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Fallen Heroes Ceremony at JC Police Station

Attendees at the Jacinto City Police station held a commemorating ceremony on behalf of the Fallen Hereos of law enforcement, firefighters and the members of the Armed Forces. L – R: Emcee Allan Jamail, Galena Park Fire Chief Tom Ehlers, Sgt. E. Ramos, Dispatcher Kasey Aguilar, F. Benavides, Chief Joe Ayala, J. Pizano, S. Lopez, Lt. D. Walker, N. Frazier, C. Perez, & Sgt. S. Flores (Photo by Linda Jamail)

By Linda Jamail

Jacinto City, TX. – On Saturday, May 15, 2021, police officers, firemen, and members of the armed forces gathered with wreaths identifying the branches honored. After a prayer by Allan Jamail and the Pledge of Allegence to the flag led by Chief Joe Ayala, which was at half-staff, comments were made in remembrance of the nation’s fallen heroes who died in the line of duty. Cake and refreshments were served inside the new police station.

May 15th was designated by President Joseph Biden as the day to honor both law enforcement officers and members of the Armed Forces. May the 4th was Firefighters Day.

GLO, Feds deny flood funds to Harris County; but okay Jacinto City, Galena Park projects

Harris County and Houston officials learned Friday that the state GLO (General Land Office) and the federal HUD (Housing and Urban Development) had determined that these two governments would not receive any Flood Mitigation funding of the approximately $1 billion that was available, in the first round of allocations by the state.

The allocations are based on a formula to determine which communities are the neediest, according to GLO. Within Harris County, approximately $90 million was allocated to Baytown, Pasadena, Galena Park, and Jacinto City for flood mitigation projects that they had applied for.

Harris County had submitted an application asking for $900 million, according to Pct. 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia. Commissioner Garcia, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner issued statements expressing their displeasure and disbelief in news of the allocations not including local jurisdictions.

Commissioner Garcia said that he was upset, and “incredibly frustrated.” Judge Hidalgo said, “It is unconscionable that the very community hit with the most flooded structures by far during Hurricane Harvey received nothing as part of this Harvey Mitigation allocation.”

Mayor Turner said, “For the State GLO not to give one dime in the initial distribution to the City and a very small portion to Harris County shows a callous disregard to the people of Houston and Harris County.”

Judge Hidalgo said that she plans to ask HUD for a review of the criteria used, and assurance that the County will receive future fund allocations. She said the formulas that are used disadvantage large urban areas that are hardest hit.

Jacinto City, Galena Park each receive $5m+ in flood mitigation money



By Allan Jamail

Jacinto City, Texas – Saturday, May 8th, 2021 will go down as one of the most popular days in Jacinto City’s history since its incorporation in 1946. The city was celebrating its 75th anniversary, and the city’s administration and staff hit a home run with celebrators. The day was filled with dignitary speeches, live entertainment, a free photo booth, homemade arts and crafts, homemade preserves, cookies, local honey, tamales and boiled crawfish and a spectacular nighttime exploding fireworks show.

Jacinto City’s 75th Anniversary fireworks celebration show. (Photo by Linda Jamail)

The official formal celebration ceremony was from 3 to 5 PM at the city’s town center on Oates Road. Mayor Ana Diaz brought the guest to attention followed by Councilman Allen Lee who gave the invocation.

Mayor Ana Diaz said she was most appreciative of having a good city with good services, good citizens and good city personnel and proud of the positive progress she’s witnessed over the years of having lived here all her life. Council members Carmela Garcia, Mario Gonzales, Allen Lee, Jimmy Rivas and Gregg Robinson each welcomed everyone and made their comments.


History, photos, oratory, Fireworks at May 8 event

JACINTO CITY – Excitement is building, as this community nears its big May 8 Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the town’s founding, in 1946. The festivities will center around the Town Center on Saturday May 8, but is also going to involve the whole community with a bus tour of historical landmarks, starting at 1:30pm at Town Center.

Then at 3:00 there will be an Official Ceremony of speakers and refreshments inside the Town Center. The official program as described by City Manager Lon Squyres will include a Welcome by Mayor Ana Diaz, Comments from City Council Members, and then formal greetings from Regional Elected Officials.

Emphasis in the program will be on the history of the city and the people who live and work here. Mayor Diaz and Assistant City Manager Kathy Greiner will introduce past officials and employees. A slide show with historical photos of the city, many never seen before, will be presented before the ceremony.

Jacinto City to celebrate 75th Anniversary May 8

Jacinto City is planning a big party, to celebrate their founding 75 years ago. The festivities will center around the Town Center, on Saturday May 8.

At 1:30 there will be a series of Bus Tours of landmarks in the city. Then at 3:00 there will be an Official Ceremony of speakers and refreshments inside the Town Center. Later, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm the Market by Night will be held on the plaza, with music, vendors, exhibits, and food trucks.

Everyone is invited to join in the fun, but please RSVP so that the city can plan on how many will attend. Contact Mrs. Joyce Raines at 713- 674-8424 or by email at

Ribbon Cutting opens new JC Elementary

Attendees at Jacinto City’s Elementary School ribbon cutting, Monday, March 29, 2021. Cutting the ribbon with scissors is Dr. Rebecca “Becky” Gardea, Principal (left center) and Norma Hernandez, GPISD Trustee. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Jacinto City, TX. – Monday, March 29, 2021 will go down in history as one of the most important days in the City’s history. In 1944, its first school — a tiny wooden building originally named the Industrial Elementary School — which contained one office, a small kitchen, cafeteria, and several classrooms with 200 students, now has been transformed to the latest state-of-the-art school. In 1947, the city of Jacinto City was incorporated and the name of the school was changed to Jacinto City Elementary.

Two years after the May, 29, 2019 ground-breaking ceremony, the new two-story, $26+ million school, home of the Tigers (mascot), has the most latest technological advances available. It will accommodate grades Pre-K through 5th grade.

Jacinto City Police Officers Recognized

L – R: Lt. Dennis Walker, Sgt. Eliserio Ramos, Patrolman Ronnie Barker II, Chief Joe Ayala, Dispatcher Kasey Aguilar, Lt. Mark Longrigg, Patrolmen Jody Pizano & Cuitlahuac Cazares. Others recognized but not present, Kathy Andrews & Esther Perez.

By Allan Jamail

Jacinto City, TX. – At the Jacinto City council meeting members of the Jacinto City Police Department were recognized for their outstanding performance in the investigation and apprehension of several dangerous crime suspects. Multiple felony criminal cases were solved involving aggravated robberies, house burglaries, vehicle burglaries, stolen credit cards and stolen motor vehicles. The suspects after being booked were transferred to the Harris County Jail and are awaiting their trials.

Jacinto City and Methodist Hospital vaccinate residents

Jacinto City Police Chief Joe Ayala receives his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from Sonja Jenkins, a Certified Medical Assistant Nurse Background, Methodist Administration,  L-R: Dr. Parry Lauzon, RN Natalie Billot, Project Specialist Erika Dawkins, Manager Xavier Escobar, Operations Manager Dustin Meuth & Vice President Jeff Carr.(CRMA) (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Jacinto City, TX. – On Friday, February 26, 2021, hundreds of area residents poured into Jacinto City’s Town Center to receive the life saving COVID-19 virus vaccine. Houston Methodist’s Hospital brought in a crackerjack team of skilled upper management personnel along with experienced nurses and volunteers who spent their day vaccinating those with appointments.

Methodist has gained a reputation for leading in medicine and Friday’s example proved why that’s true. Everyone from the entrance door keepers to the nurses and administrative staff were on-top-of-their-game.

Jacinto City recognizes its K-9 Police program

Northshore Animal Hospital Veterinarian Francis “Frank” Martin (holding award at left) receives Outstanding Service Award from Jacinto City Police Chief Joe Ayala for K9 dog Kyra’s care. L-R: Northshore Animal Hospital staffers Allen Driver, Vet. Frank Martin, Chief Joe Ayala and Joan Barnes.

North Channel Animal Doctor Frank Martin receives award

By Allan Jamail

Jacinto City, TX. — Thursday, January 28, 2021, at the Jacinto City council meeting, Police Chief Joe Ayala presented an Outstanding Service Award to Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Veterinarian Francis “Frank” Martin for his services, because for the past 11 years he has donated the treatment and facility when needed to care for the department’s K9 officer Kyra.

Chief Ayala said, “I’m thankful to DVM Martin and his staff for they took excellent care day and night of K9 Kyra when it had some serious health issues before its passing away.”

“Police Corporal A. J. Seydler was K9’s Kyra’a handler. We now have ‘Fly,’ a new K9 to assist us with narcotic investigations,” Ayala said.

KYRA with Cpl. Albert Seydler

Jacinto City’s Finest – Lt. Walker and Dispatcher Solis

Jacinto City’s Lieutenant Dennis Walker and Communications Specialist Leslie Solis. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Jacinto City, TX. – January 26, 2021 – It will soon be eight years since the day (March 20, 2013) when Jacinto City’s Lieutenant Dennis Walker was critically wounded while backing-up another officer, Sgt. J. Simpson-Castaneda, who had been dispatched to investigate a family disturbance call with a family member threatening them with a gun.

When Sgt. Castaneda entered the house, the deranged gunman opened fire, the bullet striking her and knocking her to the floor. Lt. Walker heard the gunshots as he arrived and without hesitation ran into the house where the gunman was about to shoot the wounded officer again. Walker got the gunman’s attention away from the wounded officer, preventing her death. The gunman and Walker exchanged shots, and the gunman fled for cover to the bathroom, but not before Walker received multiple gunshots to the chest. The suspect later surrendered and was subsequently sentenced to prison.