Delta Air Lines Pilots Capt.Mike Spicuzza and First Officer Jim West complete the airline's first GBAS landing using the B737 Fleet.

KANE'S BOOT AND WESTERN SHOP CLOSES AFTER 57 YEARS

Ed Kane announced his retirement in a letter to his customers in November, that he was closing his store and selling everything, including the building and property. The store began and a shoe repair business in 1957 on Jensen Drive, relocating to Humble in 1978. In 1996, Kane's moved to its present, and last, location at 6306 Aldine Bender.

GOT COFFEE?

The fifth Starbucks location in Atascocita, located at FM 1960 and Timber Forest Drive, is now open. Daily hours are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Starbucks says that as of March 20, 2014, they have 20,519 stores.

LEGISLATIVE TRIP TO AUSTIN

The Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce's Legislative Trip To Austin provides opportunity for members to meet with state officials, legislators and agencies in odd-numbered years. The two-day event will be held in February. Constituents deliver the Lake Houston Chamber’s legislative agenda to legislators and attend pre-arranged meetings, tours and other legislative activities. The Lake Houston delegation will participate in some activities for Alliance of North Houston Chambers' North Houston Day in 2015. For information, call 281-446-2128.

NEW RESTAURANTS COMING TO KINGWOOD

Pollo Tropical, the Caribbean-inspired restaurant brand, and its Mexican food counterpart, Taco Cabana, plan to open at the Kroger Marketplace Shopping Center on Northpark at U.S. Highway 59. Both restaurants are part of the Fiesta Restaurant Group Inc. The newest Pollo Tropical, being built adjacent to BreWingZ Sports Bar & Grill, will feature the brand’s signature flame-grilled marinated chicken, as well as roast pork, guava barbecue ribs, made-from-scratch side dishes and world-renowned Create Your Own TropiChops. Taco Cabana, which is going up alongside Carl’s Jr., serves fresh, handmade Mexican food, including fajitas, quesadillas, hand-rolled flautas, enchiladas, burritos, a selection of made-from-scratch salsas and sauces, frozen margaritas and beer.

NEW LOCATION FOR SPARKS INSURANCE

Sparks Insurance Agency has a new location. The company is now located at 25103 FM 2100 in Huffman. Owner John Sparks may be reached at 281-324-9119.

PRECINCT 4 COMPLETES MOBILITY PROJECT

Harris County Precinct 4 recently completed a nearly $19.2 million project, which included expanding three segments of Spring Stuebner from two to four lanes with 14-foot wide medians from Kuykendahl Road to I-45. Work on the first two segments along Spring Stuebner to Falvel Road, which began last year, ended in May 2014. The third segment is now open to motorists, but construction crews will continue making improvements throughout the first quarter of 2015. Spring Stuebner will also serve commuters exiting the Grand Parkway from Boudreaux Road, which progresses parallel to the Grand Parkway all the way to I-45. The project paves the way for 10,000 new ExxonMobil employees and their families moving into the area in mid-2015 and Grand Parkway Segments F1, F2 and G opening in late 2015.

SAN JACINTO RIVER AUTHORITY APPOINTEES NAMED

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed three members to the San Jacinto River Authority Board of Directors for terms to expire Oct. 16, 2019. Jim Alexander of Magnolia is president and CEO of RSH Energy LLC. He is a registered professional engineer and a member of the Pipeliners Association of Houston. Mike Bleier of Montgomery is a retired certified public accountant and past president and owner of The All Seasons Travel Group. Lloyd Tisdale of Conroe is past president and past CEO of Tisdale Company Inc. He is president of the San Jacinto River Authority and a past member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers and National Institute of Certified Engineering Technicians.

NEW STAR ON TEXAS LICENSE PLATES

There’s a new star on Texas license plates! The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles board recently approved the addition of a new star symbol as an option on all personalized specialty license plates in Texas. It will be offered in addition to existing symbols that include the Texas silhouette, heart, period and dash. My Plates also recently introduced a new price reduction in Texas to further broaden the appeal of its specialty plates for all Texans. Since November 2009, Texans have purchased more than 214,000 My Plates, putting more than $27M in the general revenue fund, which helps pay for services for all Texans.

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SUDDENLINK OFFERS 150-MEG SERVICE

Suddenlink has launched a new high-speed Internet service with a download speed of 150 Megabits per second (Mbps) and an upload speed of 7.5 Mbps in Kingwood and Porter, and announced that Internet speeds for its existing customers have been increased at no additional charge. Customers with 15, 30 and 50 Mbps services are being upgraded to faster speeds and are being notified directly about those new speeds. Suddenlink also is introducing a 100 Mbps service option. Nearly half of the planned 1 Gigabit launches are expected to be completed in 2015 and most of the remainder the following year. In addition, while Suddenlink already offers its business customers a range of custom services capable of multi-Gigabit speeds, the company also plans to enhance its standard commercial services through this project. Suddenlink will communicate additional details to customers in the area as the investments continue and again when 1 Gigabit speeds are available. More information is available at Suddenlink.com.

AIRPORTS INCREASE TECHNOLOGY USE

More and more airlines operating from George Bush Intercontinental Airport are using the Ground-Based Augmentation System (GBAS). GBAS is a technology that provides differential corrections and integrity monitoring to ensure precision navigation in the approach and landing phases of a flight. IAH was one of only two airports in the nation to participate in the pilot program through a partnership launched in April 2013 with the Federal Aviation Administration, United Airlines and Honeywell to demonstrate the effective use of GBAS. The system delivers a cost-effective solution to increase airport capacity, decrease air traffic noise and reduce weather-related delays.The flexible approaches provided by GBAS may produce a significant reduction in aircraft delays and carbon emissions at airports. For more information on GBAS, visit FAA.gov.

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