The 55th annual Channelview FFA Livestock Show celebrated another successful year as the auction highlighted the conclusion of the event at the Allen Hall Fairgrounds on April 7.
Many livestock, horticulture and craft exhibits were featured during the week. Auction highlights included the bidding of the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion steers. Madisyn Beach’s Grand Champion Steer earned $5,500 with a winning bid by Channelview Glass. Colton Taylor’s Reserve Champion Steer was purchased for $8,000 by Yates Remodeling.
After the Channelview High School Falcon Marching Band was involved in a major bus accident while returning home from Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. on March 13, they are receiving some help from many friends.
Goose Creek CISD, La Porte ISD, Pasadena ISD, Sheldon ISD and Texas City ISD are all lending equipment to the Channelview Band until they are able to replace the instruments that were destroyed in the crash. The instruments will quickly be put to good use as Falcon Band members are scheduled to participate in the University Interscholastic League Wind Ensemble contest April 25-27.
In addition, North Shore Senior High School Band Director Shane Gorforth and Crosby High School Band Director Kevin Knight are working together with the Channelview Band to prepare them for the UIL Wind Ensemble event. Falcon Band Director Aaron suffered major injuries in the bus accident and is recovering at an area rehabilitation facility.
“We are very appreciative of everyone’s willingness to help out,” said Jennifer Tunink, Channelview ISD’s fine arts director. “The outpouring of support from so many districts, businesses and the community has truly been a blessing to all of us.”
In a world where so many people are stressed out and have way too much on their “plate”, I am thankful for those who do not understand the word “no”. Last week, our community was rocked with the horror of the Channelview Band bus accident, yet in the midst of this, we all saw some amazing people step up as well as those who just stay ready to help.
From the pastors and ministers involved with the Channelview Ministry Team, to the School Board Members, Band Alumni and community members, love was felt EVERYWHERE. I cannot say enough about how Superintendent Greg Ollis cares about the students and the community. He was running on prayers as I know he did not take time to eat. From the morning of the accident and continuing daily, he has been the lighthouse in the midst of the pain. There were several members of the Crisis Chaplaincy of Texas present and these individuals under the direction of Lunetta Mitchell were a blessing to the families who were waiting to hear from loved one. Among those volunteers was Diane Collette Pinkney, who happens to also be a bus driver for CISD. To say that Diane loves her job is an understatement.
Over the past decade, I have seen her pray for the children that she transports to and from school as well as support them in their activities and love on them as a surrogate grandmother.
School Board Members who continued to communicate with the community and be present to join the Prayer Gatherings for the students and families were invaluable. Steve Dennis is to be commended for the pride he has in the District and the Community. Even when he is not in the best of health, he is there to remind us to pray for the families and support the schools. Greg Johnstone, Patrick Lacy, Kyle Campbell, and the other board members.
Pastors such as Johnny Brady, Irvin Clark, Rob Morris, Byron Murray, Christopher Shackleford, Charlie Tutt and Kent Wilson are often referred to as my brothers because each one of them has been there for me over the years when I have needed a pastor to encourage or direct me in some way. Each of these amazing men where present last Tuesday as we waited on the students.
Truly what blessed me even more was the young people who showed up to support the students. Nico Izaguirre is a 2017 graduate of Channelview High School as well as a current student at San Jacinto College and he was present to comfort and support the families as we waited on the bus to arrive. Later that evening he was one of the young adults who led the group in prayer for the healing of the group. It is no surprise that he and his mom were among the supporters at Chick-fil-A on Tuesday. Joseph DeCola who operates both the Wallisville and the I-10 locations is another angel among us. He donated all profit from both locations and it totaled more than $8400 to help the Channelview Band. Other restaurants in the area are planning similar fundraisers.
While others may think they live in the best community, those of us who are a part of the North Channel Area truly are the most blessed. I love you and there is NOTHING you can do about it.
CHANNELVIEW – Parents and school officials were shocked to hear early Tuesday morning that a chartered bus, with 46 students and adults from Channelview, had left the I-10 roadway in Alabama, and plunged down a 50 foot drop into a ravine, injuring most of the passengers and killing the bus driver.
Two buses, chartered from First Class Tours in Aldine, were bringing the Falcon band members back from a vacation and performance at Disney World park in Florida. It was the second, or trailing bus, that had the accident.
Authorities said that the scene did not show any indication that the bus tried to stop or swerve. The path led through the grassy median and over an embankment and a drop of over 50 feet into a ravine.
Alabama state trooper John Malone indicated that the driver, Harry Caligone may have been “unresponsive” prior to the crash, leading to speculation that he actually died of a medical problem such as a heart attack. However, family members said that he had recently passed a physical exam and was healthy.
The accident happened at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, while it was still dark. Authorities said that after the initial 9-1-1 calls, about a dozen fire and EMS departments responded from nearby cities, and about 5 helicopters were used to transport injured people. The bus held about 40 students, age 1518, and six adults. Those injured were taken to 10 area hospitals, according to later reports. Most victims were treated at Sacred Heart hospital in Pensacola, where two remained in serious but not life threatening condition.
Students reported that they were thrown through the air, landed on top of each other, or wedged under the seats. They used the light from cell phones to help get out of the overturned bus. It was dark, cold, and lonely at the bottom of that ravine.
Interstate I-10 was shut down in both directions during the rescue operation, and did not reopen for about 10 hours, causing massive traffic problems in Alabama and the Florida panhandle.
The lead bus, which had stopped briefly when the accident occured, continued westward and arrived in Channelview about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, where it was met by parents and school officials.
Meanwhile, injured students had been taken to about 10 hospitals in the Mobile and Pensacola areas, and were later gathered at Coastal Church in Daphne, Alabama awaiting transportation back to Channelview. Many chose not to ride in a bus or car, and were put on planes. Others waited for their parents to arrive, and take them safely back home.
One of the more seriously injured passengers was the band director, Aaron Allison, with multiple injuries that required surgery. He had been the last person removed from the overturned bus, almost 3-1/2 hours after the crash.
Channelview ISD superintendent kept parents and media informed of news from the site, and the district issued the following statement:
“First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers go out to our students, employees, and families that have been affected by this tragedy. As you are well aware, a charter bus carrying Channelview High School band students was involved in an accident returning from Florida early this morning. At this time, we have been able to confirm that 40 students and 6 adults from Channelview were on the bus at the time of the accident. We are aware of numerous injuries. We are now focused on getting everyone back safely to our community. We are extremely grateful for the first responders, hospital employees, and volunteers from churches and schools in Alabama and Florida that have stepped up to help our students and comfort them though this difficult situation. Those communities have opened their hearts and arms to our children and employees. They have provided resources, support, and a safe and welcoming environment while we work through the logistics of reuniting our families. We also want to thank our state and local officials who have all reached out to help us. Governor Abbott, Senator Sylvia Garcia, Commissioner Jack Morman, Representative Ana Hernandez, and Precinct 3 Constable Sherman Eagleton have all reached out to offer support and assistance.”
Authorities said that the bus company and the driver had better than average safety records, and their fleet of 58 buses seem to be well maintained. The company employs about 94 drivers, records show.
CHANNELVIEW FIRE DEPARTMENT held an Open House on Tuesday, March 6 to dedicate their newest Fire Station #3 on Dell Dale Street. The building houses three functions: Administrative offices for CFD and ESD#50, Fire Department Equipment and personnel, and Ambulance Service. CFD now has two new stations. They recently completed a new building on Market Street.
RIBBON CUTTING PARTICIPANTS included the ESD#50 board members, North Channel Chamber, Judge Joe Stephens, and Harris County Pct. 2 Commissioner Jack Morman. Channelview Fire Department has been in existence since 1949, and in 2012 the ESD (Emergency Service District) took over fiscal management of the department. There are over 70 firefighters and EMS personnel in the department.
CHANNELVIEW, Texas – Feb. 14, 2018 -The Channelview Complex of LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB), one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world, today opened the doors to a new, state-of-the-art administration building. The site began construction of the $70 million, 96,347 square foot building last year as part of ongoing safety enhancements for the complex.
Harris County Precinct Two Commissioner Jack Morman and several other local community leaders and residents joined LyondellBasell employees and Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing Dan Coombs to celebrate the opening of the three-story building during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“This building investment represents our commitment to putting safety first in everything we do,” said Coombs. “As a company, we are always seeking ways we can improve the safety of our sites. This building, with its enhanced safety features and new location, showcases our continued focus on this effort.”
The new building is located away from operating units and features a number of safety and work enhancements for the site, including on-site security, security card-access to offices and improved fire suppression systems. It also has an on-site Health Center and a room for new mothers.
In addition to relocating the administration building, the site also moved the operations control room for the north plant and maintenance department to the new campus.
It was just another normal day for Channelview High School senior Kennedi Henderson. All of the sudden, in the middle of class, some visitors known to Houston area television viewers entered the room with a welcome surprise.
Henderson’s face lit up with a wide grin as morning news anchor Owen Conflenti called her to the front of the classroom and presented her with KPRC’s $2,500 Senior Scholarship. She is the first recipient out of 20 Houston area students to receive the award, sponsored by Texas Mattress Makers.
“This is amazing,” Henderson said. “This was such an unexpected surprise, but I am excited that my family is here to share it with me.”
Several of Henderson’s family members, including her grandmother, whose home was affected by Hurricane Harvey were in attendance. Her parents, who are both Channelview educators, were also there to support their daughter, along with her brother, who is a junior at CHS.
Henderson is an outstanding student, ranked sixth in her class. She plans to attend Prairie View A&M University in the fall, where she will major in Chemical Engineering. Her involvement at CHS includes serving as a member of the National Honor Society and participating in the Modified Early College Program (MECA) at San Jacinto College. Through her success in MECA, Henderson will receive her Associate’s Degree in May, along with her high school diploma.
NORTH SHORE ROTARY CLUB distributed 300 food baskets to needy families in the North Channel area on Thursday, December 14. Seen above are Rotarians John Parrott, president Adam Lund, Bill Hendrix, and Wayne Oquin with two helpers from the Channelview ISD. Distribution this year was through the high schools in Sheldon, Channelview, and Galena Park, due to the problem of many families displaced because of the flooding from Hurricane Harvey. With the help of the school districts, baskets were sent to each of the High Schools, where recipients came to pick them up.
Pictured above are some of the 300 food baskets that were distributed last week by the North Shore Rotary club, with the help of Harris County Precinct 2. This year the baskets were sent to high schools in Sheldon, Channelview, and Galena Park for pick-up.
Students in North Channel were headed back to school this week and last, but not before they got their immunization shots. Congressman Gene Green, with the help of several Rotary clubs, Walgreens, and others, held three clinics last Saturday for free shots. These were in North Houston, Galena Park, and Southeast Houston.
School started for Channelview students last week on Wednesday, August 16, for Sheldon students on August 22, and Galena Park students August 23. Furr High School will start on Monday, August 28.
Green was extremely busy this August, which is Congress’ break. He has completed four Town Hall meetings, and will hold another at North Shore Community Fellowship Church, 444 Maxey Road, on Tuesday night, August 29 at 6:30 p.m. He also held a Senior Citizens Forum on Tuesday in Aldine.
In October, he will host a Paying for College Workshop and Academy Day, and a Northside/Aldine Job Fair. Green’s Eastside office is at 11811 I-10 East, Suite 430, and can be reached at 713-330-0761.
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.” (more…)
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).