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Battleship sails to Galveston August 31

The Battleship Texas is set to sail on Wednesday, Aug. 31 to a drydock in Galveston for repairs to its hull.

In Drydock for repairs one year

Battleship Texas Foundation Announces Ship Departure on August 31st

LA PORTE- The Battleship Texas Foundation (BTF), with their partners, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Historical Commission, announce that the Battleship Texas will be departing San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site for repairs on August 31st. Repairs will be done at Gulf Copper & Manufacturing Corporations’ Galveston Shipyard. Due to weather or day of delays, the departure is subject to potential postponement. A livestream video of the departure will be available for the public to view for free on the BTF YouTube channel and Facebook group page.

San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, parts of Independence Parkway, and the Lynchburg Ferry will be closed from the early morning hours on August 31st until the ship has moved past the Lynchburg Ferry. The ship can be viewed throughout her route over most of the day. Good viewing locations for the public include, subject to the local authority, Bayland Island, Texas City Dike, Seawolf Park, and Pier 21. The ship should pass the Texas City Dike and Seawolf Park around early to mid-afternoon and be in Galveston by mid to late afternoon.

All updates will be on the BTF website battleshiptexas.org.

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GP North Shore High Eulogized Principal Kenneth Wallace

Dr. Joe Coleman, Principal, North Shore High School, Master of Ceremonies For The Kenneth Wallace Memorial. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

August 9, 2022 – Houston, TX – Galena Park ISD’s North Shore High School assembled several hundred of its faculty and staff to pay tribute to the late Kenneth Wallace to kick off their school year. Wallace was described by former coworkers, teammates, classmates, and students as an exceptional leader and educator.

This year’s North Shore Mustangs will wear a decal of “KW” on the varsity football helmets in recognition of Mr. Wallace. His son Reggie Wallace has been named 2022-2023 Head Track Coach at NSHS.

Wallace, better known as “Mr. Wallace,” was the NSHS principal from 2000 to 2011, and each of his years there as principal, the school achieved recognition by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). He advanced to associate superintendent and ultimately deputy superintendent before retiring in 2019 with 45 years as an educator.

Principal Dr. Joe Coleman was Master of Ceremonies of the memorial ceremony. He presented screen slides of Wallace’s successes, which also included NSHS’s current history of academic and athletic achievements of 2021-2022 and before.

Dr. Joe Coleman, Principal GPISD North Shore HS

Principal Dr. Joe Coleman North Shore Senior High School

By Allan Jamail

August 23, 2022 – Houston, TX. – On any given school day at North Shore Senior High School, you will find Dr. Joe Coleman hard at work. This reporter has visited him at all hours of the day, and he is always involved with the students, helping them through their day. At class breaks, you will find him in the hallways making sure students follow school policies and promptly get to their next class. But he always has time to smile and greet any student that needs his help or advice.

At football games, you will find him on the goal line cheering for his team, and he will walk over to the stands and talk to parents at games when they want to say a word to him. He is always thanking the cheerleaders, band members, and dance team for doing their part for the school and athletic department. He is what we call a “people’s person,” always promoting goodwill from the school to the community.

Dr. Joe Coleman is currently serving in his 11th year as North Shore Senior High School Principal and beginning his 32nd year serving in public school education. During his tenure, he has taught middle school and high school, been an assistant principal at the middle and high school levels, and served as a high school principal in San Angelo ISD, Fort Bend ISD, and in Kansas City Public Schools. Under his tenure as North Shore Senior High School’s principal, accomplishments include but are not limited to:

Channelview ISD opens new McGhee Elementary

Sixty plus McGhee family members gather for the McGhee School ribbon cutting. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Building combines the history of the past with vision of the future

By Allan Jamail

Channelview, TX – August 8, 2022, three hundred plus people came to participate in the new CVISD McGhee elementary school’s ribbon cutting (1045 Sheldon Rd.). It was constructed as part of a 75 percent voter-approved 2019 Bond election for 195 million dollars.

The ceremony began with the Channelview ISD (CVISD) Color Guard posting the colors, pledge to USA & Texas flags, and a prayer led by Chaplain Pct. 3 Eric Goodwine of Constable Sherman Eagleton’s Office. Introduction speeches were made by Supt. Dr. Tory C. Hill, CVISD Board of Trustees President Patrick Lacy, McGhee Elem. Prin. Lizette Castelline and other school officials.

The campus is named after Joe McGhee, the man who donated the land for the original tiny wooden school in which his grandson also named Joe McGhee helped build. It was built for AfricanAmerican kids before Black kids were allowed to mix with white kids. Years later the first AfricanAmerican student to enroll in CVISD was a descendent of Peter McGhee. Artifacts from the original Joe McGhee School including the school bell are now in the new school’s in-house museum.

Over 60 decedents of Peter, his eldest son Joe and his wife Eliza McGhee gathered to participate. Ms. Richie “McGhee” Gradney, Great Grandaughter of Joe McGhee and Great Great Granddaughter Ms. Tammie Mac presented the family’s history.

Ms. Gradney said, “This new school isn’t our only claim to fame when it comes to Texas history.

Lawsuit filed after concrete truck falls from overpass, injures 3 and kills boy

Concrete Mixer Truck fell from Beltway 8 onto car driving below on frontage road. A 22 month old boy was killed, 3 others injured.

HOUSTON — A family whose SUV was crushed when a concrete-mixer truck toppled off the East Beltway and landed on their vehicle is now seeking compensation in the wake of an apparent freak accident that killed a 22- month-old boy. Nicolas Resendiz was identified as the 22-month-old child who died in the Aug. 5, 2022, crash on the East Beltway

His aunt, Esmerelda Resendiz, described little Nicolas Resendiz saying, “He was just a happy little boy. He wasn’t shy like his sister. He would go to anybody. He would smile with you and laugh.”

The family is having a hard time accepting what happened was real.

“It’s still hard for us to process everything. Doing every day, daily things, with him not being here, or seeing one and not the other,” Esmerelda Resendiz said.

The lawsuit was filed by Jennifer and Maria Resendiz, two of the SUV’s occupants, against National Ready Mix LLC of Kingwood, which is the company that owns the truck involved in the Aug. 5 crash.

COVID-19 Novavax Vaccine Now Available at HCPH Sites

Houston – Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is pleased to announce that there is a new option for people to get their COVID19 vaccine. On July 13, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine for emergency use. Following approvals of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), HCPH is now offering the COVID-19 Novavax vaccine to residents. Novavax is a two-dose primary series for individuals 18 years of age and older given 3 weeks apart.

Novavax uses a different technique than other COVID-19 vaccines such as those from Pfizer and Moderna. Instead of using mRNA, which provides the instructions for your body to create the COVID-19 spike protein that in turn induces your body’s immune response, Novavax’s vaccine injects the small protein itself, that your body detects and that triggers your body’s immune response. The Novavax vaccine is based on a well-established method of vaccine development that has been used for years for other vaccines such as the Human-papillomavirus, Hepatitis B, flu, and Shingles vaccines.

Harris County plans $1.2 bond issue for November ballot

HOUSTON – Harris County leaders took the first step to put a $1.2 billion bond referendum on the November 8 ballot. The proposal would devote $100 million to public safety facilities and technology, $900 million to roads, drainage, and transportation projects, and $200 million to parks.

Commissioners voted 3-2 along party lines to authorize multiple county departments to develop a capital improvement bond proposal. Judge Lina Hidalgo set conditions for casting her vote with her fellow Democrats, Commissioners Adrian Garcia and Rodney Ellis.

“The guidelines should include a ‘worst-first’ approach to match funds to the greatest need, with at least $220 million to be spent in each precinct and $100 million to be set aside for public safety,” Hidalgo said.

The “worst-first” requirement addresses a concern that Commissioner Ellis raised, citing past bond initiatives where poorer neighborhoods like those in his Precinct 1 were shortchanged.

Gun BuyBack takes 845 guns off Street

Officers from HPD and HCSO check guns turned in.

HOUSTON- Due to an overwhelming response from the public, the One Safe Houston Gun Buyback collected 845 firearms and distributed nearly $100,000 in gift cards on Saturday, July 30. As a result of the unprecedented response, the event, which began at 8 a.m. and was scheduled to end at noon, did not conclude until almost 7 p.m., when the last person collected a handful of gift cards.Earlier in the day, dozens of vehicles were turned away due to demand and long lines. However, more than 150 people were given priority vouchers for a place in line at the next gun buyback. Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Houston Police Department will announce a date soon for a second event.

“We used best practices to plan and hold today’s event. I did not know what to expect, and the turnout was overwhelming,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. “The turnout demonstrates there are too many guns on our streets, and people want to get them out of their possession. The gun buyback is not the only solution, but we can and will make our streets safer and help reduce gun violence.”

The successful event was a collaboration between Mayor Turner, Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, and the Houston Police Department.

New Texas Law protects Dogs tied outdoors

Astrit Flores, Galena Park Police Department’s Communication Officer and sister Ariana Flores with Captain their 4 year old German Shepherd. Captain is modeling a properly fitted dog harness with a hand held leash as required by Senate Bill 5. Read article for more dog leashing requirements. Photo by Devany Purcell

By Allan Jamail

August 10, 2022 – Dogs in Texas will now be able to be protected from cruel treatment if citizens and law enforcement will work together complying and enforcing the new law regarding how dogs kept outside must be tied-up. The new law also eliminates the “24-hour rule” which previously prevented law enforcement from enforcing violations or helping animals who were being treated inhumanely until after 24 hours had passed.

Early in the Legislation Session, a similar bill passed but Governor Abbott shocked animal rights groups in Texas and across the nation and killed it by veto, saying that law wasn’t needed to protect animals. Jamey Cantrell, president of the Texas Animal Control Association, said that public outcry from Texans over Abbott’s vetoing the bill prompted Abbot to sign off on it the second time it came to him.

Superintendents hold “Safe Schools” meeting

SCHOOL SAFETY Meeting participants included Superintendents Dr. Tory Hill (Channelview ISD), Dr. Randy O’Brien (Goose Creek CISD), and Dr. John Moore (Galena Park ISD) with State Representative Ana Hernandez of District TX143.

Meeting held by State Rep. Ana Hernandez

HOUSTON – On August 3, 2022, Galena Park ISD (GPISD) Board Room was the site of a Safe Schools Town Hall Meeting, hosted by Ana Hernandez. Texas State Representative Hernandez invited local superintendents to serve on a panel to discuss school safety and security with community members.

Representative Hernandez began the meeting by introducing the guest panelist of surrounding area Superintendents including Dr. John Moore, Galena Park ISD; Dr. Tory Hill, Channelview ISD; and Dr. Randall O’Brien, Goose Creek CISD. She also expressed the importance of starting now to begin preparations for student’ safety.

“The time to think about and prepare for student safety is now,” said Representative Hernandez.