Drive-thru voting in Harris County becomes popular and more top Houston-area news

An election official directs a car to a spot at the Humble Civic Center's drive-thru voting location. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
An election official directs a car to a spot at the Humble Civic Center's drive-thru voting location. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

An election official directs a car to a spot at the Humble Civic Center's drive-thru voting location. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read top stories from the past week from the Houston area.

Harris County

Drive-thru voting locations in Harris County see greater numbers than in-person, despite challenges

Over 42,000 residents in Harris County voted through drive-thru polling locations in the first four days of early voting Oct. 13-16.

Sugar Land



Sugar Land Town Square redesign to bring more outdoor space, updated storefronts

Sugar Land Town Square owner Lionstone Investments announced a multiphase renovation of the mixed-use development and shopping center in a press release Oct. 14.

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Study: Kingwood Diversion Ditch, Taylor Gully projects could remove 449 structures from flow paths of 100-year storm

Following a yearlong study of Kingwood's internal channels, the Harris County Flood Control District recommended two local flood projects move into the preliminary engineering stage. The two Kingwood projects could remove almost 450 structures from flow paths during 100-year storms and benefit almost 650 historically flooded structures.

Cy-Fair

Cy-Fair ISD designates remote learning days for teacher planning purposes

Officials with Cy-Fair ISD have announced seven remote learning days for all students in the district in 2020-21 to provide teachers additional planning time.

Katy

New Katy Amazon sorting center to employ 3,000 full- and part-time positions

Amazon's new sorting center is now open at 22525 Clay Road, Katy. The 800,000-square-foot building opened Oct. 9 and will serve as a facility to sort packages before they are transferred to a delivery station or to a last-mile delivery partner for final delivery for customers. The center will employ over 3,000 full- and part-time employees starting at $15 per hour.

Andy Li, Kelly Schafler, Claire Shoop, Danica Lloyd and Nola Valente contributed to this report.






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Krab Kingz Seafood will open in Humble March 17. (Courtesy Krab Kingz Seafood)
Krab Kingz Seafood to open Humble-area eatery in March

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A coronavirus vaccine is given at Memorial Hermann's mass vaccine clinic Feb. 26. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The new Fort Bend Epicenter multipurpose facility could be used as a spot for trade shows and sporting events, could act as a large-scale shelter for county residents in an emergency and more. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
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Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

Humble City Council voted unanimously at the Feb. 25 City Council meeting to appoint Bruce Davidson, left, to fill the vacant Place 3 seat. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Humble City Council appoints Bruce Davidson to fill vacant Place 3

Bruce Davidson, a resident of the Humble area for about 24 years, took his oath of office at the council meeting.

Keith Luechtefeld spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about some of the short-term and long-term repercussions of the storm as well as some of the reasons why so many homes saw burst pipes during the freezing weather. (Community Impact staff)
Q&A: Greater Houston Builders Association President Keith Luechtefeld discusses power, plumbing, frozen pipes after Winter Storm Uri

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Kalera will open a vertical farming facility in Humble in late spring or early summer. (Courtesy Kalera)
Kalera seeks horticulturists for new vertical farming facility in Humble

The company will open its biggest vertical hydroponic farm yet in late spring or early summer.

Winter Storm Uri led to closures across the Greater Houston area during the third week of February. (Courtesy Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County)
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