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San Jacinto River Waste Pits: Community tells EPA to Remove the Toxins

SAN JACINTO RIVER COALITION HEAD JACKIE YOUNG expresses the desire of the community for removal.

400 attendees include Congressman, County Attorney, Opponents

EAST HARRIS COUNTY – A packed house of residents and government officials met last Thursday night at the Highlands Community Center for an update from the federal EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) on plans to remove the toxic waste from the storage pits in the San Jacinto River. The EPA also wanted to hear comments from the audience on their opinions about the Proposed Plan for removal. The meeting lasted 2 1/2 hours, with Gary Miller of the EPA making a slide presentation, followed by about 35 local residents and interested parties expressing their positions on the plan.

The meeting opened with remarks from Congressman Gene Green, who was instrumental in getting the waste pits put on the federal Superfund Priority List in 2008. He said dioxin is in the sediment, and needs complete removal. He was concerned about barges that might strike the pits and release the dioxins.

Harris County attorney Vince Ryan, who successfully sued the Responsible Parties and received $30 million for remediation, spoke about the black oozing dioxins evident when he walked on the site. He said, “If capped, the poison will be their for 700 years. A permanent capped could be breached by a hurricane.”

Statements were also read into the record from EPA District 6 Director Ron Curry and a written statement from Pct. 2 Commissioner Jack Morman, who called “Removal the only solution that will protect the public longterm.”

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North Shore smothers Channelview 68-0

Mustang #28 Charles Gonzales scores a TD on a 22 yard rushing play.

The annual rivalry between the North Shore Mustangs and the Channelview Falcons ended last Friday night with an overwhelming tromping of the Falcons by the Mustangs.

North Shore now has a 7-1, District 5-0 record, while Channelview falls to 3-5, and 2-3.

The Mustangs used two quarterbacks, Bryant Badie and Isaac Cerda, who combined for 309 yards and three touchdowns. North Shore had a total of 545 yards gained on offense. Badie scored one of the TDs on a rush, and Kerrion Hadnot had two rushing TDs for 102 yards. The defense for the Mustangs kept the Falcons down field, and they had to punt 9 times. North Shore had 21 first downs, compared with 9 for Channelview.

Jalen Hurts leads Alabama to Victory over Texas A&M

Aggie Coach Kevin Sumlin gives #2 Jalen Hurts a congratulatory hug after the 33-14 victory. Sumlin had tried to recruit Hurts for the A&M team.

On a game watched on national TV, top ranked Alabama fought off their rival Texas A & M, and ended with a 33-14 victory to maintain their #1 position in college rankings.

Much of the credit went to Jalen Hurts, the QB who can run and throw with extraordinary skill. Hurts was also an outstanding quarterback when he played for the Channelview Falcons prior to leaving for Alabama.

Falling behind in the 3rd quarter 14-13, Hurts engineered a 14 play, 77 yard drive then ended in a short pass for a TD. Then in the 4th quarter, he scrambled for 37 yards and scored another touchdown, giving the Crimson Tide a commanding lead that they carried to the end of the game.

Reward offered by PineForest Jewelry after massive robbery

LEFT: Jim Chaik of PineForest points out where the burglar broke the window, and squeezed between bars. RIGHT: Three empty display cases attest to the huge loss.

NORTH CHANNEL – A single burglar managed to get past barred windows and alarm systems, to break into PineForest Jewelry on Uvalde Road last Saturday morning.

According to owner Jim Mills, the burglar was in the store for over 2 hours, filling a bag with gold and jewelry. He also took an M1 rifle. Mills estimated the loss at between $300,000 and $400,000.

Surveillance video showed the man approaching the building, squeezing through a narrow window opening he made by breaking glass, and then methodically opening jewelry display cases and taking what he thought was most valuable.

Strangely enough, at one point the man left the store, stole Mills SUV and drove it away, only to return it about two hours later. No explanation was available for this action.

Mills has described the burglar as large build, Caucasian or Hispanic, with tattoos on his lower back and ankle. There is a $1000 reward for information and conviction.

East Harris County Communications breaks ground on a new Call Center for 5 ESDs

GROUNDBREAKING FOR THE NEW EHC CALL CENTER took place Thursday, Oct. 13 at the site of the future building, at 16010 Ridlon Street in Channelview. Participating in the Shovel & Dirt ceremony were representatives of the five Participating ESDs, who now comprise the new ECOM board. Above, Eric Stricklin, HCESD#50, Danny Naramore, HCESD#6, Helen Lauersdorf, HCESD#60, Charles Anthony, HCESD#2, and William Anders, HCESD#12.

EAST HARRIS COUNTY – Five Emergency Service Districts have combined their 9-1-1 dispatching duties, into a new collaborative agency known as ECOM, or Emergency Communications. They plan on operating out of a new building, to be built on Ridlon Street in Channelview, and they broke ground for this building last Thursday, Oct. 13. On hand were representatives of the five ESDs that have formed ECOM, and other interested parties.

The new East Harris County Emergency Communications Center will receive emergency call through the Greater Harris County 9-1-1 network. The Center will dispatch emergency medical service events or fire service related events for five area emergency agencies. The five emergency agencies provide services within an area located North of the Houston Ship Channel, East of the Houston City limits, South of Lake Houston, and West of the San Jacinto River.

The 5,500 square foot facility will house the equipment and personnel needed to efficiently receive and dispatch the five agencies. The Center is designed to withstand hurricane force winds, and will have redundant systems to assure uninterrupted services 365 days a year.

The Center is on schedule to begin full operation in January, 2018.

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NORTH SHORE Rotary dedicates Memorial Wall at Park to Veterans

NORTH SHORE ROTARIANS dedicated this new Veterans Memorial Wall on Thursday October 13. The wall stands at the end of the pedestrian bridge in the North Shore County Park on Wallisville. In this photo, at left are Veterans representing their services, and at right, Pct. 2 County Commissioner Jack Morman, Rotary President Kim Gonzalez, Rotarians and chairman of this project Mike Williams, and Rotarian and Veteran Frank Nadolney.

School superintendents speak at Chamber

SPEAKERS at the North Channel Chamber luncheon last week were Greg Ollis, Channelview ISD superintendent; King Davis, Sheldon ISD superintendent; Angi Williams, Galena Park ISD superintendent; Charles Grant, former president of the Chamber, and Shalonda Dawkins, 1st vice chair of the Chamber.

SPEAKERS at the North Channel Chamber luncheon last week were Greg Ollis, Channelview ISD superintendent; King Davis, Sheldon ISD superintendent; Angi Williams, Galena Park ISD superintendent; Charles Grant, former president of the Chamber, and Shalonda Dawkins, 1st vice chair of the Chamber.

Superintendents of the three school district in the North Channel area were the featured speakers last Friday at the Chamber’s monthly luncheon.

Emcee for the luncheon, held at the San Jacinto College student union, was former Chamber chairman Charles Grant. He is now heading up a membership drive for the chamber, entitled Forty for Forty in Four. This is a reference to the 40th anniversary of the chamber, and the goal of adding 40 new members in four weeks. With a sly sense of humor, Grant has offered to “Kiss A Pig” if the chamber board and members meet this goal.

Grant was followed by each of the superintendents of the three school districts, and they exhibited a tongue-in-cheek rivalry in their remarks.

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Pilot Club Spaghetti Dinner & Auction a tasty success

AUCTIONEER for the event was Patrick Kelly, well known radio personality, at right. Also helping were Jerry Fallin and Rojean Norris. In this photo, two of the auction items appear: a stainless gas BBQ cooker at left, and a handmade quilt at right.

AUCTIONEER for the event was Patrick Kelly, well known radio personality, at right. Also helping were Jerry Fallin and Rojean Norris. In this photo, two of the auction items appear: a stainless gas BBQ cooker at left, and a handmade quilt at right.

NORTH CHANNEL – Several hundred people gathered at the Baldree Center on Corpus Christi last Saturday, for a delicious spaghetti dinner, tasty desserts, a silent auction, a live auction, and a raffle.

The ladies of the San Jacinto Pilot Club were holding their 29th annual Spaghetti Dinner and it was quite successful.

According to club member and Director Julie Fallin, the dinner tickets amounted to about 400 with an additional 175 for the C. E. King band, and the raffle tickets sold amounted to about 500.

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Jacinto City Elementary student council walks for a cure

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On Saturday, October 1, the Jacinto City Elementary student council participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at the Sam Houston Park in downtown Houston. These fourth and fifth grade council members participated to show appreciation and dedication to the Houston area community. Many of the students expressed interest in doing something that made a positive impact on their lives while showing support for cancer survivors, those who are currently battling cancer, as well as to honor individuals who have lost their lives to breast cancer.

“Student council is a leadership committee that is dedicated to servicing the community,” Ms. Scott, JCE student council sponsor said. “The Susan G. Komen Walk was an excellent opportunity for our students to support those battling cancer and survivors.”

“Participating in the Race for the Cure made me feel proud because some people have cancer, and I walked to help them get better,” Jordan Balderas, 5th grader said.

To donate to Susan G. Komen, visit http://www.komen-houston.org/make-a-donation/ or text @race to 52104.

Judge Mike Parrott honored by Harris County

Judge Mike Parrott receives “Service to Our Community” Award from Commissioner Jack Morman during the recent annual Black & White Ball.

Judge Mike Parrott receives “Service to Our Community” Award from Commissioner Jack Morman during the recent annual Black & White Ball.

The Honorable Judge Mike Parrott was honored with the Jim Fonteno “Service to Our Community” Award during Harris County Precinct Two’s Annual Black & White Ball on September 9, 2016 at Sylvan Beach Pavilion in La Porte. Commissioner Jack Morman paid special tribute to Judge Parrott for his long-standing support of Precinct Two’s nonprofit senior, youth and veterans programs.

Judge Parrott has dedicated his life to public service and improving the quality of life for communities of southeast Harris County. He served 18 years as Superintendent of Parks for Harris County Commissioner Precinct Two prior to being elected Harris County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, Place 1, in 1993. Currently presiding over the 4th largest JP court in Harris County, he is actively involved with mentoring and motivating local students to pursue higher education.

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