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Project Recovery Harvey has funds available

Project Recovery Harvey is open to Homeowners affected by Hurricane Harvey, or, depending on the program, the floods of 2015, 2016, & 2017, who are U. S. Citizens and Permanent Legal Residents.

The first step is to complete the pre-application to determine which program you may qualify for by visiting www.HarrisRecovery.org.

After you complete the pre-application, you should receive an email verifying that your information has been recorded. Help is available by calling 832-927-4961 or stop in to speak with an intake specialist at any location listed here.

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Stephens relates efforts to Pass HB76

Highlands Rotary Club president Sheila McDonald presents a check for $1000 to Scott Stephens for his Cody Stephens Foundation fundraiser.

Seven years ago, Crosby student Cody Stephens died unexpectedly from a heart condition. He was at home, resting, and never woke up. After recovering from the shock of losing their strong athletic son, his parents Scott and Melanie decided they would work to keep this from happening to other families.

Their action took two directions. One was to start a foundation to pay for any student who wanted a heart screen to be able to get one, and the other action was to take their campaign for student athletes to receive heart screening to the Texas Legislature.

Scott knew that the problem was widespread, and needed the attention and support of school administrators and state legislators throughout the state. But since 2012, he has had a bill before the legislature three times, and it was only this year that he got it passed. He credits Dan Huberty and Carol Alvarado with aid in getting it passed.

He related to the Highlands Rotary Club the saga of his attempts, last week at a member’s luncheon. (more…)

Eastside Veterans host car show

Raising funds to build a memorial in Crosby Park or wherever they can get the public land and host a celebration of veterans on Veteran’s Day, the Eastside Veterans’ Celebration hosted a car show last Saturday, July 13 at the Crosby American Legion Post 658. Out front as President Bob Ward, Karen Foster and Betty Michelsky in the far background are the fundraiser pigs Freedom and Justice with entertainer, Eddie Foster. The top twenty show vehicles received trophies for their participation and there was a Best of Show and Judge’s Choice Award along with a 50/50 jackpot won by lucky Mrs. Betty Michelsky. The Eastside Veterans also host a trip to Coushatta Casino Resort in Kender, LA. each month. The Eastside Veterans’ Celebration has a website and a facebook page that interested locals can follow.

Judge’s Choice award went to Bruce Meyer with a 1969 Cobra GT, here awarded by judge Trystan Anderson, an automotive detailer in Crosby.

Don Housley won Best of Show here with Eddie Foster, MC and event entertainer. Don brought a 1948 Ford Truck that wowed everyone.

Lawmen bust Crosby human trafficking ring

CROSBY – It took over a year to get Human Trafficking charges confirmed against three local suspects in Montgomery County although three young women had been liberated almost immediately once the investigation began by a special task force.

Harris County Precinct 3 Constable Sherman Eagleton is making every effort to find and liberate victims of human trafficking locally. Constable’s Deputy Johnson was the lead deputy to investigate what would become a case that continues to grow as he was instrumental in finding two of the women in Crosby and pointed to another in Fort Bend County that was rescued by the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.

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Dealership enjoys 5th year of giving back

Sales Manager David Mendez with Robert Turner, owner of Turner Chevrolet, here winning Business of he Year from the Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce in 2016, being awarded here by Macie Shubert then of Community Resource Credit Union, now of the West Chambers County Chamber of Commerce. Local charities including the upcoming Cody Stephens Go Big or Go Home Memorial Fund August 17, the Crosby Fair & Rodeo, Bras for the Cause, the Jamail Memorial Fund, the Barrett Station Civic League and others find support at Turner.

CROSBY – A local Chevrolet dealership has established itself as one that believes in giving back to the community in a way that benefits the community at large.

It began with a simple concept from the local family owner, Robert Turner: “Our People Make the Difference.” Robert Turner made his home in Dallas, owner/operating a couple of dealerships before purchasing John Keating Chevrolet in Crosby. He knew he needed an involved sales manager and when one of the leading applicants had an e-mail address listed as crosbychevyman@aol.com, he figured that was a good clue. The dealership at the corner of FM 2100 and US 90 established themselves as being far better than their predecessor at getting involved with the community and local people. Mr. Turner made a diligent search for the right people to run this dealership and made their motto, “Our People Make the Difference.”

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Congressman Babin honors Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy Whitten

Pictured L to R: Kami Whitten, Deputy Richard Whitten, and Rep. Brian Babin.

DEER PARK, TX – U.S. Congressman Brian Babin (TX-36) released the following statement after visiting Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard E. Whitten and his wife, Kami, at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Houston Medical Center on Monday. Deputy Whitten has been in recovery since he was critically injured after being shot in the line of duty on May 29, 2019.

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Divers recover body of driver of semi that plunged off I-10 into the River

THE FRAME AND CAB OF THE SEMI truck that plunged into the San Jacinto River last Thursday, June 26 are lifted by a crane on a work barge on Saturday morning. The barge came from T&T Salvage in Galveston, and was required because the bridge and the nearby Waste Pits Superfund site were not suitable for this type of heavy lifting. (Photo by Harris County Sheriff’s Department)

EAST HARRIS COUNTY – For the third time in the last two months, a vehicle has plunged over the side of a highway bridge, and the occupant was killed.

The most recent event occurred Wednesday, July 3 on the I-610 East Loop bridge over the Houston Ship Channel. Authorities reported that an 18-wheeler swerved to miss a car that had cut in front of him, and crashed through the railing and fell 150 to land on the buildings below. Emergency responders attempted to remove the driver from the wreckage, but he was pinned upside down and died at the scene. The driver of the truck was not immediately identified. His rig landed on top of some industrial buildings of Huntsman Chemical Company. They said that no plant employees were injured, but that operations were stopped due to a sanitary sewer line that was severed and leaking. Some traffic lanes on the bridge were closed, as TxDOT studied how to repair the railing.

This fatal accident followed by only a week a similar accident on the I-10 bridge over the San Jacinto River, when an 18-wheeler struck a stopped car and then plummeted over the rail and into the river. (more…)

Local water bills are increasing

NORTHEAST HARRIS COUNTY – San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) is increasing groundwater and surface water rates, according to its press release.

It is the first time in 16 years that it is increased and over a decade since the Texas Legislature enacted the 3-2-1 Act that relates to subsidence and using thee tons to one of surface water to subsurface water.

The wholesale water sales entity with a facility in Highlands attributes some of the increase to groundwater conservation rules from the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District ( in Montgomery County) (LSGCD) not being clearly defined. Uncollected funds and to finance a new surface water treatment plant are other factors for increase noted in the press release.

The rate adjustment is after the Texas Water Development Board voted down a LSGCD’s proposed groundwater management plan for Montgomery County back in May, requiring the LSGCD to submit a new management plan and standards.

Last month water rates increased slightly in Crosby Municipal Utility District and just about all other water sellers with notation that the increase must be funded for Crosby to continue purchasing the water.

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Boat crashes into bulkhead, one dead

MOTORBOAT with front end mangled.

CHANNELVIEW – Authorities were able to end their search for a missing boater Tuesday morning, when they discovered the body of a man thought to be Luis Gonzalez, 33.

Sunday night about 7:30 pm a motorboat traveling at a high rate of speed on the San Jacinto River, near Rio Villa, crashed into a bulkhead, crumpling the boat and seriously injuring two people on the boat, with the third person thrown overboard and declared missing.

Authorities reported that Galan Ruiz was transported by LifeFlight to a hospital with severe leg injuries, and Michelle Huff was transported to a hospital with lacerations, a broken leg, and internal injuries.

Sheriff’s Deputies and Texas Parks and Wildlife deputies said that the boat had a number of beer cans inside and nearby in the water. (more…)

Outing turns deadly in Huffman

Investigators collect evidence until late in the evening on an apparent murder-suicide.

HUFFMAN – From wheeling about the San Jacinto River to an apparent murder-suicide is a tragic turn for two neighbors and friends here June 30.

Two men were dead after an argument around 3:00 a.m. according to deputies called to Ideloch Subdivision concerning a shooting in progress.

When deputies arrived they found Austin Smith, 27, lying in his driveway, dead of an apparent gunshot wound. His pickup and an ATV were parked at the end of his driveway. Witness testimony indicated that Smith and his girlfriend had gone with neighbor, Coby Rigsby, 32, and his girlfriend “Mudding” in their trucks and off-road vehicles.

Statements indicate an argument between Rigsby and his girlfriend became heated and was interrupted by Smith but that Rigsby took offense at Smith’s interdiction and a fight began between the two men in Rigsby’s lawn.

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County, City won’t support ICE raids

For several days last week, rumors were rampant that a national effort to round-up and deport immigrants without legal papers would include Houston and Harris County persons. The rumors emanated from Washington, D.C. and said that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement would carry out unannounced raids, detention, and deportation without a court’s due process.

Local leaders reacted with negative comments, vowing that they would not cooperate with such an undertaking, citing inhumane treatment of individuals, and questionable legal authority. Here are the statements by the County Judge and the Houston Mayor:

Judge Lina Hidalgo Statement:

The Trump administration announced that potential raids on undocumented families across the nation, including in Harris County, have been delayed. The Harris County Judge’s Office had been working with community and government leaders to seek answers so we were prepared to do right by our community, and did not ever receive notice from any governmental agency regarding the reported enforcement operation planned by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Nonetheless, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo expressed disappointment at the reported threats of raids, saying, “Creating a climate of fear puts lives at risk. Even the threat of raids are a shameful attempt to push some of our most vulnerable residents further into the shadows. Families belong together, and immigrants make our communities stronger. My office will not assist in any rumored raids and will continue to advocate for reforms at all levels of government.”

Individuals with questions or in need of legal advice are advised to call the Immigrant Rights Hotline: 1-833-HOU-IMMI (468-4664). Should a loved one be detained by ICE, leave a message with a name, phone number and point of contact. Messages will be returned.

Mayor’s statement:

“The city of Houston has not been directly notified by ICE of any plans to conduct mass raids targeting undocumented families. The unconfirmed reports have created a great deal of anxiety for some and it proves once again this country needs comprehensive immigration reform.

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