Fort Bend, Harris counties issue mask mandate; new stores open in The Woodlands Mall and more top Houston-area news

Fort Bend County Judge KP George announced he was reinstating a mask mandate in all county buildings, including public schools—defying Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order that prohibits local government entities from issuing mask mandates—during an Aug. 11 news conference. (Courtesy Pexels)
Fort Bend County Judge KP George announced he was reinstating a mask mandate in all county buildings, including public schools—defying Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order that prohibits local government entities from issuing mask mandates—during an Aug. 11 news conference. (Courtesy Pexels)

Fort Bend County Judge KP George announced he was reinstating a mask mandate in all county buildings, including public schools—defying Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order that prohibits local government entities from issuing mask mandates—during an Aug. 11 news conference. (Courtesy Pexels)

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Greater Houston area.

Fort Bend County

Fort Bend County Judge KP George announces mask mandate in public schools and county buildings, among other COVID-19 measures

Fort Bend County Judge KP George announced he was reinstating a mask mandate in all county buildings, including public schools—defying Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order, which in part prohibits local government entities from issuing mask mandates.

Harris County



Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo issues mask mandate effective immediately for schools, child care centers in Harris County

The order, issued on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 12, states all public and nonreligious private schools along with licensed child care centers must follow the guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, on the use of masks.

Cy-Fair

Cy-Fair ISD announces temporary virtual learning option, COVID-19 guidelines for 2021-22

After canceling plans to launch a virtual school for the 2021-22 school year because state lawmakers did not approve funding for such programming by the end of the 87th Texas Legislature, Cy-Fair ISD officials announced Aug. 9 there will be a temporary virtual learning option at the start of the school year.

The Woodlands

Two new stores open in The Woodlands Mall in early August

TX7 and Premier Select opened in The Woodlands Mall, 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands, in early August.

Spring-Klein

GALLERY: Spring-area community welcomes Simone Biles, Jordan Chiles home from Tokyo Olympics

Members of the Spring-area community lined up in the grass along Rayford Road in Benders Landing in Spring to welcome home gymnasts Simone Biles and Jordan Chiles from the Tokyo Olympics.

Danica Lloyd, Claire Shoop, ABC 13 and Ally Bolender contributed to this report.



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METRONext is the agency’s $3.5 billion bond approved by voters in November 2019, which aims to ease traffic congestion, add expansion to the METRO, and make accessibility and safety upgrades.
(Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
METRO Board approves $1.3 billion budget, discusses METRONext projects

The METRO board of directors met Sept. 21 to give an overview of the drafted budget as well as to receive public comments. It was unanimously approved at the Sept. 23 board meeting.

Left to right: The Senator IPA, Speak Sam Rayburn Pecan Porter and Smoke Show Roasted Jalapeno Blonde are among the most popular brews at Senate Avenue Brewing Co. (Emily Jaroszewski/Community Impact Newspaper)
Senate Avenue Brewing Co. to celebrate first anniversary in Jersey Village

Andrew and Michelle Mitcham opened Senate Avenue Brewing Co. last October in Jersey Village.

The Texas Secretary of State's office has launched an audit of 2020 election results in four of Texas’ largest counties: Harris, Dallas, Tarrant and Collin. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Texas Secretary of State's office announces audit of 2020 election results in Dallas, Collin, Tarrant and Harris counties

In a statement released Sept. 23, the office said it anticipates the state Legislature will fund the process.

Kyle City Council voted 6-1 and approved the new citywide trail master plan that will utilize 2020 bond election funds for trails that will help connect Austin to San Antonio. (Courtesy Pexels)
CI Nation roundup: Perfect Game coming to Cedar Park; Kyle City Council approves trail master plan to connect Austin to San Antonio and more top stories

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Sept. 24.

Big League Dreams will reopen in December with updated turf, seating, nets, fencing, graphics and other upgrades. (Courtesy city of League City)
Big League Dreams to reopen in League City; New Caney ISD officials address student possession of a gun, and more top stories from Greater Houston

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from the Greater Houston area.

The new clinic opened in the Fairfield area in late August. (Courtesy Houston Methodist)
Houston Methodist Primary Care Group opens new Cypress clinic

Board-certified family medicine physician Dr. Rashad Ramkissoon will serve patients at the new clinic.

Comcast will award $1 million to small businesses owned by people of color in Fort Bend and Harris counties (Courtesy Fotolia)
Comcast Rise Investment Fund to award small business grants in Harris, Fort Bend counties

Comcast will award $1 million to small businesses owned by people of color in Fort Bend and Harris counties.

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)
CI Nation roundup: Round Rock ISD trustees considered for censuring; New Caney ISD addresses allegations of student with gun at campus event and more top stories

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Sept. 23.

Amy Wine Counseling opened in 2016. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Amy Wine Counseling Center celebrates fifth anniversary in Cy-Fair

The local counseling center serves children, teens, adults, couples and families.

La Viva Cantina is now open. (Courtesy La Viva Cantina)
Tex-Mex eatery La Viva Cantina now open in Cypress

La Viva Cantina opened this month at Fairfield Town Center.

Houston resident Marissa Hanson spoke on keeping tax rates low during the Harris County Commissioners Court public hearing on Sept. 21. (Emily Lincke/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County Commissioners propose tax cuts at cost of Harris Health System funding

On average, Harris County homeowners may see lower tax rates in the next year, but it will come at the cost of $17 million in funding for the county’s hospital district, according to Harris County Administrator David Berry.

The Factory Salon is opening soon in Fairfield. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
The Factory Salon to open new location this fall in Fairfield

Services include haircuts, blowouts, coloring and balayage, perms, conditioning treatments, facial waxing, and makeup and eyelash applications from Aveda-trained stylists.