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FFA livestock show rewards student work

The Grand Champion Steer was raised by Nick Cain, and sold for $20,000, more than $6000 above last year. The buyer was First Construction Group.

ALDINE – The FFA students from all five high schools held their 59th Annual Livestock Show and Sale of Champions last Friday night, with sales equalling last year’s amounts, and in some cases exceeding last year’s bids by a substantial number. There were 60 lots, including art, buckles, cakes, and the animals that the students raised all year.

The top grand champion steer was raised by Nick Cain, and sold for $20,000. The buyer was First Construction Group, and Patrick Mouton.

Other notable sales were grand champion pig, raised by Ravone Gooden and sold for $8000, an increase of $2000 over the previous year. The buyer was AISD Operations Group.

The grand champion goat was raised by Alondra Lara, and sold for $7000. The buyer was the Superintendents Group.

Congressman Gene Green invites families to College Financial Aid Workshop

HOUSTON, TX — Congressman Gene Green invites Houston-area students and parents to a FREE Financial Aid Workshop on Monday, February 12, 2018, at 7:00 P.M. in the auditorium of MacArthur High School (Aldine ISD), 4400 Aldine Mail Rd., Houston, TX 77039.

During this free seminar, representatives from The Sallie Mae Fund and Project GRAD Houston will speak to families on applying for scholarships, financial aid, and the important factors to consider when selecting the school that fits them. In addition, local colleges and universities will have representatives present with information about their institutions, giving students the chance to speak with them one-on-one. Several universities will award scholarships onsite to attending high school seniors at the end of the college prep PowerPoint presentation.

“I want every student to have the option to attend college, regardless of financial background,” said Rep. Green. “This event is an opportunity to present our community with as many resources as possible, so that they are able to make the best educational and financial choices for themselves and their families. It is my hope that every student who attends this event walks away feeling more confident that the cost of college can be made affordable.”

Participating colleges: University of Houston, UH-Downtown, Texas Southern University, Houston Community College – Northeast, San Jacinto College North, and Lone Star College

Flood Forum on TV explores solutions to flooding

Mayor Sylvester Turner and County Judge Ed Emmett were the featured speakers on the program. In general, they agreed that this was “a defining moment” and time for major funding with help from state and federal partners.

HOUSTON – Television Channel 2 KPRC sponsored a forum last Monday night, featuring the two government leaders in the area, Mayor Sylvester Turner of Houston, and Judge Ed Emmett of Harris County.

The two leaders were discussing the devastation from the floods after Hurricane Harvey, and what the plans are to alleviate future disasters. In addition, they answered questions from viewers that were phoned into the program.

In general the leaders agreed that this was the time for action to solve the flood problems of the area.

Emmett said that Harvey had changed our lives, and changes are needed in the regulations that govern building. He said they were based on a 100 year flood plain, when actually that most recent floods, 3 in 3 years, indicate a 500 year flood event instead. He said this change was being implemented in the county since January 1st.

Both leaders said that more money was needed, to help those who are suffering from the Harvey floods, and to improve infrastructure to minimizing flooding in the future.

Emmett said that a new third reservoir was needed, probably at a cost of more than $500 million. He noted that these reservoirs are federal projects, not county.

Turner noted that the city’s drainage fee was not intended to solve flooding problems, and flood projects would cost billions. Both speakers said that the state should release some of its “rainy day” fund to Houston.

“If this isn’t a rainy day, what is?” they quipped.