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A second district stadium will be constructed if voters approve a Nov. 5 student activities facilities bond. The stadium would cost $69.5 million to construct.

Courtesy Katy ISD

Katy ISD calls for November bond election

Katy ISD trustees officially called for a Nov. 5 student activities facilities bond election Aug. 19 to fund the construction of a second stadium, STEM project center and agricultural sciences center. more »

Aug 20, 2013 Katy (1 Comments)

Johnson Development unveils updated Camp Strake plans

Johnson Development Corporation officials revealed detailed plans for an estimated 2,000-acre, mixed-use development known as Strake–The Grand Central Park to be constructed about 4 miles north of The Woodlands. more »

Aug 22, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

Rise in drought index levels in Montgomery County sparks notice from fire marshal

With the summer heat and lack of rainfall pushing much of Montgomery County’s drought index close to 2011 levels, Fire Marshal Jimmy Williams warned residents in the western part of the county of the dangers of burning. more »

Aug 19, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

Tomball Regional parent company falls victim to cyberattack

Community Health Systems, parent company of Tomball Regional Medical Center, announced Aug. 19 that its computer network fell victim to a criminal cyberattack believed to have occurred in April and June 2014. more »

Aug 19, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

 The splash pad and play set are popular attractions for the children who come to Unity Park.

Photo by David Pollan

Magnolia City Council approves land donation for new inclusive park

Magnolia council members unanimously approved a land donation from the school district Aug. 12 for the construction of the city’s first inclusive playground in Unity Park designed to better accommodate people with disabilities and seniors. more »

Aug 18, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

Carol Hamilton said her 35-year teaching experience would bring a different perspective to the Conroe Independent School District  Board of Trustees.

Courtesy Carol Hamilton

Hamilton joins race in Conroe ISD board election

Carol Hamilton has joined the race to fill Position 3 on the Conroe Independent School District board of trustees. more »

Aug 18, 2014 The Woodlands

Many Harris County Precinct 4 representative were on site for the grand opening of the new substation on Mueschke Road, including Constable Ron Hickman, Chief Deputy Jim Sumner, Assistant Chief Mark Herman, Captain Steve Whitton and Lieutenant Wayne Schultz.

Courtesy Wayne Schultz

Constable substation opens in Cypress

A new constable substation in Precinct 4 has opened at 14954 Mueschke Road—next to the Harvest Bible Church—to service growing populations around Fairfield, Cypress Lakes, Ranch Country and other area Municipal Utility Districts. more »

Aug 15, 2014 Cy-Fair (3 Comments)

Traffic along Research Forest Drive near Grogan's Mill Road has increased over the past two years.

Jesse Mendoza

Concerns raised over rapid development

The rapid growth The Woodlands area has experienced during the past two years has led to a host of benefits, such as increased tax revenues, lower property taxes and more jobs. more »

Aug 13, 2014 The Woodlands

The Vintage development races toward completion

A decade after Mischer Investments and Kickerillo Companies joined forces as V&W Partners to purchase 630 acres from the Hewlett-Packard Company, The Vintage has become one of the most sought after mixed-use communities in northern Harris County. more »

Aug 12, 2014 Spring | Klein

Hubert joins Conroe ISD trustee race

Stephen “Skeeter” Hubert has filed to run for Conroe ISD Board of Trustees Position 3, joining Kim LeJeune and Jason Millsaps in the race to fill the seat in the Nov. 4 election. more »

Aug 13, 2014 The Woodlands

Montgomery County considering options to expand jail

Montgomery County commissioners are considering jail expansion options to address the strain of a growing inmate population. more »

Aug 12, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

Montgomery County responding to growing concerns of West Nile virus

Montgomery County Precinct 3 is ramping up mosquito abatement efforts to address early signs of a demanding West Nile virus season, Commissioner James Noack said during an Aug. 13 press conference. more »

Aug 14, 2014 The Woodlands

Courtesy city of Sugar Land

Sugar Land names new director of economic development

Sugar Land City Manager Allen Bogard has selected Jennifer May to serve as the city’s new director of economic development. more »

Aug 8, 2014 Sugar Land | Missouri City

Crossing closures begin Thursday as Union Pacific begins initial procedures to expand its rail line. A total of nine closures are expected during phase one construction which will end in spring 2015.

Connor Hyde

Crossing closures start Aug. 14 with Union Pacific expansion

Closures begin Thursday at Wood St. as Union Pacific begins construction to expand its rail line that connects Houston to San Antonio. more »

Aug 13, 2014 Sugar Land | Missouri City

Deadline approaching for candidates to file for Spring, Klein ISD boards of trustees

Few candidates have filed for the upcoming November board of trustees elections for Spring and Klein ISDs as the Aug. 18 deadline approaches. more »

Aug 10, 2014 Spring | Klein

The Kroger Marketplace location, located at the corner of Spring Green Boulevard and FM 1463 in Cinco Ranch, will feature food, apparel and home goods.

Courtesy Kroger

NewQuest breaks ground on new Kroger in Katy

NewQuest Properties broke ground earlier this month on a new 124,000-square-foot Kroger grocery store, which is slated to open in the Katy area by spring 2015. more »

Aug 12, 2014 Katy (3 Comments)

Bus Buddies volunteers prepare to board buses at Matzke Elementary School.

Courtesy Joel Weckerly, Cy-Fair ISD

Bus Buddies to help CFISD children get home safely

Cy-Fair ISD is asking for the community’s help with the annual Bus Buddies volunteer program. more »

Aug 13, 2014 Cy-Fair

Spring, Klein ISDs plan for increased budgets, tax revenues for 2014–15

Spring and Klein ISD officials are anticipating larger operating budgets and lower property tax rates for district residents for the 2014–15 school year thanks to an increase in enrollment and a surge in each district’s appraised value. more »

Aug 12, 2014 Spring | Klein

Local senior care services expand as population grows

As the senior population continues to grow in Montgomery County, area hospitals, non-profit organizations and senior care facilities continue to grow to meet demand. more »

Aug 13, 2014 The Woodlands

H-GAC accepting public input to develop 2040 transportation plan

The Houston-Galveston Area Council is accepting public input to update its transportation plan to serve as the framework for future road projects in the Greater Houston area. more »

Aug 8, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

Lone Star College calls for $485 million bond referendum for November

The Lone Star College System board of trustees called for a $485 million bond election at its Aug. 7 meeting to be placed on the ballot this November. more »

Aug 8, 2014 Cy-Fair

Hwy. 290 lane closures scheduled for Aug. 8 weekend

The following lane closures are scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 8 as a part of the Hwy. 290 expansion project. more »

Aug 7, 2014 Cy-Fair

Data center to open in north Katy

Dallas-based developer Skybox has started construction on an 86,960-square-foot, 20-acre data center in Katy at the northwest corner of Franz and Mason roads. more »

Aug 8, 2014 Katy

After months of gathering community feedback, local nonprofit Fort Bend Green has identified nearly 20 projects along the Brazos River corridor that are slated to be implemented in the next two to five years. These projects are expected to establish the river as an outdoor recreational attraction and paddle trail in Fort Bend County.

Photo by John Rigg

Brazos River recreational developments take shape

Today the Brazos River corridor offers several miles of undeveloped land in Sugar Land and Missouri City—prime real estate for parkland, green space and recreational opportunities. more »

Aug 6, 2014 Sugar Land | Missouri City

Mercedes-Benz dealership coming to The Woodlands

Luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz will begin selling its brand of vehicles in The Woodlands come February 2015. more »

Aug 6, 2014

SJRA pipeline construction project near three CISD schools delayed

Pipeline construction along Grogan’s Mill Road, near three Conroe ISD schools and a bus barn, has been delayed until October, according to the San Jacinto River Authority. more »

Aug 6, 2014 The Woodlands

A proposed high-speed rail system between Houston and Dallas could utilize the N700-I Bullet System train currently used by Japan Central Railway throughout Japan.

Courtesy Texas Central Rail

Environmental study on high-speed rail from Houston to Dallas begins

The Federal Railroad Administration and the Texas Department of Transportation have begun work on an environmental impact statement for the Texas Central Railway, a 240-mile high-speed rail system between Houston and Dallas. more »

Aug 6, 2014 Spring | Klein (2 Comments)

Many Magnolia-area residents to pay higher water rates come September

Residents in numerous Magnolia and Pinehurst area subdivisions will notice an increase in their water bills come Sept. 1 as part of continuing efforts in south Montgomery County to reduce reliance on groundwater sources. more »

Aug 6, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

Missouri City implemented a five-person motorcycle police unit this summer for local traffic enforcement.

Photo by John Rigg

Cities focus on public safety efforts

Public safety entities in Missouri City and Sugar Land are trying to ensure they are meeting the public’s needs by adding to or altering existing facilities and considering new construction. more »

Aug 6, 2014 Sugar Land | Missouri City

Brandon Creighton wins Senate district 4 runoff election

Texas Rep. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, will be the newest senator in the Texas Senate, after winning the Aug. 5 runoff special election by a margin of 7,846 votes over Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, according to unofficial results. more »

Aug 5, 2014 Vote Houston Metro

Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center to open in Katy

This week, Memorial Hermann announced its plans to open a new convenient care center in Katy, at Grand Parkway and FM 1093. The date for the ground breaking will be announced soon, with completion planned for spring 2015. more »

Aug 1, 2014 Katy

Spring ISD appoints Newhouse to vacant position on board of trustees

The Spring ISD board of trustees has appointed longtime educator Rhonda Newhouse to fill the vacant Position 5 on the board of trustees after Trustee Mel Smith recently announced his retirement from the board. more »

Jul 31, 2014 Spring | Klein

Market to bring fresh, local food to Katy

Harvest Farm to Market, a grocery store focused on organic and locally produced food, will open its second store and first Katy location at the corner of Westheimer Parkway and Greenbusch Avenue by the end of the year. more »

Aug 1, 2014 Katy

The sixth Kroger Marketplace in the Houston area will open Aug. 1 in Towne Lake.

Marie Leonard

Kroger Marketplace store opens in Cypress

The sixth Kroger Marketplace in the Houston area is set to open at 8 a.m. Aug. 1 in Towne Lake at 9703 Barker Cypress Road with several new store features in place and more than 120,000 square feet of shopping space. more »

Jul 31, 2014 Cy-Fair (1 Comments)

International students struggling to find homes in Greater Houston area

Several international exchange students bound for local school districts in the Greater Houston area are in search of a home during their stay in the United States. more »

Jul 30, 2014 Spring | Klein

Food packing event to produce 1.25 million meals

Volunteers hope to produce 1.25 million meals for starving children around the world during an event hosted by the Feed My Starving Children organization Aug. 1–2 at the Berry Center. more »

Jul 30, 2014 Cy-Fair

City of Oak Ridge North proposes property tax cut

The city of Oak Ridge North has proposed another property tax cut for residents, which would take effect on Oct. 1 if approved. more »

Jul 29, 2014 The Woodlands

Lone Star College looks at growth in budget workshop

Enrollment growth, faculty compensation and student success were among the topics discussed by Lone Star College System administrators and trustees at a July 28 budget workshop for the 2014–15 fiscal year. more »

Jul 29, 2014 Cy-Fair

Klein ISD considers 4-cent property tax decrease

The Klein ISD board of trustees will be presented with a budget in August that could decrease the district’s property tax rate by 4 cents per $100 valuation. more »

Jul 28, 2014 Spring | Klein

New Magnolia radio station to launch in October

Residents in the city of Magnolia and its surrounding areas will soon be able to tune into a new radio station, which will be broadcast from within the community. more »

Jul 28, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

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