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Posts published in February 2021

62nd FFA Show Goes On

Nimitz High School senior Delana Temple displays her grand champion steer, Angel, at the 62nd Annual FFA Livestock and Art Show. Pictured with Delana and Angel are Keisha Burnett and Carl Burnett, who sponsored the Steer Show.

ALDINE – Even in these challenging times, the show went on for Aldine ISD’s FFA (Future Farmers of America) students. Although the number of projects was down from the previous year, FFA students could show off their animals. The Aldine community rewarded the students with funds for college scholarships and future projects thanks to members of the Aldine community who purchased projects during the Sale of Champions on Friday, Jan. 29.

“I want to thank all of the students, their parents, and our outstanding Ag teachers who participated in this year’s event,” said Franklin Higgins, Director of Career and Technical Education. “And I also want to thank our Board of Trustees, Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney, members of her Executive Leadership Team, and the Aldine community members for their continued support of our students.”

Nimitz High’s Delana Temple raised the Grand Champion Steer, purchased by the New Construction Group for $12,500. Briana Faulk of Davis High School raised the Reserve Grand Champion Steer. The Aldine Noon Optimist Club purchased it for $7,000.

RECORD FREEZE, POWER OUTAGES PARALYZE COUNTY

SAILING ANYONE? Piers and Sailboats covered with ice on Monday, Feb. 15th in Kemah are an example of the severity of the freeze throughout the county. (Jamail photo)

HARRIS COUNTY – An unusual cold front swept through the area starting last Sunday, and resultant freezing low temperatures knocked out power for much of Texas, and brought life to a standstill.

The record-setting cold temperatures went as low as 7 degrees on several nights, and the result was frozen water pipes for many homes and businesses in the county.

This combination of power outages and frozen pipes made life miserable for most families, and additionally threatened the lives of those who gathered indoors for days with no heat. Food supplies and household items were quickly depleted for most. Some sought relief in their cars, or at fast food outlets, and long lines and waits of hours resulted. Most stores and gas stations ran out of stock before everyone was supplied.

Industry experts said the outages were due to improper planning and lack of investment in utility facilities. Blame was aimed at the Governor, the Legislature, and private power providers, as well as ERCOT, the distribution manager.

As life returned to normal this week, investigations were ordered by government authorities, with the promise of remedies in the future.

Pct. 2 holds combined food distribution and COVID testing event at Community Centers

Pct. 2 workers under the direction of Commissioner Adrian Garcia, load food boxes into the cars of families at Pep Muellar Community Center.

By Jada Mier

Harris County, TX — Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia’s office hosted its second free COVID testing and food distribution event in Precinct 2 last week. Testing was conducted at Pep Mueller Community Center in north Houston on January 30th, and at Jim Fonteno Annex in east Harris County.

Cars began to line up as early as 8 am on Saturday morning at the Jim Fonteno Annex in east Harris County. Two lines were formed in two different parking lots. One for testing and the other for food. The Food Bank was there to distribute boxes of food to families in the community. Harris County Public Health was also at the site handing out PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) and informing citizens of necessary cleaning procedures. People could choose if they wanted to get tested or not, but everyone leaves with a box of food, explained Tanya Kelly the site manager.

Pct. 2 and the Harris County Public Health Department were on hand to test families and individuals for signs of COVID-19.

She said, “I try to encourage people to get tested, especially those who have children that are in school or even a part of the same household. We see so many deaths of family members who end up passing it on, and it happens a lot in the black and brown community.”

Community leader Jauer passes away

Leland was called home on November 27, 2020. He leaves behind the love of his life and best friend, Rita Gay Suit Jauer, his wife of 64 years. He also leaves his joy, his daughter Gavra Jauer Flood, her husband Brian Flood and his pride, grandson Mason Flood, whom he loved dearly.

After serving his country in the United States Army and being honorably discharged, Leland served his community in Houston for 39 years as CEO of several banks until his retirement in 2002. He was a member of multiple community organizations including: the Northeast Houston Chamber of Commerce, the Aldine College Endowment Scholarship Foundation, the Aldine Optimist Club, the Northeast YMCA, the Texas Banker’s Association, the HISD Advisory Council, the Aldine Improvement District, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, and the Independent Bankers Association of Texas. In retirement, he served on the Board of Directors as President and Board Member of the Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital Volunteer Service and as a Patient Advocate and Front Desk Patient Information contact for visitors at Memorial City Hospital.

Harris County opens on-line Vaccine registration

Harris County Public Health Nurse administers a vaccination last week at the Pct. 2 Northeast Community Center.

HOUSTON — Starting on Tuesday, January 26th, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) will launch a new COVID-19 Vaccination Portal for residents who meet the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) criteria for receiving a vaccine. The portal will allow individuals to be placed on a waitlist and contacted once vaccines and appointments are available. The waitlist will be available via the vaccine information link on ReadyHarris.org and https://vacstrac.hctx.net starting no later than Tuesday afternoon. Eligible residents without internet access can also call (832) 927-8787 once the portal is live to be placed on the waitlist.

Harris County’s new “Smart Waitlist” system will not use a first-come, first-served process for allocating vaccines. In order to ensure fair access for elderly residents, working families, and vulnerable populations, registrants on the waitlist will instead be selected through a prioritization and randomization process in accordance with state guidelines. Only individuals who fall under the DSHS Phase 1A and 1B category will be eligible to receive the vaccine at this stage. Those who are not qualified to receive the vaccine under 1A or 1B will still be able to be placed on the waitlist but will not be contacted to schedule an appointment until the State of Texas expands eligibility beyond 1A and 1B, likely not until the Spring or Summer.

Priority phases:

Texas proposes $119.7B yearly budget, down 3%

State Representative Armando Walle is on the Appropriations committee, and will be on the Conference committee with the Senate to come up with a final budget.

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Speaker of the House Dade Phelan today released the following statement on the House’s base budget for the 2022-2023 biennium:

“The Texas House’s base budget prioritizes the needs of Texans during this consequential moment in our state’s history and advances the Legislature’s commitment to the historic public education and school finance and property tax reforms passed last session. The decisions we make during the 87th legislative session will have lasting effects on the future of our state, which is why the House will work to improve our business climate, foster economic prosperity, and do what’s right for our students. I am grateful to the Members of the House Appropriations Committee and the hardworking committee staff for their efforts throughout this process.”

The House base budget recommendations for FY 2022-23 appropriate $119.7 billion in general revenue, a decrease of three (3) percent adjusted for population and inflation. The House budget recommendations are $3.2 billion below the spending limit of 7.06 percent adopted by the Legislative Budget Board in November 2020, and maintain a majority of the five (5) percent reductions identified by state agencies in 2020.

Significant provisions of House base budget recommendations include the following:

Brady goes for 7th Lombardi, Mahomes second in what could be a very real ‘Super’ Bowl!

By Mike Keeney

I guess that Tom Brady guy still has something left in the tank.

After spending 20 years in New England and leading the Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick to six Super Bowl titles, Brady moved south to sunny Tampa, FL and proved he’s not washed up at 43 years of age.

In Kansas City, Chief fans have once again put their faith in 25-year-old Patrick Mahomes, who led their beloved team to the Lombardi Trophy last year and is making a return trip this year to go after a second straight title.