1. As of press time, the trial for Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley was scheduled to begin today in the 221st state District Court. The two members of Commissioners Court, along with Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim Clark, were accused last year of negotiating details for the November 2015 Montgomery County road bond election with each other and the Texas Patriots PAC via email in violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act. However, Clark reached an agreement with prosecutors earlier this month to testify during the trial; he will not be required to admit guilt and will plead not guilty, his attorney said in a statement.
2. Improvements to The Woodlands Waterway are underway and will be complete by the end of April, according to The Woodlands Development Company. The project involves extending the turning basin near Town Green Park and adding a boardwalk on the lower portion along the water’s edge in the same area, along with other improvements.
3. Montgomery County continues to grow in population. Between 2015 and 2016, the county grew by more than 19,000 new residents, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week. The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan statistical area gained more than 100,000 residents between 2015 and 2016, placing it among the top two largest numeric-gaining metropolitan areas.
4. There may be new restrictions on fireworks usage in unincorporated parts of counties in Texas if proposed legislation is signed into law. State Rep. Kevin Roberts, R-Spring, filed House Bill 1183 to give county commissioners the power to limit or change the hours during which people shoot off fireworks in unincorporated areas. There was a hearing for the bill late last week in the Texas House of Representatives.
5. The historic Wunsche Bros. building in Old Town Spring was sold last week to the owners of Amerigo’s Grille in The Woodlands. The restaurant, which closed in 2015 following a fire, is expected to re-open by spring 2018. The historic Wunsche Bros. Cafe & Saloon first opened in 1902.