Monthly Archives: February 2016

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The 2016 Primary Elections are tomorrow and Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan reminds registered voters to bring an acceptable form of photo identification (photo ID) to vote in person, or they will have to vote provisionally.

“We have more than 2.1 million registered voters in Harris County, and I want every registered voter to understand the photo ID process,” said Sullivan. “All registered voters who are voting in person must present an acceptable photo ID to vote.”

A voter will be required to show one of the following forms of photo ID at the polling location before they will be permitted to cast a vote:

·         Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)

·         Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS

·         Texas personal identification card issued by DPS

·         Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS

·         United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph

·         United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph

·         United States passport

If a voter does not present an acceptable form of photo ID when voting in person, they will be permitted to vote provisionally. After voting, they have the opportunity to present an acceptable photo ID to cure their vote at any Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office by March 7, 2016. The cure process only applies to registered voters who vote provisionally and did not present an acceptable form of photo ID.

“Registered voters who do not have any form of photo ID and have a qualifying disability may apply for a permanent exemption at my office,” said Mr. Sullivan.

To receive this permanent exemption, the registered voter must provide one of the following:

–       Documentation from the U.S. Social Security Administration verifying the individual has a disability

–       Documentation from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs verifying the individual has a disability rating of at least 50 percent

Photo ID Exemption applications can be found at any Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office branch location and can be submitted in person at the branch location, fax at 713-368-2309, e-mail at voters@hctx.net or mail at P.O. Box 3527, Houston, TX 77253.

For more information about photo ID, exemptions or the cure process, please visit www.hctax.net.

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Nearly 10 percent of Houston Independent School District (ISD) students missed 18 or more days of school during the 2014 through 2015 school year, according to the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation – a problem compounded by the direct correlation between chronic absenteeism and low academic performance. To motivate students to stay in school, CITGO Petroleum Corporation and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), as part of the “Kindling Young Minds” program, provided students from seven Houston-area schools with Kindle Fire tablets to recognize their outstanding attendance records and encourage them to continue their educations.

“Seventy-five percent of crimes in the U.S. are committed by dropout students, based on a study from anti-crime organization Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. While the National Center for Education Statistics shows that the national school dropout rate has declined over the past few years, it is important that we maintain this momentum for the benefit of our community,” said Harris County Sherriff Ron Hickman. “The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is proud to partner with CITGO in an effort to keep students motivated and lower the dropout rate by providing an incentive to stay off the streets and remain in the classroom.”
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As part of the program, the Alief, Houston, and Spring Branch ISDs each identified schools that traditionally have high rates of absenteeism, selecting a total of seven participating institutions. The schools chosen for the “Kindling Young Minds” program this year include:

• Hastings High School, Alief ISD
• Elsik High School, Alief ISD
• Spring Oaks Middle School, Spring Branch ISD
• Northbrook High School, Spring Branch ISD
• Yates High School, Houston ISD
• Worthing High School, Houston ISD
• Sugar Grove Academy, Houston ISD

Starting in February, CITGO and HCSO representatives visited the schools to reward students for their commitment to perfect attendance or significantly improving their attendance during the Fall semester. The program will continue throughout the school year, with a total of 100 students receiving tablets.

“Houston is our home, and we’re committed to bettering our community for generations to come,” said CITGO President and CEO Nelson Martinez. “Through ‘Kindling Young Minds,’ we have the opportunity to touch many students’ lives, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact a program like this may have on their academic careers.”

WHEN ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOPS RESULT IN DRUG BUSTS!

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2/27/16 around 3pm, a Pct. 4 Constable Deputy stopped a vehicle on Hwy 59, close to Community Dr. for a traffic violation. An investigation found 16 grams of
methamphetamines inside a plastic container. Also, inside the vehicle was a smaller plastic baggie with just under 1.5 grams of methamphetamines.

The deputy also thought, at first glance, the ‘pistol in the vehicle was real, but ultimately turned out to be a CO2 pistol. Finally a syringe loaded with a clear liquid was found along with other clear plastic baggies.

The driver, identified by her Kentucky Driver’s License as Lisa Decker and the
passenger, Michael Dunn were arrested for the alleged Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance.

Arrested:
Lisa Decker (date of birth 2/27/70)
First Degree Felony – Manufacturer/Delivery of a Controlled Substance
Michael Dunn (date of birth 10/25/66)
First Degree Felony – Manufacturer/Delivery of a Controlled Substance
Constable Hayden stated this was a lot of methamphetamines that would have been
distributed to a lot of people, it’s always a good deal when we can catch it before it hits
the streets.

ISIAH FACTOR UNCENSORED FRIDAY NIGHTS AT 9 PM ON FOX 26!

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Make sure you join the party every Friday night at 9 pm on FOX 26 for the Isiah Factor Uncensored. Where we go well beyond the news headlines in Houston and around the world! #IsiahFactorLive

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HOUSTON (February 23, 2016): d-mars Business Journal is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Top 50 Black Professionals and Entrepreneurs Awards Ceremony. Houston’s elite business professionals will be honored at the event, with awards presented to corporate, civic, and nonprofit leaders. The event will take place at The HESS Club, located at 5430 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77056, Thursday, Feb.25, 2016 at 6pm.

d-mars.com will recognize industry leaders, including Living Legends Commissioner Gene L. Locke and Marcus D. Thierry; Super Trailblazers Derrick Mitchell and Alton L. Frailey; Trailblazers Anthony J. Snipes, Greshaun Fulgham, John W. Bland, Kim Easley Williams, Lamont Ratcliff, Maggie Noel, Chief Vera Bumpers, Asst. Fire Chief Lisa Campbell, Det. Christon Turner; Community Heroes Pastor Alan Lamar Patterson, Zaki Mirza, Bill Russell, Pastor Byron C. Stevenson, Dr. Charles McClelland, Dr. Gregg J. Patrick, LaRence Snowden, Thelma Scott and Tanya D. Allen; Supplier Diversity Champions Annie Lidge and Carlton Cooper; Family Affair honorees Mary Prince and Jay Prince; Innovator honorees Art McElroy and Jacqueline Bostic and Janice Taylor and Dr. Sabrina Y. Lewis, as well as Super, Top and Up and Coming Professionals and Entrepreneurs.

“At d-mars.com, it’s not only our duty, but also our privilege to highlight and celebrate the accomplishments of African American business professionals and entrepreneurs. We must continue to recognize and encourage them to help ensure their continued success,” says MR. D-MARS, President and CEO of d-mars.com.

A BIG SUPRISE FOR TEACHERS IN THE CLASSROOM!

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Two HISD educators were surprised by H-E-B on Wednesday with news that they are finalists for the 2016 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards, one of the largest monetary programs for educators in Texas and the nation.

Bellaire High School teacher and international baccalaureate coordinator Ann Linsley was recognized as a teacher finalist, while North Houston Early College High School Principal Angela Lundy-Jackson was named a principal finalist for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards.

The two are among eight educators from across Houston and 40 across the state who were selected as award finalists. They now will go on to compete at the state level, where they will have the chance to win additional cash prizes.

Linsley, who teaches Advanced Placement and IB human geography and environmental science, was surprised in her classroom with a $2,000 prize — including a $1,000 personal prize and $1,000 school prize.

“I’m very honored,” said Linsley, a Bellaire graduate who has taught at the school for almost 30 years. “What I try to do every day is to get my students to fall in love with geography and the amazing attributes of this planet. Bellaire has been my whole life. I came here as a student and have been here for 30 years. It’s awesome to get to work with young people every day.”

Lundy-Jackson, who has led North Houston Early since 2010, was surprised during a school assembly with a $3,500 prize — including a $1,000 personal prize and a $2,500 school prize.

A veteran educator with more than 20 years of experience, Lundy-Jackson began her education career with Teach for America and later went on to be an HISD teacher mentor, an English department chairperson, an instructional coordinator, a magnet coordinator, and a dean of instruction/assistant principal.

“I’m so very proud of my students and staff,” Lundy-Jackson said. “It has been an incredible journey for me over the last 25 years I’ve been in education in Houston. Sometimes you don’t realize the impact you have until one day you run into one of your former students and they let you know that it’s because of you, what you said and what you did, that has made such an impact on their life. That’s why it’s so important for all of us to keep pushing these children and to not give up on them. We must produce good citizens who are ready for the future.”

HISD Board of Education Trustee Anna Eastman attended the surprise announcement at North Houston Early, which she described as a gem. She also thanked Lundy-Jackson for being a “true servant” to the school.

“It’s not very often that you meet people who are really about the work and not themselves,” Eastman said. “Knowing that the school has a leader and teachers who expect students to be better than what they may expect of themselves is going to be what makes a difference. Knowing that there are people like [Principal Lundy-Jackson] leading our schools is what makes my work on the school board worth every minute.”

SENATOR WHITMIRE STAY OUT OF OUR BUSINESS!

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When attorneys representing Shannon Miles say they want State Senator John Whitmire to butt out, they mean it.

The legal team representing the man accused of shooting and killing Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth have filed a motion asking the judge to essentially ban Senator Whitmire from their case.

It was a short time ago when Whitmire intervened getting Miles admitted to a state mental hospital without the knowledge of his attorneys.

Now, Anthony Osso and Charles Brown officially say they want Senator Whitmire to stay away from the case because he is politicizing it and putting their client at risk.

Miles faces a capital murder charge for the August shooting and killing of deputy Goforth.

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Fox 26 News has learned a Houston area man has died in an industrial accident in Waller, Texas.

That man was an employee at Mechanical Testing Services on Stockes Road in Waller.

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An attorney representing the company confirms a death at the facility.

Victoria Memeth says the employee was found unresponsive at MTS and was transported to a local
hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:20 Wednesday morning.

Memeth also says OSHA is investigating the death at the business that provides testing for oil and gas industry related equipment.

We do know the victim’s identity but we’re not releasing it until the full family has been notified.

We’re also waiting on a call back from OSHA’s public affairs department based in Dallas.

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Houston, we have a hit show. I just watched the first episode of WE Tv’s Sisters in Law and it was great.

It chronicles the day to day life of a group of African American female attorneys in Houston. 

The ladies address life and death issues, politics, and have good old fashion fun with a healthy cocktail here and there.

The city of Houston along with the ladies shine in this new show which airs in March.

It won’t leave you embarrassed like other reality shows because while there are disagreements and verbal confrontations – everything is done tastefully, tactfully, and with that southern charm.

Take a look at this scene from the show where we see everyone from Rhonda Wills to Jolanda Jones, Ronald C. Green and even Wretha Rawls-Thomas.

Great show and you will love it when it airs in March on WE Tv!

More About Sisters in Law:

The series is set to premiere on Thursday, March 24 at 9:00pm CST.

Set in Houston, the 8-episode one-hour series follows a group of elite black female attorneys as they tackle some of the toughest cases in Texas and leave no stone unturned in order to seek justice for their clients. This season, viewers will get an inside look at how this group of dedicated lawyers juggle demanding careers, their families, political aspirations and busy social calendars while trying to maintain their friendships. With egos as big as Texas, the “sisters in law” are often at odds with each other as they struggle to remain united under fierce competition and the intense pressure to succeed.

Attached is a press release with more information, including individual bios on the cast.

AS SEEN ON THE FACTOR: YELLOW ROSE WHISKEY!

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BE A PART OF THE SEARCH FOR THE NEW LEADER AT HISD!

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What:

The Houston Independent School District Board of Education is searching for a new superintendent and trustees want input from community members about the qualities and traits they would like to see in their next district leader.

HISD Board of Education President Manuel Rodríguez Jr. and Trustee Diana Dávila have scheduled seven meetings this week to gather feedback from the community that will be used to develop a superintendent candidate profile. The dates and times for additional meetings hosted by other trustees will be announced soon.

Superintendent Terry Grier is stepping down at the end of the month. Trustees selected Deputy Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer Ken Huewitt to serve as interim superintendent while they search for a permanent replacement.

The Board of Education has hired Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates to assist in the superintendent search process. The Illinois-based firm will help trustees host a series of community meetings to gather input from various district stakeholders, including parents and students, school-based staff, district employees, and business and community members. The board will then use that feedback to finalize its superintendent profile, and begin searching for candidates.

Who:

HISD Board of Education members, as well as various community members and school district stakeholders

When/Where:

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. (President Manuel Rodríguez Jr., District III; Trustee Diana Dávila, District VIII)

Edison Middle School, 6901 Avenue I, 77011

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. – 4 p.m. (President Manuel Rodríguez Jr., District III; Trustee Diana Dávila, District VIII)

Talento Bilingüe de Houston, 333 S Jensen Dr., 77003

*This meeting is reserved for members of the business community in District III

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. (President Manuel Rodríguez Jr., District III; Trustee Diana Dávila, District VIII)

Chavez High School, 8501 Howard Dr., 77017

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. (President Manuel Rodríguez Jr., District III)

Stevenson Middle School, 9595 Winkler Dr., 77017

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. (President Manuel Rodríguez Jr., District III)

Ortiz Middle School, 6767 Telephone Road, 77061

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. (President Manuel Rodríguez Jr., District III)

Hartman Middle School, 7111 Westover St., 77087

Saturday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. (HISD Board of Education)

Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, 4400 W. 18th St., 77092