Bellaire - Meyerland - West University

Stay informed about the latest local news in Bellaire, Meyerland and West University Place, including city council coverage, HISD news and Texas Medical Center updates.

7:00 PM Aug 4, 2021 CDT

Chicking Out restaurant coming to The Woodlands; live-fire steakhouse coming to Inner Loop and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Greater Houston area, including the opening of a professional wrestling figure collector shop.


Houston municipal union secures 9% raises over three years and $14.25 minimum wage

Representing 11,000 workers, the municipal union includes employees in the city’s solid waste, public works, libraries and other departments.


Texas' chief state epidemiologist urges the community to get vaccinated as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths rise

Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise, particularly within unvaccinated populations



Metropolitan Transit Authority outlines light rail funding developments, COVID-19 ridership effect on METRONext

At a North Houston Association transportation committee meeting, METRO President Tom Lambert provided an update about the METRONext Moving Forward plan.


Q&A: Greg Smith, executive director of Fast Growth School Coalition

Greg Smith is the former superintendent of Clear Creek ISD and became executive director of Fast Growth School Coalition in December 2020. 


Bellaire-Meyerland-West University Place real estate: See some of the properties that sold in July 2021

Homes that sold in July in the Bellaire-Meyerland-West University Place area included a contemporary home close to Texas Medical Center.


New luxury hotel to make late summer debut near Texas Medical Center, NRG Stadium

Blossom Hotel Houston will bring fine dining, an on-site fitness center and more.



Lopez sworn in as Bellaire’s new police chief

Lopez officially took the reins of the department ahead of the ceremony Aug. 2.


Upscale Indian restaurant coming to Sugar Land; Freebirds Tex-Mex to open in The Woodlands and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Houston area, including that E-bikes will not be permitted on The Woodlands Township pathways.


Texas Medical Center coronavirus updates: Testing positivity rate continues to climb, surpassing 11%

Between July 26 and Aug. 1, an average of 11.5% of patients tested positive for COVID-19.


Houston Health Department offering $25 gift cards with vaccinations

While supplies last, the department will offer 1,900 gift cards from retailers including Walmart, Target, Old Navy, Ross, Amazon, Shell and Walgreens. The department will also offer $25 METRO fare cards from The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County. Funding for the program comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 




Texas Legislature allows parents to opt for students to repeat grade levels or courses

Senate Bill 1697 is effective for the 2021-22 school year.


Section of I-45 to be closed this weekend due to bridge maintenance

From 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Sunday, traffic going northbound from Franklin St. to Hogan/Crockett St. will be diverted to I-10.


See how Houston ISD wants to spend $1.1 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding

From hiring more counselors to teacher retention stipends, HISD administrators outlined plans at a July 28 public meeting.



Sekai Hospitality eyeing fall opening for new Washington Corridor boutique nightclub

New York designer Marc Dizon will bring the new nightclub’s aesthetic to life.


What to know before the statewide tax-free weekend Aug. 6-8

Customers will not have to pay the standard 8.25% sales tax on select clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks under $100.


Following renovations, Bellfort Park Apartments reopen for low- and moderate-income families in Southwest Houston

The 64-unit apartment complex is the first development to be renovated through the city of Houston’s Harvey Multifamily Program.


Appeals court rules in favor of union in longstanding Houston firefighters pay parity case

The measure, known as Proposition B, requires Houston firefighters to receive the same pay as Houston police officers of comparable rank. 



Main Chick Hot Chicken opens in Sugar Land; Urban Bird Hot Chicken coming to Cy-Fair and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news for the Houston area, including two new chicken restaurants.


Harmony Public Schools to offer free meals to all students

The meals will be available at no cost for all students with zero requirements for qualification.


$30M COVID Relief Fund opens for Harris County residents as eviction moratorium ends

Sourced by funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, eligible residents will receive a one-time payment of $1,500 to support urgent needs.


Pride Houston fall parade and festival canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

The downtown annual parade and festival, scheduled for Sept. 25, will be replaced by a Montrose block party and other events, organizers announced July 25.