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Posts published in January 2020

61st annual Aldine ISD Livestock Show set Jan. 30-31

Eisenhower High School FFA student Nick Cain raised the Grand Champion Steer at the 2019 Aldine ISD Livestock Show and Country Fair. This year’s event will take place Jan. 30-31 at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center.

The 61st annual Aldine ISD Livestock Show and Country Fair will be held Jan. 30-31 at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center.

Project judging will be held on Thursday, Jan. 30, beginning at 8 a.m. and concluding at 4 p.m. in the Campbell Center Arena.

On Thursday and Friday, all projects will be on display to the public throughout the day. The Sale of Champions, which produced $206,437 in sales in 2019, will be held Friday evening (Jan. 31) at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Arena.

Local officials to host public meeting on construction permit for a concrete plant in Aldine

ALDINE, Texas –– State Representative Armando Walle along with Commissioner Adrian Garcia and Senator Carol Alvarado will host a TCEQ Air Permit Public meeting about Nomadic Aggregates, LLC, who has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for an air quality standard permit which would authorize construction of a permanent concrete batch plant in Aldine, specifically at 4213 Mooney Road, Houston, TX 77093.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at the Northeast Community Center, 10918 1/2 Bentley St. Houston, TX 77093. During the public meeting, residents have an opportunity to provide comments on the proposed concrete batch plant and are encourage to ask questions of the applicant and to TCEQ staff concerning the permit application. Please plan to attend and ask questions to TCEQ staff concerning the permit application.

Super Bowl LIV could be a special one as high-scoring Chiefs face defensive-minded 49ers

By Mike Keeney

The first Super Bowl of the new century has the potential to be one of the best ones we’ve seen in recent years. SB No. 54 pits the high-scoring Kansas Chiefs, and one of the game’s rising stars in quarterback Patrick Mahomes, against this year’s Cinderella story, the San Francisco 49ers who turned a 4-12 finish in 2018 to a 13-3 (15-3 now after playoff wins over Minnesota and Green Bay) record and a NFC West title.

The game is scheduled for Miami on Sunday. Early weather forecasts call for showers in the morning, but clearing by the 5:40 p.m. Central Time kickoff on FOX.

This will mark the first time in 18 years that somebody other than Tom Brady (started last four Super Bowls), Peyton Manning or Ben Rothlisberger will quarterback an AFC team in the big game.

The Chiefs will be seeking their second Lombardi Trophy, while the 49ers will be looking for their sixth Super Bowl title, which would tie them with the Steelers as the only NFL teams with six Lombardi’s.

This game will also have a local tie, as former MacArthur High standout Richard Whitaker is the special teams coach for the 49ers.

Chief fans have waited 50 years for a return to the big game, while 49er fans have waited 25 years to get back to a game Joe Montana and Steve Young played in routinely back in the late 1980s and 1990s.

Congresswoman Garcia appointed to Impeachment Managers

House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, center in pink, introduces the Congresspersons that will serve as Impeachment Managers during the trial set to start next week in the Senate. L to R, Hakeem Jeffries, Sylvia Garcia, Jerry Nadler, Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Val Demings, Zoe Lofgren, and Jason Crow.

WASHINGTON – Sylvia Garcia, Congresswoman representing the 29th District of Texas, including much of the North and East sides of Harris County, has been appointed one of seven Impeachment Managers for the upcoming trial of President Trump in the Senate.

The selection was made by House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who took care to have a diverse group of managers. The seven Democratic Congresspersons, most with attorney training and courtroom experience, will act as prosecutors in the ensuing trial which starts next Tuesday in the Senate.

Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney reflects on 2018-19 school year

Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney, middle, delivers remarks during the district’s annual State of the District Breakfast, held Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the CityPlace Marriott Hotel.

Looks ahead to AISD’s future at annual State of the District Breakfast

Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney delivered a spirited address to Aldine ISD supporters at the district’s annual State of the District Breakfast, held Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the CityPlace Marriott Hotel.

Speaking before a crowd of parents, business partners, elected officials and district and campus administrators, Dr. Goffney provided a list of accomplishments she and her leadership team attained in her first year as superintendent during the 2018- 19 school year, presented the audience with a number of plans to provide more choices for Aldine students in the future and shared the district’s five-year strategic plan, “A New Way Forward.”

Board President Paul Shanklin delivers welcoming remarks

Prior to Dr. Goffney’s address, Board of Trustees President Paul Shanklin delivered welcoming remarks.

After introducing his fellow Board members, Mr. Shanklin made it clear he and the Board are committed to providing Aldine students with more choices and a quality education for all students.

Mayor Turner, others oppose Concrete Batch plant expansion

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and other officials held a news conference last Tuesday, to express their opposition to the expansion of a concrete batch plant in Acres Home.

ACRES HOME – Mayor Sylvester Turner and other elected officials and residents stand united against a concrete batch plant expanding near city park in Acres Home.

Mayor Sylvester Turner joined other elected officials, representatives from the city of Houston and residents living near a proposed concrete batch plant to show their opposition to the pollution-causing facility on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 10:30 a.m. at the Highland Park Community Center 3316 De Soto, Houston, TX 77091.

In addition to Mayor Turner, residents and environmental groups, confirmed speakers are:

• Lt. Cheryl Southwell, HPD’s Differential Response Team

• Dr. Loren Hopkins, chief environmental officer for City of Houston Health Department

• Marissa Aho, City of Houston chief resilience officer

• U.S . Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee

Crawford named Northeast News’s Coach of the Year

MacArthur High School head football coach Wayne Crawford has been named the Northeast News’s Coach of the Year for leading the Generals to their first playoff berth in 12 years.

By Mike Keeney, Contributing Writer

MacArthur High School head football coach Wayne Crawford led the Generals to their first playoff berth in 12 years as the Generals qualified for the Class 6A playoffs by finishing in fourth place in the rugged District 16-6A.

Crawford’s coaching effort earned him the Northeast News’ Coach of the Year honors.

In only his second year as MacArthur’s head coach, the Generals turned around a tough start to the season losing three of their first four games, but rallied to win four of their final six games to earn the school’s first playoff berth since 2007.

“I thought our season was gratifying,” Crawford said. “We got better week in and week out. Our goal was to beat all the teams in Aldine and we accomplished that goal.”

Pathway to Prosperity: Local bank introduces home ownership and savings programs

Prosperity Bank associates at Little York branch, ready to assist you.

By J.D. Herman

Local financial institutions have long provided important benefits by forging long standing relationships within the communities they serve. Unlike larger corporate banks that rely on volume to generate profits, community banks focus on building lasting relationships. A deep understanding of local needs allows regional banks to provide specialized financial services, something Prosperity Bank has been providing customers for decades.

Founded in 1983, Prosperity Bank built its stellar reputation by focusing on smaller rural communities. Based in El Campo, Prosperity acquired North Houston Bank in 2010. Despite the new name, the Eastex Banking Center had serviced the East Aldine Management District since the 1970s, and many of the managers and tellers have been with the bank for years. In fact, Lending Assistant Sue Luther and Banking Manager Carmen Bernal have been with the branch for over 20 years. This connection to the community is important to note, as loan decisions are handled locally by people who understand the needs of neighborhood families and businesses.

Jack Battle, Eastex Banking Center President believes in a “community banking philosophy where personal relationships and great experiences go hand-in-hand.” Prosperity, which ranks among the top 100 U.S. banks with over $31 billion in assets and 285 banking centers, is helping residents in East Aldine invest in their futures with two programs–HOPP (Home Ownership Possibilities Program) and The Good Cents Savings Program.

Dredging starts at Lake Houston & San Jacinto River

Houston, TX – January 6, 2020 – Mayor Pro Tem Martin would like to make District E residents aware the City of Houston has issued a Notice To Proceed (NTP) for debris removal services, specifically large silt deposits at the confluence of the West Fork of the San Jacinto River and Lake Houston, commonly referred to as the “mouth bar”. The City of Houston, through its contractor DRC Emergency Services, LLC (DRC), will begin mechanical dredging of the mouth bar this week (Jan. 6, 2020). The total cost for this project is $40 million dollars, which is funded through a combination of City of Houston Harvey Disaster dollars provided by Governor Greg Abbott, grant dollars from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), and funding from the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) Bond Program.