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Crosby ISD improves, seeks new CFO

Crosby Education Foundation pesented a check for $92,765.58 to finance innovative educational courses inside the district.

CROSBY – As the school district moves forward to replace Dr. S. Davis with a new Superintendent, Lesa Jones, Chief Financial Officer for Crosby ISD, has found another offer and the board has begun the processes of replacing her inside T.E.A. guidelines. Also, the district lost significant State revenues due to sudden growth per wording of House Bill 3; maybe someone made money on that.

The Principal of the Year is Dana Kratky, from Crosby, Texas with 22 years in education and 16 years at Crosby ISD and is Principal of Crosby Elementary School. Her award was for tireless dedication, also the school had another successful year in the Souper Bowl of Caring Food Drive with Crosby Elementary leading the way.

The district is staying masked and social distancing for now, regardless of the Governor of Texas lifting mandatory orders. This decision is based upon health science advice and the Texas Medical Center recommendations that the pandemic isn’t over.

Texas House considers Deep Freeze bills

Report by Rep. Ana Hernandez

On March 8, Speaker Dade Phelan announced the first phase of the House’s legislative reforms to protect consumers and strengthen our state’s electric grid in the aftermath of the recent, unprecedented cold weather event. Speaker Phelan highlighted the following key legislation filed by members of the Texas House of Representatives:

HB 10 – Reforming Energy Reliability Council of Texas Leadership

HB 10, filed by Representative Paddie, restructures the ERCOT board, replacing the unaffiliated members with members appointed by the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Speaker of the House. HB 10 also requires all board members to reside in the state of Texas and creates an additional ERCOT board member slot to represent consumer interests.

HB 11 – Protecting Consumers and Hardening Facilities for Extreme Weather

Legion Shoot shows facilities

Terry Harley shows how to aim that M-1911 Colt .45, besting all comers in Saturday’s pistol contest at the Turkey Shoot for David H. McNerney American Legion Post 658.

Harley, the owner of the Snack Shack, in front of the Legion Hall, immediately after besting this reporter in a match, answers the question of how often he shoots by saying, “I haven’t shot a gun in twenty years.” He smiles and says, “But, I used to shoot a lot.”

The new range has an U.S. Army standard of 33 yards pistol and shotgun range.

Melissa McBride, the Legion Post’s Financial Officer, won the pistol contest on Sunday.

A Gun & Knife show is coming April 17 & 18.

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.

CONTRERAS IS HIGHLANDS FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR

Christofer Contreras was chosen Firefighter of the Year (the night’s top honor) by his peers. Pictured from left, Jerry Ickes of ESD#14 board, Mr. Contreres with Fire Chief Harvey Little.

By Lewis Spearman

BAYTOWN– The Highlands Fire Department held their annual Recognition and Awards Banquet last Saturday evening, at the Baytown Youth Fair & Rodeo pavilion.

Firefighter of the Year award was presented to Christofer Contreras. This award is given in memory of Cecil Kelly, who volunteered with the Highlands VFD for over 42 years before retiring in 1996. The recipient chosen by vote of the membership is a firefighter who performed above and beyond the call of duty.

Chief Little reviewed the history of the department for 2020 against 2019. There were a total this year of 2,670 against 2,838 service calls. Of these 1976 were EMS calls compared with 1991 the previous year. Life Flight was called 24 against 27 times. Fire responses declined to 694 from 847. Motor vehicle accidents were down from 201 to 161.

The department can boast of keeping their response times low, strong staffing, receiving grants for insurance, purchase of a 16 foot inflatable power boat for high water rescues, quality training, using other facilities and combined training with nearby departments.

Chamber installs new board members

Rev. Larry Koslovski of the Brethren Church, Justin League of Sparks Insurance, Toni Handley, Chelsey Stringer of Community Resource Credit Union, Tiffany Muller of Crosby Church and Eric Jennings of DOC Resources after standing election are sworn in by Precinct 3 Position 2 Justice of the Peace Lucia Bates. J.P. Bates also swore in returning Chamber Board members. March 18 the monthly luncheon will be held at Crawfish Shack for a Business Showcase Luncheon. Tees & Tails Golf Tournament is April 15 at Stonebridge.

BARBERS HILL HIGH SCHOOL: Racist sign throws school into controversy

MONT BELVIEU – Kids write the ‘darndest’ things on campus walls especially after a series of contentions and uncertainty locally and nationally has drawn taunt racial relations.

Barbers Hill High School had some graffiti painted on the wall that read “Black Lives Don’t Matter,” and some other incidental forms of protest are spoken of as happening not long after the November 3 election. Some parents want something done.

Fresh on the mind of many locals is the controversy of dreadlocks in Barbers Hill after each attending students had signed off on accepting the dress code to attend but two students were determined by the Superintendent to be in violation due to the length of their dreadlocks. The district suspended the two students. The issue went viral.

Rotarians hold Chili Raffle this Saturday

Highlands Rotarians will hold their Chili Feast RAFFLE (no chili this year) on Saturday, Feb. 6. They invite you to help by purchasing a $100 raffle ticket, and win this new 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Pickup truck, or a Camaro. Vehicles furnished by Turner Chevrolet in Crosby. Call 281-426-3558 for ticket information.

HIGHLANDS – Rotarians are busy this week making final arrangements for their annual Chili Feast Raffle. As usual the community has an opportunity to win spectacular prizes, including a new vehicle from Turner Chevrolet, either a Colorado pickup or a Camaro. There are also 16 other valuable prizes. However, because of safety precautions due to the Pandemic, the location has been changed, and no chili will be served. The Rotary club thanks the community for their support and understanding in these circumstances, and helping with this most important community fund raiser.

There will be nothing held at St. Judes Catholic church this year.

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.