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6 lane, road closures motorists should be aware of in the Greater Houston area this weekend, April 20-22

By at April 19, 2018 | 4:24 pm | 0 Comment

Here are a few lane and road closures motorists should be aware of in the Greater Houston area this weekend, [...]

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The Woodlands Spring Market, wine tasting: 7 things to do in The Woodlands this weekend, April 20-22

By at April 19, 2018 | 1:29 pm | 0 Comment

There are a variety of events happening this weekend in The Woodlands. Here are a few to consider adding to [...]

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Protest deadline moved forward: What Harris County homeowners need to know about their 2018 home appraisals

By at April 19, 2018 | 1:22 pm | 0 Comment

Homeowners in Harris County began getting their property value notices in the mail last week, and notices will continue to [...]

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Harris County Flood Control District submits grant application for San Jacinto River Regional Watershed Study

By at April 19, 2018 | 1:03 pm | 0 Comment

Montgomery County announced April 17 that the Harris County Flood Control District submitted a grant application for the San Jacinto [...]

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Oak Ridge North City Council candidates talk mobility issues, government transparency at forum

By at April 19, 2018 | 12:44 pm | 0 Comment

The Oak Ridge North candidate forum, hosted by the Voter Awareness Council, was held Wednesday evening, giving city residents the [...]

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Sam Moon Trading Co. relocates within Shenandoah shopping center

By at April 19, 2018 | 11:50 am | 0 Comment

Sam Moon Trading Co. relocated in late February from 17943 I-45 S., Shenandoah, to the suite next door, at 17945 [...]

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Featured Neighborhood: College Park, 77384

By at April 19, 2018 | 10:35 am | 0 Comment

Village of College Park opened in the late 1990s and is home to over 2,500 residents. It has homes on [...]

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Mobility challenges, economic growth discussed at Montgomery candidate forum

By at April 19, 2018 | 10:09 am | 0 Comment

Approximately 50 Montgomery residents gathered at Montgomery City Hall on Tuesday evening to attend the public forum for candidates on the May [...]

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Locally owned franchise Pet Supplies Plus to open store in Montgomery

By at April 19, 2018 | 9:00 am | 0 Comment

Pet Supplies Plus will open in early May at 20042 Eva St., Ste. 115, Montgomery. The business sells various pet [...]

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Development infrastructure challenges municipalities in Lake Conroe area

By at April 19, 2018 | 6:00 am | 0 Comment

Population growth in the Lake Conroe area continues to challenge local developers and municipalities as they build the infrastructure needed [...]

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Ask the editor:How are transportation entities planning long-term mobility improvements?

By at April 19, 2018 | 5:59 am | 0 Comment

Any commuter in the Lake Conroe area can tell you that traffic seems to be increasing as more people move [...]

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Montgomery County homes vulnerable to repeat flooding issues

By at April 19, 2018 | 5:59 am | 0 Comment

Built in the 1960s, River Plantation has a certain charm—with its red wooden bridge at the entry and golf course [...]

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Things to-do in the Lake Conroe region in April and May

By at April 19, 2018 | 5:58 am | 0 Comment

Your ultimate local guide for events, business openings, meetings and more in the months of April and May. Find more [...]

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Lake Conroe-area transportation updates, April-May

By at April 19, 2018 | 5:57 am | 0 Comment

Updates on mobility improvement projects throughout the Lake Conroe area

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2 candidates don’t attend Oak Ridge North city election forum

By at April 19, 2018 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Name cards in front of a set of empty chairs on the Oak Ridge North City Council dais on Wednesday night were a jarring reminder that two candidates seeking office in the May 5 municipal election decided not to attend the scheduled forum.

Of the four candidates invited to attend a candidate forum co-hosted by the Voter Awareness Council and the city of Oak Ridge North, only incumbent Mayor Jim Kuykendall and Council Member Alex Jones, who holds the Place 3 seat, were present.

Martha Stedifor and Dan Broyles, running for Place 3 and mayor, respectively, were absent and instead chose to attend a second forum hosted by the Texas Patriots PAC scheduled for Thursday night at Sojourn Baptist Church.

In an email to the Villager, Stedifor said she wouldn’t attend Wednesday’s forum because she questioned the “unbiased nature of the VAC almost immediately because the VAC information was sent from city hall, with comments inserted in the VAC literature by our city administrator.”

Stedifor didn’t elaborate on the “comments” she claims were inserted, but Oak Ridge North City Manager Vicky Rudy said she had never handled nor distributed any VAC literature.

“We do what we always do,” Rudy said, referring to how the city informs its residents of candidate forums. “We put it on our Facebook. We put it on our website. We do media blasts and email blasts. I didn’t touch any literature myself.”

Elizabeth Harrell, Oak Ridge North’s city secretary and acting election clerk, said the only “comments” she could think of were those made by Rudy in a news release sent out by officials with the VAC. Harrell didn’t believe the comments were controversial.

“We are very pleased, once again, to be working with the Voter Awareness Council on this opportunity for our residents to gain first-hand information and input from candidates for their mayoral and city council positions,” Rudy said in the release.

The news release was posted to the city’s Facebook page earlier this week.

Despite the absence of the challengers Wednesday night, the forum moved forward with only Jones and Kuykendall, who mostly agreed with each other on how a city should be run. The candidates used the time allotted for “rebuttal” to concur with one another.

When asked by the moderator what his top three priorities for the city would be if elected, Kuykendall said he would like to address the mobility issues, “keeping taxes low” and “saving money.”

Jones agreed with those points, but he added that growing the economy was his top priority for the city.

Kuykendall at one point said he regretted a prior statement he made regarding the possibility of destroying houses along Robinson Road, adding that it was only discussion and never planned.

Prior to the Wednesday night forum, Stedifor said she and Broyles were “uncomfortable” that for many years the VAC has “hosted Oak Ridge North political events with no disclosure being made of the mayor’s involvement with VAC.”

Steve Leakey, president of the VAC, said Kuykendall along with more than two dozen others, founded the VAC—a 501c 3 nonprofit—in 2014 to fill the void left by the League of Women Voters when the organization stopped doing a forum in Oak Ridge North.

“He is not an active member. He does not come to meetings, unfortunately,” Leakey said of Kuykendall. “We have several elected officials as members. We encourage it, but they cannot serve as officers, nor can they vote in critical matters like expenditures. They have limited roles.”

Leakey said that the VAC “plays zero role in the actual moderation of the Q & A” and that selected questions are left up to the moderator, which in all cases is representative of a local media partner.

And while elected officials may be members of the VAC, the VAC is nonpartisan and does not endorse anyone, Leakey added.

“So, we will not be endorsing candidates or supporting issues or bond issues,” Leakey said. “That unto itself makes our forums more certain to be non-biased than forums put on by a PAC that (does) endorse candidates and issues.”

A second candidate forum is scheduled for Thursday, April 19, at Sojourn Baptist Church but neither the Kuykendall nor Jones will be attendance.

Jon Paul Bouche, Montgomery County GOP Precinct 35 chairman, is moderating the forum scheduled for Thursday night. He said he was disappointed that the candidates — Stedifor and Broyles — chose to not attend Wednesday night’s forum and that he had encouraged the candidates to attend both forums.

Bouche said that while he had voted for Kuykendall in the last election, he had not chosen a candidate this year.

Kuykendall claimed he and Jones were not given ample notice of Thursday’s forum.

“Alex and I were not invited to their Thursday event until last (April 13),” Kuykendall said. “I heard about it the day before when a resident brought me a flyer they were handing out. Our event has been planned for several weeks and my schedule is full. I simply cannot change my plans.”

Rudy said the city of Oak Ridge North has not received any official literature regarding the Thursday event.

“We have to this day have not received anything involved in the forum tomorrow,” Rudy said Wednesday. “We have not been asked to distribute any information.”

michelle.iracheta@chron.com

Conroe Courier

2 candidates don’t attend Oak Ridge North city election forum

By at April 19, 2018 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Name cards in front of a set of empty chairs on the Oak Ridge North City Council dais on Wednesday night were a jarring reminder that two candidates seeking office in the May 5 municipal election decided not to attend the scheduled forum.

Of the four candidates invited to attend a candidate forum co-hosted by the Voter Awareness Council and the city of Oak Ridge North, only incumbent Mayor Jim Kuykendall and Council Member Alex Jones, who holds the Place 3 seat, were present.

Martha Stedifor and Dan Broyles, running for Place 3 and mayor, respectively, were absent and instead chose to attend a second forum hosted by the Texas Patriots PAC scheduled for Thursday night at Sojourn Baptist Church.

In an email to the Villager, Stedifor said she wouldn’t attend Wednesday’s forum because she questioned the “unbiased nature of the VAC almost immediately because the VAC information was sent from city hall, with comments inserted in the VAC literature by our city administrator.”

Stedifor didn’t elaborate on the “comments” she claims were inserted, but Oak Ridge North City Manager Vicky Rudy said she had never handled nor distributed any VAC literature.

“We do what we always do,” Rudy said, referring to how the city informs its residents of candidate forums. “We put it on our Facebook. We put it on our website. We do media blasts and email blasts. I didn’t touch any literature myself.”

Elizabeth Harrell, Oak Ridge North’s city secretary and acting election clerk, said the only “comments” she could think of were those made by Rudy in a news release sent out by officials with the VAC. Harrell didn’t believe the comments were controversial.

“We are very pleased, once again, to be working with the Voter Awareness Council on this opportunity for our residents to gain first-hand information and input from candidates for their mayoral and city council positions,” Rudy said in the release.

The news release was posted to the city’s Facebook page earlier this week.

Despite the absence of the challengers Wednesday night, the forum moved forward with only Jones and Kuykendall, who mostly agreed with each other on how a city should be run. The candidates used the time allotted for “rebuttal” to concur with one another.

When asked by the moderator what his top three priorities for the city would be if elected, Kuykendall said he would like to address the mobility issues, “keeping taxes low” and “saving money.”

Jones agreed with those points, but he added that growing the economy was his top priority for the city.

Kuykendall at one point said he regretted a prior statement he made regarding the possibility of destroying houses along Robinson Road, adding that it was only discussion and never planned.

Prior to the Wednesday night forum, Stedifor said she and Broyles were “uncomfortable” that for many years the VAC has “hosted Oak Ridge North political events with no disclosure being made of the mayor’s involvement with VAC.”

Steve Leakey, president of the VAC, said Kuykendall along with more than two dozen others, founded the VAC—a 501c 3 nonprofit—in 2014 to fill the void left by the League of Women Voters when the organization stopped doing a forum in Oak Ridge North.

“He is not an active member. He does not come to meetings, unfortunately,” Leakey said of Kuykendall. “We have several elected officials as members. We encourage it, but they cannot serve as officers, nor can they vote in critical matters like expenditures. They have limited roles.”

Leakey said that the VAC “plays zero role in the actual moderation of the Q & A” and that selected questions are left up to the moderator, which in all cases is representative of a local media partner.

And while elected officials may be members of the VAC, the VAC is nonpartisan and does not endorse anyone, Leakey added.

“So, we will not be endorsing candidates or supporting issues or bond issues,” Leakey said. “That unto itself makes our forums more certain to be non-biased than forums put on by a PAC that (does) endorse candidates and issues.”

A second candidate forum is scheduled for Thursday, April 19, at Sojourn Baptist Church but neither the Kuykendall nor Jones will be attendance.

Jon Paul Bouche, Montgomery County GOP Precinct 35 chairman, is moderating the forum scheduled for Thursday night. He said he was disappointed that the candidates — Stedifor and Broyles — chose to not attend Wednesday night’s forum and that he had encouraged the candidates to attend both forums.

Bouche said that while he had voted for Kuykendall in the last election, he had not chosen a candidate this year.

Kuykendall claimed he and Jones were not given ample notice of Thursday’s forum.

“Alex and I were not invited to their Thursday event until last (April 13),” Kuykendall said. “I heard about it the day before when a resident brought me a flyer they were handing out. Our event has been planned for several weeks and my schedule is full. I simply cannot change my plans.”

Rudy said the city of Oak Ridge North has not received any official literature regarding the Thursday event.

“We have to this day have not received anything involved in the forum tomorrow,” Rudy said Wednesday. “We have not been asked to distribute any information.”

michelle.iracheta@chron.com

Conroe Courier

MUD 386 President not seeking second term

By at April 19, 2018 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

The president of Harris-Montgomery Counties Municipal Utility District 386 is not seeking a second term.

Rich Jakovac, who led the board for four years through three major flooding events in the The Woodlands Township Village of Creekside Park, will not run for re-election when his term expires in May.

“It’s been an honor to serve and we have accomplished a lot,” Jakovac said, referring to his efforts on the board to solve drainage issues and prevent flooding. “We’re still working to try to find a solution. We are evaluating facts and looking for solutions.”

Jakovac said his being president of MUD 386 was not meant “to be long term” and declined to elaborate further.

At a recent The Woodlands Township Drainage Task Force meeting on April 10, Jakovac thanked residents and elected officials involved in the mitigation efforts in The Woodlands and said he wanted to ensure those involved in drainage issues that he would continue to stay active.

“I’m a lame duck president of a MUD board. I wanted to take time to make sure we are focused on the future,” Jakovac said. “We can fix this problem. There is a solution. If we didn’t believe that, we wouldn’t be here. There is a lot of people in this room. We have a lot of work ahead of us and now is not the time to quit. I think if we work together we can find the solutions. I intend to stay involved in the future.”

The Village of Creekside Park—which includes the neighborhoods of Timarron and Timarron Lakes — was reportedly the hardest hit area in The Woodlands when Hurricane Harvey stormed through the region in late August, 2017. The village saw an estimated 300 homes damaged in the flooding.

MUD 386 was established in 2009 by the state of Texas and collects taxes from homeowners for drainage, water and sewer services. The district is responsible for drainage infrastructure in the village.

The MUD 386 board as well as The Woodlands Township came under fire from some Creekside Park residents following the Harvey flooding — the third major flooding event in the area after the 2016 Tax Day and the 2016 Memorial Day floods — where many residents lost their belongings for a second and even third time.

The activist group “Stop the Flooding in MUD 386” sprang up shortly after Hurricane Harvey to call attention to the drainage issues in the village. The group also wanted to pressure state lawmakers to create legislation that would eliminate any possible conflicts of interest between MUD 386 and the development company of the neighborhood, The Woodlands Land Development Co.

Jakovac sided with Creekside Park homeowners during their struggle to find a solution with the multiple entities involved in flooding mitigation.

Conroe Courier

Smile Direct Club opens SmileShop in Shenandoah

By at April 18, 2018 | 2:45 pm | 0 Comment

Smile Direct Club opened a SmileShop at 19075 I-45 S., Shenandoah, in April. The SmileShop offers 3-D scans of teeth [...]

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A downtown dog meet-up, Heights food truck festival, Texas barbecue: 6 things to do this weekend in Houston, April 20-22

By at April 18, 2018 | 12:01 pm | 0 Comment

There are several major festivals taking place this weekend in Houston, including a dog festival in downtown, a Heights food [...]

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A downtown dog meet-up, Heights food truck festival, Texas barbecue: 6 things to do this weekend in Houston, April 20-22

By at April 18, 2018 | 12:01 pm | 0 Comment

There are several major festivals taking place this weekend in Houston, including a dog festival in downtown, a Heights food [...]

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Flour-ish: Conroe eatery offers breakfast, lunch items and French pastries

By at April 18, 2018 | 12:00 pm | 0 Comment

Owners Melani Lindsey and Anthony Kober are making their mark on the Conroe restaurant scene by offering French pastries, breakfast [...]

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Wax Taps: Longtime friends mix vinyl, beer at Conroe business

By at April 18, 2018 | 6:00 am | 0 Comment

Longtime friends mix vinyl, beer at Conroe businessWax Taps co-owners Johnathan Freeman and Kevin Wright have been friends for more [...]

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District inks contract with new Superintendent Curtis Null, approves teacher raises: 4 things to know from the Conroe ISD Board of Trustees meeting, April 17

By at April 17, 2018 | 7:52 pm | 0 Comment

The Conroe ISD board of trustees approved a contract with Curtis Null to serve as superintendent of schools, and considered [...]

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District inks contract with new Superintendent Curtis Null, approves teacher raises: 4 things to know from the Conroe ISD Board of Trustees meeting, April 17

By at April 17, 2018 | 7:52 pm | 0 Comment

The Conroe ISD board of trustees approved a contract with Curtis Null to serve as superintendent of schools, and considered [...]

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