In Other News: Wintry Mix Edition

We were all prepared to have a big Snow Day story this weekend, replete with pictures from around the community of smiling children building snowmen. snow angels, and plenty of shots of icicles. The Thursday night 10:00 news had street reporters all atwitter, dressed in fashionably warm gear, and pointing out the snow flurries visible only in their news truck headlights.

Conroe ISD cancelled school on Friday (which was probably a good move), and everyone was looking forward to the white stuff the next morning. Alas, it never came, leaving only a sheet of ice on overpasses, and a mess trying to get into Houston Friday morning. Unless you left your fountain running. But there was other news from our area recently:

If you drove down Rayford a couple of Sundays ago, you couldn’t miss that someone had taken out the two railroad crossing signals in the middle of the road. Sure enough, there was a fatal accident there hours earlier. Reports were that the police found the speedometer locked at 90 mph.

CISD superintendent Don Stockton had his contract extended for a year. His new salary will be $282,000 annually, and Mr. Stockton said his dream is to finish his career in CISD. Also, the CISD Board approved allowing Mr. Stockton and CISD CFO Dan Cox to sell sbout $84 million in new school bonds to provide funding for, among other things, a new Oak Ridge area junior high school. Given the temporary classrooms at York today, well, this is probably overdue.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s office launched a new sex offender website, providing a mechanism for area residents to learn what convicted sex offenders might be living in their neighborhoods. A fire destroyed a home in Woodloch – thankfully, no one was home at the time.

The Montgomery County Health Department was busy this past month. A number of our area restaurants and food service facilities passed inspections with gold stars, including 3B’s, Country Time Barbeque, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, and Buca Di Beppo. Others were found to be less than desirable:

  • Popeye’s on Rayford – three demerits for improper hand washing facilities
  • Fish Place (Now Open!) on Rayford – three demerits for unapproved mechanical / manual dish washing and sanitizing temperature
  • Jack in the Box at I-45 and Rayford – four demerits for improper/inadequate hand washing facilities (apparently more improper than those found at Popeye’s)
  • Mario’s on Rayford – nine, count ’em, nine demerits for improper cooling for cooked or prepared food and unapproved HACCP plans
  • Tailgator’s on Rayford – six demerits for no soap in the hand wash sinks and and manual/mechanical dish washing at incorrect temperature

Oak Ridge High School senior Cody Seal, working on his Eagle Scout rank, received an award from the National Garden Clubs. He is a member of Troop 293, sponsored by the Faith United Methodist Church on Rayford.

Finally, in Oak Ridge High School news, the Wingspan reports that their recent blood drive netted 152 donors.

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Chuck Briese, Oak Ridge Now

[avatar user="cbriese" size="thumbnail" align="left"] Chuck Briese has been a resident of South Montgomery County since 1988. He and his lovely and patient wife, Leslie, have six sons, with only one left to finish high school. Chuck has been a Cub Scout leader, a Little League baseball coach, a church youth leader, and a general troublemaker over the course of the past 25 years. He is obsessed with his lawn, and likes restaurants that serve food that fills up the plate. He has a tendency to tilt at windmills, which may explain why he started Oak Ridge Now.

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