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LyondellBasell to build world’s largest PO/TBA Plant in Channelview Complex

LyondellBasell has made the final investment decision to build the world’s largest PO/TBA plant at its Channelview Complex. The $2.4 billion project is the company’s single-largest capital investment to date and upon completion, will produce an anticipated 1 billion pounds of propylene oxide and 2.2 billion pounds of tertiary butyl alcohol annually.

HOUSTON and LONDON – July 21, 2017 -LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB), one of the world’s largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies, today announced the final investment decision to build the world’s largest propylene oxide (PO) and tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) plant in the Houston area. The project is estimated to cost approximately $2.4 billion, representing the single-largest capital investment in the company’s history. At the peak of construction, the project is expected to create up to 2,500 jobs and approximately 160 permanent positions when operational.

“This world-scale project is a key part of our organic growth strategy which is designed to meet rising global demand for both urethanes and cleaner-burning oxyfuels while creating real, long-term value for our shareholders,” said Bob Patel, CEO of LyondellBasell. “Our investment in this plant combines the best of both worlds: our leading PO/ TBA process technology with proximity to low-cost feedstocks, which gives LyondellBasell a competitive advantage in the global marketplace for these products.”

“We are pleased that LyondellBasell continues to view the Houston area as important to their global operations, creating jobs and opportunities for Houstonians,” said Bob Harvey, president and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership.” This new project further advances Houston’s position as a global hub of petrochemical manufacturing, leveraging Houston’s strategic access to the Americas and top markets around the world.”

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Rep. Hernandez Files Legislation to support teachers, retirees

AUSTIN, TX – July 20, 2017 – Governor Abbott added additional items to his special session call, including measures to “increase the salary and benefits (including TRS-Care) of Texas teachers.”

Answering this new item on the call, Representative Ana Hernandez (D Houston) has filed House Bill 246, which would provide a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) tied to the Consumer Price Index for all TRS retirees.

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EKG heart screening takes main stage

Scott Stephens addresses North Shore Rotarians at Bill’s Barn in the Murff Estates in Crosby on July 20. Stephens added new information concerning House Bill 204 as rekindled by Education Committee Chairman Dan Huberty.

CROSBY – Scott Stephens & Associates, real estates appraisers held an open house at their new office on Bohemian Hall Road near Krenek and afterwards treated members of the press and North Shore Rotarians to a fried chicken dinner at Bill’s Barn on Murff Estates.

Stephens recently moved his office to Crosby and now can be found at 15021 Bohemian Hall Road. After a complete tour of the new state of the art office, the dinner commenced and afterward speaking began concerning the upcoming Free Heart Screening to be held at the Crosby Community Center on August 12 sponsored by Post Oak Bank and the Cody Stephens Memorial Foundation. One thing learned was that participants can sign up for the screening at www.codystephensfoundation.org. Donations are needed to carry on the work and will be accepted at the screening. Then on August 26 the Go Big or Go Home Foundation Fundraiser will be held at the David H. McNerney American Legion Hall Post 658 at 14890 FM 2100.

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Jacinto City Police seek persons of interest in burglary

Jacinto City police is seeking information and the identity of persons of interest in connection with the burglary of the Fuel Express (Market and Deli) on Holland.

Police answering a burglary alarm discovered the store front glass had been broken open and merchandise was taken. Video security cameras did record the persons of interest.

Police Chief Ayala said anyone who recognizes either of the persons in the photo or who has any information should call him confidentially at 713-672-2455.

Jacinto City Police warn of pedophile in local market

Police in Jacinto City are searching for a man who has been approaching young girls and forcing them to look at pornography on his cell phone.

The most recent incident was at the Seller Bros. store on Market Street on Monday, July 24, when he approached a 9-year-old. Other reports said he did the same thing in stores last March.

JC Detective Sgt. Betty Silva said, “This guy’s dangerous,” and that they need to get this man behind bars. He is described as Hispanic, 5 foot 8 inches, black gelled hair, black mustache.

GALENA PARK/JACINTO CITY Rotary holds installation, awards

GALENA PARK/JACINTO CITY ROTARY CLUB installed new officers on Wednesday July 19, and honored its Rotarians of the Year. In the photo above are Rotarian of the Year Eileen Brightwell, new president Bryan Clements, District 5890 Governor Bill Palko, who installed the new board and officers, and Rotarian of the Year Maria Rodriguez.

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NORTH SHORE ROTARY: New officers, new goals

NORTH SHORE ROTARY PRESIDENT
ADAM LUND

North Shore Rotary Club has installed its new officers and board for the 2017-2018 year, with District 5890 Governor Bill Palko conducting the swearing in.

At the club luncheon on July 13, new president Adam Lund talked about his journey to become president, and reviewed his goals for the coming year. Lund is a vice president at Capital Bank in charge of lending.

He reminded the club of the national motto for this year, “Rotary: Making A Difference.” He suggested that a goal for this year would be to plant trees in the community. He also wants to grow the membership from 75 to 100.

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JACINTO CITY RECOGNIZES HONOR STUDENTS

Left to right back row: Council Members Gregg Robinson, JJ Rivas, Allen Lee, Mario Gonzales, and Carmela Garcia. Left to right front row: Ana G. Ayarzagoita, Mariana Mayorga, Angelica Rodriguez, Carla Benavides, Mayor Ana Diaz, Shelby Loya, Andrea Marroquin, Jailene Salinas, and Jesus J. Armenta Jr. Not present from Furr High School: Lizbeth V. Hernandez and Chantha Mak. Not present Galena Park High School: Daniel Nieto, Angelica L. Torres, Juliana E. Martinez Strain, Victor Carpio, Bianca A. Ibarra, Adriana N. Cano, Gisselle Gonzalez, Samuel L. Villa, and Lidia Almeda. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Jacinto City, TX — Thursday, June 22, 2017 — At the City Council meeting the city hosted and recognized the Top 10% scholars residing in the city from Galena Park High School and Furr High School. The diverse group of scholars will be pursuing careers ranging from criminal justice to engineering to education. They are a microcosm of what Jacinto City is all about, hard work, values, integrity, and perseverance. The students received a certificate of achievement, a Jacinto City lapel pin and embroidered city cap. Cake and refreshments were provided to students and citizens in attendance.

City Manager Lon Squyres reported a 75/25% Community Development Block Grant to fund the engineering study cost for water line replacement for the streets east of Kerby to Holland Avenue. The total projected cost if approved is 1.2 million with the city paying 25% or $30,000.

Squyres issued a plea for residents to help control mosquito breeding in their neighborhoods by keeping their grass mowed and removing water in any outside containers. Citizens allowing their lawns to exceed 9 inches in height is subject to a fine. There are reports that six pregnant women in Harris County have the Zika virus which deforms the baby’s brain.

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City, state recognize San Jacinto College as Aspen Award finalist

The City of Houston proclaimed May 16, 2017 as San Jacinto College in the city. Pictured, left to right: Francisco Bautista, 2017 San Jacinto College graduate; Dave Martin, Council Member, City of Houston, District E; Marie Flickinger, Chair, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees; Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor, San Jacinto College; Cheryl Curtis, 2017 San Jacinto College graduate; Sylvester Turner, Mayor, City of Houston; Dan Mims, Vice Chair, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees; Dwight Boykins, Council Member, City of Houston. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng Mansyur, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations and government affairs department.

PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College continues to receive recognition from local and state elected officials and leaders for being named an Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star recipient.

State leaders Sen. Sylvia Garcia (TX-6), Rep. Greg Bonnen, MD (TX-24), and Rep. Mary Ann Perez (TX-144) each congratulated the College with resolutions and recognitions from the state. City of Houston Councilmen Dwight Boykins (District D) and Dave Martin (District E) presented the College with a proclamation declaring May 16, 2017 as San Jacinto College Day in Houston.

“On behalf of our Board of Trustees, faculty and staff, and our students, I want to thank our elected officials and the City of Houston for these recognitions,” said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor. “This award is not something we sought, but rather a result of the hard work and dedication of everyone at San Jacinto College to ensure that our students finish what they came here to start.”

As a 2017 Aspen Prize finalist, San Jacinto College is recognized as one of the top five – out of more than 1,100 – community colleges in the nation. To read more about the College’s Aspen Prize honor, visit sanjac.edu/aspenprize.

Channelview Rising Star Teachers of the Year

The Rising Star Teachers of the Year were announced at the Channelview ISD Employee Recognition Ceremony. Educators honored were, standing from left, Senae Harris (McMullan Elementary), Claudette Best (Brown Elementary), Candy Ramirez (Pre-Kindergarten), Jessica Amaya-Curiel (Crenshaw Elementary) and Anthony Nutt (Kolarik Ninth Grade Center). Sitting from left are Geovanna Hernandez (Cobb Elementary), Jasmin Moreno (Schochler Elementary), Kaitlyn Grant (Aguirre Junior High), Manolito Smith (Alice Johnson Junior High) and Marina McKinney (DeZavala Elementary). Not pictured: Krista Simpson (Channelview High School), Jesus Villegas (Campbell Learning Center) and Angelica Armenta (Hamblen Elementary).