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

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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Gordy Bunch, right, chair of The Woodlands Township board of directors, and representatives from the consulting group Raftelis presented information at an incorporation forum in The Woodlands on Sept. 23. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Incorporation updates: Hundreds attend informational forum in The Woodlands; local chamber votes to oppose

As The Woodlands Township moves toward the Nov. 2 date of an incorporation election, local dialogue on the matter continued on several fronts on Sept. 23-24.

The Chinese boba company sells a variety of fruit teas, milk teas, cheese teas, smoothies and slushies. (Screenshot via Happy Lemon)
Happy Lemon coming soon to Katy Asian Town

The tea shop sells several specialty drinks, including salted cheese tea.

Here are 14 events happening soon in the Katy area featuring food trucks, concerts, outdoor events and more. (Courtesy Katy Rice Festival)
TO-DO LIST: Katy-area events happening in Sept., Oct.

Here are 14 events happening soon in the Katy area featuring food trucks, concerts, outdoor events and more.

Chicking Out serves five different marinated grilled chicken options as well as gorditas, chile rellenos, and bean and cheese burritos. (Courtesy Chicking Out)
Chicken restaurant Chicking Out now open on Gosling Road

Chicking Out serves five different marinated grilled chicken options as well as gorditas, chile rellenos, and bean and cheese burritos.

Missouri City City Council unanimously adopted its fiscal year 2021-22 budget and a tax rate that supports that budget during its Sept. 20 meeting.  (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
Missouri City City Council adopts $0.02 lower tax rate, $157.5M budget for FY 2021-22

Despite adopting a lower tax rate, Missouri City will raise more money in property taxes in fiscal year 2021-22 than in the previous year.

The first cluster of tenants is confirmed for Marcel Boulevard, a commercial development underway at I-45 South and Grand Central Parkway. (Courtesy Kaplan Public Relations)
Cajun restaurant, day spa, tabletop games: Tenants have been announced for Marcel Boulevard in Conroe

The first cluster of tenants is confirmed for Marcel Boulevard, a commercial development underway at I-45 South and Grand Central Parkway.

METRONext is the agency’s $3.5 billion bond approved by voters in November 2019, which aims to ease traffic congestion, add expansion to the METRO, and make accessibility and safety upgrades.
(Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
METRO Board approves $1.3 billion budget, discusses METRONext projects

The METRO board of directors met Sept. 21 to give an overview of the drafted budget as well as to receive public comments. It was unanimously approved at the Sept. 23 board meeting.

Left to right: The Senator IPA, Speak Sam Rayburn Pecan Porter and Smoke Show Roasted Jalapeno Blonde are among the most popular brews at Senate Avenue Brewing Co. (Emily Jaroszewski/Community Impact Newspaper)
Senate Avenue Brewing Co. to celebrate first anniversary in Jersey Village

Andrew and Michelle Mitcham opened Senate Avenue Brewing Co. last October in Jersey Village.

Want to know more about new businesses coming to the area? Below you can find details on the five latest commercial permits filed in Katy.
MAP: Check out the 5 latest commercial permits filed in Katy, including plans for a new apartment complex

Want to know more about new businesses coming to the area? Below you can find details on the five latest commercial permits filed in Katy.

Hand stamping a paper
Check out the 5 latest commercial permits filed in Sugar Land and Missouri City, including a new winery

Check out the 5 latest commercial permits filed in Sugar Land and Missouri City, including a new winery

Montgomery County Food Bank volunteers take donations. (Courtesy Montgomery County Food Bank)
Montgomery County Food Bank receives grant following February's winter storm

After the freeze put a strain on food bank operations, the United Way of Greater Houston awarded a grant worth over $116,000 to the Montgomery County Food Bank.

Katy Prairie Conservancy’s Indiangrass Preserve features restored wetlands. (Courtesy Don Pine)
Katy Prairie Conservancy receives $2M grant for Jackson County parcel

The grant will fund the Coastal Prairie Strategic Habitat Initiative II project, which will facilitate the permanent preservation of a 2,433-acre ranch in Jackson County with a conservation easement.