Humble ISD bond referendum update and 3 other things to know this week in Humble, Kingwood and Atascocita

Humble ISD has expanded its full-day Pre-K options each of the past three years.

Humble ISD has expanded its full-day Pre-K options each of the past three years.

Here are a few highlights for the upcoming week in the Lake Houston area.


Humble ISD board of trustees to discuss bond referendum this week
The Citizens Bond Advisory Committee will present two bond package options to the HISD board of trustees in January, including one option for more than $600 million and another that surpasses $466 million.

The referendum could feature new schools, including a high school in Atascocita, basketball practice gyms at all five high schools and a multipurpose room at all elementary schools in addition to major renovations at several schools.

After the presentation by the bond advisory committee Jan. 12, the HISD board of trustees will determine whether to call a bond at its Feb. 13 meeting. If a bond is called, early voting will begin April 23, while election day will occur May 5.





H-E-B in Kingwood to reopen in less than two weeks
After sustaining major flooding damage during Hurricane Harvey, the H-E-B Kingwood Market will reopen its doors Jan. 19.

Meanwhile, the store’s gas station began normal operations Jan. 8. The 105,000 square-foot store, which is located at 4517 Kingwood Drive, Kingwood, will be reopened after major renovations with a new design, said H-E-B Unit Director Tony Klaus.





Houston Rodeo announces music lineup
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announced 18 performers who will take the stage at NRG Stadium during the 2018 rodeo season, Feb. 27-Mar. 18, via Facebook Live Jan. 4. Performers include Garth Brooks, Leon Bridges, Alessia Cara, Keith Urban and One Republic. Read the full list of performers here: 





Several popular restaurants will open at the Valley Ranch Town Center in 2018.
Several new restaurants are expected to open this year at Valley Ranch Town Center, a mixed-use retail development located at the intersection of Hwy. 59 and the Grand Parkway in New Caney. Tenants include Buffalo Wild Wings, Pizza Cucinova and the Toasted Yolk Cafe. Read more about the restaurants on the way here:




MOST RECENT

Several parents of New Caney ISD students spoke at the district's Sept. 20 board meetings about recent allegations that a student brought a firearm to Porter High School's Sept. 18 homecoming dance. NCISD Superintendent Matt Calvert stressed that no gunshots were fired at the event, and that the district is investigating the allegations. (Wesley Gardner/Community Impact Newspaper)
New Caney ISD officials address allegations regarding student with a gun at on-campus event

According to NCISD Superintendent Matt Calvert, the incident is being investigated by the New Caney ISD Police Department and the Porter High School administrative team, though he stressed that no gunshots were fired at the event.

After setting a record high of active cases in early September, Montgomery County has reported decreases, although ICU bed usage remains high. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Montgomery County sees active COVID-19 cases drop; cases in children under 12 remain high

After setting a record high of active cases in early September, Montgomery County has reported decreases, although ICU bed usage remains high.

Q&A: Kristine Marlow Montgomery County Food Bank president and CEO

Montgomery County Food Bank's president and CEO talks about how the food bank weathered storms of all kinds in the past year.

Cliff Woodward (center), co-founder of Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services, hands the keys of CCEMS’ first ambulance to early CCEMS paramedic Richard Beasley (left) in 1975. (Courtesy Cypress Creek EMS)
Cypress Creek EMS, Harris County ESD 11 forge new paths after yearslong feud

On Sept. 1, the Harris County ESD 11 launched ESD 11 Mobile Healthcare to take over providing emergency services to over 600,000 residents across 177 square miles in its service area in north Harris County.

Texas Medical Center coronavirus updates: Daily average hospitalizations drop 15% week over week; ICU sees dip in number of patients

Coronavirus patients at TMC hospitals number 2,107, which in itself is an 11% week over week decline.

The pandemic and other challenges have strained the available resources at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. (Jishnu Nair/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery County Animal Services resources stretched thin by pandemic

“[The COVID-19 outbreak] is coming at the worst time for us because it’s a bad distemper year,” MCAS Assistant Director Mark Wysocki said. “Either of those are a bit of managerial work. Together it’s a managerial nightmare.”

The $45 million development Fountainwood at Lake Houston opened assisted-living and memory care residential units in mid-July. (Courtesy Fountainwood at Lake Houston)
Fountainwood at Lake Houston expands living, care options

Residential care facility Fountainwood at Lake Houston opened its assisted-living and memory care units—which offer housing and care programs designed for seniors and those with Alzheimer’s—in mid-July.

Nimble Workspaces, which offers flexible office options for businesses, opened Sept. 7 in master-planned community Generation Park, 250 Assay St., Houston. (Photo courtesy of Nimble Workspaces)
Nimble Workspaces brings flexible office options to Generation Park

Nimble Workspaces, which offers flexible office options for businesses, opened Sept. 7 in master-planned community Generation Park, 250 Assay St., Houston.

Cpl. Lonnie Bruce Harrison, (right) Gov. Greg Abbott and members of the Montgomery County Constable Precinct 5 Office gather at the Star of Texas Awards where Harrison was a recipient. (Courtesy of Montgomery County Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley's office)
Montgomery County peace officer wins Star of Texas Award

Cpl. Lonnie Bruce Harrison was one of 46 winners of the award, which Gov. Greg Abbott personally presented to him in Austin.

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DATA: How population changed in Texas counties between census counts in 2010, 2020

Texas added nearly four million people between 2010 and 2020, according to the latest Census data.

iSchool High-Atascocita, a tuition-free public charter school, opened on Aug. 23 at Lone Star College-Atascocita Center, 15903 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Houston. (Courtesy Lone Star College)
iSchool High-Atascocita now open at Lone Star College-Atascocita Center

The school, which is available to ninth- and 10th-grade students this year, offers dual-credit courses, allowing students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and an associate degree upon graduation.