districts.

Crosby’s elections controversial

The most exciting election of this century began on Tuesday, all voting terminates November 3, which means that in addition to the national and state elections there is a full line of local elections to know about before voting.

To avoid long lines during COVID-19, early voting requires a mask and an approved photo identification. Early voting began October 13 through 17 from 7 to 7 . Locations will also be open Sunday, October 18: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., October 19-24: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, October 25: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., October 26: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., October 27-29: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. October 27-29: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., October 30: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Early voting can be done, no matter where you live, at all early voting locations. Locations have undergone some changes. Locations include San Jacinto Community Center – Meeting Room, 604 Highland Woods Drive, Highlands, TX 77562-4546 and Coady Baptist Church – Fellowship Hall, 5606 Wade Road, Baytown, TX 77521-9744. Crosby is not voting inside the Edith Faye Cook Cole Harris County Crosby Branch Library as usual but instead, behind the Crosby Post Office, Crosby Community Center – Large Assembly Room, 409 Hare Road, Crosby, TX 77532 an alternative for folks in Huffman is Lake Houston Church of Christ – Fellowship Hall, 8003 Farmingham Road, Humble, TX 77346-2249.

Anyone around Channelview might use Martin Flukinger Community Center – Large Assembly Room, 16003 Lorenzo Street, Channelview, TX 77530. A bit farther North and West is North Channel Branch Library – Meeting Room, 15741 Wallisville Road, Houston, TX 77049 and more North is C E King Middle School, 8530 C E King Parkway, Houston, TX 77044.

On Thursday, October 29, seven polling locations will be open for over 24 hours in Harris County, and from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. October 30. You can vote over the 36-hour period at East Harris County Activity Center, Tracy Gee Community Center, Juergen’s Hall Community Center, Victory Gardens, NRG Arena, Kashmere Gardens Multi-Service Center, McGovern Texas Medical Center Commons.

The last day to apply for a mail-in ballot is October 23. This is the deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot, and fear of catching COVID-19 isn’t good enough to qualify thanks to the Governor enforcing his interpretation of Texas Law. Some physical condition that incapacitates otherwise is required.

Judge ends Arkema trial with no convictions

August 25, until September 2, 2017 Hurricane Harvey brought a historic deluge, flooding knocked out power and refrigeration units were lost. Organic peroxides blazed after all cooling methods failed.As warned by company executives at a press briefing at Crosby Volunteer Fire Department Station Two in Newport, trailers containing chemicals that become volatile at normal temperatures explode outside a warehouse at Arkema Chemical Crosby. About 200 locals were evacuated and 21 first responders were treated at local hospitals.

By Lewis Spearman

HOUSTON – On October 1, Arkema SA and executives were acquitted of criminal charges related to events that followed Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

Arkema executives were charged with the crime of felony assault related to failure to provide adequate emergency response information related to first responders entering into a location with toxic fumes. The company was earlier similarly indicted for failure to assess risks.

Although the acquittal bears directly on the responsibility of the company it does not necessarily end the lawsuits related to the incidents.

The same judge found that prosecutors had committed unintentional misconduct.

A 2018 US Chemical Safety Board final report indicated that Arkema had not considered flooding a “credible risk” although it is within the flooding plain and that agency urged better preparation for extreme weather.