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DPISD Board passes ad valorem rate, receives top financial ranking

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

Deer Park ISD logoThe Deer Park Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved the district's ad valorem tax rate for 2014-15.

The maintenance and operation rate will be $1.2367 per $100 valuation and the interest and sinking rate is 32 cents per $100.

In other business, the Board unanimously approved campus plans and objectives and instructional plans for the 2014-15 year, the appraisal roll for 2014-15 and fleet, liability, storage tanks and flood insurance.

During the meeting, the Board also received its Schools FIRST – Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas— rating for the 2012-13 school year.

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Fire shuts down DP Community Center

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

CCFire2Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department members re-enter the east wing of the Deer Park Community Center after a fire was reported in a kitchen. No one was injured in the fire and the cause is still under investigation. Photo by Bobby Vasquez.

A small fire in a kitchen area of the Community Center Tuesday evening has shut down the facility's programming for at least one day. No one was injured.

According to Tommy Archer, public information officer for the Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department, emergency services were dispatched to 610 E. San Augustine at 6:48 p.m. Four units responded with a total of 16 fire fighters.

"Upon arrival we had smoke in the building with smoke alarms sounding. The first firefighters on the scene attempted to extinguish the fire with a hand extinguisher unsuccessfully," he said.

Archer said the department brought in their hoses to extinguish the fire and it was contained in the room where it started. The fire was in the kitchen area of one of the large community rooms in the building.

Fire Marshal Buddy Rice said Wednesday afternoon there is still no cause for the fire.

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Community Center name change part of council agenda

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

Deer Park City Council will have its workshop and regular meeting Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. at City Hall.

The workshop agenda includes a presentation regarding the completion of the Patrick's Bayou Stormwater Detention Basin Project and a discussion on an interlocal agreement with Harris County for mutual aid. For many years, the city and county have adopted interlocal agreements regarding the exchange of mutual aid resources. Such agreements provide for the efficient use of shared resources for persons needing rescue, care and treatment when victimized or threatened by disaster. These agreements assist both entities in maximizing reimbursement from FEMA during State and Federal declared disasters. This item is on the evening's action agenda.

Council will also discuss a grant application regarding the Deer Park Police Department. DPPD is seeking $8,000 in grant funding from State Farm Insurance through its Teen Safe Driving Program. These grants are used to fund tools and equipment which assists in learning activities designed to encourage safe driving in teens. The department would like to place special emphasis on teaching teens the dangers of distracted driving and impaired driving. This grant funds the program in its entirety, requiring no local matching funds. Council is also scheduled to take action on this item.

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DP falls to Northshore despite Farmer's 3 TDs

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

Farmer-northshoreDeer Park's Trey Farmer (33) attempts to elude Northshore defenders. Farmer finished the night with three touchdowns and 99 yards in Deer Park's 35-10 defeat against Northshore. Photo provided by Deer Park Photos.

The topsy-turvy football world that is District 21-6A was turned on its end again Friday night following Deer Park's 35-20 loss to Northshore.

Following the loss, five of the seven teams— Channelview, La Porte, Northshore, Deer Park and Beaumont West Brook—have two district wins. Of that group, only Deer Park has two district losses. The rest have one 21-6A loss going into the last three weeks of the season.

Baytown Sterling (1-2) and Port Arthur Memorial (1-3) still have a shot at one of the four playoff slots.

The Deer (6-2, 2-2) had a chance to notch a third district win Friday night against the Mustangs, a perennial state powerhouse. However, Deer Park found itself down 13-0 early, a trend Head Coach Chris Massey said he'd like for his team to shake.

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SJC makes fifth appearance on Military Friendly Schools list

Written by InsideDP.com staff. Posted in News

SJC-Escobedo San Jacinto College has made the annual Military Friendly School’s list for a fifth time. Pictured: U.S. Army Reservist Staff Sergeant and San Jacinto College student, Silvia Escobedo. Photo credit: Michael Barley.

San Jacinto College is now a five-time military friendly school, according to Victory Media Inc.'s annual Military Friendly Schools list.

The annual list showcases the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America's service members, veterans, and spouses.

"This listing gives San Jacinto College an opportunity to showcase the services that we offer to our service members every time they pick up a GI Jobs Magazine," said Melanie Neill, San Jacinto College North Campus veteran success coordinator. "Our veteran centers offer a one-stop shop for our veteran students and their dependents. Veterans appreciate the opportunity to attend a place that is kind and cares about them as a whole, and not just about their educational needs. Veteran students often tell us that they enjoy the fact that they do not have to tell their stories over and over again, since they are not being bounced around from office to office. In addition, we often act as a referral service to outside veteran resources as well."

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Police Report: 10-20-2014

Written by InsideDP.com staff. Posted in News

The following is a list of arrests filed by the Deer Park Police Department from Oct. 13-20 along with nine warrant arrests. The information was retrieved from P2C. All locations are posted as blocks. Suspects are innocent until proven guilty. Court decisions are not reflected in this report.
Oct. 13
4:22 p.m. Public intoxication, 1000 Bayou Vista Dr.
Oct. 14
12:52 a.m. Driving while intoxicated, 1000 E. X St.
10:47 a.m. Driving while license invalid, 100 E. Eighth St.
Oct. 15
1:24 a.m. Possession of a substance in Penalty Group 2, 1900 Holton Ave.
7:41 a.m. Driving while license invalid, 800 E. Thirteenth St.
7:56 a.m. No Drivers license, 100 Palm Terrace Blvd.
8:34 a.m. Driving while license invalid, 3500 Center St.
11:14 a.m. Driving while license invalid, 100 E. Fourth St.

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