Last Wednesday, at the Wallisville Courthouse Justice of the Peace Joe Stephens and Precinct 3 Constable Sherman Eagleton were top prize winners for their costumes as It, or a scary clown and Mighty Joe Young as a Peace Officer. In partnership with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Patrol the group gathered donations to put together a free food, beverages and games party for neighborhood kids to enjoy with their parents at the Jim Fonteanou Courthouse.
BARRETT STATION – According to Detective Sergeant E.B. Clegg, at about 9:20p.m., Sunday, deputies went to a disturbance call at 11915 Crosby Lynchburg, the Barrett Station Grocery Store and found a man lying in the parking lot.
The man lying in the parking lot was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives were able to identify the deceased and notified his wife of his death. His name has not yet been released. Sergeant Clegg indicates that the Harris County Sheriff’s Office hopes to gain more information from video of the incident.
HARRIS COUNTY – Very few voters bothered to go to the polls on Tuesday, election day. The lack of major issues or strong candidates kept the turnout down to about 10% of eligible voters.
Final vote counts were not available at press time, with only about 25% of the Precincts reporting. Based on that information, and Early Voting ballots, the results are as follows:
HIGHLANDS – Logan Lopez, a Boy Scout with Troop 107, plans two projects in the Heritage Park which will earn him an Eagle Scout rank, and a Quartermaster rank with the Sea Scouts.
Lopez belongs to both groups of scouts in the area. Troop 107 is chartered and sponsored by the Rotary Club. The Scoutmaster is Michael Dean.
Lopez’s project for Eagle Scout is to build a wooden fence along the railroad right-of-way, to provide safety for park users and to keep them away from the frequent trains. Lopez says the wall will be built from prefab sections from Home Depot, and be 4 foot high and 120 feet long.
Lopez’s Quartermaster project is to restore the Gazebo in the park to like-new condition. It has aged and been painted with graffiti. He plans to sand blast the surface and re-stain it, and add a crushed granite base and three flower beds to the arrangement.
Lopez has raised $1800 toward the project, but says he is looking for another $2400 to pay for the improvements.
Lopez plans to start the work this Saturday, November 9th, and welcomes anyone who would like to come to the park and help.
He said that with the help of other scouts, the flagpole in the park will also be put back into working condition. At present it is not able to hoist a flag.
Lopez says that scouting helps a boy or girl develop leadership skills, self confidence, and an enjoyment of the outdoors.
There have been five Eagle Scouts in Troop 107 in recent times. Boys Scouts can be as old as 18, and Sea Scouts to 21.
After graduating from high school, Lopez plans on entering the Navy, and hopes to train as a Navy Seal. This would be an apt progression from scouting and sea scouting, he feels.
HIGHLANDS – Devin Custer and his fiancée Stephanie Thompson were on a bicycle ride last Monday night, Oct. 21 around 7 pm on Barbers Hill Road. This was their usual evening routine, on the same road.
In the darkness, a car approached behind them, and struck them, killing Custer. However, he sensed the oncoming vehicle and pushed Thompson aside, saving her life.
They were struck by a 2004 Cadillac Deville driven by Jason Stewart. To date, he has not been charged with any traffic violation, but it is still under investigation by the Sheriff’s office.
Crosby Church hosted their annual Extreme Machine Sunday with bog races, booths, bounce houses, and a fantastic car show. This year over 110 vehicles entered the car show making it one of the largest held in this area. The contest announcements drew an ever widening crowd of spectators and contestants. Crosby Volunteer Fire Department came out to demonstrate the jaws of life and to show the kids the big old red trucks. After services concluded Rev. Smith was everywhere on the campus welcoming guests and getting stand around-ers to participate in the events going on everywhere. This year from the television show Extreme Ninja Challenge a new competitive climbing apparatus was erected to keep the young and athletic busy.
Big State Oilfield Services, Inc. recently held their first annual golf tournament and last Friday, met with representatives of Churches United in Caring (CUIC) to donate the proceeds of $3,000 to the non-profit Assistance Center in Crosby. The donation was received by Skip Greenwade, Board President of CUIC. Funds will be used for purchases of food and toys for the CUIC annual distribution to its clients.
Big State Oilfield Services, Inc. is located in Crosby and was established and is owned by the Nelson brothers, Shawn and Cory. Their kindness was in response to many whom they have known who have received help from CUIC in times of need or natural disaster. Churches United in Caring is a non-profit Thrift Shop and Assistance Center serving the Crosby, Huffman, and Barrett Station communities. Donations are accepted daily for sale at garage sale prices in the Thrift Shop at 944 Church Street. CUIC is operated by volunteers from area churches who also support the work of the Assistance Center, which has been in operation since 1983.
Crosby Community Center held their annual Boo Bash Party last Saturday from Noon until 3:00 p.m. attracting a swarm of trick or treaters as well as locals ready to participate in community based activities. The lavish Halloween decorations and colorful decorations made a festive event and the food was very reasonable. Volunteers welcomed visitors and directed others to the varied attractions available to viewing and classes available to enlisted.
The Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch at Crosby United Methodist Church was attractive for everyone. At left, Don Cox prepares the popcorn. In the background, Rev. Jamie Lea sings a lovely blues note as families visit booths and bounce houses for fun and entertainment.
Constitutional Amendments, Newport Water Election
HARRIS COUNTY – Monday Oct. 21 is the first day of Early Voting in the General Election. East Harris County area residents will vote on 10 constitutional amendments, METRO’s MetroNext bond issue in some areas, Baytown councilmen, and Newport MUD bonds, . Early voting continues through November 1, and you may vote this year at any election location. The General Election is scheduled for November 5.
In Baytown, District 1 has Laura Alvarado vs. Mercedes Renteria III. District 2, Chris Presley is running unopposed. District 3, Charles Johnson is running unopposed.
In Crosby’s Newport subdivision, the MUD district is asking for voter approval of a $70 mil lion bond referendum, to be used for water, sewer, and drainage system improvements, and approval of an Ad Valorem tax in payment of the bonds.
METRO BOND ISSUE
Proposition A on the ballot would authorize a $3.5 billion bond issue, to be used for METRO street improvements, mobility projects, and other facilities. Funds for this work would come from the existing Sales Tax, and there would not be any additional taxes required. Projects included in this proposal are a new MetroRapid Bus System, more HOV lanes, and extension of the MetroRail system.
Texans will vote on 10 new Constitutional Amendments on November 5th. The issues addressed include a state income tax, creating a flood infrastructure fund, and funding for the Cancer Research and Prevention Institute of Texas. The League of Women Voters of Texas (LWVTX) conducts research on each amendment to provide fair and unbiased information to Texas voters.
Many have noticed that recycling paper and other waste in Northeast Harris County is much more difficult than it once was. There were paper recycling bins at the libraries, some churches and the schools with the understanding that these worthy causes would benefit from the efforts and generosity of locals endeavoring to help clean up where they live and that the companies would profit from the waste.
Paper waste would be a commodities market and in 2015 they plummeted. In the Greater Houston Region, Waste Management once provided bins and incentives to locals for paper, there were a multitude of understandings. One of those was that only paper and cardboard would go into the bins, that has not been the case in years. The last such local agency to call an attempt to recycle paper quits was Crosby ISD. When last they had recycle bins industrial and business waste was all anyone could see in what was supposed to be only paper and cardboard bin. An additional “contamination” fee for non-recycled waste mixed in with the recyclables typically raises the costs by another $12.50 per ton.
Maintenance personnel at Crosby ISD report having caught a commercial truck trying to dump trash in the school’s other bins. They were forbidden that time.
Precinct 3 Constable Sherman Eagleton warns that he is aware of such behavior and isn’t going to tolerate it.