For the second year in a row, George Bush Intercontinental Airport was recognized as one of the most efficient airports in the world when measuring on-time performance for arriving and departing flights. In the 2019 OAG Punctuality League report, Bush Airport came in sixth among “major” airports, defined as facilities that provide service for 20- to 30-million departing passengers per year. Bush, which also ranked sixth in the category last year, posted an on-time performance rate for arrivals and departures of 82.26 percent in 2018, the third-best rate among the 11 U.S. airports listed in the Top 20 of the worldwide “major” airport rankings.

 

BACK TO BUSINESS

The Village Thrift Shop is ready to re-open its doors! After a month of renovating, over 170 community volunteer hours, and a few coats of paint, The Village staff is thrilled to share with the community the new and improved Village Thrift Shop. The new atmosphere allows The Villagers to practice workplace skills as well as engage the community in The Village’s cause. “Thank you to the community for the continuous support.” The Village Thrift Shop is located at 25432 Loop 494 in Porter.

 

SUMMER CREEK BIZCOM

Summer Creek BizCom will meet Feb. 14 at Summer Creek High School in the silver LGI Building at 11 a.m. It features a blend of businesses, community members and school officials coming together to address specific needs and issues of the Summer Creek community. Area citizens, community organizations, businesses and other interested parties are welcome to attend. The event is free of charge provided an RSVP is made by calling 281-446-2128.

 

ECONOMIC OUTLOOK LUNCH

The Lake Houston Area Chamber’s Economic Outlook Luncheon will feature speakers who will forecast the 2019 local and national economy Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 11:30 a.m. at the Kingwood Country Club. For information and reservations, call 281-446-2128.

 

FREDDY’S OPENS

The long-anticipated wait is over for Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers lovers. After approximately nine months of construction, Freddy’s opened their doors Jan. 29. Owned and operated by Houston Custard, LLC, the first Humble/Kingwood/Atascocita location is at 4533 Kingwood Drive in front of the H-E-B Center at W. Lake Houston Pkwy.

“The steady flow of traffic through the area on the Kingwood development corridor makes it a great fit for Freddy’s,” said Padden Nelson, franchise owner. “Starting with our newest addition in Kingwood, we hope to achieve a closer presence to many of our local fans in the area, as well as reach those who haven’t yet visited Freddy’s.” The 3,615 square-foot, freestanding restaurant seats 95 Guests and has additional seating on the patio. Drive-thru service is also available. Freddy’s is known for its lean ground beef steakburgers, Vienna beef hot dogs and crispy shoestring fries as well as dessert treats prepared with a choice of chocolate or vanilla frozen custard that is freshly churned throughout the day. Freddy’s second area location is under construction in Valley Ranch.

 

HUMBLE GETS NEW U-HAUL LOCATION

U-Haul Company of Texas is pleased to announce that Danny’s Food Mart has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the community. Danny’s Food Mart at 1100 Wilson Road will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, moving supplies and in-store pick-up for boxes. The arrival of U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 is revolutionizing the moving industry through its more convenient, more secure way to pick up and return a truck. U-Haul live verification technology allows rental transactions to be carried out entirely on a smartphone at any hour – day or night. There are no membership fees. Simply visit uhaul.com to create an online account. Normal business hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. every day. Reserve U-Haul products at this dealer location by calling 281-446-0325 or visiting uhaul.com/Locations/Truck-Rentals-near-Humble-TX-77338/053056.

 

SALES TAX REVENUE TOTALED $2.8 BILLION IN JANUARY

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar recently said state sales tax revenue totaled $2.8 billion in January, 6 percent more than in January 2018. “The growth in sales tax collections was primarily due to continued strong spending in oil- and gas-related sectors,” Hegar said. “Remittances from restaurants also grew, while those from retail trade were flat relative to a year ago.”

Total sales tax revenue for the three months ending in January 2019 was up 6.1 percent compared to the same period a year ago. The sales tax is the largest source of state funding for the state budget, accounting for 57 percent of all tax collections.

In January, Texas collected the following revenue from other major taxes:

• oil production taxes – $274.5 million, down 3.3 percent from January 2018, the first such decline since December 2016. Also, monthly oil production tax revenues were the lowest since December 2017;

• natural gas production taxes – $152.9 million, up 24.3 percent from January 2018;

• motor vehicle sales and rental taxes – $425.7 million, down 0.5 percent from January 2018; and

• motor fuel taxes – $305.1 million, up 0.2 percent from January 2018.

 

HOUSTON AIRPORTS SET RECORDS FOR PASSENGER NUMBERS IN 2018

Record-setting numbers at both George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport led to an overall record year for passenger numbers at Houston’s airports in 2018, topping out at more than 58 million passengers for the first time.

The combined total of domestic and international passengers at Bush and Hobby airports finished at a record 58,284,008 in 2018, an increase of 7.6 percent over 2017. That number includes a record 46,520,710 domestic passengers – easily surpassing the previous record of 44,430,857 domestic passengers in 2015 – and 11,763,298 international passengers, topping the previous record of 11,636,494 international passengers in 2016. Bush Airport saw a record 43,807,539 passengers overall in 2018, a 7.6 percent increase over 2017, and that included a record 33,073,939 domestic passengers, an 8.9 percent increase over 2017 and more than the previous high mark of 32,411,513 in 2015. Bush served 10,733,600 international passengers in 2018, a 3.7 percent increase over 2017 and second only to the record 10,835,331 international passengers served in 2016.

 

COMPTROLLER GLENN HEGAR RETURNS $1 BILLION TO TEXAS UNCLAIMED PROPERTY OWNERS

Comptroller Glenn Hegar has returned $1 billion in unclaimed property to its rightful owners since he took office in January 2015, the comptroller’s office announced. “This landmark achievement represents the commitment this office has made to reuniting unclaimed property with its rightful owners,” Hegar said. “I’m proud of the folks in our Unclaimed Property program, and I encourage everyone to go to our website and see if there is money waiting for them.” Since 2015, the comptroller’s office has redesigned its unclaimed property website and internal systems to make the claims process faster, easier and more efficiently. The website allows users to upload claim documentation directly to ClaimitTexas.org and is mobile-optimized to make it easier to search for unclaimed property on smartphones and tablets. The state has returned more than $3 billion in unclaimed property to its rightful owners since the program’s inception in 1962. Those interested can search ClaimitTexas.org or call 800-321-2274 to see if they have unclaimed property.