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Posts published in “Day: October 20, 2022

North Shore stampedes Beaumont Westbrook

Mustangs 56 – Bruins 7

By Allan Jamail

GPISD Stadium, October 14, 2022 – North Shore Mustangs Head Coach Jon Kay’s Eastside Boys wasted no time in demolishing their visiting opponent, the Beaumont Westbook Bruins.

Quarterback David Amador filling in for the injured starting quarterback Kaleb Bailey looked as if he was capable of leading the team to another state championship to keep the Mustang’s dynasty alive.

Kay had to make quick adjustments for his offensive unit when Bailey went out early in the season with a season ending leg injury. Amador who had been the team’s leading pass receiver switched from catching passes to throwing them. He’s done quite well in the games he has taken over as quarterback. He likes to run but I’m sure Kay will not let him in order to avoid an injury, except maybe in a crucial situation in a playoff deciding game. Bailey’s excessive running in a “no contest” game cost him his season.

Final Weeks of Campaigns: BETO, ABBOTT stump Houston for Votes

By Gilbert Hoffman

HARRIS COUNTY – Voters face a momentous and important task on Election Day, November 8, when they must select candidate and propositions on the longest ballot in Texas and the longest in recent memory. In addition, they must navigate the new voting machines which have a combination of electronic ballot casting, and a paper record to be scanned and archived.

Candidates have been ferociously campaigning, with personal appearances, social media, email campaigns, and ads on TV and newspapers.

Most political observers feel this is one of the most important elections in many years, with the Supreme Court overturning longstanding judgements, and an evenly split Congress deadlocked on many life-altering issues.

Important races on the ballot include Texas Governor and other state offices, Harris County Judge and commissioner, and many candidates for U.S. House and State Legislature.

In addition, there are bond propositions for massive amounts of money, and school districts wanting to fund expansion.

Dozens of judges will be elected, both family, district, civil and criminal judges fill several pages of the ballot.

At a more local level, school board trustees will be voted on in Channelview, Crosby, Huffman, Sheldon, and Lone Star College.

Bond issues for MUD districts are slated in Newport and Crosby.

School van kills 9-year-old Jacinto City Elementary Student

JACINTO CITY – The Family and whole community are mourning the tragic accident that took the life of a 9-year-old Jacinto City Elementary student. Authorities are investigating after the boy was struck and killed by the driver of a van who had just dropped him off at home, according to Jacinto City police.

The tragic accident happened around 3 p.m. in the 10500 block of Pillot Street last Wednesday, October 12.

According to Police Chief Joe Ayala, the 9-year-old and several other children were on a private van that was transporting them home after school. When the boy arrived at his destination, he exited and crossed in front of the van. The driver did not see the child and struck him. Chief Ayala suggested there might have been some type of distraction for the driver or the boy that contributed to the tragedy.

Yellowjackets 21 ~ Indians 33

By Allan Jamail

GPISD Stadium — Friday, October 13, 2022, on Senior Night the Galena Park Yellowjackets suffered a loss when the visiting Santa Fe Indians took their sting away. Head Coach Spiro Amarantos was hard pressed to field a good threat with 3 of his offensive starters benched with injuries.

The Jackets’ normal aggressive running game was noticeably below par due to the injuries. This kept their defense on the field much longer than normal which led to player fatigue. Santa Fe had no mercy and took advantage of it chalking up 33 points to GPs’s 21.

THEA to update community on Waste Pits at meeting on Oct. 25

HIGHLANDS – The EPA is holding its ground against further delays in cleaning up the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site. The responsible parties who seem to continuously look for ways to drag out the government-ordered clean up.

It only took a few years to fill the pits with dioxin-laden paper mill waste back in the 1960s. Nearly 60 years later, the companies found responsible for the contamination, International Paper and Waste Management, Inc., are still asking for more time to figure out how to fix the problem. A new letter from the EPA indicates the agency isn’t buying it.

The companies submitted a remediation plan for the northern waste pit earlier this summer. The EPA said it was incomplete and gave them until next month to come up with the full plan. The companies asked to push that deadline until February of next year, almost guaranteeing another delay in starting the cleanup.

Now the EPA has sent them a clear message. The agency writes that it has already allowed the companies to delay finalizing a plan for 725 days and is ordering them to submit the plan by November 8, 2022. It’s worth remembering that the Superfund law allows the EPA to charge three times the cost of the damages if the responsible parties won’t cooperate.