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Homeless Shelter for families will serve North Channel

CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW FAMILY CENTER is scheduled to start in the 4th quarter of 2014, and be completed in 2015. The building will house up to six homeless families, for short periods of time while they receive BAHS services and prepare to reenter the mainstream of society. Besides housing and meals, the center will provide job training, resume preparation, and transportation for job interviews. BAHS is currently seeking donations to complete their $1.2 million fundraising campaign.
CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW FAMILY CENTER is scheduled to start in the 4th quarter of 2014, and be completed in 2015. The building will house up to six homeless families, for short periods of time while they receive BAHS services and prepare to reenter the mainstream of society. Besides housing and meals, the center will provide job training, resume preparation, and transportation for job interviews. BAHS is currently seeking donations to complete their $1.2 million fundraising campaign.

Elswick details Baytown Facility at North Shore Rotary meeting

NORTH CHANNEL – Rotarians heard from Roger Elswick last week, about the planned Family Center to serve homeless families in the Bay Area Homeless Service area.

Elswick is the campaign chair for the fundraising effort to build, furnish and equip the new center. The goal is to raise $1.2 million for this unique project.

Elswick is CEO of Community Toyota/Honda/Kia in Baytown, and devotes much of his time to worthwhile civic causes. He was accompanied in his presentation by Jim Wadzinski and BAHS executive director Bill Eckert.

Elswick explained that although the BAHS has been in existence since 1982, it serves homeless men, women and children in separate facilities. What was needed was a family facility, so that BAHS did not have to split them up. The new building, when completed in 2015, will be 6000 square feet in size, and have six family suites, dining areas, kitchen play area, office, and living room. It will be unique in East Harris County, with no other similar facility available for homeless families, he said.

BAHS service area is East Harris County, Chamber, and Liberty counties. This includes Channelview, North Shore, Sheldon, Galena Park, Jacinto City, Crosby, Highlands, Baytown, Mont Belvieu, Dayton, Liberty, and Anahuac.

Elswick is seeking donations, or pledges, that can be spread out over 3 years. BAHS is a 501c3 organization, so there is a tax advantage to donations. Individuals or companies that donate can have various rooms permanently named for them.

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COMMUNITY PROFILE: Buckshot Jamboree is a HOOT!

BUCKSHOT JAMBOREE BAND: SEATED, Buck Sloan and Shirley Sloan; STANDING, Kaleb Jordan, Dusty Stewart, Jerry Orvis, and Royce Mel- ton. This group of old-timers will put a smile on your face, and heart, and your foot will be tapping all night!
BUCKSHOT JAMBOREE BAND: SEATED, Buck Sloan and Shirley Sloan; STANDING, Kaleb Jordan, Dusty Stewart, Jerry Orvis, and Royce Mel- ton. This group of old-timers will put a smile on your face, and heart, and your foot will be tapping all night!

NORTH SHORE – A treasure of country western music is right here in North Shore. If you are looking for an enjoyable way to spend a Saturday evening, in a friendly, fun non-alcoholic environment, the Buckshot Jamboree will more than live up to your expectations.

The Jamboree is a life-long dream of Buck Sloan, realized in his own building on a side road, Hartman Street, off Old Beaumont Highway. Buck and his wife Shirley, and their band “The Buckshots” play every Saturday evening for three hours, to an audience that varies from 50 to 200.

The music is classic country western, with some rock and contemporary thrown in for variety. And the sounds they make are wonderful, and bring back memories to most everyone attending. Although the same band plays every Saturday, the program is always different, with four or more guest artists singing and playing.

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Harris County Sheriff’s Office calls Town Hall “Safety” meeting for April 8

town hall meeting

NORTH CHANNEL – The Harris County Sheriff’s Office will host a Town Hall meeting to talk about “Our County, Our Concerns and Our Future.”

Save the date for this community town hall and attend on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 6 pm to 8 pm. The meeting will take place at the North Shore High School Auditorium located at 353 N. Castlegory, Houston, TX 77049.

Attend to ask questions, voice your concerns and learn how county agencies are working together to keep Harris County a safe place.

Featuring local leaders and officials include Sheriff Adrian Garcia, District Attorney Devon Anderson, Pct. 2 Commisioner Jack Morman, Constable Phil Sandin, Constable Ken Jones and Galena Park ISD Police Chief Bryan Clements.

Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition Annual Meeting: Emmett keynote stresses cooperation

JUDGE ED EMMETT delivers the Keynote Address and swearing in of the board, at the Annual Meeting of the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition. Also speaking were Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition (GBCC) Exec. Dir. Jill Boullion, and GBCC chair Bill Franks.
JUDGE ED EMMETT delivers the Keynote Address and swearing in of the board, at the Annual Meeting of the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition. Also speaking were Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition (GBCC) Exec. Dir. Jill Boullion, and GBCC chair Bill Franks.

HOUSTON – The Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition (BGCC) held its annual report to the public, with a keynote address from County Judge Ed Emmett, and remarks from Houston Mayor Annise Parker last Thursday, March 20.

Chairman Bill Franks acted as Master of Ceremonies, and Executive Director Jill Boullion presented an overview video on the state of the coalition and its accomplishments in the last year.

Boullion had a lot to present, as the Coalition currently has about 40 projects, taking place in four distinct areas or “reaches” around the North and East sections of the County. The Coalition partners with a number of other organizations to accomplish its work, and this idea led to Emmett’s keynote theme, partnerships.

Boullion pointed out that the Coalition covers approximately 45 miles in length, and its goals are recreation, economic development, and enhanced quality of life. In addition, it works to remediate flooding and other threats to the bayous.

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APPEAL DENIED: Judge upholds enforcement of Game Room Regulations

State District Court Judge Al Bennett denied an attempt to further delay the enforcement of new regulations aiming to crack down on illegal game rooms. Following a hearing held this afternoon, Judge Bennett denied a request for a temporary injunction to prevent enforcement of the regulations.

The office of Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan defended the game room regulations citing the lawfulness, constitutionality and enforceability of the regulations passed by the Harris County Commissioners Court in December 2013.

“We are pleased with the ruling and look forward to working with Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the Constables, and other in implementing and enforcing these game room regulations,” Ryan said.

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Channelview ISD Education Foundation gives grants to teachers

Pictured are Channelview High School science teacher Karen He- bert is presented with a $5,000 In- novative Teaching Grant by Chan- nelview ISD Education Foundation President Sholanda Dawkins during the Foundation's Surprise Patrol on March 7.
Pictured are Channelview High School science teacher Karen Hebert is presented with a $5,000 Innovative Teaching Grant by Channelview ISD Education Foundation President Sholanda Dawkins during the Foundation’s Surprise Patrol on March 7.

The Spring Break holiday was not the only reason that some Channelview ISD teachers had huge smiles on their faces.

With the sounds of the Channelview High School band vibrating through the hallways and a crowd of people with noisemakers leading the way, the Channelview ISD Education Foundation’s “Surprise Patrol” presented Innovative Teaching Grants to educators on several campuses on Friday, March 7.

Foundation board members and donors, school administrators, CHS band members, Channelettes and cheerleaders traveled by bus to campuses, presenting more than $16,000 in grants to teachers throughout the district.

Funds for the grants came from private donations from business and community members, as well as various individuals. The Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that benefits Channelview ISD students and staff by supporting activities not funded by tax dollars through the regular school budget. In the past two years, the Foundation has given over $38,000 in grant funding to educators in the district.

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Galena Park ISD names new head football coach for the Mighty Mustangs

Jon Jay, new North Shore Senior High School Head Football Coach.
Jon Jay, new North Shore Senior High School Head Football Coach.

As long-time veteran David Aymond steps into his new role as GPISD’s Boys’ Athletic Coordinator, Jon Kay, eighteen year veteran of the District, takes the helm of the North Shore Senior High School Mustang football program.

Kay began his career as a science teacher and assistant coach at Cunningham Middle School in 1996. That was the beginning of a long, successful career which has landed Kay the job of his dreams North Shore Senior High School Head Football Coach.

Kay has served in many roles over the span of his career: head freshman coach, defensive assistant, varsity secondary coach, recruiting coordinator, strength and conditioning coordinator, defensive coordinator, assistant head coach and athletic campus coordinator.

Kay has been honored as the 2010 Greater Houston Coaches’ Association Assistant Coach of the Year. Also, he has been invited to speak at numerous Texas coaching clinics. Although Kay has no easy task ahead of him as he accepts the new challenge and sets his sights on yet another coveted state championship for the team’s trophy case, there is no doubt he has the experience required for such a challenge. He has devoted countless hours as a member of the Mustang program for the past sixteen years, and he knows what it takes to get to the next level.

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Dear Editor

Thank you so much for giving us old timers in North Shore a newspaper again. I have really missed the Sentinel. The only other local paper thrown is in Spanish, which I cannot read, and have missed local news and ads. I moved to North Shore in 1959. I’m hoping our almost defunct civic association can inspire activity through your paper.

Again thanks for the local news.

Dottie Woods

HC WCID #36 GROUNDBREAKING: Water District to get new Tower

Harris County Water Control & Improvement District #36 has a water storage tank facility at Freeport and Brownwood streets. There is both a ground storage tank, an elevated tank, and pumps and emergency gen- erators at the site. In the com- ing months, the Water District will remove the elevated tank and replace it with a much larg- er new tank. The old tank is over 65 years old, and needs re- placed.
Harris County Water Control & Improvement District #36 has a water storage tank facility at Freeport and Brownwood streets. There is both a ground storage tank, an elevated tank, and pumps and emergency generators at the site. In the coming months, the Water District will remove the elevated tank and replace it with a much larger new tank. The old tank is over 65 years old, and needs replaced.

CLOVERLEAF – Customers of HC WCID#36 will soon have an upgrade in their water service, according to general manager Billie Vasquez. The District is planning on replacing their old elevated storage tank with a new one, with a larger capacity.

The old tank, purchased from the “Old Ordinance Depot” in Jacinto Port over 65 years ago, had a capacity of 150,000 gallons. It has been refurbished and standpipes have been replaced over the years. The new one, being built in South Dakota by Maguire Iron, will have a capacity of 250,000 gallons. It will be erected by the contractor, W.W. Payton Corp., this summer after the old tank is tipped over and replaced.

The project is jointly financed by a HUD/CDBG grant from the Harris County Community Services Department of $1,178,622, and a matching grant from the Water District of $295,000.

Board members of HCWCID#36 break ground, symbolically, for the new Elevated Storage Tank. Pictured left to right, Gerardo Leal, Ronald Holder, Maria Koukoulakis, Gerardo Parra (president), and Ola Mae Watts. Water District Manager is Billie Vasquez.
Board members of HCWCID#36 break ground, symbolically, for the new Elevated Storage Tank. Pictured left to right, Gerardo Leal, Ronald Holder, Maria Koukoulakis, Gerardo Parra (president), and Ola Mae Watts. Water District Manager is Billie Vasquez.

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Scott Stephens partners with local hospital for heart screenings

Cody Stephens in a red t-shirt with his father, Scott Stephens, in a football field prior to Cody’s sudden death.
Cody Stephens in a red t-shirt with his father, Scott Stephens, in a football field prior to Cody’s sudden death.

Houston, TX – Art Garza, Chief Operating Officer of East Houston Regional Medical Center announced the East Houston Regional Medical Center’s partnership with the Cody Stephens “Go Big or Go Home” Memorial Foundation and area independent school districts to provide electrocardiograms (EKGs) for students who participate in school sports and other extracurricular activities.

In 2012 with only two months before the 6’9” 289-pound Cody Stephens was slated to join a college football team, he sat down to rest and died of sudden cardiac arrest. He was 18 years old, and he would have received a required EKG by his college football team, a procedure which might have identified his heart problem.

Scott Stephens, Cody’s father, approached East Houston Regional Medical Center with a proposal that resulted in 2,216 EKG screenings last year. The staff at East Houston Regional Medical Center agreed to provide the screenings as a pro bono service.

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AG EDUCATION: Sheldon FFA raises scholarship dollars at Livestock Sale

Contributed by Ashley Shibley

Sheldon ISD’s Future Farmers of America Show is a Huge Success!

GRAND CHAMPION STEER was exhibited by Ryan Rodriguez, left, and purchased by Fred Rivas.
GRAND CHAMPION STEER was exhibited by Ryan Rodriguez, left, and
purchased by Fred Rivas.

The Sheldon Independent School District is proud of the Sheldon Future Farmers of America students for hosting an open livestock show for local competitors!

All in all, there were 132 entries in the Steer, Heifer, Lamb, Goat, and Swine shows. The show gave the students the opportunity to give their animals’ ringside exposure. The students also got the chance to practice their showmanship skills, as they prepare to show their animals in future shows.

The Sheldon FFA students not only played host, but they also competed in this year’s show. The Sheldon FFA had over 50 entries, thanks to the addition of a few new categories. The categories included Steers, Heifer, Lamb, Goats, Swine, Rabbits, Chickens, Ag Mech, Horticulture, Decorated Cake, and Food Shows. The new categories were a hit with the students who want to be involved, but do not wish to raise an animal.

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