This Week's Headlines

Early voting to begin Oct. 22

South Belters celebrate fall, Halloween

Wings Over Houston takes flight

Woman targeted near Scarsdale bank

City work to begin on Hall Road

PISD to hold ECHS meeting

Turner, Martin hold town hall

Airshow nears

Dobie9 donates to Michael victims

Daniel announces launch of jury reminder system

HCFCD completes post-Harvey removal of stormwater blockages

UHCL seeks local vendors

San Jacinto College schedules calendar activity briefs

J. Frank Dobie High School announces first six-weeks honor roll

New institute at UHCL researches nutrition, exercise

UHCL releases calendar briefs

Thompson Intermediate names honor roll

CCISD students earn AP Award

Kingwood slows Dobie football 35-10

Brook, Dobie VB make playoffs

JFD’s Padilla, Singleton to cross-country regional

Mustangs’ subvarsity FB hands Dobie two defeats

Atkinson Gridiron winners honored

Dobie, Brook netters lose in bidistrict round

Browns sign Dobie graduate Jackson

 

Early voting to begin Oct. 22

Early voting for the Nov. 6 general election will begin Monday, Oct. 22, and continue through Friday, Nov. 2.

South Belt voters will have a say in several different races, including ones at the county, state and federal level.

In addition to the contests for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, voters will decide on multiple congressional and legislative seats.
In the hotly contested race for U.S. senator, Republican incumbent Ted Cruz will face Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke. Currently serving as a U.S. representative for Texas’ 16th congressional district in the El Paso area, O’Rourke has been showing well in recent polls, often scoring within the margin of error. Libertarian Neil Dikeman is running as a third-party candidate.
In the U.S. House District 22 race, Republican incumbent Pete Olson is running against Democratic opponent Sri Preston Kulkarni. John McElligott is running for the Libertarian Party, and Kellen Sweny is running as an independent.

In the race to fill the U.S. House District 29 seat recently vacated by Rep. Gene Green, Democrat Sylvia R. Garcia will face Republican Phillip Aronoff. Cullen Burns is running as a Libertarian. If elected in the highly Hispanic district, Garcia will be the first Latina from the Houston area to be elected to Congress.

At the state level, Republican incumbent Dennis Paul will face Democratic challenger Alexander Jonathan Karjeker in the House District 129 race. Joseph Majsterski is running as a Libertarian.

In the state House District 144 race, Democratic incumbent Mary Ann Perez will face Republican challenger Ruben Villarreal.

Democratic incumbent Carol Alvarado will face Libertarian Clayton Hunt in the state House District 145 race. No Republicans filed to run for the position.

In the House District 147 race, Democratic incumbent Garnet F. Coleman will face Republican challenger Thomas Wang.

Houston residents will have a chance to vote on two city charter referendums: Propositions A and B.

Proposition A is a “do-over” vote to approve the city’s existing ReBuild Houston street and drainage program (RebuildHouston.org). Voters are asked to establish a lockbox around revenue from the drainage fee and restrict use for only flooding, drainage and street improvements. From 2012 to 2017, ReBuild Houston has provided more than $800 million in drainage improvements and paid $1.1 billion toward old debt.

Proposition B is a vote to tie firefighters’ pay to police officers without additional requirements on education or work hours. The vote would require the city to give firefighters a minimum 25 percent raise the first year and additional raises equal to police.

The 25 percent raise would cost the city at least $98 million per year, which the city says is more than it can afford.

The city would be unable to raise taxes to fund the pay increase because voters imposed an annual revenue cap in 2004. The city says it may have to lay off firefighters and other employees and reduce services to public safety, parks and libraries to afford the increase.

For information on the propositions, visit www.houstontx.gov/houstonvotes2018.

The closest early voting place for South Belt residents is the Harris County annex at 10851 Scarsdale, on the corner of Beamer and Scarsdale.

Other nearby locations include the Freeman Branch Library, located at 16616 Diana Lane in the Clear Lake area, and the East Harris County Activity Center, located at 7340 Spencer Highway in Pasadena.

Voting hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Oct. 26; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 27; 1 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 28; and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 29 through Nov. 2.

For information, a sample ballot or a complete listing of polling locations, visit harrisvotes.org.

South Belters celebrate fall, Halloween

Fall has arrived, and with the cooler temperatures comes a variety of local activities for South Belt residents to enjoy.

• The Southeast Volunteer Fire Department, 9830 Hughes Road, will host its annual Halloween party Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. Children are encouraged to dress in costume and will be allowed to climb on the department’s fire engines and play on moonwalks. The event will feature free hot dogs, candy and sodas until supplies run out.

• San Jacinto College South will host its annual Fall Fest on Friday, Oct. 26, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the campus student center (Building S11) and adjacent parking lots. The family event will feature miniature golf, crafts, rides, games, a photo booth and many more fun activities for all ages. There will also be a costume contest held inside the student center at 6:45 p.m. Parents are required to register their children beforehand at the sign-in desk located at the student center entrance. Lineup for the costume contest will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m., and the contest will begin at 6:45 p.m. with the infant to two-year-old age group. The event is open to the public. For more information, contact the south campus Student Engagement and Activities office at 281-929-4633.

• Dobie High School, 10220 Blackhawk, will host its Warehouse of Nightmares event Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27, beginning at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the school’s theater department, the program will take place in the theatre warehouse, located behind the campus. The event will include a costume contest and door prizes. Admission is $5.

• The Parker Williams Branch Library will host its inaugural Page Fright event on Tuesday, Oct. 30. The event will be split into two parts and will last from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. after the library closes. The first part will take place outside on the promenade around the library and will feature a pumpkin walk/carving contest and a trick-or-treat event for all ages. Costumes are not required. County officials will have animals on display, as well as other children’s activities. The second portion of the event will take place inside the library and include a game of humans vs. zombies and is for teens only. The teens will have to fend off an increasing number of zombies using Nerf guns in an attempt to be the last human standing. Because there will be Nerf darts flying around and teens running, a signed waiver is required for those participating in this game. Admission is free. For more information, call branch manager Mike Saperstein at 832-927-7877.

• Stuchbery Elementary, 11210 Hughes Road, will host its annual Trunk-or-Treat event on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the front parking lot of the school. The event will feature activities, games and candy. The event is free and open to the public. Children are encouraged to wear costumes.

• Jessup Elementary, 9301 Almeda Genoa, will host its annual fall carnival Friday, Oct. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. The family event will include games, prizes and many other fun activities. The event is open to the public.

• South Belt Church (formerly Easthaven Baptist Church), 13100 Beamer Road, will host a trick-or-treat event on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This event will be held indoors and will take place rain or shine. The event is free and open to the public.

• CrossRoads UMC (formerly Cokesbury United Methodist Church), 10030 Scarsdale, will host its third annual fall fest on Sunday, Oct. 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. The event will feature games, music and prizes. A costume parade will take place for children 10 years of age and under. The church’s annual pumpkin patch will also be open daily through Oct. 31, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Almeda Mall will host its annual trick-or-treating event Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6 p.m. until supplies run out. The Morris Middle School choir will perform at the center court at 6 p.m. Children are encouraged to wear costumes and go from store to store, but no masks are allowed for adults.

• Palm Church, 10811 Kirkfair (on the campus of Kirkwood South Christian Church), will hold a fall festival and garage sale Saturday, Oct. 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Start Christmas shopping early with the many vendors at the festival. Available items include electronics, photos, crafts, furniture, gently used clothing, household goods, toys and more. The event will also feature food and a raffle. An inspirational prayer tent will be available to meditate and meet pastor Willie Davis. For more information, call 832-372-3607.

• South Belt Elementary, 1801 Riverstone Ranch, will host its inaugural Trunk or Treat event on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. Vendors will be set up behind the school. Anyone interested in showing goods or having a booth should contact Coach J.C. Watson at 713-740-5276 or JCWatson@pasadenaisd.org.

• Faith Missionary Baptist Church, 9850 Mango, will hold a fall festival Saturday, Oct. 20, from 2 to 5 p.m. The event will feature games, food and an obstacle course, and is free and open to the public.

Wings Over Houston takes flight

Plan ahead and get your tickets now to see the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, returning to Houston for the 34th Annual Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Wings Over Houston Airshow on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21, at Ellington Airport.

“We’re excited to welcome back the world-famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels, led by Commander Eric Doyle, a native of League City,” said Airshow Director Bill Roach. “For the first time at Wings Over Houston, we’re honored to have on static display, That’s All, Brother, a C-47 aircraft which led the aircraft formation of more than 800 C-247s carrying paratroopers who dropped behind enemy lines hours before the first troops stormed the beaches on D-Day, June 6, 1944. You also don’t want to miss Sean Tucker, one of the greatest aerobatic pilots in history, who is flying his last season of solo performances. These are just a few of the great performances we’re lining up for this year’s show. Now is the time to buy tickets at the lowest prices of the year.”

Produced by the Commemorative Air Force, the nonprofit airshow is shaping up with several performances, including the following:
• That’s All, Brother, a recently restored C-47 aircraft which transported paratroopers in the D-Day invasion in Europe 74 years ago, is making its CAF Wings Over Houston debut. The historic plane will be on static display for fans to see.
Tours for a nominal fee will help the CAF raise money to send That’s All, Brother and the crew to France next year as part of a contingent of C-47s and other aircraft flying to Europe to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
• Jack Link’s Screamin’ Sasquatch Jet Waco, a 1929 Taperwing Waco bi-plane outfitted with a jet engine flown, will be flown by veteran aerobatic pilot John Klatt.
Jack Link’s also is a sponsor of Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster relief organization which has done extensive Hurricane Harvey relief work in the Houston area.
• The world’s leading civilian airshow performer, Sean D. Tucker with Team Oracle, returns for his last season as a solo performer.
• La Porte resident Deborah Rihn-Harvey, world aerobatic champion and one of the highest-ranked competitors in the country, will perform her breath-taking show.
• The U.S. Air Force will demonstrate the amazing capabilities of the F-16 Viper, a single-seat, multi-mission fighter that can fly faster than Mach 2 and the ability to switch from an air-to-ground to an air-to-air role at the touch of a button.
• The U.S. Air Force will showcase a Heritage Flight formation with aircraft to be determined later.
• Fan favorite, Tora! Tora! Tora! returns again to wow fans with an explosive reenactment of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
• The RE/MAX Skydiving Team will open the show with a performance choreographed to the national anthem.
• The U.S. Coast Guard will demonstrate rescue routines, having provided an all-weather 24/7 search and rescue capability to the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast since 1963.

The show also will feature a massive display of aircraft on the ground which fans can see up close and meet with their pilots and crews.

Other ground activities include the appearance of military veterans who will meet fans and sign autographs in the Legends and Heroes autograph tent.

More details, including the static aircraft lineup and list of military legends, will be announced closer to show dates.

To purchase tickets for the 2018 CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow, visit the airshow’s website, www.wingsoverhouston.com, or call 888-435-7469 (888-4-FLYSHOW).

On airshow performance days, general admission tickets will be sold at the gate.

Once inside the gates, fans may visit reserved areas and purchase upgraded seating, if any are available.

 

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