WEEKLY ROUNDUP: Election Day, Hwy. 249 lane closure and 6 other items to know in Tomball, Magnolia this week, Aug. 12-18

Magnolia City Council meets at Magnolia City Hall, located at 18111 Buddy Riley Boulevard, Magnolia.

Magnolia City Council meets at Magnolia City Hall, located at 18111 Buddy Riley Boulevard, Magnolia.

Aug. 12-18
Early voting continues for Harris County's $2.5 billion bond referendum
The ballot asks voters to consider a $2.5 billion bond referendum, providing funds for flood prevention projects throughout watersheds in Harris County. Registered voters can visit any early voting location in Harris County to cast a ballot during early voting. Find polling locations here. 1-6 p.m. (Aug. 12, select locations), 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Aug. 13-14), 7 a.m.-7 p.m. (Aug. 15-18). Locations vary. www.harrisvotes.com

Aug. 13-14
Tomball ISD board of trustees set to vote on proposed budget, hear security update
The Tomball ISD board of trustees meet for a workshop Monday during which trustees will hear an update on safety and security procedures. A public hearing is also set for Monday in regard to the district's fiscal year 2018-19 proposed budget. A regular meeting follows on Tuesday where the board is expected to call a board of trustees election for Nov. 6 and vote on the proposed budget. View Tuesday's agenda here. 5:30 p.m. 310 S. Cherry St., Tomball. www.tomballisd.net

Aug. 14
Magnolia City Council set to discuss annexation plan, amended fee schedule, neighborhood empowerment zone
Magnolia City Council meets Tuesday for a public information meeting about a planned wastewater system improvements project as well as a regular meeting following. According to the meeting agenda, council members are expected to discuss adopting an annexation plan; creating a neighborhood empowerment zone; amending the fee schedule and impact fees for water and wastewater; and amending a development agreement with PHP-314 Equities for a proposed mixed-use development within the city. 6:30 p.m. (public information meeting), 7 p.m. (regular meeting). 18111 Buddy Riley Blvd., Magnolia. www.cityofmagnolia.com 

Aug. 14
Magnolia ISD holds Tax Ratification Election
The Magnolia ISD board of trustees will ask voters Aug. 14 to approve a Tax Ratification Election, which would provide the district with more funds for its day-to-day operations without increasing the total tax rate. Read more about the election here and find out where to vote. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Locations vary by precinct. www.magnoliaisd.org/tre/

Aug. 14
Zion Road closed at Hwy. 249
Zion Road is expected to be closed Aug. 14-Aug. 21, according to Lone Star College-Tomball information. The closure includes LSC-Tomball's entrance. However, the Zion Road entrance will reopen in time for the start of the semester.

Aug. 15-17
LSC-Tomball hosts monthly passport processing services
The Lone Star College-Tomball library offers passport processing services for three days each month. Photos can be taken on-site. This service is provided by the Harris County District Clerk’s Office as an alternate processing location. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments can also be scheduled. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Aug. 15, 17), 1-6:30 p.m. (Aug. 16). LSC-Tomball Community Library, 30555 Hwy. 249, Tomball. 713-755-1674. www.hcdistrictclerk.com

Aug. 16
Harris County presents a free outdoor movie night
Harris County Precinct 4 presents an outdoor showing of "Coco" on Thursday. The event features crafts and activities as well as a movie. 6:45 p.m. (activities), dusk (movie begins). Free. Burroughs Park, 9738 Hufsmith Road, Tomball. www.hcp4.net/p4movies

Aug. 18-19
Enjoy the last weekend of summer vacation
With classes resuming Monday, Aug. 20, for Magnolia ISD students and Tuesday, Aug. 21, for Tomball ISD students, visit one of the local parks for some outdoor fun this weekend. Check out a guide to 18 park and recreation destinations in Tomball and Magnolia for some ideas of where to visit.

By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.


(Community Impact Newspaper staff)
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The studio opened on July 13 in Magnolia. (Courtesy Woodland Lane Ceramics & Art Studio)
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The Tomball ISD board of trustees was named the Region 4 School Board of the Year for the 2020-21 school year by the Texas Association of School Administrators School Board Awards Program. (Courtesy Tomball ISD)
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TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries announced in late July walk-in and same-day appointments are now available at its Magnolia clinic, located within the Magnolia Landmark Building on FM 1488. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries now accepting walk-in appointments in Magnolia, school supply drive-thru planned in Tomball

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Owner Justin Haecker opened Bexar Berbecue’s brick-and-mortar location in June 2020. (Chandler France/Community Impact Newspaper)
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