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HC WCID #36 GROUNDBREAKING: Water District to get new Tower

Harris County Water Control & Improvement District #36 has a water storage tank facility at Freeport and Brownwood streets. There is both a ground storage tank, an elevated tank, and pumps and emergency gen- erators at the site. In the com- ing months, the Water District will remove the elevated tank and replace it with a much larg- er new tank. The old tank is over 65 years old, and needs re- placed.
Harris County Water Control & Improvement District #36 has a water storage tank facility at Freeport and Brownwood streets. There is both a ground storage tank, an elevated tank, and pumps and emergency generators at the site. In the coming months, the Water District will remove the elevated tank and replace it with a much larger new tank. The old tank is over 65 years old, and needs replaced.

CLOVERLEAF – Customers of HC WCID#36 will soon have an upgrade in their water service, according to general manager Billie Vasquez. The District is planning on replacing their old elevated storage tank with a new one, with a larger capacity.

The old tank, purchased from the “Old Ordinance Depot” in Jacinto Port over 65 years ago, had a capacity of 150,000 gallons. It has been refurbished and standpipes have been replaced over the years. The new one, being built in South Dakota by Maguire Iron, will have a capacity of 250,000 gallons. It will be erected by the contractor, W.W. Payton Corp., this summer after the old tank is tipped over and replaced.

The project is jointly financed by a HUD/CDBG grant from the Harris County Community Services Department of $1,178,622, and a matching grant from the Water District of $295,000.

Board members of HCWCID#36 break ground, symbolically, for the new Elevated Storage Tank. Pictured left to right, Gerardo Leal, Ronald Holder, Maria Koukoulakis, Gerardo Parra (president), and Ola Mae Watts. Water District Manager is Billie Vasquez.
Board members of HCWCID#36 break ground, symbolically, for the new Elevated Storage Tank. Pictured left to right, Gerardo Leal, Ronald Holder, Maria Koukoulakis, Gerardo Parra (president), and Ola Mae Watts. Water District Manager is Billie Vasquez.

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Scott Stephens partners with local hospital for heart screenings

Cody Stephens in a red t-shirt with his father, Scott Stephens, in a football field prior to Cody’s sudden death.
Cody Stephens in a red t-shirt with his father, Scott Stephens, in a football field prior to Cody’s sudden death.

Houston, TX – Art Garza, Chief Operating Officer of East Houston Regional Medical Center announced the East Houston Regional Medical Center’s partnership with the Cody Stephens “Go Big or Go Home” Memorial Foundation and area independent school districts to provide electrocardiograms (EKGs) for students who participate in school sports and other extracurricular activities.

In 2012 with only two months before the 6’9” 289-pound Cody Stephens was slated to join a college football team, he sat down to rest and died of sudden cardiac arrest. He was 18 years old, and he would have received a required EKG by his college football team, a procedure which might have identified his heart problem.

Scott Stephens, Cody’s father, approached East Houston Regional Medical Center with a proposal that resulted in 2,216 EKG screenings last year. The staff at East Houston Regional Medical Center agreed to provide the screenings as a pro bono service.

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AG EDUCATION: Sheldon FFA raises scholarship dollars at Livestock Sale

Contributed by Ashley Shibley

Sheldon ISD’s Future Farmers of America Show is a Huge Success!

GRAND CHAMPION STEER was exhibited by Ryan Rodriguez, left, and purchased by Fred Rivas.
GRAND CHAMPION STEER was exhibited by Ryan Rodriguez, left, and
purchased by Fred Rivas.

The Sheldon Independent School District is proud of the Sheldon Future Farmers of America students for hosting an open livestock show for local competitors!

All in all, there were 132 entries in the Steer, Heifer, Lamb, Goat, and Swine shows. The show gave the students the opportunity to give their animals’ ringside exposure. The students also got the chance to practice their showmanship skills, as they prepare to show their animals in future shows.

The Sheldon FFA students not only played host, but they also competed in this year’s show. The Sheldon FFA had over 50 entries, thanks to the addition of a few new categories. The categories included Steers, Heifer, Lamb, Goats, Swine, Rabbits, Chickens, Ag Mech, Horticulture, Decorated Cake, and Food Shows. The new categories were a hit with the students who want to be involved, but do not wish to raise an animal.

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UIL CLASS 5A BASKETBALL: North Shore Mustangs are STATE CHAMPIONS!

GALENA PARK NORTH SHORE MUSTANG team members gather for a ceremonial photo, with their UIL Championship Trophies, after the 57-45 win over Converse Judson last Saturday, in the Final Playoff game of the series at Frank Erwin Center in Austin. (Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Frey/GPISD)
GALENA PARK NORTH SHORE MUSTANG team members gather for a ceremonial photo, with their UIL Championship Trophies, after the 57-45 win over Converse Judson last Saturday, in the Final Playoff game of the series at Frank Erwin Center in Austin. (Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Frey/GPISD)

AUSTIN – Coach David Green’s North Shore Mustangs easily defeated the Converse Judson team 57-45 in the final playoff game to take the State Title in Class 5A basketball. This is the first time North Shore has won the title, but they competed in 1991 and 1997.

The Mustangs won their two tournament games with defensive pressure and controlling the tempo of the game. Although they were outsized by the taller Judson team, they forced 18 turnovers and managed almost as many rebounds.

North Shore’s season record is now 35-3. Outstanding play was spread among the team, with Jarrey Foster with 16 points, Kerwin Roach 15 points, and the coach’s son Brandon Green with 11 points.

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Three bodies found after house fire on Westmont

Arson investigators and firefighters search through the debris of the house for two more bodies last Friday morning in the 500 block of Westmont. The house was once a two-story A-Frame. Now only the front staircase is intact. (North Channel Star Photo/Hoffman)
Arson investigators and firefighters search through the debris of the house for two more bodies last Friday morning in the 500 block of Westmont. The house was once a two-story A-Frame. Now only the front staircase is intact. (North Channel Star Photo/Hoffman)

HOUSTON – A house fire took the lives of 3 people last Thursday, March 6, 2014 in east Houston.

Firefighters were dispatched around 4 pm to a house located in the 500 block of Westmont at Redondo. According to the Houston Fire Department, when firemen arrived, the flames had covered the house completely. It took firefighters about two hours to extinguish the flames; the damage to the house made it difficult for arson investigators and firefighters to go inside the house and search for any victims. After inspecting the scene, the bodies of 25-year-old Slade Feige, his mother, 63-year-old Gwen Feige and Slade’s mother-in-law, Gina Mims were found inside the house.

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SERVICE ABOVE SELF: Mattress Mack talks about service at North Shore Rotary

JIM McINGVALE, often known as “Mattress Mack” from Gallery Furniture, talks about people he has known that epitomize the Rotary idea of “Service Above Self.” Looking on is North Shore Rotary president Matt Davis. The club is known throughout the district for its outstanding service to its community.
JIM McINGVALE, often known as “Mattress Mack” from Gallery Furniture, talks about people he has known that epitomize the Rotary idea of “Service Above Self.” Looking on is North Shore Rotary president Matt Davis. The club is known throughout the district for its outstanding service to its community.

Jim McIngvale often speaks at public functions, and tells the story about his early years starting a furniture business, and relating the concepts of customer service and hard work that have made his business so successful.

But last Thursday, March 6th he was speaking to the North Shore Rotary club about their motto, “Service Above Self.” Expanding on this theme, McIngvale illustrated the concept with four stories from people in his own life experiences.

The first story he told was about two heart surgeons, Dr. Billie Combs, and noted heart surgeon Dr. Bud Frasier, chief of heart surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital. Mack first met Combs when he was an intern and needed some furniture for an overworked and under-equipped staff. He came to Gallery Furniture, and asked for mattresses and chairs, which Mack donated. The next time Mack saw Combs was almost 30 years later, when his brother was in St. Luke’s with heart problems. Frasier and Combs were his physicians, and Mack said he saw how hard Frasier worked, and how dedicated he was to his patients, giving all his time and attention to their care. “Why do you work so hard?” queried McIngvale, and Frasier answered “We work for the Patient.” Frasier is 74 years old, and has not slowed down.

Mack sees this as a great example of the Rotary motto, “A Life Built for Others – Service Above Self.”

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COMMUNITY PROFILE: Local artist Abby Gough to sing at Houston Rodeo March 13

Abby Gough will perform at Houston Rodeo
Abby Gough will perform at Houston Rodeo

Houston Country pop singer-songwriter, Abby Gough, will be performing at Rodeo Houston on March 13 with her band, Southern Fire. The 2 hour show will kick off at 7:30pm on the Statoil Stars Over Texas Stage.

Abby, a native of the North Channel area, started performing at age nine. At 17 years old, she is already a veteran of country music. She has had well over 100 performances at over 75 different venues. She has performed at local venues such as Kemah Boardwalk, Warehouse Live and Moody Gardens to Hard Rock Café, Tootsies Orchid Lounge and Coyote Ugly in Nashville, Tn. She has performed on KHOU’S Great Day Houston twice and recorded several music television segments including her most recent filming in February, 2014, with her band, for Houston’s Own Country Television Showcase.

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Dear Editor

I like news about our community, the obituaries because some people cannot afford the other papers. Please add some news of the churches revivals and such.

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I enjoy the local news. Please add “Beta Sigma Phi” news. They give scholarships to San Jacinto College.

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It’s great to have a local newspaper again. We look forward to every issue.

Brian Bernelle

North Shore 5A Basketball Champions!

NORTH SHORE BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM WIN STATE FINALS

The North Shore Mustangs, District Champions, defeated Converse Judson 57-45 in the 5A Boys’ Basketball State Final Playoff on Saturday, March 8, 2014.

The North Shore Mustangs are now the 2014 5A Boys’ Basketball State Champions!

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North Shore basketball Mustangs play in finals in Austin this week

Pictured: North Shore Mustangs Jarrey Foster #25, left, and Marion Roy #15, right. (Submitted photos)
Pictured: North Shore Mustangs Jarrey Foster #25, left, and Marion Roy #15, right. (Submitted photos)

The District Champion North Shore Mustangs boys basketball team defeated Cy-Lakes High School 75-52 in the 5A Boys Basketball Regional Semi-Finals on Friday, February 28, 2014.

The following day, the Mustangs defeated Fort Bend Bush 60-58 in a hard fought regional final game. The state championship title is now only two victories away.

North Shore will battle the DeSoto Eagles in the semi-final round at 3:00 pm on Friday, March 7th at the University of Texas, Frank Erwin Center.

The winner of that game will move on to play the winner of Converse Judson and Allen on Saturday, 8:30 pm in the Frank Erwin Center.

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Trail Ride goes through North Shore, Sheldon

TRAIL BOSS Anthony Bruno expresses his grief to an interviewer, after one of the founders of the Northeastern Trail died of a heart attack the morning before they camped in Houston. Northeastern Trail Ride included 12 wagons and almost 300 riders from the area.
TRAIL BOSS Anthony Bruno expresses his grief to an interviewer, after one of the founders of the Northeastern Trail died of a heart attack the morning before they camped in Houston. Northeastern Trail Ride included 12 wagons and almost 300 riders from the area.

Tragedy befalls group as one of founders dies

ON THE TRAIL – Thirteen Trail Ride groups started toward Houston and the big Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo last week. One of these ride groups was the Northeastern Trail Riders, starting in Cheek, Texas on February 23rd. The group consists of 12 wagons, about 300 riders, and lots of support vehicles and campers.

The Trail Riders covered 108 miles in their ride, stopping in Cheeks, Devers, Raywood, Dayton, Crosby, and North Forest in Houston. Thursday they travelled down old US90, Beaumont Highway, stopping at Sheldeon Ag barn and greeting the North Shore public along the way.

In Crosby they had camped overnight at the Fairgrounds on Wednesday night, Feb. 26th. The next morning, Thursday, they broke camp and headed for their next to last stop in Houston. However, they received word that one of their group, Robert Joe, 79 had suffered an apparent heart attack that morning at the campgrounds on Parker, and was taken to LBJ hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Joe was one of the last two founders of this trail ride group, who with eight friends has started it in 1982. Association secretary Barbara Williams said that Joe told his son and wife he was hurting, and they called an ambulance.

In honor of Joe, the trail ride continued with his wagon as part of the parade. Coincidentally it was styled to resemble an old hearse, painted in black. Later in the day current trail boss Anthony Bruno recalled Joe’s contributions, and how he was an important part of the Northeaster Trail Ride association.

RIDERS from the Northeastern Trail Ride near their last stop, at the Triangle 7 Arena on Parker Road in Houston. They spent the previous night camped at the Fairgrounds in Crosby, Texas.
RIDERS from the Northeastern Trail Ride near their last stop, at the Triangle 7 Arena on Parker Road in Houston. They spent the previous night camped at the Fairgrounds in Crosby, Texas.
THE WAGON HEARSE of Robert Joe continued in the Trail Ride, after the untimely death of Mr. Joe.
THE WAGON HEARSE of Robert Joe continued in the Trail Ride, after the untimely death of Mr. Joe.

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