This Week's Headlines

Scarsdale bridge to be closed

COVID cases continue at local school districts

Increased city water rates take effect

Swimming pools scheduled to close

Nicholas does little damage locally

Firefighters honor Eaves

City to require unvaxxed workers to test

HPD responds to 2 Gulf Freeway deaths

Sparks fly at Little League meeting

Man gets stabbed near Edgebrook

Pct. 2 continues large-scale drug busts

New garbage collection for Pearland

Truck gets stuck, blocks traffic

CenterPoint issues electric, natural gas flooding safety tips

Apartment complex catches fire

Golfing tournament set for Judge Risner

Dobie color guards

CCISD named among top employers

Local deputies assist in raids

San Jac opens new Welcome Center

Laura Bush celebrates a new school year

HCSO hosts virtual forum set for Sept. 21

SoHo construction students cut wood

SJC announces two new South Campus buildings

Meador teachers have a dessert day

Community shares food with overworked hospital staff

Exxon visits South Belt Leader

JFD tennis gifts water to school clinic

Dobie moves to 3-0 with win over Friendswood

Garcia leads JFD; locals win at DP

Lady Horns sweep Channelview to open 22-6A play

Longhorn tennis remembers Ike

LSA cross-country coasts to victories

Wolverine boys earn x-country win

Brook takes down LP; Lacy scores 5

JFD subvarsity football gets wins


!!! Update !!!
Scarsdale bridge closure

The Harris County Flood Control District has received feedback from residents concerned about the blinking red lights included as part of the proposed traffic control plan for the closing of the Scarsdale Road bridge. Accordingly, we are revisiting the traffic control plan with the City of Houston to make sure it is appropriate for the type of work we are doing. While work is occurring on the channel under the bridge, the bridge will need to remain closed, but we are working to minimize the disruption to traffic.

At this time, the Flood Control District anticipates the earliest the bridge will close is October 1, 2021. As soon as the date and the revised traffic control plan are finalized, we will communicate with the community on the updated plan. The Flood Control District appreciates your patience and understanding with these construction inconveniences for this flood risk reduction project in your area

For more information on the project and the traffic control plan, visit

The South Belt Leader is in close contact with Harris County Flood Control and will be posting regular updates on the Scarsdale bridge closing as they become available. Check this site for updates.

COVID cases continue at local school districts

Local school districts continue to report new COVID-19 cases, as the new Delta variant of the disease takes root.

Pasadena ISD
As of Wednesday, Sept. 8, Pasadena ISD was reporting a total of 218 active COVID-19 cases.

The school district offered the following breakdown of the cases:
– High schools: 40 active cases.
– Intermediate schools: 50 active cases.
– Middle schools: 37 active cases.
– Elementary schools: 84 active cases.
– Additional campuses: three active cases.
– Administration buildings: four active cases.

Of the district’s high schools, Dobie leads the pack, with eight active cases being reported. Dobie9 reported six active cases.

Lewis Career and Technical High School also reported eight active cases; South Houston, Rayburn, Pasadena and Early College High School each reported four active cases; and Memorial reported two active cases.

Of Pasadena ISD’s intermediate schools, Bondy had far more active cases reported, with 15 students currently infected.

Locally, Thompson had seven active cases reported, and Beverly Hills had four active cases reported.

Southmore Intermediate reported six active cases; San Jacinto reported five active cases; Miller reported five active cases; Park View reported four active cases; and Jackson reported two cases.

At the middle school level, both Melillo and Morris reported two cases each locally.

Shaw Middle School had the highest number of active cases reported, with eight students currently infected by the disease. Schneider reported seven active cases; Roberts reported four active cases; and Keller, Kendrick and Lomax each reported three active cases.

At the elementary level, Meador had the highest number of reported cases, with eight students currently infected by the disease.

Atkinson Elementary reported six active cases; Pearl Hall and Red Bluff each reported five active cases; Jessup, Morales, Pomeroy, Smith, South Houston and South Shaver each reported four active cases; Hancock, Matthys, Moore, and Teague each reported three active cases; Bailey, Burnett, Frazier, Gardens, Garfield, Jensen, McMasters, Parks and Turner each reported two active cases; and Green Acres, Kruse, Smythe, South Belt, Stuchbery and Williams each reported one active case.

For Pasadena ISD’s latest COVID-19 statistics, visit

Clear Creek ISD
As of Wednesday, Sept. 8, Clear Creek ISD was reporting 642 active cases and 1,084 active quarantines.

Active cases included 572 students and 70 employees. Active quarantines included 987 students and 97 employees.

Active cases are considered as individuals who have been on a CCISD facility within 48 hours of becoming symptomatic for the virus or within 48 hours of a positive test result.

At the high school level, Clear Falls topped the list with a whopping 62 active cases.

Locally, Clear Brook High School reported 15 active cases.

Clear Springs High School reported 35 active cases; Clear Creek High School reported 30 active cases; and Clear Lake High School reported 24 active cases.

At the intermediate school level, Bayside had the most active cases reported, with 42 students currently infected with COVID-19.

Creekside Intermediate had 40 reported cases, Clear Creek Intermediate reported 38 active cases; Seabrook Intermediate reported 33 active cases; League City Intermediate reported 15 active cases; Brookside Intermediate reported 14 active cases; Space Center Intermediate reported eight active cases; and Clear Lake Intermediate reported five active cases.

At the elementary level, both Landolt and Goforth each reported 26 active cases.

Locally, Weber Elementary reported six active cases.

As of Sept. 8, the number of cumulative cases in Clear Creek ISD (since Aug. 1, 2021) was 1,725. The number of cumulative quarantines was 3,147. The school district’s attendance percentage was 89.4 percent.

For the latest COVID-19 statistics from Clear Creek ISD, visit

Increased city water rates take effect

Many South Belt residents will now pay higher water bills after a new City of Houston rate increase went into effect Sept. 1.

Houston City Council passed the measure for city water customers this past July to help improve infrastructure and meet federally required guidelines to address sanitary sewer overflows.

The measure passed 12-4, with both South Belt council members – Republican Dave Martin and Democrat Carolyn Evans-Shabazz – voting in favor of the measure.

The water and wastewater rates will increase every year over the next five years and include the cost of making the first five years of investments agreed upon in the consent decree agreement with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the EPA. Because of the agreement, Houston is required to resolve sanitary sewer overflows and other wastewater violations by paying fines and making improvements to the wastewater system over the next 15 years.

Roughly 60 percent of city customers living in single-family homes could see their bills go up by $5 or less.

All residents living within the city limits will be affected. Local subdivisions located within the City of Houston include Sagemont, Sagemont Park, Kirkwood, Genoa, Beverly Hills, Rainbow Valley, Eastridge Terrace, Sycamore Valley, Scarsdale and King’s Place.

Despite residing outside the city limits, residents living in the Sagemeadow MUD and Kirkmont MUD will also see a rate increase, as both utility districts get their water from the city.

According to Kirkmont MUD Manager Linda Arnone, Kirkmont residents will see a monthly increase of $4.27, including $2.27 for water and $2.05 for sewer. The increase will appear on next month’s bill.

At this time, there will be no rate increase in Sagemeadow, but homeowners should expect a small hike next year, according to MUD board member Glenn Williams.

Residents who are serviced by either the Clear Lake City Water Authority or the Clear Brook City MUD will not see a rate increase, as both utility districts entered into contracts with the city that prohibit such a hike.

The Clear Brook City MUD includes the following subdivisions: Amanda Glen, Ashley Pointe, Blackhawk, Clear Brook Landing, Clear Brook Meadows, College Place, Estate of Green Tee, Highland Meadows, Meadows of Clear Creek, Riverstone Ranch, Sageglen, Still Water Cove and Woodmeadow I and II.

New city website
Houston Public Works has launched a website to assist customers and provide more information ahead of the water rate increase.

The Houston Water Rates website, located at
wRates.html, features a tool where customers can calculate how much their utility bill will change with the new rates.

The community can find tips on how to lower their utility bill and resources for those who need assistance paying their water bill. Houston Public Works will continue to share ways to fix leaks and save money on social media @HouPub

Customers with questions about their utility bills can call 713-371-1400.

Swimming pools scheduled to close

While the heat index may suggest otherwise, summer is coming to an end, and several local swimming pools are closing for the season.

All area pools are now closed on weekdays.

The Ashley Pointe and Highland Meadow pools will close after Labor Day. Ashley Pointe’s holiday pool hours are from noon to 8 p.m., while Highland Meadow’s hours are from 3 to 8 p.m.

The Clear Brook Meadows and Riverstone Ranch pools will remain open two weekends past Labor Day, closing Sunday, Sept. 19. Pool hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Sageglen pool will remain open weekends through the month of September, closing for the season Sunday, Sept. 26. Pool hours are from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and from 1 to 9 p.m. on Sundays.

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