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Fatal Crosby crash kills two walkers

Impact impressions leave little doubt as to what happened as a result of the impact on the black 2016 Lexus RX 350 in the westbound direction of the 700 block of Krenek Road on December 4. Traffic investigators sent all involved to hospitals following the crash. Witnesses tried to help the couple prior to ambulances arriving to bring medical services to bear on the injured.

CROSBY – A woman was killed Friday and her boyfriend died later Sunday as a result of an auto pedestrian accident.

According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Captain Shannon, a couple walking from Walmart was struck at about 6:50 p.m. in the 8700 block of Krenek Rd. between Main Street and US 90. Both were taken by LifeFlight helicopters to hospitals in critical condition.

The 87 year old driver and vehicle were found two miles away. The driver was transported for medical care as he appeared confused.


One dead in car-train collision

Authorities view the wreckage of the car that drove around the crossing gates and was struck by an Amtrak passenger train. A passenger in the car was ejected and died. The driver, Brittinie Green, was charged by the D.A.’s office with Manslaughter.Manslaughter charged on driver who drove around gates

CHANNELVIEW – The Harris County Sheriff’s Office reports a crash involving an SUV and a train on Sheldon Road.

A woman has been charged after a deadly crash involving an SUV and an Amtrak train in northeast Harris County on Wednesday afternoon.

Brittinie Green is charged with manslaughter, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash occurred around 5 p.m. Wednesday in the 10500 block of Sheldon Road near Beaumont Highway.

Deputies say Green was driving a BMW X3 with a passenger, Rhonda Clay, in the front seat. The sheriff’s office says Green drove northbound in the southbound lane of Sheldon Road, went around two vehicles that were stopped for the railroad crossing arms and then drove around the railroad arm.

Deputies say the BMW then crossed over the railroad tracks and was struck by a westbound Amtrak train.


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!

New mayor takes office in Beach City

New Beach City Mayor Ryan Dagley and family: Isis, Kayla, and R.J. Dagley



I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I am your new Mayor Ryan Dagley. I am extremely humbled by the opportunity to serve our great city. I have been married to my wife Isis for nearly 19 years and we have two beautiful children RJ (sophomore at BHISD) and Kayla (7th grader at BHISD). As a Rotarian, I believe in Service Above Self. I have been a Rotarian for 14 years, most recently serving as President of my Rotary Club. I currently serve on the board for the Cody Stephens Go Big or Go Home Foundation, active on other charitable boards in the community, was CoChairman of the recent BHISD Bond committee, and currently serve on the DEIC committee at BHISD. My parents raised all four of their children as living examples of service to the community you live in. I felt from a young age that serving others was a way for me to leave things better than when I found them.


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.


Santa comes to Highlands Dec. 5

SANTA sits last year in the Park Gazebo with 2020 Miss Highlands Haley Maxey, and Jr. Miss Highlands Aubrey Bird, in preparation to listen to childrens’ Christmas wishes.

HIGHLANDS – Santa Claus is planning on arriving in Highlands on Saturday night, December 5th at 5:00 pm. He is expected to arrive on a fire truck from the Highlands Volunteer Fire Department.

In spite of the restrictions placed on public events due to the COVID19 pandemic, children can expect to have their picture taken with Santa, and to give him a letter that the child wrote, listing gift wishes and other Holiday greetings. To keep everyone safe, distances will be maintained, and although Santa will be in the Gazebo in the park, children will only be able to stand outside near the entry.


State of the County focuses on COVID-19

HEB president Scott McClelland and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo presented the annual State of the County address in the style of a “Fireside Chat.”

Judge Lina Hidalgo’s discusses her ideal pandemic re-opening strategy

By Jada Mier

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and H.E.B.’s President Scott McClelland discussed some important topics at the Annual State of the County “Fireside Chat” held over Livestream. In a 33- minute conversation, the issues discussed were the pandemic, racial justice, and the Ike Dike coastal barrier.

Harris County has a total of 170,835 confirmed virus cases and 2,322 deaths; Judge Lina Hidalgo thinks it’s time for a “necessary pullback.” The number of new cases has increased by 40 percent, Hidalgo says. She feels that Harris county would benefit more from a gradual re-opening plan. Stating that she no longer has the authority to enforce this, she thinks what the country needs is a threshold re-opening strategy with scientifically based parameters. Addressing our suffering economy, Hidalgo says Covid-19 safety measures and the economy’s health are synonymous. “When folks know it’s safe out there, they’ll have the confidence to go out and engage in the activities that are going to improve our economy.”

McClelland pointed out the ongoing struggle students have to adapt to their new online school environment due to the global pandemic. In response to Harris County’s lack of connectivity, the county has invested more money to bridge this digital divide. People are noticing the lack of broadband and cellphone towers in more impoverished areas, which leads to an inability to access the internet, Hidalgo said.


Purse Bingo sees big success for Chamber

CROSBY – The beautiful David H. McNerney Amerian Legion Hall Post #658 was fully decked out for a circus like atmosphere as the local Chamber of Commerce held their second purse bingo competition there Nov. 13.

The event was also held in Stonebridge at Newport at the same time with the same numbers called thanks to modern technical convenience of simulcast Live Stream after 5:30 p.m.

The purses are actual pocketbooks and accessories from the pricey designer lines of Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Fendi and others. Raffles were held for pricey bags and a 52 pick up in two separate games added some variety.