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Kaitlyn Rolin crowned Miss Highlands 2018

2018 Miss Highlands Kaitlyn Rolin is crowned by 2017 Miss Highlands Victoria Gonzalez.

Payton Radle is Jr. Miss

The 2018 Miss Highlands Pageant was held last Saturday night, hosted by the Highlands Horizon club. Earlier in the day, they also held the Jr. Miss Highlands pageant.

Miss Highlands 2018 is Kaitlyn Rolin. She is a junior at Goose Creek Memorial High School, and her parents are Glenn and Teri Rolin.

Jr. Miss Highlands 2018 is Payton Radle. She is a 7th grader at Highlands Junior School. Her parents are Tammy & Chris Felder, and Steven Radle.

Hundreds attended the event, held at the Highlands Junior School auditorium. This is the 61st annual Miss Highlands pageant. The Theme was “Bringin’ Back the 80’s.” The emcee for the shows was Baytown Assistant Police Chief David Alford, with the help of Victoria Gonzalez.

COLOR PHOTOS of the Highlands Pageant, Page 8 of the print edition.

Burglary of Rodeo Fairgrounds solved

This tractor and trailer were stolen from the fairgrounds and the stolen trailer used to take the tractor.

CROSBY – The Crosby Fair & Rodeo has been the victim of many burglaries over the last two decades and the board members decided to put new technology together and team with Precinct 3 Constable Sherman Eagleton’s Department to stop this expensive drain on a charity that bestows college funds to local high school students.

Last Oct. 7 they were hit again but measures were in place to identify the perpetrators and the Constable’s Deputies wee able to find the stolen goods by Oct. 9. Later when a suspect called to get his truck back from impound, he was invited to come get the truck and upon arrival and a few questions later, placed under arrest.

The name of the perpetrator has not been released by the department but his photograph has. It seems he had placed a stolen vehicle and several stolen items at his father’s house and when found the father told deputies who had placed those items there.


Arrests made in Vision Center burglaries

CROSBY – Family Vision Center of Crosby has been burglarized several times in spite of security devices and twice in the last 9 months with a total loss of about $1000,000.

The burglars seemed to target designer frames and sunglasses in both burglaries.

Harris County Precinct 3 Constables Office conducted an undercover operation that resulted in arrest of three individuals. They have been charged with Burglary of a Building however a fourth suspect remains at large.


Covestro invests 1.7 Billion in Baytown

Covestro Plant in Baytown

Covestro accelerates its investment activities to capitalize on the strong MDI market growth. Today, the Supervisory Board of Covestro has approved an investment of around EUR 1.5 billion to build a new world-scale MDI plant in Baytown, USA. This investment at the existing site in Baytown is the largest single investment in the history of the company. Total capacity of the new train will be 500 kilotons MDI per year, start of production is expected in 2024. At the same time an older, less efficient MDI unit of 90 kilotons production capacity will be closed. Thus, total MDI capacities of Covestro in the NAFTA region will reach around 740 kilotons per year making Covestro the industry capacity leader in the region by 2024. With that, Covestro will also strongly underline its global industry capacity leadership position.

“Demand for innovative MDI materials will continue to grow for the foreseeable future and likewise promises attractive capacity utilization rates. We have already announced a significant increase in capital expenditures, now it’s time to put it into action”, said CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann. “With the new MDI train in Baytown, we will further strengthen our global leading position in Polyurethanes, even better serve our customers and create long-term shareholder value.”


“Umbrella Alley” is finalist for state award

Baytown’s Umbrella Alley

Finalists for the 2018 Texas Downtown Association President’s Awards Program were recently announced in Austin. For over 30 years the awards program, sponsored by the Texas Downtown Association (TDA), has recognized outstanding projects, places, and people of Texas downtowns. One hundred and eleven entries were submitted in eleven different categories from communities across the state. Judges reviewed entries online and then met in person to make their final selection of award finalists and winners.

Baytown’s Umbrella Alley is one of the finalists for the Texas Downtown Association Spirit of Downtown Award. The Baytown Tourism Division on behalf of the Baytown Pubic Art Visioning Committee unveiled the beautiful Umbrella Alley in the Downtown Arts District in early May 2018. This Public Art Visioning Committee is made up of individuals from the downtown business area including the Art League of Baytown, Lee College Art Department, Sterling Municipal Library, and other local influencers who hold Baytown’s best interests at heart. In the past, the alley was filled with broken concrete and graffitied walls, but now the Umbrella Alley is occupied with colorful umbrellas that swing back and forth in a whimsical limbo, casting dancing shadows along the alley walls and ground; the alley walls are getting a splash of color as a mural comes to life that focuses on the highlights of Baytown. The artists working on this mural are students from the Lee College Art Department which is located at the end of the Downtown Arts District. This collaboration among downtown partners has garnered regional response, and brought special attention to the Downtown Arts District area and the business’s that are located there.

“We are proud of the Umbrella Alley project, and the excitement it has garnered for our downtown,” says Anna Yowell, Tourism Coordinator. “We look forward to doing more Public Art projects in the future.”

Winners will be announced on November 7 at the Awards Gala held in conjunction with the 2018 Texas Downtown Conference in Corpus Christi. (more…)

Barbers Hill ISD students earn National Merit Scholars recognition

Barbers Hill High School seniors Kathryn Hok and Kaitlyn Robinson were named 2019 National Merit Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation this month.

Both students are ranked in the Top Five of the Barbers Hill Class of 2019.

“To get to this level of academic achievement requires determination, hard work, and a willingness to stretch themselves by taking advanced level courses,” said Asst. Supt. of Curriculum and Instruction Sandra Duree. “I’m so proud of these students and the amazing BHISD staff. Working together toward a common goal helps us move forward in our quest for excellence for all students.”

Robinson plans to attend Texas A&M University next year, and Hok is considering several university options.

Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation will be recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

National Hispanic Scholars

The College Board in September named three Barbers Hill High School students as National Hispanic Scholars.

Barbers Hill seniors Jade Meador, Adriana Torres-Rodriguez, and Isaac Recio were named Scholars in the program based on their scores on the PSAT/NMSQT in this region. Scholars must score in the top 2.5% of Hispanic test-takers in the region during their junior year, as well as achieve a minimum 3.5 GPA.

“We are very proud of these three students,” said BHHS Principal Rick Kana. “They have pushed themselves academically and stand out as leaders on our campus. They are so deserving of this recognition, and we are proud to have them at Barbers Hill High School.”

Each year, the National Hispanic Recognition Program recognizes approximately 5,000 students nationwide out of over 250,000 Hispanic students who take the PSAT/NMSQT.

Crosby ISD declares fiscal emergency

Carla Mills Windfont warns not to forget our principles before the Oct. 8 meeting is declared in order.

CROSBY – The Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution declaring Crosby Independent School District as being in a state of Financial Exigency at Monday’s Special Called Meeting at the Operations Center.

Texas Education Code defines Financial Exigency as a school district where financial resources are insufficient to support the district’s instructional programs or the school district is unable to finance the full compensation of staff for the current or succeeding fiscal year.

Approving the resolution allows the district to proceed with a reduction in personnel that would be necessary to correct budget issues. Included in the resolution were several employment areas that would be impacted by the reduction in force.

JoeAnne Crawford, a former Trustee, defeated in an election when Gerald Blankenship presided, during the Hearing of Citizens was very critical of the board’s decisions.

Superintendent Dr. Scott Davis stated, “Tonight’s board meeting officially marks the beginning of the reduction in force process with the board’s approval of the resolution declaring Financial Exigency and listing of the employment areas to be impacted. Some of you may have heard rumblings that some employees have already been notified of their future with Crosby ISD. Last week we met with 18 employees who would be easily identifiable per tonight’s resolution, as they constitute an employment area with only one or two employees. Because this agenda needed to be posted last Friday to be in compliance with requirements set forth by the Texas Open Meetings Act, we wanted to notify those employees that would be easily identifiable of their employment status with Crosby ISD. It is a difficult process, but it is our earnest desire to give every employee the respect and dignity they deserve. For this reason, I met with these employees ahead of the board meeting. As these conversations begin, many have asked about the process for the reduction in force. There are several legal scenarios that we have applied to finalize staff reduction decisions:

1. Eliminating an entire employment area was possible without having to apply the criteria set in place by Board Policy DFFA (local). In these cases, professional employment areas were affected when duties assigned to those areas could be shifted to remaining personnel Contact: Viviana Killion, Director of Community Relations Phone: 281-328-9200 Email: Crosby Independent School District 706 Runneburg Road, Crosby, TX 77532 and would have the least disruptive impact to classroom instruction and district operations. Additionally, the majority of these employment areas consist of no more than one or two employees. These employees will be allowed to remain with the district until December 20th to minimize mid-semester disruptions, whenever possible, but have already been notified of their recommended status with the district. (more…)

Miss Highlands Pageant this Saturday

MISS HIGHLANDS PAGEANT will be OCT. 13 – Above, last year’s winners were Kennah Holloway (Jr. Miss Highlands) and Victoria Gonzalez (Miss Highlands).

The Highlands Horizons invite you to the 61st annual Miss Highlands Pageant & the 26th annual Jr. Miss Highlands Pageant this Saturday, October 13th 2018 at Highlands Junior High auditorium. The Jr. Miss Highlands Pageant begins at 2:00pm and The Miss Highlands Pageant begins at 7:00pm.

This year’s theme is “Bringin’ Back the 80’s”. Both pageants will include an opening number, contestant introductions, casualwear modeling, talent competition, dress modeling and interview question. The MC for the Pageants will be Assistant Chief David Alford from the Baytown Police Department.

Awards presented will include Miss Photogenic, Miss Congeniality, High ticket sales, Talent, 2nd runner up, 1st runner up and the crowning of the 2017 Miss Highlands & Jr. Miss Highlands. Each year, the Horizons present the Jennie Robbins Community Service Award to the Miss Highlands contestant who has proven to be community minded and dedicated her time to serving & helping others. Last year, Victoria Gonzalez was chosen to receive this special honor.


Crosby crowns 2018 Homecoming King and Queen

Crosby High School announced Senior Dayton Berezoski as King and Senior Maggie Hearn as Queen of the Homecoming King and Queen contest. The halftime announcement was made at the annual Highway 90 Showdown football game between the Crosby High School Cougars and the Dayton Broncos. Crosby won 56 to 41. (Photo by Allan Jamail)


By Allan Jamail

Crosby, TX. – Friday, October 5, 2018 there was a rumble in “The Jungle” as the Crosby Cougars and Dayton Broncos displayed a thrilling offensive performance with 14 touchdowns to the near capacity crowd for bragging rights as it’s been billed as, “The Highway 90 Showdown.”

As you enter the new two year old Cougar stadium their welcoming message reads, “Welcome to the Jungle.

The Broncos came out ready to rumble scoring first, using just three plays in two offensive drives to lead 13 – 0 early in the first quarter.

At the end of the first quarter Dayton led 13 to 7. But then Crosby gained their composure, scoring four touchdowns in the second quarter to lead at halftime 35 – 20.

In the third and fourth quarter the rumble continued with both teams scoring three touchdowns each. A 97 point high scoring game ended with the Cougars remaining undefeated having 15 more points than the Broncos 56 – 41.

The rivalry matchup began in 1923 between the two Highway 90 rivals. Last year Crosby won at Dayton, again a high scoring game of 96 points, Crosby won 69 to 27.

Crosby’s Coach Jeff Riordan who in 2012 came from Sulphur Springs High School as offensive coordinator and now serves as both head coach and athletic director of the Cougars said, “We are 6 – 0 and not near where we can be,” Riordan said. “We have lots to fix and improve on. We are a really good football team that will only get better.”


Jamboree sees “Happy Days”

Goose Creek Memorial High School Band was judged Best School Spirit in the Jamboree Parade.

HIGHLANDS – Unlike last year, when Hurricane Harvey put a stop to the Jamboree, this year was sunny, warm and just right for the theme “Happy Days Are Here Again!”

The 62nd annual Highlands celebration was enjoyed by hundreds that lined Main Street, and then gathered at the Elementary School for a day of games, food, exhibits, music, and entertainment.

Under the direction of Jessica Woods and Virginia Woods, and with the help of many volunteers, the event ran smoothly and everyone had a Happy Day.

The Jamboree was originally a celebration of Highlands Bank’s founding in 1955 in the community. It’s successor, Woodforest Bank, was the major sponsor of the Jamboree this year. Proceeds from the event go to the Chamber of Commerce, for scholarships and community projects.

The committee made awards in the following categories:


Czech Fest big success

For 41 Years, Live Polka Music, crafts, kids games, food and family fun has been the attraction to Czech Fest. This year the fun began at 11:30 and continued into the evening.

The Live Auction is one of the prime fundraisers for the Sacred Heart Church. The wonderful barbecue sold out. Quilts sold for about $4,000 each with the first bringing $5,000. Over 3,000 people attended this year’s family fun. A tremendous success.