Residents in Tomball and Magnolia can celebrate America’s independence with two city-sponsored events this Saturday, which include food, games and aerial fireworks shows.

Courtesy Mike Baxter

Courtesy Mike Baxter

Tomball

The city of Tomball will host a Fourth of July celebration with an evening of live music, family-friendly activities and a fireworks display. A portion of Business 249 north of FM 2920 near the Tomball Town Center retail area will be closed July 4 to make room for the event.

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A blueprint of the development at 20903 Highland Knolls Drive.

A blueprint of the development at 20903 Highland Knolls Drive. Contributed Photo

A new Walmart Neighborhood Market location is slated to open at the apartment and retail development under construction at 20903 Highland Knolls Drive. Walmart director of communications William Wertz confirmed the store’s location in a July 1 email.

Construction is already underway at the site and there is no official opening date yet, but the store will be approximately 40,000-square-feet, Wertz said.

Houston-based Warwick Construction is managing construction. The company is also building two retail buildings, each 10,000-square-feet, adjacent to the future Walmart Neighborhood Market, said Bill Chenel, senior project manager for Warwick Construction.

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Fort Bend County officials gathered June 30 to commemorate the debut of the county’s new public bus service program in Richmond and Rosenberg.

Fort Bend County officials gathered June 30 to celebrate the new bus service program in the cities of Richmond and Rosenberg

Fort Bend County officials gathered June 30 to celebrate the new bus service program in the cities of Richmond and Rosenberg Courtesy Fort Bend County

The bus service officially began July 1 after being approved by the Fort Bend County Commissioners Court on April 14. The new bus routes provide weekday transportation for residents along major thoroughfares in Richmond and Rosenberg.

“Citizens in Richmond and Rosenberg will have more accessibility with the addition of this route and the ability to get to necessary appointments,” Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert said.

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Township Environmental Services Manager Lynn Aldrich suggests applying repellant and limiting outdoor activity from dusk to dawn.

Township Environmental Services Manager Lynn Aldrich suggests applying repellant and limiting outdoor activity from dusk to dawn. Lynn Aldrich

The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed July 1 that a sample of mosquitoes in a Woodlands Township surveillance site has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The heavy rains and flooding are the primary reason for the surge in mosquitoes, according to a release from The Woodlands Township. However, according to the township, mosquitoes present during the day do not carry West Nile Virus.

“These daytime biters do not carry disease,” said Lynn Aldrich, township environmental services manager. “Our current concern is for the nighttime biters, Culex quinquefaciatus, that breed in stagnant water and can carry West Nile Virus.”

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Transportation Updates

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1. Texas Parkway widening 

Transportation Updates

Texas Parkway widening Connor Hyde

Construction on the project to widen Texas Parkway in Missouri City from Cartwright Road to Fort Bend Parkway resumed June 8. The widening project was delayed and at a standstill because of utility lines in the project area that needed to be removed. The remaining work on the project before all lanes can be opened to traffic includes the construction of sound walls. The roadway widening is expected to be complete in August. The 1.5-mile project will widen the existing two-lane, continuous left-turn roadway to a four-lane divided roadway.

Timeline: January 2014-August 2015

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