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Education community focuses on training energy employees

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Education community focuses on training energy employees

Local educational institutions are taking notice of the growing need for better-trained employees in the energy industry and are implementing specialized programs for students as early as junior high school.

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Candidates from local, state races participate in forum

State Senate District 4, Montgomery County judge and Precinct 2 commissioner, and Magnolia ISD school board candidates made their case to local voters during a political forum held at Bear Branch Elementary on April 15. more »

Apr 16, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

Tomball appoints police chief as new assistant city manager

The city of Tomball has approved the appointment of police Chief Rob Hauck as its new assistant city manager. more »

Apr 16, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

The Woodlands Township is considering expanding its trolley service.

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Township considering expanding trolley service

The Woodlands Township is evaluating plans to extend its trolley service beyond Town Center. The township is working with HDR Engineers to develop new routes for the trolley service in hopes of increasing mobility. more »

Apr 16, 2014 The Woodlands

Developer announces $250 million mixed-use development near The Woodlands

Houston-based developer PinPoint Commercial has announced plans April 24 to break ground on Woodland Creek, a mixed-use development on a 75-acre site near The Woodlands on Sawdust Road, southeast of Sawmill Road. more »

Apr 15, 2014 Spring | Klein (4 Comments)

Three candidates vie for open Jersey Village City Council seat

Three candidates—Joyce Berube, Tom Eustace and Christie Crawford—are running for the open Position 5 on Jersey Village City Council this May. more »

Apr 11, 2014 Cy-Fair

Mike Alford, Houston district engineer with TxDOT (left); Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Myers, Fort Bend County Judge Robert Hebert; District 26 Representative Rick Miller; Precinct 2 Commissioner Grady Prestage; and Precinct 4 Commissioner James Patterson—along with several county officials and community members—celebrated the opening of Grand Parkway Segment D on April 11.

John Rigg

Construction wraps on Segment D of the Grand Parkway

Fort Bend County officials and community members gathered April 11 for the official ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of Grand Parkway Segment D, which stretches from Hwy. 59 in Sugar Land north to I-10. more »

Apr 11, 2014 Sugar Land | Missouri City

Officials considering partnership for customs facility at Lone Star Executive Airport

In order to make international travel more accessible to Montgomery County, The Woodlands Township is considering becoming a funding partner for a U.S. Customs Facility that may be built at Lone Star Executive Airport, officials said. more »

Apr 10, 2014

Construction is underway on segments F-1, F-2 and G of the Grand Parkway, which crosses Hufsmith-Kohrville Road just south of Boudreaux Road in Spring.

Matt Stephens

Grand Parkway to improve mobility in Spring area

Three segments of the Grand Parkway—Houston’s third outer loop—are expected to bring improved mobility and new developments to northern Harris County after the roadway opens to traffic at the end of 2015. more »

Apr 9, 2014 Spring | Klein

Construction is underway on the westbound expansion of Woodlands Parkway. The project is expected to be complete in June.

Photo by Jesse Mendoza

Woodlands Parkway lane expansion completion pushed back to June

The completed lane expansion of Woodlands Parkway between Grogan’s Mill Road and South Panther Creek Drive has been delayed yet again. Menade Inc., the contractor working on the project, now expects to complete the 1-mile expansion and open all lanes more »

Apr 9, 2014 The Woodlands

Oak Ridge North Commerce Park key economic cog in city’s future

With the development of the Oak Ridge North Commerce Park, the city hopes to capitalize on the need for industrial land as energy and oil and gas companies continue to move their operations to The Woodlands area, city officials said. more »

Apr 9, 2014 The Woodlands

Growth spurs new schools, expansions in Klein ISD

Klein High School students will walk the halls of a completely new building in August, one of several significant projects funded by $646.9 million in bonds approved in 2008. more »

Apr 9, 2014 Spring | Klein

Health care becoming more accessible to residents of The Woodlands area

Health care providers are investing millions of dollars to provide greater accessibility to Woodlands-area residents as they work to meet the demands of a growing population. more »

Apr 9, 2014 The Woodlands

Kroger Marketplace prepares for April 11 opening in Spring

Residents in Spring and Tomball will not have to go far for many of their consumer needs, as a new Kroger Marketplace will open at 24350 Kuykendahl Road April 11, featuring more than 120,000 square feet of groceries and other products. more »

Apr 8, 2014 Spring | Klein (3 Comments)

Courtesy TxDOT

Retired Marine general chosen as new TxDOT chief

Retired Gen. Joe Weber, a vice president at Texas A&M University, was selected April 4 as the new executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation. more »

Apr 7, 2014 Austin Metro

Katy ISD holds first citizen committee meeting for possible 2014 bond

Katy ISD hosted the first of 14 scheduled meetings of its 200-person school bond committee April 3 at the district’s Education Support Complex. more »

Apr 4, 2014 Katy

Lone Star College chancellor search moves forward as end of school year approaches

With Lone Star College Chancellor Richard Carpenter planning to step down at the end of the 2013–14 school year, the search is on to find the next chancellor. more »

Apr 4, 2014 Cy-Fair

Updated designs of the city's Performing Arts Center from Martinez & Johnson have kept in place the structure's curved glass wall and iconic bowl that houses the audience chamber and stage.

Courtesy Martinez & Johnson

Design updated for city's Performing Arts Center

The city of Sugar Land's planned Performing Arts Center is gearing up for another milestone. By the end of April, Washington D.C.-based architecture firm Martinez & Johnson plans to present final designs for the center to city council. more »

Apr 3, 2014 Sugar Land | Missouri City

The Black Walnut Café relocating in The Woodlands

After 12 years of service Black Forest Ventures will relocate its first Black Walnut Café to a larger restaurant across the street from its current location in The Woodlands. more »

Apr 3, 2014 The Woodlands

Bluejack National golf club and community under development

Dallas-based Beacon Land Development is developing Bluejack National, a world-class golf club and community located on the site of the former Blaketree National Golf Club. more »

Apr 3, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

The Sip & Stroll takes place at the former Imperial refinery as part of the Sugar Land Wine and Food Affair. The event features a beer garden featuring live music and refreshments.

Courtesy Sugar Land Wine and Food Affair

Sugar Land works to boost tourism

City officials in Sugar Land are making a concerted effort to increase tourism through new marketing and outreach programs, along with the 2014 Sugar Land Wine and Food Affair. more »

Apr 2, 2014 Sugar Land | Missouri City

The Baker Hughes Western Hemisphere Education center is located at FM 2920 and FM 2978.

Photo courtesy city of Tomball

Baker Hughes facility in Tomball nears completion

The Baker Hughes Western Hemisphere Education Center is set to open within the next couple of months in Tomball and is expected to not only bring tens of thousands of employees through the facility each year, but also to net millions of dollars more »

Apr 2, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

Mason Road Chick-fil-A to be torn down, rebuilt

Plans are in the works to completely tear down and rebuild the Chick-fil-A restaurant at 369 S. Mason Road over the summer. The location, which was built in 1995, simply is not large enough to handle the number of patrons. more »

Apr 2, 2014 Katy

STAAR test enters third year with new guidelines for high school students

High school students gearing up to take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness end-of-course exams will have a lighter load this year as the Texas Legislature implemented changes reducing the number of tests that will be administered. more »

Apr 2, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

Missouri City residents to vote on $40 million bond

On May 10, Missouri City residents will vote on four propositions that make up a $40 million bond package. more »

Apr 2, 2014 Sugar Land | Missouri City

Extension B-1 of the Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road, which connects Hwy. 6 to Sienna Parkway, has been completed. The toll road now runs continuously from Sienna Parkway in the master-planned community of Sienna Plantation to north of Hwy. 90. The extension is accessible only to EZ-Tag drivers, and it is expected to reduce drive times for Sienna Plantation residents traveling to and from locations inside Loop 610 by 10-15 minutes

Courtesy Johnson Development

Long-awaited Fort Bend Parkway extension now open

After a two-year construction process, Extension B-1 of the Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road, which connects Hwy. 6 to Sienna Parkway, has been completed. more »

Mar 31, 2014 Sugar Land | Missouri City

Newmark Homes will begin presales soon in Stonebrook estates, a new gated community along Spring Cypress Road near a section of the Grand Parkway opening next year.

Courtesy Newmark Homes

New residential community planned for Spring Cypress corridor

Stonebrook Estates, a new 54-acre gated community, is under development along Spring Cypress Road about a mile east of Hwy. 249. more »

Mar 31, 2014 Cy-Fair

Melanie Bush

Courtesy Melanie Bush

First candidate announces plans to seek position on Conroe ISD board

Although the election is still more than six months away, Woodlands resident Melanie Bush has announced her candidacy for Position 1 on the Conroe ISD board of trustees. more »

Mar 28, 2014 The Woodlands

David Wolff, chairman and president of Wolff Companies, accepted awards for Ten Oaks and Westway Park at the West Houston Association's 2014 Quality Planned Development reception.

Nick Cenegy

Cy-Fair and Katy area developments recognized by West Houston Association

The West Houston Association named its 2014 Quality Planned Developments March 27, which included several projects in the Katy area as well as Cy-Fair master-planned community Towne Lake. more »

Mar 28, 2014 Cy-Fair

Tomball sets special election for charter amendments

The City of Tomball has called a special election May 10 for the purpose of amending its Home-Rule Charter and submitting the changes to voters for approval. more »

Mar 28, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

Katy appoints first new city administrator in 20 years

The Katy City Council approved the appointment of Byron Hebert as city administrator at its March 24 meeting. Hebert, who served as Katy’s Director of Finance prior to this appointment, replaces Johnny Nelson. more »

Mar 28, 2014 Katy

Costco will open a store in The Woodlands in November.

Shawn Epps

The Woodlands lands Costco store

After years of rumors, Costco is finally coming to The Woodlands. The store will be located on the northeast corner of Hwy. 242 and I-45 and is expected to open in November. more »

Mar 27, 2014 The Woodlands (6 Comments)

Shenandoah Park Renovation

City of Shenandoah

City of Shenandoah to begin renovating park

The City of Shenandoah is set to begin renovating park in April. more »

Mar 27, 2014 The Woodlands

Demand driving multifamily development

Sprawling luxury apartment communities have become an increasing presence in Katy in recent years. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Katy (2 Comments)

Katy Prairie Conservancy Executive Director Mary Anne Piacentini and volunteers are
concerned that the proposed Highway 36a could run through part of the preserve.

Photo by Shawn Epps

Officials mull Freeport to Hempstead highway

Officials discussing Highway 36a are keen to remind people that the idea—a 107-mile corridor that would connect Freeport to Hwy. 6 north of Hempstead—is in the most preliminary of stages. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Katy (6 Comments)

Road widening projects at FM 1774, FM 2978 progress on schedule

Two road widening projects expected to increase mobility and lessen traffic on both Magnolia’s west and east side are progressing on schedule, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

Arleen Scavone's business, Sweet Arleen's, offers a variety of treats and specializes in cupcakes and bread puddings with more than a dozen flavors of each. Every month, Scavone chooses a particular creation to highlight.

Courtesy No Limit Agency

California banker turned baker looks to southwest Houston for next expansion

Arleen Scavone, owner of Sweet Arleen's and three-time "Cupcake Wars" winner, has announced plans to expand her California bakery to 25 markets throughout the U.S., including Houston. more »

Mar 24, 2014 Sugar Land | Missouri City

The Heartis senior living community at Cypress will feature 54 assisted living units and 24 memory care units on Longenbaugh Road near Barker Cypress Road.

Courtesy Caddis Partners

Construction begins on new Cypress assisted living community

A new assisted living and memory care community is expected to open in Cypress in the beginning of 2015. more »

Mar 25, 2014 Cy-Fair

Kroger Marketplace planned for Fairfield

A new Kroger Marketplace is anticipated to open in late 2015 in the master-planned community of Fairfield in Cypress. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Cy-Fair

Live theater to be held at Burroughs Park

Harris County Precinct 4 has teamed with Shakespeare in the Shade to present four free live theater performances of William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” at Burroughs Park. more »

Mar 21, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

City of Shenandoah to cancel special election

The Shenandoah City Council will vote March 22 to cancel this year’s special election to fill the unexpired term for Position 2, vacated by Ron Hyde, city secretary Kathie Reyer said. more »

Mar 20, 2014 The Woodlands

Bar Louie coming to Willowbrook area

A new nightlife option is coming to the Willowbrook area this fall with Bar Louie, an urban eatery and bar, slated to open on the northwest side of Willowbrook Mall. more »

Mar 20, 2014 Cy-Fair

Employment opportunities expand

Private education, oil and gas, health care and management of companies are among the fastest growing areas of employment in the 12 ZIP codes that unofficially make up the Cy-Fair boundaries. more »

Mar 19, 2014 Cy-Fair

Houston-based Johnson Development Corporation has announced plans to develop its fifth master-planned community in Fort Bend County. The property is expected to feature 2,700 new homes, along with retail sites and a variety of amenities.

Source: Johnson Development

Preliminary plans unveiled for Fort Bend County's newest master-planned community

The Johnson Development Corporation has announced plans to develop its fifth master-planned community in Fort Bend County. more »

Mar 19, 2014 Sugar Land | Missouri City

Cy-Fair ISD calls for May bond election

Voters in Cy-Fair ISD will have the opportunity to weigh in on the district’s future May 10 as trustees officially called for a $1.2 billion bond referendum during a meeting Feb. 27. more »

Feb 27, 2014 Cy-Fair (2 Comments)

Jersey Village seeks applicants for comprehensive plan committee

The City of Jersey Village is looking for active members in the community to participate on a Comprehensive Planning Advisory Committee as it moves forward through the process of drafting a new comprehensive plan. more »

Mar 19, 2014 Cy-Fair

Ride 2 Recovery cyclists will be making their way through Tomball March 23.

Courtesy of Ride 2 Recovery

Ride 2 Recovery cyclists to pass through Tomball

More than 200 injured veterans and active duty military cyclists participating in the Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge will stop in Tomball March 23 on their way from Houston to Fort Worth. more »

Mar 18, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

SJRA announces Grogan’s Mill Road reopening delayed

The San Jacinto River Authority announced March 18 that the 1-mile stretch of Grogan’s Mill Road between Woodlands Parkway and South Millbend Drive will not reopen until late April, rather than the end of March as was initially anticipated. more »

Mar 18, 2014 The Woodlands

Deadline to sign up for health insurance is March 31

The Affordable Care Act requires Americans to be enrolled in a health insurance plan. Those who are not will be charged a fee if they are not signed up by March 31. more »

Mar 17, 2014 Austin Metro

Wendy Owensby, manager at Backyard Smokehouse, displays a tray of 6-inch cookies available through Ranch Bakery, a new partner within the restaurant.

Shawn Arrajj

Backyard Smokehouse expands service, brings in Ranch Bakery

It has been about a year and a half since Mark McShaffry opened Backyard Smokehouse, but new changes have brought in a bakery, counter service, beers on tap and an upcoming meat market. more »

Mar 14, 2014 Cy-Fair

Home prices, like ones in Creekside Park, are rising due to less supply.

Photo by Matt Stephens

S. Montgomery County home values on the rise

Home values have risen substantially across south Montgomery County during the last five years, and with notices soon to be mailed out by the Montgomery Central Appraisal District in March, residents can expect their property values to see yet anothe more »

Mar 12, 2014 The Woodlands

Courtesy Michael Galloway

Former senator Galloway joins District 4 race at deadline

Former senator Michael Galloway will join the race for state senate District 4. more »

Mar 13, 2014 The Woodlands

University of Houston to take control of Sugar Land campus, expand offerings

University of Houston System Regents approved a report from a UH-Sugar Land task force recommending the University of Houston become the only institution offering programs at the Sugar Land campus. more »

Mar 10, 2014 Sugar Land | Missouri City

Residence Inn announced for Springwoods Village

Woodbine Development Corporation and InterMountain Management have announced the purchase of a 3.25-acre site in the Springwoods Village community in Spring for a future Residence Inn. more »

Mar 12, 2014 The Woodlands

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