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Election upsets in nation, county

Precinct 3 Constable-Elect, Sherman Eagleton sends his heartfelt thanks to each and every voter that took the time to cast a ballot in the 2016 election. Sherman thanks his family, the Team Eagleton volunteers, the community, and especially the officers and staff of Precinct 3 that all came together to help make this possible. While we know there is a lot of work to do before taking office, January 1, Constable-Elect Eagleton is looking forward to working with the community and the officers to create the vision he’s shared with so many.

HARRIS COUNTY– Election results for this county are a stunning reminder of the power of the public and that the will of the people is beyond the predictability of pollsters.

Locally, the largest percentage lead of all went to Republican Brian Babin in the U.S. House of Representatives District 36 for 87% over H.J. Ridley Jr. 10%.

Hillary Clinton took 54.01% of Harris County votes over Donald Trump 41.97%. Libertarian Gary Johnson had 3.01% and Jill Stein with assistance of Ajamu Baraka in the Green Party mustered 0.89%. But national returns are another matter.

Hillary Clinton conceded with seven states too close to call and Donald Trump modestly accepted.

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Jacinto City replacing aging water distribution system

Advanced technology allows 300 feet of 8” water main pipe
installed 6 feet deep by boring without digging a open-trench. Jacinto City Officials observing, Water Superintendent Bernardo Perez (left), Councilman Allen Lee, City Manager Lon Squyres and Public Works Director Kyle Reed. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Jacinto City, TX — The current Jacinto City Water Line & Fire Protection rehabilitation project is the latest in a multi-year effort to rebuild the oldest portion of Jacinto City’s aging water distribution system.

The current project’s base cost is $ 973,446 with the Harris County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for communities providing 80% of the cost. When completed it’ll provide 62 blocks of new water main lines at a fraction of the cost to the city.

The first phase replaced the largest main supply trunk lines down Mercury Drive and Holland Avenue. The second phase is installing new lines to the oldest homes in the Industrial Addition from the 10100 blocks through the 10700 blocks south of Market Street Road.

City Manager Lon Squyres said, “We followed this process for the last several years making adjustments in the scope of work that’s allowed us to install longer sections of pipe at a better price.”

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END ZONE: Mustangs lose in OT 27-33

Atascocita #2 QB Daveon Boyd eludes the grasp of a Mustang defender and scores the winning TD in overtime.

HOUSTON – NRG stadium was the scene last Friday night, as North Shore and Atascocita battled in an epic struggle for victory in the Class 6A Division I and III regional championship.

There were plenty of thrills for the fans in the NRG stands. In the 3rd quarter Eagles QB passed to Lujuan Winningham, who ran 60-yards for a 2120 lead. Then in the 4th quarter, the Mustangs scored with a 17-yard TD pass, with only 1:31 on the clock. The Eagles answered with a 36 yard field goal, to tie the game at 27-27 as time expired.

In overtime, North Shore fumbled on their first possession, and the Eagles took over. Next, their QB Daveon Boyd charged into the end zone with a 6-yard winning score, ending the game at 27-33. The game was punctuated by thrilling plays on both sides. North Shore scored first, on an interception and then a 72-yard, seven-play drive back to the end zone, to take a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.

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North Shore loses to Atascocita 27-33 in Overtime

Play-off Game 3rd Round UIL 6A Division I Region III
Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at NRG Stadium
FULL GAME STORY TO FOLLOW
From Allan Jamail.

4th quarter, NS 20 – AT 21
AT field goal NS 20 – AT 24
NS touchdown NS 27 – AT 24
With 4 seconds left in game, AT makes field goal NS 27 – AT 27 Overtime.
TIE GAME
NS fumbles on their own 6 yard line,
AT scores on running play to end game winning NS 27 – AT 33.

Jacinto City Christmas Parade Postponed

DUE TO THE PREDICTION OF SEVERE WEATHER ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, DEC. 3 AND DEC. 4, THE JACINTO CITY CHRISTMAS PARADE HAS BEEN POSTPONED ONE WEEK, AND WILL BE HELD SATURDAY, DEC. 10.

December 2, 2016 3:53:26 PM CST
Severe Weather Update #1 | Heavy Rainfall Expected Over The Weekend. City of Houston Monitoring Potential for Flooding

HOUSTON – The City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is monitoring the potential for severe weather this weekend. National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts indicate that the Houston area could receive from 6-8 inches over the next few days, with some areas receiving more.

Additionally, there is a slight possibility for severe storms and tornadoes, especially in the southern portions of the Houston area.

The City is monitoring weather with the National Weather Service (NWS) and Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) and is coordinating with various agencies within the City and across the region to ensure they have what they need in the event they need to respond to emergency conditions.

North Shore defeats Katy in battle of Champions, 20-17.

How about those Mustangs! 20-17 over Katy, and now on to Atascocita in the NRG Stadium, Friday at 7:30.

You can congratulate them and wish them luck, in our commemorative issue of the North Channel Star in this Thursday’s issue.

Email us with your interest and message, and we will set up an ad for you.

Rates are Black/White $55, $115, $240 depending on size.

Color Rates are $75, $140, and $275.

(1/16, 1/8, 1/4 page) Deadline Tuesday 11/29.

GO MUSTANGS!

San Jacinto College to cut four athletics programs in 2018

Decision based on facility needs and operational costs

PASADENA, Texas — San Jacinto College has a long tradition of achievement, both in the classroom and on the athletic fields and courts, with a laser focus on student success. Once dubbed “Harvard on the Highway,” the reputation of San Jacinto College is well-known as demonstrated by being named one of the 10 finalists for the prestigious 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

In order to keep this focus, the Board of Trustees has made the difficult decision to discontinue competitive athletic programs in men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball and men’s soccer, effective May 2018.

The decision was made official November 7, 2016, at the regular meeting of the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees. The College will continue to offer National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) competitive athletics in baseball and softball.

“This was an extremely difficult decision,” said Dan Mims, Chairman, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees. “For the last 10 years, the Board has been having difficult discussions around athletics and facilities. The Board is charged with being fiscally responsible and good stewards of taxpayer dollars. Because student success is the core value at San Jacinto College, we need to remain true to our mission around student success and focus our resources on programs and initiatives that impact the broader student body.”

These issues have been discussed for nearly a decade at San Jacinto College through facilities planning, which determines current and future needs. As the 2015 bond referendum was under consideration, critical facility and infrastructure needs were identified and prioritized. Most recently, it was determined that the gymnasiums on each campus require significant capital improvements, and specifically, the Central Campus facility needed a major renovation or to be entirely rebuilt in order to accommodate the competitive athletic programs. While the athletic programs have had many successes, the priority needs to be on the broader student population’s educational goals and what will have the most impact on that broader population.

In addition, the College also considered the operating costs for six highly competitive athletic programs and determined that these costs were not sustainable for the long term.

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SAN JACINTO RIVER WASTE PITS: EPA EXTENDS COMMENT DEADLINE

EAST HARRIS COUNTY – The federal Environmental Protection Agency announced last Wednesday that they were extending the comment period for the public to express their opinions on whether the toxic waste pits should be removed, or a cap built over them and let them stay in place. EPA granted a 45 day extension, with final comments due by January 12, 2017.

The EPA had announced on September 28 that the Proposed Plan they preferred called for removal of most of the toxic wastes, in the North and South impound areas. They would, however, allow some material to remain if its toxicity was below acceptable standards.

Although this extension came as a surprise to the parties who have been involved in the long Superfund process, nevertheless it is within the guidelines of these types of federal procedures. Any party can request a hearing, or an extension, and the EPA determines whether it is a reasonable request.

In this case, authorities indicated that several parties had made requests for an extension. All of them are proponents for leaving the waste pits in place, it was learned.

Jackie Young, the leading advocate for completely removing the waste pits, expressed a concern that the extension allows more time for the opponents to organize or solicit comments in favor of their position, to leave the wastes in the river.

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North Shore Mustangs head to area Playoff Game

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The North Shore Mustangs defeated the Pasadena Memorial Mavericks last Friday with a score of 55-0. The Mustangs will now face Dickinson in the area football playoff game on Friday, November 18. The game kicks off at 7:00 p.m. at Sam Vitanza Stadium in Dickinson. Good luck Mustangs!

New Channelview Fire Station groundbreaking

Architect’s rendering of the new Channelview Fire Station #3, under construction on Dell Dale. The station will be fully operational by October 2017. EMS offices are on the left, truck bays and firemen’s quarters at right. The building will also house the restored first Channelview FD fire truck, a 1952 Mack pumper.

CHANNELVIEW – The Emergency Service District #50, and the Channelview Fire Department, held a groundbreaking ceremony last Thursday, Nov. 3 at the site of the new Station #3 at 1210 Dell Dale.

Present at the ceremony were the ESD commissioiners, the building committee, and contractors, architects, and interested members of the public.

This is the second new station that Channelview FD has built in the last two years. Station #1 was completed last year on Market Street. In his welcoming remarks, ESD Administrator Jimmy Sumbera noted the rapid growth of the area, and the increase in service calls.

The new station will replace the current fire station a few blocks away on Dell Dale. It will house a District Chief, a medic unit, and an engine company, with room to expand to double this capability.

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