From left, Humble Rotarian past presidents Diana Morales Taylor, Valerie Trigg Copley, Susan Brodbeck and Pam McNair.

In 1989, it was voted to allow women to join Rotary clubs worldwide. In a year’s time, more than 20,000 women joined Rotary, with the number skyrocketing to nearly 200,000 by 2010. Today, Humble Rotary is comprised of 27 percent women members and has had four women presidents in their nearly 51-year history. Humble Rotary is proud to honor the achievements and accomplishments of women around the world not only on International Women Day, but everyday.

C.C. “Sonny” Phillips of Humble has been nominated and accepted as one of the 10 Best in Texas For Client Satisfaction for the second year by The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, a third-party, attorney-rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the “10 Best” list must pass AIOFLA’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research and independent evaluation. Selection criteria therefore focuses on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of client satisfaction. Phillips may be contacted at 281-446-6886 or by visiting

A new Olive Garden Restaurant, located at 14231 E. Sam Houston Pkwy. N. across from Generation Park and Summerwood, will open its doors at 11 a.m. April 9.

Joining the Arbor Day Foundation is an ideal way to get in the mood for spring planting. Anyone who joins the foundation will receive 10 free trees to plant when the weather turns warm. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between March 1 and May 31, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. To become a member of the foundation and receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to 10 Free Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410.

Houston has launched an improved website,, which makes it easier for Houstonians and others to access services, find information and engage with local government. The site includes an automatic translation feature for more than 100 languages, reflecting the city’s unique diversity. It prominently features many of the city’s most popular online pages, such as job opportunities, animal adoption and trash and recycling information. The redesign was accomplished with in-house resources at no extra cost to taxpayers. Houston stands as the only city in the Top 10 most populous in the U.S. that has manual translations for many of its most-accessed web pages.

Port Houston business has grown consistently over the last year. Port Houston facilities reached the highest total tonnage in port history of 38.3 million tons, surpassing the previous record of 37.8 million tons set in 2014. It was also a record-setting year for container business. Port Houston handled 2.46 million TEUs for 2017; the previous record was set in 2016 with a volume of 2.18 million TEUs (nearly a 13 percent increase year over year).

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced recently he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $911.9 million in local sales tax allocations for February, 6.2 percent more than in February 2017. These allocations are based on sales made in December by businesses that report tax monthly; October, November and December sales by quarterly filers; and 2017 sales by businesses that report tax annually.

A passenger station for the Texas Bullet Train in the Brazos Valley will be built on 60 acres in the Roans Prairie area of Grimes County, equidistant between College Station and Huntsville. The station will be a catalyst for economic development, new jobs and additional tax revenue for local counties and communities, said Brady Redwine, a vice president of Texas Central. Plans call for a shuttle service that will directly link the Texas A&M University campus to the station as well as other nearby connections. From there, it will be a roughly 50-minute train ride to Dallas or a 30-minute ride to Houston. The train will create 10,000 jobs during each year of construction and about 1,000 full-time jobs when operations start, including 124 in Grimes County – equivalent to about 37 percent of the county’s unemployment base. The project also will provide new tax revenue paid by the railroad company on its facilities, benefiting schools, libraries, parks, municipal utilities, hospitals, emergency services and other entities funded through property taxes.

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