So Chocolate in Kingwood recently was challenged by Girl Scout Troop 9044 to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Having fun were, from left, back row: Priscilla Castandea with Troop 9044, and Desiree and Mike Cox, owners of So Chocolate. From left on the front row are: Elisabeth Aulbach, Heidi Aulbach, Emma Cox and Victoria Castaneda of Troop 9044
MARTIN APPOINTED TO CITY BOARD
Houston City Council Member Dave Martin was confirmed to serve as a non-voting, advisory member on the Houston First Board of Directors. Martin will report back to the council in an advisory role with updates on Houston First, a local government corporation in charge of managing more than 10 city-owned buildings which constitute some of Houston's most important cultural assets and valuable convention spaces. Martin said he is honored to accept the appointment to the Houston First Board of Directors and looks forward to keeping members of City Council and the public up to date on the activities of the organization as it transitions into its important new role.
LSC SYSTEM ADDS $3.1 BILLION TO ECONOMY EACH YEAR
According to a 2014 study and report from Economic Modeling Specialist International, Lone Star College system added $3.1 billion directly into the local economy in 2012-2013. The $3.1 billion is approximately equal to 0.9 percent of the region’s gross regional product. The report indicated that 91 percent of students stay in the local community after attending LSCS. The report also noted that the college plays a key role in helping students increase their employability by providing them with the skills needed for a prosperous and fulfilling career. Taxpayers benefit as well. For every $1 spent/appropriated for LSCS, there is a $7.80 increase in tax and public sector savings for taxpayers.
CHAMBER HOSTS NEW MEMBER WELCOME RECEPTION
CROSBY-HUFFMAN CHAMBER EXPO
On Sept. 27, the chamber is holding the Lake Houston Craft and Consumer Expo from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Hargrave High School. Local craft vendors, displays by local businesses, door prizes, refreshments and fun will all be served with a smile. For more information, call the chamber at 281-328-6984.
COLLEGE DISTRICT REDUCES TAX RATE
The Lone Star College System Board of Trustees voted unanimously Sept. 4 to reduce the property tax rate to 10.81 cents per $100 property evaluation for the 2014-15 tax year, which represents a significant 7 percent decrease. This is the third year in a row LSC has lowered the tax rate and is the largest decrease in 40 years. The tax rate drops to 10.81 cents per $100 property valuation from the previous level of 11.60 cents per $100 property valuation. Disabled residents and those over 65 years of age residing in the LSC service area are also eligible for the system’s $75,000 property tax exemption and tax freeze, where the actual dollar amount owed is frozen as of the date the taxpayer qualifies for the exemption – even if the property value increases.
BIG STONE LODGE NOW TAKING RESERVATIONS
Big Stone Lodge at Dennis Johnston Park, located at 709 Riley Fuzzel Road in Spring, is the region’s newest premier events venue, now taking reservations for Friday and Saturday evening functions. The beautifully renovated lodge is nestled among a canopy of pine trees and offers a unique charm perfect for weddings, wedding receptions, anniversaries, parties or corporate functions. Private reservations include use of the Grand Hall and fireplace at Big Stone Lodge, complete with a full kitchen, tables and chairs, an outdoor theater and stage, an outdoor wedding arbor, audio/visual and sound system equipment and more. The Lodge is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 281-350-1029 or visit hcp4.net/ccenters.