Crooks eyeing delivered boxes

R.L. Perdraza looks through burglarized packages left at doorsteps along Rosslyn on Wednesday. A witness said crooks are following delivery trucks and stealing contents of packages during the day. (Photo by Jonathan McElvy)

Sure, going online, ordering a Christmas gift and having it delivered to your home may sound like the easiest way to complete your holiday shopping. Well, unless a criminal follows a delivery truck and rips open your box before you get home. Wednesday morning, an alert neighbor on Rosslyn noticed three opened boxes of gifts […]

Oak Forest business ‘raising the bar’ for local youngsters


When Oak Forest resident Lisa Fegen was trying to find quality summer activities on a teacher’s budget for her then middle-school age son, she came up short. Then, the light bulb went off. “I said ‘I’ll put on my cape. I will change this’,” Fegen said. A long time science teacher at Lanier Middle School, […]

60 events that shaped our neighborhood

The Barbeque Inn is one of Houston’s oldest family owned restaurants, founded in 1946, by  Louis and Nell Skrehot. (Contributed photo)

The Leader newspaper’s readers share a fascinating history. In celebration of the 60th birthday of our newspaper, we at the The Leader offer this retrospective to help keep our remarkable community’s story alive – so that long-timers can remember with pride and newcomers will know. Like The Leader’s readers themselves, our area is colorful, remarkable, […]

Need for Speed – Residents voice uncertainty over proposed high speed rail


While the prospect of traveling from Houston to Dallas in under 90 minutes is an exciting for many travelers, residents who may have homes in The Leader area along the proposed Texas Central Railway are voicing plenty of apprehension about the project and its potential affect on their community. TCR President Robert Eckels and David […]

Forgotten Greenway: Shady Acres residents set sights on revitalizing Little Thicket Park

Shady Acres Civic Club President Nancy Wilcox looks out over the creek running through Little Thicket Park. The area has a substantial amount of litter washing up into the water from the nearby highway, and aside from support from residents, the park has seen little in the way of substantial help from Houston officials, Wilcox says. (Photo by Jonathan Garris)

As Nancy Wilcox makes her way around Little Thicket Park at West 23rd Street, she can’t help but shake her head at the condition the local greenspace is in. “This is in a really unique location and so much wildlife calls this place home,” Wilcox said. It’s that uniqueness that has residents like Wilcox, who […]

Harvard students kick off read-a-thon to benefit Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation

Harvard Elementary Principal Kevin Beringer (right) presents small gifts to Razia Jan (left) and Elizabeth Suneby (center) following their presentation at the school Tuesday morning. Suneby is the award winning author of Razia’s Ray of Hope, inspired by Jan’s work in Afghanistan promoting education for young girls at the Zubuli Education Center. (Photo by Jonathan Garris)

Students at Harvard Elementary had a chance to learn about the challenges facing children their age around the world in getting an education during an assembly Tuesday morning, welcoming author Elizabeth Suneby and Razia Jan. Jan, a Top 10 CNN Hero in 2012, founded the Zubuli Education Center in Afghanistan which provides a free education […]