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Texans QB DeShaun Watson highlights Chamber Gala


By Gilbert Hoffman

The North Channel Chamber of Commerce held their 42nd Annual Membership & Awards Gala last Thursday night. The event was held for the first time at a new beautiful venue, the Sylvan Beach Pavilion in Deer Park.

A crowd of several hundred enjoyed dinner, a silent auction, and chamber awards. A new board of directors was sworn in, and Chairman Shalonda Dawkins retired and Dr. John Moore was sworn in as the Chairman of the Board.

The featured speaker for the evening was Texans star quarterback Deshaun Watson, but he almost didn’t make an appearance. After agreeing to Gala, he learned later that he had been chosen to play in the Pro Bowl football game, and would have to be in Orlando, Florida for the whole week, including the day of the Gala. However, Ronny Dwairy of Bestway Oilfield company made arrangements to fly Watson to Houston for the Gala, and then return him the same evening. Needless to say, it added some excitement to the evening.

Watson was his usual low-key and quiet self, but answered a number of questions from Dwairy and the audience as the format for his appearance.

Watson gave a brief talk about his life and previous football career. As one of four children to a single mother, he led a simple and sparse life, centered on family, faith, and football. The audience was impressed with his sincerity and simplicity. He made the point several times in his talk that “I live my life from Love. I’m a man of faith.”

Rep. Sylvia Garcia appointed to powerful House Financial Services and Judiciary Committees

Congresswoman Sylvia R.
Garcia (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

January 16, 2019 — Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia of the 29th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives was recently appointed on two of the House’s most influential committees.

To get appointed on the House Financial Services Committee and the House Judiciary Committee for the 116th Congress is a testament to her many accomplishments as a public servant.

“These assignments are vital to the Houston region, the State of Texas, and the nation. I’ve always fought for working families, and my appointments will allow me to use that experience to continue these efforts,” Garcia said. “It is an honor to serve on two impactful Committees.”

Harris County Judge Hidalgo launches community-wide survey on local government

Survey is a key component of Judge Hidalgo’s signature civic engagement program, talking transition: Harris County

Harris County, TX – January 28, 2019 – Judge Lina Hidalgo announced today that she is launching a community-wide survey online as part of Talking Transition: Harris County, a civic engagement program designed to help shape the first year of her administration.

The first program of its kind in Harris County, Talking Transition will provide a forum for residents to discuss the issues that matter most to them, learn about the county government and budget, and weigh in on pressing public policy matters.

“Talking Transition is an initiative that invites Harris County residents to engage with their local government We want residents to understand how Harris County government works and to feel connected to their county government,” said Judge Hidalgo. “This is also an opportunity for my administration to learn from community members as we shape our policy agenda moving forward, so we can make sure our government works for everyone.”

The survey is designed to elicit public feedback on several essential issues, such the quality of early childhood education to the availability of reliable public transportation options. Harris County residents will also be able to express their opinions on how storm recovery resources should be prioritized.

The online survey is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, and Vietnamese. Additionally, teams of canvassers will spread out across Harris County with the survey starting Tuesday, January 29.

The survey launch is the first part of Judge Hidalgo’s signature civic engagement program, which will feature a variety of ways for Harris County residents to interact with and learn more about their local government. Other core components include:

Local youth wins calf scramble at Fort Worth Stock Show


Roger Davis, a member of Sheldon FFA, caught a calf during Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo’s Calf Scramble, earning a $500 purchase certificate presented by Paxton Motherall, a Calf Scramble Committee

FORT WORTH, TEXAS, January 28, 2019 — Roger Davis, a member of Sheldon FFA, caught a calf during Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo’s Calf Scramble January 25, earning a $500 purchase certificate for a show heifer and the chance for up to $12,500 in scholarship awards. Davis’s parents are Bobby and Nikole Davis. Davis’s award was sponsored by David and Ginna Sauerwein.

During each of 28 rodeo performances, the Calf Scramble gives 16 Texas 4- H and FFA members the opportunity to catch one of eight calves released during the show in one of the most thrilling and unpredictable events. Justin Boots and Texas Mutual Insurance Company are long-time supporters of the Calf Scramble. Participants who do not catch a calf receive a pair of Justin Boots, a practice that has seen more than 227 pairs of boots awarded annually.

The Stock Show’s Calf Scramble scholarship awards range from $500 to $12,500, to participants who demonstrate dedication and hard work through monthly reports, and a final essay submitted to their sponsors and the Calf Scramble Committee. Davis will use the purchase certificate to buy a registered beef or dairy heifer to raise and exhibit at next year’s Stock Show. This year, $292,000 in calf scramble scholarships will be awarded to 67 students.