This Week's Headlines

Thompson reopens following Harvey

Early voting underway

Martin seeks public flood input

Man fatally shot outside Walmart

Online Dobie threat deemed non-credible

JFD to honor distinguished alumni

Officers injured responding to crash

Sagemont to offer Harvey assistance

Atkinson seeks marquee donations

March 7 flood town hall meeting planned

Stanart promotes early voting

Clear Creek ISD announces 2017 livestock show, auction results

Ellis applauds Fifth Circuit ruling on bail case

J Frank Dobie AFJROTC needs help getting to national drill competition

San Jac named business of the year

Atascocita, Elsik end Dobie hoops seasons

Berneathy quickly takes to Dobie; new football coach eyes quick fix

Dobie baseball trims Clear Creek; JFD, Brook off to tourney play

Bondy girls dominate track; Lady Lions, BHI fare well

JFD softball blasts Brook; hosts Haynie

GAT, BHI boys take to PISD track and field

Dobie netters score win at Corpus Christi Spring Fling

JFD soccer tops in District 22-6A play

 

 

 

Thompson reopens following Harvey

For more than 900 students and staff at Thompson Intermediate, this week was a homecoming of sorts, as they returned to classes at their own campus for the first time since Hurricane Harvey.

Thompson students and staff spent the past five months displaced after the campus suffered heavy damage from Hurricane Harvey, where over five feet of water flooded the school, rendering the facility completely unusable.

The campus was temporarily relocated during the renovation to share space with its local rival, Beverly Hills Intermediate.

“The hurricane brought the two schools together and created a strong sisterhood between them, while still maintaining the strong traditions of each campus,” said Alyta Harrell, associate superintendent of campus development.
Thompson Principal Dr. Melissa Allen said the students and staff were ready to finally return to their own campus.

“These are our halls, these are our classrooms, and coming home brings the pride of being a Lion back even more to our students,” said Allen. “It creates a special feeling and a special culture.”

Pasadena Independent School District officials initially debated on whether or not to even reopen the existing campus due to the severity of damage.

A second option that was considered involved relocating the campus to a piece of property near the Riverstone Ranch subdivision that is already owned by the school district.

Approved by voters as part of a 2014 bond proposal, the proposed Intermediate No. 11 in the Riverstone Ranch area will now move forward as originally planned to provide enrollment relief to Thompson, Beverly Hills and Bondy intermediates based on projected numbers.

Parents should have received a letter notifying them that the original campus has reopened.

Early voting underway

Early voting for the March 6 primaries is currently underway and will continue through March 2.

South Belt voters will have a say in who will fill multiple congressional, legislative and judicial positions. See the Feb. 15 edition of the Leader for a questionnaire of local congressional candidates.

A debate among the four Republican candidates seeking the 29th Congressional District seat being vacated by longtime Rep. Gene Green will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at Gulf Meadows Church. See related sidebar entry on this page.

The closest early voting location for South Belt residents is the Harris County annex at 10851 Scarsdale and Beamer. Other nearby locations include the Freeman Branch Library, located at 16616 Diana Lane in the Clear Lake area, and the East Harris County Activity Center, located at 7340 Spencer Highway in Pasadena.

Voting hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Feb. 23; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 24; 1 to 6 p.m. on Feb. 25; and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 26 through March 2.

The general election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 6.

For more information, a sample ballot or a complete listing of polling locations, visit harrisvotes.org.

Martin seeks public flood input

Houston District E City Council Member Dave Martin is requesting residents participate in providing public input on proposed changes to Chapter 19 of the city’s Code of Ordinances.

The City of Houston is considering revisions to Chapter 19 to ensure new dwellings are built high enough to save lives and property in the event of future flooding. As District E will be heavily impacted by new regulations, participation from residents is highly encouraged. 

Approach
The City of Houston will reduce the risk of flood loss for future development and redevelopment by ordinance revisions, new regulations, building codes and design guidelines. Existing development will be improved through Capital Improvement Projects, buyouts, home elevations and demo-rebuilds.

Recommendations
Houston’s current code only applies to property in the 100-year floodplain and protects 1 foot above 100-year flood elevation. The proposed revisions would include property in the 500-year floodplain and protect “X feet” of 500-year flood elevation. It would also include no net fill in the 500-year floodplain. (“X feet” in the proposed revisions is still to be determined following the public input period.)

The 100-year floodplain is land that is predicted to flood during a 100-year storm, which has a 1 percent chance of occurring in any given year.

The 500-year floodplain has a 0.2 percent chance of occurring.

Public input
Public input on Chapter 19 can be made:
• through an online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/houston19 (closes Monday, March 5, at 5 p.m.);
• by emailing the Houston Public Works Department at pwedirector@houstontx.gov; or
• by contacting your local council member.

The ordinance will be presented to council on Feb. 28.

To read Mayor Sylvester Turner’s statement on the flood ordinance, visit mailchi.mp/houstontx/mayors-statement-on-why-proposed-flood-ordinances-deserve-action-as-soon-as-possible?e=473907e042.

For additional information, contact the District E office at 832-393-3008 or districte@houstontx.gov.

Man fatally shot outside Walmart

A man was fatally shot Sunday, Feb. 18, in the parking lot of Walmart in the 9500 block of Rowlett near Almeda Genoa and the Gulf Freeway.

According to police, the incident took place around 10:15 p.m., while the victim was parked in his car, a red Cadillac.

After viewing surveillance video and interviewing witnesses, investigators learned two suspects met with the victim and his friend inside the victim’s vehicle in the parking lot.

Shortly after the suspects got into the victim’s vehicle, the victim was shot several times. His friend managed to get out of the vehicle and run to safety.
The suspects then got into another vehicle and fled the scene.

The victim was transported to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The identity of the victim, reportedly in his 20s, is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

Investigators believe the victim knew the suspects.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the Houston Police Department Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

 

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