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County Attorney files Application to close Airline Game room

HOUSTON, February 3, 2014 – A hearing to turn a temporary restraining order into a temporary injunction to stop illegal activity at an Airline Drive game room was scheduled for Monday, Feb. 3.

Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan obtained the restraining order against Golden Star Business, LLC, its managers, officers, employees, and “all persons acting in concert with them” from maintaining 5715 Airline Drive as a place where persons go for gambling.

The case was filed by the County Attorney’s Office following a raid by the deputy constables from Harris County Constable Precinct 1 Alan Rosen on January 10. During the raid, deputies seized over 100 gambling devices and almost $15,000 in cash. They also discovered about 90 unused, replacement machines hidden behind a false wall.

According to the County Attorney’s Office, the game room reopened for business on January 17, a few days after the raid, and continues daily operation.

The restraining order states that:

1.There is interference with the public health, safety, peace, comfort, and convenience of its citizens–caused by the defendant’s operation of an illegal gambling place.

2.That this injury is irreparable because this game room, by its manner of use, is unlawful.

3.With the continued operation of this game room, the cycle of defiance will continue unabated unless this Temporary Restraining Order issues before the Temporary Injunction Hearing. The illegal gambling will not stop at this location until injunctive relief is granted, it is stated in the petition.

Chancellor Carpenter to retire from Lone Star

HOUSTON — Lone Star College System Chancellor Dr. Richard Carpenter announced today that he plans to retire this summer.

“I want you to know that these seven years with Lone Star have been unequivocally the pinnacle of my career,” Dr. Carpenter wrote in a statement released to LSC employees. “Your dedication, your hard work and your compassionate focus have all combined to bring Lone Star to a whole new level of state, national and international prominence. And that you afforded me the privilege of being a part of this journey is a gift for which I will forever be grateful.”

Dr. Carpenter cited health issues coupled with personal family needs as the reason for his retirement.

“At the end of this academic year I will mark my 40th year in the education profession, 32 as either a college president or system CEO. While I count every one of these years as a blessing, the time has come for me to enter the next phase of my life,” he wrote.

Dr. Carpenter joined LSCS (then named the North Harris Montgomery Community College District) in August of 2007. In January 2008, the college officially changed its name to Lone Star College System.

During his tenure, credit enrollment grew by 30,000 students and the college system added more than 2 million square feet of state-of-the-art academic space. LSCS is now the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community college systems in the nation.

In addition, Dr. Carpenter oversaw the opening of the new LSC-University Park campus and the second LSC-University Center, as well as the creation of Lone Star Corporate College, which was put in place to respond to the training needs of business and industry.

“I speak for the board when I say we’re sad to see Dr. Carpenter leave,” said David Holsey, DDS, chair of the LSCS Board of Trustees. “We’re grateful for his hard work, his diligence and the success of the college under his leadership.”

Dr. Holsey pointed out that during Dr. Carpenter’s service, student enrollment nearly doubled while administrative costs were significantly lowered and a stronger emphasis was made on the quality of instruction and innovation of LSCS programs.

“Dr. Carpenter is leaving the college in great shape, and the future is brighter than it has ever been for the college, its faculty and staff, and the community,” Dr. Holsey said.

The LSCS Board has appointed a search committee to immediately initiate the search.

“Dr. Carpenter will be tough to replace, but his leadership has helped create an institution that has risen to such national and international prominence that this is a highly-desirable position which we know will draw top candidates from throughout the country,” Dr. Holsey said. “We expect to have a very successful national search.”

Dr. Carpenter began his career as president at Somerset Community College in Kentucky at the age of 29, the youngest college president in the country. He was subsequently recruited to college presidencies in the states of Minnesota, California, and Alabama, before serving as state president and CEO of the 16-college Wisconsin Community and Technical College System, which enrolled more than 400,000 students with a $1 billion annual budget. Most recently, he had served as president of the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, and as state director for Nevada’s Community Colleges.

He received his associate degree from Southwest Mississippi Community College, bachelor and master degrees from Northwestern State University, and his doctorate from North Carolina State University.

Dr. Carpenter said that his future includes plans to “continue my activities as a consultant, but with more control over my schedule and pace.”

Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.

Ten Aldine ISD student-athletes earn scholarships

Ten Aldine ISD student-athletes signed on the dotted line on National Signing Day with colleges and universities across Texas and the United States on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The 10 earned scholarships that will provide them with the opportunities to continue their academic and athletic careers in college.

Eisenhower High School had the most student-athletes sign as six football players were awarded scholarships. Running back Donald Catalon, one of the most sought-after backs in the state, signed with the University of Texas and will be a part of head coach Charlie Strong’s first-ever recruiting class at UT. Strong was hired in January to succeed former head coach Mack Brown, who resigned after 16 years as the Longhorns’ head coach.

Other Eagles who signed on Wednesday were quarterback Trevion Roberts, who signed with Texas’ 12 rival Oklahoma State. Defensive back Devlin Isadore signed with Angelo State University, while defensive lineman Quintin Jackson inked with Sam Houston State University, linebacker Jon Johnson signed with Navarro College and defensive back Trenston Hawkins signed with Presentation College in South Dakota.

Nimitz High School had two football players and one soccer player sign on National Signing Day. Running back Martinez Syria signed with Iowa State University, while quarterback Jonathan Banks signed with Kilgore College. Soccer player Albion Nez signed with Florida Atlantic University.

Aldine High School had one signee as wide receiver Joe Lewis signed with Kilgore College.

AISD coaches are hoping more student-athletes will sign later in the spring.