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North Channel community raises more than $136,000 for Relay for Life

A large group of survivors wearing symbolic purple shirts makes the turn during the Survivor’s Lap at the North Shore Ninth Grade Center.

A large group of survivors wearing symbolic purple shirts makes the turn during the Survivor’s Lap at the North Shore Ninth Grade Center.

The Relay for Life-Houston North Channel was a huge success last Friday, May 6 as more than $136,000 was raised to benefit cancer research. The North Channel community is joining together the fight against cancer.

According to North Channel Relay officials, the fundraising totals were still being tallied as of press time and were expected to significantly increase.

With more than 50 teams participating, the “May the Cure be with You” Star Wars themed event drew hundreds of walkers that participated in the event at the track of the North Shore High School Ninth Grade Campus.

The North Channel group also received an award from the American Cancer Society for raising more than $1 million toward cancer research for the past 13 years.

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ELECTION RESULTS: Sweeping changes in Galena Park; Tax vote passes in JC; School Bonds pass

Voters in Galena Park swept out all the incumbent councilpersons, affirming the changes they started two years ago with the election of Esmeralda Moya as Mayor. With a large turnout of 1063 voters, the unofficial results saw Moya returned to office, with 772 votes, against her challenger Dawn Fisher with 275 votes. This vote spread was also seen in the four council positions,as follows: POSITION 1: Chersky 714, Simms 309; POSITION 2: Silva 743, Hinojosa 281; POSITION 3: Broussard 723, Serna 250, Groba 60; POSITION 4: Ponder 734, Flores 304.

In other elections:

JACINTO CITY, passed the Proposition raising the Sales Tax by 1 cent, to 8.25 percent.

Galena Park ISD Community Approves $290m Bonds

Houston, Texas: The unofficial results of the Saturday, May 7, 2016 election indicate that voters of the Galena Park ISD community approved a bond package totaling $290 million. Specific proposed uses for the bond funds include:

– Rebuilding 6 Elementary Campuses

– Constructing North Shore Senior High School 10th Grade Center

– Renovating and Upgrading all Campuses and Facilities

– Acquiring Land for Future Facility Needs

The bond website will be transitioned into a bond construction website in order to provide our citizens information about the status of the bond projects.

Voters Approve 2016 Sheldon ISD Bond

On Saturday, May 7, Sheldon ISD voters approved the passing of the 2016 Sheldon ISD bond. The measure passed with nearly 70 percent of the vote.

“The Sheldon ISD voters made a collective decision to invest in their community and our schools, and for that we are extremely thankful,” said Superintendent King Davis.

Sheldon ISD is considered a fast-growth district, growing 7% this year and exceeding all projected enrollment numbers. The bond package, totaling $285 million, will include funds to address the district’s growth with projects like:

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Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary awards $15,000 in scholarships

galena park jacinto city rotary scholarships

On Wednesday, May 4th, 25 Galena Park High School students received a total of $15,000.00 in scholarships from the Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary Club. These scholarships will assist the students in pursuit of their college and career goals upon graduation.

GALENA PARK Fire Department puts new pumper truck into service

galena park new fire truck

GALENA PARK FIRE CHIEF PAUL GREGORY, with firemen Gab Perez, Dean Bailey, and Ed Thraen, stand with the new Sutphen Pumper that went into service last month. This is the first new fire engine for the GPFD in 15 years, according to Gregory. It cost over $500,000, paid for by the Texas Forest Service and the City of Galena Park. Features include a 1000 gallon tank, foam, rescue equipment such as thermal imaging and the “jaws of life,” and other saws. The department has 6 full time and 22 part time firemen, and 6 volunteers, and is looking for more.