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LyondellBasell Channelview complex hosts U.S. Rep. Brian Babin

Congress Babin visits the LyondellBasell Channelview Complex last week. Left to right – Todd Monette, Channelview Site Manager; Bob Patel, LyondellBasell Chief Executive Officer; Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX); Kelly Waterman, Rep. Babin District Director.

Congress Babin visits the LyondellBasell Channelview Complex last week. Left to right – Todd Monette, Channelview Site Manager; Bob Patel, LyondellBasell Chief Executive Officer; Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX); Kelly Waterman, Rep. Babin District Director.

CHANNELVIEW –Sept. 23, 2015 – Employees from the LyondellBasell Channelview Complex hosted a visit by Congressman Brian Babin (TX-36). The congressman and his staff were briefed on the plant’s operations and met with LyondellBasell CEO Bob Patel, Executive Vice President of Intermediates and Derivatives Dan Coombs, site leadership and other employees.

“I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to meet directly with employees at LyondellBasell’s Channelview Complex and get a firsthand look at the plant’s growing operations. With six manufacturing plants in the 36th District of Texas, LyondellBasell is a dependable and strong economic partner with a proven record in reliable production and safety,” said Congressman Babin. “Their commitment and investment in Southeast Texas is an important reason why this area is a world leader in chemical manufacturing.”

“I’m honored to have Congressman Babin spend part of his day at our Channelview facility. His visit allows us to showcase our focus on safety, operational excellence and dedicated employees,” said LyondellBasell CEO Bob Patel. “We appreciate all the work Congressman Babin has done on behalf of our industry and the district.”

Congressman Babin received a tour of the facility to learn more about daily operations at the site before engaging in a town hall meeting with workers from the facility.

U.S. Rep. Babin represents more LyondellBasell facilities than any other member of the U.S. House of Representatives. His district includes Channelview, Bayport, La Porte and the Mont Belvieu terminal for the Company’s pipeline group.

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North Shore HS crowns 2015 Homecoming King and Queen

North Shore Homecoming King and Queen, Andrew Pouland and Chardon Mucker.

North Shore Homecoming King and Queen, Andrew Pouland and Chardon Mucker.

On Friday night, September 25, North Shore announced the 2015 Homecoming King and Queen – Andrew Pouland and Chardon Mucker. Andrew is a member of the Mustang varsity baseball team and National Honor

Society. He is head rounder for the Mustang football program and a student section leader. Pouland is ranked ninth in his class with a GPA of 4.4 and plans on attending Texas A&M University majoring in biomedicine. Chardon is a vital part of North Shore’s girls track team, national honor society, and the national society of high school scholars. After graduation she plans to major in criminology and run track.

CHANNELVIEW FIRE DEPARTMENT: Serving the Community

2015 CLASS OF CADETS RECENTLY GRADUATED

2015 CLASS OF CADETS RECENTLY GRADUATED

The Channelview Fire Department has entered a new phase of service to the community, and is now staffed with 100% paid firemen and EMS personnel. There are currently 75 men and women on the staff.

Average response times are 5 minutes, as the trucks are staffed full-time 24/7, with 15 persons always on duty. The department runs 2 fire trucks, and 3 ambulances, as well as a District Chief and EMS supervisor.

Emergency Service District #50 is responsible for the finances of the department. Expenses for the department are paid with tax funding and EMS billing.

Equipment includes two active pumpers, a ladder truck, a back-up pumper, a brush truck, and four ambulances. Back-up equipment includes another pumper, and an ambulance.

The department was founded in 1949, chartered in1953, and in 2012 transitioned into a full paid department regulated by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. ESD#50 was established in 2003.

Channelview Fire Department serves about 38,000 people in a 16+ square mile area. It’s success is built on its long history, the work of its predecessors, support of the community, and the commitment of the present men and women.

Time Capsule burial marks Galena Park’s 80th birthday

PARTICIPATING IN THE TIME CAPSULE CEREMONY last Monday, in front of City Hall, were the Galena Park High band, principal Juan Ramirez, Mayor Moya, Councilmen Juan Flores, Danny Simms, Cruz Hinojosa, and Ernesto Paredes. The Time Capsule is the blue pipe at center.

PARTICIPATING IN THE TIME CAPSULE CEREMONY last Monday, in front of City Hall, were the Galena Park High band, principal Juan Ramirez, Mayor Moya, Councilmen Juan Flores, Danny Simms, Cruz Hinojosa, and Ernesto Paredes. The Time Capsule is the blue pipe at center.

GALENA PARK – On September 21, 1935 the city was chartered. Originally named Clinton in 1833, it was changed in 1928 at the request of the post office, who had another city in Texas with that name.

The city marked its 80th birthday on Monday, with a noon ceremony at City Hall. Councilman Juan Flores acted as master of ceremonies, and city officials, students from Galena Park high school and the public joined in the celebration.

Other birthday events during the past week included a soccer tournament, a one mile walk-a-thon, historic displays and senior luncheons at Baggett Center and Galena Manor, and LyondellBasell’s Global Care Day.

Capital Bank observes 50th Anniversary

JACINTO CITY issued a Proclamation congratulating Capital Bank on its 50th Anniversary. Pictured at the presentation are bank president Linden Goehring, Mayor Ana Diaz, City Manager Lon Squyres, and other city officials.

JACINTO CITY issued a Proclamation congratulating Capital Bank on its 50th Anniversary. Pictured at the presentation are bank president Linden Goehring, Mayor Ana Diaz, City Manager Lon Squyres, and other city officials.

JACINTO CITY – Capital Bank proudly but quietly celebrated its 50th anniversary on Thursday, September 10th with an Open House reception for its customers, employees, and shareholders.

The bank history dates back to April 10, 1965 when it first opened on Palestine Street with 285 accounts. A year later it needed a new building, which was built at the corner of Palestine and Mercury, and eventually became Jacinto City’s City Hall. In 1976 the bank moved to its present building on I-10, with a large drive-thru the next year.

The current president of the bank is Linden Goehring, an 11 year veteran of Capital Bank after many years with South Trust and Bayshore Bank.

In 1979 the FDIC moved to recapitalize the original bank, and asked Jeff Austin Jr. of Jacksonville to be chairman of the board of directors. In 1985 the bank name was changed to Capital Bank. At that time the president was Earl Votaw.

CAPITAL BANK’S main office is on I-10 East in Jacinto City, with branches in Pearland, Pasadena, Deer Park, and Baytown.

CAPITAL BANK’S main office is on I-10 East in Jacinto City, with branches in Pearland, Pasadena, Deer Park, and Baytown.

President Goehring pointed out to the North Channel Star that the bank is one of Houston’s oldest independent banks. It now has over $300 million in total assets, and has six full service locations in surrounding cities. Customers also can access over 1200 ATM’s throughout the state of Texas.

Goehring said that his goal is to add value to the relationship with each of the groups he serves: customers, employees, and shareholders.

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Trail system proposed for Jacinto City and Galena Park

A PROPOSED TRAIL SYSTEM, including walking trails and canoe/kayak trails, is displayed to the Jacinto City Council at a recent meeting, by Charlie Patout of LJA Engineering, at left, and Jill Boullion of Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition, at right.

A PROPOSED TRAIL SYSTEM, including walking trails and canoe/kayak trails, is displayed to the Jacinto City Council at a recent meeting, by Charlie Patout of LJA Engineering, at left, and Jill Boullion of Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition, at right.

At a Jacinto City Council meeting on September 10, the city was advised of a plan for a new trail system, that has been developed by the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition.

The purpose of the presentation was to advise council, and get their approval to proceed with planning and grant applications to pay for the trails. Council voted affirmatively for the trails.

The walking/hiking trails would start at Hermann Brown Park, north of I-10, and proceed south under I-10 and follow a path along the side of Hunting Bayou on the east side of Jacinto City.

It would pass close to Tinseltown, Market Street, have a side loop around Mercury, Main, Holland, and end near 19th Street. It would incorporate or supplement the FFA barn, the GP ballfields, and the new sidewalk system along Holland Avenue.

An additional feature would be a canoe/kayak trail, starting at Market Street and continuing 3 miles south, passing Pyburn Elementary, and ending near the fresh water canal on Federal Street.

Volunteers work on Foster Park planting, clean up, canoe ramp

VOLUNTEERS AND LYONDELLBASELL employees gather for a photo after the work session, during Global Care Day at Thomas Bell Foster Park, near I-10 and Normandy Road.

VOLUNTEERS AND LYONDELLBASELL employees gather for a photo after the work session, during Global Care Day at Thomas Bell Foster Park, near I-10 and Normandy Road.

CHANNELVIEW – LyondellBasell Channelview Complex volunteers partnered with the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition and the Houston Parks Board on various projects benefitting Thomas Bell Foster Park. Some of the projects included planting trees and shrubs at the park, making improvements to a canoe launch and performing maintenance on hiking trails within the park.

“We’re honored to be selected for a third year as a LyondellBasell Global Care Day partner. The selection of our Thomas Bell Foster Park project is significant because it validates the work we are doing there for the community,” said Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition Executive Director Jill Boullion. “These improvements have enabled us to have our Kayaking for Kids program at the park, which teaches students sustainable environmental practices and a recreational skill.”

The Company’s 16th annual Global Care Day encourages LyondellBasell employees around the world to collectively participate in community service projects on the same day.

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JACINTO CITY’S POLICE OFFICER LT. WALKER RECEIVES STAR OF TEXAS AWARD

Rep. Hernandez Congratulates Jacinto City Police Dept. Lieutenant on Award from the Governor. (Submitted photo by Matthew Hall)

Rep. Hernandez Congratulates Jacinto City Police Dept. Lieutenant on Award from the Governor. (Submitted photo by Matthew Hall)

AUSTIN, TX. Sept. 10, 2015 — Governor Abbott awarded the Star of Texas Award to 28 Texans, including Jacinto City’s recipient Lt. Dennis Walker.

Since 2003 the award recognizes peace officers, firefighters, emergency medical first responders and citizens who assist them killed or injured in the line of duty.

Walker was injured March 20, 2013 when he was shot while defending another JC officer who had also been shot.

Governor Abbott said, “Today Texas continues its legacy of celebrating and honoring those who have served in the most challenging circumstances. It is with the highest esteem and depth of gratitude that I present the Star of Texas award to 28 Texans. The Star of Texas award is aptly named – it goes only to those who are truly stars in the State of Texas – those who have shined in their service to our fellow Texans, those who self-sacrificed and it has allowed Texas to continue to shine as the lone star of our great nation.”

When asked after the ceremony Lt. Walker said, “I’m just overwhelmed and grateful to be recognized by so many distinguished people and to those who made this possible. I have never even been to the Capitol nor met Governor Abbott so this is really a huge event for my life and one my family and I will cherish forever.”

“What impacted me this day the most was my having seen those family members and the little children of those who was killed in the line of duty. It tore my heart out to see those kids get the award for their deceased parents. Seeing that took me back to the day of the shooting and it made me realize those kids could have been my own,” Walker said.

Jacinto City officials and citizens traveled to the State’s Capitol to watch the Governor’s presentation of the award Thursday morning.

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Two teens die in school bus crash

14-year-old Janecia Chatman, left, and 17-year-old Mariya Johnson, right, died last Tuesday morning on their way to Furr High School when their school bus was hit and flew off the 610 South Loop.

14-year-old Janecia Chatman, left, and 17-year-old Mariya Johnson, right, died last Tuesday morning on their way to Furr High School when their school bus was hit and flew off the 610 South Loop.

Students were on the way to Furr High School

HOUSTON – Two young girls are dead, and two other students and the bus driver are recovering after a tragic accident on the South Loop eastbound Tuesday morning.

At about 7 a.m. in the morning, the Houston ISD bus was taking four students to Furr High School, when it was struct on the left side by a car that entered its lane after trying to avoid a third car that was encroaching on it from the left, also.

The bus veered to the right, and hit a guard rail on an overpass, went through it, and plunged about 20 feet to Telephone Road below. The bus landed on its roof, crushing the side and roof so that emergency exits were necessary to remove the injured passengers.

The Houston ISD school bus was eastbound on the South Loop, when a car beside it pulled quickly into its lane, causing the bus to swerve to the right, hit the guard rail, and plummet to the frontage road below.

The Houston ISD school bus was eastbound on the South Loop, when a car beside it pulled quickly into its lane, causing the bus to swerve to the right, hit the guard rail, and plummet to the frontage road below.

17 year old Mariya Johnson died at the scene, and 14 year old Janecia Chatman died at the hospital. Johnson was a Reach Charter School student, which is at Furr. Chatman was a freshman at Furr.

Recovering at Texas Childrens Hospital are twins Brandon and Lakeisha Williams, students at Reach.

The bus was equipped with seat belts, but it is not known if they were used. The bus driver is Luisa Pacheco, a driver for the last 3 years for HISD, with a clean driving record. She is recovering at Ben Taub hospital.

No charges were filed to date for the accident. Also being investigated is the guard rail, which reportedly did not meet current TxDOT standards.

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SAN JACINTO PILOT CLUB New Members sworn in, activities planned for the year

THE SAN JACINTO PILOT CLUB, at their regular monthly meeting, swore in two new members. Pictured, from left, sponsor Karen Westbrook, new members Sara Garza and Natalie Martinez, and membership chair Julie Fallin. Also made an honorary member was Star Publisher Gil Hoffman.

THE SAN JACINTO PILOT CLUB, at their regular monthly meeting, swore in two new members. Pictured, from left, sponsor Karen Westbrook, new members Sara Garza and Natalie Martinez, and membership chair Julie Fallin. Also made an honorary member was Star Publisher Gil Hoffman.

NORTH CHANNEL – The San Jacinto Pilot Club held their regular monthly meeting last Thursday, a luncheon at Gatti’s Pizza on Sheldon Road.

The meeting opened with remarks from president Joan Van Fleet, and motivational moments from Julie Fallin.

The club decided to pay for a memorial brick at Cam For All, in Burton, Texas in honor of deceased member Pat Cooper.

Upcoming projects were discussed. It was decided to participate in providing helmets for the bicycles that are given away each holiday season by Mr. Fat Mac in Baytown. Mac refurbishes donated bicycles and donates them to needy children each year. The San Jac club will donate $7500 for 150 helmets. It was noted that Mac actually gives away about 500 bikes every year.

Another project the club will participate in is a “Trick or Trunk” on Halloween, Saturday October 31st.

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