New Fort Bend ISD schools get names; H-GAC passes I-45 resolution and more top Houston-area news

Former trustee Sonal Bhuchar will be the namesake for Fort Bend ISD's 53rd elementary school, while the district's 12th high school will be named for former English teacher Almeta Crawford. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
Former trustee Sonal Bhuchar will be the namesake for Fort Bend ISD's 53rd elementary school, while the district's 12th high school will be named for former English teacher Almeta Crawford. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)

Former trustee Sonal Bhuchar will be the namesake for Fort Bend ISD's 53rd elementary school, while the district's 12th high school will be named for former English teacher Almeta Crawford. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Sugar Land-Missouri City

New Fort Bend ISD elementary, high schools named after former district trustee, teacher

The Fort Bend ISD board of trustees unanimously approved naming two upcoming district schools after leaders in local education during its March 29 meeting.

Pearland-Friendswood



Hwy. 288 frontage road in Pearland to alleviate congestion, improve safety, TxDOT says

The Texas Department of Transportation plans to finish construction on the Hwy. 288 frontage road in December.

Heights-River Oaks-Montrose

In divisive vote, Houston-area leaders OK agreement with TxDOT on I-45 project terms

For the second time in three months, Houston-area politicians and transportation leaders attempted to come to an agreement on the terms of the planned $7 billion overhaul of I-45 through downtown Houston and much of the city’s north side.

Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood

See how the Lake Houston-area real estate market fared in February

The number of home sales increased in three out of seven Lake Houston-area ZIP codes in February compared to February 2020, which is due to the area’s low home inventory.

Statewide

Department of State Health Services launches Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler

The same day COVID-19 vaccine eligibility opened up to Texans age 16 and older, the Texas Department of State Health Services announced the launch of a new tool known as the Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler to help expedite the vaccination process.

Claire Shoop, Haley Morrison, Emma Whalen, Kelly Schafler and Hannah Zedaker contributed to this report.






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Hummingbird Montessori School educates children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Hummingbird Montessori School hosting tours, seeking students in Sugar Land

The Montessori school, which opened March 15, is located in the Shops in Riverstone.

Caroline Bordelon's son Caleb, 9, lives with autism. Caleb is nonverbal and has eloped from home many times. Upon learning about the Take Me Home program, Caroline immediately registered Caleb and said the program is greatly needed and gives her peace and comfort for her family. (Courtesy Hope For Three)
Fort Bend County program provides emergency assistance to residents with cognitive disabilities

A new program run through the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office is designed to give people with cognitive disabilities special assistance if they are found alone or in times of emergency.

Dunkin' opened in Missouri City at 6231 Hwy. 6 on April 19. (Courtesy Dunkin')
Dunkin' opens Missouri City location April 19

The global chain serves a variety of coffee beverages as well as doughnuts, bagels and breakfast sandwiches.

Vaccinations at any of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic's 26 Greater Houston-area locations are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment only at no cost to the individual or family. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Houston-based Kelsey-Seybold Clinic expands vaccine eligibility to age 16 and older

Vaccinations at any of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic's 26 Greater Houston-area locations are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment only at no cost to the individual or family.

Early voting for the May 1 election runs April 19-27. Here's what you need to know before you head to the polls. (Community Impact staff)
What you need to know to vote in the May election in Sugar Land, Missouri City

Early voting for the May 1 election runs April 19-27. Here's what you need to know before you head to the polls.

Right Mentality offers individual, couples and family counseling to assist with depression, anxiety, trauma, anger management and substance use. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Right Mentality Mental Health and Wellness provides therapy at new Sugar Land location

The practice offers individual, couples and family counseling to assist with depression, anxiety, trauma, anger management and substance use.

Costco Business Centers, of which there are only about 15 in the country, carry different products and provide a different shopping experience to members than do traditional Costco Wholesale stores. (Courtesy Costco Wholesale)
Costco Business Center being built in Stafford; see live music in The Woodlands and more top Houston-area news

Read the top business and community news from the Houston area from the past week.

The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations. (Courtesy Amazon)
Amazon begins rollout of statewide vaccination clinics for employees

The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

Memorial Hermann is hosting a drive-thru vaccine clinic at the Smart Financial Center in Sugar Land April 15-16. (Community Impact Newspaper)
Walk-ins welcome at COVID-19 vaccine clinic April 15-16 at Smart Financial Center

Haven't recieved the COVID-19 vaccine yet? Memorial Hermann is hosting a drive-thru clinic from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. in Sugar Land. No appointment necessary.

Federal funding is set aside for public schools to address effects of the pandemic. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Why Texas has not yet distributed $18 billion in federal funds intended for public schools

As budget decisions loom for school districts across Texas, state leaders are holding on to federal funds intended for public schools to use in addressing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Homes priced above $750,000, such as this one in the Heights, saw a surge in sales in March, with almost twice as many properties sold. (Courtesy Houston Association of Realtors)
Average Houston single-family home price jumps 20% in March

The average sale price for a home in March was $370,847.

The proposed change would have moved all city employees except the city manager from a minimum-median-maximum to a defined pay progression plan. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
Missouri City City Council rejects proposed change to municipal employees' pay plan

The proposed change would have moved all city employees except the city manager from a minimum-median-maximum to a defined pay progression plan.