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Sterling-White Funeral Home and Cemetery presents: THE WISDOM OF PRE-PLANNING

Everything you ever wanted to ask about funeral, cemetery and cremation planning!


Free dinner and complimentary educational seminar providing valuable information about final arrangement planning, financial considerations, and much more. Gain the peace of mind of understanding all your options!

7:00 – 8:30 PM

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Sterling-White Funeral Home & Cemetery
11011 Crosby-Lynchburg, Highlands, TX 77562

Comcast celebrates Grand Opening of new Xfinity Store in North Shore

Comcast Officials Pictured (L-R) Kate Inman, Director of Indirect Sales; Christopher Jones, Manager of Indirect Sales; Victor Menchaca, Wallisville Store Manager; and Demian Voiles, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Comcast Houston

Comcast recently unveiled its new Xfinity Store in Houston with a special community celebration at a brand new location.

The new Xfinity Store is conveniently located at 15375 Wallisville Rd. and features a modern retail environment that highlights the complete line of Xfinity Home and Comcast Business technology offerings, including Xfinity Mobile, Xfinity X1, Xfinity Home and Xfinity Internet.

The new XFINITY store located at 15375 Wallisville Rd.

At the recent event, Comcast celebrated with the local community through fun activities, raffles and live product demonstrations.

Customer playing the prize wheel at the grand opening of the new XFINITY store on Wallisville Rd.

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“Live Jazz” coming to Houston’s Eastside

Houston – One of Houston’s musical treasures, Saxophonist Kyle Turner will be performing “live” at R&K Barbecue and Reception Hall, 911 Normandy St. 77015 on Sunday, August 15th, 2021 from 4pm to 7pm. Tickets are available at

Since the 1990’s, Kyle Turner has been performing on a regular basis and draws enthusiastic audiences regionally and nationally. Kyle’s musical range is vast and he describes himself as a musician that loves playing all types of music. Kyle’s musical career has afforded him the opportunity to share the stage with musical greats: Luther Vandross, Regina Belle, Joe Sample, Bobby Lyle, Al Jarreau, Will Downing, Ronnie Laws, Marion Meadows, Bob Baldwin, Terence Blanchard, Eddie Levert and Kirk Whalum to name a few.



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.

Local author pens book about Texas Republic

HIGHLANDS — Karl Thomson, a former gunsmith, bush pilot, has completed his new book Three Texas Rangers: The Republic of Texas 1836-1845.

The book is a fictional account of the Texas Revolution through Mexican – American War and the making of a republic away from a dictatorship.

It also deals with the establishment of the Texas Rangers and development of the Colt revolving pistol. The book pairs fictional characters with accurate historical figures.


The Harris County Emergency Services District #14 will hold a meeting at the Highlands Volunteer Fire Department, 2301 E Wallisville Rd, Highlands, TX 77562 at 12 noon, on Monday, August 24, 2020, to consider adopting a tax rate for tax year 2020. The public may attend. The proposed tax rate is 0.0500 per $100 of value.

No change in the tax rate is planned.

The proposed tax rate for the 2020 tax year is the same rate of 0.0500 per $ 100 the value that has always been in place for ESD#14 since its formation in 1999.


The Administrative office of Harris County Emergency Services District #14 (“District”) is located 2301 E. Wallisville Road, Highlands, TX 77562. The District’s mailing address is PO Box 96, Highlands, TX 77562. The District holds regular meetings on the fourth Monday of each month at the Highlands Volunteer Fire Department located at 2301 E Wallisville Rd, Highlands, TX 77562 at 12:00 noon. The public is cordially invited to attend all meetings. The Board of Commissioners are Jim Strouhal, President; Chester Stasney, Vice President; Jerry Ickes, Secretary; Treasurer, Johnny Gaeke; Member, Mark Taylor.

The attorney for the District is Weston Cotten, Law Offices of Weston Cotten, P.C., 1500 E. Wallisville Road, Highlands, TX 77562, telephone number 281-421,4050. Email address

TO THE EDITOR: We need to change the name to reflect our values and culture

BAYTOWN – Opinions vary widely on whether the Robert E. Lee High School name should be changed. Below is one person’s opinion, and you are invited to send us yours for possible publication. The Goose Creek school board will consider this at their next meeting in September, and may make a decision at that time.

Thank you for taking the time to read my letter regarding the name change of Robert E. Lee. I was born and raised in Baytown, as was my father and grandparents. I went to Lee and graduated in 1994. I am in support of changing the school’s name to something that better embodies who we are as Baytownians. I have a Master’s Degree in United States History and teach at Austin Community College. I say that because I feel I have the education and expertise to speak on the issue of who Robert E. Lee was, what he stood for, and why the school’s name is hurtful to African Americans in our community. Please understand that this is not a “new” issue. People have been pushing to change the name for decades, and we have failed to hear them for decades. We are better than that.

Congressman Brady: Federal Ruling on Texas High Speed Rail Wrong; Fight not over

CONROE, TX – July 16, 2020 – Congressman Kevin Brady (TX-08) released the following statement after the Surface Transportation Board released a new ruling on Texas Central Railroad’s (TCR) petition for exemption:

“While I strongly disagree with this decision, the good news is this doesn’t give TCR eminent domain authority to seize property without landowners consent – and finally forces TCR to publicly disclose their shaky financial projections to the Surface Transportation Board in any future bid to gain authority to construct the project.

“This will reveal why private investors have abandoned the project and why taxpayers should not be on the hook when it ultimately fails.”

An Opinion letter to Barbers Hill ISD Board of Trustees

July 24, 2020

Re: The Case of Mr. Kaden Bradford and De’Andre Arnold…

Dear George Barrera, Fred Skinner, Cynthia Erwin, Becky Tice, Benny May, Eric Davis, Clint Pipes:

I am a Marine Crops Vietnam V.F.W., a retired California State Peace Officer, and an American Indian with long hair. I served as a State Peace Officer with long hair because the State of California recognized my Constitutional religious and cultural rights as an American Indian. I also want to point out that the American Indian religion was the only religion “outlawed” in the United States, just Google the 1883 Religious Criminal Code. This code lead to the Massacre at Wounded Knee because they were conducting an illegal ceremony, the Ghost Dance.

The two young men in question are the type of young people this school should be supporting and recognizing their Constitutional rights for cultural expression. Your decision to not change the grooming standard, or accommodate these exceptional young men is a blatant statement that “only White culture is accepted at this school.” That the only way for a student of color to get any respect at your school is, they must shed any cultural/spiritual expressions that are not “White,” or that are not accepted in the White community. Your decision is an echo of the 1883 Religious Criminal Code, because the “sub-text” of your decision, without explicitly saying it is, all students of Color must act, look, and behave “White.”

Looking at the racial composition of the Board of Trustees it no wonder that the Trustees believe only “White” culture is accepted at the school.