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Posts published in March 2021

Crosby ISD picks Superintendent Finalist

Paula Eagleton Patterson, a native of Crosby, tapped as finalist in search for new Superintendent.

CROSBY – Paula Patterson was named the lone finalist to serve as Superintendent by the Crosby ISD Board of Trustees at the third of successive Special Called Meetings in a week on Wednesday, March 17.

A press release from Crosby ISD touts 20 years as an educator and her current position as Deputy Superintendent of Academic Service in Sheldon ISD. “A graduate of Crosby ISD and a resident of the Crosby community, Mrs. Patterson began her professional career as a teacher in Crosby ISD and became principal of Crosby Elementary. She has served in numerous administrative leadership roles in LaPorte ISD and Galena Park ISD. In the Sheldon district Mrs. Patterson served in various central office administrative positions with increasing responsibilities before her current assignment as Deputy Superintendent.

Dr. King Davis, Sheldon ISD Superintendent, states, “Mrs. Patterson possesses all the attributes that are needed to be successful as a leader in education. Her expertise, leadership, and trustworthiness have made me a better leader and my team stronger.”

Methodists host March Madness

The March Madness event at Crosby United Methodist Church, last Saturday offered something for most of us and a chance to visit with the community. A tiny chill in the air gave way to a perfect day and the kids were actively riding the tractor pulled train about the parking lot and playing a bevy of games. There were plants, cutlery, clothes, nick-knacks, televisions, bureaus and pastries for sale with the latter augmented by an Easter Cake decorating contest and an ice cream creations contest featured on page 3 of this issue. Silent auction held some of the most interesting items and drew rewards from interested bidders. It was a splendid outing for all attendees.

Spring concert win sets Rodeo ahead

George Deerborne got the crowd on their toes and several dancing to classic country hits with a highly professional sound last Saturday at the Crosby Fair & Rodeo Rock’n C Round-Up inside the covered pavilion. With just a few neat items the live auction called by Col. Bill Busby brought in about $13,640 and the silent auction brought in about $3,000, setting up a nice grub steak to begin working on the Rodeo proper this June. This year, the CFR Cook-Off is to be from June 4 until June 6. The Livestock Auction is to be held on Thursday, June 10 from 6 until 10. Friday, June 11 is the first Crosby Fair & Rodeo and Concert, Saturday, June 12 is the final concert.

We are so close to beating the virus

Harris County Judge
Lina Hidalgo

We are Texans, and the concept of freedom is an essential piece of our identity. We all want the freedom to go out to eat and to socialize, the freedom for our economy and our schools to open without the fear of getting deathly ill, the freedom to use amazing science and vaccine developments to our full advantage. But taking away critical public health interventions that we know are working in the name of personal freedom won’t make our community safer, nor will it hasten our return to normalcy. The state’s decision on Tuesday to end the statewide mask mandate and increase business capacity to 100% is a threat to all of the sacrifices and progress we’ve made, as well as to everyone who has not yet received a vaccine. At best, Tuesday’s decision is wishful thinking. At worst, it is a cynical attempt to distract Texans from the failures of state oversight of our power grid.

Every time COVID-19 public health measures have been pulled back, we’ve seen a spike in hospitalizations. If we start the climb now, we’d be starting from the highest starting point ever when it comes to our hospital population, an unacceptable and dangerous proposition. Even more troubling is the revelation that Houston has the unfortunate distinction of being the only city recording every major strain of COVID-19. Our positivity rate is still sky high and moving up, not down — we’re now at 13% positivity. We’re still seeing hundreds of new cases a day. With the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines, we’re finally inching closer to the finish line of this deadly, destructive pandemic — now is not the time to reverse the gains we’ve worked so hard to achieve. We’re able to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel now because of the common sense steps we’ve taken to prevent the spread of this virus, like wearing masks. We can’t take one step forward just to take two steps back.

Huffman falls one win short of state 4A title

Celebrating victory in LaPorte.

SAN ANTONIO – The Huffman Falcon’s Boy’s Basketball Team stunned many by capturing the 4A Region III Championship on March 5 at La Porte High School, defeating Silsbee Tigers 62-56, then falling to dozen times state champion Argyle 49-30 at the Alamodome.

The local team finished the year 31-2, and although seen as an “Outta’ Nowhere Phenomena,” Coach Scott Barrett says, “We have been on the doorstep for a while. We just finally broke through this year.”

Barrett seems a personal impeller. “I think we love our kids enough and set huge standards that all they want to to do is win.” He seems to believe that at base is an environment that determines how athletes develop.

Rodeo Round Up features true talent

BEAUMONT – Mastery of any instrument requires an obsession of some kind and there are no shortage of those that have attempted to master the guitar. One of them will play the Rock’n C Roundup on March 20, with a flair generally attributed to Rock-N-Roll but well grounded in Country Western genre.

George Deerborne is definitely a Honky Tonker from Beaumont with a theme of “Live life, dance when you have a chance!” In case there was any doubt that he has proven to be a voice from south and east Texas.

FM2100 closed at Huffman RR.

HOUSTON – As part of the overall expansion of FM 2100 in the Crosby, Texas area, the Texas Department of Transportation will close the northbound and southbound lanes of FM 2100 between Old Atascocita Road and FM 1960 starting on Friday, March 19 at 1 a.m. until Tuesday, March 23 at 5 a.m. This closure will facilitate the removal and replacement of the existing Union Pacific railroad track, as well as the placement of new planking. This work will accommodate the widening and lane assignments for the new FM 2100 roadway. The work is being performed by Union Pacific on their railroad line just south of FM 1960.

Motorists should avoid the area and seek an an alternate route. Police officers will be onsite to assist with traffic control. A detailed map is attached.

Channelview concerned about dredging for more barges near Superfund Waste Pits

Construction activity along River Road includes piles about to be driven into the water to support a new set of berths for barges. Dredging of 15,000 cubic yards of waste material will take place in the same area and be sent to a new landfill in Devers.

CHANNELVIEW – According to the C.H.I.C. community action group, residents in the San Jacinto River Estates area along the San Jacinto River near the Waste Pits received a notice letter last week from the Corps of Engineers, calling attention to a dredging and mooring project in the river near Meadowbrook Park and asking for comments within 15 days.

This is apparently a continuation of a project that was attempted last year, by the landowners TimTom Holdings and Holtmar Land LLC. In that project, excavated materials from the south side of I-10 were to be hauled to Beach City, and deposited in a landfill site near a park and residential area. Complaints by citizens and the city government managed to stop that work.

Carolyn Stone of C.H.I.C. says she believes that this project is using an old permit, with a different description of the work. She believes they would need a new permit for this, which is a different project.