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Posts published in “Day: October 22, 2020

Early voting breaks records

More than 700,000 Harris County voters cast ballots

By Chris Valdez

Harris County residents are voting at a record-setting pace this year, a clear indication that Texas voters are excited and enthusiastic about making their voices heard at the ballot box. Joint efforts by civic organizations like members of Houston in Action in partnership with local officials to expand voter registration, education and equitable access helped ensure Harris County’s election infrastructure was prepared to handle the enormous turnout.

Top-line numbers:

  • Overall, 719,840 Harris County residents have voted during the first full week of early voting – a 27% increase over the first full week of early voting in 2016, in which 566,741 Texans in Harris County voted early.
  • Nearly 1 in 3 registered voters in Harris County (29%) have already voted.
  • More than 100,000 Texans voted early in person in Harris County each of the first four days of early voting.
  • On just the first day of early voting in Harris County, 128,106 residents voted in person. The previous first-day record was 67,471 votes, set in 2016.
  • That means this year’s first day of in-person voting nearly doubled 2016’s first-day numbers.
  • Thanks in large part to the record-setting pace of Harris County, Texas leads the nation in the number of people who have voted early – over 4.6 million – and in the percentage of its 2016 vote total that has already voted (51%).

More ballots were cast in the first full week of early voting in Harris County than in all of 2014.
“Voters in Harris County are fired up and ready to vote this election season,” said Frances Valdez, of Houston in Action. “This enormous and palpable enthusiasm on the ground is a testament to the months-long efforts of, community leaders, people like members of Houston in Action, and local elected officials that are working tirelessly to ensure Harris County residents have all the information and resources needed to make their voices heard. This week’s record-breaking turnout numbers are a reflection of that painstaking work.”

Undefeated Mustangs trample Undefeated Mavericks 49-14

Auburn committed Mustang #1 state ranked quarterback Dematrius Davis outruns Maverick’s defense on a 26 yard quarterback-keeper play. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Rosharon, TX – Freedom Field – Friday, October 16, 2020, the GPISD 6A District North Shore Mustangs ran-over the 5A District Manvel Mavericks 49 to 14. The Alvin ISD team was last year’s regional finalist being undefeated in their district and remained undefeated this year until Friday night’s routing. Because of the contagious deadly virus fans were required to social distance and wear masks.

Coach Jon Kay’s two-time defending state champion Mustangs once again appeared to be an over-powering match for another of their opponents this season, leading at halftime 28 – 14. His defense shutout the Maverick’s for 3 quarters allowing only 2 touchdowns in the second quarter and keeping them to only 288 total offensive yards.

San Jacinto College wins national award for STEM education


College recognized for programs that build career pathways for diverse populations

PASADENA – The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and the Siemens Foundation have awarded San Jacinto College with the Excellence and Equity in Community College STEM Award for the College’s associate degree nursing and process technology programs.

Eight winning programs from seven community colleges across the country are receiving this award for providing outstanding preparation for high-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing, energy, health care, and information technology. Additionally, these community college programs are also being nationally recognized for their intentional outreach and support of diverse populations that typically are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. San Jacinto College is the only institution to receive the award for two programs.

Each winning program will receive $50,000, with half of the funds allocated for program development and the other half allocated as scholarships for outstanding students, known as Siemens Technical Scholars.

Galena Park Yellow Jackets 52, Houston Sterling Raiders 34

By Allan Jamail

Friday, October 16, 2020 at the Galena Park ISD stadium the, 5A District 11 Yellow Jackets offense swarmed the visiting Sterling Raiders to even their record to 2 – 2.

Spiro Amarantos, Head Football Coach/Athletic Coordinator and the team suffered a major blow early in the season when senior quarterback Gabriel Pagan was injured and will miss the rest of the season. This forced Amarantos to restructure his offense using less experienced players at quarterback and the need to create new offensive plays with little time to practice them.

Coach Amarantos and his coaching staff have done a remarkable job with the new offense that gained 506 yards for 7 touchdowns and a field goal. A’marion Kelly and Raul Gonzalez, both juniors were used at quarterback. Raul Gonzalez completed 3 of his 5 pass attempts for 62 yards and a 60 percent completion average.

Channelview Clean-up set for Saturday, October 24

By Carolyn Stone

Please come out and join us, we will be conducting our second Channelview Community Cleanup this upcoming Saturday 10/24/20 from 7:30 – 11:00 am. We kickstarted Channelview’s cleanup last month on 09/19/20 by removing trash from the roadside and medians of the south end of Sheldon Road from Market St. to I-10. and trimming the plantings and the curbsides of the Sheldon Rd. median at Lorenzo St.

This effort was a major improvement and our clean-up effort did not go unnoticed. On 09/24/20 Cindy Miller, Harris County Pct. 2 Community Liaison, shared a communication with C.H.I.C. from Jose Jimenez, Pct. 2 Director – Neighborhood Services & Economic Opportunity:

“We will begin cleaning Channelview esplanades on Oct. 6th with Gradall. Tree limbs will be picked up tomorrow. Next week we are using all dump trucks to haul ditching spoils from IT May to James Driver. Cindy, please let the local constituents know they have been heard! More to come.”