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Easter observed with Egg hunts, Church Services

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The Easter Egg Hunt and photos with the Easter Bunny last Saturday in Jacinto City were typical of Easter celebrations for all ages, taking place from last Saturday through Easter Sunday.

At left, Mayor Ana Diaz and Constable Chris Diaz hand out candy and gifts to some of the children waiting in line for the egg hunt. At right, kids scramble to pick up the 5000 eggs provided by the city. Four of them had special prizes inside.

Religious services and Sunrise Services were also planned for this weekend.

Jacinto City Police foil gas station’s ATM burglary

The burglary was at this convenience store on Mercury Drive.
The burglary was at this convenience store on Mercury Drive.

JACINTO CITY – Police were called to the Come & Save food store and gas station at 1509 Mercury Drive last Thursday morning, when a would-be thief broke a storefront window, tied a rope around an ATM machine inside, and pulled it out into the parking area with his car.

The crime happened early in the morning, according to Jacinto City Police Chief Joe Ayala, but an alarm and video equipment brought a quick response from the Jacinto City police patrols.

The broken ATM machine.
The broken ATM machine.

On the surveillance video, the thief can be seen breaking open the ATM, and attempting to pull the cash out. Almost immediately one police cruiser arrives on the scene, and the thief enters his car and flees south on Mercury Drive. At that time, two other cruisers arrive and give chase, apprehending the thief a few blocks away. He has been identified as Gustavo Barriga, a 22 year old Hispanic male. He is currently in the Harris County jail, awaiting arraignment.

Assisting in the arrests were Jacinto City Police officers Cpl. Nieto, Sgt. S. Flores, and Officer D. Reyes. They were commended by Chief Ayala for their quick action and apprehension of the suspect.

Channelview’s student grabs spotlight, prize calf at Houston Rodeo Scramble

Channelview High School sophomore Yvette Leos hangs on tight to a calf during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Calf Scram- ble at Reliant Stadium recently. Leos wasn’t able to hang on to this calf, but ended up grabbing another one to take to the winner’s circle.
Channelview High School sophomore Yvette Leos hangs on tight to a calf during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Calf Scramble at Reliant Stadium recently. Leos wasn’t able to hang on to this calf, but ended up grabbing another one to take to the winner’s circle.

As she stepped into the dirt arena at Reliant Stadium, Yvette Leos looked up in amazement at the thousands of spectators and bright lights of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

She and 30 others took their place in the spotlight – a 3-acre spotlight, that is. Their objective: catch one of 15 calves and bring it back to the center of the arena. Her eyes watched carefully at the starter’s hat. As his hat dropped, she took off in a full sprint with her sights on catching a calf.

It was a task she truly took by the tail. However, the elusive calves had other ideas.

“On my first few attempts, I grabbed them by the tail and got dragged a good 10 yards. Then, on another attempt, I got kicked in the head to the point my ear was bleeding. I never felt a real headache until that moment,” said Leos, a Channelview High School sophomore and first-year Future Farmers of America member.

Calf scramble committee members tried to convince her to go to seek first aid, but Leos said, “I kept running away from them because I was determined I was going to catch a calf – nothing was going to stop me.”

In what Leos described as the “longest field ever,” she grabbed hold of the neck of a calf, fastened a halter on, and guided the animal into the square. “I was exhausted, but it was exciting to see the committee member’s flag go up as I pulled the calf across the line, she said. “Words cannot really explain how amazing it felt.”

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Motorcyclist killed on Market St.

Houston Fire Department cleans up the accident scene on eastbound Market Street, near the intersection with I-10 and Uvalde. A 44 year old male died when he lost control of his motorcycle after striking the curb.
Houston Fire Department cleans up the accident scene on eastbound Market Street, near the intersection with I-10 and Uvalde. A 44 year old male died when he lost control of his motorcycle after striking the curb.

NORTH SHORE – A motorcyclist died in a fatal traffic accident in North Shore.

The accident happened at 13400 Market Street, near I10 about 11:45 a.m. last Thursday morning, April 10, 2014.

According to the Houston Police Department, a 44-year-old man was driving a Honda motorcycle eastbound on Market Street when he failed to maintain a single lane and struck a curb. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

It was reported that a pickup truck may have been involved in the accident; however, there are some discrepancies, and a HPD report states that no other vehicles or individuals were involved in the accident.

North Shore boys and girls track team runs up the point total, clinch district championship

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On Thursday, April 10, 2014, the District 23-5A boys and girls track meet was held at the North Shore Senior High Ninth Grade Center track. Seven teams competed in the meet: Baytown Sterling; Beaumont West Brook; Channelview; Deer Park; La Porte; Port Arthur Memorial; and North Shore. The North Shore boys and girls track teams both won the district meet with astonishing point totals. This is the tenth year in a row for the boys’ team to win the district title.

Points are earned by placing in track and field events. In an individual event, point totals are as follows: 1st place – 10 points; 2nd place – 8 points; 3rd place – 6 points; 4th place 4 points; 5th place – 2 points; and 6th place – 1 point. In relay events, the point totals double. The boys’ team earned 248 points, 98 points more than the second place team. The girls’ team earned 221 points, defeating their closest opponent by 102 points! Multiple North Shore athletes finished in the top four in numerous events.

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The top four event qualifiers will compete in the area track meet, which will be held at Pearland High School on April 16. An astounding 19 boys and 16 girls will represent North Shore at the area meet, many in multiple events.

These athletes and their events are:

GIRLS

Aysha Anderson 300m hurdles, 100m hurdles, pole vault

Caylan Barnes – 4×100, 4×200

Teshaye Berry – 4×100, 200m dash, 4×200

Taylor Crouch – 4×400, 400m dash, high jump, triple jump

Zavier Fields – 4×400, 400m

Taelor Hanney – discus

Jukendrial Harvey – 100m

Desiree Horn – 4×100, 100m, 4×200, long jump

Deja Hughes – 4×400, 400m

Adriiana Jackson – 4×400, 800m dash

TyDesha Lewis – 4×100, 200m dash, 4×200, triple jump

Chardon Mucker – triple jump

Khala Scott – pole vault

Timara Simmons – 200m dash

Taryn Smith – 3200m run

Tarryn Surratt – 1600m run

BOYS

Bryce Alley – 4×100, 4×400, 4×200

Rasheed Corner – 4×400, 4×200 Eduardo Garcia – 1600m run, 800m run

Carl Guillory – 300m hurdles, 100m hurdles

Arno Hamilton – 4×100, 100m hurdles, long jump

Dashon Hamilton – 300m hurdles, 100m hurdles

Jalen Hart – high jump, long jump

Tristan Houston – 4×100, 100m, 4×200

John Joseph – 300m hurdles, 4×400

Robert Lewis – 4×400, 400m

Geren Mills – high jump

Zafir Murphy – pole vault

Enrique Perez – 3200m run

Kerwin Roach – triple jump

Daniel Skelton – 1600m run, 800m run

Austin Smith – discus

Keenan Sneed – 4×100, 200m, 4×200

Daven Steen – pole vault

Dionte Williams – 800m, 400m

Sheriff holds Mega Public Safety Meeting

PUBLIC OFFICIALS took the stage at the sheriff’s Safety Meeting, held last Tuesday evening at the North Shore High School auditorium. Included, at top right are Constable Ken Jones, Commissioner Jack Morman, GPISD Chief Bryan Clements, HCDA Devon Anderson. At top left is Sheriff Adrian Garcia, and others on both levels are his Deputies.
PUBLIC OFFICIALS took the stage at the sheriff’s Safety Meeting, held last Tuesday evening at the North Shore High School auditorium. Included, at top right are Constable Ken Jones, Commissioner Jack Morman, GPISD Chief Bryan Clements, HCDA Devon Anderson. At top left is Sheriff Adrian Garcia, and others on both levels are his Deputies.

Listens to Questions from North Shore, Highlands

NORTH SHORE – Sheriff Adrian Garcia brought together about 30 law enforcement officers, to report on their efforts to reduce crime and “make Harris County the safest county in the nation” as voiced by District Attorney Devon Anderson.

The huge Town Hall meeting was held at North Shore High School, and was not in response to a particular crime event, but more of a county-wide effort to involve the citizenry in crime reduction techniques. Precinct 2 Commissioner Jack Morman was a joint sponsor of the event, with the Sheriff.

About 250 people were in attendance, as well as another 50 law enforcement officers in addition to the ones that appeared on the stage with the Sheriff, and spoke about their particular roles in public safety.

Attending and speaking were Constables Ken Jones, Chris Diaz, and Phil Sandlin, County Commissioner Pct. 2 Jack Morman, County District Attorney Devon Anderson, and Galena Park ISD Police Chief Bryan Clements.

Each official in their turn explained the functions of their office, and the special initiatives they have taken to reduce crime or operate more efficiently.

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Woman survives after her car plunges into Lake Houston

A tow truck pulls out the red car from Lake Houston.
A tow truck pulls out the red car from Lake Houston.

SHELDON – A 60-year-old woman is alive after being trapped for 45 minutes in her car, which was submerged in Lake Houston Thursday morning, according to the Sheldon Fire Department.

According to the Fire Department, the accident happened around 9 a.m. near the Duessen Park Boat Ramp in North Shore after fishermen saw the maroon sedan go into the water.

The fishermen called emergency responders, who were able to tow the car out of the lake with their boat.

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Channelview FFA sale and parade

Grand champion Steer, shown by Colton Taylor
Grand champion Steer, shown by Colton Taylor

CHANNELVIEW – The Channelview FFA club members held their 51st Annual Livestock Show last Saturday, April 5th, after a week of exhibiting their animals and having them judged.

Activities started on Tuesday, at the Allen Hall Fair Grounds on Wood Drive, and culminated on Saturday with a parade on Sheldon Road, a Chili Cook-off and judging, an awards program, and finally the Auction Sale of their livestock. Net proceeds go to the students for scholarships and animal support.

A large number of exhibitors were included this year, with 88 lots put up for auction. Veteran auctioneer Lynn Spell kept the bidding lively, and brought good results for the exhibitors. The Sweetheart Cake, shown by Cyndee Beach, was purchased by TJ’s Kitchen for $1000, and the Grand Champion Steer, exhibited by Colton Taylor, was purchased by Askew & Yates Remodeling for $7000.

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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

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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.