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Posts published in “Day: January 16, 2020

New health center opens in Barrett Station

Members of the Chambers family, Precinct 2 Employees, Adrian Garcia, Umair Shah, Justice Lucia Bate, Community leaders and members of the Barrett family cut the ribbon to open the clinic.

BARRETT STATION – Harris County Public Health and Commissioner Adrian Garcia are bringing health services to this historic community in East Harris County.

Residents will now have access to the new Health & Wellness Center at the Riley Chambers Community Center. The historic community, founded in 1889 by Harrison Barrett, a former slave, has more than 5,000 residents and has limited medical or preventative health services in the community. The closest ones are several miles away.

“Residents in Precinct 2 do not have quick access to these type of facilities. This year, I am making health care access a major priority. I want to improve access, increase resources, and investments to support our families who desperately need it,” said Commissioner Garcia.

Community leaders and residents thronged the Center’s grand opening Friday, January 10, at 10:30 a.m. inside the Precinct 2 Riley Chambers Community Center.

Westbound side of the I-10 bridge reopens to traffic

TxDOT has re-opened the westbound side of the I-10 Bridge over the San Jacinto river, which was damaged by a barge strike last September during the tropical storm Imelda. The entry ramp from Crosby-Lynchburg Road was also reopened. All 3 eastbound lanes are scheduled to return to normal after realignment work is completed next weekend. TxDOT contractors had to build new support columns under the bridge to replace those damaged due to the barge strike.

Bizarre murder on New Year’s

BARRETT STATION – A teenager has been charged in a stabbing murder of a teenager that was lured to his death by the suspect’s girlfriend’s text.

Christopher Coronado, 17, is charged with capital murder in the death of Eduardo Fernando Castro, 18. Castro, a C.E. King High School student, was found dead early New Year’s Eve in the 12200 block of Saint Francis.

Coronado was arrested without incident Sunday at his home around 1:15 a.m. Sunday evening, Coronado stood before a judge to hear the charges brought against him. Prosecutors read many witness statements detailing the gory incidents of the slaying. Witnesses described Coronado’s behavior shortly after the murder as “skipping in the street and laughing.” Coronado was been booked into Harris County Jail in lieu of a $150,000 bond.

Tickets now available for Rotary Chili Feast on Feb. 1st

Highlands Rotarians display a new silver Chevrolet Equinox SUV that is one of the 16 prizes ticket holders can win at the 45th Annual Rotary Chili Feast. The event will be held at St. Jude’s Social Hall at 808 S. Main Street in Highlands, on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Winner of the Raffle will have a choice of 3 vehicles from Turner Chevrolet, a Colorado Pick-up, a Chevy Camaro, or the Equinox shown above, with Jacob Perez from Turner. Tickets are $7 for chili only, or $100 for a chance to win the big prizes. Tickets are on sale from all Rotarians, or call 281- 426-3558. Only 700 tickets are sold, so winning odds are quite good.

Rotary presents prestigious Paul Harris awards

The highest honor for a Rotarian is to receive a Paul Harris award, named for the founder of Rotary. Club members, past presidents, and those who financially support Rotary International at a high level are eligible. Receiving this award for multiple donations recently were Weston Cotten, Teresa Martin, Robert Woodall, and Diana Weaver. Club president Sheila McDonald, at left, presented the awards.