Ask the editor: What happened to the other guy?

Ask the Editor sections focus on engaging readers in community updates and news.

Ask the Editor sections focus on engaging readers in community updates and news.

Avid readers of this edition of Community Impact Newspaper may notice a change on this page. I’m the new editor of the Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood edition, and this issue marks my first full edition overseeing the content. Former Editor Zac Ezzone is happily pursuing a job opportunity on the West Coast, and the team wishes him all the best.

I was hired as the reporter for the Conroe-Montgomery edition in June 2017. After serving almost two years in that role, I accepted the position of editor of the Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood edition in mid-March.

As editor of this paper, I aim to report on hyperlocal news that residents and business owners in the community care about, such as flood mitigation projects, transportation, education, government, local events and development.

Please feel free to reach out to me anytime at kschafler@communityimpact.com with questions, concerns or suggestions on how our team can continue to improve and make this edition truly a paper for the local community.
By Kelly Schafler

Editor, Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood

Kelly Schafler is the editor for the Lake Houston, Humble and Kingwood edition of Community Impact Newspaper, covering public education, city government, development, businesses, local events and all things community-related. Before she became editor, she was the reporter for the Conroe and Montgomery edition for a year and a half.



MOST RECENT

Public health officials have now confirmed five deaths total over the past five days in the county. (Community Impact staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: No new deaths, 286 new cases confirmed in Harris County May 26

Public health officials have now confirmed five deaths total over the past five days in the county.

Montgomery County commissioners met May 26 in Conroe. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Here’s how Montgomery County will distribute Round 1 CARES Act funding

Round 2 is half the amount of Round 1 and will be used for food distributions and for the elderly and children. The allocation method for Round 3 has not yet been determined .

Starting May 19, water parks will be able to open up to 25% capacity. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Abbott issues proclamation allowing water parks to open

Starting Friday, May 29, water parks will be allowed to open but must limit guests to 25% of their normal operating capacity.

The Montgomery County Public Health District reported one death related to COVID-19 along with 30 new recoveries from the disease May 26. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery County reports 1 coronavirus-related death, 30 recoveries since May 22

The county's number of active cases, 465, is growing closer to the total number of recoveries at 424.

The San Jacinto River Authority's surface water treatment plant was built as part of its Groundwater Reduction Plan, an effort to make Montgomery County use more surface water instead of groundwater. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
Committee directs San Jacinto River Authority to not raise rates next fiscal year; costs to be paid in future

Not raising rates—while seemingly a win for residents footing increasing water bills—means entities will still need to pay the money back in the future.

The flute section of the Rouse High School marching band from Leander performs in this 2017 file photo. (Courtesy Leander ISD)
Texas schools may begin hosting sports workouts, band practices June 8

The University Interscholastic League released guidelines for allowing sports workouts and marching bands to practice.

Several free COVID-19 testing sites are now open in Montgomery County alongside private viral and antibody testing sites. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Public, private COVID-19 testing options now available throughout Montgomery County

In addition to the county's free voucher program, several private facilities in the area are also offering viral and antibody tests.

The Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Houston Health Department opened the first viral testing site for COVID-19 in Kingwood. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing site open May 26-27 in Kingwood

The Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Houston Health Department opened a drive-thru testing site in Kingwood for COVID-19.

Community Christian Legal Aid received a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Community Christian Legal Aid receives grant to serve low-income clients

The grant will be used to train volunteer attorneys in areas of family and civil law that CCLA's clients face.

Under guidelines from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, day care centers, bars and entertainment venues—including bowling alleys and bingo parlors—were allowed to reopen a limited occupancy May 22. (Community Impact staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: Officials confirm 469 new cases over Memorial Day weekend

Under guidelines from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, day care centers, bars and entertainment venues—including bowling alleys and bingo parlors—were allowed to reopen a limited occupancy May 22.

Bombshell Crossfit
Editor's pick: See best Montgomery County photos this week, May 17-23

On May 18, gyms across the state were allowed to reopen per Gov. Greg Abbott's orders. Crossfit gyms in Conroe, such as Bombshell CrossFit and Crossfit Enoch, reopened with social distancing guidelines in place.

Souq International Markets will open its new Katy-area location soon. (Susan Rovegno/Community Impact Newspaper)
ROUNDUP: Memorial Day business updates from the Houston area

Read some of the latest business news from the Greater Houston area on Community Impact Newspaper’s website.