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Morman brings Precinct 2 updates to North Shore Rotary

Pct. 2 Commissioner Jack Morman at North Shore Rotary
Pct. 2 Commissioner Jack Morman at North Shore Rotary

NORTH SHORE – Pct. 2 Commissioner Jack Morman visited with the Rotary Club of North Shore on Sept. 12th, 2013. Morman has been active in meeting his constituents in their neighborhoods since taking office.

The commissioner was accompanied by a number of his staff, who were available to answer questions and follow up on citizen concerns. He introduced two new staff members, Tammy Fuselier, Chief Financial Officer, and Jeremy Phillips, the new road and bridge engineer, replacing the retiring Jack Rodriguez.

Morman covered the projects in his area that were of interest to the Rotarians, but he started by reviewing the recent court decision that confirmed redistricting boundaries similar to the ones used in the last election. He pointed out that now his precinct was unified, with no neighborhoods split with another precinct, such as Crosby or Highlands might have been.

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LyondellBasell will restart methanol plant in Channelview

Part of the LyondellBasell plant in Channelview, as seen in this company photo.
Part of the LyondellBasell plant in Channelview, as seen in this company photo.

Methanol market strong worldwide

HOUSTON, Jan. 2, 2014 (PRNewswire) — LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) today announced that its methanol plant at Channelview, Texas, was placed into service in the fourth-quarter 2013 to take advantage of low-cost natural gas from shale formations. The unit had been out of service since 2004 due to the rising cost of natural gas, the key feedstock for methanol production.

According to spokesperson David Harpole, the activation of this plant has meant 24 new jobs to the complex.

The methanol unit has the capacity to produce 780,000 tons of methanol each year, he said. The unit was shut down in the year 2004 due to high prices for natural gas, but this has now been reversed by the availability of shale gas in the Texas Gulf Coast region.

Harpole said the restart work actually began in December, and continues as they carefully start up equipment that has not been in use.

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East Houston hospital receives its first baby of the New Year 2014

Baby Delaila Sandoval maker her debut on New Year’s day at East Houston Regional Medical Center with her mother, Jessica Parga and father, Gerardo Sandoval.
Baby Delaila Sandoval maker her debut on New Year’s day at East Houston Regional Medical Center with her mother, Jessica Parga and father, Gerardo Sandoval.

Houston, Texas, January 1, 2014 — East Houston Regional Medical Center and Dr. Christy Obukofe helped Houstonians Jessica Parga and Gerardo Sandoval welcome their baby girl, Delaila Sandoval, into the world at 12:02 a.m. on January 1, 2014. Baby Delaila is 6 lbs. and 10 oz. and is 18 and inches long. She was one of seven babies born on New Year’s Day at East Houston Regional Medical Center.

“I didn’t think I would be delivering Delaila on New Year’s Day,” said Jessica. “We are very excited that she is a New Year’s Day baby and we will celebrate her birthday every year with fireworks.”

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McIngvale receives Points of Light Award from Bush

JIM “MATTRESS MACK” McINGVALE receives his Daily Points of Light Award from Neil Bush, right, as Barbara and George Bush look on. Former President Bush nominated McIngvale for this presigious service award.
JIM “MATTRESS MACK” McINGVALE receives his Daily Points of Light Award from Neil Bush, right, as Barbara and George Bush look on. Former President Bush nominated McIngvale for this presigious service award.

HOUSTON – When George H. W. Bush was in office as president, he initiated an award to private citizens who had demonstrated a high level of public service and philanthropy to his fellow man. He personally gave out over 1000 of these awards, on a daily basis, thus the name.

On Monday, Dec. 23, Houston’s own Jim McIngvale was awarded this honor, by Bush’s son Neil Bush, who now heads the board of the Points of Light Foundation. This was the 5115th time the Daily Points of Light Award had been given, but it was the first time that former President Bush had actually nominated the recipient. The award was made at Bush’s office in Houston, with McIngvale’s daughters and son present, as well as Barbara and George Bush, and an interesting touch, the two family dogs, Mini-Me and Bibi.

McIngvale was deeply touched by the recognition, and although he and the president, as well as former president Clinton, have been friends for years, he was overwhelmed by the honor.

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Touch of Life: Back in Crosby

don springer headshotBy Don Springer

The Christmas and New Year celebrations are over and we should now be back at the old routine of winter. I always regret the end of the holiday period and that we just finished is no exception. This was however a little different for me. This was the first time in more than twenty years I wasn’t at home at Christmas time with most of my family, which is growing smaller as the year’s progress.

For the first time in my life I spent the Christmas holiday with David here in Crosby. He and I had a good celebration for a few days before Christmas and sometime later. I arrived in Crosby this year about mid-December which is some three weeks earlier than usual. While this was my first time away from home on Christmas it was the first Christmas in about twenty years that David has had a family member to celebrate Christmas. Unfortunately being a chemist in a chemical plant he has had to work on Christmas day about 17 out of the last twenty years.

It doesn’t seem possible but this is my 14th winter in Crosby and about 17 or 18 visits here during that period. Linda and I started visiting Dave in Crosby in 1999, right after he moved to this fine community. Another thing that doesn’t seem possible is that he has been a Texas resident for more than 30 years. Time does fly! I still think of him as a West Virginian but he has lived in Texas at least five years more than in the Mountain State.

Santa parades bring Holidays to North Shore communities

SANTA and his Elf helper arrived on a Sheldon Fire Department ladder truck, decorated for the Holiday Season with lights and Christmas greetings.
SANTA and his Elf helper arrived on a Sheldon Fire Department ladder truck, decorated for the Holiday Season with lights and Christmas greetings.

NORTH SHORE – Ho Ho Ho, Santa came to the North Shore communities, riding a Sheldon Fire Department truck, last Friday night, December 20th.

The event was originally scheduled for the week before, but rain and cold weather forced the delay for Santa.

The parade route was determined so that the most communities in the area could see Santa’s arrival and the decorated emergency vehicles without having to drive and park a distance from their homes. Sheldon Fire Chief Sidney Webb and his wife, and North Channel Assistance Ministries directors Rodney and Gail Redford planned the route.

The parade started at Holly Park, at the Sheldon 9th grade school, headed south on Freeport Street, turned east on the I-10 frontage road, turned north on Sheldon Road, turned west on Woodforest, and ended at the Kroger store at Normandy and Woodforest Blvd. Families lined the route for most of the way, and you could hear the sirens and see the lights for many blocks in the distance as they approached.

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Five teens injured in Channelview shooting

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EMERGENCY VEHICLES are on the scene of a shooting in the 900 block of Ashland Road, near Elgin Street in Channelview. They found one person wounded and lying on the ground. Four others were later found at East Houston Medical Center with various wounds, and investigators believe all the injuries are related.

CHANNELVIEW – Investigators for the Sheriff’s department are trying to learn the reasons behind a multiple shooting that took place on Sunday, Dec. 15th at about 2:30 pm in the afternoon.

Deputies who responded to the call found a man lying in a front yard of the street, with a gunshot wound, according to Sheriff’s spokesperson Lt. Thomas Gilliland.

This victim was transported by LifeFlight helicopter to Memorial Hermann hospital in the medical center. He was reported to be in stable condition.

Shortly after the deputies cleared this scene, they learned that four other young men had been transported to the nearby East Houston Medical Center by private pickup truck, with similar injuries. All were in stable condition, however.

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Citizens’ coalition protests toxins in river

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MAP OF THE SAN JACINTO TOXIC WASTE PITS as furnished by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and the US EPA, show the confirmed North Impoundment Superfund Site, and the suspect- ed South Impoundment site.

HOUSTON – Members of a group known as the San Jacinto River Coalition, as well as the TexansTogether organization, staged a demonstration last Wednesday, Dec. 18th to protest the inaction of parties involved in the clean-up of the toxic waste pits in the San Jacinto River near Channelview and Highlands.

These pits, which are the result of dumping of industrial waste from the paper-making process some 40 years ago, contain dioxin, which is considered by some health experts to be the most deadly compound in existence. The dioxins have been leaking into the river water, and fish and blue crabs absorb them and make them deadly for human consumption, say the experts. The county has posted warning signs, but many fisherman ignore them.

Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan has sued the companies that now are responsible for the cleanup. These are Waste Management, successor to McGinnes Industrial Maintenance Corp., and International Paper, which is the successor to Champion Paper Co. whose paper mill generated the waste.

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Keeney’s Korner: Bowl Game previews

By Mike Keeney

Florida State hopes to end SEC’s run of BCS title run

The bowl season is well underway, but the big games begin on New Year’s Eve when Texas A&M faces Duke in the Chik-fil-A Bowl in what could be Johnny Manziel’s final game for the Aggies.

Locally, both Rice and the University of Houston will be bowling this season as the 10-3, Conference USA champs Owls will face Mississippi State in the Liberty Bowl on New Year’s Eve, while the 8-4 Cougars will also be facing a SEC team when they face Vanderbilt in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 4.

The Big 12 champion Baylor Bears will be playing in their first BCS bowl ever when they face 11-1 Central Florida in the Fiesta Bowl.

But the game everybody is waiting for will be the BCS Championship game, which will pit No. 1-ranked Florida State and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston against No. 2-ranked Auburn and their potent run offense. Auburn was one of the best stories of the 2013 season. The Tigers were coming off a 3-9 season in 2012 and had a new head coach in Gus Malzahn. Malzahn installed his run-happy offense and the Tigers piled up gaudy numbers en route to an 11-1 season, which included two last-second wins over Georgia and Alabama that saved their season.

While Auburn was pulling out heart stoppers, Florida State pretty much dominated every team they played on their way to a 13-0 season and the Atlantic Coast Conference title. Winston was a threat with his arm and his legs, but this team is not a one-man show. There is talent on both sides of the ball and it appears head coach Jimbo Fisher has brought the Seminoles back to being one of the top teams in college football as they were for decades under former head coach Bobby Bowden.

There should be a lot of good games to watch  over the next week for college football fans, but before we take a look at what’s on tap, let’s review last week’s record. A 5-4 record brought the season record to 116-61 (66%).

Now, let’s see what the bowl season has to offer.

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Christmas Parades Rescheduled

NORTH SHORE PARADE NOW ON FRIDAY DEC 20

Due to bad weather on Dec. 13 and 14, Santa Claus will now arrive in North Shore starting at 6 pm on Friday night, December 20. The parade is sponsored by the North Channel Assistance Ministries and three fire departments — Sheldon, Cloverleaf, and Channelview. The parade route starts at the 9th Grade School on Holly Park, proceeds south on Freeport to the I-10 frontage road, turns East and proceeds to Sheldon Road, turns North on Sheldon to Woodforest, turns left and proceeds down Woodforest to the Kroger store parking lot at Normandy, where kids will greet Santa in person and receive. gifts. Don’t miss it, a great parade is planned!

GALENA PARK PARADE RESCHEDULED TO DEC 14

Rescheduled due to weather forecast, now Saturday, Dec. 14 starting at 8:00 am.

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the North Channel Star newspaper

NC STAR Dec2013A gilbertGreetings from your publisher, Gilbert Hoffman, and our dedicated staff at Grafikpress Corp. that publish community newspapers around the Houston area.

We are pleased to bring a new newspaper, the North Channel Star, to the North Shore communities of Channelview, Sheldon, Cloverleaf, Galena Park, and Jacinto City. It has been over three years since you had your own newspaper that is interested in your stories, your schools, your businesses, your clubs, churches and organizations.

We have been publishing community newspapers since our first paper, the Highlands Star-Courier was purchased in 1994. We now publish five newspapers, including this new one.

The newspaper is an important member of the community, giving it a voice and helping it to have an identity. It also serves commerce, and we welcome your advertising support. It is important that if we do a good job, you help us remain financially strong.

We all know that the newspaper business has changed over the years, and you will be able to find our paper on the internet and your smart phone, at www.northchannelstar.com, as well as in print.

When we were considering the establishment of a newspaper for the North Channel area, a number of people asked us to proceed. This included business people such as Jim Mills of Pineforest Jewelry, Rotarians of the North Shore Club, Charles Grant and Margie Buentello of the North Channel Chamber, and quite a few others. We thank them for their encouragement and suggestions.

It is especially appropriate that we have the support of the Rotary Club, since the Highlands Star was started in 1955 after Alton Neatherlin and James Brazzil met with that Rotary Club and were encouraged to found a paper, and join the community.