Longer school days and more: Top stories from this week in Houston

Houston ISD interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said she is exploring multiple options for the 2020-21 school year. (Screnshot via HISD TV)
Houston ISD interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said she is exploring multiple options for the 2020-21 school year. (Screnshot via HISD TV)

Houston ISD interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said she is exploring multiple options for the 2020-21 school year. (Screnshot via HISD TV)

Read the most popular stories covering the Greater Houston area from this week on Community Impact Newspaper’s website.

Houston ISD considering longer school day, year-round schedule, virtual learning for 2020-21

Houston ISD is deliberating on how to proceed with the 2020-21 school year during the ongoing pandemic and is expected to announce a decision within the next four weeks.

Houston Food Bank to distribute food, cleaning supplies to Humble area

The Houston Food Bank partnered with a local cleaning supply company to distribute food and other supplies to thousands of families May 20.



Legal fees driving up water rates across Conroe, Montgomery

Years of ongoing, costly lawsuits among local entities have caused water rates to increase for Montgomery County residents.

UPDATED: Applications for Harris County COVID-19 Relief Fund to open June 11

The $30 million fund will assist poor residents and other targeted populations adversely affected by the pandemic pay for rent, utilities and other necessities.

Harris County further extends disaster declaration through June 10

The declaration primarily allows the county to allocate funds to respond to the pandemic and be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Matt Dulin, Kelly Schafler, Eva Vigh and Hannah Zedaker contributed to this report.


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League City officials plan for office space, other commercial developments on west side

While reviewing League City’s land use plan, city officials said they hope to see more commercial development on the city’s undeveloped southwest side.

Virtual learning for K-6 students will continue to be offered at CCISD, as this is independent of the temporary remote conferencing option. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Clear Creek ISD to pause remote conferencing as COVID-19 cases decline and other updates

Remote conferencing, which has been available to students since late August, will be offered through Oct. 29, district leaders said Oct. 25. It is offered via the Texas Education Agency and meant for those who may need to receive instruction from home for durations of up to 20 days.

Windsor Fashions LLC on Oct. 15 opened its doors inside Baybrook Mall. (Courtesy Windsor Fashions)
National retail store Windsor Fashions LLC opens at Baybrook Mall

Windsor Fashions LLC opened Oct. 15 inside Baybrook Mall at 500 Baybrook Mall, Ste. 1314, Friendswood, in the Forever 21 wing next to Charlotte Russe.

From left, Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia, Wayne Young, CEO of The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, and Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis announced a new community-initiated mental health care project during a press conference Oct. 26. (Screenshot via Facebook Live)
Harris County officials unveil new three-year $8.93M community-initiated mental health care initiative

The community care model will focus on 10 ZIP codes totaling about 300,000 residents that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and suicide, and that have a lower utilization of behavioral health care services, by providing mental health education and training to members of the community.

Harris County Deputy Kareem Atkins was honored by Harris County commissioners on Oct. 26. (Emily Lincke/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County commissioners designate Oct. 25 as 'Deputy Kareem Atkins Day'

“Deputy Kareem Atkins Day” will be celebrated annually to recognize Atkins' heroism and service, Judge Lina Hidalgo said at the court’s Oct. 26 regular meeting. According to Hidalgo, Atkins was the first Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office deputy to be fatally shot.

"The Dude" is the signature burger at Lebowski's Grill. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Lebowski's Grill upends expectations in Austin; first Houston-area Costco Business Center opens in Stafford and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 26.

New statewide maps will go into effect Jan. 18, 2022. (Community Impact Newspaper Staff)
Gov. Abbott approves new voting maps for state legislature, Congress, school districts for next decade

The maps will go into effect Jan. 18, 2022, after the state legislature passed them during a 30-day special session.

The statewide job fair will connect veterans to employers as well as other resource providers. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
Statewide job fair aims to connect Texas veterans and their families to employers

The job fair is coming to local Texas Workforce Solutions offices, some of which are having early admission for veterans and their families.

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Texas Medical Center coronavirus updates: Average daily hospitalizations continue decline, drop below 100 since early July

For the first time since early July, the average number of daily coronavirus hospitalizations at Texas Medical Center hospitals has dropped below 100.

Teso Life currently has a location in Carrollton near another 99 Ranch Market and other Asian businesses and restaurants. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Japanese department store Teso Life coming to Frisco; New Braunfels’ Gruene Hall set as backdrop for Scotty McCreery music video and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 25.

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Texas Education Agency accepting applications for $1,500 grants for students in special education

To be eligible for the grant, students must be enrolled in pre-K through 12th grade in a Texas public school and served by a special education program.