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.
Sheldon ISD’s Future Farmers of America Show is a Huge Success!
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.
AUSTIN – Coach David Green’s North Shore Mustangs easily defeated the Converse Judson team 57-45 in the final playoff game to take the State Title in Class 5A basketball. This is the first time North Shore has won the title, but they competed in 1991 and 1997.
The Mustangs won their two tournament games with defensive pressure and controlling the tempo of the game. Although they were outsized by the taller Judson team, they forced 18 turnovers and managed almost as many rebounds.
North Shore’s season record is now 35-3. Outstanding play was spread among the team, with Jarrey Foster with 16 points, Kerwin Roach 15 points, and the coach’s son Brandon Green with 11 points.
HOUSTON – A house fire took the lives of 3 people last Thursday, March 6, 2014 in east Houston.
Firefighters were dispatched around 4 pm to a house located in the 500 block of Westmont at Redondo. According to the Houston Fire Department, when firemen arrived, the flames had covered the house completely. It took firefighters about two hours to extinguish the flames; the damage to the house made it difficult for arson investigators and firefighters to go inside the house and search for any victims. After inspecting the scene, the bodies of 25-year-old Slade Feige, his mother, 63-year-old Gwen Feige and Slade’s mother-in-law, Gina Mims were found inside the house.
Jim McIngvale often speaks at public functions, and tells the story about his early years starting a furniture business, and relating the concepts of customer service and hard work that have made his business so successful.
But last Thursday, March 6th he was speaking to the North Shore Rotary club about their motto, “Service Above Self.” Expanding on this theme, McIngvale illustrated the concept with four stories from people in his own life experiences.
The first story he told was about two heart surgeons, Dr. Billie Combs, and noted heart surgeon Dr. Bud Frasier, chief of heart surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital. Mack first met Combs when he was an intern and needed some furniture for an overworked and under-equipped staff. He came to Gallery Furniture, and asked for mattresses and chairs, which Mack donated. The next time Mack saw Combs was almost 30 years later, when his brother was in St. Luke’s with heart problems. Frasier and Combs were his physicians, and Mack said he saw how hard Frasier worked, and how dedicated he was to his patients, giving all his time and attention to their care. “Why do you work so hard?” queried McIngvale, and Frasier answered “We work for the Patient.” Frasier is 74 years old, and has not slowed down.
Mack sees this as a great example of the Rotary motto, “A Life Built for Others – Service Above Self.”
Houston Country pop singer-songwriter, Abby Gough, will be performing at Rodeo Houston on March 13 with her band, Southern Fire. The 2 hour show will kick off at 7:30pm on the Statoil Stars Over Texas Stage.
Abby, a native of the North Channel area, started performing at age nine. At 17 years old, she is already a veteran of country music. She has had well over 100 performances at over 75 different venues. She has performed at local venues such as Kemah Boardwalk, Warehouse Live and Moody Gardens to Hard Rock Café, Tootsies Orchid Lounge and Coyote Ugly in Nashville, Tn. She has performed on KHOU’S Great Day Houston twice and recorded several music television segments including her most recent filming in February, 2014, with her band, for Houston’s Own Country Television Showcase.
ON THE TRAIL – Thirteen Trail Ride groups started toward Houston and the big Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo last week. One of these ride groups was the Northeastern Trail Riders, starting in Cheek, Texas on February 23rd. The group consists of 12 wagons, about 300 riders, and lots of support vehicles and campers.
The Trail Riders covered 108 miles in their ride, stopping in Cheeks, Devers, Raywood, Dayton, Crosby, and North Forest in Houston. Thursday they travelled down old US90, Beaumont Highway, stopping at Sheldeon Ag barn and greeting the North Shore public along the way.
In Crosby they had camped overnight at the Fairgrounds on Wednesday night, Feb. 26th. The next morning, Thursday, they broke camp and headed for their next to last stop in Houston. However, they received word that one of their group, Robert Joe, 79 had suffered an apparent heart attack that morning at the campgrounds on Parker, and was taken to LBJ hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Joe was one of the last two founders of this trail ride group, who with eight friends has started it in 1982. Association secretary Barbara Williams said that Joe told his son and wife he was hurting, and they called an ambulance.
In honor of Joe, the trail ride continued with his wagon as part of the parade. Coincidentally it was styled to resemble an old hearse, painted in black. Later in the day current trail boss Anthony Bruno recalled Joe’s contributions, and how he was an important part of the Northeaster Trail Ride association.
Chamber events are great for networking, as one local “cowboy” Ron Gann found out recently.
Gann is a retired postal worker, who is now a freelance photographer, poet, and author of a self-published book of photos and western poems entitled “Cowboy & Western.” Although not a cowboy himself, he claims a long family history of involvement with Texas and ranching. He is a Galena Park native.
At the Chamber Gala last month, he was able to talk with TV personality Debra Duncan about his book, and she asked him to appear on her Channel 11 TV show, “Great Day Houston.” Since the Houston Rodeo was about to start, she wanted a western theme, and Ron’s work fit. He appeared on her show of Wednesday, Feb. 26 and was able to read three of his poems during the hour- long show. He also brought along his favorite photo prop, an old horse-watering trough he uses as a bathtub in his studio. He promoted his book, too, which you can buy. Contact him at 713-494-6591, or his website: www.sites.google.com/site/newworldphotos2.