Crystal Lagoons and the Balmoral community in Humble recently celebrated the grand opening of the first man-made, crystalline lagoon in Texas. Swimming champion Michael Phelps made a special guest appearance along with a bevy of aquatic performers. The 2-acre, turquoise lagoon at Balmoral, which employs a patented, high-tech process allowing for use of 100 times fewer chemicals and 50 times less energy than a traditional pool, is a signature feature of Land Tejas’ new community. More information is available at


CareNow Urgent Care in Kingwood and Atascocita are now open. The facilities earned a 4.8-star review on Google. They offer $20 school physicals, web check-in at and great physicians. They are open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The Kingwood facility is located at the front of Kingwood in the Kroger center, 300 Northpark Drive. The Atascocita CareNow is located at 7072 FM 1960, Ste. 7.



Houston Public Works Customer Account Services is issuing a warning to water utility customers about a suspicious website claiming customers can pay water bills online quickly and securely. Customers have stated they have made water bill payments through the website and those payments have not been received by the City of Houston. Customers also claim they have not been able to contact anyone from the website. is a third-party website that claims to allow people to pay their bills online. The site has not been authorized by the City of Houston to accept any form of payments on its behalf. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is aware of confusion regarding services offered by Customers should be advised payments from may not post to their City of Houston water account. If a customer’s account is delinquent, the account will incur additional fees and could potentially be disconnected. Those who have attempted to pay a water bill through should notify Customer Account Services of the billing issue by calling 713-371-1400, where bills can also be paid by phone. The only official website for customers to make payments for water bills is



With new corporate tax reform recently signed into law, the personal-finance website,, recently released its report on 2018’s best and worst states to start a business. WalletHub compared the 50 U.S. states across 25 key indicators of startup success. The data set ranges from financing accessibility to availability of human capital to office-space affordability. Starting a Business in Texas (1=Best; 25=Avg.): 4th – avg. growth in number of small businesses; 12th – office space affordability; 29th – labor costs; 27th – availability of human capital; 4th – avg. length of work week (in hours); 11th – cost of living; and 13th – industry variety. For the full report, visit

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