This Week's Headlines

Thousands of volunteers bring Harvey aid

Dobie Latin Club advances to state

Martin, Boykins hold CIP meetings

Chamber to host Family Fun Fest

Multiple Easter egg hunts planned

Controversy continues over fill dirt

Hazardous waste collection event set

Local schools address violent threats
Enrollment soars for OER courses

Ambulance dispatching causes concern

Four Longhorn alumni inducted into Class of 2018 Hall of Honor
Moorer to represent PMHS at DECA

Olson invites students to apply

Outstanding students of February

New courses at SJC taking drone training to new heights

Republican voters want voice in property tax increase

San Jac announces upcoming calendar

SB participates in Jump Rope for Heart

Hispanic Outlook on Education ranks SJC No. 6 on Top 100 list

New courses at SJC taking drone training to new heights

Moore Elementary holds kindergarten Texas program

J. Frank Dobie Lariaettes announce annual spring show

Frazier Elementary sets date for Pre-K Round Up

Will-A-Thon to serve seniors, veterans, disabled

Fun Bunch hosts game night

Abbott appoints Koncaba to board

San Jac women headed to hoops nationals

Lutheran South boys’ soccer wins TAPPS D2 state championship

Dobie boys’ soccer near crown; fourth straight championship

JFD girls soccer sits fourth

Bondy rules girls’ track; BHI’s Robinson wins four golds

BHI’s Williams, Thompson’s Jeans shine

Wolverines’ baseball eyes better 24-6As

Bruins nip Dobie; locals now 11-5

Bayshore Olympics host Brook, Dobie track; Pree sets PB in TJ

No. 1 ranked San Jac loses two at Galveston

Lady Horn softball awaits tougher tests



Thousands of volunteers bring Harvey aid

Nearly 5,000 volunteers have traveled from around the world to help families impacted by Hurricane Harvey rebuild their storm-damaged homes.

The nonprofit groups Eight Days of Hope and the 4B Disaster Response Network have teamed up with various missionaries, local churches and individual volunteers to assist those who are still reeling from the effects of Harvey, particularly those who have not already received assistance from other sources, such as FEMA or insurance.

Scarsdale resident Robert McDonald is an example of such a recipient. Without insurance, McDonald’s home on Flushing Meadows was left with extensive damage following the storm. This week, a team of volunteers replaced his roof, refurbished two bedrooms and a bathroom and installed drywall in his garage.

“They helped in a major way,” McDonald said. “They did everything that needed to be done. My family and I are forever in their debt. People came from across the country to help a complete stranger.”

According to organizers, volunteers from 48 states and multiple countries, including China and Italy, are pitching in to help. Members from approximately 500 churches – of all denominations – are taking part in the project. Volunteers meet each morning at Grace Community Church – a sponsoring organization – to eat breakfast and plan the day’s work schedule. The workers, who are both skilled and unskilled, meet again at Grace Church at the end of the day for dinner and fellowship. Out-of-state volunteers sleep on local church properties, including Sagemont Church.

Volunteers began local work efforts on Saturday, March 10, and will continue through Saturday, March 24. Their goal is to repair 800 houses. Workers are also refurbishing local parks and youth sports facilities.

Curtis Conerly, an ambassador from Global Outreach out of Mississippi, is selflessly volunteering his time, along with his wife Belinda. A former construction contractor, Conerly is now a full-time missionary.

“These people’s lives have been turned upside down,” Conerly said. “We’re just trying to bring back a little normalcy. We’re all here to help families in need.”

Dobie Latin Club advances to state

The J. Frank Dobie High School Latin Club seized the day by placing first overall at the regional competition of the Texas State Junior Classical League and will advance to state on April 13-14 in Dallas. At the regionals, the team of 60+ members competed in several categories, including various tests, oratory presentations and dramatic interpretations of classic literature.

Based off Triumvirate, a Julius Caesar era style of Roman government, the Longhorn Latin Club is led by three seniors, Samantha Merrill, Annie Tran and Jason Sabal who split responsibilities and serve as co-presidents.

“It was encouraging to see so many like-minded individuals come together and compete against each other in classical language,” said Sabal.

Merrill said she enjoyed seeing diversity at the competition among the competitors and how stereotypes are often wrong.

“You wouldn’t think of Latin club students traditionally being involved in athletics or art competitions, but they are. They have a lot of hidden talents,” said Merrill.

The three presidents said they are proud of the team for the strong showing at regionals and that they have high expectations for the team in Dallas.

“I wouldn’t choose anyone else to be working with,” said Tran. “Everyone on our team is so talented and smart.” Sabal added, “We are very confident because we have a really strong team. Our goal at the state competition is a top-three finish.”

Martin, Boykins hold CIP meetings

The City of Houston will hold two separate Capital Improvement Project (CIP) town hall meetings for area residents this next week.

District E
Houston District E City Council Member Dave Martin will host a CIP town hall meeting on Thursday, March 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Heritage Hangar at the Lone Star Flight Museum, located at 11551 Aerospace Avenue.

Residents are invited to attend to hear from city and community representatives about ongoing capital improvement projects, local issues and community news related to the Clear Lake and Southeast Houston areas of District E.

In addition to discussing CIP projects, post-Harvey updates will be provided from various departments and local agencies.

For more information, contact Martin’s office at 832-393-3008 or email at

District D
Houston District D City Council Member Dwight Boykins will host a CIP town hall meeting on Tuesday, March 20, at Sterling High School, located at 11625 Martindale, beginning at 6 p.m. Additional city representatives are also expected to take part in the event.

For additional information, contact the District D office at 832-393-3001 or

Chamber to host Family Fun Fest

The South Belt-Ellington Chamber will host its annual Family Fun Fest Saturday, March 24, at Clear Brook City Park, located at 11911 Blackhawk, from 3:30 to 8 p.m.

Now in its third year, the event will include the Strut Your Mutt dog show, a Twilight 1K and 5K run, Operation Kidsafe fingerprinting, inflatables, games, contests, an Easter egg hunt, food trucks and concessions, demonstrations and exhibitions.

New to this year’s festival is the Touch-A Truck, which will allow children to get up close and personal with a wide variety of different trucks.

Sponsorship opportunities are available in multiple categories, ranging from $100 to $2,000.

To register for the Strut Your Mutt and 1K or 5K run/walk, visit

For additional information or to become a sponsor, contact chamber President Kay Barbour at 281-481-5516.

Multiple Easter egg hunts planned

Easter is around the corner, and there are multiple egg hunts planned for South Belt children.

Kirkwood South
Kirkwood South Christian Church, located at 10811 Kirkfair, will hold its annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to noon.
The hunt is open to children ages 2 to 12. The event will also feature crafts and refreshments. The Easter egg hunt is free and open to the public.
For additional information, contact Lacretia McReynolds at 281-481-1735 or

Family Fun Fest
An Easter egg hunt will be one of many attractions at the third annual Family Fun Fest, set to take place Saturday, March 24, at Clear Brook City Park, 11911 Blackhawk, from 3:30 to 8 p.m.

Harris County
Harris County officials will hold their annual Easter egg hunt Saturday, March 24, at El Franco Lee Park, 9400 Hall Road, from 1 to 3 p.m. Now in its 28th year, the event will be hosted by County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Justice of the Peace Jo Ann Delgado and Constable Chris Diaz. A longtime project of former Commissioner El Franco Lee’s, this will mark the second time Ellis has participated in the event. Children from ages 2 to 10 are eligible to participate. A winner in each age group will be awarded a prize.

Free hot dogs, snow cones and drinks will be available while supplies last. The actual egg hunt will begin at 2 p.m. Participants must bring their own Easter baskets.

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