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Posts published in January 2021

Harris County opens on-line Vaccine registration

Harris County Public Health Nurse administers a vaccination last week at the Pct. 2 Northeast Community Center.

HOUSTON — Starting on Tuesday, January 26th, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) will launch a new COVID-19 Vaccination Portal for residents who meet the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) criteria for receiving a vaccine. The portal will allow individuals to be placed on a waitlist and contacted once vaccines and appointments are available. The waitlist will be available via the vaccine information link on ReadyHarris.org and https://vacstrac.hctx.net starting no later than Tuesday afternoon. Eligible residents without internet access can also call (832) 927-8787 once the portal is live to be placed on the waitlist.

Harris County’s new “Smart Waitlist” system will not use a first-come, first-served process for allocating vaccines. In order to ensure fair access for elderly residents, working families, and vulnerable populations, registrants on the waitlist will instead be selected through a prioritization and randomization process in accordance with state guidelines. Only individuals who fall under the DSHS Phase 1A and 1B category will be eligible to receive the vaccine at this stage. Those who are not qualified to receive the vaccine under 1A or 1B will still be able to be placed on the waitlist but will not be contacted to schedule an appointment until the State of Texas expands eligibility beyond 1A and 1B, likely not until the Spring or Summer.

Priority phases:

Goodlow Crosby Firefighter of the Year

“I am honored that the department would vote for me for this.” This is my fourth year here and I won this two years ago for going out West and battling wildfires and I guess this is for those effort this year.” Fire Fighter of the Year, Anthony Goodlow.

WOODLANDS – The Landry’s Restaurant hosted the crews that valiantly battled blazes, crashes explosions and traffic hazards for Crosby all last year as they presented honors in a banquet last Saturday.

Russell White, First Assistant Chief, filled in for Chief Alan Kulak, as it was announced that the Chief had contracted the virus. Which reportedly the Chief said, the virus was “no joke.”

Pronouncing prayer was Ashley Armstrong, Sec. of the Ladies Auxiliary, the granddaughter of Bob Boyles. His son (of the same name) died in service, and began at age 12 as mascot serving the department. Bob Sr., in his son’s place, served the department for 40 plus years in varied leadership capacities, most recently ESD 80 board member.

Top Responder and Captain of the Year was Warren Thompson. Firefighter of the Year was Anthony Goodlow. Officer of the Year was Cameron Elles. Rookie of the Year was Carlos Diaz.

Texas proposes $119.7B yearly budget, down 3%

TEXAS STATE CAPITOL, AUSTIN

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Speaker of the House Dade Phelan today released the following statement on the House’s base budget for the 2022-2023 biennium:

“The Texas House’s base budget prioritizes the needs of Texans during this consequential moment in our state’s history and advances the Legislature’s commitment to the historic public education and school finance and property tax reforms passed last session. The decisions we make during the 87th legislative session will have lasting effects on the future of our state, which is why the House will work to improve our business climate, foster economic prosperity, and do what’s right for our students. I am grateful to the Members of the House Appropriations Committee and the hardworking committee staff for their efforts throughout this process.”

The House base budget recommendations for FY 2022-23 appropriate $119.7 billion in general revenue, a decrease of three (3) percent adjusted for population and inflation. The House budget recommendations are $3.2 billion below the spending limit of 7.06 percent adopted by the Legislative Budget Board in November 2020, and maintain a majority of the five (5) percent reductions identified by state agencies in 2020.

Significant provisions of House base budget recommendations include the following:

Rotary Chili Feast Feb. 6, but no Chili this year

Can I sell you the Brooklyn Bridge? No? Well how about a Chili Feast ticket, without any Chili?

That’s the situation the Highlands Rotary Club finds this year, as precautions to avoid the COVID-19 virus meant that a community dinner was not a good idea.

However, the Raffle for a new car or truck will still be held, according to President Andy Scott, and the public is encouraged to purchase a raffle ticket for $100 to support the club’s community projects and scholarships, and of course win a new vehicle. See any Rotarian or call 281-426-3558 for ticket information.

340 Vaccine shots given at Drive-Thru Site

Chambers County Public Health Administers 340 Vaccines at Point of Distribution Drive Through Site

CHAMBERS COUNTY, TEXAS – On January 23, 2021, Chambers County Public Health facilitated the administration of 340 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine after their designation as a COVID19 Vaccine Hub by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

This was the first major distribution of COVID-19 vaccine to the Phase 1B population in Chambers County, and was only the first in a series of planned vaccination sites. Facilitated by Chambers County Public Health, this event was a collaborative effort between multiple agencies including Chambers County, the City of Mont Belvieu and Winnie-Stowell EMS.

“We have been working to thoroughly vaccinate Phase 1A populations in Chambers County up until this point,” said Chambers County Health Services Director Mary Beth Bess. “With this event, we took a huge step toward expanding vaccination efforts to Phase 1B.”

A small number of vaccines was allocated to this vaccination site, with others set aside for planned distribution sites in the coming weeks as part of CCPH’s designation as a vaccine hub. Pre-registration for this site was required and utilized to facilitate registration in the State’s Immunization Registrty (ImmTrac2). There was a limited number of vaccines available for this site, and spots filled quickly.

Cougars winning season closes one short of state title

By Allan Jamail

Arlington, TX. — At AT&T (Cowboy) Stadium, on Friday, January 15, 202, Crosby’s head coach Jerry Prieto took his Cougars farther than they’ve been in 61 years. It was 1960 the last time they played for a state championship.

The Cougs, with a 12-4 record for the season, don’t have to hang their heads; the scrappy team upset several teams to get there and should be proud to be the 5A Div 2 Region State Runner-up Champions. They’ve been billed as the underdogs but won four consecutive games over undefeated teams, only to lose to one of the state’s perennial powerhouse teams, the Aledo Bearcats. The Aledo team won their third consecutive championship and set a record for having won a total of ten state titles.

HIGHLANDS’ CROSBY/LYNCHBURG ROAD: Pct. 2 widening roadway to 5 lanes

Centerpoint Energy put in new towering power lines at left along Main Street in Highlands. Next some gateway walls are being demolished to make way for a five lane highway to Barrett Station.

HIGHLANDS – Extreme changes began early nearby when Center Point Energy began erecting towering powerlines to points north last month and a pipeline’s machination were being made at the connecting route point.

Crosby/Lynchburg Road from Lochness to Thorn is being widened by Harris County Precinct 2 into a 5 lane non-divided highway, like Barrett Station is today. The Project called R13. Crosby – Lynchburg 4 by Harris County Precinct 2 is designed with a center turn lane running at least most of that distance. The reconstruction makes a “two lane into a 5 lane concrete road with continuous left turn lane, storm sewers and traffic signals.”

The project is still being bid but is estimated to cost about $9.5 Million. The County hopes to complete the project by the third quarter of 2022.

Murder victim found in Highlands Canal

The Victim and his car are pulled from the canal on Jones Road at Thompson last Thursday afternoon. Authorities searched for two days for the car, which was under water. A confession from Fransha Brooks to the shooting led to the discovery of the car and the body inside.

NORTH SHORE WOMAN CONFESSES

NORTH SHORE – Tuesday, January 12, at 7:30 a.m. Harris County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 12,000 block of Woodforest Blvd. concerning a Missing Person. A woman told them that her boyfriend, Jonathan Tisby, gave a mutual friend a ride, Monday night. Then she described a telephone call from her boyfriend at close to 3:45 a.m. that morning, in which she heard an argument in the background. Suddenly, her boyfriend’s cellphone disconnected. She stated that she was unable to re-establish contact with her boyfriend.

Jonathan Tisby was driving a white, sedan, Buick LaCrosse with paper license plates, at the time of his disappearance.

At approximately 3:45 p.m. afternoon, Harris County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a call at an apartment complex off of Normandy and Woodforest. The caller advised the 911 Operator that she was involved in a Murder on Monday night, and she shot a male driving a white Buick. When Deputies arrived at the apartment complex, she provided additional information and stated she shot the male multiple times and drove the car, with the male inside it, into a canal near Jones Road and Thompson Road, in the McNair area.

Chambers County designated as Vaccine HUB

CHAMBERS COUNTY – Samantha Humphrey, Public Information Officer for the county, reports receiving quite a few calls and emails over the weekend regarding Chambers County’s designation as a COVID-19 vaccination HUB. She said that the county is still in the very early stages of planning vaccination sites.

Here is some basic information that may be of use:

Chambers County learned of their designation as a vaccination HUB on Saturday, January 16, 2020 and immediately began working to identify potential mass vaccination sites and staff.

The county has a limited number of vaccines available currently, and so pre-registration for sites will be required. Information regarding pre-registration for these sites will be released soon. No unregistered walk ups or drive ups will be accepted.

Cougar 62-61 win propels Crosby to State

Liberty Hill fails to score their third consecutive extra two points when they fumble just before the goal line against a stalwart Crosby defense.

BRYAN – In an undisputed best game of the Texas high school play-offs, the Cougars scratched the Liberty Hill Panthers 62 to 61 last Friday.

This Friday, the Cougars travel to Arlington to take on Aledo, defending their third straight State title. That sounds daunting but Crosby has conquered four undefeated teams in a row now. These include an overtime stinging of the Huntsville Hornets 32-29; Fort Bend Marshall 37-38 who were two-time reigning state finalist. The last time Crosby was this far along in the hunt for the State was 1960. This team intends to get there; their motto is “All Gas And No Brakes.”

Local legislators safe after Capitol Riot

Rioters broke into the Capitol building while a joint session of Congress was taking place, to certify Joe Biden as president elect. Congresspersons and others in the room took shelter behind the seats, before they were evacuated to a safe room away from the intruders. ABOVE, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee crouches behind the seats, until she can make her way to safety

Trump blamed; SJLee, AGreen seek impeachment

WASHINGTON, DC – Congress was in joint session last Wednesday, meeting to certify the Electoral College votes from state electors for the president and vice-president. Shortly after the session started, a large crowd of about 8,000 persons left a rally near the White House where President Trump was speaking, and assembled at the Capitol, breaking through barriers and storming into the building.

What followed was a deadly riot, where Congress members had to be taken to safe locations away from the destruction and assault of the mob of demonstrators. Our legislators, including Sheila Jackson Lee, Sylvia Garcia, and Al Green, were just some of the local representatives that were led to safety.

These supporters of President Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in a protest aimed at thwarting the vote on certification of the electors and their votes, with the aim of stopping the peaceful transfer of power to the new administration.