This Week's Headlines

Nonprofit leads Harvey rebuilding effort

HPD investigates two shootings

City resumes tree waste collection

Local storm recovery center opens

Sagemont project meeting postponed

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Leader remembers 2017 highlights

South Belt suffers hard freeze

Man dies in ice-related crash

Annual Homeless Count set for various counties

Melillo Middle School announces honor roll

HCAD sending disaster reappraisal letters

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Bush announces perfect attendance, rolls

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Lady Longhorns surge into first place; boys’ squads take step back

Dobie boys’ soccer to test Region III’s elite

NJCAA Hall of Fame members to welcome San Jac’s Arrington

A quick look back as the 2017 sports scene finishes out

First athletics trophy presented at Dobie9

SJC women’s hoops ranked 24th nationally



Nonprofit leads Harvey rebuilding effort

A local nonprofit organization, working with several area churches, has formed a network aimed at helping families impacted by Hurricane Harvey rebuild their storm-damaged homes.

The 4B Disaster Response Network (4BDRN), along with Eight Days of Hope (EDOH), announced that they will be leading a major rebuilding effort in Southeast Houston in March 2018 to help the area rebuild from the aftermath of Harvey. From March 10 through March 24, 4BDRN and EDOH will bring together volunteers from across the nation to help rebuild hundreds of homes. This event is expected to be the single largest volunteer rebuild effort over a 15-day period in U.S. history.

“Thousands of families in the area are trying to figure out how they can rebuild their homes because of the mass damage,” said Chris Alston, board president of 4BDRN. “Those who are waiting for assistance in the rebuilding process are looking for help, for hope. We are excited to partner with EDOH and local leaders to bless as many families as possible.”

The network’s goal is to rebuild 1,000 damaged homes. At press time, there was still room for around 400 more to be added to the list. Residents seeking assistance should contact the organization and have their situation assessed.
The group’s primary recipients are people who have not already received assistance from other sources, such as FEMA or insurance.

The 4B Disaster Response Network’s name stems from the fact that the organization is helping people affected by disaster in the 4B area (from the Beltway to the Beach and the Bay to Brazoria County).

Eight Days of Hope is a nonprofit, faith-based organization committed to rebuilding the damaged homes of those affected by natural disasters. Since 2005, more than 27,000 Eight Days of Hope volunteers have helped to rebuild, remodel or refurbish 1,916 homes in Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Iowa, Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina on thirteen different relief trips. To date, more than $34 million of work has been completed by Eight Days of Hope.

EDOH President Stephen Tybor III expects another large turnout of volunteers for the upcoming rebuilding venture.

“I anticipate between 4,000 and 5,000 volunteers will travel from over 40 states and multiple countries to the great state of Texas with over 50 percent of these volunteers being electricians, carpenters, licensed contractors and tradesmen ready to help those in need,” Tybor said.

“We are excited to show the love of Christ through the gifts he has blessed us with.”

The budget for this outreach will be close to $2 million.

“We rely on the generosity of individuals and organizations to help support the efforts of our volunteers,” Tybor said. “We provide assistance to the uninsured and appreciate those who lay the financial foundation for this work.”

For additional information, to provide financial support or to volunteer for the upcoming event, visit or

HPD investigates two shootings

Houston police are investigating two separate shootings that took place in the South Belt community within a three-day period.

The first incident occurred the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 13, in the 11400 block of Beamer. According to police, the victim, Mark Shaw, 37, was driving his car on the area street around 1:15 p.m. when he was shot by three known male suspects in another vehicle.

Shaw was transported to a nearby hospital in stable condition. The three suspected shooters later arrived at another local hospital, two of them with minor injuries.

Police said the men gave conflicting accounts of the incident. At press time, the shooting was under investigation, and no charges had been filed.

A second shooting, which injured two victims, took place the night of Monday, Jan. 15, at the Sabo Village apartment complex located in the 11700 block of Sabo.

Police responded to the incident at approximately 8:05 p.m. to find a man and a woman both shot. The male victim, Darrell Hill, 39, suffered multiple gunshot wounds, while the female victim, Shanatra Walker, 32, suffered a single gunshot wound. Both were taken to an area hospital in stable condition.

Prior to the shooting, the pair had been involved in a disturbance with three males at the complex, investigators said. During the conflict, all three males began shooting, striking both Hill and Walker. Both victims managed to flee from the suspects on foot.

The suspects were described merely as black males.

Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to contact HPD’s Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

According to HPD spokesman John Cannon, it is unclear if the two shootings are related.

City resumes tree waste collection

The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department has resumed its yard/tree waste collection program, set to take place in alternating months.

The program had been put on hold following Hurricane Harvey so crews could focus their efforts on storm debris removal.

Residents should be aware, however, that the city’s junk waste collection services have not yet resumed at this time.

Tree waste includes tree limbs, branches and stumps. Lumber, furniture and treated wood will not be accepted.

Yard trimmings includes grass clippings, small branches and leaves. They must be in city-approved compostable bags.

Tree/branch trimmings should be bundled and/or tied in lengths not greater than 36 inches. Material not properly prepared will be tagged and left at the curb for the customer’s proper preparation.

Yard waste should be properly placed at the curb in city-approved recycling bags. Yard/tree waste collections will occur in odd number months (January, March, May, July, September and November).

Once junk waste collection resumes, residents may put out yard/tree waste on all heavy trash collection dates, regardless of the month. Conversely, however, residents may not put out junk waste on yard/tree waste months.

For more information or additional instructions on how to prepare yard waste, visit

Heavy trash pickup has already resumed for South Belt residents living in unincorporated parts of Harris County that are serviced by local municipal utility districts.


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