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Posts published in “Day: April 15, 2021

Relief assistance after the Deep Freeze

March 27, 2021 — Area elected officials and volunteers provided food assistance and health information to the North Channel community residents.

Sponsors and supporters included State Representatives Harold Dutton Jr., Ana Hernandez, Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Pct. 3 JP Judges Joe Stephens, staffer Darnela Wilkerson & Lucy Bates, Houston Food Bank, and North Channel Branch Harris County Library.

San Jacinto Battle Celebration set for April 17

Cannon fire comes to Anahuac.

ANAHUAC– The San Jacinto Volunteers and the Texas Army will re-enact the Battle of San Jacinto not at the location of the battle but at Fort Anahuac Park, 1704 S. Main Anahuac in Chambers County on April 17.

Admission is free , donations are welcome and no alcohol is allowed.

An unveiling of the “First Stand” will occur from 10:30 until 11:00 a.m.  A monument commemorating the role of Anahuac, the first battle of the Texas Revolution, featuring art never seen in public before then.

Re-enacting the moments leading up to the Battle of San Jacinto goes on between 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Those in attendance can meet Sam Houston, Santa Anna and the brave soldiers that would make history. This educational feature enables questioning re-enactors dedicated to understanding the ways of the early 19th Century, watch the ladies demonstrate camp cooking and survival of the Run-Away Scrape in 1836.

The Battle begins at 3 p.m. featuring cannon volleys, pyrotechnics, musket fire, and re-enactment up to the capture of Santa Anna.

Local Leaders oppose SB7 bill as Voter Suppression

HOUSTON – Amid a national outcry against proposed restrictive voting bills in many Republican controlled states, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo hosted a press conference Monday to voice their opposition to Texas House Bill 6 and Texas Senate Bill 7.

“These bills are going through on our watch,” said Turner. “What’s happening in the state of Texas, in the legislature, is wrong.”

“Soon enough, we will have taken the largest step back since Jim Crow,” said Hidalgo. “The dominoes of basic voting rights are starting to fall.”

Lt Governor Dan Parick also held a news conference in Austin this week, angrily defending the bills and accusing opponents of lying about whether they restricted or limited voting, and especially minority voters.

Among other items, Texas HB 6 would prohibit government officials from sending mail-in ballot applications to voters. In addition, it would require anyone providing help to a disabled voter at the polls to show an ID and share why they’re helping the disabled individual.

Texas SB 7 would require people to have legitimate reasons to vote by mail, get rid of drive-thru voting, and allow poll watchers to record video.

“Texas is on the list to potentially become a state known for Jim Crow tactics in 2021,” said Bishop James Dixon from the NAACP Houston.

JC Mother fatally shot, boyfriend charged

By Allan Jamail

JACINTO CITY – Sunday, April 11, 2021 in the early morning, about 2:30 AM, Johnny Zermeno and Dalisha Blate, after a night out together, arrived back to their 1213 Oates Road Jacinto City apartment, when the shooting happened that killed Dalisha. According to Jacinto City Police Chief Joe Ayala, his officers arrived on the scene and began the preliminary investigation. Later the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Division arrived and took over the case.

An unnamed witness who is a mutual friend of the couple, and who was on the phone with both Johnny and Dalisha at the actual time of the shooting, reported hearing the following conversation:

“Johnny, Dalisha and I were talking on our phones; I had them on my car’s speaker phone so I could easily hear them. They were in their car at their apartment when Johnny said he wanted to leave and come to visit me. But I could tell by how they were talking neither of them were in any condition to be driving. I knew they used drugs. I assumed they were heavily intoxicated on something so I kept suggesting for them to not leave in their condition but stay there and go to sleep. Johnny said, you’re right I need to go inside and go to bed, and Dalisha agreed too. Then I heard a single gunshot.

Chamber networking breakfast boosts local businesses

Chamber president Margie Buentello helps with the Door prizes.

By Jada Mier

North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce held its March Coffee Networking event at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites with coffee, doughnuts, door prizes, and connections.

Representatives from different organizations and businesses gathered together in the hotel lobby for a conversation “Meet and Greet style.” Bryon Jubert was the first to introduce himself, explaining that he was there from East Houston Hospital. He discussed the vaccine, explaining that it doesn’t matter if it’s Moderna or Pfizer; you need to get vaccinated. Everyone had a good 30-45 minutes to mingle and introduce each other in casual conversation.

COUNTY CONNECTION: Have You Signed Up for a Vaccine Yet?

By Judge Lina Hidalgo

Last week, I followed my own advice and got vaccinated! I want to thank every frontline health worker and Harris County Public Health employee who has been working to save lives for the past year. Now more than ever we have reason to be hopeful and proud of the work we’re doing together to beat the coronavirus. More than 1 million people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Harris County. Over 750,000 people have signed up for our waitlist and our call center has fielded more than half a million calls and registered over 27,000 people by phone. Our Health Department is vaccinating a larger proportion of vulnerable groups compared to others. This is what progress looks like.

But as County Judge it’s my job to look beyond the immediate challenges of limited supply of vaccines and toward our next obstacle. If you look around the corner you’ll see evidence that there is a very large proportion of our community that remains wary of getting vaccinated. One national survey shows that up to 40% of Texans say they will either not get a COVID-19 vaccine or are undecided on whether or not to do so. So here’s the bottom line — Harris County will never reach herd immunity if up to 40% of our residents refuse to get vaccinated. Vaccine hesitancy is a clear and present danger to our collective health and our ability to pull through this crisis. We need to do more than just offer vaccines and hope folks will show up to receive it.