Shenandoah extends emergency declaration

Shenandoah City Council met in a special session March 23 to extend a disaster declaration. (Photo by Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
Shenandoah City Council met in a special session March 23 to extend a disaster declaration. (Photo by Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)

Shenandoah City Council met in a special session March 23 to extend a disaster declaration. (Photo by Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)

Shenandoah City Council unanimously approved extending the city's declaration of a local state of disaster due to coronavirus concerns during a special meeting March 23.

Mayor Ritch Wheeler said the extension will last for 30 days. The previously approved declaration, made on March 17, was for seven days.


Wheeler said he has been in contact with Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough's office and The Woodlands Chairman Gordy Bunch to ensure the entities are on the same page moving forward.

Wheeler added he would like to see discussion on a possible rebate program for area hotel occupants to use at restaurants and a 90-day sales and property tax deferral program for Shenandoah restaurants added to the council's next agenda.

"I want to put those on the agenda for next month so we can talk about them as a group," Wheeler said.
By Andrew Christman
Andrew joined Community Impact Newspaper in early 2019 after moving from Indiana. He is a 2015 graduate from Indiana State University, where he received degrees in English and journalism. He has written for a number of small town publications throughout his career as a reporter.


MOST RECENT

Free COVID-19 testing will be available to festival staff, participants and patrons every weekend of the festival this fall. (Courtesy Steven David Photography)
Texas Renaissance Festival to offer free COVID-19 rapid testing throughout season

Additionally, a free drive-thru testing site will be set up in Todd Mission on Sept. 19.

Montgomery County will now include antigen cases in its total case counts. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Montgomery County to begin including antigen positive cases in COVID-19 daily reports

Antigen cases will now be included in total case counts. However, a breakdown of antigen versus PCR cases will be available.

Amazon 4-star's in-store offerings include books, games, electronics and home products. (Courtesy Amazon)
Amazon launches 4-star retail store at The Woodlands Mall

The tech company's physical location is stocked with highly rated products from its digital storefront.

Commercial data: Retail, office and industrial vacancies increase in The Woodlands area in August

See how vacancies and rental rates change from month to month in retail, office and industrial sectors in The Woodlands area.

Dr. Sam Rolon is a physician for Baylor St. Luke's Medical Group Creekside Family Medicine in The Woodlands. (Courtesy St. Luke's Health)
Q&A: St. Luke's physician shares advice on flu season, vaccine and prevention

The influenza vaccine is recommended for nearly all patients of all ages ahead of this year's flu season, Dr. Sam Rolon said.

student in mask
TEA launches statewide COVID-19 dashboard for public schools

The Texas Education Agency, in collaboration with the Texas Department of State Health Services, has launched its latest COVID-19 dashboard for positive cases in Texas public schools.

The Houston Food Bank is looking for more volunteers as it handles increased food distribution during COVID-19. (Courtesy Houston Food Bank)
Houston Food Bank: COVID-19 pandemic amplifies already-high food insecurity rates across region

Before COVID-19, the Houston Food Bank distributed about 400,000 pounds of food daily. That number has since increased to about 1 million pounds a day.

Gov. Greg Abbott said Sept. 17 that data from Texas' 22 hospital regions will dictate when certain businesses can reopen at 75% capacity. (Screenshot of Sept. 17 press conference)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott: Retail stores, restaurants, office buildings, gyms can reopen at 75% capacity as early as Sept. 21

Nursing home and long-term care facilities will also be allowed to reopen for visitation as early as Sept. 24.

Entergy announces system updates, improvements through 2020 following widespread power outages

A total of 136,552 outages were reported in Montgomery County last month after Hurricane Laura affected the overall grid.

Vehicles drive alongside the Tomball Tollway in Harris County. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
Newly formed corporation could divert Harris County toll road revenue to non-mobility projects

A new limited government corporation formed by Harris County Sept. 15 could result in surplus revenue from the Harris County Toll Road Authority going to other county needs outside of the realm of transportation and mobility.

Owner and operator Manuel Buchanan is joined by his wife and two daughters when training dogs. (Courtesy K9 PW Training and Boarding)
Learn about K9 PW Training and Boarding, a facility in The Woodlands area that offers coaching, lodging for local dogs

Courses include boarding and training programs lasting between one and four weeks. The business accepts any dogs that are not overly aggressive, and training begins following a free, family-involved evaluation.

Anya's Kitchen, which offers a variety of baked goods available for pickup in The Woodlands, was launched by a local high schooler this summer. (Courtesy Anya's Kitchen)
Student-run bakery, Bear Branch sports court open, plus 4 more business updates in The Woodlands

Recent business updates around The Woodlands and nothern Spring include business openings, a name change and a 10th anniversary.