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Applications open soon for Harris County's $30 million small business assistance program

Eligible small businesses may receive a grant of up to $25,000 to cover payroll costs, rent and other operating expenses.


League City to concentrate on birding, boating to promote tourism

As residents nationwide prepare to travel in the summer and fall months to escape the cabin fever coronavirus-related restrictions have brought, League City is positioning itself to promote birding and boating.


Judge Mark Henry starts Galveston County COVID-19 task force; League City Council Member Hank Dugie will chair

Galveston County Judge Mark Henry is putting together a countywide COVID-19 business task force. Henry has appointed League City City Council Member Hank Dugie to chair the COVID-19 Business Taskforce.



El Dorado Boulevard widening underway

After a few months of delays, the widening of El Dorado Boulevard in Clear Lake is officially underway.


iTile opening July 10 in Webster

The business—which sells a variety of tile, natural stone, vinyl and more—leased 26,584 square feet at the shopping center.


Coronavirus cases surging in the Bay Area

As the economy continues to restart and businesses have begun to reopen, COVID-19 cases are surging in Galveston and Harris counties, resulting in the highest number of new daily cases since the pandemic began.


Harris County coronavirus count: 1,535 new cases, six deaths confirmed July 7

See the latest data on COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Harris County.


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4 Houston-area pastors take steps urging racial unity across region

"We wanted to unite as many pastors as possible around some basic common denominators that we felt like could make a real impact in our city and move some things forward in the area of racial injustice in our city," said Jason Shepperd, the lead pastor of Church Project in The Woodlands.


Texas Education Agency issues guidelines for 2020-21 school year

The guidelines address on-campus activities, attendance requirements, and health and safety precautions that should be enforced at Texas schools this year.


Museum scales back reopening, bar owners react to second shutdown and more: Houston-area business, community news

Read the latest news from the Greater Houston area on Community Impact Newspaper’s website.


Memorial Hermann Health System hospitals rank in top 10 in the nation

Six of the top 10 hospitals in the Houston area are part of the Memorial Hermann Health System.



Texas driver license offices reopen for in-person renewal, replacement services

The second phase of reopening announced July 7 expanded services offered at driver license offices.


New U.S. guidelines require exchange students to take in-person classes this fall

The guidelines released by ICE require foreign students to take mostly in-person classes to stay in the U.S. on education visas.


Texas students given access to thousands of books, news articles for summer reading through TEA partnership

The Texas Education Agency and Renaissance have partnered to give students unlimited access to enhanced digital books in English and Spanish.


State Fair of Texas cancels 2020 season

This is the eighth time in the fair’s 134-year history that the event has been called off.



Houston, League City police departments changing in wake of George Floyd’s death

A late-May video of native Houstonian George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody spurred nationwide protests such as the one in Houston and a few in League City and the Bay Area seeking justice and police reform.


Galveston County sees nearly 600 new cases over holiday weekend

Galveston County saw nearly 600 new cases of COVID-19 over the Fourth of July weekend.


Damn Fine Coffee and Fried Pies now open in Seabrook

Originally expected to open in spring 2019 and facing several delays, Damn Fine Coffee and Fried Pies officially opened July 3.


As Harris County hospitalizations rise, COVID-19 patients now take up more than 40% of ICU beds

COVID-19 patients now make up an estimated 43.4% of ICU patients in Harris County hospitals, up from 38.1% on July 3 and 25.5% on June 22.



Mayor Turner calls for cancelation, precautions ahead of Texas Republican Convention

The event is expected to draw 6,000 attendees to Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center.


Poll says Texans' hopes for quick return to pre-coronavirus life are fading

Texans remain focused on the coronavirus pandemic and are less optimistic about returning the state to normal quickly, according to polling by the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas.


All but 1 Kemah officer tests negative for COVID-19; police return to work

After a mild scare, most of the 12-member police department in Kemah has tested negative for COVID-19 and returned to normal patrols, Chief Walter Gant said.


Texas agriculture commissioner joins voices calling for reopening of tasting rooms, taprooms

In a letter to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller said demand from distilleries and breweries provides an important revenue stream to the state's farmers.