LSC-KINGWOOD HOSTS TRANSFER FAIR
GONE FROM THE COMMUNITY
Several notable closings of businesses have happened lately: Zio’s in Humble, Black Eyed Pea in Humble, Suzuki Motors of Kingwood, The Tasting Room in Kings Harbor and Reeves Furniture Company in Kingwood.
Kingwood Medical Center CEO Melinda Stephenson and Lori Wilson, director of employer relations, visit with FMC Technologies Team's Craig Brown and Martin Eichler when the FMC Technologies Team recently visited the hospital. Stephenson welcomed them to the community and showcased the benefits of partnering with Kingwood Medical Center. FMC Technologies recently moved approximately 1,800 employees into their new state-of-the-art building in Generation Park. Within the next 10 years, they plan to consolidate all of their Houston facilities, including their corporate headquarters.
NEW GOLF CENTER OPEN FOR EVENTS
The Stonebridge Golf and Event Center, formerly the Newport Golf and Conference Center, is now open for holiday parties, awards banquets, business meetings and luncheons, golf tournaments and more. Guests may stop by for a tour of the center located at 16404 Country Club Drive in Crosby. For more information, call Lisa Krug, director of sales, at 832-657-6050.
ASSISTANCE FOR REGENCY BEAUTY STUDENTS
Lone Star College will provide assistance to local students impacted by Regency Beauty Institute closing all of its campuses nationwide. Regency Beauty Institute students can visit LoneStar.edu/Regency-Help for more information and view a list of Lone Star College’s current programs of study. The LSC-Kingwood cosmetology program prepares the student for the state licensing exam. Upon successful completion of the 1,500-hour certificate program, the graduate will be eligible to sit for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation licensing exam and to apply for a cosmetology operator license. Students can call 281-312-1681 or visit LoneStar.edu/Cosmetology-Dept-Kingwood. Regency Beauty Institute, with 79 campuses nationwide, permanently closed Sept. 28.
HUMBLE PRINCIPAL ELECTED TO TEPSA BOARD
Stephanie Coronado, principal of Lakeshore Elementary, will serve as chair of the Membership, Marketing and Public Relations Committee for the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA). Officers from the 20 TEPSA regions across the state were installed at the association’s Summer Leadership Conference. Coronado’s career in education spans 19 years. She is a graduate of the Rice Education Entrepreneurship program and is an advocate for elementary education.
ROTARY DONATES TO TEACHERS
The Rotary Club of Kingwood donated $900 worth of classroom supplies to the teachers at Foster Elementary in Kingwood Aug. 30. Teachers in the U.S. spend an average of $513 out-of-pocket on classroom supplies, instructional materials, books for their classrooms, and professional development. Kingwood Rotary supports local public education and encourages other organizations to support a local school in Humble ISD. From left: Diana Zelezinski, principal; Carolyn Wise, Kingwood Rotarian; Anne Margaret Gomez, counselor; Assistant Principal Cindy Barker; Dei Murray, Kingwood Rotarian.
FAMILYTIME WINS DISTINCTION AWARD
FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center was recently recognized as a Winner of Distinction by the Better Business Bureau at their annual Awards of Excellence luncheon. The event was held at the Bayou City Events Center. This award recognizes businesses and nonprofits for their achievements and commitment to quality in the workplace. FamilyTime was one of 292 companies this year, making this the fifth time that FamilyTime has received this award from the BBB.
STATE TAX BREAKS NEW GROUND
State Tax Advisors celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for their new headquarters Friday, Sept. 9. The new facility sits on two acres in Kingwood Place West, the rapidly expanding commercial and residential corridor west of I-69 between Sorters-McClellan Road and Northpark Drive. The complex will have a campus feel with crushed granite walkways and a fishing pond. “One of our goals with the new facility is to invest in the community through employment with our bigger facility. We’re hoping to double our headcount in three to five years,” said Managing Partner Riley Epps. The firm looks forward to occupying their new offices, located at 23740 Woodford Place Dr., in the late spring or early summer of 2017.
Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan presents a check to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner of money collected from delinquent taxpayers.
TAC PRESENTS $1.6 MILLION TO CITY
Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan has successfully recovered $1.6 million in delinquent taxes after releasing his list of the “Top 10 Delinquent Tax Violators.” “We put pressure on these account holders to pay their fair share,” said Sullivan. “I’m incredibly proud of our efforts. With the help of local media, we were able to collect payments from three of the top 10 delinquent accounts, as well as recover $985,705 from a bankruptcy case.” During a recent council meeting, Sullivan presented a check to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner for $330,488. The tax assessor-collector office is responsible for collecting taxes for Harris County. It collects more than $6 billion each year with a 98 percent collection rate.
TAC SURPASSES 1 MILLION TRANSACTIONS
Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan recently announced that the auto division has processed more than 1 million transactions in automobile credit/debit card transactions since introducing credit card machines in 2013. Sullivan has implemented the TxDMV One Sticker program, successfully executed the webDEALER program, extended the renewal period for auto registrations at grocery stores, installed more than 400 new computers and upgraded software to improve service as well as productivity. Learn more about the Automobile Services Division by visiting www.hctax.net.
SEPTEMBER TAX SALE HELD
Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan is working to reclaim lost revenue for Harris County residents. Thousands of properties sit vacant throughout the county, creating unsafe conditions and lowering property values. Many property owners are delinquent and for years they fail to meet their tax obligations. Each month, the county holds a tax sale. The goal is to collect delinquent taxes and put neglected properties into the hands of new owners. For the month of September 2016, a total of 350 properties were posted for sale. Sullivan reclaimed $2,905,180 for the citizens of Harris County. To learn more, visit www.hctax.net.
TAC SERVES NOTICE TO BREAD COMPANY
Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan is getting tough on delinquent property taxpayers. Sullivan, joined by the county's delinquent tax attorneys, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, recently served notice on Slow Dough Bread Company. "I shouldn't have to show up at their doorstep, with a tax bill in hand, to collect their delinquent tax obligations," said Sullivan. "If I have to make a personal visit, they will have the choice to pay in full, or we will seize their property to satisfy the obligation." Slow Dough Bread Company owed more than $13,000 in delinquent taxes for tax year 2015. Each year, since 2012, this company pays their taxes late. Upon meeting with Mr. Sullivan and the delinquent tax attorneys, the property owner paid the amount in full.
PINK RIBBON PLATES AVAILABLE
Most people nowadays are aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and as a result, we see a lot of pink ribbons displayed during this time of year. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, My Plates will donate $10 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for every “Pink” plate sold, which includes two official Pink Ribbon plate designs, plus four other pink-themed plates. The official Pink Ribbon plates in Texas can be purchased directly online at MyPlates.com.