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FOLLOWING HURRICANE HARVEY’S DAMAGE ALONG THE TEXAS COAST, A LIVE OAK PUBLIC WORKS CREW traveled Aug. 28 to Portland to deliver 300 stop signs, poles and concrete, then returned the next day to help with the installation. Live Oak officials lauded employees Scott May, Travis Real, Eric Orr and Jim Neeley.

JUDSON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEES started the academic year with a 2 percent pay increase, costing JISD $3.9 million, according to officials. The decision was approved at the board meeting Aug. 17, with raises reflected in September paychecks. A one-time retention incentive of about $625 will be disbursed in time for the holiday season. In addition, trustees OK’d a $239.7 million budget for the school year, a spokesman said.

SAN ANTONIO-BASED SANTIKOS ENTERTAINMENT SOON PLANS TO BREAK GROUND ON A NEW MULTISCREEN THEATER complex at Interstate 35 and Wiederstein Road in Cibolo, according to several San Antonio media outlets. The project will include 16 auditoriums with the latest digital technology, Dolby Atmos sound systems and luxury recliner seating. Several bowling lanes, a high-energy sports bar, a full restaurant and arcade games will also be on site, according to reports. Cost and the name are pending, but the project is part of a larger master-planned development slated to include retail, restaurant and residential components, according to various reports.

SCHERTZ CITY COUNCIL RECENTLY APPROVED enhancements to 5-acre Rhine Valley Park, located at 9958 Mulhouse Drive in the Rhine Valley subdivision behind Corbett Junior High School. Improvements costing $376,500 include a playscape, sport court, soccer fields, picnic pavilion, barbecue pits, an 8-foot-wide walking trail, parking lot, trees, landscaping and irrigation. Picnic tables and a stone monument/sign will be installed soon, too. The park, open to all, will celebrate a grand opening this fall, officials said.

DREVER CAPITAL MANAGEMENT HAS ANNOUNCED PLANS for a 213-unit senior living community in Live Oak. According to officials, Larkspur at Live Oak “will serve the baby boomer generation and respond to the need for affordable senior housing on the northeast side of San Antonio.” Amenities will encourage an active lifestyle and the design will have a neighborhood feel. A groundbreaking is planned later this year. The development will open in early 2019 on 15 acres near Interstate 35 and Loop 1604.

WINDCREST ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORP. added a member with the swearing in Aug. 10 of Lou Miller by City Secretary Kelly Rodriguez.

JUDSON EARLY COLLEGE ACADEMY SOPHOMORE GABRIELLA MONTEMAYOR was one of 20 students selected to spend the summer interning at Voelcker Research Academy. Each San Antonio-area high school was asked to nominate three freshmen to be considered for the seven-week study program, which gives future health care professionals a chance to work with UT Health faculty. Montemayor created a research poster she presented at the Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy Scholars Symposium and Graduation.

RECONSTRUCTION STARTED IN LATE JULY TO WIDEN AND REBUILD LOOKOUT ROAD in Selma. Initially addressed were drainage and utility portions. In late August, work began from Schertz Parkway to Jordan Road. This first phase, expected to take 60 to 90 days, weather permitting, means road closures for nonlocal, nonessential traffic, officials said. Detour signs will direct drivers.

AN OLD HACKBERRY TREE AT THE RIGHT OF WAY IN FOREST BLUFF IN LIVE OAK has been felled, officials said on Facebook. City leaders noted they don’t take the removal of trees lightly, and plan to replace the plant. The hackberry was hollow and ready to fall, they said. The city arborist feared Hurricane Harvey’s August landfall could’ve toppled it, damaging houses and passing vehicles, plus creating a hazard for pedestrians, officials said.

THE JUDSON HIGH SCHOOL AUTO BODY AND REFINISHING PROGRAM RECENTLY RECEIVED a grant from I-CAR, the Inter Industry Conference of Auto Collision Repair. The award covers the curriculum’s certification fee. Participating students spend a 30-70 percent ratio between classroom and shop.

NORTHEAST LAKEVIEW COLLEGE AND THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF SAN ANTONIO RECENTLY HOSTED a SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Challenge Scrimmage at the Eastside Branch Boys & Girls Club. Cooperating with Navy City Outreach Southwest Region and Navy Recruiting District San Antonio, 12 teams consisting of 45 middle school and high school students focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Experiences included building a remote-controlled underwater robot, seminars, workshops in effective communication, and teamwork necessary to succeed in STEM-related fields. For more, visit seaperch.org.

FUNDED BY THE SCHERTZ-CIBOLO-UNIVERSAL CITY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 2016 BOND, CLEMENS HIGH SCHOOL UPGRADES CONTINUE, including the completion of new remote administrative offices for greater efficiency. Pier drilling is underway and the structure will include classrooms, office space and a facade when finished.

JUDSON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT IS ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS for the JISD Athletic and Civic Hall of Honor Class of 2018. The distinction recognizes athletes who excelled as students or beyond, plus those making personal or professional contributions, officials said. Nominations must be submitted by Oct. 6. For forms and more, visit judsonisd.org/district/superintendent/communications/HallofHonor.cfm.

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