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COMMUNITY PROFILE: Cowboy Poet appears on TV’s “Great Day Houston” show

RON GANN, Debra Duncan, and the old “Saturday nite tub” on TV.
RON GANN, Debra Duncan, and the old “Saturday nite tub” on TV.

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.

Aymond steps into new leadership role for Galena Park ISD

David Aymond
David Aymond

The Galena Park Independent School District is proud to announce that long-time, record setting North Shore Senior High School Head Football Coach, David Aymond, will be stepping into a new role for the 2014-2015 school year.

“Making the decision to promote Coach Aymond into a position which will assist us in strengthening and sustaining our programs across the entire district was a simple one. His winning record speaks for itself, and we felt we couldn’t have found anyone who knows our students and community better than Aymond. Because of this, we stayed here in our own district when deciding to fill the new position of Boys’ Athletic Coordinator. With athletic participation and student involvement in GPISD at an all-time high, sustaining and improving the success of our athletic programs for our young athletes is imperative. We pride ourselves in being the extended family for our youth, and I can’t think of a better model and mentor to help us continue providing stellar programs to our students than David Aymond,” stated Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Angi Williams.

During his tenure as Head Football Coach at North Shore Senior High School, Aymond has racked up quite an impressive list of accomplishments which include, but are not limited to, 187 college scholarship signees, five U.S. Army All-American Bowl participants, five NFL players, thirteen District Championships, twenty straight play-off seasons and, of course, a State Football Championship in 2003. This last season also marked a milestone for Aymond as he and his team celebrated their 200th win, in addition to other records of his such as the state record for 78 regular wins in 2008, ten perfect regular seasons over a twenty year period, and eight consecutive undefeated regular seasons from 2001-2008.

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Galena Park ISD observes National Signing Day

On February 5, 2014, high school football players across the U.S. signed letters of intent to the college of their choice. Sixteen athletes from Galena Park ISD made these official commitments one from Galena Park High School and fifteen from North Shore Senior High School.

Student Athletes left to right are Jordan Wright; Trevon Tate; Austin Smith; Eric Quezada; J.T. Matthews; Chris Leger and John Joseph sign letters of intent.
Student Athletes left to right are Jordan Wright; Trevon Tate; Austin Smith; Eric Quezada; J.T. Matthews; Chris Leger and John Joseph sign letters of intent. (Submitted photo)
Students Athletes Anthony Jammer; Christian Jacobs; Isaiah Freeman; Kevian DeLeon; Brandon Darjean; and Bryce Alley sign letters of intent. (Submitted photo)
Students Athletes Anthony Jammer; Christian Jacobs; Isaiah Freeman; Kevian DeLeon; Brandon Darjean; and Bryce Alley sign letters of intent. (Submitted photo)

GPISD is extremely proud of the young men who have shown superior talent on the football field and academic excellence in the classroom, paving the way for them as they successfully transition to college. The athletes and the universities they will attend are…

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COMMUNITY PROFILE: Market Street Feed continues a long history of service

Randy

Market Street Feed was founded by J.D. Adams in 1942, when Market Street was made of just shells. He ran it until 1963, when it was then bought by Joe Cox and his wife. In the year 1979, I, Randy Arter, started mowing the property at the age of 15, never expecting to one day become the owner. On February 28, 1980, Joe Cox hired me as an employee, I really enjoyed working for Joe Cox and the Feed Store business. After twenty-four years, Joe Cox passed away, and I became the proud owner of Market Street Feed on January 1, 2004. I was taught the value of running a successful business.

Over the years, time has changed our products and clientele. I have learned that you have to keep up with time, no matter how you have become accustomed to doing things the way you like. My employees and I continue to make many changes on the appearance of the store, but the theme will always be the same-old: rustic flooring, an inviting atmosphere, and antiques hanging on the walls. Over the years, we’ve had school field trips come through to experience the old style of the country feed store.

We have a wide variety of dog supplies such as collars, dog food, and shots. Most importantly, we have the knowledge that is required to help the customers with their needs. (more…)

Homeless man nearly killed, rescued from trash truck

CHANNELVIEW, Texas — A homeless man was rescued from a trash truck in Channelview last Friday.

According to authorities, the homeless man sleeping in a dumpster was nearly killed when trash was emptied into a compactor in the back of a trash truck. The man was sleeping in the dumpster because it was warmer.

The incident happened around 4:59 am last Friday, February 21, at a business along the East Freeway near Sheldon in Channelview.

The driver’s truck heard the man screaming as the trash was being compacted, authorities said. Then, he called Channelview Fire Department. Channelview Assistant Fire Chief said the homeless man suffered some injuries due to the compactor, but because the driver was alerted in time, he did not have any severe injuries.

The rescue team worked for about 25 minutes to free the man, who was then transported by ambulance to East Houston Medical Center to be treated for a broken leg and numerous cuts.

Rotary Clubs attend city-wide All-Club Meeting

HIGHLANDS ROTARY CLUB was well represented at the Rotary District 5890 All-Club Banquet, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel ballroom at Reliant Center. Attending in the photo were Denise and Jerry Smith, Andy and Tricia Scott, Raymond Gonzalez, Weston Cotten, and Gilbert and Mei (let me take the picture) Hoffman. They were joined by an outgoing exchange student from Willowridge HS, who will spend the summer in Brazil as a Rotary ambassador.
HIGHLANDS ROTARY CLUB was well represented at the Rotary District 5890 All-Club Banquet, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel ballroom at Reliant Center. Attending in the photo were Denise and Jerry Smith, Andy and Tricia Scott, Raymond Gonzalez, Weston Cotten, and Gilbert and Mei (let me take the picture) Hoffman. They were joined by an outgoing exchange student from Willowridge HS, who will spend the summer in Brazil as a Rotary ambassador.
HIGHLANDS ROTARY CLUB was well represented at the Rotary District 5890 All-Club Banquet, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel ballroom at Reliant Center. Attending in the photo were Denise and Jerry Smith, Andy and Tricia Scott, Raymond Gonzalez, Weston Cotten, and Gilbert and Mei (let me take the picture) Hoffman. They were joined by an outgoing exchange student from Willowridge HS, who will spend the summer in Brazil as a Rotary ambassador.
HIGHLANDS ROTARY CLUB was well represented at the Rotary District 5890 All-Club Banquet, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel ballroom at Reliant Center. Attending in the photo were Denise and Jerry Smith, Andy and Tricia Scott, Raymond Gonzalez, Weston Cotten, and Gilbert and Mei (let me take the picture) Hoffman. They were joined by an outgoing exchange student from Willowridge HS, who will spend the summer in Brazil as a Rotary ambassador.
HIGHLANDS ROTARY CLUB was well represented at the Rotary District 5890 All-Club Banquet, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel ballroom at Reliant Center. Attending in the photo were Denise and Jerry Smith, Andy and Tricia Scott, Raymond Gonzalez, Weston Cotten, and Gilbert and Mei (let me take the picture) Hoffman. They were joined by an outgoing exchange student from Willowridge HS, who will spend the summer in Brazil as a Rotary ambassador.
HIGHLANDS ROTARY CLUB was well represented at the Rotary District 5890 All-Club Banquet, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel ballroom at Reliant Center. Attending in the photo were Denise and Jerry Smith, Andy and Tricia Scott, Raymond Gonzalez, Weston Cotten, and Gilbert and Mei (let me take the picture) Hoffman. They were joined by an outgoing exchange student from Willowridge HS, who will spend the summer in Brazil as a Rotary ambassador.

County Attorney sues Channelview truck stop

Truck Stop

Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan has filed suit against the owner and operator of a Channelview truck stop claiming it is a public nuisance because of criminal activity such as prostitution and robbery. Ryan is asking a court to order that the Key Truck Stop, located at 17124 I-10 East, take action to stop the criminal activity that has taken place at that location for years.

“Since January of 2010, the Harris County Sheriff’s Department has handled multiple criminal cases at the Key Truck Stop including prostitution, robbery, aggravated assault, and drug offenses,” said County Attorney Ryan. “The defendants are aware of these crimes yet have done nothing to stop them. It will obviously take legal action for them to do the right thing for this community.”

The defendants are Desai Pratap, owner of the property, and Channelview Enterprises, Inc., operator of the truck stop.

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Sheriff apprehends suspect in Highlands murder

BREAKING NEWS:

HCSO homicide investigators have charged Ethan Drake, 21, with capital murder in the Dec. 13, 2013 stabbing death of Caroline Stagner, 72, at her home at 810 Clear Lake Road in Highlands.

Her body was discovered that day, when Highlands Fire Department responded to a fire at the house.

Legends of San Jacinto Baseball returned for special weekend event

LEGENDS GROUP photo cutline: A highlight from this past weekend’s Tournament of Champions at San Jacinto College was the Legends Ceremony, during which former San Jacinto College players who went on to play professionally, as well as those who excelled as college players, were honored for their contributions to the San Jac baseball program. Shown at the ceremony, from left (front row): Ruth Keenan, San Jacinto College Foundation executive director; Head Baseball Coach Tom Arrington; Dan Mims, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees chairman; and San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer; (second row): Carey Nelson; Ali Gator (team mascot); Rocky Luetge (representing his son Lucas Luetge); David Rollins; Jesse Crain; Russell Revere; Ryan Jorgensen); Tommy Collier; Brandon Hicks; Andy Pettitte; Tanner Hines; Collin Lippert; Brandon Belt; Justin O’Bannon; Matt Albers; Daniel Stumpf; Robert Manuel; Matt Headly; Jarred Wells; Chris Kelley; assistant coaches Kory Koehler, DJ Wilson, and Jimmy Durham. The San Jacinto College 2014 baseball team is shown on the field behind the group. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.
LEGENDS GROUP photo cutline: A highlight from this past weekend’s Tournament of Champions at San Jacinto College was the Legends Ceremony, during which former San Jacinto College players who went on to play professionally, as well as those who excelled as college players, were honored for their contributions to the San Jac baseball program. Shown at the ceremony, from left (front row): Ruth Keenan, San Jacinto College Foundation executive director; Head Baseball Coach Tom Arrington; Dan Mims, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees chairman; and San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer; (second row): Carey Nelson; Ali Gator (team mascot); Rocky Luetge (representing his son Lucas Luetge); David Rollins; Jesse Crain; Russell Revere; Ryan Jorgensen); Tommy Collier; Brandon Hicks; Andy Pettitte; Tanner Hines; Collin Lippert; Brandon Belt; Justin O’Bannon; Matt Albers; Daniel Stumpf; Robert Manuel; Matt Headly; Jarred Wells; Chris Kelley; assistant coaches Kory Koehler, DJ Wilson, and Jimmy Durham. The San Jacinto College 2014 baseball team is shown on the field behind the group. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.

MLB stars, former players honored by San Jacinto College

HOUSTON – San Jacinto College’s season record stands at 5-3 after going 22 in the Tournament of Champions Feb. 7 through Feb. 9, played at John Ray Harrison Field on the North Campus. In the tournament, San Jacinto College played non-conference games against Eastern Oklahoma State College, Grayson College, and Howard College.

A highlight of the tournament was the Legends Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 7, during which former San Jacinto College baseball players were recognized for their contributions. Professionals and former professional players who attended included Andy Pettitte (New York Yankees-retired), Brandon Belt (San Francisco Giants), Matt Albers (Houston Astros), Jesse Crain (Houston Astros), Ryan Jorgensen (Florida Marlins-retired), Jared Wells (San Diego Padres), Robert Manuel (Cincinnati Reds-retired), Brandon Hicks (San Francisco Giants), and Lucas Luetge (Seattle Mariners, who was represented by his father Rocky Luetge).

Legends players that returned for the ceremonies included NY Yankees retired Pitcher Andy Pettitte.
Legends players that returned for the ceremonies included NY Yankees retired Pitcher Andy Pettitte.

Pettitte, who grew up in Deer Park and returned to live in Deer Park after retirement, was glad to revisit the College that proved to be the launch site for his remarkable career in Major League Baseball. “It’s good to see the guys that played here and it’s great to be out here and try to support the organization as much as I can,” commented Pettitte, whose 19 post-season wins is the most of any pitcher in MLB history.

San Jacinto College Head Baseball Coach Tom Arrington gave a warm welcome to the former student-athletes, who were presented gifts of appreciation from San Jacinto College. “The College’s baseball program has a lengthy tradition of excellence,” commented Arrington, who is now in his 13th season at the helm of the program. “We are proud of all the players that have contributed to the success of San Jacinto College baseball. The Legends ceremony was special in that it allowed many former players to get together and reminisce about the good times they shared at San Jac.”

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OBAMACARE: Sebelius in Houston to promote ACA sign-ups

GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES (left to right) Rep. Gene Green, Rep. Al Green, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.
GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES (left to right) Rep. Gene Green, Rep. Al Green, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.

(Houston, TX) — On Friday, December 20, 2013, Rep. Al Green (TX-09) joined Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Reps. Gene Green and Sheila Jackson Lee, as well as enrollees in the Health Insurance Marketplaces at the Magnolia Multi-Service Center for a discussion and press conference on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

“The Affordable Care Act is working. It’s working for senior citizens by closing the doughnut hole, which requires them to pay more for pharmaceuticals, it’s working for persons under 26 years of age by allowing them to stay on their parents’ insurance policies, and it’s working for young people with preexisting conditions by allowing them to get insurance coverage,” Congressman Al Green said. “Next year, it will work even better when persons young and old with preexisting conditions will have the opportunity to get insurance coverage and many persons will have their coverage subsidized to some extent. Better coverage at less cost for more Americans that’s what the Affordable Care Act is all about.”

COMMUNITY PROFILE: Silver Plating specialist at Pineforest Jewelry

JONI McMAHAN of Bron-Shoe Company (at right) and Jim Mills of Pineforest Jewelry help a customer order silver restoration on a beautiful set of silver urns, seen on the table.
JONI McMAHAN of Bron-Shoe Company (at right) and Jim Mills of Pineforest Jewelry help a customer order silver restoration on a beautiful set of silver urns, seen on the table.

Joni McMahan is spending the day last Tuesday at Pineforest Jewelry in North Shore, helping customers evaluate their silver settings and order repair and restoration work from her company. Joni works for Bron-Shoe, one of the few remaining silver repair businesses in the United States. They have a 40,000 sq. ft. plant in Columbus, Ohio and 30 employees busy with their special restoration skills.

Joni travels all over the country, year-round, meeting customers and explaining the special processes that BronShoe has used since their founding in 1934.

Before she entered the world of silver restoration, in her home town, she was a real estate sales manager, over 30 employees, in Sarasota, Florida. She won several awards for this work, and laughs at the fact that the last award she received was bestowed on her in Houston. She explains that her family was in Columbus, and eventually she returned there.

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