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Highlands Homeless Navigation center moves to new location in Church

HIGHLANDS – An organization planning on providing services to the homeless population in East Harris County has decided to set up operations in several rooms of the Highlands United Methodist Church. Previously they had announced that they would be located in a residential property at the corner of Wallisville and Thompson Road, but that plan changed, according to the director, Tom Kelchner.

Kelchner’s organization is known as the East Harris Navigation Center for the Homeless, and is a 501c3 charity. Kelchner told this newspaper that they will provide food, clothing, general counseling, job training and placement, and life skills training to the homeless population they will serve, with the goal of helping them establish a normal life off the streets.

Famed Highlands Jr. School Coach Gets Her Flowers

Coach Eva Bradford flanked by former and current Highlands Junior School employees at the Recognition Ceremony in May.

By Kristyn Hunt Cathey

“Now you know I don’t like to be made a fuss over,” Coach Eva Bradford said through tears to a packed crowd of family members, former and current students, and colleagues. Coach Bradford was honored during a gym naming dedication at Highlands Junior School on May 19th. The ceremony was originally scheduled to take place in 2020, but had to be postponed due to COVID.

Coach Bradford is a staple in the Highlands community; having spent her entire 42-year career at Highlands Junior School. A decorated educator, she has earned several honors, including Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Barbers Hill Sports Hall of Honor, Highlands Junior “Teacher of the Year” as well as being named a Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation Students Choice recipient.

Coach Eva Bradford proudly poses by the plaque in her honor at Highlands Junior School.

EPA meets with community on Waste Pits

Ashley Howard, EPA Project manager for the Superfund San Jacinto River Waste Pits, made the presentation and update to the community last Thursday evening at Channelview’s Fluckinger Center.

CHANNELVIEW – Representatives of the federal EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) met with the public last Thursday evening, June 23 at the Flukinger Community Center in Channelview. The purpose of the meeting was to update interested members of the public on progress in remediation and removal of the toxic wastes in the San Jacinto River at several sites.

The slide presentation was made by the Superfund Project Manager, Ashley Howard, and a question and answer period following the talk was moderated by Jeanetta Coates.

About 75 interested members of the Channelview and Highlands communities attended the meeting. Many of them asked questions after the presentation.

The Audience at Flukinger Center listened intently for almost two hours, while EPA representatives (at far right in the background) showed slides and reported on progress and the schedule. Excavation of toxic material in the Southern Impoundment site is scheduled to start in the fall of this year, but the Northern Impoundment work will not start until next year, and continue for 5 or more years.

Pct. 3 Comm. Ramsey speaks to Chambers


Redistricting splits Highlands with 2 Commissioners

HIGHLANDS – Precinct 3 Commissioner Tom Ramsey made a presentation to the Highlands Chamber members on June 1, at a special luncheon. Ramsey has met with all the local chambers, to introduce himself and hear of the needs of his new constituency.

Harris County Commissioner’s districts were realigned at the beginning of this year, and Ramsey gave up much of his territory on the west side of the county, and gained parts of Crosby, Highlands, and Baytown that had been in Pct. 2.

Ramsey said he was a civil engineer by training, and brought this knowledge to his duties as commissioner. He said his top priorities are crime reduction, and flood control.

The realignment of the districts resulted in some strange relationships, such as the Highlands area is split down the center of Main Street (Crosby-Lynchburg Road), with the west side in Ramsey’s Precinct 3, and the east side remaining with Adrian Garcia in Pct. 2.

Ramsey said, “I will represent people in Highlands, whether they are in either Pct. 3 or 2. And I will finish every project in the original 2018 Bond program.”


Activists watching environmental activities in San Jacinto River

EAST HARRIS COUNTY – Whether it’s toxic waste dumps in the San Jacinto River, or unauthorized dredging and barge facilities, the citizens of Channelview and Highlands have two active watchdogs to monitor and protest when activities threaten the environment.

Jackie Young Medcalf and Carolyn Stone can be heard at many public meetings, questioning public authorities and requesting the proper procedures be followed. This Thursday the EPA will be at the Flukinger Community Center in Channelview to report on remediation work in the river, and the public will have an opportunity to question progress. Prior to the meeting, Medcalf issued the following statement:

Dear Community Members,

We have two important action items for the San Jacinto River Coalition.

Highlands Horizons present 2022 Scholarships

HIGHLANDS – The Highlands Horizons Club presented their 2022 Scholarship Winners last Monday, May 16th at a Reception at the San Jacinto Community Center.

Each winner received a check for $500, except our two winners of Memorial Scholarship Awards. They received $1,000 each.

The Scholarship reception was on Monday, May 16 at the San Jacinto Community Center in Highlands.

Presentations were made by club president Delene Cotten, Highlands Horizons.

2022 Highlands Horizons Scholarship Winners are:

Highlands Water Tower gets a fresh new look

The Highlands water district has just completed a renovation and repainting of their water tank on Julie Lane, and added a sign for the Highlands Jr. School teams.

Water Company director Mark Taylor said the repairs took six months, and cost about $800,000 but will last at least 20 years due to new types of paint. Goose Creek CISD donated the signage to complete the new look, and raise the pride of the community. The 750,000 gallon tank was built in 1983, and repainted several times since.

Final Highlands Plan presented to public

Jorge Bustamante of Pct. 2, and Amanda Haney of Clark-Condon consultants, presented slides showing the final details of the Highlands/Lynchburg Plan.

By Gilbert Hoffman

HIGHLANDS – After a year of planning efforts, which included 3 public meetings, and 2 study groups, a planning study for the Highlands/Lynchburg communities was unveiled in its final format last Thursday night. The public presentation was held at the Highlands Elementary School multi-purpose room, with about 50 persons present, including residents, precinct representatives, and planning consultants.

Several dozen residents, precinct representatives, and planning study consultants discussed their opinions on the plan after the presentation.

Pct. 2 commissioner Adrian Garcia opened the meeting with recorded remarks, and reminded the audience that the theme was “Revive2Thrive” with the goal of determining how to improve the quality of life and serve the needs of the Highlands/Lynchburg communities.

The planning started in August 2021, and continued through this month. The resulting text and graphics can be viewed on the website:

Highlands Little League opens 2022 Season

Huffman, Crosby seasons underway

Highlands celebrated Little League Opening Day last Saturday, March 19, with a big parade on Main Street. About 40 units took part, with the Highlands Fire Department equipment leading the way.

Huffman Little League opening day was the following weekend, Saturday March 26. Crosby Pony League has already opened, on Saturday Feb. 26. Cold weather that day made the League consider moving the opening date farther back next year.

Chamber considers H/L Plan, and Management District

Chamber Director Jessica Woods presented details of the Highlands/Lynchburg Plan, and a Management District proposal, to the Chamber luncheon meeting.

By Gilbert Hoffman

HIGHLANDS — The Chamber luncheon last week included a presentation, and discussion, of the Highlands/Lynchburg plan that Pct. 2 has commissioned, and also a discussion about whether the Highlands area should have a Management District to help implement the many facets and suggestions in the H/L Plan.

Chamber Director Jessica Woods led the discussion, with the help of Chamber Board chair Randy Casey. A small group of chamber members also participated, with their opinions and experiences. The plan was presented with slides, prepared by the consultants. These are Goodman Group, and Clark-Condon, as well as staff from Pct. 2. In her presentation, Woods made the point that the Chamber has not taken a position for or against the plan, and that it was still under discussion by all parties including the public.

The H/L Plan has been worked on for about 9 months, with presentations to the public, surveys and study groups and feedback incorporated. It is due to conclude in April. Through community engagement, outreach, and surveying, the issues and concerns identified by the community have been translated into three main objectives for the community plan: