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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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SERVICE ABOVE SELF: Mattress Mack talks about service at North Shore Rotary

JIM McINGVALE, often known as “Mattress Mack” from Gallery Furniture, talks about people he has known that epitomize the Rotary idea of “Service Above Self.” Looking on is North Shore Rotary president Matt Davis. The club is known throughout the district for its outstanding service to its community.

JIM McINGVALE, often known as “Mattress Mack” from Gallery Furniture, talks about people he has known that epitomize the Rotary idea of “Service Above Self.” Looking on is North Shore Rotary president Matt Davis. The club is known throughout the district for its outstanding service to its community.

Jim McIngvale often speaks at public functions, and tells the story about his early years starting a furniture business, and relating the concepts of customer service and hard work that have made his business so successful.

But last Thursday, March 6th he was speaking to the North Shore Rotary club about their motto, “Service Above Self.” Expanding on this theme, McIngvale illustrated the concept with four stories from people in his own life experiences.

The first story he told was about two heart surgeons, Dr. Billie Combs, and noted heart surgeon Dr. Bud Frasier, chief of heart surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital. Mack first met Combs when he was an intern and needed some furniture for an overworked and under-equipped staff. He came to Gallery Furniture, and asked for mattresses and chairs, which Mack donated. The next time Mack saw Combs was almost 30 years later, when his brother was in St. Luke’s with heart problems. Frasier and Combs were his physicians, and Mack said he saw how hard Frasier worked, and how dedicated he was to his patients, giving all his time and attention to their care. “Why do you work so hard?” queried McIngvale, and Frasier answered “We work for the Patient.” Frasier is 74 years old, and has not slowed down.

Mack sees this as a great example of the Rotary motto, “A Life Built for Others – Service Above Self.”

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COMMUNITY PROFILE: Local artist Abby Gough to sing at Houston Rodeo March 13

Abby Gough will perform at Houston Rodeo

Abby Gough will perform at Houston Rodeo

Houston Country pop singer-songwriter, Abby Gough, will be performing at Rodeo Houston on March 13 with her band, Southern Fire. The 2 hour show will kick off at 7:30pm on the Statoil Stars Over Texas Stage.

Abby, a native of the North Channel area, started performing at age nine. At 17 years old, she is already a veteran of country music. She has had well over 100 performances at over 75 different venues. She has performed at local venues such as Kemah Boardwalk, Warehouse Live and Moody Gardens to Hard Rock Café, Tootsies Orchid Lounge and Coyote Ugly in Nashville, Tn. She has performed on KHOU’S Great Day Houston twice and recorded several music television segments including her most recent filming in February, 2014, with her band, for Houston’s Own Country Television Showcase.

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Dear Editor

I like news about our community, the obituaries because some people cannot afford the other papers. Please add some news of the churches revivals and such.

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I enjoy the local news. Please add “Beta Sigma Phi” news. They give scholarships to San Jacinto College.

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It’s great to have a local newspaper again. We look forward to every issue.

Brian Bernelle