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Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2014 12:20 am

Hopefully we all survived another spring break, and now the children in Clear Creak Independent School District are back in school, please observe the school zones. Monday is St. Patrick’s Day, the one day, in the year, that brings the Irish out in everyone.


Congratulations to the CCISD board of trustees for voting on the name “Challenger Columbia Stadium” in honor of the space shuttle program legacy and the astronauts who perished aboard both flights.

“NASA is honored that our community recognizes the tremendous commitment that accompanies human spaceflight. We are proud that the stadium name will serve as a lasting memorial of our teamwork and dedication”, said Johnson Space Center Director  Ellen Ochoa.

When you talk of history of our city, it must include NASA and our space program. NASA has been a significant factor in the development of our area.

When making the recommendation, the naming committee said Challenger Columbia Stadium was strongly reflected in community suggestions. The name also honors two major historical events that impacted the school district and the community. It also signifies the deep history of the space program within school district boundaries. The stadium will be constructed near Challenger Seven Park.

 The name was one of three recommendations brought forward to the board of trustees by the  district’s Naming Committee. “The history and the future of NASA are important to all of us, especially our students,” said Greg Smith, superintendent of schools. “Whether it is graduation, a robotics competition, a fine arts or athletic achievement, our students will be reminded to always be bold in their aspirations and reach for the stars.”

This committee was comprised of citizens like you and me. It is very important to volunteer to work on committees with the school district or our city. Get involved.

 The district will break ground on Challenger Columbia Stadium on March 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the stadium site, which is near 2145 W. NASA Blvd. Clear Creek’s Challenger Columbia Stadium is scheduled to open in August 2015. It is funded through the 2013 bond.

The time is getting near for the cutoff to purchase tickets to the 2014 Webster-Clear Creek High School Reunion which will be on April 26 at the Elks Lodge, 623 FM 2094, Kemah. This multi-class reunion is for anyone who attended Webster or Clear Creek High School, whether or not he or she graduated with their class. Guests are welcome also. Registration is $20 per person for hors d’oeuvres, music, dancing and acknowledgments. A photographer will be available. Bring your yearbooks. For more information please contact Charla Baldinger Arnold, arnold.charla@yahoo.com, or Joyce Graves Tucker, hztucker@gmail.com. Deadline is April 1.


At the Butler Longhorn Museum, Kelly McGuire’s song writer series “Up Close & Personal” with special guest Chuck Pyle will be April 17. The doors will open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m. For tickets go to www.redfishisland.com.