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Posts published in April 2022

Early Voting starts April 25; Election Day May 7

Ballot Issues: Two Constitutional Amendments; Huffman Bond Issue

HARRIS COUNTY – The Municipal and Local primary election will take place on Saturday, May 7 with a low voter turnout expected by authorities. No major candidates are on the ballot, only two state constitutional amendments and a number of bond issues for local districts, and local candidates.

Early voting will start on Monday, April 25 and continue through May 3. Hours in general are M-S 7am – 7pm, Sun 12pm – 7pm. Hours on Election Day are 7am – 7pm.

Polling places for Early Voting in this area are BakerRipley campus, Acres Homes Community Center, and Houston Community College North Forest Campus.

HUFFMAN ISD 2022 SCHOOL BOND

PROPOSITION A – $98.9 MILLION

• District Wide Safety & Security Improvements

• Land, Buses, and Operations Center

• Middle School Renovations and Expansion

• High School Renovations and Expansion

• Technology Improvements

• Major Maintenance Projects

PROPOSITION B – $2.9 Million

• Baseball & Softball Turf Improvements

EARLY VOTING SITE: Huffman Middle School

ELECTION DAY VOTING SITES: West Campus Gym First Baptist Church of Huffman Crosby Church-Huffman Campus

Since the main issues on the ballot have to do with two Constitutional Amendments that may lower your taxes, State Senator Paul Bettencourt has issue the following analysis (edited) to aid all voters:

Eastside Veterans dedicate Memorial Marker

CROSBY – The Eastside Veterans group dedicated a Monument to all Veterans last Friday, April 22 at Crosby Park. Participating in the ceremony were the Eastside Veterans Committee, chairman Bob Ward, Crosby/Huffman Chamber representative Kim Harris, representatives from Crosby ISD including superintendent Paula Patterson, Cedric Patterson, Chaplian, Judy Culbreath, Monument Chairman.

The Eastside Veterans Committee was formed in May 2014 and the sole purpose was to promote Veteran recognition and provide a memorial for the Crosby Community.

Mont Belvieu Cuts Ribbon on Langston Blvd. Extension and Starts Hackberry Park

MONT BELVIEU (April 22, 2022-The City of Mont Belvieu took yet another step in the city’s continued growth with a double-shot event on Thursday afternoon; officials cut the ribbon marking the end of construction on the extension of Langston Boulevard while also conducting a groundbreaking to open construction on Phase 1 of Hackberry Park. While the projects are separate, they are physically connected with Langston Blvd. running through the expansive Hackberry Park. This provided the perfect opportunity for a unique combination event.

Mont Belvieu Mayor Nick Dixon stated, “Things never seem to slow down here in Mont Belvieu and today is a perfect example. We’re breaking ground to start one project while we are cutting the ribbon to wrap up another. I’m excited about the access this extension of Langston Boulevard will give to our residents and visitors. And, it’s amazing to think about all of the fun that will be had here in Hackberry Park.”

Mayor Dixon also had the unique distinction of pulling the lever for a ceremonial fish dump into the park’s vast pond system. 2000 bluegill and 400 catfish were introduced into the ponds to start growing the ecosystem and allow the fish to thrive before Phase 1 of Hackberry Park opens to the public in late 2022.

Officials conducting a groundbreaking to open construction on Phase 1 of Hackberry Park

About the Langston Blvd. Extension Project

ANOTHER DELAY REQUESTED FOR WASTE PITS, EPA SAYS NO

At a press conference last week, on the banks of the San Jacinto River, Activist Jackie Medcalf calls for no delays requested by the Responsible parties. (THEA photo)

Consultant deems Remediation Plan “unworkable”

By Gilbert Hoffman

EAST HARRIS COUNTY – The Responsible Parties who are supposed to be working on the plan to remove toxic dioxin from the Waste Pits in the San Jacinto River, have instead sent a letter to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) asking for a delay in the schedule, because they state that the current removal methods they had agreed to are unworkable, or “not implementable.”

Citing new information they are asking for a revised ROD (Record of Decision) which tells them how to clean up the site.

At a press conference last week, on the banks of the San Jacinto River near the Waste Pits, activist Jackie Medcalf called for no delay, saying the process has taken too long, and the objections now are simply “smoke and mirrors” in an attempt by the Responsible Parities to avoid or minimize the remediation work.

A current map of the Waste Pits shows the conflict between the I-10 right-of-way for a new bridge, and the need for access for Waste Pits remediation.

Two die in another train/car collision

Amtrak passenger train stopped on tracks near Old Beaumont Highway and Van Hut Lane, Saturday night after hitting a car attempting to cross the tracks. Despite damage to the engine, the train later continued westbound to Los Angeles.

Vehicle drove around crossing gates

HARRIS COUNTY – Two people died after a train reportedly slammed into a car in northeast Harris County Saturday evening.

According to officials from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred in the 12900 block of Beaumont Highway and Van Hut Lane around 8 p.m.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in a news conference that a Chrysler 300 attempted to cut around the railroad crossing arms, when an Amtrak passenger train collided with the vehicle.

The vehicle was then engulfed in flames, according to Gonzalez.

Deputies said two people were ejected from the vehicle. Both died at the scene.

Sales Tax Holiday April 23- 25 for Emergency supplies

(AUSTIN) — As we enter severe weather season, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds Texans they can purchase certain items tax-free during the state’s sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies, which begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, and ends at midnight on Monday, April 25.

“Whether it’s fires, freezing temperatures or tornadoes, severe weather conditions can strike at any time, so it is important that families, homes and businesses have the supplies they need to face these and other emergencies,” Hegar said. “This tax holiday can help Texans save money while stocking up for emergency situations.”

The Comptroller’s office estimates shoppers will save more than $1.5 million in state and local sales taxes during the tax holiday, which was approved by the Texas Legislature in 2015.

There’s no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase. These include:

Crosby ISD recognized for Education Excellence

Named H-E-B Semi-Finalist

Crosby ISD announces that the District has been recognized as a Semi-Finalist for the 2022 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards. Crosby ISD was one of 25 Districts across the state to be honored as a Semi-Finalist in the School District category. 8 Districts were announced as finalists in January.

From the nomination to the submission process, H-E-B, has been generous with time and support for Crosby ISD. We greatly appreciate H-E-B’s award of $1000 that will be used to support our students and staff. The H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards are the largest monetary awards program for educators in Texas.

H-E-B also generously supports Crosby ISD’s Cougar Excellence awards. Each month, seven students are honored, because they exemplify our values and serve as outstanding role models for their classmates. Each student receives a generous gift card from H-E-B as part of their recognition packet.

Auto plunges off Lynchburg Ferry Ramp; COAST GUARD HONORS RESCUER

On New Year’s Eve 2021, an automobile drove off the Southern end of the Lynchburg Ferry, endangering the life of the 62 year old driver, who was stuck in the sinking car. A heroic rescuer, Robert Moore, can be seen attempting to talk with the driver prior to his decision to jump in and save him.

LYNCHBURG — A Houston man was honored by the U.S. Coast Guard for rescuing a driver whose car plunged off the Lynchburg Ferry ramp on New Year’s Eve, 2021.

The shocking incident was captured on a surveillance video that was just publicly released.

Robert Moore receives an official Citation honoring him for his Heroic Rescue of the driver.

Robert “Cody” Moore was going to eat with his family and friends at the Monument Inn when the car came whizzing by.

“We were watching the ships go in and out,” said Robert Moore’s wife, Karen Moore.

Karen Moore and their five children spoke to ABC13 hours after the award ceremony.

“All of the sudden, this car literally drives off the ferry landing, and it was like a movie,” said Karen Moore.

In the video, Robert Moore ran up to the edge of the ramp. He appeared to shout at the driver before he jumped in and swam up to the car. The couple’s children, including 11-year-old Levi, were nearby.

Woman dies in fatal accident in Huffman

HUFFMAN, Texas – An investigation is underway after a woman was killed in a crash involving a garbage truck on FM 1960 in Huffman Friday April 8th, police said.

It happened in the 11300 block of FM 1960 at Grey Fox Drive around 6:25 a.m.

According to officers, a 34- year-old woman whose identity has not yet been released was killed in the crash.

Police said the victim was driving a black Jeep Cherokee westbound near the scene when she crossed into the eastbound lanes of FM 1960. The Jeep then struck a Peterbilt garbage truck head-on, police said.

Officers said the driver of the garbage truck, who was not injured, remained at the scene and was questioned then released.

Eagleton resigns; Crosby School Board reorganizes

Board President Tanya Eagleton moving; resigns

CROSBY – Last month the Crosby ISD Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of Board President Ms. Tanya Eagleton. During a Special Called Meeting, Ms. Eagleton announced she is moving out of state for a new career opportunity.

In an emotional message, Ms. Eagleton said, “It’s been a great journey. We’ve had good times, and we’ve had bad times. Through it all, we stuck together. I feel the District is in such a great place right now. We have a wonderful Superintendent. We have an amazing Board. I feel like I have accomplished my mission as a Board member for Crosby ISD. … I will forever be a Cougar. This is my home. This is my love. This is now. But now it’s time for me to move on.”

After Ms. Eagleton’s message, Superintendent Paula Patterson and fellow Trustees thanked Ms. Eagleton for her 13 years of service to the students and staff of Crosby ISD.

Superintendent Patterson later added: “Ms. Eagleton has been a champion for the children of our Crosby / Barrett Station communities for more than a decade. Her tenure on the board included challenges and triumphs. Her time as Board President involved making major decisions while navigating the pandemic and the unprecedented learning challenges it presented. Despite some setbacks, Ms. Eagleton’s passion to serve never wavered, and she always put the students and staff of Crosby ISD first. We know this personal decision was difficult, and we thank Ms. Eagleton for her commitment to Crosby ISD. We wish her well in this next chapter.”

Karen Thomas appointed to open position

Crosby, TX (March 28, 2022) – At the board meeting on March 28, the newest Crosby ISD Board of Trustees member took the Oath of Office. Ms. Karen Thomas, of Barrett, was appointed to fill the vacant seat in Single Member District 1. Ms. Thomas will fill the remainder of the term through November 2022. The Board of Trustees voted to appoint Ms. Thomas during a Special Called Meeting on March 21.