Sam's Club, Walmart offering vaccines statewide; H-E-B coming to Magnolia and other top Houston-area news

Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies across Texas will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines through the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Program on Feb. 12, officials with Walmart announced in a news release Feb. 9. (Courtesy Walmart)
Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies across Texas will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines through the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Program on Feb. 12, officials with Walmart announced in a news release Feb. 9. (Courtesy Walmart)

Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies across Texas will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines through the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Program on Feb. 12, officials with Walmart announced in a news release Feb. 9. (Courtesy Walmart)

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Statewide

Walmart, Sam's Club pharmacies across Texas to begin administering vaccine Feb. 12

Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies across Texas will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines on Feb. 12, officials with Walmart announced in a news release Feb. 9.

Texas' first statewide rental assistance program will allot over $1 billion to those financially hit by pandemic



Texans struggling to pay their rent may soon have some relief due to a new statewide rent relief program—the first of its kind in Texas, according to a news release from Gov. Greg Abbott's office.

Katy

Construction continues on Boardwalk Lofts in Katy

Construction is continuing on Boardwalk Lofts, an apartment complex located at 122 Lakeview Way, Katy, according to a representative with developer Sueba USA Corp.

The Woodlands

Three road projects to watch in The Woodlands area: FM 2978, Gosling Road and Hwy. 242 overpass

Several road projects in The Woodlands area are moving toward completion or further ahead in the planning stages.

Tomball-Magnolia

City officials confirm construction on H-E-B in Magnolia to break ground in June

Construction for Magnolia's anticipated H-E-B at Spur 149 and FM 1488 is slated to begin June 14, Magnolia City Administrator Don Doering said during a Feb. 9 City Council meeting.

Hannah Zedaker, Eva Vigh, Morgan Theophil, Vanessa Holt and Adriana Rezal contributed to this report.



MOST RECENT

Katy ISD to return to standard operations in June

As of June 1, Katy ISD students and staff will no longer be requiring face masks or offering virtual school, Superintendent Ken Gregorski said in an email on April 16.

Costco Business Centers, of which there are only about 15 in the country, carry different products and provide a different shopping experience to members than do traditional Costco Wholesale stores. (Courtesy Costco Wholesale)
Costco Business Center being built in Stafford; see live music in The Woodlands and more top Houston-area news

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

The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations. (Courtesy Amazon)
Amazon begins rollout of statewide vaccination clinics for employees

The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

(Courtesy Great American Cookies and Marble Slab Creamery)
Hybrid Marble Slab Creamery, Great American Cookies location coming to Katy

A new Marble Slab Creamery and Great American Cookies hybrid location will be opening July 1 at Grand Morton Town Center.

Memorial Hermann is hosting a drive-thru vaccine clinic at the Smart Financial Center in Sugar Land April 15-16. (Community Impact Newspaper)
Walk-ins welcome at COVID-19 vaccine clinic April 15-16 at Smart Financial Center

Haven't recieved the COVID-19 vaccine yet? Memorial Hermann is hosting a drive-thru clinic from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. in Sugar Land. No appointment necessary.

Population and Survey Analysts, which predicted KISD would grow by approximately 2,400 new students per year for the next decade, made the recommendation to build additional elementary, junior high and high schools, especially in the north and far west areas of the district. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
Katy ISD officials talk budget deficit, bond

"Where is the new money coming from?”

Federal funding is set aside for public schools to address effects of the pandemic. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Why Texas has not yet distributed $18 billion in federal funds intended for public schools

As budget decisions loom for school districts across Texas, state leaders are holding on to federal funds intended for public schools to use in addressing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Homes priced above $750,000, such as this one in the Heights, saw a surge in sales in March, with almost twice as many properties sold. (Courtesy Houston Association of Realtors)
Average Houston single-family home price jumps 20% in March

The average sale price for a home in March was $370,847.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas said power outages are not expected April 13, while requesting energy conservation. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
UPDATE: ERCOT call for energy conservation ends April 13 without need for power outages

An ERCOT official said "tight" supply and demand conditions arose on the state's electric grid April 13 due to forecasting issues amid planned, seasonal maintenance outages by some power generators.

Spearheaded by state Rep. Gene Wu, D-Houston, the new court, if established, would expand the capacity of the county's criminal court system in hopes of reducing its backlog, which stood at 70,951 total cases pending before criminal district courts in Harris County as of April 8. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Harris County supports creation of new criminal district court to tackle case backlog

If the efforts are successful, this would be Harris County's first new criminal district court since 1984 when the 351st District Court was created.

Newk's Eatery has closed its location in the Katy area. (Courtesy Newk's Eatery)
Newk's Eatery closes Katy-area location

While the Katy location may have closed, Newk's continues to serve diners at its Bunker Hill restaurant.