Jason Derulo headlines Rock the Ranch, city of Houston pension reform: 4 things Lake Houston area residents need to know this week

Jason Derulo will headline Rock the Ranch this weekend.

Jason Derulo will headline Rock the Ranch this weekend.

Humble ISD elections

Four positions on the Humble ISD school board were up for grabs May 6. The three incumbent candidates—Robert Sitton for Position 1, Angela Conrad in Position 3 and Charles Cunningham in Position 4— will return to the school board, according to unofficial early voting results from Harris County. They will be joined by Position 5 candidates Martina Dixon.

‘Rock the Ranch’

This weekend, Jason Derulo, Flo Rida and Lecrae headline the two-day music festival at the Valley Ranch Town Center Amphitheater. Noon. $79 (general admission), $89 (VIP), $129 (two-day general admission). 21360 Valley Ranch Parkway, New Caney. www.rocktheranchtx.com

Pension reform takes shape

The city of Houston will begin budget workshops on Tuesday, where a major topic will be pension reform. The workshops conclude May 23.

The Texas House and Senate versions of the city of Houston’s pension reform legislation—Senate Bill 2190 and House Bill 43—are still moving through the legislative process. SB 2190 passed the Senate last week, while HB 43 is awaiting a vote by the full body.
Should pension reform fail, it could result in a $300 million budget shortfall, Houston Council Member Dave Martin.

Kingwood TIRZ board to update Northpark Drive

The Kingwood Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone 10 will provide an update to the status of projects within the Kingwood Mobility Study, including the expansion of Northpark Drive. The discussions will include an update of the city of Houston’s decision to shift $18 million in funds earmarked for Kingwood Drive's expansion to Northpark Drive.


Less than 7,000 COVID-19 cases remained active in Montgomery County as of Jan. 22. (Community Impact staff)
Montgomery County's active COVID-19 case count falls below 7K, 7 new deaths reported Jan. 20-22

Active cases in the county fell by several hundred this week, while COVID-19 hospitalizations among residents reached a new high.

DECA Beer Co. plans to open its family-friendly taproom in February. (Courtesy DECA Beer Co.)
Porter brewery DECA Beer Co. aims for early February opening

Some brew styles on tap will include stouts, Indian pale ales, berliner weisses and brown ales.

DDS Dentures   Implant Solutions in Humble rebranded in early January to Affordable Dentures & Implants. (Courtesy Affordable Care)
DDS Dentures + Implant Solutions in Humble rebrands to Affordable Dentures & Implants

The Humble location is one of six other Texas locations that were rebranded Jan. 1.

“Hope is on the horizon,” Fort Bend County Judge KP George said at a press conference Jan. 4. “The vaccine is here.”
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One local health system leader said he expects everyone, including those under age 65, will have access to the vaccine within the next 90 days. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Houston-area health system leaders talk progress, hurdles during COVID-19

Officials from CHI St. Luke’s Health and UTMB Health said community members must remain vigilant as case counts climb but that they expect the current surge to peak by early February.

Humble ISD has 439 active COVID-19 cases while New Caney ISD has 87 active cases as of Jan. 21. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
New Caney, Humble ISDs see leveling out of active COVID-19 cases

New Caney and Porter High Schools continue to have the highest cases per campus in New Caney ISD.

During a North Houston Association meeting Jan. 20, Jazz Hamilton—first vice president with the Retail Brokerage Services Group for CBRE—discussed how the future of retail will likely be shaped by the conveniences to which consumers have become accustomed amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
Pandemic-induced retail conveniences are here to stay, official says

According to Jazz Hamilton, first vice president with the Retail Brokerage Services group for CBRE, between January and November of 2020, consumers spent almost $550 billion online—a 33% increase from 2019.

The estimated number of active COVID-19 cases in Harris County has surpassed 50,000, reaching 51,362 as of the most recent data Jan. 20, according to the Harris County Public Health Department. (Community Impact staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: Active cases top 50,000

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New Caney ISD's board of trustees approved rezoning middle school attendance zones ahead of Keefer Crossing Middle School's opening. (Rendering courtesy New Caney ISD)
New Caney ISD deals with superintendent fallout, rezones middle schools

“These decisions aren't something that they just do overnight. This takes a considerable amount of time for them to do,” Board President Chad Turner said. “It's also something that we also have had additional workshops and have asked a lot of difficult questions of our administration to see what options we have, and at the end of the day, this is the best option for the kids.

In addition to vaccine hubs, there are also smaller community vaccine providers throughout Texas, such as pharmacies, that may also have the vaccine available. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The barbecue eatery is the second Killen's Restaurant Group venture to launch in The Woodlands area. (Courtesy Killen's Barbecue)
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