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JACINTO CITY Emergency crew recognized for rescuing child

Jacinto City Paramedics Mike Bodek, left, James Aston, Jose Garza, 911 Police Dispatcher Tatiana Viana, Miguel Muro Jr. holding his cousin Joshua Matheny Jr., Mayor Ana Diaz, Joshua Matheny and Fire Chief Rebecca Mier. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Jacinto City Paramedics Mike Bodek, left, James Aston, Jose Garza, 911 Police Dispatcher Tatiana Viana, Miguel Muro Jr. holding his cousin Joshua Matheny Jr., Mayor Ana Diaz, Joshua Matheny and Fire Chief Rebecca Mier. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

March 24, 2016 – Thursday’s Jacinto City’s Council Meeting was full of words of praises along with award presentations by Mayor Ana Diaz and Fire Chief Rebecca Mier to members of the Fire Department’s Emergency First Responder’s Unit and a 911 Police Dispatcher for their successful response to a 911 Emergency hang-up call.

It was Valentine’s Day February 14th when the family of Roger Matheny who’s known for his years of being Santa Claus as he rides the fire engine truck throughout the city giving candy stockings to the kids discovered that his 3 year old grandson Joshua Matheny Jr. was missing from within the house where family members had gathered for a visit.

Roger said, “Everyone began to call out and search and within minutes my grandson’s cousin 11 year old Miguel Muro Jr. ran to the backyard and discovered his missing cousin submerged in the family’s swimming pool.”

After Miguel rescued his drowning cousin from the pool he began applying Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) techniques he’d seen on television. Police Dispatcher Tatiana Viana received a 911 emergency call from the address but for some unknown reason the call disconnected before Dispatcher Viana could inquire about the nature of the call. Dispatcher Viana following the city’s 911 emergency call procedures quickly passed the hang-up call’s address to the fire department’s First Responder’s unit in which one of the city’s paramedics’ scrambled a first-out-unit to the location while a second rescue unit quickly followed.

Upon arrival the First Responders took control of what appeared to be a child drowning victim. They immediately began life saving resuscitation techniques to the child whose skin had turned blue from being submerged in water.

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Channelview FFA Livestock Show events set to begin April 4-9

Last’s year auctioning of the Reserve Grand Champion steer.

Last’s year auctioning of the Reserve Grand Champion steer.

The Channelview FFA will hold its 53rd annual Livestock Show April 4-9 at the Allen Hall Fairgrounds, located on Wood Drive in Channelview.

The FFA will host a horticulture plant sale at the Channelview High School greenhouse from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Monday, April 4. Show activities will begin Tuesday night at 6 p.m. with the broiler show, followed by the meat pen of rabbits show and concluding with the breeding rabbits.

Move in and weighing of all the market animals will occur on April 6. Later that evening, the sheep and meat goat shows will start at 6:30 p.m. The home economics non-food items will move in Thursday, April 7, from 3 to 6 p.m. and the swine show will begin at 6:30 p.m. On Friday, April 8, the adult and student home economics exhibits will move in from 7-9 a.m. with the judging at 11 a.m. Later that day, the cattle show will be held starting at 6:30 p.m.

The annual Channelview FFA Parade will start at 10 a.m., Saturday April 9. Read more »

County Attorney wins another battle in the fight to stop retailers from selling Kush

Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan, along with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, won a temporary restraining order last week against a La Porte Freeway gas station and convenience store to stop the retail sale of synthetic marijuana.

The order signed on March 23rd prohibits Moon Mart, 10010 La Porte Freeway, from selling or buying synthetic marijuana or any other “illicit synthetic drug.” The order specifically bans the sale of “potpourri, incense, bath salts, or herbal cigarettes that contain a controlled substance, controlled substance analogue, or an illicit synthetic drug.”

Synthetic marijuana, also called “Kush,” is a designer drug, typically manufactured overseas, that is marketed as a “safe” and “legal” alternative to marijuana. Synthetic marijuana is not marijuana at all but a dried leafy substance that is sprayed with powerful, added-in hallucinogenic chemicals that are dangerous and highly addictive to the user. It is often marketed to children, and is the second most abused drug by high school students, after marijuana itself.

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Longtime district partner earns award from Channelview ISD

Baley accepts Stand Up for Texas Public Schools Award.

Bailey accepts Stand Up for Texas Public Schools Award.

For the past 20 years, Jason Bailey and Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott LLP have built a strong partnership that has greatly benefitted Channelview ISD schools.

Bailey serves as the district’s tax attorney, but helping to provide for the needs of students is something he takes seriously. The longtime support of Bailey and Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott has earned them the Stand Up for Texas Public Schools Award, sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards. Bailey accepted the award on the firm’s behalf as part of a special recognition by the CISD Board of Trustees.

“We believe in giving back to the districts that we serve,” Bailey said. “Our partnership with Channelview ISD has grown over the years and it’s truly been a pleasure to help provide students and teachers the resources they need to be successful.”

Bailey and the law firm have supported a variety of programs and events in the district, including the B.H. Hamblen Scholarship Golf Tournament, in which they have been a sponsor for all 18 years of the event. In addition, the company has supported the annual Channelview FFA Livestock Show and Auction, along with the district Teacher of the Year awards ceremony. The company is a sustaining partner and Founding Donor to the Channelview ISD Education Foundation. Bailey also serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation.

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Channelview HS student successful at Houston Rodeo

Yvette Ariana Leos, a senior at Channelview High School, got 1st in class with her Breeding Duroc at the 2016 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on Friday, March 4, 2016. She purchased the Duroc with the money from the Calf scramble, which she caught in the San Antonio Live stock Show And Rodeo in 2015. She also showed her in San Antonio and got 10th in class on February 11th, 2016. Her teachers are Dominic Mosock and Wesley Hutchinson .

Yvette Ariana Leos, a senior at Channelview High School, got 1st in class with her Breeding Duroc at the 2016 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on Friday, March 4, 2016. She purchased the Duroc with the money from the Calf scramble, which she caught in the San Antonio Livestock Show And Rodeo in 2015. She also showed her in San Antonio and got 10th in class on February 11th, 2016. Her teachers are Dominic Mosock and Wesley Hutchinson.

North Shore Girls Basketball team in State Playoff finals

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SAN ANTONIO – Coach Allison Campbell will lead her North Shore Lady Mustangs into the state 6A Region III semi-finals on Friday evening, in a 7 p.m. game at the Alamodome.

This is the first time that the Lady Mustangs have reached this far into the finals. North Shore’s record for the season is 361, with their only loss to Duncanville, the number one Class 6A team in the state. The North Shore Lady Mustangs are rated number 2 in the state for Class 6A.

North Shore will play Dekaney (also 36-1) in the semi-final game Friday night, and then if they win they will play in the finals on Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m. In this match, they will face either Duncanville (37-1) again, or Cibolo Steele (36-3).

North Shore reached the playoffs by defeating Tompkins 73-41, and Clear Springs 71-61 in the 6A Region III semifinals last Saturday at the Campbell Center in Aldine.

After beating Clear Springs, coach Campbell said “I’ve been waiting for this for 16 years, and not for me, for North Shore.”

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Trail Rides start the Houston Rodeo

houston rodeo trail ride

Last Thursday the Northeastern Trail Ride rode through Crosby and North Shore on their way to the Houston Rodeo. The next day Northeastern Trail Ride and more than a dozen trail rides arrived at Memorial Park for the Houston Rodeo which takes place at NRG Stadium from March 1 to March 20.

The Northeastern Trail Ride started in Cheeks, Texas on February 20, under the direction of Anthony Bruno, trail boss, and Keith Mack, assistant Trail Boss. They traveled a total of 109 miles to get to Houston Rodeo with 300-350 riders and 10 wagons. Northeastern Trail Ride has been participating for 26 years.

Few surprises in Election results

Cruz takes Harris County; Runoff for Constable Pct. 3

HARRIS COUNTY – With 92 percent of the votes tabulated, local and state elections have very few upsets from predictions. Voters are reminded that this is a Primary Election, and the final votes that count will be in November.

Ted Cruz took 45% of the Republican vote, and Hillary Clinton had 71% of the Democratic vote.

Closely watched races included the U. S. House District 29, where incumbent Gene Green defeated challenger Adrian Garcia with 58% of the votes, versus 38% for Garcia.

On the Democratic ballot, Kim Ogg defeated Overstreet with 52% of the votes. For Sheriff, Ed Gonzalez had 44% of the votes, versus 30% for Jerome Moore. This will result in a run-off.

Local favorite Joe Stephens had 65% of the vote for Justice of the Peace for Pct. 3, but will face a Republican challenger Tom Zakes in November.

In Constable Pct. 2, Chris Diaz had 45% of the vote, and George Goffney Jr. had 22%, necessitating a runoff.

For Constable in Pct. 3, there were nine candidates in a hotly contested race. Sherman Eagleton had the most votes, 20.4%, with Michel Pappillion second with 15.5% and Jasen Rabalais third with 15%. A runoff will be held with the top two contenders.

Other Constable candidates received the following: Reed 9%, Stewart 14%, Norwood 4%, Jones 7.7%, Villarreal 8.8%, and Melancon 5.4%.

The Republican ticket was also interesting, with Cruz receiving 45% of the vote, Trump 25%, and Rubio 19%. Far behind were Kasich with 5% and Carson with 3%.

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LyondellBasellChannelview volunteers at San Jacinto Energy Venture Camp

LyondellBasell Channelview Senior Engineer, Jennifer Cunningham, left, and David Chenevert, right, judge students’ construction of an oil well at San Jacinto College’s Energy Venture Camp reunion. Over100studentsfromareaschooldistrictsattendedtheannualeventduring two weekends last month.

LyondellBasell Channelview Senior Engineer, Jennifer Cunningham, left, and David Chenevert, right, judge students’ construction of an oil well at San Jacinto College’s Energy Venture Camp reunion. Over 100 students from area school districts attended the annual event during two weekends last month.

COMMUNITY PROFILE: GPISD’s Jonathan Frey earns top awards at TSPRA

Jonathan Frey, Coordinator for Media and Community Relations for Galena park ISD awarded for his work in education communications.

Jonathan Frey, Coordinator for Media and Community Relations for Galena park ISD awarded for his work in education communications.

Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) members from across the state received honors from the association for their outstanding work in education communications earning Gold Star, Silver Star, Bronze Star and Best of Category awards. The awards were announced at TSPRA’s annual Star Awards Celebration held February 24, 2016 during the Associations’s 54th annual conference.

Each year, TSPRA recognizes communicators in school districts, education foundations, education associations and organizations for their work in print and electronic media categories. There are 44 main categories covering various media such as newsletters, programs, posters, reports, writing, image/identity packages, photography, graphics, video, electronic presentations, mobile apps, campaigns and websites.

This year, 1159 entries were received. The entries are divided into three divisions based on the number of students the district, foundation or organizations serves fewer than 10,000 students; 10,000 to 30,000 students; and over 30,000 students (Galena Park ISD falls into the 10,000 to 30,000 student category). Independent judges not affiliated with TSPRA evaluate and score each entry based on its own merit. Bronze, Silver and Gold Stars are awarded based on set criteria. Finally, the judges review their highest scoring Gold Star winners and select a Best of Category for each division in each of the 44 categories.

Jonathan Frey, Coordinator for Media and Community Relations for Galena park ISD, earned 11 gold medals and 2 silver medals in four categories: Sports Photo; Photo Other Subjects; External Newsletter; and Video Special Interest. Two of the photos that earned gold medals earned Best of Category.

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