This office space is going to be amazing!  Beautiful glass lines the hallways, stunning bathrooms are being installed and a building that was once under water after Hurricane Harvey, is showing something greater than promise.  At KMR Construction, we’ll keep working our magic and be sure to keep you informed.

The Utah Jazz took Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series against the Houston Rockets.  After taking a big first half lead, the Jazz pulled away late to win 116-108.

The two teams are now tied 1-1 in the second-round, best-of-seven series, which moves to Salt Lake City for Games 3 and 4, Friday and Sunday night.

Perhaps the greatest highlight of the night came when James Harden slapped a heckler’s phone out of his hand.

…Or that moment when the same Jazz fan taunted Harden earlier and he flinched at the agitator, as teammate Nene Hilario gave him a little push on the shoulder to back him off.

Following NCAA men’s college basketball tournament selection, Texas had seven teams in the field of 68.  Only twice before has a single state had as many teams make the tournament—California in 2002, and Texas in 2010.  With the Final Four set to be held in San Antonio, much of March Madness was brimming with a Lone Star infusion.

By the Second Round of tournament play; Stephen F. Austin, University of Houston, TCU, University of Texas and Texas Southern had all been eliminated.  The remaining Texas hopefuls are Texas Tech, the third seed in the East Region, and the West Region’s seventh-seeded Texas A&M.

The Sweet 16 kicks off at the end of this week.  Texas A&M will face the University of Michigan on Thursday, March 22 at 7:37 p.m., while Texas Tech battles Purdue on Friday, March 23 at 9:57 p.m.

Early voting for the Primary in Harris County begins on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 8 a.m. and continues through March 2.  The General Election for the Republican and Democrat Primary will be Tuesday, March 6.

According to the Harris County Elections website, the hours for early voting in the Primary are as follows:

  • Feb. 20 – Feb. 23: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 24: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Feb. 25: 1 – 6 p.m.
  • Feb. 26 – March 2: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

There are 46 early voting locations in Harris County.  They include: Inside I-610 Loop, Outside I-610 Loop and Outside Beltway 8 Loop.

Notable races include:

  • U.S. Senator (incumbent is Ted Cruz)
  • All U.S. House of Representatives
  • Governor (incumbent is Greg Abbott)
  • Lt. Governor (incumbent is Dan Patrick)
  • Several state seats
  • All State House Seats
  • Most State Senate Seats
  • Half of the county Seats

Texas was an independent nation from 1836 to 1845. When it was annexed in 1845, it retained the right to fly its flag at the same height as the national flag.

Texas was the 28th state in the U.S. and was admitted into the Union on December 29, 1845. All other states except Texas entered the United States by territorial annexation. Only Texas entered by treaty.

The Texas flag is called the “Lone Star Flag” and has three colors: red to represent courage, white to represent liberty and blue to represent loyalty. It was adopted in 1845 when Texas became a state.

Sam Houston (1793-1863) was the first president and first governor of Texas. The Cherokee, with whom he lived in Tennessee, called him “the Raven.”

Davy Crockett, who died at the Alamo, once told his Tennessee peers in Congress, “Ya’ll can go to hell. I am going to Texas.”

John Wayne and Chuck Norris are honorary Texas Rangers. The Texas Rangers are the oldest law enforcement agency in North America with statewide jurisdiction.

The most popular snack foods in Texas are Frito pie (a bag of Fritos mixed with chili, onions, and cheese eaten straight from the bag), peanuts in Dr Pepper, beef jerky, jalapenos and corn dogs.

Charles Alderton (1857-1941), a Waco pharmacist, first created Dr Pepper in 1885. The oldest working Dr Pepper plant (since 1891) is in Dublin, 94 miles west of Waco. There is also no period after the “Dr” in Dr Pepper.

Happy 2018 from KMR Construction staff!  As we usher in the New Year, here is a look back at what our headlines read over 2017.

  • January
    • Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.
    • The Dow hits the 20,000 mark for the first time in history.
    • A $722 million class action lawsuit is filed against the EPA on behalf of those impacted by the Flint, Michigan water crisis.
  • August
    • A total solar eclipse occurs, spanning the US from coast to coast, an event that has not taken place for 99 years.
    • Hurricane Harvey makes landfall in Texas, claiming 82 lives.
  • September
    • The Florida Keys suffers a death toll of 61 after being hit with Hurricane Irma.
    • Hurricane Maria slams Puerto Rico, killing at least 64 people.
  • October
    •   A man opens fire on a crowd of concertgoers in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and injuring almost 500, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
    • Eight people were killed when a man drove a truck down a busy bicycle path in New York City in the name of ISIS.
  • November
    • A gunman opens fire on a small church in Sutherland Springs, TX, killing 26.
  • December
    • President Trump recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and commits to relocating the US Embassy to that location.

The people of Southeast Texas experienced a year of constantly shifting emotions:

  • February – Houston hosts Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium.  The New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in the first-ever Super Bowl game decided in overtime.  The Patriots came back from a 25-point deficit, making it the largest comeback in NFL history.
  • August – Hurricane Harvey devastates Southern Texas, becoming the costliest tropical cyclone recorded, imposing nearly $200 billion in damages.  Harvey is the rainiest tropical cyclone on record in the US, resulting in flooding that submerged hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people and prompted more than 17,000 rescues.  Amidst the heartache of Harvey, Houston showed strength, character and resilience.
  • November – When a town appeared down and out to the rest of the world, Texas rallied behind the Houston Astros as they earned the state’s first World Series championship in the team’s 56-year history.
  • December – For the first time since 2009, Houston wakes up to snow!

With 2017 in the books, many people anticipate the New Year as an opportunity for positive growth and change.  A great way to revamp quality of life is to find a new job.  Recently, WalletHub compared 182 U.S. cities, ranking the various areas according to job-market strength.  The good news: if you’re in Texas, you are likely able to stay put.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national unemployment rate has fallen to a 17-year low of 4.1 percent and hiring is on the rise.  Additionally, the National Association of Colleges and Employers indicate employers will be hiring four percent more college graduates in 2018 than that of the previous year.

Of the 182 metropolitan areas included in WalletHub’s review, 16 cities are located in Texas; with 11 in the top 50 percent.

Source: WalletHub
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