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RodeoHouston starts Feb. 28, announces performers, tickets now on sale


JANUARY 05, 2022 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Announces 2022 RODEOHOUSTON® Entertainment Lineup for 90th Anniversary Celebration

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo officials released the entertainment lineup for the 2022 Rodeo season, scheduled for Feb. 28 – March 20, celebrating its 90th anniversary. The lineup features a mix of genres including country, EDM, Latin pop, R&B/pop, Norteño, pop, rock and Christian. Nearly half of the artists will make their RODEOHOUSTON debut in 2022.

“We are excited about the level of talent and diverse acts who will perform on the RODEOHOUSTON star stage in 2022,” said Chris Boleman, Rodeo president and CEO. “We welcome nine new entertainers who will make their RODEOHOUSTON debut, as well as many fan favorites, including the ‘King of Country’ music himself, George Strait, who will return to the stage to help celebrate our 90th anniversary.”

Individual RODEOHOUSTON tickets will go on sale to the public Thursday, Jan. 13, 10 a.m., at Ticket prices start at $20, plus a $4 convenience fee.

Deadlines to Register and Vote in the March Primary

Deadlines to Vote in the March Primary Election are approaching! The League of Women Voters of Texas provides information on new voting processes.

Vote by Mail

January 1st was the first day Texans could apply to vote by mail in the 2022 elections.

Voters who are over 65 or disabled and wish to vote by mail must apply every year. Voters who will be absent from the county during early voting and Election Day must apply for each election in which they want to vote by mail. The application deadline is February 18th for the Texas Primary Election.

Voters must use the NEW Application for Ballot by Mail (ABBM) available at their County Election Office or from the Texas Secretary of State’s website Alternatively, voters may print the Vote by Mail application in English or Spanish. Applications must be received (not postmarked) at your County Election Office by the application deadline, which is February 18th for the Primary Election.

NS Lady Mustangs Stampede over Beaumont Bruins 52-39

Leading scorer #32 Atria Dumas 6’1” Lady Mustang Forward lays up a basket over Beaumont Bruins and games leading re-bounder. (Photo A. Jamail)

North Shore HS Basketball Stadium — January 18, 2022 — The Lady Mustangs, under Head Coach Allison Campbell, hosted Beaumont Bruins in a district game. Lady Mustangs never let the Bruins get close enough to make a serious threat to their victory, winning 52-39.

The game was all Lady Mustangs on both offense and defense. They lead by double digits throughout the game.

Sheldon FFA holds successful Show

Jamari Davis, a senior at C.E. King High School, shows off his Grand Champion Steer at the 2022 Sheldon FFA Livestock Show, where his steer, Dynamite, sold for $5,750. Stewart and Donna Henderson of DH Cattle Show won the auction for the steer.

Grand steer nets $5,750 at Sheldon FFA Livestock Show

SHELDON – The wind may have made things cold, but buyers at the Sheldon Future Farmers of America Livestock Show warmed things up in what could be the largest show ever, according to officials.

The show was held last Saturday at the Agriculture barn on Old Highway US 90, the Beaumont Highway. Buyers were able to bid on a total of 35 animals and auction items. The auction netted more than $43,000 this year.

This year’s Grand Champion Steer, raised by C.E. King High School senior Jamari Davis, was sold for $5,750 to Stewart and Donna Henderson of DH Show Cattle.

Davis said his Grand Champion Steer’s name is Dynamite, is 14-months-old and weighed 1,206 pounds. He talked about raising Dynamite.

“It’s been real good. You have good times and bad times,” Davis said. “But I really love it. I like spending time with my animals. My favorite place is the barn.”

Davis said he plans to use the prize money to attend Texas A&M University and major in veterinary science.

Aside from having the Grand Champion Steer in this year’s show, Davis also had the Grand Champion Pig, Coco. Turner Chevrolet outbid everyone to win the pig for $2,000.

Channelview ISD names new Superintendent


CHANNELVIEW – The Channelview ISD Board of Trustees has unanimously named Dr. Tory C. Hill as the lone finalist to become the District’s next superintendent.

Dr. Tory C. Hill is currently the Superintendent for Sweeny Independent School District. Among his many accomplishments include being a Superintendent of the Year nominee for Region 4 in 2020. After serving as Superintendent for the past 5 years at Sweeny ISD, Dr. Hill was instrumental in passing a $28 million bond to address safety, health, and wellness of students as well as major infrastructure improvements. He also led a $1.7 million agreement with Chevron Phillips for the naming rights to the new Sweeny ISD CPChem CTE Center which opened for students in August 2020.

Dr. Hill earned a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University. He also obtained a master’s degree in education from Florida A&M University and a bachelor’s of science degree in secondary education from Southern University.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Hill to our Channelview ISD family,” said CISD Board President Patrick Lacy. “ We look forward to working with Dr. Hill to continue to advance our District’s commitment to develop and enhance our students’ intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth .”

Highlands Rotary Chili Feast set for Feb 5th


The Highlands Rotary Club is holding their 47th Annual CHILI FEAST, at St. Jude’s Catholic Church social hall, 808 S. Main Street, Highlands. 11am to 3pm, with a Live Auction at Noon to 3pm.

Raffle Tickets are $100, Meal Tickets $10 and the winner will receive a new 2022 SUV Chevy Trailblazer or Chevy Equinox. There are also other valuable prizes. Tickets from any Rotarian, or call 281-426-33558. Tickets also available from Turner Chevrolet, Central Auto Inspections, Weston Cotten, Dr. Larry White.

County raises COVID threat level


Harris County, Texas – On January 10, 2022, Judge Lina Hidalgo announced that she is raising the county’s COVID-19 Threat Level Indicator from Level 2: Orange to Level 1: Red. A surge of the highly contagious Omicron variant has contributed to an increase in COVID transmission across Harris County.

Level 1 signifies a severe and uncontrolled level of COVID-19 transmission in Harris County. Residents experiencing symptoms should get tested and avoid contact with others, assuming they have COVID until they confirm otherwise. Any gatherings should be held outdoors and ideally with masking. Unvaccinated residents should avoid all gatherings and get vaccinated immediately.

“We’re finding ourselves again at a point in this pandemic where hospital staff are being stretched way too thin,” said Judge Hidalgo. “We owe it to our nurses, doctors, and teachers to take steps to protect ourselves and give them a break. If you have been on the fence about getting vaccinated, now is the time to roll up your sleeve. We are in the midst of a COVID-19 tsunami and our best defense are vaccines and booster shots. We’ve been here before, but this time we have more tools available and a better understanding of this virus.”

The COVID-19 vaccine and vaccine booster continues to be available at no charge for all Harris County residents. To find out more information, locations and hours, click

Hidalgo said she made the decision because hospitalizations and ICU cases have spiked at area hospitals, along with the positivity rate.

New EHC project to help homeless

This property on E. Wallisville in HIghlands is being acquired by the East Harris County Navigation Center for the Homeless, to be a transitional living center to provide services and temporary housing for the homeless, as they receive help from the organization.

HIGHLANDS – The Marcelous Williams Resource Center is a social service agency, headquartered on Main Street in Highlands, providing services to the needy and the homeless. It was started several years ago by Eddie and Ramonia Williams, having seen the need for social services in the East Harris County area.

The agency also has an office in the Sterling Library in Baytown, staffed by Tammy Guidry, the director of community engagement and homeless services.

Tammy Guidry and Ramonia Williams, above, and Eddie Williams provide services to the community.

Director Ramonia Williams told this newspaper, “On November 16, 2021 we celebrated the 1 year Anniversary of our Homeless Services Program. Through this program, we have assisted 190 clients from November 3, 2020 to November 3, 2021. Clients were able to meet with our Director of Community Engagement and Homeless Services, Tammy Guidry, to obtain services such as I.D. cards, SNAP food benefits, medical services, social security cards, and birth certificates.

“Twelve of our clients qualified for a new emergency housing voucher program from HUD through the Baytown Housing Authority and are now in their new apartments. We would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who came out to celebrate with us. A special THANK YOU goes out to Sterling Municipal Library for offering us office space and for showing us so much love.

“THANK YOU to our partners United Way of Greater Baytown and Chambers County, The Harris County Sheriffs Department Homeless Outreach Team, Love Network, Hearts and Hands of Baytown, and Legacy Community Health for all of the support given to assist our clients.”

Williams notes that her agency has helped housing, food, medical, rent, home repair after a disaster, ID cards, utility bills, and employment opportunities.

NS Mustangs over C.E. King Panthers 52–48

Coach Sam Benitez (center) rallies his Mustangs moments before they secured their victory over rival C. E. King. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

North Shore High School Basketball Stadium – January 7, 2022, in front of a packed house, the Mustangs under Head Coach Sam Benitez hosted the C.E. King Panthers, their district rival, and in the last two minutes, came from behind with a 4 point win.

The game began with the Mustangs exploding on offense and defense. They lead by double digits midway into the second quarter. By halftime the Panthers had fought back and closed the gap, trailing only by four, 27-23.

At the end of the third quarter the Panthers trailed only by a point, 40- 39. In the fourth quarter the game was tied numerous times, both teams swapped the lead back and forth. With under a minute Coach Benitez tighten his defense, the Mustangs went ahead by four and held on for the win.

Bates, HCDE provide new cars to two Head Start families

Leila Bates with Destini Rhodes and her family, receiving their newly rehabbed automobile from Bates Collision and HCDE.

Dec. 17, 2021 — Two wishes for wheels came true this week as Bates Collision Centers and Harris County Department of Education’s Head Start division presented two special moms with rehabbed vehicles filled with presents as part of their annual Responsible Parenting Award.

In its 23rd year, Bates Collision Centers presented cars No. 41 and 42 to Destini Rhodes, a teaching assistant at Sheffield Head Start, and Alionuska Montalvo Perez, a Pugh Head Start mom. Both were nominated by Head Start staff.

28-year-old Rhodes is a full-time employee and student at San Jacinto College pursuing an associate’s degree in early childhood education. She currently relies on a borrowed vehicle to shuttle her kids and herself to and from school and work. After unwrapping her new vehicle, a 2011 Chevy Equinox, she expressed disbelief over the generous gift.

“I feel very grateful,” said Rhodes, a single mother of three children. “I’ve never been given anything in my life before. I’ve always had to work for everything. I can’t even believe that I’m being recognized for being a good parent. It’s something that you just do because you’re a parent.”

Destini Rhodes received her newly rehabbed car from Lee and Leila Bates above.

Galena Park Library Reopens

The Galena Park Branch Library reopened its doors on Monday, January 3. We reopened without our new furniture or shelves and are currently using borrowed furniture. We hope to be replacing those items as they are ordered and delivered.

We will have a small collection of books available for check out and free crafts for all ages. We will also have computers, a scanner, and print services available. We are using our meeting room for storage so it unavailable for programs or reservations until further notice.

Programs for all ages will resume in person in February. In the meantime, the computer lab will serve as a program room/teen space.

We also have new operating hours.