3:58 PM Jul 29, 2020 CDT

Montgomery County commissioners consider CARES Act funding for local projects

County officials said it was unclear if the court could reclassify federal coronavirus relief funds or if it would have to wait until the funding period had expired.


Texas' freestanding emergency centers ask state for flexibility during coronavirus pandemic

The requested changes would help freestanding emergency centers relieve overcrowding at hospitals and reduce the cost of coronavirus testing at their facilities, according to the Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers.


Lone Star College purchases 5,000 additional laptops, students can use for free

Students can check out newly purchased laptops for free from the college.



Check out 5 upcoming, ongoing, recently completed transportation projects in Conroe

The city of Conroe will build a four-lane concrete road from Market Place Drive to Plantation Drive.



American Federation of Teachers releases resolution supporting 'safety strikes' as 2020-21 school year approaches

According to AFT President Randi Weingarten, the ability for schools to reopen safely hinges on the federal government as state budgets continue to get slashed amid the pandemic-induced economic downturn.


Montgomery County's active COVID-19 case count drops by 47 on July 28; 116 recoveries added

Montgomery County public health officials reported slight declines in active COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations related to the disease July 28, along with an 3.84% increase in recoveries.



Montgomery County commissioners criticize appraisal district's 'misleading' preliminary budget

Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack accused Tony Belinoski, the chief appraiser for the Montgomery County Appraisal District, of attempting to mislead the court and the public, which Belinoski denied.


Some breweries may qualify to operate as restaurants under new TABC guidelines

Some breweries across the state may now reopen as restaurants after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission released new guidelines on how restaurants may calculate their alcohol sales receipts.


Attorney General Ken Paxton: Decision to close schools lies with school districts, not health officials

The Texas Education Agency said July 28 it will follow the guidance laid out by Attorney General Ken Paxton and will not allow schools to close in-person instruction based solely on a blanket order from a local health authority.


Deadline extended for program providing grocery help for Texas families

Families have until Aug. 21 to apply for the program that provides a one-time payment of $285 per child to help those who lost access to free and reduced-priced meals when schools closed.



Katy Rice Festival to be held virtually, MOD Pizza to open in New Caney: News from Houston metro

Read the latest business and community news from the Houston area.



SNAP recipients can receive up to $30 match on produce at six Houston-area farmers markets 

Six area farmer's markets are allowing SNAP customers to double their spending power.


Gov. Greg Abbott waives grade promotion requirement for STAAR testing for middle school students

While students will still receive an A-F rating, the test will no longer determine whether they can graduate.



Yes to Youth: Conroe nonprofit reaches fundraising milestone, adjusts services amid pandemic

Fundraising during the pandemic has been difficult, but the community has still shown up in the ways it can.


Houston's Texas Medical Center: COVID-19 hospitalizations down, though deaths remain up

Texas Medical Center has a ways to go before it is out of the woods, but some key COVID-19 metrics are showing signs of improvement.


Texas Health and Human Services Commission to post COVID-19 cases, deaths from nursing homes, assisted living centers

The data will be from state-supported living centers, state hospitals, and state-licensed nursing and assisted living facilities.


Gov. Greg Abbott extends early voting period for November election

Early voting will now be held between Oct. 13-30.



Sen. John Cornyn's Smithsonian museum for American Latinos bill passes House vote

“Close to 40 percent of all Texans identify as Hispanic, and their history is an integral part of Texas history that must be recognized and remembered,” Cornyn said. “By creating a new museum in the Smithsonian Institution, we can honor American Latino contributions and highlight their stories for future generations.”



Thousands of Lake Conroe-area nonprofits, businesses have received PPP loans

"We had approximately 24 employees at the beginning of 2020, and without the PPP loan, we were looking at salary cuts or staff layoffs," said Lindy Johnson, the Montgomery County Food Bank's director of development.