New elementary school planned in Fall Creek and Houston Rodeo begins: 4 things Humble, Kingwood, Atascocita residents need to know to start their week March 6-11

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo runs from March 7-26.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo runs from March 7-26.

Harris County purchased 19 acres to create a new park in Atascocita. Harris County purchased 19 acres to create a new park in Atascocita.[/caption]

New Harris County park planned for Atascocita


Harris County Precinct 2 purchased 19 acres in February to create a nature-themed park in Atascocita.

The property is located just south of the intersection of West Lake Houston and Will Clayton parkways and has a natural 2-acre pond on it.

The county spent $4.3 million on the land purchase.

Read more about the park here: 

New Elementary School in Fall Creek


Humble ISD officials announced on Thursday that the district purchased 15 acres of land this year for a new elementary school in Fall Creek. Assistant Superintendent of Support Services Roger Brown said the move was necessary because of continued growth in the subdivision and across the region.

"We're adding about a 1,000 students each year," Brown said. "So we're a growing district. To meet that demand and growth, we have gone out and started purchasing property for future school sites."

UT cancels plans for a campus in Houston


The University of Texas System announced March 1 that it will not be moving forward with a 300-acre research campus in southwest Houston.

The system was unable to create a shared vision with stakeholders, such as civic leaders in Houston and state legislators, Chancellor William McRaven said. The controversial campus was criticized by lawmakers and the University of Houston for a potential duplication of services.

Read more about the decision here:

Rodeo festivities begins this week


The Houston Livestock and Rodeo begins Tuesday. Here are some fried foods to try when you travel there.

 


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