Gov. Abbott bans all COVID-19 vaccine mandates; The Woodlands ends ExxonMobil tax abatement and more top Houston-area news

Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 11 signed an executive order banning all COVID-19 vaccine mandates. (Courtesy Office of the Governor)
Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 11 signed an executive order banning all COVID-19 vaccine mandates. (Courtesy Office of the Governor)

Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 11 signed an executive order banning all COVID-19 vaccine mandates. (Courtesy Office of the Governor)

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Gov. Abbott signs executive order banning all COVID-19 vaccine mandates


Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order on Oct. 11 banning all forms of COVID-19 vaccine mandates, his office said in a press release.

The Woodlands


ExxonMobil's $1.1M tax abatement with The Woodlands Township terminated


The Woodlands Township terminated $1.1 million in tax abatement agreements with ExxonMobil on Oct. 11 after the company said it would not be able to maintain the required number of staff at buildings it occupies in The Woodlands’ buildings at Hughes Landing.

Concerns voiced over Grogan's Mill Village Center vacancies

Empty storefronts at Grogan’s Mill Village Center over the past year and a half have raised concerns about the center’s survival among area business owners and residents.

Spring-Klein

Cassandra’s Louisiana Kitchen opens off FM 1960 in North Houston

Cassandra's Louisiana Kitchen, located at 5203 FM 1960 W., Ste. G, Houston, opened on Aug. 6.

Pearland-Friendswood

Old Pearland Farmers Market opening soon at Independence Park

Old Pearland Farmers Market, which will be located at Independence Park at 3449 Pearland Parkway, Pearland, plans to open on Oct. 16.

Jishnu Nair, Emily Lincke, Vanessa Holt, Andrew Christman and Andy Yanez contributed to this report.


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Following a string of social media posts threatening violence against Klein Cain High School on Dec. 6 and 7, Klein ISD will be implementing heightened safety protocols to enhance campus security. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Klein ISD enhances safety protocols following social media threats against campus

Following a string of social media posts threatening violence against Klein Cain High School on Dec. 6 and 7, Klein ISD will be implementing heightened safety protocols to enhance campus security.

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is located off Hwy. 249 in northwest Houston. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital expands neuroscience services

Officials with Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital announced in early December the expansion of its neuroscience center, including the addition of two new neurosurgeons, according to a news release.

The number of homes sold in all Pearland and Friendswood ZIP codes decreased in October compared to October 2020 except in 77546. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
See how the Pearland, Friendswood real estate market fared in October 2021

The number of homes sold in all Pearland and Friendswood ZIP codes decreased in October compared to October 2020 except in 77546.

The Balrog Burger ($21.99): The newly added one-pound burger is topped with double cheese, bacon, avocado, mushrooms, jalapeño and chipotle mayo, with a fried, cream cheese stuffed jalapeño on top.(Sierra Rozen/Community Impact Newspaper)
Hobbit Cafe blends fantasy with reality as it nears 50th anniversary

Stepping into Hobbit Cafe feels like being transported into Middle Earth, the fantasy land that serves as the setting for “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” series.

The Bellaire City Council unanimously approved a motion Dec. 6 to name Fire Chief Deacon Tittle as interim city manager following the recent departure of former Interim City Manager Brant Gary. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
Bellaire names interim city manager for short term, directs staff to seek proposals for services

The Bellaire City Council unanimously approved a motion Dec. 6 to name Fire Chief Deacon Tittle as interim city manager following the recent departure of former Interim City Manager Brant Gary.

The La Marque Amazon warehouse is the first in Galveston County. (Courtesy Amazon)
Amazon opens La Marque delivery station

The 180,000-square-foot delivery station is located at 4975 Gulf Freeway.

Missouri City officials approve new city manager contract

The contract for a new city manager for Missouri City has been approved.

A Memorial Hermann Primary Care Clinic is coming to Shenandoah. (Courtesy Howard Hughes Corp.)
Memorial Hermann Primary Care Clinic coming to Shenandoah; construction to begin on Creekside Park Medical Plaza

Memorial Hermann Medical Group signed a 20,000-square-foot, build-to-suit lease for a Memorial Hermann Primary Care Clinic to be developed in Shenandoah, according to a news release by Howard Hughes Corporation. In addition, the release stated that construction is beginning on the new Creekside Park Medical Plaza within Creekside Park Village Center. 

Pit Row Pit Stop Diner closed its New Caney location on Dec. 1. (Courtesy Pit Row Pit Stop Diner)
1950s-themed restaurant Pit Row Pit Stop Diner closes in New Caney

The restaurant will continue to offer catering services and will be open as an event venue, but it will no longer serve food as a traditional sit-down restaurant.

Located at 2714 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Ste. 130, Kingwood, Kingwood Photo Lab offers a range of services including film processing, digital printing, canvas and enlarged prints, photo restorations, memory card recoveries and film-to-digital conversions. (Courtesy Kingwood Photo Lab)
Kingwood Photo Lab returns to original location on W. Lake Houston Parkway

Kingwood Photo Lab offers a range of services including film processing, digital printing, canvas and enlarged prints, photo restorations, memory card recoveries and film-to-digital conversions.

The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Office of Justice Programs and the Office of Victims of Crime through the Texas Office of the Governor Criminal Justice Division. (Sierra Rozen/Community Impact Newspaper)
Fort Bend County approves case management, financial assistance grant for crime victims

The $130,838 grant was officially approved at the Dec. 7 Commissioners Court meeting.