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Swayze started the time of his life in Oak Forest

Swayze started the time of his life in Oak Forest

It’s not every neighborhood that can claim a world famous performer as one of their own. But Oak Forest certainly has ample bragging rights. Except they knew Patrick Wayne Swayze as Buddy Swayze, or Little Buddy, to distinguish him from his dad Jesse, also known as Big Buddy.

By Jonathan Garris jgarris@theleadernews.com The development of the Heights is not just an issue important to residents who live there. Even Mayor Annise Parker knows the area’s growth has included a few controversial consequences. Last week, Parker spoke at the Greater Heights Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Gateway to City Government lunch, and she defended a […]

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Recent break-ins put residents on guard

When Candlelight Estates resident Betty Cooper returned to her home on a recent Wednesday from her regular shopping excursion at Kroger, she noticed that her back gate was ajar.

That wasn’t too surprising since utility workers sometimes check things in her backyard. But when she started to unlock the back door and spotted broken glass from the bottom pane of a window, Cooper immediately called 911 and then her family. A nearby granddaughter was first on the scene, followed by the police.

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Nibbles: The Heights General Store adds pizza joint

The Heights General Store took to their Facebook page to announce a new look last week. Their green and white awning has been replaced with a red one. They also tell patrons that the east portion of their downstairs is being retrofitted into a pizza joint.

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Home brewers rejoice, Farmboy Brew Shop to open soon

When home beer brewer Landon Weiershausen lived on the south side of Houston, there was a homebrew shop a short drive from his place. But when he moved two years ago to Oak Forest with wife Natalie, there was no shop convenient to Weiershausen. And the idea for Farmboy Brew Shop was born.

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Residents comment on Yale Street Bridge

TxDOT plans on replacing the 83-year-old Yale Street Bridge in 2016.

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Oak Forest couple adds fresh  perspective to Citizen’s Patrol

Oak Forest Citizens Patrol leader Brandon Wheeler, right, and his wife (fellow Citizen’s Patrol member) Krystol Wheeler, have been part of a group that’s brought new energy to the neighborhood’s Citizen’s Patrol. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)

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Milwee has big plans for Chamber’s future

Milwee becomes president of the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce Sept. 1.

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290 construction set for completion in 2017

By Michael Sudhalter michael@theleadernews.com Traffic and congestion on U.S. Hwy. 290, especially near Loop 610, have always been a concern for local motorists. Improvements and widening of lanes is ongoing and scheduled to be completed by summer/fall 2017, according to Karen Othon, public information officer for the Texas Department of Transportation’s 290 project. The estimated […]

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Future looks bleak for potential 34th St. Quiet Zone

By Michael Sudhalter michael@theleadernews.com Some northwest Oak Forest residents will sleep a little easier at night when the Greater Inwood Quiet Zone, from W. Little York to Watonga, is completed in the beginning of 2015. A Quiet Zone modifies railroad crossings so trains can pass through without sounding their horns. It puts the gates down […]

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