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Rotary installs Jerry Fallin as President

LEFT: State Representative Briscoe Cain, right, pins the President’s medal on the incoming Rotary president Jerry Fallin. // RIGHT: Award chair Patricia Scott presents Rotarian of the Year award to outgoing president Andy Scott.

The Highlands Rotary Club held their annual installation of officers last Friday night, at a banquet at Monument Inn. Jerry Fallin, a commercial real estate broker from Baytown, was installed as the new president.

Guests at the ceremony included State Representative Briscoe Cain, Rotary District Governor Scott Rainey, Past Rotary District Governor Bob Gebhard, and realtor Jeff Walters.

State GLO sends $1.1b to Harris County

Harris County receiving $1.1 billion in infrastructure and mitigation projects

AUSTIN – Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush has announced plans to sub-award $750 million in light of a denial by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of a direct allocation of mitigation funding for Harris County. The General Land Office (GLO) will be drafting an action plan that will include a set aside of Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funding for $750 million and direct at least $500 million in additional funds to be distributed through the Regional Mitigation Program. Additional details will be released as the action plan amendment is finalized in accordance with HUD rules and federal requirements.

“Money from the federal government is, as always, tied up with endless mounds of red tape and bureaucracy,” said Commissioner George P. Bush. “During Hurricane Harvey, Texans in Harris County undoubtedly suffered some of the costliest damage in the state. After considerable back and forth with the Biden Administration’s Department of Housing and Urban Development, the General Land Office will allocate $750 million in funding for mitigation efforts in Harris County and continue to work around the federal government’s ever-changing bureaucratic demands.”



Lewis Carlisle Spearman, 66, of Crosby Texas died from complications of a heart condition on Friday, June 25.

Lewis Carlisle Spearman, born July 1st, 1954 in Anderson, SC was the son of the late Charles and Ninetta Spearman. He is survived by his brother Charles of Florida, sister Diane Padgett of South Carolina and niece Nicole (Mark) Gregory of SC, and Dina (Steve) Grant of Tennessee. He has three great nieces, Regan Gregory, Collyn Gregory, of SC and Hollie Shuler of TN, and a great nephew, Joey Shuler of TN. He is also survived by many cousins, (Jean Hutto of Anderson, SC was his partner of mischievous activities as a youngster!) aunts, and uncles of SC.

He was a graduate of Erskine College in Due West, SC where he studied journalism, and he studied Behavioral Science at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He worked for the Anderson (SC) Independent newspaper before coming to Texas in 1994.

He was employed by the Star-Courier newspaper since 1994 as the Associate Editor and Marketing Director. He was active with the Crosby/Hoffman Chamber, the Highlands Chamber and the Crosby Fair and Rodeo. He also participated in the battle re-enactments every year on the San Jacinto Battleground, an expression of his interest in history.