Houston residents can get $1,200 in aid and more popular area stories

Houston residents can apply for $1,200 stimulus-style checks. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Houston residents can apply for $1,200 stimulus-style checks. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Houston residents can apply for $1,200 stimulus-style checks. (Courtesy Fotolia)

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Houston residents can apply for $1,200 in direct cash assistance

Houston residents can apply to receive a $1,200 check from a new allocation of the city’s federal coronavirus relief funding.

Sugar Land 24 Hour Fitness closes permanently

The 24 Hour Fitness at 14111 Hwy. 59, Sugar Land, permanently closed this summer because the gym could not reach "favorable lease renewal terms" with its landlord, according to a statement posted to the gym's Facebook page.

The Woodlands area welcomes 3 new dining locations in November with 4th coming soon

The Woodlands area welcomed three new places to dine and drink through the month of November, with a fourth anticipated to open in early December.

Judge rules Harris County Emergency Services District No. 11 can no longer withhold payments from Cypress Creek EMS

A judge ruled that Harris County Emergency Services District No. 11 can no longer withhold payments from Cypress Creek EMS, according to a Nov. 30 CCEMS news release.

Kingwood's 'old H-E-B center' to undergo redevelopment, gain new tenants with a

The Kings Crossing shopping center—often referred to as the old H-E-B center—will undergo a facelift next year that will bring new restaurants and tenants to Kingwood.

Emma Whalen, Claire Shoop, Andrew Christman, Andy Li and Kelly Schafler contributed to this report.


Condit Elementary School
Houston ISD closes Condit Elementary in Bellaire over COVID-19 concerns

According to the HISD COVID-19 dashboard, there are nine active cases at Condit Elementary, including six student cases.

Mayor Sylvester Turner issued a warning to bars and nightclubs across Houston and said he plans to go after any establishment seen disregarding capacity guidelines. (Screenshot via Twitter)
Mayor Sylvester Turner calls out concerts, clubs operating over capacity

Turner also reported 1,964 new cases of COVID-19 along with 17 virus-related deaths.

The North Bellaire Special Development District located at the former Chevron campus at 4800 Fournace Place is in the review process by Bellaire’s Planning and Zoning Commission. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
Bellaire P&Z mulls changes to create north Bellaire zoning district

Almost a year in the works, Bellaire has a new zoning ordinance up for consideration.

At a Jan. 15 emergency court hearing, officials came up with a plan to try to reduce the inmate population at the Harris County Jail that centers on hosting more bail reduction hearings. (Courtesy Brian Jackson/Adobe Stock)
With open beds dwindling, officials look for ways to reduce Harris County jail population

The inmate population at the Harris County Jail is rising, and officials are looking for ways to quickly ease the pressure as concerns grow over the ability to quarantine and restrict the spread of the coronavirus.

Bocca Italian Kitchen serves seasonal, Italian-inspired dishes, such as polenta and various pastas. (Courtesy Marco Torres)
Italian eateries open in Generation Park; Houston bike lane fines enforced and more local news

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Minute Maid Park
Houston Health Department vaccine appointments fill up in 16 minutes

The department will administer 5,000 doses at Minute Maid Park on Jan. 16 and 17.

Officials expect demand for the vaccine will be huge once it opens to the general public. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Montgomery County plans vaccine distribution; FDA warns of false negatives and more top Houston-area news

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Houston ISD
After impasse, Houston ISD trustees delay officer election

The board voted 8-1 to postpone their decision to Jan. 21.

Man riding bike in city
Houston’s grace period for bike lane parking fines ends

Houston residents now face a $100 fine for parking in bike lanes.

The Randalls store in Bellaire has already begun the liquidation process as it looks to close in February. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
Grocery chain Randalls to close Bellaire store in February

The company is working to place as many employees as possible in other locations.

Despite a global pandemic, Houston home sales broke records in 2020 and saw 10% more sales overall compared to 2019. (Courtesy Houston Association of Realtors)
Report: Houston home sales surpassed 2019 volumes despite pandemic

2020 single-family home sales surpassed 2019’s volume by more than 10%.