Katy's American Furniture Warehouse opens, 20 jobs coming to Tomball via JDR Cable Systems: News from Houston

American Furniture Warehouse opened Aug. 1 at 500 Pin Oak Road, Katy. (Courtesy Chris Harris)
American Furniture Warehouse opened Aug. 1 at 500 Pin Oak Road, Katy. (Courtesy Chris Harris)

American Furniture Warehouse opened Aug. 1 at 500 Pin Oak Road, Katy. (Courtesy Chris Harris)

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American Furniture Warehouse opens in Katy

American Furniture Warehouse opened Aug. 1 at 500 Pin Oak Road, Katy. The business is also expected to bring about 400 jobs to the Katy area and bring in additional sales tax revenue for the the of Katy, Council Member Janet Corte said.

Sugar Land-Missouri City

Service First Automotive opens Aug. 3 in Missouri City after experiencing coronavirus-related delays

Service First Automotive had a grand opening for its Missouri City service center Aug. 3. The new location at 9450 Hwy. 6, Missouri City, is offering 50% off oil changes until Aug. 9.

Bay Area

Moody National Bank acquires Clear Lake branch of Spirit of Texas Bank

Moody National Bank has entered into an agreement to purchase the Clear Lake branch of Spirit of Texas Bank at 1010 Bay Area Blvd, Houston. The change will take effect in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to a July 20 media release.

League City businesses continue to combat COVID-19 with workplace protection pledges

While coronavirus cases continue to surge in Harris and Galveston counties, League City is taking proactive steps to encourage businesses to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and promote those that do.


BREAKING: Texas Railroading Heritage Museum no longer coming to Tomball after five years in the works

Tomball City Council members unanimously voted Aug. 3 to terminate a development agreement between the city and the Texas Railroading Heritage Museum, a museum long proposed near the city's historic depot plaza on South Elm Street.

UPDATED: JDR Cable Systems Inc. US headquarters to bring new jobs to Tomball

The Tomball Economic Development Corp. is helping JDR Cable Systems Inc. bring its new U.S. headquarters to Tomball, according to an Aug. 3 news release from the TEDC, a project expected to create 20 new positions within its first years.


Louetta Automotive opens 12th Greater Houston-area location on Spring Cypress Road

Louetta Automotive celebrated the grand opening of its 12th Greater Houston-area location Aug. 3. Located at 9625 Spring Cypress Road, Spring, the new location is managed by Houston resident Bruce Zacaria, who has more than two decades of experience in the industry.

Spring-based Club Z Tutoring and Test Prep Services sees change in ownership

After 25 years of business in the area, Club Z Tutoring and Test Prep Services of Spring and The Woodlands changed ownership effective Aug. 1 and is now owned by Spring resident Monique Spell, according to a July 31 announcement.


Harris County Pets announces free adoption days in August

As part of a national initiative to clear animal shelters, Harris County Pets will offer free adoptions for spayed or neutered and heartworm-positive pets Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26 and 29, according to a press release.

Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood

Paco Pops serves 80-plus flavors of handmade ice cream, pops

When Paco Pops co-owner Francisco Sanchez was 13 years old, he moved from Guadalajara, Mexico, to work at his aunt’s popsicle shop in Chihuahua.

For six years, Sanchez worked with his cousin, making the pops from scratch. After getting in a serious car accident in 2018 that left Sanchez unable to continue working in construction, he said he thought back to when he was younger and dreamed of opening a shop like his aunt’s.

Bellaire-Meyerland-West University

Houston hot sauce shop iBurn launches fundraising effort to keep business going

The Houston hot sauce shop iBurn has launched a $10,000 fundraising goal to help survive the COVID-19 downturn.


Galavant's Coffee now open in downtown Conroe

Galavant's Coffee opened Aug. 3 in downtown Conroe. Owners Bradley Bailey and Makenzie Rankin operate the mobile coffee cart and sell teas, homemade syrups and espresso-based beverages using beans from Amaya Coffee, a specialty roaster based in Houston.

Heights-River Oaks-Montrose

Bayou City Art Festival in October will be a virtual event, organizers say

The Bayou City Art Festival, originally scheduled for Oct. 10-11 in downtown Houston, will be a virtual-only experience this year, the Art Colony Association Inc. announced Aug. 4.


Whataburger to celebrate 70th anniversary, unveil food truck, expand into 3 states

Founded in 1950, the San Antonio-based fast-food chain Whataburger will celebrate 70 years of business Aug. 8, according to an Aug. 4 release from the company. Founder Harmon Dobson opened the first Whataburger location in Corpus Christi in 1950, and the restaurant chain has since grown to more than 830 locations in 10 states.

Danica Lloyd, Matt Dulin, Hannah Zedaker, Andy Li, Claire Shoop, Colleen Ferguson, Jake Magee, Anna Lotz, Nola Valente, Kelly Schafler and Adriana Rezal contributed to this report.



Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan for the state Nov. 23 for a vaccine he said could be available as soon as December. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Number of daily new COVID-19 cases in Galveston County up nearly 300% since late October

A total of 14,465 county residents have tested positive for the coronavirus since mid-March; of the total cases, 89% are considered to have recovered.A total of 14,465 county residents have tested positive for the coronavirus since mid-March; of the total cases, 89% are considered to have recovered.

Dozens of clinics throughout the county offer COVID-19 testing services. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
COVID-19 testing locations remain open in Montgomery County and more local news

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Heading into Thanksgiving, Texas Medical Center continues to report uptick in hospitalizations

The total number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized at Texas Medical Center facilities has increased by more than 50% over two weeks.

The Harris County Justice Administration Department is working to release final reports and launch pilot programs in early 2021. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Harris County Justice Administration Department makes headway on countywide criminal justice studies

The department is working to release the final versions of several studies and launch pilot programs with local law enforcement groups in early 2021.

Adelaide's sells items from local brands whenever possible, such as kits from The Heights-based My Drink Bomb. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Adelaide's Boutique stores strive to be ‘first-stop’ shops for gifts

The Adelaide’s Boutique locations—14870 Space Center Blvd., Houston, and 6011 W. Main St., League City—are meant to serve as customers’ destinations for clothes, shoes, accessories, gifts and other boutique items, many of which are locally sourced.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan for the state Nov. 23 for a vaccine he said could be available as soon as December. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announces COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

The vaccine could start being distributed "as early as next month," according to a Nov. 23 news release.

"Remember, we don't want to invite COVID-19 to the dinner table," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a Nov. 23 press conference urging caution amid rising COVID-19 positivity rates. (Screenshot via ABC13)
Mayor Sylvester Turner urges caution heading into Thanksgiving holiday

Houston officials also said 333 health providers had been identified as future vaccine delivery sites.

With remote learning opportunities becoming increasingly prevalent, CCISD is reviewing its flexible learning options—such as Cyber Cafe and the Clear Connections program—and examining current TEA guidelines to determine if changes are needed to any of these programs and policies. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
Clear Creek ISD updates: District adding new 2021-22 secondary courses, improving educational experiences

Five new secondary courses will be offered next school year; some courses will replace those previously offered, and some will be new courses altogether.

New guidance from the Texas Education Agency allows districts to require virtual learners who are failing classes or who have three or more unexcused absences to return to school in person. (Courtesy Canva)
Clear Creek ISD imposes grades-based restrictions on virtual learning

Although the Texas Education Agency allows schools to use attendance as a reason for mandating in-person learning with some students, CCISD officials chose to only focus on those who are academically struggling.

protestor in crowd with who police the police sign
New report: Houston police oversight board lagging behind major Texas cities

The report suggested having no oversight board has a better effect on public trust than having a dysfunctional board.

Laura Colangelo
Q&A: Laura Colangelo discusses challenges facing private schools during pandemic

Colangelo said private schools have adapted to remote learning and other obstacles in 2020 despite less revenue and a 9% decline in enrollment statewide.