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Cornyn’s Senate Panel drafts new limited Gun Safety laws

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), along with Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Cory Booker (D- N.J.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Lindsey Graham (RS.C.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), Angus King (I-Maine), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement:

“Today, we are announcing a commonsense, bipartisan proposal to protect America’s children, keep our schools safe, and reduce the threat of violence across our country. Families are scared, and it is our duty to come together and get something done that will help restore their sense of safety and security in their communities. Our plan increases needed mental health resources, improves school safety and support for students, and helps ensure dangerous criminals and those who are adjudicated as mentally ill can’t purchase weapons. Most importantly, our plan saves lives while also protecting the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans. We look forward to earning broad, bipartisan support and passing our commonsense proposal into law.”

The proposal includes:

Chambers County Children’s Museum to Break Ground on New Building

Mont Belvieu, TX – The Chambers County Children’s Museum is excited to celebrate our Ground Breaking ceremony Monday, June 20th at 10:30 a.m. at 10955 Eagle Drive in Mont Belvieu TX. The Museum will be created in the old Thrif-Tee grocery store building which has been donated to the Museum by the facility owner with a 15 year free lease. The Museum has raised $3.4 million towards a campaign goal of $4 million to fund the renovations that will begin later this month.

EPA Waste Pits Meeting June 23

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be holding a San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site (SJRWPSS) Community Meeting this month on Thursday night, June 23rd at 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the Martin Flukinger Community Center, 16003 Lorenzo St., Channelview, TX 77530. The meeting will be an in-person meeting, but you may also participate by phone by calling +1 202-991-0477 and entering the code 453688444#.

This meeting will contain important information the Channelview and surrounding communities and all who travel I-10 East will want to know.

C.H.I.C. WILL NOT hold our scheduled meeting at the Channelview Fire Sta. #3.

Additional info contact THEA Jackie Medcalf, Director at, Rachel Jordan, Asst. Director at, or Kristine Singleton at or any of them phone 281 315-5242.


On June 9, 2022, Virginia Lee Edwards Woods, 82 of Highlands, Texas, passed peacefully at home surrounded by her loving children. Virginia “Jennye” was born May 17, 1940, in Sweetwater, Tx, to James and Evelyn Edwards.

After graduating Baylor University in 1962, Virginia married her high school sweetheart,Carl R “Dickie” Woods, and moved to Houston. She spent the next six decades raising family, building businesses, teaching, being an active member in multiple gardening organizations, creating floral designs and traveling the world. Virginia worked as a law clerk, then a journalist, before becoming a mother. As a mother she was room-mom and chaperone on many school trips and number one fan for her children and grandchildren alike. She was an avid collector of curiosities and had various shops around Kingwood and Baytown, specializing in antiques, jewelry and collectibles. Virginia was a master design judge for the National Garden Clubs and was invited to present in seminars and judge shows all over the state and the world, from Tokyo to Sao Paolo and Panama, Johannesburg, and Cusco. She also travelled for pleasure, reaching most continents and many exotic destinations. Her latest world travels took her to the jungles of Costa Rica and the pyramids of Egypt.

She is survived by her three children, Jennifer WoodsMcCann, Jessica Woods, Dickson and his wife JoEllen Woods. Her grandchildren are Kenneth Michael McCann III, EmmaLee Lopez, Logan Lopez, Sarah Woods and Hunter Woods. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Floyd Woods, sisters-in-law Estelle Councilman and Ann Edwards, nieces; Lisa Taylor, Shelle Bullard, Lynette Palafox, Angela Smittle, Amy Edwards and Andrea Edwards, and nephews; Kelle Councilman, Randy Councilman, and Ryan Councilman.

Virginia is preceded in death by her husband and love of her life C. R. “Dickie” Woods, her parents Jimmy and Evelyn Edwards, her brother David Edwards, and her aunt Sue Perry.

The family will receive guests for a time of visitation at Sterling-White Funeral Home,11011 CrosbyLynchburg Rd. Highlands, TX 77562. Tel: 281-426-8431 on Saturday, June 25, 2022, from 10 to 11 a.m. A memorial service will be immediately following the visitation at 11 a.m. in the chapel of SterlingWhite funeral home.


11011 Crosby-Lynchburg Rd.
Highlands, TX 77562


DOS BORRACHOS, or Kevin Fowler and Roger Creager, will close out the Crosby Rodeo Saturday night.

Livestock Auction, Concerts, Rodeo events this week

By Gilbert Hoffman

CROSBY – June is Crosby Rodeo month, from the BBQ cook-off to the Livestock Auction to the CPRA Rodeo events, and now the final two music acts Friday and Saturday night. Good weather and great entertainment has brought out crowds this year.

The public and all potential buyers are invited to a Dinner Thursday night at 4:00pm at the Rodeo Pavilion, as a warm-up to the bidding later at 6:00pm for the livestock that the FFA students raised all year. A big crowd and big bids should be the atmosphere of the evening, considering that the COVID pandemic held back the event results the last two years.

On Friday, FFA and 4- H events will take place at the pavilion, and then in the evening the CPRA rodeo events kick-off (literally) at 7:30pm, followed by the entertainment for the evening, Josh Ward and Jon Wolfe.

On Saturday starting at 10am the Little Wrangler Rodeo will entertain the kids and their parents, with events that everyone looks forward to. In the evening, the Rodeo will come to a high point with the CPRA final events and the DOS BORRACHOS music entertainment, the popular Kevin Fowler and Roger Creager returning for one of their many appearances in Crosby.

Abbott orders School Safety Study instead of Special Session on guns

Governor Greg Abbott, center, in Uvalde after the mass murder of 21 persons, announcing action that Texas will take to address the problem of mass shootings. Others at the press conference, L to R, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Senator Ted Cruz, and House Speaker Dade Phelan. Abbott charged the leadership of the Senate and House with studying solutions that could be enacted by the State to curb future massacres.

AUSTIN – In lieu of calling a special session of the legislature to deal with new regulations to curb mass shootings, as requested by several state legislators, Governor Greg Abbott today sent a joint letter to Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker Dade Phelan requesting the Texas legislative leaders convene special legislative committees following last week’s tragic shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. The special legislative committees will be charged with examining and developing legislative recommendations on school safety, mental health, social media, police training, firearm safety, and more.

GCCISD Superintendent’s message on school safety


In light of the events in Uvalde ISD, we would like to share Dr. O’Brien’s message to the community:

The tragedy that occurred in Uvalde ISD is truly devastating. Our hearts go out to the families and educators that have experienced this horrific crisis.

School safety is on the forefront of our minds at this moment, as it is for every school district. Goose Creek CISD has implemented measures that have strengthened the safety and security of our schools over the past few years.

Family of 11 Loses Everything in House Fire Near Dayton

House catches fire near Dayton

DAYTON – A mother, father and their nine children who live near Dayton lost everything in a house fire Wednesday.

“I’m going to be okay. I just wish my kids didn’t have to go through this,” mom Jerene Buckles said.

Some of their children have special needs and take medication.

The walls are the only thing left standing at Jerene Buckle’s home.

“I think I’m still in shock. I think I’m still numb,” she said.

Jerene and her husband have nine children. Their youngest is six and the oldest is 20 years old. On Wednesday, their lives were forever changed.

“This was our dream home,” Jerene said. “We had finally found a home that was going to work for not only just what we wanted but also for our three non-ambulatory children. It was big and had the land.”

Jerene shared pictures of the intense flames that destroyed the two-story home. The fire torched trees and melted the family’s van. Another car was also totaled.

Crosby Rodeo saddles up June 3rd

BAG OF DONUTS, a New Orleans party band, will open the Rodeo on June 3.

Events cover two weekends

By Gilbert Hoffman

CROSBY – The much anticipated return of the Crosby Rodeo, after a Pandemic hiatus, will open with the popular New Orleans group Bag of Donuts Friday night, June 3rd at 7:00pm playing classics from the 60s until today.

Also on Friday, the BBQ cook-off gets underway, at 5:00pm and will conclude on Saturday, with an awards ceremony.

On Saturday June 4 starting at 8am the BBQ Cook-off will continue, and at 10am a parade is scheduled. That evening the concert is by Drew Parker, starting at 7pm.

Student Exhibitors will show their animals for judging on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 7 and 8, and then the Livestock Auction will be held Thursday, June 9.