This Week's Headlines

Local swimming pools set to open

Ellington celebrates 100th anniversary

Hurricane season begins June 1

Welch celebrates 100th birthday

Man dies after jumping off overpass

Hartwell benefit scheduled for June 3

Epperson, Miss Teen Lone Star State

Texas Senate passes SB 1609

SB 7 passes unanimously

Click It or Ticket campaign anniversary

Bay Area Boulevard repairs scheduled

METRO offers free kids summer pass

HCAD mails property value notices

SEEN-ABWA to meet

PISD begins new chapter in Little Free Libraries

San Jacinto celebrates Week of the Young Child

Defense Department honors children of military personnel

Pasadena ISD names teachers of the year

Lozano tabbed Player/Year

San Jacinto College goes 2-2 at nationals

Longhorns set to close out spring work

Padilla, Herrera finalists at state

Lajaunie tennis picks scholarship winners

San Jacinto baseball hopes 25th series trip nets national championship

SJC soccer players choose four-year colleges


Local swimming pools set to open

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 27, through Monday, May 29, for Memorial Day weekend. They will then reopen on Friday, June 2, 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 new splash pad at El Franco Lee Park will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. until October.

Ellington celebrates 100th anniversary

A century of aviation history – and the promise of a space-age future – were celebrated Saturday, May 20, at the 100th anniversary special event at Ellington Airport.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Aviation Director Mario Diaz were joined by other local, state and federal elected officials, as well as military and NASA leaders for the family-friendly event at the airport. Approximately 1,500 aviation enthusiasts and community members from throughout Houston enjoyed food, live music, games and aircraft displays.

When it was established in 1917, few could imagine that the new military aviation training facility would transition into what is known as Ellington Airport today, a vital part of aviation that will enable Houston to take a lead role in the commercial space sector in the 21st century.

“Looking back, this airport has been a base of operations for not only military drills and search and rescue missions but also for dealing with natural and man-made disasters like hurricanes and oil spills,” Turner said. “Now we look forward to Ellington’s next century as it becomes a spaceport to provide launch support services to government and commercial space initiatives such as spacecraft manufacturing and testing, space tourism and launching telecommunication and GPS satellites. It’s exciting and an enormous economic benefit to Houston and the surrounding area, providing thousands of jobs and potentially billions of dollars in investment.”

Acquired by the City of Houston in 1984, Ellington Airport now supports the operations of the U.S. military, NASA and a variety of general aviation tenants. The airport is home to the annual Wings Over Houston Airshow and is also the place where many of the astronauts from the world-renowned Johnson Space Center receive their ongoing space training.

And since June 2015, Ellington Airport became the nation’s 10th commercial spaceport, promising continued growth and even more aviation history to celebrate in the future.

“For 100 years, Ellington Airport has been on the forefront of aviation innovation,” Diaz said, “from the first airplanes taking off and landing here in 1917 that were made of wood and canvas to the state-of-the-art space crafts that are now being made from high tech alloys and composites that will be launching from the new spaceport we’re so proud and pleased to be building.”

Hurricane season begins June 1

The 2017 hurricane season will begin Thursday, June 1, and will continue through Nov. 30.

In their annual forecast, meteorologists with The Weather Channel have predicted a total of 12 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), six hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher) and two major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher) this season. Experts say this is on par with the 30-year average.

South Belt residents should plan accordingly, in the event that a major storm should strike the area.

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (OHSEM), working in conjunction with the City of Houston and the State of Texas, have issued evacuation routes for community members, should the need arise to leave town. The South Belt area, including ZIP codes 77089 and 77075, are located in what the OHSEM refers to as ZIP-Zone C.

In the case of a Category 4 or 5 storm, those residing in ZIP-Zone C are urged to evacuate by traveling west on Interstate 10 or by heading north on Interstate 45 and highways 290 and 59.

The OHSEM warns against traveling east, as it will take evacuees closer to the coast and into the more vulnerable ZIP-Zone B.

Should the Texas Department of Public Safety issue a mandatory evacuation, contraflow operations will likely be put into effect to expedite the flow of traffic.
On Interstate 10, eastbound lanes would be reversed at FM 359 in Brookshire, just east of Sealy. The contraflow lanes will end at Loop 1604 in San Antonio.
Southbound lanes on Interstate 45 would be reversed north of Highway 242, just south of Conroe. The contraflow lanes will end at US 287 near Ennis, 40 miles south of Dallas.

On Highway 290, contraflow operations will begin just west of FM 1960. Northbound traffic from State Highway 6 will be able to turn west onto 290 contraflow lanes. Contraflow operations will continue to FM 1948 near Burton.
Contraflow operations on Highway 59 will begin just south of Kingwood Drive and continue to Nacogdoches.

County officials recommend each household assemble a disaster relief kit that includes key items such as flashlights, cell phones, extra batteries, battery chargers, a portable radio, a first aid kit, emergency water and food, medical supplies, a nonelectric can opener, a highway map and important documents, such as driver’s licenses, passports, insurance policies and health cards.
Residents are urged to cover their windows with shielding materials and to secure or put up any loose items around their homes.

Evacuees should fill their vehicles with gasoline as early as possible and take only one automobile, as extra cars create traffic congestion.

Those leaving town are encouraged to bring extra cash in case banks are closed and ATMs are not working. Fleeing citizens are also urged to notify family and friends (especially those out of the area) of their plans and destinations.

Disabled individuals and seniors who require assistance leaving the area should call the state’s help line at 211 or visit

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