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2016 Year in Review

From the compiled files of the North Channel Star

JANUARY

— Sylvester Turner sworn in as new Houston Mayor

— Sheldon ISD named King Davis as new Superintendent

— El Franco Lee, Harris County Pct. 1 dies

— Dog Park opened in Galena Park

— New Gateway Monument planned for Galena Park

FEBRUARY

— North Channel Chamber hosts annual Gala

— North Shore Mustangs honored as State Champions Division I – 6A

— San Jacinto River Coalition explored ways to spend $10 million settlement funds

— Galena Park FFA raises over $65,000 at livestock auction

— San Jacinto College hosts groundbreaking of new Center for Industrial Technology

MARCH

— Sheldon ISD calls for $285 Million bond election

— Candidates file for Galena Park Municipal election

— Lawsuit filed to contest Constable election

— Work continues on San Jacinto Waste Pits to repair cap

— A child dies after SUV crashes at day care on Uvalde

— Jacinto City emergency crew recognized for rescuing child

APRIL

— Pct 1 will spend $1.75 million on street repairs, sidewalks and curbs

— Jacinto City sees main drainage blockage repaired in Turkey Run Gully

— Tax Assessor-Collector gives talk at Highlands Rotary club luncheon

— Major fire occurs at Pasadena Refinery

— Sheldon FFA completes successful Livestock Show

— North Channel Chamber hears of Super Bowl LI

— Community Profile on Charlotte Jackson

— Candidates for Galena Park election profiled

— Community leader Dickie Woods dies

— Man dies when tugboat in San Jacinto River flips over

— Parade kicks off Channelview FFA show

— San Jacinto Battle re-enacted

— North Shore Rotary plans car raffle and Fish Fry in May

MAY

— Channelview FFA auction highlights successful show

— Galena Park ISD has $290 bond issue on ballot

— North Channel “Relay for Life” raises $136,000

— Channelview FFA pictures from Livestock sale

— Galena Park puts new fire truck into service

— Election Results: Galena Park has 4 new Council members; Jacinto City 2 cent tax measure passes; Galena Park ISD bond issue passes

— Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary awards $15,000 in scholarships to 25 students

— Run-off election required for Constable Pct. 3 and Pct. 2, Sheriff, and State Representative

— North Shore Rotary holds successful 41st annual Fish Fry at the Rotary Pavilion

— Galena Park and Jacinto City swear in new officials

— Run-off election results in winners: Chris Diaz, Sherman Eagleton, Ed Gonzalez, and Briscoe Cain

— Mosquito problem, and Zika virus, attacked in Jacinto City and Houston

JUNE

— Over 50 rescued from San Jacinto River floods

— Channelview ISD announces “Top Ten” graduates

— San Jacinto Pilot Club awards $10,000 in scholarships to 14 students

— North Shore Rotary club distributes books to elementary students

— Jamails visit with Hillary Clinton

— San Jacinto North reopens Lehr Library in new building

— Houston Symphony plays concert in North Shore High School

— Galena Park hires new city attorney

— Galena Park completes Gateway Monument

— GP/JC Rotary installs new officers

— Jacinto City closes swimming pool for repairs

— Man drowns in North Shore pond

— $10 million in Waste Pits grants announced

— Gene Green’s Chemical Safety Act signed by Obama

— 4th of July celebrations planned in Galena Park and Jacinto City

JULY

— Some residents warned not to drink their well water due to possible contamination

— Two die in San Jacinto River drownings

— Dr. Angi Williams named Region 4 Superintendent of the Year

— North Channel Chamber hears heart doctor Rozo

— Large crowd attends Waste Pits meeting to discuss their well water

— Rep. Green calls for clean-up and removal of toxic wastes in river, at session of Congress

— Jacinto City receives federal grants for Ambulance and Police body cameras

— Galena Park residents advised to “shelter in place” due to a chemical release at the Pasadena Refining plant

AUGUST

— Two suspects sought in armed robbery of store on Clinton Drive in Galena Park

— Father killed on Kenny Street, in front of son, in drive-by shooting

— Chamber hears about SETRAC organization

— LULAC awards scholarships to seven students

— Well owners told its okay to drink water after tests

— Cell Phone store on Market Street, Jacinto City, robbed

— North Shore Rotary donates $8000 to Channelview EF

— Congressman Green hosts annual Immunization Day

— Deputies arrest three in Channelview for drugs, weapons

SEPTEMBER

— North Shore Rotary hears from 3 school Superintendents

— Walgreens institutes Drug disposal program

— Chamber hears of Port of Houston activities

— LyondellBasell employees help community with Gloval Care Day

— Galena Park ISD recognizes media persons, Cathy Hernandez and Gilbert Hoffman

— Shots fired at East Houston Hospital parking lot

— Jacinto City officer Castaneda receives Star of Texas Award from Texas Governor

— John Painter honored by “Helping a Hero”

— Furr High School awards $10 million by XQ Institute

— EPA plan for Waste Pits includes complete removal

— New Police Station planned for Jacinto City

— Chamber challenges membership drive with “Forty for Forty in Four” by Dr. Charles Grant

— Assistance Ministries opens new building

OCTOBER

— National Night Out observed by area communities

— JC Police make felny drug raid

— North Shore HS holds Homecoming

— Chamber hears from 3 school Superintendents

— Pilot Club holds successful Spaghetti Dinner & Auction

— Judge Mike Parrott honored at Pct. 2 ball, announces retirement

— PineForest Jewelry suffers massive robbery

— New Call Center for five ESDs announced at groundbreaking

— North Shore Rotary dedicates Veterans Memorial Wall

— Community Meeting tells EPA to completely remove Waste Pits

— C.E. King HS holds Homecoming

NOVEMBER

— Furr HS celebrates receipt of $10 million grant

— San Jacinto Chancellor Hellyer roasted by LULAC

— Galena Park HS holds Homecoming

— Groundbreaking helds for Channelview FD new Station #3

— Chamber holds annual “Salute to Veterans”

— Nov. 8 Election results in upsets, Democratic wins in Harris County

— San Jacinto College plans to cut 4 athletics programs

— NS Mustangs headed for the Play-offs

— Mike Parrott retirement party well attended at courthouse

DECEMBER

— Frost Bank opens Branch in North Channel

— NS Mustangs lose Play-off game in Overtime

— Jacinto City replacing aging water system

— Four bodies found in burned car in Channelview

— Holiday Season observed with parades, celebrations in GP and JC

— NS Rotary distributes 300 Food Baskets to needy families

— President Obama signs Green’s 21st Century Cures Act