• Cane Island Developer, Rise Communities, Wins Texas Association of Builders’ Developer of the Year Award

    Cane Island Developer, Rise Communities, Wins Texas Association of Builders’ Developer of the Year Award

    KATY, TX (August 7, 2017) – Rise Communities, developer of the Katy master-planned community of Cane Island, has won the prestigious Developer of the Year Award from the Texas Association of Builders. The award was presented at the association’s 2017 Star Awards program, part of the Sunbelt Builders Show in Dallas. “When the top minds in home construction and real estate development give you a thumbs up, that’s certainly speaks volumes for the quality of […]

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  • DPS Graduates 48 New Highway Patrol Troopers

    DPS Graduates 48 New Highway Patrol Troopers

    AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw today was joined by Texas State Representative Mark Keough as the department commissioned 48 men and women as the state’s newest Highway Patrol Troopers. This is the third advanced school offered specifically for peace officers in the department’s history. Representative Keough was the keynote speaker during the recruit graduation ceremony, which was held today in Austin. “We applaud you taking on a new […]

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MD Anderson receives $7.5 million in CPRIT funding for research and facility support

HOUSTON ― The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center this week was awarded $7.5 million from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). The awards included $3.8 million for early translational, individual investigator and high-risk/high-impact research, and $3.7 million for core facility support. Since its inception, CPRIT has awarded $1.89 billion in grants for cancer research, of which MD Anderson has received more than 20 percent. The agency began making awards in 2009 after […]

Katy ISD Partners in Education Debuts ”Be Here Now” Volunteer Video

(Katy, Texas) ~ Katy ISD’s Partners in Education has officially released its 2017 volunteer video entitled “Be Here Now.”  Honoring this year’s Partners in Education theme, “Be Here Now” invites parents and community members to volunteer at one or more of Katy ISD’s 67 campuses. Tompkins High School Choir Director Christin Reinartz not only performs the soundtrack but also stars in the video as well, accompanied by members of the Katy ISD Volunteers in Public […]

Houston Symphony Celebrates Centennial Year Of Jazz Legend Ella Fitzgerald With Tribute Concert

Ella Fitzgerald

September 1-3, 2017 HOUSTON (August 16, 2017) – The Houston Symphony will kick off the 2017-18 BBVA Compass POPS Series with Ella at 100, a celebration of jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald during her 100th birthday year. Led by Principal POPS Conductor Steven Reineke in the first concert of his inaugural season, the program will feature Fitzgerald favorites including “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” […]

DPS Reminds Drivers to Help Keep Children Safe As New School Year Begins

AUSTIN – As we embark on the new school year, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) cautions Texans to watch for children who are walking to and from school or waiting for buses. Drivers should be especially alert and careful around school buses – which make frequent stops – and always follow traffic laws regarding school buses and school zones. The start of the school year also generates an increase in overall traffic in […]

Commissioner Ryan Sitton Announces Letter of Support for Ship Channel Improvement Project

CORPUS CHRISTI – Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton announced his letter urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prioritize the Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project at a press conference on Aug. 16. The project, which will deepen the 36-mile ship channel to 52 feet (MLT) Mean Low Tide from the current 45 feet MLT, is critically important to the people of Texas, America’s energy industry and the nation’s economic and national security. Furthermore, […]

Texas Water Development Board today approved financial assistance totaling $12,605,000 for water and wastewater system projects

AUSTIN – (August 17, 2017) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved financial assistance totaling $12,605,000 for water and wastewater systems. Of this funding, $3,105,000 was designated for rural projects. ·    $9.5 million to the San Antonio River Authority (Bexar County) for a new wastewater treatment plant ·    $455,000 to the City of Booker (Lipscomb and Ochiltree counties) for water system improvements ·    $1.9 million to the D&M Water Supply Corporation (Nacogdoches County) […]

Standard and Poor’s and Fitch Ratings reaffirm “AAA” rating for SWIRFT 2017 bonds

AUSTIN – (August 17, 2017) – Standard and Poor’s (S&P) and Fitch Ratings have both reaffirmed “AAA” ratings for the Texas Water Development Board’s (TWDB) upcoming bond issuance from the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas (SWIRFT). “AAA” is the highest assigned rating, resulting in a lower cost of funds that will allow the TWDB to continue to pass on cost savings to its customers. “SWIRFT’s ‘AAA’ ratings once again demonstrate the solid fiscal […]

Class action suit to remove red light cameras in Sugar Land

The HPRA lunch speaker this Friday is Helwig Van Der Grinten, founder of the Houston Coalition Against Red Light Cameras. “Captain Van”, who has a seafaring background, will give an update on his lawsuit to remove the red light cameras in Sugar Land which are associated nationally with increased accidents from cars hitting vehicles whose drivers stop abruptly. The captain lost in district court but his attorney, Scott Stewart, has filed an appeal citing the city’s failure to abide by […]

Chinese professor researches ESL, teacher education while visiting UHV

Chinese professor Youna Chen poses for a photo at a Chinese shopping mall. Chen is a faculty member at Zhejiang Ocean University in China and is spending a yearlong sabbatical at UHV researching English as a Second Language and teacher education programs.

When Youna Chen came to the University of Houston-Victoria in May, it was her first time in a foreign exchange program. Chen is a faculty member at Zhejiang Ocean University in China and wanted to research English as a Second Language and teacher education programs. She has spent the past few months at UHV Katy, 2002 W. Grand Parkway N., Building 2. “We have different teaching methods in China, and it’s been interesting to see […]

Wallis American Legion Dance Club holds monthly dance

The Wallis American Legion Dance Club will hold its monthly dance on Saturday, August 19th with music by Charles & The Fabulous Four playing good country western and mixed music for your dancing pleasure.  The dance will be from 8 pm. To 11:30 p.m. There will be lost of door prizes and free coffee. For more information call Steve Muzny at 979-478-2494 or Charley Janik at 979-478-6226.