A couple of Friendswood ISD alumni taken in MLB Draft

A wide shot of the baseball field at Constellation Field in Sugar Land. (Courtesy Sugar Land Skeeters)
A wide shot of the baseball field at Constellation Field in Sugar Land. (Courtesy Sugar Land Skeeters)

A wide shot of the baseball field at Constellation Field in Sugar Land. (Courtesy Sugar Land Skeeters)

The city of Friendswood is celebrating two Friendswood High School alumni who were selected in the 2021 MLB Draft.

Infielder Izaac Pacheco, who was the 39th overall pick taken by the Detroit Tigers, and left-handed pitcher Lael Lockhart Jr, who was taken with the No. 282 overall pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers, both graduated from Friendswood High School.

“Leal Lockhart had a terrific career as a pitcher for Friendswood High School,” Friendswood Mayor Mike Foreman told Community Impact Newspaper. “We are very proud of both Leal and Izaac Pacheco!”





Pacheco, class of 2021, just graduated from Friendswood High School. Lockhart graduated from Friendswood High School in 2016 and played collegiate baseball at the University of Houston and University of Arkansas.

“Congratulations to the whole family,” Council Member John Scott said during the council meeting on July 12. “I know it is a lot of hard work, and I'm very proud to have [the Pachecos] in our community.”


MOST RECENT

As variants are isolated and identified, Houston Methodist's Dr. Ian Glass believes the vaccines available can handle identified variants (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
'The vaccines we have are effective against all the variants out there': Houston Methodist's Dr. Ian Glass discusses variants, vaccinations

As Houston Methodist identified its first case of the lambda variant July 19, Dr. Glass believes vaccines can handle known variants.

(Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
Clear Creek ISD trustees to vote on district's 2021-22 compensation, benefits plan July 26

The proposed plan includes a 3% salary increase for all employees.

As variants are isolated and identified, Houston Methodist's Dr. Ian Glass believes the vaccines available can handle identified variants. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Here is how Galveston County's COVID-19 positivity rates, infection patterns compare year over year

The county was in the middle of a second wave of coronavirus infections in July 2020. One year later, an outbreak has affected more than 150 county residents and marked the emergence of the delta variant.

Peter Lake (left), chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and Brad Jones, interim president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, provided an update on state regulators' electric grid redesign efforts in Austin on July 22. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Regulators: Texas electric grid prepared for potentially record-breaking demand next week; 'once-in-a-generation reforms' underway

The heads of the agencies in charge of the Texas electric grid met in Austin on July 22 to provide updates on their grid reform efforts.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is pleading with residents to be more vigilant, asking all residents to start wearing masks again in indoor settings and asking those who are vaccinated to urge their friends who are not to get the shot. (Screenshot Courtesy Facebook)
Harris County raises coronavirus threat level as Hidalgo asks all residents to mask up indoors

Although those who are vaccinated are very unlikely to end up in the hospital, officials said wearing masks in certain situations could help reduce transmissions to the more susceptible unvaccinated.

The Pearland Entertainment and Beverage Coalition, the organization in charge of circulating the petition, needed to garner 15,050 signatures in 60 days. It got roughly 18,000. (Coutesy Adobe Stock)
Petition aiming to change alcohol laws in Pearland achieves signatures requirement

A citizen-led petition met the signature requirement needed for the city of Pearland to potentially allow entertainment businesses, or businesses that make more than 51% of their revenue in alcohol sales, to come to the city.

Memorial Hermann has locations throughout the Greater Houston area, including Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center. (Courtesy Memorial Hermann)
Memorial Hermann visiting policies change as COVID-19 cases rise

As of July 21, Memorial Hermann has changed its visitor policy in light of a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the Greater Houston area.

Houston unemployment is above state and national levels, while home sales in the region continue to be strong, according to a July 21 economic update from the Greater Houston Partnership. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)
Unemployment, strong housing sales mark 2021 Houston economy, Greater Houston Partnership says

While Houston job recovery lags due to the pandemic, area home sales are strong, according to the Greater Houston Partnership.

In a late-night amendment addition, Harris County Commissioners Court denied an original resolution aiming to increase restrictions on nonmonetary pretrial release bonds in a split vote after hearing over two hours of public testimony July 20 for and against the resolution. The amended resolution, which was approved in a second split vote, favors focusing on criminal court backlogs and funding alternative public safety solutions. (Courtesy Pexels)
After hours of debate, Harris County commissioners oppose resolution restricting felony nonmonetary pretrial release bonds

In a late-night amendment addition, Harris County Commissioners Court denied an original resolution aiming to increase restrictions on non-monetary pretrial release bonds in a split vote after hearing over two hours of public testimony July 20 for and against the resolution.

The restaurant serves a variety of Indian appetizers, entrees and sweets. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
A1 Choice Indian Cuisine opens in Cy-Fair; Torchy's Richmond taco shop coming this week and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Greater Houston area, including a Ross Dress For Less store opening in Cy-Fair.

With cases, testing positivity and hospitalizations on the rise, health care experts say a fourth wave of the coronavirus is starting in Houston. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
The fourth wave: Medical Center officials talk masks, vaccines as delta variant cases pick up

The key difference between this wave and those that preceded it is who is at risk, experts say, citing data showing almost all new coronavirus deaths are affecting the unvaccinated.

Contributions from Houston Restaurant Weeks go towards the Houston Food Bank, while the annual fundraiser also helps to raise revenues for local restaurants. (Courtesy Pexels)
Restaurants in the Pearland, Friendswood area to participate in Houston Restaurant Weeks, Aug. 1-Sept. 6

Contributions from Houston Restaurant Weeks go towards the Houston Food Bank, while the annual fundraiser also helps to raise revenues for local restaurants.