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Get to know Leon Valley, a thriving enclave surrounded by S.A.
Like Alamo Heights, Leon Valley was a mostly rural community that feared losing its identity when the citizens heard that San Antonio was expanding and looking to take over. Texas allowed Leon Valley to incorporate into a home rule city with a mayor...
Grand Prairie plans for urban development at its Gateway district on I-30
“It’s really the last opportunity for a major urban type project between downtown Dallas and downtown Fort Worth,” said Marty Wieder, Grand Prairie’s director of economic development. “The City Council has been patient to make sure it has been done...
Firm gives report on budget error
Pearland - Recommendations included staff training on tax rate calculations, monthly communications and monitoring of communication with all three county appraisal districts involved and contracting with a company to do calculations to help ensure...
Orange using $1 million grant to tackle sewer upgrades
“It is always great to get that money from an outside source. We can use our taxpayers’ dollars and put in 10 percent of a total price and get that much money back over,” Jack said. “These grants do come with a match. That is a great deal for the...
Interim El Paso city manager takes on role 1 month early to ensure 'smooth transition'
Col. (Ret.) Cary Westin will begin his daily operational duties and responsibilities as El Paso's interim city manager Thursday (June 1)... "By beginning Mr. Westin’s duties and responsibilities one month sooner, it will allow for the City to...
Grant helps restore Brownsville’s Old City Cemetery
A restoration project at the Old City Cemetery is moving forward, thanks to a grant from the South Texas Center for Historical & Genealogical Research. Eugene Fernandez, the center’s director and a champion for the cemetery’s restoration,...
Castroville population explosion causing serious growing pains
Right now, about 3,300 people call Castroville home. Mayor Darrin Schroeder says the population will easily double in five to seven years thanks to the city of San Antonio’s growth. Mayor Schroeder explains there are two active subdivisions being...
Bullard under stage 3 water conservation
Due to a missing part within a well, the city of Bullard is currently under a stage 3 water conservation. The city manager, David Hortman, sent out a mass message notifying the city of the need to conserve water. “We had to implement a stage three...
After fire, Aurora City Hall nears completion
After several tumultuous years in Aurora, a new chapter will begin as the new city hall building is expected to open this summer. Today is the two-year anniversary of the fire, Mayor Bryan Dolan said the new city hall building will open by the end of...
New soccer fields installed at Gulfton’s Burnett Bayland Park
Houston - The installation of the soccer pitches is the first completed project of the park’s master plan, officials with Harris County Precinct 4 said in a news release. Precinct 4 provided $150,000 for the initial phase and plans to spend more than...
Missouri City special counsel reviews police department's standards for applicants, testing
According to the special confer counsel, which consists of Missouri City City Council members and Missouri City Police Department officers, eligibility standards for applicants were reviewed to establish reasonable requirements for applicants who...
Granite Shoals plans to get ahead of inevitable growth
Strategic consultant Alysia Cook of Opportunity Strategies made a presentation to the City Council and city staff at the Tuesday meeting on what Granite Shoals must do to meet the demands of growth. Officials discussed both small and big issues,...
Upscale apartments bring hopes for revitalization in this Fort Worth suburb
City manager Rex Phelps said he is pleased that JPI wants to build in south Haltom City, where new development and revitalization are needed. JPI recently opned a complex on North Beach Street in Fort Worth called Jefferson at Fossil Creek.
The city of New Fairview, which recently celebrated 50 years since its incorporation in 1973, has put several developments in place to serve the growing population. Guiding the change is the city’s new strategic plan that was developed after a recent...
City council approves salary increases for Laredo Fire Department
The City of Laredo met for a special meeting to discuss a salary increase proposal for the Laredo Fire Department. After nearly a year of back-and-forth discussions between the City of Laredo and the Firefighters Association, both parties have...
Hutto to consider $3M incentive for retail development
Known as Project ESLO, the project is slated to include a mix of restaurants, retail and office space at the corner of Ed Schmidt Boulevard and the upcoming Live Oak Street extension.
Cedar Park to begin asphalt rejuvenation for select residential streets
Beginning sometime in June, Pavement Restoration Inc. will apply almost 500,000 square yards of Reclamite Asphalt Rejuvenator to residential roadways. Reclamite, which lasts four to six years, seals minor cracking and extends the life cycle of...
Langford retires as Howardwick Fire Chief
City of Howardwick Volunteer Fire Department Chief Susie Langford retired from her position recently. Langford stepped into the role of chief during a difficult time for the department. She was reluctant to take the leadership role but did accept to...
Navasota Citizens University 2023 Graduates
NCU offered residents the opportunity to try their hand as government finance managers, firefighters, police officers, wastewater operators and other officials. Participants got a first-hand look at how government operates and how decisions are made.
La Vernia continues to grow and change
With all of the growth, we experienced more than our share of water leaks and learned a few lessons along the way. We revamped our Park Ordinance, and are on target to finally get someone engaged on our Street Maintenance.
Early City Council Special Called Meeting May 30th
On the first agenda item, The City of Early voted to approve TxDOT Brownwood District’s application to the 2023 Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside (TA) call for projects. This is a grant through Transportation Alternative that is for sidewalks,...
Plano adopts resolution for closed captioning on public televisions
Plano City Council unanimously voted to adopt a resolution that will require all city-owned televisions to have closed captioning turned on during its May 22 meeting. The resolution also encourages local businesses to do the same, according to the...
Pelican Bay and Azle enter into new partnership
On Tuesday, May 23, the Pelican Bay City Council approved a partnership between the Pelican Bay and Azle Police Departments. “The Pelican Bay Police department has partnered with several agencies in the past for dispatch and jail services,” City...
Amarillo City Council meeting time shifts to 3 p.m. every other Tuesday
According to a news release from the city of Amarillo, meeting times for the Amarillo City Council will be moving to 3 p.m. starting June 13. Meetings will continue to be hosted every other Tuesday at City Hall, located at 601 S. Buchanan in downtown...
City, county tax rebates rise above 2022 levels
The City of Wharton got a $294,547 rebate check from the comptroller this month, up 20.88 percent from 2022. The gain puts year-to-date rebates at slightly more than $1.3 million, up 16.18 percent.
Coppell looks to attract more restaurants to city
A city survey found Coppell residents want more restaurant options, and city officials want to oblige. There are 82 restaurants in Coppell, according to the city’s database. Most are fast casual or fast food—therefore, residents desiring a fine...
Frisco Banks on Music Scene to Boost Tourism
In recent years, Frisco has become known for its many sports venues, but live music is gaining a foothold in the city, giving tourists one more reason to “stay all night, stay a little longer,” as the classic country song says.
Rowlett tower comes crashing down after surviving tornado
It’s demo day for a Rowlett landmark. The water tower on Martha Lane is being torn down for good. This isn’t just any water tower to Rowlett residents, the tower took a hit from the tornado that ripped through about 1,300 houses in 2015.