Did you miss any of our articles from last week? Take a look at what you might have missed Community impacts coverage areas in Houston from February 27 to March 3.
19 Women-Owned Businesses to Support in the Houston Area
March 1 marks the start of International Women’s History Month, a month dedicated to honoring women’s contributions to American history. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up women-owned businesses in the Houston area that you can support this month. This list is not exhaustive.
Read the full story by CI Staff.
The husband-and-wife duo provide a reservoir of beekeeping essentials at Magnolia Bee & Supply
In 2012, Texas law made it possible for beekeepers to qualify residents for an agricultural assessment on their property taxes.
Andy Knight and his wife, Sandra Knight, said they were among the first San Jacinto County residents to take advantage of the new rule about nine years ago. But what started as a simple way to reduce property value turned into a lifelong hobby and a new side hustle.
Andy said he created Magnolia Bee & Supply LLC in 2021 and opened his storefront in February 2022 after returning from the American Beekeeping Federation Conference.
Read the full story by reporter Cassandra Jenkins.
League City Council approves controversial book review committee
Despite an outcry and dozens of residents speaking out against the idea, the League City Council has moved forward with what many have called a book ban and violation of the First Amendment.
The City Council on Feb. 28 voted 5-3 for final reading of an ordinance establishing the city’s Community Standards Review Committee, a group that will review Helen Hall Library books flagged as potentially inappropriate by residents. The committee can remove or shelve such books or decide to do nothing, city staff said Community impact.
Read the full story by editor Jake Magee.
NHCRWA Board Approves Historic Water Velocity Decline
The North Harris County Regional Water Authority has seen a change in management and lowering of water rates since last fall – two historic moves for the authority.
At the end of 2022, candidates Mark Ramsey, David Barker and Melissa Rowell unseated three long-term representatives during the November 8 election. In early 2023, the new board voted to lower water prices for the first time in the authority’s 22-year history. The rate reduction came into effect on 1 February.
Ramsey, the board’s president, said board members who ran against incumbents in November campaigned to keep water rates constant, but after finding a $30 million surplus in the operating budget later in January, the board decided to reduce rates by an amount it believes is sustainable .
Read the full story by reporter Cassandra Jenkins and editor Danica Lloyd.
Fort Bend ISD approves rezoning changes for 2 high schools in Missouri City area
After following steps Feb. 13 to meet the student population at some of its schools, the Fort Bend ISD board agreed to move forward with a plan to move attendance limits at two more schools during the board’s Feb. 27 special meeting. Missouri City’s two high schools at Ridge Point High School and Hightower High School are overcapacity, spurring the need to reassign students to alternative schools.
The adopted Alternative E boundary carves out portions of map section 258E and moves map section 245A into the Almeta Crawford High School boundary, according to information provided by FBISD staff during the meeting.
FBISD officials clarified in a Feb. 28 interview that Planning District 258E is located in Sienna, in the Mount Logan area. Officials noted in the interview that there is a clear “natural physical feature” that divides the neighborhood.
Read the full story by reporter Jack Dowling.