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Posts published in “Day: March 3, 2022

Trail Rides, BBQ, Parade open Rodeo Houston

The SPANISH TRAIL RIDE went through Aldine and North Houston. It started in Shepherd, Texas traveling 109 miles. It has 125 riders and 9 wagons. This year is was mourning the loss of its popular trail boss, Joe Cantrell to a tragic accident at home a few days ago.

NORTH HARRIS COUNTY – The Rodeo was in town starting this week, and the evidence was wagon teams and horse riders throughout our city streets. They were headed to Memorial Park, where on Friday night they camped prior to the big Rodeo Parade Saturday morning in downtown Houston. And then on to the Rodeo, which officially starts with events and entertainment on Feb. 28. Another tradition everyone was looking forward to was the BBQ cook-off, since it was not held last year due to the pandemic which canceled the whole Rodeo.

There are 10 Trail Rides that participate in the event, with over 2000 riders, wagons, and horses. They start in small towns around Houston, and proceed to NRG stadium and the Rodeo grounds. The tradition started in 1952 in Brenham. A unique feature of the rides are the stops they make along the way, making friends, sharing western lore, and usually introducing school children to horses and wagons.

The NORTHEASTERN TRAIL RIDE has 150 Riders and 7 wagons. Starting in Cheeks, Texas they stopped in Crosby and Sheldon, camping along the way. They also paid a visit to Sheldon Elementary School on Old Beaumont Highway to visit.

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Arts Center unveils Martin Luther King Jr. Mural

The unveiling of The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mural was done by Program Manager Gayla Wilson of Volunteer Houston, a program of Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston and Michelle L. Bonton, M.Ed, Executive Director of The Harris County Culture Arts Center (HCCAC) . (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Houston, TX. — February 23, 2022 at the Houston Culture Arts Center, 13334 Wallisville Rd., Black History Month was celebrated with the unveiling of a 12’ x 10’ mural of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Program Manager Gayla Wilson of Volunteer Houston was the Mistress of Ceremony. She said the mural was created by 80 individuals who each painted a part of it by painting individual panels approximately 12” x 12”, drawing on their own emotions and perspectives around Dr. King’s messages of services, perseverance, and injustice and their part in creating and contributing to his vision of the Beloved Community.

Michelle L. Bonton, M.Ed, Executive Director said, “Dr. King’s dream of an overall better quality of life through peace and unity was big. Like Dr. King, Harris County Cultural Arts Council is doing something big! We’re using the arts to improve the quality of life and promote unity between people from different backgrounds in unincorporated East Harris County. We’re excited to have this mural as a representation of Dr. King’s legacy and the one we’re building for our community.”

Channelview ISD drops Mask Mandate


CHANNELVIEW – The Channelview ISD school district has decided to end the requirement for persons in their buildings to wear a mask as protection from the COVID-19 virus. The following statement was issued by Superintendent Tory Hill:

Dear Channelview ISD Parents and Staff,

It has been my pleasure to serve as your new superintendent. I have been on the job for about a month and it has been a busy yet incredibly rewarding experience. I look forward to serving our students every single day and creating a collaborative Channelview. Our students’ education and safety will continue to come first in every decision that I make.

After several discussions and much research, it has been decided that we will lift the mask mandate beginning Tuesday, March 1 at 5:00 p.m. Masks will be strongly recommended for all students, staff and campus visitors. Until then, the mask requirements will remain in effect. We still strongly recommend all of our students wear masks in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

NS Lady Mustangs playoff eliminated

Shalayne Morgan the Lady Mustangs junior guard goes airborne as she led the team with 17 points making nearly half of their total points. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

North Shore 37 – Pearland Lady Oilers 38

By Allan Jamail

February 22, 2022 – At the Pasadena Sam Rayburn High School gym, the Pearland Lady Oilers brought GPISD North Shore Lady Mustangs’ playoff hopes to a close, winning 38 to 37. As this low score tells, the game was a defensive battle and, as usual when this happens in a close game, it was the team with the ball in their possession in the final seconds who won.

The game many thought would be an easy win for the Eastside girls ended up as a shock and surprise when Pearland won by one point in the final couple seconds. The shock and surprise was because earlier in the season, North Shore won against Pearland by 24 points, 54 – 30.

North Shore’s coach Allison Campbell said the first time they played the Lady Oilers, they didn’t have all their starters, as they did in this game. Plus they added a new player to their team that the UIL recently cleared to play.

The North Shore team had more turnovers than normal, and this was because Pearland’s defense was so aggressive. Atria “Tree” Dumas, the Mustangs’ leading rebounder and a double digit scorer, was held to only 3 points, where she usually gets near 20 points a game. She was double-teamed most of the time when she played. Coach Campbell took her out of the game for half of the first quarter and all of the 2nd quarter, because Campbell said Dumas had 2 early fouls and she didn’t want her to foul out.

County moves COVID threat to Level 2 ORANGE

Harris County Judge Lowers COVID Threat Level to Orange

Harris County, Texas — February 24, 2022 — Judge Lina Hidalgo today announced that she is lowering the county’s COVID-19 Threat Level Indicator from Level 1: Red to Level 2: Orange. The move comes as positive cases and COVID-19 ICU populations are decreasing.

“The omicron wave hit Harris County very, very hard,” said Judge Hidalgo. “In fact, only now have our hospitalization rates dropped to levels that don’t immediately threaten the capacity of our healthcare system. While we’re moving in the right direction, there are no guarantees we won’t see another wave in the future. My hope is that the on-demand availability of vaccines and treatments will help us to avoid another dangerous spike. I continue to urge folks to get vaccinated. Doing so will allow us to deal with COVID-19 as a manageable risk rather than an emergency that unnecessarily threatens lives and the capacity of our entire healthcare system.”

Cornyn Statement on Russian Invasion of Ukraine

AUSTIN – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine:

“America stands with Ukraine, and we will do everything we can to help them defend themselves against the Russian Federation.”

“The United States has played no part in creating this crisis, but we have a responsibility to support the Ukrainian people as they fight to defend their own sovereignty.”

“Putin has tried to get away with as much as he can, and it would be naive to think that he will stop at Ukraine. Ukraine is on the front line of a crisis, but the security of Europe is also in question.”

“This is not just about Ukraine. This is not just about Europe. This is about America’s credibility and that of our friends and allies around the world and our willingness to stand up for our values and defend our freedoms.