The Woodlands
11:02 AM CST

Oak Ridge North approves 2-year permit extensions for All Nations, Journey schools

City Council renewed specific-use permits for two Robinson Road schools housed in the Sojourn Baptist Church building during a special session March 1.


Bay Area
5:50 PM CST

Clear Creek ISD to provide staff with one-time COVID-19 payments despite trustee objections

The payments, which are intended to recognize extra risks and efforts associated with working during the pandemic, will cost the district a total of $2.8 million. Trustees Michelle Davis and Scott Bowen opposed the payments due to the timing amid budgetary uncertainty.


Spring | Klein

Spring, Klein ISDs await further guidance from Texas Education Agency following end of statewide mask mandate

Following Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement that Texans will no longer be required by state law to wear a mask effective March 10, officials with Spring and Klein ISDs said they are awaiting further direction from the Texas Education Agency before they make any changes to existing mask policies.



The Woodlands

Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough, local officials weigh in on end of state mask mandate

Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough thanked the governor for planning to lift state mandates March 10.


Cy-Fair

Cy-Fair ISD officials: Face mask policy will remain in place until further notice

A face mask policy has been in place this school year—it states that all staff and pre-K-12 students must wear masks in common areas and in classrooms when social distancing is not feasible.


Heights | River Oaks | Montrose

One in 4 Houstonians experienced water leaks during winter freeze, new data finds

Houston Public Works fielded 11,000 calls related to water issues during and after the weather event.


Cy-Fair

Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce recognizes 2020 award winners

Winners included a nonprofit and three local businesses that gave back to the Cy-Fair community and overcame challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.



Heights | River Oaks | Montrose

Houston ISD will continue requiring masks despite end of statewide mandate

"This requirement is consistent with the advice of health professionals and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," a district statement said.


Pearland | Friendswood

Pearland City Council decides how to charge residents for water usage during winter storm

Pearland City Council voted on how to bill residents for the water used during the 2021 freeze at its March 1 meeting.


Sugar Land | Missouri City

Fort Bend County judge: Wearing masks 'highly' recommended despite end to statewide mandate

Fort Bend County Judge KP George is encouraging residents to continue wearing masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 despite a new executive order issued by Gov. Greg Abbott that repeals the statewide mask mandate.


Katy

Katy ISD will continue to require masks, other precautions despite lifting of statewide mandate

Katy ISD will continue to require masks and other safety measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus despite the announcement the governor is lifting the statewide mandate effective March 10.



Sugar Land | Missouri City

Fort Bend ISD to require masks at school despite Gov. Greg Abbott lifting statewide mandate

"Retaining the mask mandate will ensure a safe learning environment for all students, teachers and staff": Fort Bend ISD responds to Gov. Greg Abbott retracting the statewide mask requirement.


Bellaire | Meyerland | West University

Houston Nutcracker Market to make in-person return this spring

Of the 150 merchants on the roster, nearly 50 will be making their spring debut in 2021.


Pearland | Friendswood

Contractors working to fix faulty Friendswood street repairs

During Friendswood City Council’s meeting March 1, Engineering Director Jil Arias said a contractor was “embarrassed” by the cracks that formed on streets the company had recently repaired.


Sugar Land | Missouri City

Serving Filipino-inspired bar food, Bar Kada opens in Missouri City

Bar Kada's menu offerings include eggrolls, wings, oysters, salads, burgers and fried rice as well as beer, wine, liquor and cocktails.



Southwest Austin | Dripping Springs

Gov. Greg Abbott lifts statewide mask mandate, business restrictions in Texas

With vaccine distribution increasing, Gov. Greg Abbott said "people and businesses don't need the state telling them how to operate." Some local officials are pushing back, saying the relaxed restrictions are coming too early.


Cy-Fair

New Kiddie Academy location opens in northwest Houston

Curriculum at Kiddie Academy of Cypresswood promotes intellectual, social, physical and emotional growth, officials said.


Katy

Teriyaki Madness coming soon to Fulshear

Teriyaki Madness, a fast-casual Asian restaurant, is coming to 6300 FM 1463, Ste. 300, Fulshear, in mid-March.




Tomball | Magnolia

Tomball Fire Chief Randy Parr announces retirement after 17 years

"Seventeen years is a long time, and I'm still having a hard time grasping the fact that it has been 17 years," Parr said.


Bellaire | Meyerland | West University

Lovesac furniture targeting spring opening in Rice Village

The store will offer high-quality furniture through Lovesac’s “Designed for Life” approach.


Tomball | Magnolia

Magnolia repairman brings lawnmowers back to life with The Mobile Mower Doctor, sees increase in demand

“A lot of businesses have struggled through the pandemic, but it’s been a blessing for me because more people are at home ... mowing their own grass,” Owner Jimmie Brock said. “They have the lawnmower that’s been sitting in their garage for who knows how long, [and] they need me to get it going so they can mow their grass because they want to save that money.”


Tomball | Magnolia

Medical Complex Drive, South Persimmon Street extensions on track for 2021 completion

The projects are set to wrap up in the third quarter of 2021.



Sugar Land | Missouri City

Missouri City ordinance to allow temporary business signage during COVID-19 pandemic, if approved

Missouri City businesses may soon be able to promote their storefronts in new ways.


Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood

Harris County Precinct 4 begins study phase of Hamblen Road realignment

Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle said the realignment will improve safety by diverting traffic around the railroad at Hamblen Road and reduce flooding by fixing issues with roadside drainage.