3:50 PM Aug 12, 2020 CDT

Montgomery County active COVID-19 case count continues decline; 1 death reported Aug. 12

Forty-four new cases were added Aug. 12, and more than 100 clinical recoveries were recorded.


Montgomery County commissioners approve use of additional $350,000 in CARES funds for COVID-19 supplies

The county also approved the purchase of fixed thermal scanner camera systems for the sheriff’s department at a cost not to exceed $500,000.


Harris County judge: Opening local schools will not be safe ‘anytime in the near future’

Judge Lina Hidalgo announced today a plan including best practices recommended for schools to open safely once the 2020-21 school year begins.



REPORT: COVID-19 cases in children increase by 90% nationwide in 1 month

As school district officials across the U.S. prepare for the start of the 2020-21 school year, 179,990 new COVID-19 cases were reported in children nationwide between July 9 and Aug. 6—an increase of 90%, according to a report compiled by The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association.


Houston-area home sales jump 23% year over year in July

July also set a record high median price for single-family homes, $271,830, a 8.7% year-over-year increase.


Harris County moves forward with creation of elections administrator office

Harris County Commissioners Court is moving forward with the creation of an elections administrator office following the approval of a study Aug. 11.


After Big Ten and PAC-12 cancel, Big 12 announces fall sports season will roll on

The conference football season will begin Sept. 26, and fan capacity in stadiums will be up to each of the 10 member universities, according to the Big 12.



Humble ISD addresses cyber security attack; board approves Aramark as new food service operator

On the first day of school for Humble ISD students, thousands of students were unable to access online resources on the MyHumble server, which is the district's learning management platform.


Harris County aims to end digital divide among students through new $32.1M program

More than 120,000 mobile hot spots and 250,000 devices will be distributed to students in need across Harris County due to a program unanimously approved by Harris County Commissioners Court on Aug. 11.



Harris County coronavirus count: 942 new cases, 20 deaths confirmed Aug. 11

As ICU occupancy has fallen, hospitals in the Texas Medical Center have been hovering around the threshold where surge capacity beds are needed.



In budget talks, Montgomery County commissioners emphasize law enforcement support, tax relief

Commissioners approved a $4 million transfer to the county's forensics center while advocating for a lower tax rate. But even under a lower tax rate, tax bills could still go up as property values rise.


Program providing free towing service expands to unincorporated Harris County, handful of new cities

The program was launched in 2018 and was previously only available within Houston city limits.


Montgomery County confirms 8 additional deaths related to COVID-19 Aug. 10; active cases continue decreasing

Seven of the individuals had comorbidities in addition to testing positive for COVID-19. The report on comorbidities was not available for the eighth individual.


Harris County coronavirus count: Percentage of COVID-19 positive ICU patients falls below 30%

The percentage has been slowly falling since reaching a high point above 50% in early July, according to data from the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council. Public health officials in Harris County have said they want to see that number below 15%.



Businesses opening or coming soon in The Woodlands and more Houston-area news

Read the latest Houston-area business and community news.


Harris County Precinct 2 continues Madera Run Parkway expansion

Construction on Harris County’s Madera Run Parkway expansion began May 26.



Wine & Food Week returns to The Woodlands and more news from the Houston area

Read business and community news from the Houston area.



Get to know the neighborhood of Bear Branch Village, 77339

Located in Kingwood, Bear Branch Village has 1,091 single-family properties with a median build year of 1978 and a median home size of 2,761 square feet.



Texas Medical Center: COVID-19 hospitalizations down 10% since Aug. 3

The number of deaths reported has been declining for the past three week, according to the Texas Medical Center.


UPDATED: Harris Co. commissioners eyeing property tax rates

This article was updated Aug. 8 to clarify that an 8% tax rate increase is not considered to be on the table by commissioners.