TIMELINE: The past, present and future of Grand Texas Theme Park

After several setbacks, construction will begin in August on Big Rivers—the water park planned at the Grand Texas Theme Park, CEO Monty Galland said. Here is how the park went from concept to construction and the future plans at the 630-acre entertainment district.




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The amicus brief is in support of an April 7 lawsuit filed by the Texas Democratic Party seeking legislative action to allow voters who fear exposure to the coronavirus to vote via mail-in ballot. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Harris County Attorney's Office authorized to file amicus brief supporting mail-in ballots amid coronavirus outbreak

The amicus brief is in support of an April 7 lawsuit filed by the Texas Democratic Party seeking legislative action to allow voters who fear exposure to the coronavirus to vote via mail-in ballot.

Graphic by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper
Harris County in ‘standoff’ over proposed inmate release to curb coronavirus spread

Hidalgo said the county is now at a crossroads having to weigh the lesser of two evils: releasing nonviolent inmates back into society or risking coronavirus spreading rampant through the county jail and filling the county’s hospital beds.

The $48,000 deal with the Cambria Hotel in downtown Houston will provide up to 400 rooms over the course of the month. (Screenshot via Google Earth)
Houston leases additional 400 hotel rooms for first responder quarantine

The city secured an agreement with a downtown hotel to provide up to 400 rooms throughout the month of April.

Nonessential visitors can do window-side visits at most senior living facilities. (Photos courtesy Seasons Assisted Living & Memory Care)
Amid pandemic, ‘unsung heroes’ care for Montgomery County’s most vulnerable

The senior living industry has upped its cleaning protocols, limited in-person visits and made use of virtual chat.

Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi is the associate dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. (Courtesy Baylor College of Medicine)
Q&A: Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi discusses vaccine development

Dr. Bottazzi is the associate dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo signed an order April 8 to temporarily close all parks countywide throughout the upcoming Easter weekend, April 10-13, in hopes of discouraging social gatherings. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County to close parks countywide for Easter weekend, April 10-13

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo signed an order April 8 to temporarily close all parks countywide throughout the upcoming Easter weekend, April 10-13, in hopes of discouraging social gatherings.

Companion Animal Hospital is now offering curbside service for clients and their pets. (Courtesy Companion Animal Hospital)
ROUNDUP: Coronavirus coverage in North Houston continues

Read some of the latest coronavirus updates from communities in the North Houston area.

Installing orange meshes across local buses is one of the measures METRO is taking to ensure appropriate social distancing between bus operators and passengers. (Courtesy Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County)
METRO heightens preventative COVID-19 measures

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County has begun taking more aggressive measures to halt the spread of COVID-19, the transit authority announced April 7.

Figure Four Partners, a subsidiary of Perry Homes, has offered to let government partners purchase Woodridge Village, a 268-acre development that Kingwood residents allege caused flooding in their communities, such as Elm Grove Village. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper) (Designed by Ethan Pham/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County commissioners vote to continue negotiations, partner with entities on Woodridge Village property acquisition

During executive session at a Harris County Commissioners Court meeting April 7, commissioners deliberated purchasing a 268-acre property in south Montgomery County that officials want to turn into a detention area.

Lone Star College System has moved about 97% of its more than 9,000 class sessions online since mid-March as facilities have closed during the coronavirus pandemic, LSCS Chancellor Stephen Head said. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
Pandemic changes move Lone Star College System to enhance online, workforce education long-term

Lone Star College System has moved about 97% of its more than 9,000 class sessions online since mid-March as facilities have closed during the coronavirus pandemic, LSCS Chancellor Stephen Head said. He foresees LSCS continuing to enhance its online options even after stay-at-home orders are lifted.

With staffing taking up the vast majority of public safety budgets, staffing may have to be one area to cut costs, officials said. (Anya Gallant/Community Impact Newspaper)
Houston police, fire departments propose slight budget increases for 2020-21 amid coronavirus downturn

However, both police and fire chiefs acknowlegded personnel cuts may be necessary.

Houston fiscal year 2020-21 budget workshops run from April 7 through May 20. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Harris County launches Small Business Economic Assistance Loan Program, begins process of creating COVID-19 relief fund

In partnership with the Houston-Galveston Area Council, Harris County launched a $10 million Small Business Economic Assistance Loan Program on April 7 to help small businesses on the road to recovery.