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Katy ISD Board Approves Two Percent Pay Increase for Employees 

During a time when uncertainties arising from a public health crisis has led to a sea of unknowns for communities across the nation, this past spring Katy ISD teachers and staff forged ahead, connecting with over 84,000 students through innovative instruction and support. Although challenging times are still anticipated in the near future, the Katy ISD Board and superintendent made it a budget priority this school year to ensure teachers and staff would be recognized […]

County Attorney’s Office prepared for first day of early voting

Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan announced today that his office is prepared to ensure the safety and security of the July 14th primary runoff election as early voting begins today. “For each election, our office works with the County Clerk and other agencies to make sure all voters are able to cast their ballots, whether in-person or by mail, without intimidation, coercion or fraud,” said County Attorney Ryan. “This is also the first election since the […]

Collaborative for Children launches program for child care centers

Collaborative for Children launches groundbreaking business accelerator program for child care centers Agency awarded $3 million grant from the Texas Workforce Commission to increase the number of quality child care programs statewide Houston, TX (June 29, 2020) – Collaborative for Children has launched the state’s first-ever business accelerator program to help increase the number of quality child care centers and family child care homes across the state, especially in underserved areas, and to strengthen Texas’ […]

Catholic Charities’ Mamie George Community Center in Richmond Becomes Houston Food Bank Neighborhood Super Site, Will Serve Many More Families During Pandemic

Brief facts: Catholic Charities’ Mamie George Community Center in Richmond designated as Houston Food Bank Neighborhood Super Site Food distribution will expand to 50% more families Large-scale food distribution moves to Tuesdays only, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., starting June 30, 1111 Collins Road, Richmond, TX 77469 Beginning Tuesday, June 30, Catholic Charities’ Mamie George Community Center (MGCC) will serve as one of the Houston Food Bank’s Neighborhood Super Sites, hosting large-scale food distribution to hundreds of […]

COVID-19 Outbreak Reported in Nursing Facility in Cy-Fair

Multiple COVID-19 related deaths and cases are under investigation Houston – Harris County Public Health (HCPH) in partnership with the Texas Health and Human Services (HHSC) are investigating a COVID-19 outbreak at Park Manor of CyFair, a nursing and rehabilitation facility.  HCPH’s initial investigation of this facility began on May 28 after an individual tested positive for COVID-19. At the beginning of June, after further testing, nine individuals tested positive. As the regulatory agency for healthcare […]

Harris County Threat Level Upgraded to ‘Severe’ as COVID-19 Spread Continues Record-breaking Climb 

Judge Hidalgo Urges Residents to Stay Home, Leave Only for Vital Needs Harris County, Texas – June 26, 2020, Today at noon, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo will update the county’s COVID-19 public threat level from significant (orange, level two) to severe (red, level one). Level one indicates a “severe and uncontrolled” level of COVID-19, meaning outbreaks are worsening, contact tracing capacity is strained or exceeded, and healthcare surge is likely. The elevation to threat […]

Harris County Fire Marshal Encourages Fireworks Safety

Harris County, Texas —  Fireworks are synonymous with the Fourth of July. They are beautiful, but can also be very dangerous if not used properly. The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office not only encourages residents to attend professional fireworks displays and practice fireworks safety but to also practice social distancing and wear masks. “Professional fireworks displays are a great way for residents to safely enjoy fireworks, but with the spread of COVID-19 we are also encouraging everyone to […]

Harris County COVID-19 Relief Fund Sees Record Number of Applicants in Second Phase of Funding

Applicants to be notified of selection and community-based organization match by June 30 Harris County, Texas – June 25, 2020, The Harris County COVID-19 Relief Fund opened its application this week for aid to the public as part of its second phase of funding. The application, which was available online and over the phone, was inundated by tens of thousands of Harris County residents seeking assistance from the fund. The total number of applications is currently being processed […]

Flash Flood Warning Issued in West Harris County

What is the danger? Portions of west Harris County near South Mayde Creek and Greenhouse have received 3-5 inches of rainfall overnight and another 1-2 inches is forecast. Minor flooding is occurring and roadway impacts are likely in areas near this location. What you should do: DRIVE SAFELY Never drive into high water and use extreme caution at underpasses and low-lying areas where water accumulates. Always remember to Turn Around, Don’t Drown! DO NOT DRIVE […]

Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, Galveston Bay Foundation, Artist Boat and Pasadena ISD Partner with NOAA and NAAEE to Offer Watershed STEM Education Grants

Houston, TX – June 24, 2020  – Recently-awarded grants have enabled Houston-Galveston area partners Citizen’s Environmental Coalition, Galveston Bay Foundation, Artist Boat, and Pasadena ISD to work together to increase vital hands-on STEM education experiences in the community. The grants are part of $2.35 million North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and supported by the U.S. Department of Education, awarded to 29 environmental education […]