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Sheldon ISD Ribbon Cutting celebrates opening of new C.E. King High School

School District Officials, local community leaders, parents and students at the ribbon cutting of the new C.E. King High School last Monday, January 6, 2020.

(HOUSTON – Jan. 06, 2020) On Jan. 06, Sheldon Independent School District (ISD) celebrated the completion of its new C.E. King High School. It was estimated that between 1,000-1,200 individuals from in and around the Sheldon community came out last Monday evening to celebrate the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the new C. E. King High School.

Sheldon ISD Superintendent Dr. King Davis thanked those in attendance, as well current and past Sheldon ISD school board members, for helping make this dream a reality following a May 2016 bond election where more than 70 percent of voters approved a $285 million bond package that included Sheldon Lake Elementary, Sheldon ISD Panther Stadium, and the new C. E. King High School.

“The opening of this new campus is an extraordinary milestone in the storied history of Sheldon ISD,” said Sheldon ISD Superintendent King Davis. “Our students and staff of C.E. King High School will have the best learning environment possible in this landmark facility. We are all excited for this grand opening and optimistic about the future leaders that will emerge from this beautiful campus!”

Campus tours were also provided after Monday’s brief program where community members had an opportunity to see this awesome new facility that was incorporated to drive 21st century learning.

New C.E. King High School building. (Photo Credit: LAN)


Primaries start 2020 Election season

Early voting begins Feb. 18

NORTHEAST HARRIS COUNTY – March 3 Primary voting begins for early voters on February 18 and runs until Friday, February 28, according to the Texas Secretary of State. The last date to register to vote in primaries is February 3. March 3 is the last day to vote in person. Any run-off is to be completed by May 26. Candidates must achieve 50% or more to avoid run-off elections.

Locally, many are anxious to vote in the 2020 November 3 election so their vote will solve the Presidential question.

Few local candidates are unopposed this year, but State Representative Ana Hernandez D., Texas House #143, has no opponent.


North Shore Mustang Basketball defeats C. E. King Panthers 63-50

#22 Jakari Marshall, Mustang 3 point shooter makes six 3 point shots in 63 – 50 win over C. E. King. (PHOTO BY ALLAN JAMAIL)

By Allan Jamail

Houston, TX. — Tuesday, January 7, 2020, the GPISD North Shore Mustangs basketball team went to the Sheldon ISD C. E. King court, defeating them 63 to 50 in their second district game.

The Mustangs opened their district season by beating the LaPorte Bulldogs 68 – 42.

North Shore’s coach is Sam Benitez, who last year took his team to the state’s final four championship contest, only to lose in a close game, one game away from playing in the final championship game. This year he has built a team that will once again be a strong force in the state.

North Shore (2-0) travels to Deer Park to play the Deer (1- 1) Friday, January 10 at 7 PM.

Constable Diaz faces 2 lawsuits, denies charges

Constable Chris Diaz

Two lawsuits have been filed involving personnel practices in the Constable Precinct 2 office, run by Constable Chris Diaz.

The original Petition to the state court was filed last June, in which Plaintiffs Jerry Luman, the Chief Deputy, and three others claimed retaliation, demotions and terminations for their part in a “whistleblower” report. Defendants named were Constable Diaz, Deputy Lee Hernandez, and Harris County. Diaz and Hernandez were subsequently removed from the Defendants, due to restrictions in the state laws.

The whistleblower report had involved the accusation that Lt. Kim Bellotte had misused resources that were meant for Hurricane Harvey victims, and filed incorrect time cards in relation to that effort. The charges included Diaz distributing tee-shirts printed with his name, even though they were donated as flood relief. The Texas Rangers investigated these reports, and no charges were filed.

The second lawsuit was filed in December, in federal court, and eleven plaintiffs claimed discrimination and abridgment of their first amendment rights of the U. S. Constitution, due to the personnel actions similar to the complaints in the first lawsuit, and an additional charge that they were required to support Chris Diaz financially and personally in his political campaign. (more…)

Galena Park Youngster wins Houston Texans Contest

Tristan Chavez of Galena Park runs off the field at NRG Stadium after picking up the tee from the opening kick off of the Houston Texans recent home playoff game against the Buffalo Bills. Tristan’s name was drawn as a winner of the Ashley HomeStore Kickoff Kid program. Visit any Houston-area Ashley HomeStore to enter for a chance to win.


Jon Kay, Mustangs head coach passing the championship trophy to John Gentry. (Photo by Allan and Linda Jamail)

North Shore 31 – Duncanville 17

By Allan Jamail

Arlington, Texas — On Saturday, December 21, 2019 at the AT&T Stadium, in front of 47,818 spectators, the North Shore Mustangs — rated number one in the state — became the first team in University Interscholastic League (UIL) Class 6A Division I history to win consecutive state championship games. In a rematch game with the Duncanville Panthers, who the Mustangs defeated in 2018, they once again won 31 to 17.

Since the beginning of the UIL Class 6A Division I in 2014, Coach Kay and the Mustangs made history by being the first to win three state championships.

North Shore won despite being without three of their starters. Zach Evans and Jermond Batiste were grounded because of not complying with the team’s cell phone policy. This made three games Evans has had to sit out due to disciplinary reasons. Shadrach Banks has been unable to play in several games due to an injury.


East Harris County inaugurates new bus service

Harris County Commissioners Adrian Garcia, left, and Rodney Ellis speak at a ribbon-cutting ceremony announcing expansion of Harris County Transit Services’ bus routes to Channelview, Cloverleaf and Sheldon – areas that were devastated by Hurricane Harvey. The service is funded by $3.8 million in Hurricane Harvey disaster recovery.

Five New Transit Bus Routes Target Underserved Sections of Eastern Harris County

Free Ridership the first 60 Days

Houston, Texas – Nearly 200,000 northeast Harris County residents now have access to public transportation thanks to $3.8 million in Hurricane Harvey disaster recovery funding. Harris County Transit Services will expand its existing bus service to some of the communities hardest hit by floodwaters from the hurricane.

The new service will primarily serve areas of Channelview, Cloverleaf and Sheldon and provide an additional scheduled bus to the route serving Crosby/Barrett Station.

A soft launch of the new service occurred on December 2. The first 60 days are free to riders. After that, rides will be $1. The inaugural ceremony to mark the launch was held Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Joe V’s Smart Shop parking lot, 5609 Uvalde, Houston.


Three killed in Channelview home invasion

Authorities were called to a mobile home on Amie Michele Lane off Wood Road in Channelview last Monday morning about 9:30 am, to investigate a shooting in which three men were killed.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez reported that three or four men backed a car into the drive of a mobile home, occupied by two males. They entered the home, with an unknown motive, possibly robbery. The family thinks it may have been a personal grievance, but the occupant Yair Gallegos said he did not recognize any of the men.


Mustangs win Back-to-Back Championships

On Saturday, in front of 47,818 spectators at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, North Shore Mustangs in rematch game trampled the Duncanville Panthers 31-17 in the UIL Class 6A Division I championship game.

#9 Dematrius Davis, Mustang quarterback dashes 31 yards for the game’s first score. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

All photos by Linda & Allan Jamail.
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