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51st Annual Livestock Show & Sale: Channelview FFA Livestock Show grows in size and scope

Grand champion Steer shown by Colton Taylor

The Channelview FFA held its 51st annual Livestock Show at the Allen Hall Fairgrounds in Channelview on April 2nd through 5th. The community event highlights projects from the members of the Future Farmers of America and the 4-H Club. Students compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships through the show and auction of livestock projects.

The FFA has been a part of the Channelview ISD educational landscape since the mid 1960s. Over the last 50 years, the FFA’s livestock show has grown in both size and scope.

“In the early days, everything happened under one large event tent,” said Allen Hall, retired Channelview agricultural sciences teacher, director of vocational education, and director of transportation (1965-1998). “The first one I helped with was 30 ft by 60 ft, and was set up behind the old high school.”

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NORTH SHORE ROTARY: Winning Raffle Ticket goes to Shari Bigelow of North Shore

winning raffle ticket

DECISIONS, DECISIONS. Shari Bigelow, second from left, had the winning ticket last Saturday at the North Shore Rotary Fish Fry and Raffle, and had her choice of a new Toyota Avalon auto or Toyota Tundra pick-up truck, and was leaning toward the truck. The vehicles were provided by Community Toyota of Baytown. With the winner is Rotarian Jim Mills of Pineforest Jewelry, at center her husband Randall Rojas, and at right North Shore Rotary Fish Fry chairwoman Allatia Harris. Hundreds attended the annual Catfish Fry and Crawfish Boil at the North Shore Rotary pavilion on Wallisville.

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NORTH SHORE ROTARY ANNUAL EVENT: Fish Fry draws big crowd, big dollars

Rotary Event Chair Allatia Harris, and past president Derrill Painter, pull the winning Raffle ticket at the end of the afternoon, after much anticipation and drama. The Winner was Shai Bigelow and husband Randall Rojas. They have their choice of a new Toyota pick-up or Sedan from Community Toyota.
Rotary Event Chair Allatia Harris, and past president Derrill Painter, pull the winning Raffle ticket at the end of the afternoon, after much anticipation and drama. The Winner was Shai Bigelow and husband Randall Rojas. They have their choice of a new Toyota pick-up or Sedan from Community Toyota.

NORTH SHORE – A large crowd gathered at the Rotary North Shore pavilion on Wallisville last Saturday, for the 39th Annual Catfish Fry & Crawfish Boil.

Chairwoman Allatia Harris declared it a big success, with over $300,000 raised for the club’s community events for the coming year.

Live and silent auctions had hundreds of big ticket items, eagerly bid on by the audience. About 1500 raffle tickets at $100 each were sold, with 20 valuable prizes awarded, including a new vehicle. And over a thousand catfish and crawfish dinners were served, as the afternoon progressed.

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San Jacinto Pilot Club presents scholarships to local students

San Jacinto Pilot club members Joan Van Fleet, Winn Richbourg and Darlienne Hamilton-Powell join scholarship recipients.
San Jacinto Pilot club members Joan Van Fleet, Winn Richbourg and Darlienne Hamilton-Powell join scholarship recipients.

San Jacinto Pilot Club is proud to announce the winners of this year’s scholarships.

Recipients were honored at a banquet held at Woodforest Presbyterian Church on Thursday, May 15, 2014. Julie Fallin, President, welcomed the winners and their families, while Rev. Cassandra Dahnke offered the opening prayer. The club is proud to be able to give out $14,000 in scholarships this year. The following are the scholarship recipients:

Galena Park High School
Selena Garza
Arianna Ibarra
Cristian Garcia
Leslie Gallegos

C. E. King High School
Jassury Ceballos
Veronica Gomez
Jahzeel Galvan

Channelview High School
Adriana Galindo

North Shore Senior High School
Joshua T. Matthews
Lela S. Culpepper

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COMMUNITY PROFILE: Local jeweler travels 8,000 miles to purchase diamonds in Belgium

Jim Mills and his wife Linda select diamonds at Antwerp, Belgium before bringing them to Pineforest Jewelry.
Jim Mills and his wife Linda select diamonds at Antwerp, Belgium before bringing them to Pineforest Jewelry.

Diamond Jim & Linda Mills of Pineforest Jewelry in Houston recently returned from a buying trip to the Diamond Capital of the World — Antwerp, Belgium — where two-thirds of the world’s diamonds are traded. While there, Diamond Jim & Linda had the unique opportunity to buy direct from the major Antwerp cutters and pass significant savings on to customers in the Houston area. Diamond Jim & Linda louped and handpicked all the diamonds purchased in Antwerp, Belgium.

Pineforest Jewelry has direct access to the Antwerp diamond trade as the area’s exclusive Master IJO Jeweler member of the Independent Jewelers Organization (IJO), an international Buying Group and Educational Organization for retail jewelers. IJO has almost 900 members in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Australia & the U.S. Virgin Islands, and maintains buying offices in Antwerp for the use of its members.

“It is generally out of reach for a single jewelry store or small chain to buy direct in Antwerp,” said Diamond Jim. “One of the benefits of our IJO membership is that we become a direct importer of Antwerp diamonds and can save our customers the normal middleman’s fee.”

“We are excited about opening a window on the international diamond world and look forward to making some diamond dreams come true for our customers!” Linda Mills added.

Stop by Pineforest Jewelry to take a look at the most beautiful diamonds in the world at exceptional values.

ELECTIONS IN GALENA PARK, JACINTO CITY: Moya, Thibodeaux in Mayoral run-off

Jacinto City incumbents return to Council

A close race for Mayor in Galena Park was the highlight of this year’s city elections, in both Galena Park and Jacinto City. As shown in the box to the right, Esmeralda Moya led a field of four candidates with 260 votes, but that was not enough to avoid a run-off for the position with Joseph Thibodeaux. The city will decide at their council meeting on May 20th when the run-off will be held, and where voting will take place.

In other races, incumbent Councilman Danny Simms was returned to office, and newcomers Lois Killough, and Mericela Serna won seats at the GP council table. Position #4 had 3 candidates, none of which had a majority, so that will result in a run-off between the top two candidates, Juan Flores, Jr. and Martha Flores. It was notable that Killough garnered the most votes of any candidate by far, with 394 cast in her favor.

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Kinder Morgan’s new plant a “Game Changer”

GALENA PARK TO RECEIVE $1.4 MILLION IN TAX REVENUE ANNUALLY, NEW JOBS 

GALENA PARK – At the May meeting of the CIP, or Community-Industry Partnership, attendees learned of a huge new plant being constructed at the east edge of Galena Park, by Kinder Morgan, known as a Condensate Processing Facility.

Plant Manager Derrick Bockius told the details of the plant, and showed slides of the site and the equipment.

He said that the new “Splitter” would cost $370 million to build, and generate hundreds of temporary construction jobs and 23 full time positions. This is in addition to the 400+ employees that now work for Kinder-Morgan in the Galena Park area. Given industry standards, the community can expect another 150 jobs to be created in support of this plant by other businesses.

Tax revenue paid by Kinder-Morgan for this plant will have an enormous impact on local government. Bockius said that they estimate property tax revenue to the City of Galena Park at $1.4 million annually, and $2 million to the school district. Another $900,000 would be paid to Harris County.

Kinder-Morgan currently has several large terminal operations in Galena Park or the immediate area. A pipeline is being built that will bring more crude to the area for processing.

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North Shore HS to host first TEDx event

North Shore Senior High School is proud to host their first ever TEDxYouth@NSSH event on Tuesday May 20, 2014 from 8:00 am – 2:30 pm in the North Shore Senior High School auditorium. This inaugural event will showcase a diverse and dynamic range of speakers, young and old, coming together around the theme of problems and solutions, however big or small.

A TEDx event is a local gathering where live TED-like talks and videos previously recorded at TED conferences are shared with the community. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis. The content and design of each TEDx event is unique and developed independently, but all of them have features in common.

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Elections will result in new mayor, councils

GALENA PARK CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES: (L to R): At the recent Candidates Forum, these Council Candidates presented their qualifications: Position #1 Water & Sewer: Joe DeLaTorre; Position #2 Police & Fire: Lois Killough; Position #3 Parks & Recreation: Maricela Serna, Veronica Garcia; Position #4 Street & Bridge: Mark Groba, Juan Flores, Martha Flores. NOT SHOWN, Position #1 Danny Simms, Position #2 Zenaida Granados.
GALENA PARK CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES: (L to R): At the recent Candidates Forum, these Council Candidates presented their qualifications: Position #1 Water & Sewer: Joe DeLaTorre; Position #2 Police & Fire: Lois Killough; Position #3 Parks & Recreation: Maricela Serna, Veronica Garcia; Position #4 Street & Bridge: Mark Groba, Juan Flores, Martha Flores. NOT SHOWN, Position #1 Danny Simms, Position #2 Zenaida Granados.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Information on GP Mayoral candidates appeared last week in the North Channel STAR.

Election day for Galena Park and Jacinto City will be this Saturday, May 10. Locations to vote are detailed later in this article.

Jacinto City will elect three city council members, with newcomers challenging incumbents in all three seats. These are: Position #1 Parks & Recreation, incumbent Jimmy Rivas faces Diego Lopez; Position #2 Finance & City Hall incumbent Gregg Robinson faces challenger LaGloria Sephus; and Position #3 Police & Fire incumbent Allen Lee faces Raymond Morlock. Voting takes place at the Town Center from 7 am to 7 pm.

In Galena Park, the mayor’s seat and all the council positions are to be elected. To help the voters make a decision, the North Channel STAR and the GP-JC Rotary Club held a Candidates’ Forum last Friday night, April 25th.

Candidates were given an opportunity to present their qualifications and their ideas for their office, and then answer questions from a panel and the public. About 100 people were in the audience for this event, held at Baggett Community Center.

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Congressman Green pushes Legislation for LNG exports

Congressman Gene Green
Congressman Gene Green

There are fifteen proposed LNG export facilities awaiting permits from the Department of Energy. Under an amendment to the bill proposed by Congressman Gene Green, the Energy Department would have to approve or deny a permit within ninety days of the close of the public comment period.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has passed a bill to speed up the permitting process for facilities to export liquefied natural gas, or LNG.

The committee passed the bill on a vote of 33-18, with bipartisan support. The measure now moves to the floor of the House for a vote of the full chamber.

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