This Week's Headlines

County holds flood meeting May 30

Swimming pools to open for summer

Chamber salutes local military

Heavy rains pound South Belt community

Leader offers Taylor-Sullivan correction

Land dispute heads to mediation

Pedestrian dies in Edgebrook crash

South Belters shine in Pearland election

Murr passes House Bill 297 to cut taxes; end Robin Hood

Bill reintroduced to stymie efforts to allow local police to serve as immigration officers

CCISD honors local community partners

SoHo intermediate named principal of the year

Olson acts to reduce immigration backlog

PISD recognizes FFA members at awards banquet

Alvin softball eliminates Lady Horns

LSA baseball in state final; seeking another title

Gator baseball closes out Longhorns

Clear Brook, Dobie to host spring games

San Jac softball down to must wins

Dickson eighth at state track

Dobie grad Diaz all-conference at Angelina

Brook sets strength, conditioning

JFD’s Pleasants to compete in GHVCA all-star series


County holds flood meeting May 30

The Harris County Flood Control District will hold a Community Engagement Meeting for the Dagg Road Stormwater Detention Basin from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, at the Tom Bass Community Center, located at 15108 Cullen Blvd.

The purpose of this meeting is to inform residents about the status of the Dagg Road Stormwater Detention Basin and share project information.

The Dagg Road Stormwater Detention Basin focuses on reducing the existing flood risks along Clear Creek by lowering peak flows and water surface elevations, enhancing existing aesthetic qualities of Adair Park and the Clear Creek watershed, developing opportunities for recreation within Harris County Precinct 1, and enhancing public safety within the proposed project site.

This project will be funded with bonds approved by Harris County voters on August 25, 2018. Community engagement is an important component of the Bond Program, and residents are invited to participate as the program is implemented.

For questions, contact the Flood Control District at 713-684-4000, or fill out the comment form online

Swimming pools to open for summer

Summer is around the corner, and with it comes the opening of several area pools to help South Belters beat the heat.

All local pools will be open Saturday, May 25, through Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day weekend. They will then reopen on Friday, May 31, for the duration of the summer. All area pools will be closed for cleaning on Mondays (with the exceptions of Memorial Day and Labor Day).

The City of Houston’s Sagemont and Beverly Hills swimming pools will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 1 to 8 p.m.

Clear Brook Meadows’ pool hours will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Sageglen pool hours will be from noon through 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Both Riverstone Ranch pools will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., except on Sundays, when hours will be from noon to 8 p.m.

Ashley Pointe’s pool hours will be from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 1 to 9 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Highland Meadows’ pool hours are 3 to 8 p.m.

The splash pad at El Franco Lee Park will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. until October.

Chamber salutes local military

The South Belt-Ellington Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural luncheon to honor local service members was a great success Thursday, May 9, as representatives from all military branches at Ellington Field met at the Lone Star Flight Museum in honor of Military Appreciation Month.

The brainchild of chamber board member Cynthia Hawk, the event recognized the Texas Air National Guard, U.S. Army National Guard, U.S. Army Reserves, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marines Reserves and U.S. Navy Reserves, all of which are stationed at the Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base.

Sageglen resident and retired U.S. Marine Col. Joe McPhail, 97, was a special guest at the function. Born in 1921, McPhail earned his private pilot’s certification during the summer of 1941, and on Dec. 4, 1941, he began his active duty just three days before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
McPhail served the nation in both WWII and the Korean War, flying 240 combat missions. He has received multiple awards and honors, including two Distinguished Flying Crosses and 11 Air Medals.

McPhail now travels to different air shows, where he shares his experiences and signs autographs.

Lt. Col. Andrew J. Camacho, vice commander, 147th Wing, Texas Air National Guard, served as guest speaker of the event.

A part of the 147th at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base since 2009, Camacho assumed his current role of vice wing commander on April 1 of this year.
In this role, he assists the commander in organizing, training, equipping and maintaining combat ready forces for rapid deployment and employment on wartime missions for 1,085 guardsmen in support of Joint Terminal Attack, MQ-9 Reaper, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and Expeditionary Combat Support missions.

Camacho discussed Ellington Field’s changing role, and how in recent years – particularly after Hurricane Harvey – the mission of the military units stationed there has evolved from war craft to domestic operations or “dom ops.”

Such operations include monitoring the border, battling narcotic trafficking and monitoring infrastructure during times of emergency.

Chamber officials said they intend to make the event an annual function in future years.

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