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    Christmas Season starts in Jacinto City

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    Tradition of Parade, Music, Santa & Tree Lighting

    THE CHRISTMAS SEASON opened last Saturday, in Jacinto City, with the Annual Christmas Parade down Market Street, ending at the TownCenter. Prominent in the Parade was Santa Claus, riding on a Jacinto City fire truck. Heading the Parade was a float with city officials, Congressman Gene Green and Sheila Jackson Lee.

    About 25 units were in the Parade, and prizes were awarded by the three judges. Awards were: Most Beautiful, Chica’s Revolution Zumba; Most Original, Jacinto City Elementary; Best Marching/Walking, Scroggins Toe-Tappers; Mayor’s Choice, North Channel Martial Arts; and Honorable Mention, Galena Park Jacketeers.

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    Hundreds watched the parade on Market Street, and then assembled at the TownCenter for the program. Trophies were awarded at this ceremony, and music was provided by the Roger Matheny Family, and performed by Councilman Allen Lee and the Jacinto City Elementary Honor Choir. Santa was present in the Gazebo to greet and hear children’s wishes, and the finale was the lighting of the Tree.

    MORE PHOTOS IN NEXT WEEK’S ISSUE OF THE NORTH CHANNEL STAR

    Harris County Sheriff’s Office elves deliver toys to abused children

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    Santa, Mrs. Claus and the HCSO elves made a stop at the Children’s Assessment Center (CAC) past Friday, December 5 to deliver a truck-load of toys to abused children. The toys were delivered this morning in an 18-wheeler preceded by a caravan with Santa, Mrs. Claus, Sheriff Garcia, the HCSO Mounted Patrol, and other members of the Sheriff’s Office. Now in its 20th year, the HCSO’s annual toy delivery has granted Christmas toy wishes to thousands of clients of the Children’s Assessment Center. The toys are destined for clients of the CAC, whose mission is to provide a professional, compassionate, and coordinated approach to the treatment of sexually abused children and their families and to serve as an advocate for all children in our community.

    AT THE WHITE HOUSE: San Jacinto College commits to expand college access

    San Jacinto College System Chancellor Brenda Hellyer attended the summit, and committed to increasing the graduation rate.

    San Jacinto College System Chancellor Brenda Hellyer attended the summit, and committed to increasing the graduation rate.

    PASADENA, Texas December 4, 2014 – Today in Washington, D.C., San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer, will join President Obama, the First Lady, and Vice President Biden, along with hundreds of college presidents and other higher education leaders, to announce new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college.

    The White House College Opportunity Day of Action helps support the President’s commitment to partner with colleges and universities, business leaders, and nonprofits to support students across the country to help our nation reach its goal of leading the world in college degree attainment.

    Making sure students complete what they started has always been a priority for San Jacinto College, and participation in today’s White House Summit will build on existing initiatives and efforts already in place to promote completing a college degree. Among those initiatives are Intentional Connections, College Success Interventions, Men of Honor and Women of Integrity, Acceleration in Mathematics (AIM), student success courses and faculty advising attached to the course, and an integrated reading and writing program.

    “Student success is at the core of every decision and action we take at San Jacinto College,” said Dr. Hellyer. “We want our students to complete their associate degree, and our success initiatives are helping them do that. When our students succeed, we succeed. An associate degree provides our students the opportunity to transfer to a four-year university, or enter the workforce with the skills they need to start a meaningful career. This is the focus of our entire College, from the Board of Trustees and throughout the College.”

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    Ship Channel celebrates 100 years

    Officials present at the Houston Ship Channel 100 years Celebartion were Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congresman Gene Green, Port Commission Chairman Janiece Longoria, Mayor Annise Parker, Congressman Al Green, Commissioner Jack Morman and Judge Ed Emmett with Port officials.

    Officials present at the Houston Ship Channel 100 years Celebartion were Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congresman Gene Green, Port Commission Chairman Janiece Longoria, Mayor Annise Parker, Congressman Al Green, Commissioner Jack Morman and Judge Ed Emmett with Port officials.

    Houston, TX – On Monday, November 10, 2014, local and elected officials celebrated a centennial of success during the Houston Ship Channel’s 100 Year Rededication Ceremony.

    HSC was formally opened in 1914 under the salute of President Woodrow Wilson’s cannon after a long history that dates back to the 1830’s. A ceremony and parade to open the channel, a long-sought accomplishment, was held on November 10, 1914. One hundred years later, Houstonians are gathering to celebrate the Channel with the same enthusiasm this Monday, November 10th.

    “The Channel has given us a lot to be proud of,” Congressman Gene Green said. “I’ve never seen development and prosperity in Houston like there is today, and the ship channel has a lot to do with that. By the end of 2015, we’ll see some of the largest ships ever constructed navigating the Houston Ship Channel. To maximize efficiency, productivity, and safety, we need to widen and deepen the ship channel, and that requires dredging and funding. Since the days of Jesse Jones, Houstonians and the nation have seen almost non-stop industrial expansion up and down the ship channel but we’ve got work to do if we want to see that growth continue.”

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    C.E.King defeats Crosby 28-21; playoffs next

    COUGAR’S Craig Williams sprints out of the grasp of a Panther defender in the second quarter of the C.E.King/Crosby Game and toward the goal line. Crosby had 160 passing yards, and 152 rushing yards, C.E.King had 90 yards passing, 382 yards rushing. (PHOTO BY TEXAS SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY)

    COUGAR’S Craig Williams sprints out of the grasp of a Panther defender in the second quarter of the C.E.King/Crosby Game and toward the goal line. Crosby had 160 passing yards, and 152 rushing yards, C.E.King had 90 yards passing, 382 yards rushing. (PHOTO BY TEXAS SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY)

    HOUSTON – The Cougars were outscored by C.E. King Panthers by a single touchdown but the struggle for 21-5A continues.

    The result of the Nov. 7 Game of the Year did not yield the first time Crosby went undefeated since 1947 but did make the district conflict score 9-1 for both the Cougars and the Panthers. Co-District Champs with C.E. King, the top four teams go to play-offs. C.E. King is holding number one seed, Crosby number 2, Dayton number 3 and Kingwood Park is number 4. Crosby (9-1) plays Beaumont Ozen (4-6) Thursday at Channelview’s Maddry Stadium at 7:00 p.m. and C.E.King (9-1) plays Beaumont Central (7-3) at Abshier stadium, Friday at 7:00 p.m.

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    Veterans recognized at North Channel EXPO event

    THE VETERANS EXPO included this Texas Wall of Honor, depicting all those servicemen who have lost their lives in various wars over the years. The display was prepared and shown by Carson George, who lost a son in the Gulf War. This is his tribute to all veterans.

    THE VETERANS EXPO included this Texas Wall of Honor, depicting all those servicemen who have lost their lives in various wars over the years. The display was prepared and shown by Carson George, who lost a son in the Gulf War. This is his tribute to all veterans.

    NORTH CHANNEL – Hundreds of veterans, family and friends were present last Thursday, as the North Channel Chamber of Commerce held their Salute to the military Veterans of our community on the week before Veterans Day, Nov. 11th.

    The EXPO event was held at Armenta’s Banquet Hall on Sheldon Road in Channelview. It included a lunch, speeches by service groups, and short club meetings by North shore Rotary, GP/JC Rotary, and the Pilot Club.

    Participating in ceremonial flag presentations and music of the service groups were the C.E. King HS Junior ROTC.

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    LULAC ROAST & TOAST: Constable Chris Diaz and Mayor Ana Diaz honored at banquet

    ROASTED & TOASTED were Chris Diaz and Ana Diaz, holding the plaques. At left, Mistress of Ceremonies Sharron Melton, LULAC #4703 President & Founder Cruz Hinojosa, Jr., and LULAC VP Raul Rodriguez.

    ROASTED & TOASTED were Chris Diaz and Ana Diaz, holding the plaques. At left, Mistress of Ceremonies Sharron Melton, LULAC #4703 President & Founder Cruz Hinojosa, Jr., and LULAC VP Raul Rodriguez.

    JACINTO CITY – Everyone likes a good joke, unless its on you. That was the situation at the Roast & Toast for Constable Chris Diaz, and wife and Mayor Ana Diaz, held last Thursday night at the JC Town Center.

    The 14th Annual Roast N Toast was sponsored by LULAC Council #4703, with President Cruz Hinojosa, Jr. and VP Paul Rodriguez as hosts.

    Of course, Chris and Ana were gracious while they were “Roasted” by a series of their friends and associates, and then “toasted” for their good humor through it all, and their service to their communities.

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    Harris County mourns deputy’s death; parolee suspect identified in fatal crash

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    HIGHLANDS, Texas – Tragically, Harris County Sheriff ’s Deputy Jesse Valdez III, 32, became the 40th HCSO employee to die in the line of duty in the 177-year history of the agency.

    Valdez, a patrol deputy, died after a vehicle driven by Kelly Jo Ivey, 29, collided head-on with his patrol car the early morning of October 29, 2014.

    Ivey was charged later the same day of the tragic accident with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, as a result of the investigation into the crash. Her initial court appearance was scheduled for last Thursday,

    October 30, 2014. Further related charges may be filed later.

    Ivey was released from Texas prison on Oct. 2 after serving part of a two-year sentence on a previous, unrelated methamphetamine case.

    “We will never forget his service. We will never forget his sacrifice,” Sheriff Adrian Garcia said about Valdez early today at a news conference.

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    Falcons control playoff destiny in 21-6A finale

    The passing game and also the running game of Channelview quarterback Jalen Hurts will put La Porte to the test in Friday’s playoff-deciding game. Hurts has run for 854 yards and scored over 20 touchdowns on the year, like this one he scored against Deer Park.

    The passing game and also the running game of Channelview quarterback Jalen Hurts will put La Porte to the test in Friday’s playoff-deciding game. Hurts has run for 854 yards and scored over 20 touchdowns on the year, like this one he scored against Deer Park.

    One win – and they’re in.

    The Channelview Falcons last regular season game could not come in more dramatic fashion. A victory over the La Porte Bulldogs will lift the Channelview Falcons to their first playoff berth in over 20 years. However, a loss would eliminate the Falcons, who are one of four teams vying for three remaining post-season berths in District 21-6A.

    North Shore is sitting alone in first place with a 4-1 record, while Channelview, Deer Park and La Porte all have 3-2 records going into the final week. Beaumont West Brook defeated Port Arthur Memorial to give the Bruins a 3-3 slate and some needed help to clinch a playoff spot – which moves the spotlight solely on the Falcons game against La Porte at 7 p.m. Friday at Ray Maddry Memorial Stadium.

    Although the Falcons handed North Shore its only district defeat, it is Channelview’s losses to Deer Park and West Brook that make Friday’s an all-or-nothing contest. A Channelview win makes the West Brook loss a distant memory, but a win by La Porte moves the Bruins into the postseason since they had defeated Channelview.

    Earlier this season, Channelview Head Coach Averion Hurts remarked that the district playoff race could go down to the wire.

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    Old River Terrace United Methodist Church celebrates 75 Years

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    Early in 1939,the Methodist Church decided to build a church in Channelview, Texas. The property that was selected by the charter members was 2 blocks north of Market Street. The Texas Annual Conference questioned if people would find the church that far off the main road. That location, now on Interstate 10, became the home of Old River

    Terrace United Methodist Church. People did find the church and it has been a means of sharing God’s love and grace throughout its 75 year history.

    The original wood frame church structure was built in 1939. In 1956, a new sanctuary and classroom buildings were constructed; however, soon after completion, the original structure burned to the ground. The new sanctuary and classrooms survived and, after numerous renovations due to storms and added structural integrity, still stand today.

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