From left are Joe Zuniga, Matt Dillon, Brooke Chilla and Francine Kenney, of Gadget MD Phone and Tablet Repair, 9365 N. Sam Houston Pkwy, Suite 300, in Fall Creek. They are ready to help customers!

 

WHITTINGTON BRIDAL IN HALL OF FAME
Whittington Bridal has been selected as a 2015 winner in The Knot Best of Weddings. This is the fourth year Whittington Bridal has been selected for The Knot Best of Weddings, during their four years of business. After receiving this honor four times, Whittington Bridal has earned their spot into The Knot Hall of Fame. Whittington Bridal is one of three in the Houston area to receive this honor. The store is located at 2665 Royal Forest Drive in Kingwood. 

ZACHRY-ODEBRECHT ACHIEVES CONSTRUCTION MILESTONE
The Grand Parkway Segments F-G reached a significant milestone this month. Zachry-Odebrecht Parkway Builders completed setting 100 percent of the beams and bridge decks stretching the 38-mile roadway. In total, 121 bridge decks were poured and 3,802 concrete beams were set. The structures work started with the first bridge shaft in July of 2013 and the final deck pour being completed earlier this month. Bridge structures and beam casting work totaled approximately 1.9 million work hours. Segments F-G of the Grand Parkway will be a controlled-access parkway with four lanes; two lanes each direction and intermittent frontage roads. Segments are anticipated to open to traffic in the first quarter of 2016. SH 99/Grand Parkway Segments F-G connect the communities of Cypress, Spring and New Caney.

HARRIS COUNTY HAS FINAL COURTHOUSE SALE
Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan announced that the county held the final monthly tax sale at the Family Law Center. Next month it will move to the Bayou City Events Center. “For almost two centuries, Harris County Tax Sales were required to be conducted on the steps of the county courthouse,” said Sullivan. The Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office works with county constables and departments, taxing jurisdictions and collections attorneys to organize and host a monthly tax sale. The new location will offer easier access, better parking, more security and a climate-controlled environment, which will result in a more pleasant experience for bidders. The December Tax Sale reclaimed $2,746,707. For the year 2015, Sullivan reclaimed $31,198,140, which is $3,077,801 more than last year.  The new location will host its first tax sale Feb. 2 at Bayou City Events Center, 9401 Knight Road, Houston, TX 77045. The Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office Property Tax Division maintains more than 1.6 million tax accounts and collects property taxes for 71 taxing entities including Harris County. The Tax Assessor-Collector’s office collects more than $6 billion in property taxes.

HPD KINGWOOD HAS NEW PHONE NUMBER
The Kingwood HPD Substation has a new phone number: 832-395-1800. This phone number will be answered 24/7. Citizens calling the old Kingwood Substation number will receive a phone recording advising them of the phone number change and the new number. As always, citizens should report any concerns or suspicious activity in the Kingwood area immediately to the Kingwood Substation.

JASON'S DELI HONORED
TDn2K (Transforming Data Into Knowledge) has named Jason's Deli a finalist for its 2016 Best Practices Awards. These awards honor outstanding performance in five areas: management retention, hourly employee retention, workforce diversity, year over year improvement in people metrics, and community involvement. Winners in restaurant segments will be announced next month at the Global Best Practices Conference. Other finalists are BJ's Restaurants, The Cheesecake Factory, Chili's Grill & Bar, Dave & Buster's, Denny's Restaurants, Eat'n Park, Ninety Nine Restaurants, Panera Bread, Perkins, Raising Cane's, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, White Castle, Wisconsin Hospitality (Pizza Hut Franchisee) and Zoes Kitchen.

CROSBY CRAFT EXPO VENDORS NEEDED
The Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 2016 Crosby Craft & Consumer Expo to be held at Crosby High School Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. They are looking for a variety of vendors to contribute to the success of this event. There will be a booth decorating contest and the winning booth will receive a free vendor space in 2017. The theme this year is "Show Us Your Team Spirit." Booth spaces are all indoors; therefore, space is limited and will be assigned on a first-paid, first-served basis. For more information, call 281-328-6984. 

KINGWOOD GARDEN CENTER
Bob and Nancy Robertson have sold Kingwood Garden Center to Robby and Carmen Bezner. The Robertsons bought the Garden Center in 2006 and turned it into one of Houston’s premier garden centers. It has twice been recognized as a Top 100 Revolutionary Garden Center in the nation. Nancy will continue her counseling practice on a part-time basis and both Bob and Nancy are hoping to relax, travel and, of course, do some gardening. 

LONE STAR RECOGNIZED FOR FINANCIAL REPORTING EXCELLENCE
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Lone Star College for its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplish by a government and its management. In order to be awarded a Certificate of Achievement, a government agency must publish an easily readable and efficiently organized comprehensive annual financial report. This report must satisfy both generally accepted accounting principles and applicable legal requirements. A Certificate of Achievement is valid for a period of one year only.

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LONE STAR COLLEGE SBDC WELCOMES NEW ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS
The Lone Star College Small Business Development Center has announced Fred Welch and Zach Richmond as the newest members to its advisory council. The Small Business Advisory Council provides a communication system with area employers, community leaders, entrepreneurs and the Lone Star College Small Business Development Center offering experienced business consulting to help entrepreneurs evolve to the next level of business. Welch has been involved in economic development in the Houston region for more than 20 years. He joined the Greater Conroe Economic Development Council as executive director in 2014. Most recently he served the Houston region as vice president for regional economic development with The Greater Houston Partnership. Richmond currently serves as assistant vice president at Woodforest National Bank. Richmond also serves on the Lone Star CRA Fund LP, Lone Star Opportunities Fund V LP and Valesco Advisory Boards. He is a member of the Rotary Club of The Woodlands, chairs the Oak Ridge Interact Club's Sergeant at Arms and Flag Day Committees, and works with the Montgomery County Food Bank, Social and Blood Drive Committees. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.

TCEQ ANNOUNCES NEW ROUND OF GRANTS 
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has announced that up to $11.8 million in grants is being made available to eligible individuals, businesses, and governmental entities to continue the development of a network of alternative fuel and/or natural gas fueling stations to serve as a foundation for a self-sustaining market for alternative fuel vehicles in Texas. The Clean Transportation Triangle (CTT) and Alternative Fueling Facilities Program (AFFP) grants are part of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan, and are offered to eligible entities that intend to build, own, and operate alternative fuel and/or natural gas fueling stations in eligible Texas counties. The CTT/AFFP Joint ‘Request for Grant Applications’ closes at 5 p.m. CST, Tuesday, March 8. For more information, visit terpgrants.org or call 800-919-TERP (8377).

LOCAL BUSINESSES NEEDED FOR TRAINING PROGRAM
Lone Star College-Kingwood is seeking community businesses that want to provide training to their employees. The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) dedicated $2 million to the Skills for Small Business initiative, a program now available through LSC-Kingwood, to support local businesses with fewer than 100 employees. Thanks to a $50,000 contract allocated to Lone Star College, tuition and fees are available for full-time, permanent employees to be paid up to $1,450 for newly hired employees, and up to $725 for existing employees, per 12-month period. “With this program, small businesses can now offer current employees the chance to upgrade their skills, as well as train newly hired employees to better fulfill their new job requirements,” said Pat Chandler, interim director for continuing education at LSC-Montgomery and program manager at LSC-Kingwood. Training must be selected from active course catalogs/schedules such as credit, continuing education, online or other available unpublished courses. Credit and continuing education courses, in both the classroom and online setting, are available to students. For more information, contact Pat Chandler at 281-312-1749 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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TEXAS HONOR RIDE GIVES AWARD TO HERMAN 
On Nov. 17, Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman was presented with an appreciation award for his participation and support of the Texas Honor Ride. The event was held Saturday, Nov. 14, when motorcycle riders throughout Harris County and surrounding areas delivered a check in the amount of $140,000. The money raised helps provide healing support for wounded U.S. military service men and women who are recovering at the San Antonio Military Medical Center. Texas Honor Ride President Kemah Blair personally presented Herman with the award at the Precinct 4 Constable station in Spring. Since 2005, the Texas Honor Ride, a 501(c)(3)charity, has raised more than $1,280,000 for wounded troops and their families. All funds raised benefit the Warrior and Family Support Center where staff and counselors administer the funds. For more information, go to texashonorride.org.

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DEPUTY, CANINE RECOGNIZED
Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman’s office recently announced Deputy Andrew Baskins was awarded Rookie of the Year honors during the 2015 Texas K9 Officers Conference and Trails held in October. Baskins and his canine partner, Telle, participated in several patrol canine events including tactical building clearing and off-leash patrol work. Officials at the event said Baskins and Telle were at the top of their game and did an overall outstanding job. “We are very blessed to have Deputy Baskins and K-9 Telle protecting the law enforcement officers and citizens in Harris County,” said Herman.

PRIMROSE SCHOOL DONATES $14,800
The students, staff and families from Primrose School of Eagle Springs raised more than $14,890 for charity, making them one of the top three contributors to Primrose Schools' annual fundraising efforts. These funds, along with money raised from more than 300 Primrose schools across the country, will benefit the company’s not-for-profit organization, the Primrose Children’s Foundation. A donation of $7,449 will also go to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Primrose School of Eagle Springs held its Spring Fling event last April, which featured a variety of carnival-themed children’s activities, along with a silent auction with items donated from local businesses. The school opened up its doors to the community so the families could have a time to get together with children in a safe environment to play games and relax. Mounted police and K-9 units from the Houston Police Department joined in the festivities to help educate the young students on their role in the community. Classes teamed up to participate in a schoolwide coin drive with all funds being donated to the Spring Fling fund.

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