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Posts published in November 2019

New Pct. 2 Veterans Service Center opens in Channelview

On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, Commissioner Adrian Garcia opened the former V.V. Ramsey Community Center as the V.V. Ramsey Veteran Services Center for Precinct 2, located at 16003 Lorenzo St. in Channelview, TX. Garcia remarked that “Harris County has the second largest number of veterans in the U.S.” Assisting Garcia was Heather Ramsey Cook, granddaughter of Ramsey, and members of Ramsey’s family.

North Shore Mustangs crush Pasadena 58-35, Katy next

#3 Zach Evans, Mustang running back scores. Evans one of the nation’s top running backs averaged 17.7 yards per carry and compiled 354 yards, 2 TD’s. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Linda Jamail

Pasadena Memorial Stadium, Friday, November 22nd at 7 PM the North Shore Mustangs defeated the Dawson Eagles of Pearland ending their playoff hopes, 58 to 35.

Coach Jon Kay’s Mustangs led in all categories including penalties with 9 and giving away 80 yards. In the playoffs against top ranked teams those free yards from penalties can cost you a game.

North Shore racked up 715 total offensive yards with running back Zach Evans making half of them on 20 running plays for 354 yards, averaging 17.7 yards a carry. Quarterback Demetrius Davis passed for 208 yards and 1 TD and he ran for 73 yards and 2 TD’s. They had 507 rushing yards and made 8 touchdowns and a John Villalobos 44 yard field goal. The defense gave up 388 yards and allowed 5 Dawson touchdowns.

Harris County Clerk’s Office opens new Jim Fonteno Annex serving residents in East Harris County

Harris County Clerk’s Office opens new Jim Fonteno Annex location at 14350 Wallisville Road.

By Allan Jamail

Houston, TX. — Thursday, November 21, 2019 — Newly elected County Clerk Dr. Diane Trautman continues to make positive changes for Harris County residents. The most recent improvement she has made is the opening of a new annex in east Harris County, located at 14350 Wallisville Road.

“We are very pleased that we can offer our services to area residents that otherwise had to travel far to obtain personal records,” said Harris County Clerk Dr. Diane Trautman. “It also made sense to open an annex here since this building already houses other county offices.”

With this new addition, the Harris County Clerk’s Office now has 11 locations throughout the county. Residents can obtain deed information, marriage licenses, birth certificates and other personal records at the office most convenient to them.

Thanksgiving Turkeys given away by Jackson Lee, Judge Stephens, others

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee gives out 200 Thanksgiving turkeys at Jacinto City’s Heritage Hall. Congresswoman Lee gives out annually 1,500 to 2,000 turkeys in her 18th Congressional District. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Houston, Jacinto City & Harris County – November 26, 2019 1,500 plus residents throughout Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee’s 18th Congressional District received turkeys and pies on her annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway Day.

Congresswoman Lee began early each of two mornings and going late into the evenings traveling throughout her district personally handing out turkeys. At each of the 20 stops Lee extended her message of goodwill and wishing a happy Thanksgiving message to approximately 2,000 of her constituents.

North Shore defeats Pearland 58-35, advances in Play-offs


Congratulations to the North Shore Mustangs for advancing to the next round of playoffs!
The Mustangs will play the Katy Tigers on Friday, November 29 at 4:00 pm at NRG.

We will post ticket prices when made available.
Tickets are cash only.
The GPISD Athletic Office will be selling tickets the following days:
Monday, November 25, 2019 – 12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
For more information, call 832-386-4330

Athletic Department Contact Info / Department Homepage
Galena Park ISD Athletics Department 15025 Wallisville Houston, Texas 77049 832.386.4330

North Shore wins Bi-District Playoff

#9 Dematrius Davis, scores a Mustang TD on a quarterback keeper play out maneuvering Longhorn defenders for a TD. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Galena Park ISD Stadium – Friday November 15, 2019 — The North Shore Mustangs, before thousands of fans, watched their team corral Pasadena’s Dobie Longhorns 54 to 0.

Perennial power North Shore was absolutely dominant in all their district games again this year. Having won the State Title in 2018 they’re attempting a BACK TO BACK title run this year too.

Newspaper publisher celebrates milestone birthday, memorable life

Publisher Gilbert Hoffman with his wife Mei-ing

In 1994, Gilbert Hoffman and his wife Mei-ing bought the Highlands Star – Crosby Courier, fulfilling one of Gilbert’s lifelong dreams: to own a newspaper. This also marked the beginning of what would become a small publishing conglomerate, serving the greater Houston area with community papers such as the Star-Courier, Northeast News, and North Channel Star.

This week, Gilbert celebrates his 80th birthday. Upon such a significant milestone, it is worth looking back on his remarkable life, family, adventures, and many careers.

County Judge Hidalgo outlines key accomplishments at first State of the County

Harris County Judge
Lina Hidalgo

Announces New Focus on Early Childhood Development

Harris County, Texas – November 15, 2019 – Today, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo joined business leaders, residents, and community leaders from across the region to deliver the first State of the County address of her term. During her remarks to about 900 attendees, Judge Hidalgo outlined key areas of progress in fostering a safer, healthier, and more equitable Harris County and announced a new initiative that will focus on improving early childhood development.

“The state of our county is strong,” said Judge Hidalgo. “But being strong is about much more than having a low unemployment rate or a strong bond rating. It’s about making sure that all of our residents enjoy equal access to the great opportunities available to them in Harris County. Over the past year we’ve made county government more transparent, made strides to reform our criminal justice system, and have begun to make up for lost time when it comes to investing in our flood control infrastructure. But there is much more to do, and we look forward to another year of ambitious, meaningful initiatives, including a focus on what we can do to improve early childhood development and education.”

Drawing from the “Talking Transition” initiative, Judge Hidalgo will kick off a community engagement series next year as the first step towards a larger goal of a meaningful early childhood development initiative in Harris County. Programs that focus on early childhood development have one of the strongest returns on investment for any type of public program. Children who benefit from initiatives like subsidized childcare and early education tend to have higher high school graduation rates, fewer arrests, lower rates of substance use, and higher rates of employment as adults.

During her remarks, Judge Hidalgo also provided updates on key priorities since her swearing in. Some key areas of progress include:

Steel Workers Union Local 283-M donates to Toys for Tots

United Steel Workers Union Local 283-M (USW) members give Jacinto City’s Mayor Ana Diaz a donation for the city’s Christmas Toys for Tots program. L – R: Sandra Netter, Recording Secretary, Raymond Izazaga, Treasurer, Mayor Ana Diaz, Barry Ross, Vice-President, Scott Rowe, President and Christopher Laird, Vice-President. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

November 8, 2019 – Members of the United Steel Workers Union Local 283-M at their union meeting presented Jacinto City’s Mayor Ana Diaz with their annual donation for the city’s needy kids at Christmas time.

USW Local 283-M President Scott Rowe said the union members have payroll deductions taken from their pay in order to make the annual Toys for Tots donation.

Union member working at Longhorn Glass Manufacturing a divisions of Anheuser-Busch Companies, provides various storage and packaging products, including beverage containers, bottles and cans. The company also offers a variety of services, such as packaging, distribution, marketing and inventory management. Longhorn Glass Manufacturing has one of its manufacturing facilities located in Jacinto City at 4202 Fidelity Street.

Campaign to move Battleship to Baytown

BAYTOWN – A grassroots citizen group is leading the effort to bring the Battleship Texas to a berth in Baytown, after it is repaired and restored.

The group is headed by businessman Jay Eshbach, with help from well-known historian Russell Hamman, Jake Daniel, Peter Piontkowski, and others.

The Battleship was originally built in 1912, and has seen service in both World Wars. Since 1948 it has been berthed at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Park in LaPorte.

The State of Texas has spent $85 million to preserve the ship and keep it afloat, but now wants to turn it over to a private foundation to maintain and operate. The new owner is the Texas Battleship Foundation, and wants a new site where it can attract 300,000 visitors instead of the 80,000 in LaPorte. Admission fees must pay for the upkeep of the ship, which will cost $2 million yearly.

Texas has voted to spend $35 million more to remove, repair, and relocate the ship. Several locations have indicated interest, including Galveston, Corpus Christi, and Baytown.

LyondellBasell’s new Channelview plant is 20 percent complete

The world’s largest propylene oxide, tertiary butyl alcohol project shifts into new phase of construction

CHANNELVIEW, Texas – Nov. 14, 2019 – LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB), today announced construction on its propylene oxide (PO) and tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) plant has surpassed 20 percent completion, with work shifting from foundation and infrastructure construction to vertical assembly. A key milestone of the project’s progress was marked by the recent delivery of a 25- story-tall, 601-ton distillation tower, which will be the tallest piece of equipment to be installed.

“We’ve moved another step closer to delivering our PO/TBA project, with construction taking place simultaneously at two of our sites,” said Dan Coombs, LyondellBasell executive vice president for Global Manufacturing, Projects and Refining. “This project creates a long-term value for our investors and we remain on track to bring our largest PO/TBA facility in the world online in 2021.”