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Posts published in November 2018

Election Results: Emmett, Morman defeated in upset

Winners include Sylvia Garcia; Ted Cruz; Lina Hidalgo; Adrian Garcia

HARRIS COUNTY – With 100% of the results counted, political experts are declaring winners in Tuesday’s election.

In the national Senate race, incumbent Ted Cruz had a strong statewide win, defeating popular Beto O’Rourke by 51% to 48%. However, Beto carried Harris County with 58% of the local vote. Other statewide results included Governor Greg Abbott winning 56% of the vote against Lupe Valdez; and AG Ken Paxton receiving 51%.

Harris County’s straight ticket voting showed 44% Republican, and 55% Democratic. This might explain two major upsets: County Judge Ed Emmett, the popular incumbent, was defeated by Democrat challenger Lina Hidalgo who received 49.62% of the vote, to Emmett’s 48.32%, with a third candidate, Libertarian Eric Gatlin receiving 2% of the vote. About 5000 votes separated the top two candidates, but Gatlin received 24,085 enough to swing the election to either of the other two contenders.

Republican County Commissioner Pct. 2 Jack Morman was defeated by Democrat and former Sheriff Adrian Garcia, who had 50.11% of the vote, versus Morman’s 49.89%. The difference was a mere 490 votes.

History was made in Congressional District 29, where the first Hispanic woman from Texas won a seat in Congress. Sylvia Garcia, formerly a Texas State Senator and Harris County Commissioner, received 75% of the vote against her Republican challenger, Phillip Aronoff.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee was returned to office in District 18, with 75% of the vote, versus her opponent Ava Reynero Pate with 21% votes.

In Congressional District 2, formerly held by Congressman Ted Poe, Dan Crenshaw received 53% of the vote, and Todd Litton 45%.

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Texas elects Sylvia Garcia as first Latina to Congress

AT THE VICTORY CELEBRATION ELECTION NIGHT. Photo taken at the Houston Hobby Marriott Hotel Victory party on Nov. 6 , 2018. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Houston, TX. — November 6, 2018 — State Senator Sylvia Garcia became Texas’ first female Hispanic to be elected to the U. S. Congress.

At the Houston Hobby Marriott Hotel In front of a jubilant crowd waving blue towels with the printed words, “WE MADE HISTORY!”

Garcia thanked Congressman Gene Green for his years of service and for setting the bar for elected officials.

Senator Garcia made the following statement.

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you, thank you.

Gracias, Gracias, Gracias! Con todo mi corazon. Thank you to everyone who has knocked on a door, made a phone call, donated your time or money to this campaign. This is your victory. You have made history. Esta victoria es de nosotros. Juntos, hemos logrado algo historico.

Thank you to our friends in the labor movement, who supported our campaign both financially and with boots on the ground. Thank you to the hundreds of individual donors, the Democratic Clubs and elected officials that made this victory possible. And most importantly, thank you to my family standing with me here today.

Your love, encouragement and support over the years is what made it possible for a poor girl from Paltio Blanco, Texas to grow up to become a US Congresswoman.

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North Shore Mustangs remain undefeated

Shadrach Banks, North Shore’s six-foot sophomore wide receiver goes airborne to pull down a touchdown pass in the end zone from sophomore quarterback Dematrius Davis. Later Banks ran for a 94 yard touchdown. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Beaumont, TX. — On Saturday, November 3, 2018, the visiting North Shore Mustangs had their usual run-away victory by scoring 9 touchdowns, and stopped the Beaumont United Wolverines from making a single point.

The lopsided score 63 – 0 is because the Mustangs has an awesome offense and a tough defense with a roster full of talented players. Even when Coach Jon Kay puts into the game his non-starting offensive and defensive players, they continue to dominate over the other teams best players. In the season’s 9 games, the explosive offense has made 484 points and the scrappy defense has only allowed 47 points scored on them. Mustangs kicker John Villalobos was perfect with 9 extra point kicks.

With the win, North Shore remains undefeated and improves its record to 9-0 on the season. The Mustangs host their last district game at 7 pm, Friday, November 9th. in the IH-10 Showdown against their arch-rival Channelview Falcons, with 4 wins and 5 loses in a 6A Region III District 21 game.

Market By Night in Jacinto City Saturday

Entrepreneur Vicente Salinas age 13 started his own business, PARACORD at the Market by Night in Jacinto City. His proud mother Irasema Salinas watching Vincente putting on one of his handmade custom bracelets on Linda Jamail. He makes custom key chains and bracelets of all shapes, sizes and of your favorite colors.

Jacinto City Market By Night is held every 2nd Saturday night, from 6 PM to 10 PM at the Town Center Plaza located at the 10200 block of Challenger 7 Drive and on the corner of Oates Road in Jacinto City. Venders prepare handmade crafts, hand paintings on rocks and canvas, salsas, jellies, local honey, cookies, cupcakes wreaths, bows, clothing, yard furniture and much more. Live music and refreshments available.

The next Market By Night is scheduled for Saturday, November 10th starting at 6 pm. The public is encouraged to stop by and experience this unique event.

Undefeated Mustangs crush West Brook in 55-7 win

Mustang junior running back Zach Evans races 74 yards for his first of three touch downs in the game’s first score as he outruns the West Brook Bruin’s defensive team. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Friday, October 26, 2018 – Houston, TX — At Galena Park ISD Stadium, the undefeated number one state ranked North Shore Mustangs scored eight touchdowns against the visiting Beaumont West Brook Bruins, ending in another lopsided victory with a score of 55 to 7.

The Mustangs stingy defense kept the Bruins scoreless until late in the game when Coach Jon Kay pulled his starting defense players from the game, the Bruins lone touchdown came with 40 seconds remaining in the game. In the eight games played, the defense has only allowed 47 points to be scored on their team.

North Shore’s offense has scored 421 points in 8 games, averaging 53 points a game. They moved up to number one in the state with the Maxpreps computerized tabulations that utilize the huge number of game results stored in the MaxPreps database. Generally, the more a team wins the higher the ranking, but the system also takes into account quality wins (against other highly ranked opponents) and strength of schedule.

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A close win 58-54 for Channelview vs. C.E. King in Homecoming game

Channelview High School named its Homecoming King and Queen during the halftime of the football game against C. E. King at Ray Maddry Memorial Stadium. Julian Sanchez was named Homecoming King and Hailey Walker was selected as Homecoming Queen. (Photo submitted by Channelview ISD)

By Allan Jamail

Channelview, TX. – On Friday, October 26th, time ran out on the hosting Channelview Falcons as the visiting C. E. King Panthers squeaked out a victory 58 to 54.

In the back-and-forth scoring contest, both teams accumulated 1,109 offensive yards and 16 touchdowns, scoring together 112 points to provide the fans of the two neighboring communities lots of excitement.

The close-call victory gives King 6 wins and 2 losses, with 2 games remaining in their regular season schedule. Channelview moves to 3 wins and 5 losses, with 2 games remaining.

The Panthers host the Baytown Sterling Rangers Friday, November 2nd at 7 PM. The Falcons will host the La Porte Bulldogs Friday, November 2nd at 7 PM.

Channelview will end their regular season playing in the IH-10 Showdown against their arch-rival North Shore at the Mustangs’ stadium Friday, November 9th at 7 PM. The Mustangs have already played and shutout C. E. King 58-0. Coach Jon Kay’s undefeated Mustangs ranked number one in the state is averaging 55 points per game.

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CIP Tour examines workings of TranStar

CIP Facilitator Diane Sheridan, center, and others of the CIP group listen to Ben Gillis, tour guide for TransStar, as he explains the functions and facilities in the TransStar building on old Washington Road near I-10. In the background are live television monitors, showing traffic throughout the area.

HARRIS COUNTY – The Galena Park CIP organization (Community Industry Partnership) held their monthly meeting at the TranStar building last month, and were given a VIP tour of the facilities.

Tour guide Ben Gillis, assisted by David Wade and Misty Gunn, showed the 30 members of the group all the control rooms, monitoring stations, and other equipment that the facility has.

Houston TRANSTAR was established in 1993, and is a formal partnership with transportation and emergency management agencies in Harris County.

These include TxDOT, METRO, Harris County, and the City of Houston.

The goals of the transportation part of TranStar are to save drivers time, increase driving speed and minimize delays, and through those activities save money and help the environment.

The goals of the Emergency Management part of TranStar are to save lives and provide help to those in distressed situations. Since 1979, there have been 46 federally declared disasters, averaging more that one per year. These include hurricanes, floods, and other natural and manmade incidents, and manage public safety at major public events such as the Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium and the World Series at Minute Maid Park.

In Harris County, there are 4.7 million people, 34 cities, 56 fire departments, and 125 law enforcement agencies. The purpose of TranStar is to facilitate communication and coordination between these entities, according to OEM head, Judge Ed Emmett.

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Nathan Frazier, new Jacinto City Officer

Left to right: Jacinto City Police Chief Joe Ayala with newest police officer Nathan Frazier. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Jacinto City, TX. — On Thursday, October 25, 2018, the Jacinto City Council approved City Manager Lon Squyres’ and Police Chief Joe Ayala’s recommendation to hire Nathan R. Frazier as a patrolman.

Officer Frazier has an Advance Police Certification from the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement Standards. He’s a resident of Houston and a 1980 graduate of Stephen F. Austin High School. He completed his police certification education and training from North Harris Montgomery College System.