Hard freeze warning, federal tax overhaul: 3 stories you missed over the holidays and things to know in Richmond this week, Jan. 2-5

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Now that the holiday season is winding down, here are 5 stories from Richmond you missed when you were on holiday break as well as other news residents should know for the first week of 2018:

Hard freeze warning to remain through Jan. 3

Most of Southeast Texas is under a hard freeze warning through 9 a.m. Jan 3, according to the National Weather Service. A hard freeze warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely and will last 10 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2 through 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, according to the NWS. Sleet or snow flurries remains a possibility in the forecast for Tuesday evening.

Local school districts still on winter break

Lamar Consolidated ISD and Fort Bend ISD students are still on winter break. LCISD students return to classes Jan. 9; Fort Bend ISD students return Jan. 8, according to each district’s website. www.lcisd.org www.fortbendisd.com

Lamar Consolidated ISD trustees accept districtwide department audit

LCISD trustees accepted a districtwide department process and operational audit from McConnell and Jones in late December at a regularly scheduled board meeting. The report reviewed LCISD’s overall organizational governance, risk management and management controls. Recommendations included in the report call for an update to the district’s 2002 facilities plan and hiring a deputy superintendent. All trustees voted in favor of accepting the audit.

Fort Bend County Commissioners approve thousands in grant funding

 

Commissioners approved over $300,000 in grant funding for several Fort Bend community agencies through the Community Development Block Grant Funding. The Fort Bend County CDBG program provides an annual grant to the county for development projects that benefit low and moderate-income persons and help meet community needs, according to the Fort Bend County website.

Federal tax code overhaul

President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a historic overhaul of the tax code, into law Dec. 19. Here is what you should know about how the law will affect Texan taxpayers.

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Rebecca Hennes
Born and raised in west Houston, Rebecca joined Community Impact in June 2017 after graduating from the Honors College at the University of Houston. She serves as the Katy editor covering government, education, business and transportation.
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