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Early voting for San Jacinto College Board of Trustees election underway

Polling locations throughout the College District

PASADENA, Texas – Early voting for the May 6, 2017, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees election begins Monday, April 24, 2017. Voters within the San Jacinto College District will vote on two trustee positions.

Residents that live within the Pasadena, Deer Park, La Porte, Sheldon, Channelview, Galena Park, and a portion of the Clear Creek, Humble and Pearland independent school districts, can vote in person at the designated early voting branch location for their precinct during designated times. There are 15 early voting locations throughout the San Jacinto College district during the early voting period, which runs Monday, April 24, 2017, through Tuesday, May 2, 2017 (except Saturdays and Sundays).

Early voting hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, April 24 through Monday, May 1; and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Tuesday, May 2. To find an early voting location for your precinct visit the San Jacinto College election website at sanjac.edu/board-trustees-election and click on “Polling Locations” on the left side. Polling locations are subject to change.

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North Shore Rotary selling Fish Fry Raffle tickets

JIM MILLS, North Shore Rotarian and owner of Pineforest Jewelry, displays the top prize in the North Shore Rotary Raffle, a new 2017 Toyota pick-up truck. JIm is urging you to buy a raffle ticket for $100 from any Rotarian, including himself, to support the Rotary in their community projects.

NORTH SHORE – Rotarians are busy preparing for their 42nd annual Catfish Fry and Crawfish Boil, which will be held Saturday May 20 at the North Shore Rotary Pavilion behind the courthouse.

The address is 14350 Wallisville Road. Serving of food will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. but come early and enjoy the day.

There will also be a silent and live auction, according to Adam Lund, chairman of the Fish Fry this year.

Raffle tickets are $100, and meal only tickets are $10. The raffle ticket also will be good for any of the 20 prizes, all of which have a value higher than $100.

Each year the club raises several 100,000 dollars which is returned by funding community projects.

JACINTO CITY RABIES CLINIC

City Manager Lon Squyres said, over 200 pets received their vaccinations in order to comply with the city’s law. The law requires all dogs and cats to be licensed and to have a collar with a current city tag attached to it at all times regardless if the pet is within a fence or not. Law violators are subject to a $200 fine and having their pet picked up and placed in the city’s pound. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Homeless Dog Finds A Caring Owner

Jacinto City, TX. April 22, 2017 – Jacinto City’s Health & Humane Department and North Shore Animal Hospital’s Veterinarian Francis Martin, 210 Uvalde, Houston (713- 453-0149) provided pet owners a discount for having their dogs and cats vaccinated at the annual rabies clinic.

Sheldon approves plans for New High School

VIEW OF THE FRONT FACADE OF THE NEW HIGH SCHOOL, WITH THE ROUND ENTRANCE HALL AT THE CENTER.

The Sheldon ISD school board recently approved these plans for the new high school and site development fronting Beltway 8 near Garrett Road.

The project is part of the $285 million bond issue passed by voters in May 2016, according to Superintendent King Davis.

General Contractor Durotech has begun work on the site, clearing and grading in the initial phase.

The project will include a new football stadium, parking and a water retention lake.

Davis said that the bond package also included a new sixth elementary school, technology upgrades district-wide, and conversion of C.E.King high school to a new middle school, and conversion of the middle school to an Educational Support Building. Other additions and renovations will be undertaken on existing district schools.

VIEW OF THE CAMPUS FROM BELTWAY 8. STADIUM AT LEFT, SCHOOL AT RIGHT, LAKE OR RETENTION POND IN FOREGROUND. (All drawings courtesy of Huckabee Architects.)

Greenwood fundraiser held at Royal Purple Raceway

Thousands of well-wishers congregated at the Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown last Saturday, for a benefit fund-raiser for the family of fallen Deputy Constable Clint Greenwood. Cooks boiled tons of Crawfish for the crowds. Constable Sherman Eagleton expressed his sorrow, saying “I’m so thankful that everyone came out… bringing us all together, and we’re surviving.” The benefit was the idea of Caleb Warden, and included many local cooking teams. The group has set a goal of raising $100,000 for the Greenwood family.

Man drowns near Magnolia Gardens attempting to save girl

EAST HOUSTON – A man drowned in the San Jacinto River, on Saturday about 2:30 p.m. The incident occurred near Magnolia Gardens, at Beach Street and Riverside.

Authorities said that a family was enjoying a swim, when a young girl in the group began to flounder in the water, and was drowning.

Four male members of the party jumped into the river to rescue the girl, but one of them, a 25-year-old man, drowned while trying to swim to the girl.

The San Jacinto River is notorious for a slippery bottom in the area, and swimmers are always cautioned about the dangers.

The girl was rescued and safe, according to Sheriff’s deputies. However, they had to search the river to recover the body of the man who did not survive the rescue attempt.

NORTH CHANNEL CHAMBER: Rockets Mascot “Clutch” speaks about his career

Members of the North Channel Chamber were entertained by a speaker that they knew in costume, as “Clutch the Bear” the Houston Rockets mascot, but didn’t know as a person. Robert Boudwin spoke about his personal live, including the 21 years he enjoyed and profited from being mascot Clutch, and the “craziest half hour of my life” with several personal tragedies in 2011.

Boudwin showed a video of his stunts and performances as Clutch. He said he talked his way into the job, starting at $20,000 a year and ending at $300,000 a year.

His tragedies included a father with cystos fibrosis that needed a lung transplan, a wife that left him at his time of crisis, and the sale of his house in the midst of this. Boudwin has become an advocate for organ transplants, and urged the audience to register for this cause. He said that 9.5 million people are registered in Texas to donate organs on their death. The website for this is donatelifetexas.org.

Boudwin is an accomplished performer, marketeer, coach, and producer of school shows. He estimates that in 21 years he has presented at 1750 schools.

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DEPUTY GREENWOOD’S KILLER IDENTIFIED, COMMITS SUICIDE

Bill Kenny

HOUSTON – A week after a man walked up to Assistant Chief Deputy Clinton Greenwood’s assigned parking space at the Baytown Courthouse Annex and fired twice with a pistol striking him in the neck and bulletproof vest, a suspect has been named and that man had suicided the day after the murder.

Lt. Steve Dorris of Baytown P.D. named William Francis Kenny, 64, of West Houston, as prime suspect and “Investigators also learned that the weapon Mr. Kenny used to take his own life is consistent with the weapon used in the murder of Assistant Chief Deputy Clint Greenwood.”

Dorris said Keeny was tracked through surveillance video of his vehicle.

Sources say deputies had gone to the home of Kenny when he failed to show up for a court appearance on Monday, April 10.

They learned he had been in the morgue since April 4, when apparently he shot himself near Ben Taub Hospital. His body had recently been released to the family.

Kenny had a long history of grievance against law enforcement that began on St. Valentine’s Day 2012 when a relative of his ex-wife had made an emergency call indicating that Kenny acted in a threatening manner. The deputy that made the call never charged Kenny with a crime in the apparent domestic disturbance.

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WastePits update by Jackie Young

Young discusses ground water testing with some Highlands residents.

At the monthly meetings of the San Jacinto River Coalition, and related organizations, Jackie Young brought the audience up to date on testing of water quality that is underway.

Harris County Pollution Control department is conducting what it terms “Phase II” tests on previously untested wells, and director Bob Allen has said that 148 letters were sent to known well owners seeking consent to test their wells. These wells would be specifically tested for 17 contaminates know to be related to the sludge in the Waste Pits. Allen said that they know of about 15 wells on the west side of Highlands, and about 140 wells in the Channelview area that would qualify for these tests.

Young also revealed that two chickens from Lynchburg and their eggs had been tested for contaminates. Of 21 possible heavy metals that could be detected, 18 of them were present in the eggs. This suggested a serious health problem, she said, and indicated further tests of this type were necessary.

On the EPA activities related to the Superfund site, Young said that the government agency had “been very quiet” with no new information issued. She noted that they were busy reviewing the public comments that had been submitted, including 6000 individual comments, 48,000 petition signatures, and 2800 technical comments. She indicated that in spite of the change in administration at the EPA in Washington, there is no sign that it has affected the review work in Dallas related to the Waste Pits.

Young said that the final ROD, or Record Of Decision that will be the final plan for remediation, is due by the end of 2017. It will be made public at that time, and additional comments from the public will be possible.

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Channelview FFA auction highlights successful show

Colton Taylor shows his Grand Champion Steer at the Channelview FFA Livestock Auction on Saturday, March 8. Taylor’s steer was purchased by Tubular Services for $7,500.

The 54th annual Channelview FFA Livestock Show celebrated another successful year as the auction highlighted the conclusion of the event.

Many livestock, horticulture and craft exhibits were featured during the week. In addition, the annual parade took place before the auction with the route traveling from Schochler Elementary and Channelview High School. FFA members that served in the military served as Grand Marshals of the parade.

The highlight of the auction was the bidding for Colton Taylor’s Grand Champion Steer, which earned $7,500 with Tubular Services winning bid. Kirsten Dominy’s Reserve Champion Steer was purchased for $5,000 by Channelview Glass.

Other major winners and their buyers included:

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