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Posts published in “Day: February 23, 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.