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The Spring Creek Greenwayu2014a project started by former Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jerry Eversole more than a decade agou2014is a series of connected forested preserves and trails along Spring Creek. More than 80 percent of land adjacent to the 30-plus-mile creek has been purchased, and partnering entities continue to work on connecting trails and parks along the greenway.

The Spring Creek Greenwayu2014a project started by former Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jerry Eversole more than a decade agou2014is a series of connected forested preserves and trails along Spring Creek. More than 80 percent of land adjacent to the 30-plus-mile creek has been purchased, and partnering entities continue to work on connecting trails and parks along the greenway.

Harris County had a record-shattering first day of early voting

A total of 67,471 in-person early votes were cast across Harris County Oct. 24, shattering the previous record of 47,093 votes on the first day of early voting in 2012. The county received an additional 61,543 ballots by mail for a total of 129,014 votes so far. In the first week of early voting, 527,631 cast votes.

The number of registered voters in Harris County increased to roughly 2.22 million this year, up from 1.94 million in 2012. Statewide, more than 15 million Texas residents registered to vote this election, according to the Texas Secretary of State’s office, a record figure and a 5 percent increase from the primaries earlier this year. Harris County residents can cast early ballots at any of the 46 early voting locations. Learn more about locations and early voting hours here.

Harris County is still working on the Spring Creek Greenway at Humble parks

Two Humble area parks that are part of the Spring Creek Greenway, Jesse H. Jones Park and Mercer Park, were damaged when the Greater Houston area endured heavy flooding in April and May.

Work will be completed by the end of the year on a bridge connecting Jones Park to Hwy. 59 that was washed out. A walking bridge that was damaged on the eastern end of Mercer Park is expected to be completed before next summer. The Spring Creek Greenway is will include 12.5 consecutive miles of green space between Humble and Spring at build-out.

Lone Star College-Kingwood will host a Ted Talk on Wednesday

Portland State University tenured professor and Director of Indigenous Nations Studies Cornel Pewewardy will discuss his research on Wednesday, Nov. 2, which tackles topics such as the use of Native American mascots in schools and media as well as the recruiting and retention of Native students in higher education. The session is titled “Walk a Mile in my Redface.” 5 p.m. Free. Lone Star College Atascocita Center, 15903 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Houston. 832-775-0817. www.lonestar.edu


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