In Other News: Christmas Shoes Edition

Photo courtesy of Andrey Bandurenko / fotolia

Photo courtesy of Andrey Bandurenko / fotolia

Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday (is that catching on yet?), and Cyber Monday have passed, and we are now in full-blown Christmas season. Once again there are two full-time Christmas radio stations to listen to, because Christmas Shoes apparently needs to be played twice as often. This can be incredibly dangerous because, as Jon Acuff says, “you cannot unhear this song.”

But we digress. There’s a whole lot going on in our community, and we don’t have the staff to cover everything. Sometimes we don’t even hear about it here at Oak Ridge Now until we read it somewhere else. But you might not have heard about it either, so we once again bring you another edition of In Other News.

Three people have filed to run for locally elected positions in the past month. Montgomery County Precinct 2 Commissioner Craig Doyal has filed to run for County Judge, the position being vacated by Alan B. Sadler, who has kept that seat warm for 20 years. Local Pastor and former car salesman Mark Keough wants a seat in the Texas House of Representatives, as both he and The Woodlands Township Chairman Bruce Tough are running to replace the illustrious Steve Toth, who represents District 15 (including all of South Montgomery County) today.

Mr. Toth, who earned a Dishonorable Mention for his legislative performance this year from Texas Monthly. is himself running to replace Tommy Williams in his District 4 Texas Senate seat. Mr. Williams is leaving the life of a lawmaker behind to become vice chancellor of Federal and State Relations for the Texas A&M University System. He was named one of the best Texas legislators by Texas Monthly earlier this year, will be a difficult man to replace.

Another one of our elected officials, Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack held his third annual Toys for Tots party last week, and is on track to collect more than a thousand toys for kids in need in Montgomery County. “It would be horrible for a child to wake up Christmas morning without a toy,” Noack said.

A mobile home south of SH 242 burned down Friday night after the owner left a small fire in the fireplace unattended. The Needham Road Fire Department arrived too late to save home, but were able to miraculously save a dog hiding in the bedroom. The Montgomery County Police Reporter has the whole story.

In high-end shopping news, save the date: Nordstrom will be opening their new store in The Woodlands Mall on September 5, 2014. My wife is counting down the days.

In local sports news, Ultimate Woodlands last week carried a short profile of Logan Gregory, a Golden Gloves boxer who is currently a junior at Oak Ridge High School. Other War Eagles making the sports page include wrestlers Rachel Bates, Matthew Fleming, and Ethan Silva, who competed at The Woodlands individual wrestling tournament Saturday. Rachel took home third place in the meet, while Fleming and Silva each earned sixth-place finishes. Meanwhile, Lady War Eagle volleyballers Victoria Harris and Jaclyn Ward earned first team and second team honors, respectively, for their play this season.

geddyThe good folks at Lone Star College collected and donated over 20,000 cans of food for the Montgomery County Food Bank as part of their Maverick Give-A-Can project this year. The donation amounted to 16,907 pounds of food and will provide 20,288 meals for during the upcoming holiday season. Eight tons. Nice work.

The Montgomery County was not all that happy with some restaurants in The Ridge in November. The Subway on Riley Fuzzel received three demerits for improperly sanitized (read: dirty) soda nozzles; Compadres Texas Cafe on Hanna Road has a improperly sanitized ice machine (cue Marvin Zindler). Restaurants with a gold star from the health department included Country Time BBQ and Fixings, Omar Liquor, the Time Mart on Riley Fuzzel, and the Valero on Robinson Road.

Our shelter animal of the week from the Montgomery County Animal Shelter is Geddy, a male cat who has been in the shelter for nearly four months. Geddy enjoys baby birds, lizards, and long walks on the beach at sunset. Drop by the shelter on SH 242 and say hello.

if you like good wine and want to help the Animal Shelter financially, check out their benefit wines page. You can get a Chardonnay, Cab, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, or Malbec for $20 a pop, $6 of which goes to help the Montgomery County Animal Society. And they all have cute animal pictures on the bottle.

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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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