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Talented Joshua Eaton named NE News Defensive Player of the Year

MacArthur High School head football coach Wayne Crawford congratulates Joshua Eaton on being named the 2019 Northeast News’s Defensive Player of the Year.

By Mike Keeney, Contributing Writer

Joshua Eaton is a coach’s dream. He’s has a rare combination of size and speed for a cornerback with excellent man-to-man coverage skills.

He is one of the most sought-after defensive backs in the state as Alabama, Georgia and Oklahoma are hoping to sign him on National Signing Day on Feb. 5.

In his senior season at MacArthur, the 6-2, 170-pound Eaton recorded 63 unassisted tackles, assisted on another 35, broke up seven passes, recovered one fumble (which he returned 55 yards for a touchdown) and recorded one interception. He also helped out on offense for the Generals, who earned their first playoff berth in 12 years, with 13 receptions for 141 yards and one touchdown.

Eaton’s stellar senior season has earned him the Northeast News’s Defensive Player of the Year honors.

MacArthur High School head football coach Wayne Crawford said it has been a pleasure watching Eaton work his magic over the last two years.

“Joshua is a very talented young man,” Crawford said. “He could play wide receiver at a Division I college, but he’s such a good corner that a lot of schools are after him.”

Year in Review 2019

Compiled from the files of the Northeast News


Aldine Optimist Club donated bicycles to school district. Carol Alvarado was sworn in as new Texas Senator for District 6. Lina Hidalgo took oath as new Harris County Judge. Congressman Gene Green honored by Aldine ISD Trustees. A woman died in car crash on Aldine Mail Rt. after being hit by an SUV. Pct. 2 distributed food during government shutdown.


Aldine ISD hosted annual FFA Livestock Show. Public health confirmed three measles cases in Harris County. Aldine ISD expanded college opportunities for students. Rep. Senfronia Thompson filled bill to improve school safety. Trail Raiders announced annual Houston Rodeo. Aldine ISD recognized Principals of the Year.


Aldine Community met new Lone Star College Dean Luis Lucio for two locations, Harris and East Aldine. Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia held first community safety meeting. Harris County Clerk Dr. Diane Trautman announced Countywide Polling Place Program. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo introduced “Civic Saturdays” to listen to community concerns. Little League season opened in North Houston with parade and games. Houston Community College named Dr. Monique Umphrey new HCC Northeast President.

Lone Star College to offer bachelor’s degrees

HOUSTON (Dec. 10, 2019) – Lone Star College has received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to begin offering bachelor’s degree programs.

LSC students will be able to earn the following bachelor’s degrees beginning in fall 2020: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN); Bachelor of Applied Technology in Cybersecurity (BAT); and Bachelor of Applied Science in Energy, Manufacturing and Trades Management (BASEMTM).

The approval from SACSCOC, the higher education accreditation agency for the southeastern United States, makes Lone Star College the first community college in Texas to roll out three bachelor’s degree programs.

“This is a significant milestone for Lone Star College,” said Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC chancellor. “This approval allows Lone Star College to expand its commitment to providing high-quality academic and workforce programs in response to our area employers’ needs.”

The BSN degree is designed for licensed Registered Nurses seeking to advance their professional qualifications. Graduates of the program will have a broader understanding of the nursing profession and will be better prepared to assume leadership and management roles. The BAT in Cybersecurity will prepare students for careers in the field of Information Technology. Coursework will include a balance between theoretical and technical competencies associated with the IT profession, with a concentration in cybersecurity.

East Aldine holds Partner Awards

Some of the Awards recipients pose for a photograph after the ceremony, including Sheriff’s deputies Eleazar Agrait, Josue Herrera, and Ronnie Jones, who received the Governmental Award. Also second from left, Abel Garza with the Education Award, Valencia Dotson with the Volunteer award, and Gilbert Hoffman, Chairman’s Award.

The East Aldine District held their annual Strategic Partner Awards last Thursday night, at the Greer & Lowdermilk Conference Center in Aldine. The event is meant to honor those citizens or organizations who have contributed during the year to the quality of life improvements that are the goal of the district.

Emcee for the evening was Joyce Wiley, a board member of the East Aldine District. Over a hundred persons attended the festive occasion. Many of them were supporters of the district’s activities.

During the evening, eight awards were presented to individuals or organizations that were “strategic Partners” with the District.

The Chairman’s Award, the major presentation of the evening, went to Gilbert Hoffman, publisher of the Northeast News since 1999. The newspaper has been an advocate for the District and its goals for the last 20 years. Hoffman thanked the district, and in his remarks made the point that many in the audience were the focus of the news due to their work in the Aldine area. The award was presented by Chairman Gerald Overturff, who kidded about his “brotherhood” with Hoffman.

ELECTION RESULTS: Turner wins mayor’s runoff

Harris County reported that over 200,000 voters turned out for the runoff election held last Saturday. Incumbent Mayor Sylvester Turner defeated challenger Tony Buzbee, the most interesting of several races.

Others of local interest elected were City Councilmen David Robinson, Michael Kubosh, Letitia Plummer, Sallie Alcorn, and Karla Cisneros, who won by 12 votes out of 10,554 cast.

Aldine ISD honors building Namesakes at luncheon

Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney visits with former Trustee Marine Jones at the 2019 Namesake Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center. Jones Middle School is named in Mrs. Jones’ honor.

Many of the schools and buildings in Aldine Independent School District are named after individuals that left an indelible mark in the community. Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney reached out to the district’s many namesakes to honor them and let them know their spirit for giving students the best educational experience continues.

Nearly 20 honorees or their family members attended the inaugural Namesake Luncheon held Tuesday, December 10, at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center. Dr. Goffney, Board Trustee President Steve Mead, and fellow trustees greeted and spoke with honorees.

Dr. Goffney also took a moment to share the new choices and opportunities AISD offers students, the five-year strategic plan, current work, and how it all impacts the future of Aldine.

Run-Off Election December 14

Early Voting from Dec. 2 to Dec. 10

Harris County residents head back to the polls on December 14 to vote in runoff races for the Mayor of Houston, several city council seats, and multiple HISD Trustee positions.

The runoff elections are required for the November races in which neither candidate was successful in securing more than 50% of the vote.

Early voting runs from December 2 through December 10. Thanks to the new countywide polling system, residents can vote at any polling location during early voting and on election day.

For more information on the races and polling locations, visit

New Bus Service for Northeast Harris County

Free Ridership for the first 60 Days

Nearly 200,000 residents now have new access to public transportation in eastern portions of Harris County, thanks to $3.8 million Harvey Disaster Recovery money. Harris County Transit will expand its existing bus service to some of the communities hardest hit Run-Off Election December 14 by floodwaters from the hurricane.

A soft launch of the new service will occur on December 2, 2019. The first 60 days are free to riders; and after the first 60 days, rides will be $1.00 per ride. There will be an inaugural ceremony to mark the launch on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at Joe V’s Parking Lot, 5609 Uvalde, Houston, Texas.

The new service will add roughly 65 additional route miles to the infrastructure for a total of 185 route miles. Five proposed new routes will serve Channelview, Cloverleaf and Sheldon with service for a three-year period. If ridership levels are high enough, Harris County Transit Services will request more funding to continue the routes beyond the three years.

East Aldine board honored by Sheriff’s office at monthly meeting

In Recognition of their support for the “Sweat IV Vets” program of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Terry Garza presented the East Aldine Board members with a Certificate of Appreciation for the support.

L to R, receiving the award are Board Chairman Gerald Overturff, Carlos Silva, Deborah Foster, Reyes Garcia, Joyce Wiley, Patti Acosta, Deputy Garza, and Gilbert Hoffman.

See Page 3 (print or PDF edition) for additional information about the work of the East Aldine District and its Board of Directors.