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Rotary modifies Feb. 6 Chili Feast

Raffle ON, Chili OUT, Location NEW

HIGHLANDS – The raffle associated with the Annual Highlands Rotary Chili Feast will be held at The Highlands United Methodist Church, 107 W Houston St., Highlands, on Saturday, February 6th. Due to the pandemic, there will not be a Chili dinner, auction or any other type of events that is usually associated with the Chili Feast. Just the raffle. There will be nothing held at St. Judes Catholic church this year.

Rotarians will be at the Methodist Church from 9 am till 12 noon on Feb 6th to sell tickets and people are encouraged to come there to buy tickets if they have not bought tickets yet. Cut off for ticket sales will be 12 noon on the 6th.

There will be a live internet feed, Facebook, Clubrunner or other location. The drawing will be held in the same manner as before – all ticket stubs will be placed in the hopper and all ticket stubs will be drawn and all tickets drawn will be recorded as usual.


Christmas wish comes true: Resident gets New Home from Harvey Reconstruction Program

View of Mrs. Green’s new home in Barrett Station, provided through Harris County’s Project Recovery Homeowner Assistance Program.

BARRETT STATION – A Christmas wish has come true for Mrs. Verna Green of Crosby, Texas. Mrs. Green just moved into her new home, reconstructed on the site of her previous home, which sustained significant damage from flooding during Hurricane Harvey. The leaky roof and inoperable electrical outlets Mrs. Green contended with since the 2017 storm are no longer concerns, thanks to Harris County Project Recovery’s Homeowner Assistance Program (HAP).

New homeowner Mrs. Verna Green flashes the keys to her new home.

“I’m home for the holidays,” Mrs. Green exclaimed, flashing the keys presented to her by Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia during a key turn-over ceremony on Dec. 2nd at Mrs. Green’s home.

“We are happy to deliver this new home to you. I regret that it has taken longer than we expected, but I hope this will make your holiday season much more pleasant,” Commissioner Garcia said.

Administered by the Harris County Community Services Department, Project Recovery’s HAP repairs and reconstructs flood-damaged homes of eligible applicants. The $30 million program is funded with Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) dollars allocated to the county by the State of Texas General Land Office (GLO) and granted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


Clothe-A-Child & food gifting take extra effort in 2020

Pastor Keenan Smith and fellow ministers of Crosby Church huddle as the second wave of volunteers prepares to start helping folks that need a little extra help this year preparing for Christmas. In total 2020 has been a challenging year.

CROSBY – The year 2020 has been a tough one on those that host charities and to those that benefit from them. This includes one of the local favorites, Cloth-A-Child, developed to help school-aged kids enjoy some of the blessings that many take for granted.

For the last 16 weeks, Crosby church A Fellowship of Believers has taken in what food they could get donated and handed it out to waiting families from their central campus on US 90. That program now occurs on Mondays and begins at about 3:00 p.m., but the lineup is now beginning at noon. Pastor Keenan Smith has seen the program go from prepackaged relief boxes to volunteer assembly of food stuffs. It has become more difficult to say if the products are better or worse than in the past; for example, entire tenderloins and lamb parts from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo have been arriving.

Monday and Tuesday of this week, Clothe-A-Child brings those in need of help presenting Christmas close to those that want to help others, as the helpers are to shepherd the needy into an effective use of $100 and get the kids a toy. Monday in Atascocita, Tuesday in Crosby.

According to Pastor Keenan Smith’s observation, “Some people ask, ‘Is that all I’m gonna get from you?’ while others have tears of gratitude in their eyes.”


Rotary Chili Feast set for Feb. 6th

Winner of the Chili Feast Raffle will have their choice of a 2021 Chevy Colorado Pickup or a 2021 Chevy Camaro, from Turner Chevrolet.

HIGHLANDS – The Rotary Club is preparing to hold their 46th Annual Chili Feast, on Saturday, February 6. A chili lunch will be served from 11 am to 3 pm or until the chili runs out, according to Chili Feast chairman Jerry Fallin. A live auction will take place at 12:30 pm.

The event is being held at the St. Jude’s Catholic Church social hall, unless strict COVID-19 rules are in effect causing the event to be moved. The club president, Andy Scott, said that the raffle will be held regardless of any restrictions present on indoor meetings. Of course, all current health rules will be strictly observed. Therefore the club members are continuing to sell raffle tickets. There are 700 tickets available for a $100 donation. A ticket entitles you to two bowls of “Chester’s Famous Recipe” chili, and a chance to win one of 17 raffle prizes, all worth more that the $100 ticket price.

Club members are also selling Chili lunches only, for $10. Great for extra hungry folks, or to take home for later.

This annual event is a high point for many in the community, who see their friends at least this one time each year, and catch up with stories. It also has great good, and quality auction items.


Highlands’s Annual “Share Your Christmas”

The staff at BP Hopper primary is very thankful for the donations received for our students in need. Our sponsors went above and beyond to help. (Left to right Ms. Herrera, Ms. Harding, Mrs. Batiste and Mrs. Cotten)

By Theresa Cashion

HIGHLANDS – The Share Your Christmas project provides new clothing for students in need in the three schools in Highlands. The idea was conceived 18 years ago by the Catholic Daughters organization at Saint Jude Church. For a project to serve over 150 students each year, it must have a lot of support of local churches, clubs, businesses and individuals.

The school counselors take time from their busy schedules to work up the list of eligible students and handle the parent contact. Sponsors purchase the clothing and oftentimes toys, gift wrap the items and deliver them to the school. The sponsors give to the students with a joyful and loving attitude. They are a group of which we are very proud and thankful.


Areas begin to look a lot like Christmas

The Crosby Parade of Lights by the Chamber of Commerce awarded Spectacular Sparkle Award to Texas Emergency Care here accepted by Terri Hardy and Savanah Martin during the parade by Chamber Staff. MORE on Page 8.

Santa arrives in Highlands and Crosby Saturday on fire trucks

Highlands Fire Dept. and Crosby Volunteer Fire Dept. both confirmed local hero status bringing Santa Claus to town Saturday.

In Highlands the park trees had been decorated by local groups and meanwhile the Highlands Rotary dispensed hot chocolate and snacks. It was under arrangement by Jessica Woods for the Highlands Chamber of Commerce.

The Crosby-Huffman Chamber brought out lots of kids to the street to catch the candy thrown from lighted vehicles. The parade was attended by Precinct 3 Constable’s Office and kept flowing by Eddie Foster. The Chamber bestowed four trophies for best parade elements. (more…)

New museum building announced for Crosby Historical Society

This building will become the new home of the Crosby Historical Society. Previously it was an administration and tax office for the Crosby school district.

CROSBY – The Historical Society has made the announcement that they have secured a building to house a permanent museum for the Crosby area.

On their website, they said that they had signed a long-term lease with Crosby ISD to use the old tax office and administration building situated at the corner of Runneburg and Pecan streets.

The Society said that this fulfilled an almost 40-year goal for the group, beginning in 1983.


Rotary holds annual “Share Your Christmas”

The Highlands Rotary Club held their annual “Share Your Christmas” event last Tuesday, packing and distributing gift bags of clothing and an age-appropriate gift for children who might otherwise not get anything at the holiday. Families were chosen with the help of counselors at the Highlands schools.


Christmas Events begin Saturday

CROSBY/HIGHLANDS – Saturday, Santa comes to town locally in big, different ways and heralds the approach of many other thrilling seasonal events.

Light up the Night is a Christmas Lights Parade and Toy Drive by the Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce to leave from the Middle School south on Main Street Saturday at 6:00 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy for parade participation to be donated to Churches United in Caring for their Christmas outreach. Santa Claus will ride in on a fire truck and bring in seasonal cheer as the parade exits MainStreet for Miller-Wilson, pass before the Chamber Office left at Wahl Street. Businesses, groups and individuals should take advantage of this low buy-in display opportunity to market directly to their public in an attractive venue. Call Eddie Foster at (281) 794-5122 or the Chamber office at (281) 328-6984 for more information. Toys will be collected at the Safe Rescue truck kept at the Crosby Middle School for donations.

Highlands is welcoming Santa on Saturday at 5:00 p.m., also to come in on a fire truck to chat with local kids about what they want for Christmas sponsored by the Highlands-Chamber of Commerce and the Highlands Fire Dept. Hot Chocolate and cookies are offered by Rotary. This tradition goes back over 30 years.

Sunday, Dec. 6, 9 am to1 pm. Sacred Heart Catholic Church is offering Breakfast with Santa between the school and the parish hall featuring pancakes, the jolly ole’ elf, himself for $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children and seniors.

Harris County Precinct 2 is to host a family bike ride between the Crosby Community Center and the Barrett Station Community Center. It is to be open to the community but participants must be registered.

The ride begins at Riley Chambers Park and peddles to Crosby Park and back to the Riley Park on Sunday, Dec. 13, with the starting gun to go off at 8:00 a.m. So, be on the mark!

Pct. 2 delivers 1400 Thanksgiving dinners

Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia, at center, poses with workers and volunteers that gave out these food boxes and Turkeys for Thanksgiving to 1400 families that registered their need.

Harris County Precinct 2 — Commissioner Adrian Garcia hosted “Turkey Thursday” last Thursday, where he distributed turkeys to families at 10 Harris County Precinct 2 Community Centers.

Each location gave out 140 turkeys to registered families. This is the first time in Harris County history a precinct distributes a total of 1,400 turkeys in one day.

“Turkey Thursday” was possible thanks to partnership with non-profit Precinct2Gether, HEB Grocery Stores, and Partners in Primary Care.


Crosby MUD’s Harris tells Chamber about growth issues

Teague Harris speaks on local water and sewer.

CROSBY – Teague Harris of Crosby Municipal Utility District (CMUD) visited the Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce Thursday and spoke of neighborhood developments, annexation processes and potential provision of water and sewer to any big box commercial enterprises that wish to pay for part of the hookup outside of the CMUD current district.

Crosby MUD was established by the Texas Legislature in 1975. Their primary role is maintaining, repairing improving, and expanding the water and sewer ways. Historically, it does not concern itself with drainage issues. It does not have the problems of deep ditch supply venues. Initially, CMUD financed all of its construction though revenue. Some neighboring areas were paying for water and sewer and construction while CMUD expanded only upon garnered revenue. The possibility of financing through ad valorem taxes for construction and expansion exists but CMUD has always been financially conservative. Another factor in the history of CMUD is that it had to go to surface water earlier than many districts, in the early 1990’s.