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28% Wildcat PPE opened in 2020 with 2,415 manufacturing jobs. Employment Ups & Downs Health care and manufacturing industries grew in The Woodlands area in 2020.

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of area’s major nonretail employment* with 10,806 health care jobs

Recent regulatory decisions have highlighted dif- ferences in opinion on how groundwater should be managed in Montgomery County with concerns about potential irreversible land sinkage in The Woodlands area pitted against arguments in favor of cost savings and private property rights. On April 9, Groundwater Management Area 14— which includes the Lone Star Groundwater Conser- vation District, the entity that regulates Montgomery County’s groundwater, and four other districts—voted on its proposed long-term goal for the regional Gulf CONTINUED ON 44

Although it created jobs in 2020, employees at the Wildcat PPE facility were furloughed in April.

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New job growth lags in TheWoodlands area After a year marked by lengthy business shut- downs and higher unemployment numbers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic vigor of The Woodlands area has taken an unprec- edented hit, experts said in an April report on local employment. The region’s previous leading industry, energy, dropped to third place among major nonretail employers surveyed as of early 2021, but health care continued to see growth, and a manufactur- ing company entered the area’s 10 largest employ- ers for the rst time, according to data released April 14 at The Woodlands Area Chamber of Com- merce’s annual Economic Outlook Conference. CONTINUED ON 42 BY VANESSA HOLT & ANDREW CHRISTMAN

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Located at 16056 Bridlewood Drive, Conroe, the nutrition studio specializes in meal-replacement shakes, herbal energy teas and appetite-curbing shots. Shake avors include cakes, lattes and other sweets alongside fruit-based teas. 936-224-6168. www.facebook.com/ revivenutritionstudio 5 Mattress store Casper opened in The Woodlands Mall, 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, Ste. 1135, The Woodlands, on April 9. The store sells mattresses, pillows and bedding in a range of styles. 832-481-6915. www.casper.com 6 Men’s apparel store TravisMathew opened in The Woodlands Mall at 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, Ste. 1035, The Woodlands, on April 23. The store oers a variety of men’s clothing options, including tops, bottoms, hats and accessories. 281-810-1093. www.travismathew.com 7 Sandstone Chiropractic Gosling opened in late April at 24527 Gosling Road, Ste. D100, Spring. The facility oers chiropractic care, laser therapy, pulsed electromagnetic eld therapy, spinal decompression, trigenics myoneural release technique and spot cryotherapy. 281-214-1850. www.sandstonehealth.com 8 The Woodlands Internists opened in a rst-oor suite at 4185 Technology Forest Blvd., The Woodlands, in April, according to J. Beard Real Estate, which facilitated the lease for a 3,500-square- foot space. According to the practice website, it is run by an independent group of family medicine and internal medicine physicians. 936-273-2016. www.woodlandsinternists.com

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NOWOPEN 1 Sweet Charlene’s Bakery opened its new location in The Woodlands Mall on March 5. Located at 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, Ste. 5600, The Woodlands, the veteran-owned bakery oers a selection of homemade desserts, including brownies, cakes, cookies and muns available for pickup and delivery. 770-880-3561. www.charlenesbakery.com

according to an April 1 news release. The Texas-based, family-owned retailer oers nely crafted jewelry designs for men and women in sterling silver, 14K and 18K gold, bronze and gemstones. The new location will oer curbside pickup, options to buy online and pick up in store, and in-store shopping. 800-283-1770. www.jamesavery.com 4 Revive Nutrition Studio , a new health-focused drink bar, launched in January north of The Woodlands.

2 Conduit Coee, a new coee shop, ocially opened April 20 at 27140 Glen Loch Drive, The Woodlands. According to Robin Farrar with Conduit Coee, the business is open Tuesdays through Saturdays. The location also oers food items, such as danishes, burritos, salads and protein boxes. 281-323-4695. www.conduitcoeehtx.com 3 James Avery Artisan Jewelry opened at 33020 FM 2978, Ste. 531, Magnolia, in Westwood Village east of FM 2978,

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12 Hotworx The Woodlands will open in mid-May at 8845 Six Pines Drive, Ste. 190, The Woodlands. According to owner Melanie Bartulla, the tness studio will be open 24 hours a day, with options for 15-minute and 30-minute workouts. The studio oers infrared sauna workouts in styles including yoga and pilates. 281-602-5969. www.hotworx.net 13 Armored Sports , a new Christian sports camp for youth, is launching this summer in churches across the Greater Houston area, including in The Woodlands area at Christ Church United Methodist Church, 6363 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands. Byron Bray II and Tim Robinson lead interactive programming focused on sports ranging from ag football to basketball and dodgeball with biblical teaching for children ages 3 1/2-12. COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place. www.armored-sports.com RELOCATIONS 14 Biopharmaceutical company Lexicon Pharmaceutical purchased 25,288 square feet of oce space at 2445 Technology Forest Blvd., The Woodlands, for its new corporate headquarters in April, according to a press release from NAI Partners, which organized the sale. The company sold its location at 8800 Technology Forest Blvd. last year. Lexicon Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company that focuses on gene-based science to develop medicines for people with chronic conditions. www.lexpharma.com

9 Local craft daiquiri business Daq Shack held a soft opening at 6920 FM 1488, Magnolia, in late February. In addition to oering a selection of avored daiquiri cocktails, the drive-thru business hosts a number of food trucks, such as Mr. Porco HTX, Kaleb’s Krawsh & Seafood and Chamowes. 832-400-4629. www.facebook.com/daqshackmagnolia COMING SOON 10 Kiddie Academy , a new child care facility, has been announced for construction at the Creekside Park Village Center, located at 26400 Kuykendahl Road, The Woodlands. Kiddie Academy provides programs for children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age. According to an April 23 press release from developer Howard Hughes Corp., construction will be completed in late 2021. www.kiddieacademy.com 11 The Woodlands Arenas International School opened its main campus at The Woodlands Preparatory International School through a partnership with the preparatory school as of May 1, the schools announced in a news release. According to the release, the school’s educational model is based on academic excellence and multicultural, language, sports, art, science and technology teachings as well as cultural activities. The schools use the International Baccalaureate program and serve grades K-12. The school will be housed at the preparatory school campus at 27440 Kuykendahl Road, The Woodlands. 281-516-0600. www.woodlandsprep.org

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FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON Italian restaurant Avanti Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar announced plans May 3 to expand to a second location at 2520 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands. According to a news release, the new location follows a positive reception from the Creekside community, where the original Avanti Kitchen and Wine Bar is located. “We have three generations of family working together each day: myself and my brother; my mother; my father; and my father’s 84-year-old mother, Nonna Elda,” owner Enrique Orioli said in the release. “We look forward to sharing our NAME CHANGE 15 The Woodlands medical oces formerly known as Village Medical Centers ocially changed its name to Highlands Woods Health in early April. A selection of family medical care is available at Highland Woods oces in The Woodlands at A 4840 W. Panther Creek Drive, Ste. 107, and B 8000 Research Forest Drive, Ste. 360, including physical exams, vaccinations, X-rays, cancer screenings and ultrasounds. Virtual screenings are also oered. 281-292-1191 (Research Forest), 281-292-1192 (Panther Creek). www.highlandwoodshealth.com

passion for food and culture from the Emilia Romagna region of Italy, where our family is originally from.” The new location will be in the space where Italian restaurant Radunare was previously located. 281-377-1777. www.avantiitaliankitchen.com

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RENOVATIONS 16 Renovations to the Hyatt Centric at Market Street, located at 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands, are anticipated to be completed by the end of May. Work on the project started Oct. 1, according to Market Street representatives. Renovations to the building include removing old tile around the entire hotel and installing a new brick facade. Improvements also include adding custom stone panels as well as updating and adding new planters around the upper pool balcony. 281-203-5005. www.hyatt.com

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FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON The opening of a Hyatt House Hotel, located at 18645 Residence Drive, Shenandoah, was postponed from April and is now scheduled to open May 26, according to the developer. The hotel was accepting reservations in early May. The hotel features a dining and bar area, an outdoor pool, a tness center, a business center, a market pantry, a guest laundry room and an outdoor

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NOWOPEN 1 Organic food manufacturing business Third Coast Organic Foods launched May 4 at 8750 Fawn Trail, Ste. A4, Conroe. The business, launched by six Montgom- ery County residents, produces a variety of sugar-free organic wine vinaigrette salad dressings, including raspberry wine, lemon mustard, classic red wine, balsamic Italian and haute pepper. Initially oering the products online, the business said it aims to diversify into oerings such as gift packages, marinades and cocktail mixers as well as having a presence in local farm- ers markets and grocers. 832-585-0709. www.thirdcoastorganicfoods.com COMING SOON 2 ShareTea is anticipated to open by the end of May at Metropark Square, located at 8888 Metropark Drive, Ste.

100, Shenandoah. The tea chain oers a variety of milk teas and brewed teas with add-ins such as boba pearls and ice cream. www.1992sharetea.com 3 A Floor and Decor store is planned for 26904 I-45, Oak Ridge North, with an estimated completion date of March 2022, according to a ling with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. The project is listed with a May start date for the construction of a new building for a retail store selling tile and wood ooring products. www.ooranddecor.com RELOCATIONS 4 Corporate Incentives , a company of- fering promotional products for business- es and corporate web stores, plans to relocate in June. The company was locat- ed at 26414 Oak Ridge Drive, Oak Ridge North, and is relocating to Spectrum Way in Oak Ridge North. 281-362-0532. www.corp-inc.com

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The Ladies of the Vine tasting, panel and luncheon as part of Wine and Food Week will include a panel of women of the wine world. The event includes a luncheon and hors d’oeuvres. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $115 (individual). The Club at Carlton Woods, 1 Carlton Woods Drive, The Woodlands. 713-557-5732. www.foodandvinetime.com

The Woodlands celebrates Bike Month with events for all ages, including Bike to Work Day on May 21 encouraging residents to ride bicycles to work. 6:30 a.m.-9 a.m. (May 21), 9 a.m.- noon (May 22). Free. Northshore Park, 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. info@bikethewoodlands.org. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

Open houses are scheduled at several The Woodlands Fire Department locations. THEWOODLANDS TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT Learn about public safety JUNE 05 The Woodlands Township Fire Department is holding public safety open houses throughout the summer, beginning with an event at Station 6 in the Village of College Park. 3-5 p.m. Free. The Woodlands Fire Department Station 6, 1100 Windsor Lakes Blvd., The Woodlands. 281-210-3889. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov Upcoming events: JUNE 12 Station 7, 3-5 p.m. 26722 Kuykendahl Road, The Woodlands 19 Station 8, 10 a.m.-noon 11800 Gosling Road, The Woodlands 19 Station 5, 1-3 p.m. 10100 Branch Crossing Drive, The Woodlands

03 TAKE PART INA TEQUILA TASTING At the Nach-Yo Ordinary Tequila Tasting, participants can learn about the drink and enjoy tequila and mezcal tastings. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $45. The Woodlands Country Club Palmer Course, 100 Grand Fairway Drive, The Woodlands. 713-557-5732. www.foodandvinetime.com 05 PADDLEWITH YOUR PUP The Woodlands Neighborhood Watch and Montgomery County Sheri’s Oce collaborate to teach water safety and crime prevention at Riva Row Boat House. 10 a.m.-noon. $15-$20 (boat rental). Lakes Edge Boat House, 1970 Hughes Landing Blvd., The Woodlands. 281-210-3883. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 10 SUPPORT AREA YOUTH Shelter for Shelter, an annual event beneting Montgomery County Youth Services, or Yes to Youth, will include an evening of entertainment, food and spirits. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $100 (individual). Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands, 16917 I-45, Conroe. 713-397-3093. https://youthmc.ejoinme.org/ 2021shelterforshelter

MAY 20 DONATE TOA BLOOD DRIVE The city of Shenandoah hosts a blood drive in the City Council chambers. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Shenandoah City Hall, 29955 I-45, Shenandoah. 281-298-5522. SEE SENIORS GRADUATE The Woodlands-area high schools are holding graduation ceremonies for students at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Oak Ridge North High School seniors will graduate May 20; College Park High School will hold graduation May 24; The Woodlands High School will hold its ceremony May 25; and Grand Oaks High School is May 26. 7:30 p.m. Free (tickets required). Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, 936-709-7752. www.conroeisd.net 29 THROUGH 30 ENJOY A BROADWAY TRIBUTE Ms. Boni’s Dance and Performing www.commitforlife.org 20 THROUGH 26 Arts present the annual dance recital “A Tribute to Broadway.” Lawn seats are not available. 6 p.m. $20 (plus service fees). Cynthia Woods Mitchell

Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-1109. www.woodlandscenter.org 30 CELEBRATEMEMORIAL DAY A tribute to men and women who lost their lives while serving in the military in the United States takes place at Town Green Park. The ceremony also honors all veterans who have served. 5-9 p.m. Free. Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/ memorialday JUNE 01 THROUGHAUG. 16 TAKE PART INADAY CAMP The Woodlands Township’s Sunny Dayz Camps are held at two locations this summer for children age 6-12 as well as for training for counselors. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. $125-$200 (weekly). The Recreation Center at Bear Branch Park (June 1-Aug. 6), 5310 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands. The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands (June 1-Aug. 16). 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

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LIVEMUSIC CALENDAR

Live music in and around The Woodlands area

COMPILED BY ANDREW CHRISTMAN

MAY 15

THE FAB 5 MAIN STREET CROSSING

JUNE 12

NERVOUS REX WATERWAY NIGHTS

FIELDING’S LOCAL KITCHEN + BAR 26400 Kuykendahl Road, The Woodlands 281-623-1712 • www.eldingslocal.com SUNDAYS Justin LeBlanc, 11 a.m. WEDNESDAYS Anthony Pitt and Justin Pena, 6 p.m. THURSDAYS Pete Scadi, 6 p.m. FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS Duane Dulane, 6 p.m. MAHONEY’S TEXISH BAR 24 Waterway Ave., Ste. 100, The Woodlands 832-663-5228 • www.mahoneysbar.com MAY 13 The Three Fuses, 8 p.m. 14 Vertigo, 8:30 p.m. 15 Mahoney’s Second Anniversary Party, 11 a.m. 19 Brian Carrion, 6 p.m. The Fab 5 describe themselves as “an authentic and endearing Beatles and 60’s tribute band in Texas.” The group has been performing around the state since 1990. (Courtesy The Fab 5)

Nervous Rex, a Houston-based variety band, is set to perform during Waterway Nights, hosted by The Woodlands Township. (Courtesy Nervous Rex)

JUNE 02 Stacey Steele, 6 p.m.

MAY 27

KAITLIN BUTTS DOSEY DOE BIG BARN

04 Good Time Mun, 8:30 p.m. 05 Not The Rachels, 8:30 p.m. 09 JB Barnett, 6 p.m. 10 The Three Fuses, 8 p.m. 16 Steve Garcia, 6 p.m. 08 Mr. Wonderful, 8:30 p.m. WATERWAY NIGHTS 31 Waterway Square Place, The Woodlands 281-210-3800 www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov MAY 15 Whiskey Business, 6:30 p.m. 22 Midnight Release, 6:30 p.m. 29 OMG, 6:30 p.m. JUNE 05 Donovan Keith, 6: 30 p.m. 12 Nervous Rex, 6:30 p.m. MAIN STREET CROSSING 111 W. Main St., Tomball 281-290-0431 www.mainstreetcrossing.com MAY 13 Foo Fighters/Red Hot Chili Peppers Tribute, 7 p.m. 14 Level One Band, 7 p.m.

COURTESY KAITLIN BUTTS

FEATURED VENUE Country singer-songwriter Kaitlin Butts will be performing at the Dosey Doe Big Barn on May 27. The Oklahoma native’s latest single, “How Lucky Am I,” has had over 100,000 streams on Spotify. 8:30 p.m. $10-$15

16 Cool Freddie E and The Crew, 6:30 p.m. 19 The Arcadian Wild, 8 p.m. 20 Kyle Nix, 8:30 p.m. 21 Ronnie Milsap, 8:30 p.m. 22 Dylan Wheeler, 6:30 p.m. 26 Roger Creager, 8:30 p.m. 27 Kaitlin Butts, 8:30 p.m. 28 Giovannie and The Hired Guns, 8:30 p.m. 29 Wynonna and the Big Noise, 8:30 p.m. JUNE 01 Chris Knight, 8 p.m. 03 Elton Dan and The Rocket Band, 7 p.m. 04 Gene Watson, 8 p.m. 05 Trout Fishing in America, 8 p.m. 0607 Glen Templeton, 8 p.m.

DOSEY DOE BIG BARN 25911 I-45 N., The Woodlands 281-367-3774 www.doseydoetickets.com MAY 12 Cody Hibbard with Kyle Hutton, 8 p.m. 13 Back in Black, 8:30 p.m. 14 Deep Blue Something, 7:30 p.m. 15 The Tejas Brothers, 8:30 p.m.

15 The Fab 5, 8 p.m. 16 Dale Watson, 8 p.m. 18 Piano Punch, 7 p.m. 19 Jon Wolfe, 8 p.m. 20 The Damn Quails, 7 p.m. 2122 Junior Brown, 8 p.m. 23 Nightbird, 6 p.m. 2526 Jason Boland, 8 p.m. 28 Jackopierce, 8 p.m. 30 Michael Grimm, 8 p.m.

20 Kelley Peters Trio, 8 p.m. 21 Nervous Rex, 8:30 p.m. 22 Mr. Wonderful, 8:30 p.m. 26 Nik Rincon, 6 p.m. 27 AJ Santana, 8 p.m. 28 Bad Boyfriend, 8:30 p.m. 29 Diamond Jack, 8:30 p.m.

10 The Wilder Blue, 7 p.m. 11 Pigs on the Wall, 8 p.m. 12 Bad Sneakers, 7 p.m.

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES

COMPILED BY VANESSA HOLT & BEN THOMPSON

REGIONAL PROJECTS

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Hwy. 242 yover Preconstruction of a third yover road connecting I-45 North and Hwy. 242 began April 6, Montgomery County Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley’s oce announced April 6. The new direct-connect yover road is designed to carry northbound travelers on I-45 onto eastbound Hwy. 242 with no trac interruptions. The road will join existing yovers connecting northbound I-45 to westbound Hwy. 242 and westbound Hwy. 242 to southbound I-45. The project was previously announced by Riley and Precinct 4 Commissioner James Metts last spring. Riley said the yover is being implemented to relieve congestion. As noted by Riley, the third yover will open as a nontolled road. The rst two yovers at I-45 and Hwy. 242 initially opened as toll roads before county commissioners voted to remove travel fees in May 2019. Along with the yover, Riley also said a drainage project is being planned just south of the highway junction along St. Luke’s Way to provide ooding relief near the medical campuses of CHI St. Luke’s Health- The Woodlands Hospital and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands. Timeline: April 6-2023 Cost: $30 million Funding sources: Montgomery County, Houston-Galveston Area Council

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2 Kuykendahl Road widening A project to widen Kuykendahl Road from two to four lanes from Lake Woodlands to Research Forest drives is underway, according to Montgomery County Precinct 3 ocials. A new bridge will be constructed over Bear Branch to accommodate the northbound lanes, and the existing two lanes will become southbound lanes. As of mid-April, contractors had cleared 1.5 miles for the new northbound lane and bridge, and work had commenced on a temporary ditch on the northeast side of the project. Work on pilings for the new bridge was also planned in late April. Timeline: January 2021-early 2022 Cost: $3.57 million Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3 3 Rayford Road improvements A project will widen Rayford Road to four lanes between an area 40 feet east of Waterbend Cove and approximately 400 feet east of Birnham Woods Drive. It includes creating two new eastbound travel lanes from Waterbend to the Rayford intersection with Birnham Woods and using the existing road for

the westbound lanes. The project also includes constructing a trac signal at the Rayford-Birnham Woods intersection and widening Birnham Woods to four lanes 600 feet north and south of Rayford. As of mid-April, contractors were starting pavement work for the new lanes at the Rayford-Allegro Bend intersection and work on the storm sewer along Birnham Woods north of Rayford. Timeline: October 2020-fall 2021 Cost: $2.88 million Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3 4 Woodson Road intersection improvements Intersection improvements along Woodson Road in Oak Ridge North will begin this spring following the close of bidding in early April. The project will expand the turning space available at the Woodson intersections at I-45 and Blueberry Hill Drive as well as creating a new center turn lane set back from the frontage road, according to the city. Timeline: May-August Cost: $233,000 Funding source: city of Oak Ridge North

1 FM 2978 widening The Texas Department of Transportation will widen FM 2978 from two to four lanes with a center turn lane from FM 1488 to south of Dry Creek in Phase 1 and from south of Dry Creek to Conroe- Hufsmith Road in Phase 2. The bridge over Spring Creek will also be widened. In April, the rst phase of the project was 69% complete; the second phase and bridge were 99% complete. Timeline: September 2018-second quarter 2021 (Phase 1), January 2018-second quarter 2021 (Phase 2), October 2018-second quarter 2021 (bridge) Cost: $21.47 million (Phase 1), $13.7 million (Phase 2), $7.56 million (bridge) Funding sources: TxDOT, federal funds

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TRANSPORTATION

Montgomery County forms towing advisory board

BY ANDREW CHRISTMAN

call. The new zones replace the old system, which had 24 zones. During a March 23 Commissioners Court meeting, the commissioners voted 4-1 to keep the new towing ordinance in eect with Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley voting against it. Riley voiced concerns about the fairness of the new system after hear- ing concerns from various companies in his precinct. “I’m concerned about the compa- nies that are not getting as many tows as they think they should,” Riley said. “I am concerned about the compa- nies that set up their storage lots as close to the 24 lots we had ... when we went to the four zones, some of these folks are just over the line and cannot get into the zone.” Riley also cited complaints he had heard in regard to confusion about the rotation and safety concerns. Noack said the process can be rened moving forward. Among those appointed to the towing advisory board, Amy Milstead, president of Milstead Towing said she favors the rotation system. “The reason you voted for this last year was because of the reck- less driving from the tow truck drivers, multiple trucks on the side of the road at accident scenes and most importantly public safety, law enforcement safety and trac control,” Milstead said. During the meeting, Milstead said changes being implemented are being noticed by drivers in the southern district of the county. “Three months ago, there was nobody in the towing business that was happy,” Milstead said. “We are making progress.” Rebecca Bailey, a representative of A Plus Towing in The Woodlands, said the new rotation has been benecial in the southern zone. “The tow companies in the south zone are working well with each other and the new rotation,” Bailey said. As of the commissioners’ April 27 meeting, all appointments to the advisory board had been approved. The Montgomery County Sheri’s Oce has declined to comment on changes to the towing system.

towing services with the county for nonconsensual towing, which occurs when vehicles are left unattended in unauthorized areas. According to the ordinance, the previous system resulted in too many trucks congre- gating at incident scenes. During a special session Feb. 12, Montgomery County Sheri’s Oce Capt. Tim Holield said zones were drawn into north, east, south and west divisions to match with patrol areas. He said if a deputy called for a tow, a company would be pulled from the rotation for faster service. The way the zones are established will now result in 15 companies being in rotation for each of the zones with the exception of the north zone, which will have 12 companies on

Changes to Montgomery County nonconsensual vehicle towing rotations have caused confusion for several county towing businesses, but an advisory board created April 13 aims to better communicate the transition moving forward. During the April 13 Commissioners Court meeting, Precinct 3 Commis- sioner James Noack said the creation of the board was recommended by towing companies across the county. The board was unanimously approved by the court and will include two towing companies from each of the county’s four desig- nated districts. An ordinance came into eect Jan. 1 to establish a rotation among

New towing zones An ordinance went into eect in 2021 changing how nonconsensual towing for unauthorized parking is handled, and a new advisory board was created.

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COMPLEX NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS Treated in The Woodlands

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DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Developments underway in The Woodlands area

COMPILED BY ANDREW CHRISTMAN

PHOTOS BY ANDREW CHRISTMANCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

REGAL BENDERS LANDING Construction is nearing completion for the cinema plaza at Regal Benders Landing, located next to the Birnham Woods Marketplace on Riley Fuzzel Road. According to J. Beard Real Estate, the three buildings include 24,000 square feet of restaurant, entertainment and retail space next to the 24-screen theater.

WELLMANMANOR Work on the Wellman Manor community, located near Wellman Road and I-45 in Shenandoah, is nearing completion. According to developer David Weekley Homes, the last of 32 homes in the nearly 2-acre community are anticipated to be built by the end of August. Space: 1.9 acres Timeline: early 2020-August 2021

CONROE ISD TEACHER TRAINING CENTER Work has begun on the new $15.5 million Conroe ISD Teacher Training Center, located next to Woodforest Bank Stadium on David Memorial Drive in Shenandoah. According to CISD, the facility will replace the Jett Center and will open in spring 2022. Space: TBD Timeline: April 2021-spring 2022

Space: 24,000 square feet Timeline: late 2019-TBD

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A stroke could have changed Charlie’s world. We made sure it didn’t.

For the patient or the caregiver, stroke is a nightmare. And too often, the outcome is thought to be a foregone conclusion. But it’s also a condition where the decision on where to go can determine the long-term impact. That’s where The Woodlands Hospital comes in, with its Comprehensive Stroke Center. Learn more at StLukesHealth.org/stroke . Because together, we can change a foregone conclusion. We have a teamwith the skills and experience to change the course and the outcome of a stroke.

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ELECTION

Low turnout, wide margins

Local races decidedwith limited voter turnout inMay 1 election

In May 1 elections in The Woodlands area, races were decided by several hundred votes with the majority receiving more than 60%.

Percentage of vote

SHENANDOAH CITY COUNCIL POSITION 3

Incumbent

BY VANESSA HOLT

John Escoto

include keeping the city of Shenandoah a desirable small city to live while maximizing sales tax revenue in the commercial areas, and he has also pointed to improving mobility and resident safety as areas he would like to focus on if elected. He said in an interview conducted on election night that he looks forward to serving in the role of Shenandoah City Council member. “I’m elated,” he said. “I’ll do what- ever it takes to benet Shenandoah and its residents.” Escoto said he felt the campaign leading to the election was a fair one. “I want to thank my opponent, Jon Samuelson, for running also and for running a clean campaign,” Escoto said. “I think he and I both share our views about how to keep Shenandoah a great city to live in.” Magnolia ISD Incumbent Travis Moatt was the victor in the Magnolia ISD board of trustees race for Position 6. Montgomery County election results show Moatt received 63.24% of votes, or 862, and challenger Sharon Craig received 501 votes, equaling 36.76% of the vote. Moatt could not immediately be reached for comment. Moatt, an optometrist and owner of Moatt Eye Care in Magnolia, has served on the MISD board since 2015, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. Craig previously taught at Magnolia High School and teaches at Extraordinary Education,

272 votes

Voter turnout for the May 1 elections in The Woodlands area amounted to a few hundred residents with winning candidates receiving more than 60% of the vote. Two local races headed ballots with a race for a Shenandoah City Council seat between two newcomers and an incumbent seeking re-election on the Magnolia ISD board of trustees. All results are unocial until canvassed. Shenandoah The single contested race in Shenandoah was for City Council Position 3, previously held by Dean Gristy. Gristy withdrew his initial ling early in the process since he said he would be moving out of the city. Two newcomers faced o for one uncontested seat on the Shenandoah City Council on May 1, and John Escoto won with about 74% of the vote, according to unocial results fromMontgomery County. Escoto won with 227 votes, or 73.94%, and Jon Samuelson received 80 votes, or 26.06% of the 307 total votes. All results are unocial until canvassed. Escoto is retired with 32 years of experience in law enforcement. He has served on the Shenandoah Planning and Zoning Commission. Samuelson is also retired with experience in nance and government accounting. Escoto previously told Community Impact Newspaper his priorities

Jon Samuelson

80 votes

MAGNOLIA ISD BOARDOF TRUSTEES

Travis Moatt

862 votes

Sharon Craig

501 votes

RAYFORD ROADMUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT BOND ELECTION

Yes: 152 votes

No: 87 votes

Voter turnout for elections in Montgomery County has historically been higher during state or national elections in November. Historical data Election: *Presidential **Gubernatorial

a home-school co-op program, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. Magnolia ISD serves portions of The Woodlands area at Bear Branch elementary, junior and high schools. Rayford RoadMUD Residents of the Rayford Road Municipal Utility District also approved a $12 million bond referen- dum by a vote of 152-87 on May 1. The ballot question asked for authorization to issue bonds up to $12 million with an ad valorem tax rate to be determined for construction of water, sewer and drainage improvements— costing $10.8 million—and $1.2 million in incidentals such as administrative costs. The MUD includes Imperial Oaks subdivisions, according to the MUD website. Andrew Christman and Anna Lotz contributed to this report.

November 2020 *

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No May 2020 local election held

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SOURCE: MONTGOMERY COUNTY ELECTIONS COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

EMERGENCIES CAN HAPPEN WITHOUT A WARNING. TheWoodlands Township invites all residents to learn about the different ways our community can prepare for hurricanes or a variety of other emergencies. The 2021 Emergency Preparedness Event will feature: • Tools and plans to know before an emergency occurs • Free drawing and promotional items • Hurricane, tornado, fire and flood preparedness information

Emergency Preparedness Program The Woodlands

SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2021 • 9 a.m. to noon at TheWoodlands Township 2801 Technology Forest Blvd. TheWoodlands, TX 77381 www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/neighborhoodwatch EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS EVENT

• Public safety vehicles and apparatus viewing • Sign-up information for emergency notifications

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