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Rotary Chili Feast Feb 5


The Highlands Rotary Club is holding their 47th Annual CHILI FEAST, at St. Jude’s Catholic Church social hall, 808 S. Main Street, Highlands. 11am to 3pm, with a Live Auction at Noon to 3pm.

Raffle Tickets are $100, Meal Tickets $10 and the winner will receive a new 2022 SUV Chevy Trailblazer or Chevy Equinox. There are also other valuable prizes. Tickets from any Rotarian, or call 281-426-33558. Tickets also available from Turner Chevrolet, Central Auto Inspections, Weston Cotten, Dr. Larry White.

Santa arrives in Highlands on Fire Truck

Santa waves from the Highlands Fire Department truck, as he arrives at the Park. Also riding with Santa was Miss Highlands, Haley Maxey. (Photos courtesy Highlands Chamber).

HIGHLANDS – A warm, balmy evening was the start of the Holiday season in Highlands last Tuesday night, Dec. 7th.

Several hundred children and parents turned out at the park on San Jacinto Street, to see Santa Claus arrive on a Highlands Fire Truck. The truck also made a tour of residential neighborhoods first, as Santa waved to the children along the streets.

Santa sits in the pavilion at the end of the path through the colorful Holiday arches, and along the path of the decorated Christmas Trees.

Rotary Chili Feast set for Feb. 5th

Winner of the Chili Feast Raffle will have their choice of a 2022 Chevy Trailblazer or a 2022 Chevy Equinox SUV, from Turner Chevrolet.

HIGHLANDS – The Rotary Club is preparing to hold their 47th Annual Chili Feast, on Saturday, February 5. A chili lunch will be served from 11 am to 3 pm or until the chili runs out, according to Chili Feast chairman Andy Scott. A live auction will take place starting at 12:30 pm.

The event is being held at the St. Jude’s Catholic Church social hall. The club president, Jerry Fallin, said that the raffle and chili feast will be held with COVID-19 protocol followed.

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.

Crowds enjoy 22nd Annual Christmas Festival in Crosby

Santa and Mrs. Claus were the highlight of the Parade. (MORE PHOTOS IN THE PRINT EDITION)

CROSBY – The community celebrated the 22nd Annual Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce Christmas Festival and parade with lots of joy and bright smiles.

The festivities began Saturday at the Crosby Church on Highway 90. The church’s music hall was filled with booths from local business owners selling arts, crafts, treats, and homemade items. Crosby Music Academy provided entertainment at the festival.

Lee College offers free tuition and expenses for first-time students

Baytown, TX – High school graduates and GED recipients who live in the Lee College service area and have never attended Lee College before can attend for free during the Spring 2022 semester as part of the First Time Free at Lee program. Under this program, first-time Lee College students have the opportunity to earn up to 12 semester credit hours with no out-of-pocket cost for tuition, fees or e-books.

“We are excited to be able to offer this opportunity to first-time Lee College students,” said Dr. Lynda Villanueva, president of Lee College. “We are optimistic that this program will offer a ray of hope for people who thought college wasn’t possible because of finances. If you want to achieve a better future, we want to help you accomplish that dream.”

To be eligible, students must have a high school diploma or GED, reside within the Lee College service area, and apply for financial aid at

Holiday Events, Parades, and SANTA, coming to Highlands and Crosby

Santa with Miss Highlands at the Memorial Park
in Highlands last year.

CROSBY/HIGHLANDS – This Saturday Santa comes to Crosby, heralding the beginning of the Christmas season and the approach of many other thrilling seasonal events.


The season begins at Crosby Church, with a Christmas Festival sponsored by the Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce. It will be held from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at 5725 Hwy 90 in Crosby. Planned events include a Christmas Market, Entertainment, an appearance by Holly the Elf, a Petting Zoo starting at 2:00 pm, a Hayride (remember them), a balloon artist and more.

You will be able to have your picture taken with SANTA and get a goody bag from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. There will also be free Hot Dogs, Popcorn, and Cotton Candy for attendees small and large.

Historical Society to hear of Ross Sterling, from farmer to governor


The Crosby Historical Society will hold a public meeting and presentation “From Humble Beginnings” – a discussion of early economic development in our region told in part through the life & times of Ross S. Sterling, who began life as a small farmer on the east side of Trinity Bay, and went on to create the Humble Oil Company, build the Baytown Refinery and eventually become Governor of Texas. The presenter will be Mark Stasney. Our meeting will be held on December 4, 2021, at 2 p.m. at the Crosby Brethren Church Gym/Fellowship Building, 5202 Church Street.

We will also have an update on the Museum progress by Jody Fuchs. We also encourage attendees to bring artifacts, pictures, scrapbooks, etc. for sharing with the audience. You do not have to be a member of CHS to attend the meeting. Please join us.

Crosby ISD hosting pediatric COVID vaccine clinic

Crosby ISD is partnering with Harris County Public Health to offer free COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 at an upcoming clinic. Pediatric nurses and technicians will administer the Pfizer vaccine. Pfizer is a two-dose vaccine. The second doses will be scheduled for 21 days later. There is no cost.

The free pediatric vaccine clinic will be open for two days to make it as convenient as possible for families. The dates and times are: Friday, November 12, 10am-6pm and Saturday, November 13, 10am-6pm. The clinic will be located at Crosby Elementary School, 14705 FM 2100, Crosby, TX 77532. Parents/guardians are required to accompany their children to the clinic.

Goose Creek hosts CTE Association luncheon; student chefs prepare Chinese fare

Superintendent Randal O’Brien welcomes CTE guests, explains Goose Creek CTE program

BAYTOWN – Beautifully arranged bamboo plants, created by students from the Stuart Career Technical High School Floral Design program, adorned tables for the November 5th Gulf Coast CTE Association’s monthly meeting and luncheon. Students from the Culinary Arts program prepared a spread fit for an avid lover of Chinese food. CTE administrators from Alvin to Waller ISD and everywhere in between dined on a culinary feast of egg rolls, crab wontons, fried rice, beef and broccoli and orange chicken in traditional Chinese takeout boxes. Culinary Arts teacher, Chef Kylie Sobczak, was extremely proud of her students.

“Our students have worked hard over the past few days to prepare meals we hope that you all will enjoy,” she said. “Chinese food is a staple in the U.S. and we are so excited for you to experience the students’ cooking skills on National Chinese Takeout Day.”

Goose Creek CTE students prepared the Chinese food for the luncheon.

Dr. Cap Roder, SCTHS principal proudly boasted about his students, “All of these students that prepared today’s menu (Chef 313) will finish their 41-hour dual-credit certification with Lee College this May,” he said. “Some of them are steps away from receiving their degree!”

64th ANNUAL HIGHLANDS EVENT: Spooktacular Jamboree has chills, thrills

Participants in the 2021 Children’s Pageant categories of Little Mister and Little Miss pose for a group photo with their trophies, after the pageant.

HIGHLANDS – After taking a year off for the COVID Pandemic, the town came to life last Saturday and celebrated a combination of Halloween and the 64th Annual Jamboree.

The Theme for the Parade was “Spooktacular” and some of the units and their occupants were decorated in scary costumes.

The Jamboree was somewhat scaled down this year, but nevertheless 25 units were in the parade, including the Parade Marshal, Goose Creek’s Superintendent Randal O’Brien, who was also the Highlands Chamber’s Terry Davis Award winner this year.

Also in the parade were Highlands Fire Department fire equipment, Constable Eagleton’s cars and deputies, Miss Highlands and Jr. Miss Highlands, Pct. 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia’s staff, Chamber of Commerce lead car, First Baptist Church, GCM Dazzlers and Charms, Highlands softball and little league teams, Childrens’ Pageant contestants, Shriners, modified race cars, HJS Cheerleaders and Marching Band, a 4-H float with the Sweetheart & Beau, and even a lawnmower!