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Posts published in March 2014

Harris County Sheriff’s Office calls Town Hall “Safety” meeting for April 8

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NORTH CHANNEL – The Harris County Sheriff’s Office will host a Town Hall meeting to talk about “Our County, Our Concerns and Our Future.”

Save the date for this community town hall and attend on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 6 pm to 8 pm. The meeting will take place at the North Shore High School Auditorium located at 353 N. Castlegory, Houston, TX 77049.

Attend to ask questions, voice your concerns and learn how county agencies are working together to keep Harris County a safe place.

Featuring local leaders and officials include Sheriff Adrian Garcia, District Attorney Devon Anderson, Pct. 2 Commisioner Jack Morman, Constable Phil Sandin, Constable Ken Jones and Galena Park ISD Police Chief Bryan Clements.

Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition Annual Meeting: Emmett keynote stresses cooperation

JUDGE ED EMMETT delivers the Keynote Address and swearing in of the board, at the Annual Meeting of the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition. Also speaking were Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition (GBCC) Exec. Dir. Jill Boullion, and GBCC chair Bill Franks.
JUDGE ED EMMETT delivers the Keynote Address and swearing in of the board, at the Annual Meeting of the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition. Also speaking were Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition (GBCC) Exec. Dir. Jill Boullion, and GBCC chair Bill Franks.

HOUSTON – The Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition (BGCC) held its annual report to the public, with a keynote address from County Judge Ed Emmett, and remarks from Houston Mayor Annise Parker last Thursday, March 20.

Chairman Bill Franks acted as Master of Ceremonies, and Executive Director Jill Boullion presented an overview video on the state of the coalition and its accomplishments in the last year.

Boullion had a lot to present, as the Coalition currently has about 40 projects, taking place in four distinct areas or “reaches” around the North and East sections of the County. The Coalition partners with a number of other organizations to accomplish its work, and this idea led to Emmett’s keynote theme, partnerships.

Boullion pointed out that the Coalition covers approximately 45 miles in length, and its goals are recreation, economic development, and enhanced quality of life. In addition, it works to remediate flooding and other threats to the bayous.

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APPEAL DENIED: Judge upholds enforcement of Game Room Regulations

State District Court Judge Al Bennett denied an attempt to further delay the enforcement of new regulations aiming to crack down on illegal game rooms. Following a hearing held this afternoon, Judge Bennett denied a request for a temporary injunction to prevent enforcement of the regulations.

The office of Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan defended the game room regulations citing the lawfulness, constitutionality and enforceability of the regulations passed by the Harris County Commissioners Court in December 2013.

“We are pleased with the ruling and look forward to working with Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the Constables, and other in implementing and enforcing these game room regulations,” Ryan said.

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Channelview ISD Education Foundation gives grants to teachers

Pictured are Channelview High School science teacher Karen He- bert is presented with a $5,000 In- novative Teaching Grant by Chan- nelview ISD Education Foundation President Sholanda Dawkins during the Foundation's Surprise Patrol on March 7.
Pictured are Channelview High School science teacher Karen Hebert is presented with a $5,000 Innovative Teaching Grant by Channelview ISD Education Foundation President Sholanda Dawkins during the Foundation’s Surprise Patrol on March 7.

The Spring Break holiday was not the only reason that some Channelview ISD teachers had huge smiles on their faces.

With the sounds of the Channelview High School band vibrating through the hallways and a crowd of people with noisemakers leading the way, the Channelview ISD Education Foundation’s “Surprise Patrol” presented Innovative Teaching Grants to educators on several campuses on Friday, March 7.

Foundation board members and donors, school administrators, CHS band members, Channelettes and cheerleaders traveled by bus to campuses, presenting more than $16,000 in grants to teachers throughout the district.

Funds for the grants came from private donations from business and community members, as well as various individuals. The Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that benefits Channelview ISD students and staff by supporting activities not funded by tax dollars through the regular school budget. In the past two years, the Foundation has given over $38,000 in grant funding to educators in the district.

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Galena Park ISD names new head football coach for the Mighty Mustangs

Jon Jay, new North Shore Senior High School Head Football Coach.
Jon Jay, new North Shore Senior High School Head Football Coach.

As long-time veteran David Aymond steps into his new role as GPISD’s Boys’ Athletic Coordinator, Jon Kay, eighteen year veteran of the District, takes the helm of the North Shore Senior High School Mustang football program.

Kay began his career as a science teacher and assistant coach at Cunningham Middle School in 1996. That was the beginning of a long, successful career which has landed Kay the job of his dreams North Shore Senior High School Head Football Coach.

Kay has served in many roles over the span of his career: head freshman coach, defensive assistant, varsity secondary coach, recruiting coordinator, strength and conditioning coordinator, defensive coordinator, assistant head coach and athletic campus coordinator.

Kay has been honored as the 2010 Greater Houston Coaches’ Association Assistant Coach of the Year. Also, he has been invited to speak at numerous Texas coaching clinics. Although Kay has no easy task ahead of him as he accepts the new challenge and sets his sights on yet another coveted state championship for the team’s trophy case, there is no doubt he has the experience required for such a challenge. He has devoted countless hours as a member of the Mustang program for the past sixteen years, and he knows what it takes to get to the next level.

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Dear Editor

Thank you so much for giving us old timers in North Shore a newspaper again. I have really missed the Sentinel. The only other local paper thrown is in Spanish, which I cannot read, and have missed local news and ads. I moved to North Shore in 1959. I’m hoping our almost defunct civic association can inspire activity through your paper.

Again thanks for the local news.

Dottie Woods

HC WCID #36 GROUNDBREAKING: Water District to get new Tower

Harris County Water Control & Improvement District #36 has a water storage tank facility at Freeport and Brownwood streets. There is both a ground storage tank, an elevated tank, and pumps and emergency gen- erators at the site. In the com- ing months, the Water District will remove the elevated tank and replace it with a much larg- er new tank. The old tank is over 65 years old, and needs re- placed.
Harris County Water Control & Improvement District #36 has a water storage tank facility at Freeport and Brownwood streets. There is both a ground storage tank, an elevated tank, and pumps and emergency generators at the site. In the coming months, the Water District will remove the elevated tank and replace it with a much larger new tank. The old tank is over 65 years old, and needs replaced.

CLOVERLEAF – Customers of HC WCID#36 will soon have an upgrade in their water service, according to general manager Billie Vasquez. The District is planning on replacing their old elevated storage tank with a new one, with a larger capacity.

The old tank, purchased from the “Old Ordinance Depot” in Jacinto Port over 65 years ago, had a capacity of 150,000 gallons. It has been refurbished and standpipes have been replaced over the years. The new one, being built in South Dakota by Maguire Iron, will have a capacity of 250,000 gallons. It will be erected by the contractor, W.W. Payton Corp., this summer after the old tank is tipped over and replaced.

The project is jointly financed by a HUD/CDBG grant from the Harris County Community Services Department of $1,178,622, and a matching grant from the Water District of $295,000.

Board members of HCWCID#36 break ground, symbolically, for the new Elevated Storage Tank. Pictured left to right, Gerardo Leal, Ronald Holder, Maria Koukoulakis, Gerardo Parra (president), and Ola Mae Watts. Water District Manager is Billie Vasquez.
Board members of HCWCID#36 break ground, symbolically, for the new Elevated Storage Tank. Pictured left to right, Gerardo Leal, Ronald Holder, Maria Koukoulakis, Gerardo Parra (president), and Ola Mae Watts. Water District Manager is Billie Vasquez.

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Scott Stephens partners with local hospital for heart screenings

Cody Stephens in a red t-shirt with his father, Scott Stephens, in a football field prior to Cody’s sudden death.
Cody Stephens in a red t-shirt with his father, Scott Stephens, in a football field prior to Cody’s sudden death.

Houston, TX – Art Garza, Chief Operating Officer of East Houston Regional Medical Center announced the East Houston Regional Medical Center’s partnership with the Cody Stephens “Go Big or Go Home” Memorial Foundation and area independent school districts to provide electrocardiograms (EKGs) for students who participate in school sports and other extracurricular activities.

In 2012 with only two months before the 6’9” 289-pound Cody Stephens was slated to join a college football team, he sat down to rest and died of sudden cardiac arrest. He was 18 years old, and he would have received a required EKG by his college football team, a procedure which might have identified his heart problem.

Scott Stephens, Cody’s father, approached East Houston Regional Medical Center with a proposal that resulted in 2,216 EKG screenings last year. The staff at East Houston Regional Medical Center agreed to provide the screenings as a pro bono service.

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AG EDUCATION: Sheldon FFA raises scholarship dollars at Livestock Sale

Contributed by Ashley Shibley

Sheldon ISD’s Future Farmers of America Show is a Huge Success!

GRAND CHAMPION STEER was exhibited by Ryan Rodriguez, left, and purchased by Fred Rivas.
GRAND CHAMPION STEER was exhibited by Ryan Rodriguez, left, and
purchased by Fred Rivas.

The Sheldon Independent School District is proud of the Sheldon Future Farmers of America students for hosting an open livestock show for local competitors!

All in all, there were 132 entries in the Steer, Heifer, Lamb, Goat, and Swine shows. The show gave the students the opportunity to give their animals’ ringside exposure. The students also got the chance to practice their showmanship skills, as they prepare to show their animals in future shows.

The Sheldon FFA students not only played host, but they also competed in this year’s show. The Sheldon FFA had over 50 entries, thanks to the addition of a few new categories. The categories included Steers, Heifer, Lamb, Goats, Swine, Rabbits, Chickens, Ag Mech, Horticulture, Decorated Cake, and Food Shows. The new categories were a hit with the students who want to be involved, but do not wish to raise an animal.

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UIL CLASS 5A BASKETBALL: North Shore Mustangs are STATE CHAMPIONS!

GALENA PARK NORTH SHORE MUSTANG team members gather for a ceremonial photo, with their UIL Championship Trophies, after the 57-45 win over Converse Judson last Saturday, in the Final Playoff game of the series at Frank Erwin Center in Austin. (Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Frey/GPISD)
GALENA PARK NORTH SHORE MUSTANG team members gather for a ceremonial photo, with their UIL Championship Trophies, after the 57-45 win over Converse Judson last Saturday, in the Final Playoff game of the series at Frank Erwin Center in Austin. (Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Frey/GPISD)

AUSTIN – Coach David Green’s North Shore Mustangs easily defeated the Converse Judson team 57-45 in the final playoff game to take the State Title in Class 5A basketball. This is the first time North Shore has won the title, but they competed in 1991 and 1997.

The Mustangs won their two tournament games with defensive pressure and controlling the tempo of the game. Although they were outsized by the taller Judson team, they forced 18 turnovers and managed almost as many rebounds.

North Shore’s season record is now 35-3. Outstanding play was spread among the team, with Jarrey Foster with 16 points, Kerwin Roach 15 points, and the coach’s son Brandon Green with 11 points.

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Three bodies found after house fire on Westmont

Arson investigators and firefighters search through the debris of the house for two more bodies last Friday morning in the 500 block of Westmont. The house was once a two-story A-Frame. Now only the front staircase is intact. (North Channel Star Photo/Hoffman)
Arson investigators and firefighters search through the debris of the house for two more bodies last Friday morning in the 500 block of Westmont. The house was once a two-story A-Frame. Now only the front staircase is intact. (North Channel Star Photo/Hoffman)

HOUSTON – A house fire took the lives of 3 people last Thursday, March 6, 2014 in east Houston.

Firefighters were dispatched around 4 pm to a house located in the 500 block of Westmont at Redondo. According to the Houston Fire Department, when firemen arrived, the flames had covered the house completely. It took firefighters about two hours to extinguish the flames; the damage to the house made it difficult for arson investigators and firefighters to go inside the house and search for any victims. After inspecting the scene, the bodies of 25-year-old Slade Feige, his mother, 63-year-old Gwen Feige and Slade’s mother-in-law, Gina Mims were found inside the house.

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