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Celebrating Christmas in our communities

Share your Christmas sponsors are Nadine Goodney and Theresa Cashion (Catholic Daughters), Phile’cid Grant (ZXP), Andy Scott (Rotary), Jaime Ruiz (ZXP), Claudia Birdsong (First Baptist Church), Nieketta Baptist (Hopper Counselor), Chrissa Teel (Tri-County Construction, Shiela McDonald (Rotary,) Valerie Guerra (ZXP), Delene Cotten (Horizons)and Renee Stripling (Highlands Elementary counselor).

Share your Christmas

The Share your Christmas project provides new clothing for students in need in the three area schools in Highlands. The idea was conceived 17 years ago by the Catholic daughters organization of Saint Jude‘s church. For a project to serve approximately 150 students each year, it must have the support of local churches, clubs, businesses and individuals.

The school counselors take time from their busy schedules to work up the list of eligible students and handle the parent contact for the project. Sponsors shop for the clothing and gift wrap the items before delivering them to the schools. These sponsors give to the students with a joyful and loving attitude. They are a group of which we are all very proud.

Santa visits Huffman to chat with the kids.

I-10 Bridge lanes to reopen in January

State Representative Briscoe Cain
reported the opening schedule from
under the highway on Facebook.

HIGHLANDS – TxDOT has announced that the Interstate I-10 highway lanes over the San Jacinto River will return to normal in January.

The lanes have been restricted since September when several barges hit the structural supports under the highway, and TxDOT had to close the westbound lanes.

On the weekend of January 3rd the westbound lanes will reopen, including the on-ramp at 4 corners, and on the weekend of January 10th the eastbound lanes will return to a normal 3 lanes plus shoulder.

TxDOT said that this was a month earlier than originally scheduled.

Clothe-A-Child warms area hearts

Pastor Keenan Smith of Crosby Church reminded his gathering of Christ Jesus’ humble beginnings. He points out the giving of God from John 3:16 and says, “We just want to carry the true meaning of Christmas, is anyone ready to do some shopping?” Those attending helped the receiving families pick out school clothes and a toy. Families were chosen by Huffman ISD and Dayton ISD on Monday, and Crosby ISD and Sheldon ISD on Tuesday in an enriching experience helping others.

Sampson Lodge award to Sheila McDonald

Last Thursday night at their regular meeting, the Sampson Masonic Lodge #231 in Highlands awarded the Master Builder Award to Sheila McDonald, president of the Highlands Rotary Club, for service to the community. Sheila’s father, a Mason, was present for the ceremony as well as a number of Rotarians and other Masons.

Fatal accident on Crosby-Lynchburg Road

EAST HARRIS COUNTY – A 19-year-old lost his life in an accident in the 10600 block of Crosby-Lynchburg Road a few minutes into Sunday morning, Dec. 15.

Deputies indicate that Jeyson Torres, 19, was driving his brown Silverado when he tried to pass another vehicle. The witness said he then swerved to get back into his lane, realizing that traffic was oncoming. His attempted evasive action was judged by deputies to be faulty and his truck pitched into a counterclockwise yaw.

The truck left the roadway and slammed into two trees at the east side of the roadway. Torres, evidently not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected as a result of the crash. Emergency crews found no sign of life on Torres.


Crosby ambulance gets heart award

Christy Graves, Director of Operations/EMS Chief of Crosby receives the prestigious American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of heart attack patients.

Harris County ESD No.5 receives Heart Association’s EMS Gold Plus Recognition Award

CROSBY – For the third consecutive year, on December 9, Harris County ESD No.5 received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline’s Gold Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

The Mission: Lifeline initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines. (more…)

Chamber Festival , Parade bring thrills to Crosby

Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce 2019 Christmas Parade — Holiday Group Award goes to Castaway Jeepers in the after-dark parade to feature Christmas lights on December 7 in Crosby. This was a large parade through Main Street. Crosby Church hosted the Festival with an extensive petting zoo, Santa photo booth and bounce houses.

CROSBY – The Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce hosted their gift to the community, the annual Christmas Festival and Christmas Lights Parade this past Saturday. It was well praised at the Festival venue, Crosby Church, and very well attended on the parade route.

According to Kim Harris, President of the Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber gave away some 550 hot dogs and 330 goodie bags to kids that had their photo taken with Santa.


Crosby Community Center celebrates Christmas

The kids from Newport Elementary put on a rousing rendition of Christmas Carols for public consumption at Crosby Community Center. Introduced by Principal Christy Covan, everyone was loud, proud and kinda in sync as the festivities began with them.

See more pictures in the print or PDF edition.

Garcia battles for fair play for Precinct 2

Commissioner Adrian Garcia talks at Crosby Chamber

CROSBY – Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia indicated that he intends to make sure that as long as he represents the Precinct, county services will not go lacking, anymore.

Last Thursday, the Commissioner and former Sheriff addressed a capacity crowd in the office and serving chapel of Crosby Church hosting the Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce Luncheon concerning flood control, roads, and working together with businesses.


Water, water everywhere getting more expensive for residents

CROSBY – As the San Jacinto River Authority is coming under criticism for setting prices higher for raw water both Newport Municipal Utility District (MUD) and Crosby Municipal Utility District (MUD) are facing issues related to supplying clean, inexpensive water.

According to Bloomberg Law, a pair of Texas Utility companies have alleged that San Jacinto River Authority violated the Sherman 1890 Antitrust Act after the Authority increased the price of wholesale raw water. San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) was established in the 1930s to manage the water resources of the San Jacinto Basin. The suit accuses SJRA of fixing prices and monopolizing. This all came after the announcement that the River Authority would raise rates related to changes in the under groundwater rates ( aquifer) conservation rules established by the Lone Star Ground Water Conservation District in 2006.

Districts must move much more to surface water according to subsidence laws.

At a meeting last Friday, the Board of Newport MUD voted to increase the water bill by $35 following the residents voting down a $70,000,000 bond last election day.

Crosby MUD board has passed a $3.25 Million dollar bond to be done December 1 and due August 2039.


Harris County Clerk’s office opens new annex

Harris County Clerk’s Office opens new Jim Fonteno Annex location at 14350 Wallisville Road.

(Houston, TX) – Elected officials came together today for the grand opening of the new Jim Fonteno Harris County Clerk’s Office Annex located at 14350 Wallisville Road. Dozens attended the ribbon cutting made possible by Harris County partners and the North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce.

“We are very pleased that we can offer our services to area residents that otherwise had to travel far to obtain personal records,” said Harris County Clerk Dr. Diane Trautman. “It also made sense to open an annex here since this building already houses other county offices.”

With this new addition, the Harris County Clerk’s Office now has 11 locations throughout county. Residents can obtain deed information, marriage licenses, birth certificates and other personal records at the office most convenient to them.