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Posts published in “Day: April 30, 2014”

Candidates Forum presents information to Galena Park voters for May 10 election

L to R, Esmeralda Moya, Robert Clowers, Joseph Thibodeaux, and Cruz Hinojosa presented their ideas, qualifications, and experience record to the audience for evaluation and consideration at the Candidates Forum last Friday night at Baggett Center.
L to R, Esmeralda Moya, Robert Clowers, Joseph Thibodeaux, and Cruz Hinojosa presented their ideas, qualifications, and experience record to the audience for evaluation and consideration at the Candidates Forum last Friday night at Baggett Center.

GALENA PARK – Last Friday evening, April 25, candidates for the upcoming election of a Mayor and Council members in Galena Park participated in a Candidates Forum at Baggett Center.

The Forum was hosted by this newspaper, the North Channel Star, and the Rotary Club of Galena Park-Jacinto City.

Four candidates for Mayor were present: Esmeralda Moya, Robert Clowers, Joseph Thibodeaux, and Cruz Honojosa.

There are nine candidates for city council’s four positions, and most of the candidates were present. That included Position #1 Water & Sewer: Joe DeLaTorre, Position #2 Police & Fire: Lois Killough, Position #3 Parks & Recreation: Maricela Serna and Veronica Garcia, and Position #4 Street & Bridge: Mark Groba, Juan Flores, and Martha Flores. Due to prior commitments, Danny Simms for Position #1 and Zenaida Granado for Position #2 did not attend.

CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES: (L to R): Position #1 Water & Sewer: Joe DeLaTorre; Position #2 Police & Fire: Lois Killough; Position #3 Parks & Recreation: Maricela Serna, Veronica Garcia; Position #4 Street & Bridge: Mark Groba, Juan Flores, Martha Flores.
CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES: (L to R): Position #1 Water & Sewer: Joe DeLaTorre; Position #2 Police & Fire: Lois Killough; Position #3 Parks & Recreation: Maricela Serna, Veronica Garcia; Position #4 Street & Bridge: Mark Groba, Juan Flores, Martha Flores.

The format of the evening was an open 5 minute presentation by the candidates, followed by questions from a panel, and the audience.

The panel consisted of Rotary President Ernesto Parades, Journalist Bob Bartel of the North Shore News website, and publisher Gilbert Hoffman of the North Channel Star newspaper.

First, candidates were asked to tell of themselves, and their qualifications. Briefly, these were the responses:

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Deputies capture two involved in robbery rampage

channelview robbery suspectsHarris County Sheriff’s Office deputies have arrested two of three aggravated robbery suspects who led them on a chase that culminated in a deputy involved shooting last, Wednesday morning, April 23, 2014, in east Harris County.

Deputies charged Jeffrey Britten, 20, and Javon Price, 19, with aggravated robbery, evading arrest and aggravated assault on a peace officer.

The trio attempted to rob the Texaco gas station at 15600 East Freeway around 12:15 am. The store manager had locked the doors as two of the suspects wearing bandannas over their faces tried to enter.

They fled the scene in a black Saturn after not being able to gain entry.

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Bomb scare empties Galena Park High

Galena Park High School
Galena Park High School

GALENA PARK, TEXAS – Students and staff at Galena Park High School were evacuted last Monday morning after a bomb scare.

According to Galena Park ISD, a suspicious package was found hanging in a tree near the high school around 9 a.m.

All students and personnel, approximately 1,000, were evacuated from the building to a soccer field, then to nearby middle and elementary schools.

“We moved them into our schools, and elementary school and a middle school, so they could have air conditioning and easier access to water,” said Jonathan Frey, Galena Park ISD Director of Communications and spokesman.

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Rotary hears of Greater Houston Senior Football Showcase

Chris Vaughan of the Houston Touchdown Club, Coach Phil Camp of Milby High School and the Senior Football Showcase, North Shore Rotary President Matt Davis, and Rotarian Scott Stephens and head of the Cody Stephens Foundation, learned about the opportunities for scholarships to small colleges for senior football players that were not drafted and signed in the first round of athletic scholarships from the larger colleges. Stephens also won the endorsement of the Showcase for his program of screening athletes for serious heart defects.
Chris Vaughan of the Houston Touchdown Club, Coach Phil Camp of Milby High School and the Senior Football Showcase, North Shore Rotary President Matt Davis, and Rotarian Scott Stephens and head of the Cody Stephens Foundation, learned about the opportunities for scholarships to small colleges for senior football players that were not drafted and signed in the first round of athletic scholarships from the larger colleges. Stephens also won the endorsement of the Showcase for his program of screening athletes for serious heart defects.

North Shore Rotarians heard two speakers at their luncheon last Thursday, explain how the five year old program known as the Greater Houston Senior Football Showcase, gave graduating athletes a second chance to win a college scholarship, based on their academic standing first and their athletic abilities.

The annual trials took place in February, and over 300 players showed up at the Texans/Methodist training field to get the attention and approval of at least 43 coaches from smaller colleges.

Since the program was started by Milby Coach Phil Camp in 2009, over 500 kids have won another chance, with over $50 million given to them for college expenses.

Touch of Life: Yard Work

don springer headshotBy Don Springer

I’ve been home a month today and I’m right back where I am every year at this time — behind. At least the grass has been cut twice since returning and trimmed almost all the way around the house at least once, mostly twice.

Every year I think I’m returning earlier so I will be in step with my neighbors on outside house and lawn care but it never happens. I think of the colder temperatures here in March and decide the Houston area is more appealing to me. Now, everything is nice and warm here and Dave tells me you have had some really hot and humid weather there already.

Saw in the paper where the temp. hit 106 in Brownsville a few days ago. Hottest April day in history I read. I’m ready to submit to the gods when it gets that hot and humid. Experienced a lot of those hot temperatures the two years we were in Saudi, but never the humidity.

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