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Bill and Janis Bailey, 8-Team present funds raised from Gumbo Gala

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Bill and Janis Bailey, along with members of the Harris County Precinct 8 "8-Team," presented a check to the San Jacinto College Foundation from funds raised at the 25th Anniversary Gumbo Gala. Pictured, from left to right, are: Tom Watson, San Jacinto College Foundation board member; Harris County Pct. 8 Constable Bill Bailey; Susan Arscott, San Jacinto College Foundation Director; Wayne Webb, San Jacinto College Foundation Board Chair; Phil Sandlin, Harris County Pct. 8 Chief Deputy; Gary Connella, Harris County Pct. 8 Warrants Division; Janis Bailey. Photo credit: Amanda L. Booren, San Jacinto College marketing department.Harris County Precinct 8 Constable Bill Bailey, along his wife Janis and members of the Precinct 8 "8-Team," attended the regularly scheduled meeting of the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees in December to present a check for proceeds raised from the 25th Anniversary Gumbo Gala.

Members of the "8-Team" presented a check for $33,488 to the Foundation's Milton O. Stanley Jr. Endowed Scholarship. The Bailey's then made a personal donation of $16,520, bringing the total donation to over $50,000, representing one of the largest individual gifts made to the San Jacinto College Foundation scholarship program. The Bailey's established the Milton O. Stanley Jr. Endowed Scholarship in 2005 as a tribute to their son. To date, the fund is over $100,000.

2010 Chamber banquet Friday

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A select number tickets and tables are still available to the 2010 Deer Park Chamber of Commerce banquet. The banquet takes place Friday at the Hobby Hilton at 7 p.m. A pre-dinner reception begins at 6 p.m.

Already, this year's banquet has already out-sold last year's event, said Deer Park Chamber CEO Sharon McLean.
"It's exciting to see the response to this year's banquet," she said. "Tickets are still going fast."
The 51st annual banquet will honor the 1st Cavalry Division of the US Army, stationed at Fort Hood, near Killeen. Founded in 1921, the 1st Cavalry now has more than 16,000 troops.

Military: Jacob A. Longenecker

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Army Spec. Jacob A. Longenecker has returned to the 84th Engineer Battalion (Combat Heavy), Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska, after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Operation Iraqi Freedom is the official name given to military operations involving members of the U.S. armed forces and coalition forces participating in efforts to free and secure Iraq. Mission objectives focus on force protection, peacekeeping, stabilization, security and counter-insurgency operations as the Iraqi transitional governing bodies assume full sovereign powers to govern the peoples of Iraq.
Members from all branches of the U.S. military and multinational forces are also assisting in rebuilding Iraq's economic and governmental infrastructure, and training and preparing Iraqi military and security forces to assume full authority and responsibility in defending and preserving Iraq's sovereignty and independence as a democracy.

Longenecker, a construction equipment operator, has five years of military service. He is the son of Jeffrey G. Longenecker of Deer Park.

College sets open auditions for two upcoming shows

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San Jacinto College Central's theatre department will hold open, public auditions for two separate upcoming productions — a dramatic thriller "Time After Time," and a dinner-show comedy "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead."

Both auditions are open to the public, and enrollment at the College is not required. Those wanting to audition need not prepare anything in advance. No acting experience is necessary, and all roles are open for ages 14 to adult. Auditions will be held at the Central campus, 8060 Spencer Hwy. in Pasadena.

Donors make promise for students' futures

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San Jacinto College has launched a "Promise for Their Future" scholarship campaign to benefit students from East Harris County who wish to attend the College. To date, 12 donors have committed $75,000 to the campaign benefiting San Jacinto College students.

"Promise for Their Future" is a new scholarship opportunity for San Jacinto College students majoring in the arts and sciences. This fund will provide scholarships (tuition, fees, and books) to help up to 10 students complete their certificate or associate degree programs beginning in the 2010-2011 academic year.

The Good News!

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With so many bad things happening in the world today wouldn't it be nice if there were one spot where the news wasn't always so dreary?

Well here it is!
Welcome to the first installment of The Good News! a spot where readers can post the good things happening in their lives. So without further adieu, here's The Good News!:

Retiring McLean: It's all good in Deer Park!

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As 2010 rings in, the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce is set to ring in a new era. Chamber CEO Sharon McLean recently announced her retirement, capping more than a decade of service to Deer Park-area businesses. Her retirement date is set for Jan. 31. 

"It's time. I've had a great ride and a great time. [Retirement] is something I've talked about for the last few years, but when you are doing something you love to do and you love the people you work with, you tend to keep pushing it back," she said. "There comes a time when you know it's time."
McLean said she still has the energy to continue, but feels retirement would be best for herself and the Chamber. Once her replacement is installed, she will retire to Montgomery County, where she lives with her husband Frank "Bubba" McLean. 
Grady West, Deer Park Chamber Chairman of the Board, said McLean was the perfect for the community and chamber.
"Sharon was exactly what the chamber needed," he said. "Because of her guidance, we are a strong chamber. She took us through some tough times and had all the connections. She was so well-connected in our city government as well as surrounding cities and their chambers. We are going to miss her, but we will still excel."

DP Rotary looking to ride high with new bike tour

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After hosting a barbecue fund raiser for as long as anyone can remember, the Deer Park Rotary Club is hosting a new type of fund-raising endeavor. On March 27, the club is sponsoring the first of what it hopes becomes annual Texas Independence Bicycle Tour.

Rotary President-elect Jason Cable said the tour would be a one-day cycling event that will tour the San Jacinto Battleground area and nearby communities while raising funds for the Deer Park Rotary's Scholarship program. Cable hopes to target 500 to 800 riders in the inaugural event.

Council approves contingency grant, hears dog concerns

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Tuesday's city council meeting addressed contingency plans to maintain services should a natural disaster render facilities useless.  

City council, with members Bill Patterson and Jeff Pound absent, unanimously voted to accept the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant in the amount of $95,000.
Sam Pipkin, director of emergency services for the city, said the grant allows the city to conduct business should it lose buildings for an extended period of time. The grant is a reimbursement grant where the city will be required to match up to 25 percent in funds or in kind.
In a memo to City Manager Ron Crabtree, Pipkin said a preparedness survey was conducted and the city lacked a way to continue to operate should a major disaster make city hall or any of current city facilities non functional.

DPISD to hold open enrollment period

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Deer Park ISD officials have added an additional Limited Open Enrollment period for the 2009-10 school year. The program is open to students in grades six through 12. The open enrollment period is scheduled for Jan. 8-15. During that time, the district will accept applications for enrollment from students who live outside the district's boundaries.

NWS: Hard Freeze Warning

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Hard Freeze Warning in effect through Sunday morning

An Arctic cold front will race through Southeast Texas early Thursday morning. The high temperature on Thursday will occur near sunrise. Temperatures will fall to near freezing by sunset. Low temperatures on Friday morning will fall into the lower to middle 20s north of a line from Edna to Houston and upper 20s along the coast. Strong winds will produce wind chill values between 5 and 15 degrees early Friday.

SJC to offer free information session on Alternative Teacher Certification

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The Continuing and Professional Development division of San Jacinto College is offering a free information session about the Alternative Teacher Certification program, which provides the opportunity to become a certified teacher in the state of Texas. 

"If you hold a bachelor's degree and would like to find out how to become a certified teacher, please plan to attend this session," said Heidi Cisneros, program manager. "Many teachers start out in another career, but then realize they want to teach."