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    November 2014
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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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    Kinder Morgan expanding GP terminal

    KINDER MORGAN maintains these oil storage tanks in Galena Park, and others in Pasadena, and has announced a major expansion of capacity of tanks and ship docks.

    KINDER MORGAN maintains these oil storage tanks in Galena Park, and others in Pasadena, and has announced a major expansion of capacity of tanks and ship docks.

    HOUSTON – Oct. 14, 2014 – Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. announced last week an expansion project at its Pasadena and Galena Park terminals that will provide additional infrastructure to help meet growing demand for refined product storage and dock services along the Houston Ship Channel. The combined investment of approximately $240 million will include the construction of 2.1 million barrels of storage between the two terminals. Kinder Morgan will also construct a new ship dock capable of handling ocean going vessels and infrastructure improvements at its Galena Park Terminal that will significantly increase the vessel load rates across the existing ship docks. The project is backstopped by long-term contracts with existing customers.

    The new ship dock and the existing Galena Park ship docks will be capable of loading vessels at rates up to 15,000 barrels per hour.

    “The new tankage will provide refined product producers and traders the ability to send more barrels to the water for international exports or to the network of pipelines for domestic use,” said John Schlosser, president of Kinder Morgan Terminals. “Kinder Morgan will now have nine ship docks on the Houston Ship Channel and will double the load rates on existing docks. We see continuing strong demand for transporting fuel to the Gulf Coast to reach export markets.”

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    Sheriff Garcia tells Rotary about Law Enforcement in Harris County

    HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF ADRIAN GARCIA, center, spoke to the North Shore Rotary Club last Thursday at their regular luncheon. With the Sheriff are pictured club Program Chair Wayne Oquin, and Club President Allatia Harris.

    HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF ADRIAN GARCIA, center, spoke to the North Shore Rotary Club last Thursday at their regular luncheon. With the Sheriff are pictured club Program Chair Wayne Oquin, and Club President Allatia Harris.

    NORTH CHANNEL – Taking time from a busy schedule, Sheriff Adrian Garcia met with the North Shore Rotary, and gave a talk explaining the workings of his department.

    He noted that the goals of his department were similar to the 4 Way Test noted on the banner in the room. Truth, Fairness, Goodwill and Friendships, and Beneficial to all concerned.

    Garcia said his department is the third largest in the nation, and very diverse with about 100 languages spoken.

    He noted that especially in the Ship Channel neighborhoods, his department is active in watching for terrorism, and his patrols carry radiation devices at they screen vessels. The Channel is susceptible to a terrorism event that would bring economic disaster to the region, costing as much as $300 million per day in losses.

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    Attorney discusses toxicity in San Jacinto River

    ATTORNEY FLETCHER COCKRELL

    ATTORNEY FLETCHER COCKRELL

    NORTH SHORE – As the debate continues on what should be done with the toxic waste pits in the San Jacinto River, residents on both shores of the river are looking for more information, and some relief to perceived health problems.

    Attorney Fletcher Cockrell, of the firm Smith & Hassler, has been attending community meetings, and discussing the situation with residents who have these concerns. He has also been advertising in the local newspaper asking those with health concerns or questions about their property values to get in touch with him. At a recent meeting on October 1st held at the Highlands Community Center, with Jackie Young as speaker, Cockrell and two other attorneys were available to discuss these issues with the public who attended. About one hundred were present, indicating a strong concern about the environmental and legal issues involved.

    Last week he talked at the Highlands Rotary Club luncheon, about the lawsuit that Harris County is now pursuing against the three companies that are responsible for dumping the waste materials from their paper-making operations. He also reviewed the history of the sites and the solutions that are being considered for remediation.

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