Statewide November ballot propositions explained; East Montgomery County sees explosive growth and more top Houston-area news

Texas Department of Transportation employees work on Segment H of the Grand Parkway in Montgomery County, which is set to be completed in the spring of 2022. (Courtesy Texas Department of Transportation)
Texas Department of Transportation employees work on Segment H of the Grand Parkway in Montgomery County, which is set to be completed in the spring of 2022. (Courtesy Texas Department of Transportation)

Texas Department of Transportation employees work on Segment H of the Grand Parkway in Montgomery County, which is set to be completed in the spring of 2022. (Courtesy Texas Department of Transportation)

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Statewide

8 statewide propositions on Texans' November 2021 ballot and what they mean


Voters will find eight propositions to amend the state constitution on the Nov. 2 ballot.

Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood


Grand Parkway extension fuels spike in East Montgomery County development

In the last five years, East Montgomery County has seen an explosion of growth as commercial and residential sites have popped up along the region’s landscape.

Montgomery County

Montgomery County commissioners approve resolution against Texas Senate redistricting proposal

Montgomery County commissioners approved a resolution against the Texas Senate’s proposed redistricting maps released Sept. 18, citing issues with the redrawing of Montgomery County districts.

Katy

Majority of Katy ISD students fail to reach state goals for standardized testing


The effects of the pandemic on learning loss are becoming clearer as Katy ISD published the findings of the KISD Education Foundation Annual Report at its Sept. 27 board of trustees meeting.

The Woodlands

Chicken restaurant Chicking Out now open on Gosling Road


Chicking Out, located at 23227 Gosling Road, Spring, opened in mid-September.

Jishnu Nair, Emily Lincke, Laura Aebi and Ally Bolender contributed to this report.


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The Humble ISD board of trustees at an Oct. 19 meeting bid farewell to Position 6 trustee Lori Twomey following the announcement of her resignation. From left: Position 2 trustee Robert Scarfo, Position 1 trustee Robert Sitton, Position 3 trustee Chris Parker, board President Martina Dixon, Twomey, Position 7 trustee Nancy Morrison, Superintendent Elizabeth Fagan and Position 4 trustee Ken Kirchofer stand in front the dais as they honor Twomey at her last board meeting. (Courtesy Humble ISD)
Humble ISD trustee Lori Twomey announces her resignation effective Oct. 20

Applications to fill the Position 6 trustee vacancy will be accepted until Nov. 2. Once appointed, the individual selected to fill the vacancy will hold the position until it is up for election in May 2023.

CISD board President Skeeter Hubert and Superintendent Curtis Null spoke about the significance of the new school during the ceremony before Ruben W. Hope III addressed the audience and shared stories about his father. (Courtesy Conroe ISD)
Conroe ISD dedicates Ruben W. Hope, Jr. Elementary School

CISD board President Skeeter Hubert and Superintendent Curtis Null spoke about the significance of the new school during the ceremony before Ruben W. Hope III addressed the audience and shared stories about his father. 

To use the service, residents can call 866-751-8747 at least one to 30 business days ahead to schedule a trip. The service costs $1 per passenger for a one-way ticket. (courtesy Unsplash)
Fort Bend County funds rural transportation program

The program was created to provide people living in rural areas access to health care, employment, education and public services through expanding public transportation.

Montgomery County ESD 10 held its second community meeting Oct. 19. (Chandler France/Community Impact Newspaper)
GALLERY: Montgomery County ESD 10 hosts community meeting

The event gave community members the opportunity to learn more about the department.

Color Me Mine Cypress relocated to a new studio space Oct. 2. (Courtesy Color Me Mine Cypress)
Color Me Mine Cypress relocates studio after 10 years in business

The pottery painting studio has been in Cypress for about 10 years and offers a range of projects as well as events for children and adults.

Montgomery ISD announced Oct. 19 its inaugural principal of Lake Creek High School, Phil Eaton, will retire in December. (Courtesy Montgomery ISD)
Montgomery ISD's Lake Creek High School Principal Phil Eaton retiring in December

“I am a beneficiary of being surrounded by amazing people all throughout my career,” Eaton said in the statement. “For me, it’s always been about the people—the team—and I have made life-long friends here in Montgomery and beyond.”

Heather Lagrone, Adrienne Holloway, Luis Guajardo, Maya Ford and Charleen Jones sit onstage while Holloway introduces the audience to the Harris County Housing Needs Assessment study on Oct. 19. (Emily Lincke/Community Impact Newspaper)
Kinder Institute housing survey results reveal Harris County's needs

To meet the need for additional, more affordable housing for only 20% of the 500,000 cost-burdened residents, 8,174 housing units would need to be added annually through 2031, according to the study.

According to American Realty Group President Danny Kuperman, the project developer, construction will begin in 2022, and the center is expected to open by the end of the year. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Assisted living, memory care facility to open in Pearland by end of 2022

Vineyard Pearland plans to open its location by 2022 at 2680 Business Center Drive, Pearland.

There are a number of ways to enjoy fall in the Lake Houston area, whether checking out a family-friendly festival, facing fears at a spooky haunted house or getting out into nature to enjoy the weather. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Here's your 2021 guide to fall activities in the Lake Houston area

There are a number of ways to enjoy fall in the Lake Houston area, whether checking out a family-friendly festival, facing fears at a spooky haunted house or getting out into nature to enjoy the weather.

Jubilee will be located south of Hwy. 290 and west of the Grand Parkway. (Courtesy Johnson Development)
New 1,620-acre community under development in Hockley

Approximately 4,800 homes are planned for Jubilee, and pre-sales are expected to begin in early 2023.

The superintendent's target, as approved by the board, is to have 90% of student exclusions fall within district parameters, which are aligned with Texas Education Agency and Texas Department of State Health Services guidelines. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
Clear Creek ISD approves 2021-22 superintendent targets, including COVID-19 exclusion audit

Clear Creek ISD trustees approved a number of 2021-22 targets for Superintendent Eric Williams during an Oct. 11 board of trustees workshop, including one regarding ongoing audits of COVID-19-related exclusions.

The number of homes sold declined year over year in September for half of the Conroe and Montgomery area ZIP codes. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
DATA: Number of home sales dip year over year in Conroe, Montgomery

The number of homes sold declined year over year in September for half of the Conroe and Montgomery area ZIP codes.