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Posts published in January 2020

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.


Dr. Archie L. Blanson named Interim President at Lone Star College-North Harris

Dr. Archie L. Blanson

HOUSTON (Jan. 2, 2020) – Dr. Archie L. Blanson has been named Lone Star College-North Harris Interim President effective Jan. 2. Blanson succeeds Dr. Gerald Fernandez Napoles who recently accepted a new position as Vice Chancellor/Special Assistant to the Chancellor.

Blanson joins LSC-North Harris from his previous role as Vice Chancellor of Student Success for Lone Star College, overseeing admissions, registration, dual credit, disabilities, enrollment management, and numerous student services activities and partnerships.

Blanson worked closely with LSC-North Harris for more than 20 years, and his commitment to public education runs deep. Prior to joining Lone Star College, Blanson devoted 39 years in education to Aldine ISD, finishing his career as Deputy Superintendent.

Blanson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Southern University, a Master of Arts in Education Administration from Texas Southern University and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.

Blanson’s history includes vast experience in teaching and administration. At Aldine ISD, his strong skills in planning, budgeting, compliance and innovative thinking helped the district gain state, national and international recognition.

The success Blanson enjoyed at Aldine ISD is evident through his accomplishments and recognitions. (more…)

Aldine Education Foundation to host Sports Spectacular on Jan. 22

Aldine Education Foundation will host its first Sports Spectacular for Scholars featuring the Harlem Wizards vs. Aldine All-Stars. The Wizards, known for their amazing basketball talent combined with hilarious comedy, will tip off against Aldine ISD teachers, coaches, and community leaders to provide a fun-filled evening of basketball hi-jinx. The event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at M.O. Campbell Educational Center, 1865 Aldine Bender Rd, 77032. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

The Harlem Wizards have a mission to create awe-inspiring events throughout the country to help communities raise funds for important causes. Wizards games provide two hours of family time where grandparents, parents, and kids can all laugh together. Even in the stands, you are more than a spectator. The audience becomes a part of the show and there is a guarantee of loads of laughter and audience participation. Throughout the game, fans will experience a magical display of tricks, coordinated ball-handling, fancy passes, and aerodynamic athleticism combined with high-energy comedy and guest interaction.


DeMarcus Barlow is the 2019 Northeast News’ Offensive Player of the Year

DeMarcus Barlow let his numbers speak for him during 2019 season.

By Mike Keeney, Contributing Writer

DeMarcus Barlow is a team-first player, that’s why the 2019 season was tough for him and his teammates.

The Davis High Falcons struggled to a 3-7 season under first-year head coach Scott Joseph, but Barlow made things interesting on Friday and Saturday nights this fall by rushing for 1,401 yards on 190 carries (7.3 yards per carry), and scoring 15 touchdowns and completing 16 of 36 passes for 348 yards and six more scores. He also caught two passes for 97 yards (48.5 yards per catch) and one touchdown.

In seven District 16-6A games, Barlow rushed for 1,106 yards (an average of 158 yards per outing).

Barlow’s big senior season earned him the Northeast News’ Offensive Player of the Year honors.

Barlow was also named the District 16-6A Offensive MVP, and first-team all district honors.

The 5′-10″, 210-pounder began the year as the Falcons’s featured running back, but Joseph felt he was needed under center and the amiable Barlow gladly accepted his new role.


Commissioner Garcia announces Historic Public-Private partnership to monitor air quality in Harris County


$1 million dollar grant to purchase air monitors and provide up-to-date air quality information

HARRIS COUNTY, TX – December 17th, 2019 – This week Commissioner Adrian Garcia announced that Harris County and Precinct 2 will receive a $1 million dollar grant from the American Chemistry Council Foundation (ACC) to purchase air quality monitors, more stringent data analysis and collaboration with industry partners. This is the first time the ACC Foundation has developed and awarded a local government grant for a community air-monitoring network.

“This grant is a result of conversations that began in the wake of a series of industrial incidents in Precinct 2. We learned how potentially vulnerable our industry partners were and that more needed to be done to ensure their success and not their failure,” said Commissioner Adrian Garcia. “Residents need access to reliable and timely air-quality data at all times, and especially during a chemical emergency. Thanks to this collaboration, the County will be able to address data and communications gaps to ensure residents have the information they need to make decisions about what actions to take for their families’ wellbeing in the unfortunate event dangerous chemicals are released,” he continued.

The joint effort of members of the East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA), Texas Chemistry Council (TCC), American Chemistry Council (ACC) and Harris County will enhance the availability, transparency and interpretation of air monitoring data. The grant will support the following initiatives: