“The Primary election season is not over. There are several important races that remain to be decided by voters, locally and statewide,” stated Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart while reminding voters that the Early Voting period for the May 24, 2016, Democratic Party and Republican Party Runoff Elections begins Monday, May 16 and runs through Friday, May 20.

There will be forty-four Early Voting locations available to Harris County voters. Voters are strongly encouraged to visit www.HarrisVotes.com and review the Early Voting schedule before heading to a voting location, especially voters residing in areas impacted by recent flooding. “Bear Creek and Glen Cheek locations are unavailable due to the April floods. Voters near Bear Creek Park Community Center may vote at Lone Star College. Voters near Glen Cheek Education Building may vote at Harris County MUD 81”, asserted Stanart, the chief election officer of the County. Additionally, there are two new Early Voting locations, Fallbrook Church to support voters northwest of I-45 and Beltway 8, and SPJST Lodge #88 to support voters near the Memorial Park/Heights area.

To obtain a detailed early voting schedule, a personal sample ballot, election day polling locations, or a list of acceptable forms of photo identification required to vote in person, voters may call 713.755.6965 or visit www.HarrisVotes.com. During the abbreviated Early Voting period, polling locations will be open from 7 am to 7 pm.

“Aside from knowing where to vote, there are important guidelines voters should be aware of before voting in a Primary Runoff,” added Stanart. “March 1 Primary voters must vote in the same party’s Primary Runoff Election. Voter may not cross-over between the Primary and the Primary Runoff Election. Eligible voters who did not vote in March may vote in either political party’s Primary Runoff Election, but not both.”

The Harris County Primary Runoff election ballot for Democrats includes twelve contests and for Republicans, six. Democratic Primary Runoff Election voters will nominate candidates for Railroad Commission, State Board of Education District 6, State Representative District 139, the 11th, 61st and 215th Judicial District Courts, Sheriff, Justice of the Peace Precincts 1 and 7, and Constable Precincts 2 and 3. Plus, voters in Voting Precinct 398 will determine their chairman. Republican Primary Runoff Election voters will nominate candidates for U.S. Representative District 18, Railroad Commissioner, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 2 and 5, and State Representative District 128. In addition, Republicans will choose the leader (Chairman) of the Harris County Republican Party.

“I encourage every eligible voter to do their homework and then go vote early. Remember, during early voting, a voter can vote at any one of the early voting sites. In contrast, on Election Day, voters must vote at a designated polling location,” concluded Stanart.

arris County, TX – Early Voting Locations
May 24, 2016 Democratic Party and Republican Party Primary Runoff Elections
Acres Home Multi Service Center
6719 W. Montgomery
Alief ISD Administration Building
4250 Cook Road
Alvin D. Baggett Community Center (*)
1302 Keene St.
Galena Park
Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library
22248 Aldine Westfield Rd
Bayland Park Community Center
6400 Bissonnet
Baytown Community Center
2407 Market Street
Champion Forest Baptist Church – Multi Purpose Bldg
4840 Strack Road
Champion Life Centre
3031 FM 2920 Road
City of Jersey Village
16327 Lakeview Drive
Jersey Village
Crosby Branch Library
135 Hare Road
Fallbrook Church (*)
12512 Walters Rd
Fiesta Mart, Inc.
8130 Kirby
Franz Road County Annex
19818 Franz Road
Freeman Branch Library
16616 Diana Lane
H.C.C.S Southeast
6960 Rustic, Parking Garage
Hardy Senior Center
11901 West Hardy Road
Harris County Administration Building
1001 Preston, 1st Floor
Harris County MUD 81 (*)
805 Hidden Canyon Rd
Harris County Public Health Environmental Service
2223 West Loop S
Hiram Clarke MSC
3810 W. Fuqua
John Phelps Courthouse
101 S Richey St
Juergen’s Hall Community Center
26026 Hempstead Highway
Kashmere Multi-Service Center
4802 Lockwood Dr.
Kingwood Branch Library
4400 Bens View Lane
Kyle Chapman Courthouse Annex
7330 Spencer Highway
Lone Star College – Atascocita Center
15903 W. Lake Houston Parkway
Lone Star College – Creekside
8747 W New Harmony Trail
Lone Star College – Cypress Center (*)
19710 Clay Rd
Lone Star College – Victory Center
4141 Victory Drive
Metropolitan Multi-Service Center
1475 West Gray
Moody Park
3725 Fulton Street
North Channel Branch Library
15741 Wallisville Road
Northeast Multi-Service Center
9720 Spaulding St, Bldg #4
Nottingham Park
926 Country Place Drive
Octavia Fields Branch Library
1503 South Houston Avenue
Palm Center
5300 Griggs Road
Prairie View A&M University – Northwest
9449 Grant Road
Richard & Meg Weekley
8440 Greenhouse Road
Ripley House
4410 Navigation Boulevard
SPJST Lodge #88 (*)
1435 Beall St
Sunnyside Multi-Service Center
4605 Wilmington
Tomball Public Works Building
501B James Street
Tracy Gee Community Center
3599 Westcenter Drive
Trini Mendenhall Community Center
1414 Wirt Road
(*) indicates new location

Team LtR Justin Dennis Kelon Cristhian

A team of Madison High School students has built a rocket that the group will launch this weekend in Washington, D.C. at the world’s largest model rocket contest known as the Team America Rocketry Challenge.

The students, who are members of the “Sensation Station” rocket club at Madison, are among only 100 school teams from across the country to qualify to compete in the national finals of the challenge. This year’s challenge requires students to build and launch a rocket carrying two eggs at exactly 850 feet high. The rocket must remain in flight for 44 to 46 seconds and return with no cracks either both egg.

Kelon and Leonel working on the name

“I am so proud of the Madison High School rocket club team,” said HISD Board of Education Trustee Wanda Adams, who represents the school. “They are outstanding representatives of our school district, exemplifying qualities required for success: hard work, perseverance, and studious preparation. The sky is the limit for these talented students. Our hopes for them soar higher than their rocket this weekend, much like their unlimited potential for the future. I wish them the best of luck.”

The six team members competing in the contest are Cristhian Benavides, Leonel Henrriquez, Justin King, Dennis Ngyuen, Cristian Ramirez, and Kelon Tidwell. Students Christina Hillard and Angel Reyes also helped build the rocket.

Working on the building of rocket

Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association, the National Association of Rocketry, and more than 20 industry partners, the contest aims to encourage students to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Nearly 800 teams from all 50 states entered this year’s contest.


The teams will compete for prizes and scholarships totaling more than $100,000. The winning team will travel to the Farnborough International Air Show in London, courtesy of the Raytheon Company, to compete in the International Rocketry Challenge with teams from France, the United Kingdom and Japan.

“I am very proud of our rocket team, their enthusiasm, and hard work,” said Madison physics teacher Dr. Maqsuda Afroz who coordinates the rocket club. “This is an enormous achievement, which I hope will serve as an inspiration to all of our students.”


The Houston ISD Board of Education on Thursday approved new names for seven schools that were recommended by committees of students, parents, teachers, alumni, civic leaders and principals.

Earlier this year, the Board of Education voted to start the process of choosing new names for schools that will better reflect the district’s values and diversity. The new names will be in effect beginning with the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. The new campus names are as follows:

Margaret Long Wisdom High School (formerly Lee High School)

Margaret Long Wisdom was a lifelong Houston resident and a life-changing educator. She taught history, government, and journalism for 38 years in HISD at Lanier Middle School, Milby High School, Lamar High School, and Lee High School. She received many honors, including Teacher of the Year and the National right to Work Committee Award; she was appointed to the Texas Close Up Board by Gov. Bill Clements; and she was recognized by Houston Magazine as one of Houston’s most interesting people in 1984. She ran for the Texas House of Representatives in 1964, and she helped organize the Congress of Houston Teachers, serving as president of that organization.

Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School (formerly Johnston Middle School)

Meyerland, the neighborhood in which the campus is located, was developed in 1955 by the Meyer family. Today, there are 2,315 homes in the Meyerland neighborhood. The school is home to a performing and visual arts magnet program.

Yolanda Black Navarro Middle School of Excellence (formerly Jackson Middle School)

Yolanda Black Navarro became a community and city icon through her civic and political leadership. As a committed civic leader she served Houston well by serving on the METRO Board and the Houston Parks Board, and running for Houston City Council. Before her death, she chaired Mayor Annise Parker’s Hispanic Advisory Committee. She fought for all Houstonians to be treated equally and helped disadvantaged youth by founding Shoes for Kids. She was founder of the Association for the Advancement of Mexican-Americans (AAMA). Ms. Navarro was the recipient of the Mayor’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the East End Chamber of Commerce Small Business Award.

Heights High School (formerly Reagan High School)

The Houston Heights neighborhood in which the campus is located was established in 1896 by Oscar Martin Carter. Mr. Carter set out to create a planned community where successful entrepreneurs and working people alike could live and work in health and safety as neighbors. In 2013, the Heights was fourth on CNN Money’s list of Top 10 Big City Neighborhoods.

Audrey H. Lawson Middle School (formerly Dowling Middle School)

Audrey H. Lawson was a community activist and founding first lady of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church. Ms. Lawson was a social worker by profession, who started two charter schools and turned the Ensemble Theater into one of the most successful African American-owned theater companies in the country. Throughout her lifetime, she supported children and families and was the creator of countless community education and outreach programs that touched the lives of thousands of young Houstonians.

Bob Lanier Middle School (formerly Sidney Lanier Middle School)

Bob Lanier served as mayor of Houston from 1992 to 1998. His popularity cut across racial, ethnic and political party divides. Bob Lanier won many awards recognizing his achievements, including the Hubert Humphrey Civil Rights Award and the Urban Beautification Award.

Northside High School (formerly Davis High School)

The Northside neighborhood in which the campus is located is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Houston and is an area known for its rich cultural history. Development of the neighborhood began in the 1880s when Augustus Chapman Allen, one of the original setters of the Houston area, began building on the first plat in the neighborhood. The neighborhood was near the Hardy Railway, which was also developed during that period. In the late 1800s, the area was settled primarily by immigrant rail workers from Europe. Staring in the 1940s, a large Mexican and Mexican-American immigrant population settled in the area and many families who settled in the Northside neighborhood during that time have a continued presence in the area. In 2011, the Northside neighborhood was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Earlier this year, the Board of Education approved renaming the former Grady Middle School as Tanglewood Middle School.

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On Saturday, May 7, 2016, at approximately 10:00 AM, Deputies with the Montgomery County
Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division were dispatched to a robbery that had occurred at a business,
Extended Stay America, in the 150 block of Valleywood Road, in Spring, Texas.

Upon deputies arrival, it was reported that a male entered the location, brandished a knife and
demanded money from the sales clerk. The clerk complied with the actor’s demands, giving him
an undetermined amount of money from the cash drawer of the register. Reportedly, the actor
then fled the location in an unknown direction. Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office units
responded to the location but were unable to locate the actor.
Descriptions of the suspect was a black male, wearing black sweatshirt, black jeans, gloves, and
a bandana covering his face.

It was discovered that a male was arrested committing a robbery in Webster, Texas,
approximately one and a half hours later, at an Extended Stay America. The suspect arrested in
that reported robbery fit the motive of operation and description of the suspect in the robbery
reported here in Montgomery County.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Major Crime Detectives investigating the robbery here in
Montgomery County has since identified the suspect mentioned above that was arrested in
Webster, Texas, as the subject who committed the robbery here in Montgomery County. A
warrant for the robbery will be issued for the suspect, Christopher Brown, (date of birth
04/03/1995), who is currently in custody at the Harris County Jail.

Information Source:
Lieutenant Brady Fitzgerald
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
Administrative Services


What: Hundreds of Houston Independent School District middle and high school students will have the opportunity to meet admissions representatives from regional historically black colleges and universities at the HISD College Summit for HBCUs.

Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) located in Texas and Louisiana will be represented, and general information will be provided on the more than 100 HBCUs across the country. Students in grades 6-12 along with their parents are invited to attend. The free event will include a college fair and breakout sessions focused on financial aid and college admissions.

Representatives will be in attendance from the following colleges and universities: Huston-Tillotson University, Jarvis Christian College, Prairie View A&M University, Southwestern Christian College, Texas College, Texas Southern University, and Wiley College.

The event is organized by the HISD College Readiness Department. Transportation will be provided from some campuses. This year, the district strengthened its college readiness efforts by deploying 28 new college success advisors and 10 college success managers to campuses across the district.

*Media are invited to attend the event, where they can interview students and representatives from colleges.

Who: HISD middle and high school students, HISD college readiness team, representatives from historically black colleges and universities

When: Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 5:45 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Where: Texas Southern University, 3100 Cleburne St., 77004 (Free parking available for attendees in parking lot V1 located on Cleburne Street)