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Montgomery ISD reduces budget shortfall, uncovers $1M in misallocated funds

MISD has reduced its predicted $2.8 million shortfall for FY 2020-21 to a nearly balanced budget, but it includes no pay raises for teachers or staff following a budgeting error last year.

Regional partnership to study, address water quality concerns throughout Spring Creek watershed

The partnership held its first public stakeholder meeting in July and is expected to identify and implement potential solutions by late 2021.

West Nile virus activity on rise in Montgomery County; spraying scheduled in August

Mosquito treatment is scheduled for areas of Precinct 3 overnight Aug. 18-20.

UPDATED: Federal court denies SJRA’s motion to dismiss Quadvest antitrust lawsuit

Plaintiffs allege the SJRA has conspired to establish a monopoly on water supply in Montgomery County by purchasing all available surface water resources in the region. The SJRA called the lawsuit "frivolous."

DATA: ZIP 77302 sees greatest percent increase in median price of home sale in July

The median price of homes sold increased in seven out of eight ZIP codes.

Gov. Greg Abbott says he will freeze cities' abilities to increase property tax revenue if they cut police funding

Gov. Greg Abbott said he will freeze cities' abilities to increase property taxes at the current level just days after Austin City Council approved a budget that will cut police funding by one third and reinvest money in social services.

Week of overnight I-45 lane closures begins Aug. 18 at Robinson Road-Woodlands Parkway overpass

The temporary closures are scheduled Aug. 18-24 to allow Montgomery County contractors to complete wiring work on the bridge.

Montgomery County: Active COVID-19 cases rise by 93; one new death reported Aug. 17

More than 200 new cases have been reported since Aug. 14, and more than 100 clinical recoveries were confirmed Aug. 17.

Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine opens doors in Conroe's Grand Central Park

The college aims to address the shortage of primary care physicians in Texas.

Drownings mount on Lake Conroe as this year's fifth victim claimed

Boating is not inherently dangerous, but it can be if individuals do not follow the rules. And as visitors flock to Lake Conroe, so do first-time boaters.

Cy-Fair's Suzybeez Bakery is featured on Netflix and more Houston-area news

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

Officials respond to Cy-Fair ISD teacher concerns and more popular Houston-area news

Read the most popular Houston-area stories from the past week.

Taste The Asian Mobile Food Trailer brings family together, blends cultures and cuisines

During the coronavirus pandemic, while many other restaurants were closed, San and Kelly said the trailer saw a huge uptick in customers.

Q&A: Mental health expert talks emotional well-being, building resiliency for the 2020-21 school year

According to Dr. Molly Lopez, director of the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health, the upcoming school year will serve as an opportunity for students, families, teachers and school administrators to learn skills in coping, re-evaulate mental health protocols and build resiliency in challenging times.

Texas Medical Center: COVID-19 hospitalizations down 19% since Aug. 7

Hospitals with the medical center reported fewer COVID-19 patients, fewer in intensive care and fewer deaths than last week.

TABC change opens window for some bars to qualify as restaurants under state pandemic orders

Following a new industry guideline recently distributed by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, more bars across the state may soon be able to qualify as restaurants.

16 projects totaling $2.9B-$3.3B could help prevent flooding in San Jacinto River watershed

The proposals are designed to reduce flood damage projected to occur throughout the San Jacinto River watershed over the coming 50 years

Mask-break areas, limited capacity: Texas Renaissance Festival unveils health guidelines for 46th season

All tickets for the upcoming 46th festival season are date-specific, and no general admission tickets will be sold at the gate.

Active resident COVID-19 cases, countywide hospitalizations fall in Montgomery County on Aug. 13

A total of 91 people are hospitalized in Montgomery County with COVID-19, including 52 county residents.

The Woodlands, Montgomery County sheriff to renegotiate amendment to law enforcement contract before Dec. 31 expiration

The exchange between Montgomery County Commissioners Court members and Gordy Bunch, the chair of The Woodlands Township board of directors, at the meeting centered on the need for the renegotiation and the township’s change of plans regarding an expected incorporation vote in November.