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Rotary awards $32,000 in scholarships

Scholarship Recipients proudly pose after Monday night’s Scholarship Banquet. Also pictured is the keynote speaker, Justice of the Peace Lucia Bates. 17 of the18 recipients were present at the ceremonies at the San Jacinto Community Center, with the others either away at college, or receiving other awards the same night. The total amount of the scholarships awarded was $32,000. Students were from local high schools, with six already at college.

HIGHLANDS – Monday night was the Rotary Club Annual Scholarship Banquet, held at the San Jacinto Community Center.

Receiving scholarships were 18 students, who attended along with their families. The scholarships totaled $32,000 and these funds were a result of the Chili Feast held each February. Scholarships were in the amount of $1500 except for four special awards named for individuals as memorials. These were $2500 apiece.

The keynote speaker was Justice of the Peace Lucia Bates, of Precinct 3 in Baytown. Judge Bates spoke of her early life, having been born on the island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean (hence her name), and coming to this country at an early age.

Bates was educated at the University of Houston Clear Lake, and the University of Phoenix. Her major was communication and marketing, and she worked for GTE, several newspapers, and then her own marketing firm, LB Marketing Solutions.

She has a passion to give back to the community, which led her to seek a position as judge. She has held a number of public service positions, including Rotary director, chair of the North Channel Chamber, president of her HOA, and former board member of the YMCA, Pilot Club, Top Ladies of Distinction, and an advisory panel to LyondellEquistar. She said she is busy improving her court, making it a more people friendly, inviting atmosphere.


Water level lowered in Lake Houston

The water level in Lake Houston is being lowered this month, in anticipation of heavy rains and potential flooding.

In anticipation of heavy rains and storms through the rest of the month, the City of Houston Public Works has warned residents along the lake to expect lower lake levels for at least the rest of this month, and perhaps extending further into the year. The normal lake level is 42.5 feet above sea level, and authorities will let it drop to 41.5 inches.

Officials said that all four of the flood gates on the dam structure are open and will remain open until the desired level is reached. This means that property below the dam can expect higher water levels, but hopefully will not be flooded if the heavy storms do occur.

Severed head found near Lake Houston

At top the latest sketch by a Forensic Anthropologist in April. BELOW: the previous sketches done by HPD Forensic Anthropologists of a woman with Auburn hair.

HUFFMAN – In March of 2018, trash cleaners found the severed head of a woman in a trash bag near the McKay Bridge, doubtlessly thrown from FM 1960. Now Houston Police are still trying to follow up and obtain leads concerning this murder, similar to one that occurred in Louisiana.

A description of a suspect has been released. He is described as in his mid-twenties, short dark hair with long bangs standing about 5’4” to 5’8”. He was observed driving a teal or green blue Chevy Silverado Extended Cab. The victim was described as being between 20 to 45 years old.

A head was similarly found in Calcasieu Lake inside Camron Parish nearly 100 miles apart. Call (713) 222-TIPS with any information for a reward.

CROSBY RODEO: Cowpokes are glorious

Rodeo Dress 0-2 Marie Holt, Hatley Holmelin, Hope Loggins and Emmalyn Bilot are knockouts

CROSBY – Yee-haw, let’s rodeo! Bring on the beautiful Lil’ Cowpoke children’s pageant on Saturday, May 11, before the Cook-Off on May 31 to June 1, before the Livestock Auction on Wednesday, June 5, and even the rodeo itself June 6 though 8.

This year according to President Sonny Armstrong, a whole new event is coming to the cowboy sport. “We are having ‘Bull Fighters Only’ all three nights. It is an action packed event featuring some of the best bullfighters in the world without bull-riders that slow the bulls down!”


Highlands Horizons held their Scholarship Reception at the San Jacinto Community Center last Monday, May 13.

These Goose Creek Memorial Students received scholarships:

L to R, BACK ROW: Zhabian Gonzalez (Debbie Dickinson Award), Joshua Protain (Jennie Robbins Award), Benjamin Zamarripa, Omar Gonzalez, Emilio Nava, Luke Mitchell.

FRONT ROW: Skylar West, Jacquelyn Herrera, Morgan Birdsong, Mi’Unique Harris.

Congratulations to all.

Crosby High School Top Ten students

Crosby High School Class of 2019 Top 10 Students

1. Mary Hope Greer, Baylor University, Biochemistry

2. Maggie Hearn, Auburn University, Professional Flight

3. Erik Haffelfinger, University of Texas Austin, Environmental Engineering

4. Taylor Snyder, University of Houston, Biology

5. Dayton Berezoski, Texas A&M University, Computer Engineering

6. Mariana Moctezuma, Texas State University, Philosophy

7. Joey Bush, Texas A&M University, Computer Science

8. Randi Plair, Prairie View A&M, Kinesiology

9. Mollie Potter, University of Houston, Music Performance and Education

10. Catriona Lochhead, University of Texas Austin, Biomedical Engineering

Pct. 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia hosts Community Meetings

Commissioner Adrian Garcia’s Advisory Board is hosting a series of community meetings in Precinct 2.

The meetings are a great opportunity for residents to share their vision for Precinct 2 and give input on topics such as education, health, flooding, housing and the environment.

The upcoming meetings will take place at different locations.

Please see below for the full list and Topics. (more…)

Goose Creek CISD passes $335 M. bond

Only 1,795 voters, 181 more in favor than against, decided that taxpayers in Highlands and Baytown will float a bond for $335 Million dollars that will be implemented as the bonds are sold.

This Goose Creek Consolidated ISD bond was decided by residents in both Harris and Chambers Counties with 988 for it and 807 against. Early voting decided the issue, 690 to 523 in Harris. Absentee votes in Harris County were 21 for to 7. In Chambers County early voters favored the bond 102 to 80.

On election day, the bond would not have passed. Harris County voters were 114 in favor to 130 against. In Chambers County the vote went 61 for to 67 against on May 4.

A $100,000 valuation house could see about $116 more a year in school taxes as the rate could go to $1.547 from $1.432, the current rate. The rate increase is not to occur all at once but be phased in as the bonds are sold. (more…)

Eastside Veterans plan car show, memorial

Eastside Veterans Celebration hosts an open car show May 11 at the David H.McNerney American Legion Hall Post 658 beginning at 8:00 a.m. and ending after awards beginning at 2:00 p.m. Dash Plaques will be awarded to the first 40 registered with Top 20 and Best in Show Awards. A 50/50 cash drawing is to be the last detail. Presiding over the show will be Eddie Foster.

CROSBY – Last Monday, Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia attended a meeting of Eastside Veteran’s Celebration.

The Commissioner brought with him Gil Sossa of Harris County Veteran’s Affairs, Nelson Espitia, and Franciso Castillo, the latter being Community Liaisons for the county.

The Celebration crew have been planning to change their agenda for veterans this year. Plans now include a parade on Nov. 9 the Saturday before Veterans’ Day. They hope the school district will enable a Red, White and U student involved display enactment at the high school.

The big development now is they are hoping to cast a memorial to the people that made liberty possible in this land and throughout the world. The plans however need somewhere for the statue or commemorate to stay. (more…)

Bridge repairs completed, westbound lanes re-open

Westbound lanes of the I-10 bridge over the San Jacinto River were reopened in their normal state on Monday morning of this week.

In addition, the entry ramp from Crosby-Lynchburg Road was reopened, and the temporary traffic signals at 4 Corners were removed.

Motorists had been inconvenienced with traffic restrictions since a barge hit and seriously damaged a supporting column on February 11th. Contractors had to install two new steel columns in place of the concrete column that was split into two pieces.

Local elections determine future

Crosby water board decided

Crosby Municiple Utility District held a Director’s Election on a “vote for three” ballot. Robert F. Fivecoat got 32 votes, William Wilkinson 35 votes, Velma Ellison 25 votes and Eddie Foster 38.

Wow, $10,000 for an election where less than 50 voted and nothing changed.

“Being the newest on the board, I very much appreciate the support of my neighbors and friends.” said Foster.

Crosby MUD could have had over 1,400 vote in the posted and published election that would decide decision makers for growth potential and attraction of new retail businesses to Crosby.

Woods Trustee for Highlands

Riding a wave of popularity that is partially charisma and partly heritage but mostly hard work, Jessica Woods was elected to the Board of Trustees of Goose Creek Consolidated ISD for a second term.