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District fosters arts in Spring/Klein

ExxonMobil drives Spring, Klein ISD growth

When the school year started in August, children of ExxonMobil employees at the new Springwoods Village campus took their first classes at Spring and Klein ISDs.

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Research Forest soon to have flashing yellow turn arrows

Flashing yellow turn arrows will be installed at the Research Forest Drive intersections at Pinecroft Drive, Six Pines Drive and Holly Hill Court, Montgomery County Precinct 3 traffic operations manager Charles Cobb said. more »

Sep 10, 2014 The Woodlands

Office projects expected to open this fall

Phase 1 of the DCT Northwest Crossroads Logistic Center will deliver in December, and work is continuing on Phase 1 of Panattoni Development’s 124-acre Beltway Crossing Northwest, which broke ground in May. more »

Sep 10, 2014 Cy-Fair

Township budget includes tax rate cut, more police hires, new buses

The Woodlands Township’s 2014–15 fiscal year budget includes the community’s most dramatic property tax cut ever, along with $118.9 million in expenses that include new ventures into transportation, law enforcement and community services. more »

Sep 10, 2014 The Woodlands

District fosters arts in Spring/Klein

For many residents in the Greater Houston area, a visit to an art museum, a professional theatrical production or concert featuring a national artist means a trip downtown. more »

Sep 10, 2014 Spring | Klein

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

Construction to begin soon on underpass at Grand Parkway, FM 2920

Although parcel acquisition has held back construction of the project, construction could begin in October on the Grand Parkway underpass at FM 2920, according to Grand Parkway construction firm Zachry-Odebrecht. more »

Sep 9, 2014 Spring | Klein

Railroad Commission fines Oak Ridge North

The city of Oak Ridge North city council on Monday agreed to pay a $2,000 fine from the Railroad Commission of Texas for damage to a natural gas service line that serves nearby consumers. more »

Sep 9, 2014

Fiber optic antennas to boost Cinco Ranch cellular service

Crown Castle, an independent owner and operator of wireless infrastructure, has begun to install a series of fiber optic antennas as a part of a distributed antenna system designed to boost cell phone reception in Cinco Ranch. more »

Sep 9, 2014 Katy (2 Comments)

The Texas Renaissance Festival welcomed 606,694 visitors this year, up from 2011's record breaking 490,000.

Courtesy Terre Albert

Foundation launches Renaissance Festival ticket sales, grant program

The Magnolia Community Foundation launches its fourth annual fundraising campaign and begins a new grant program Sept. 8 to benefit local nonprofit organizations through a partnership with the Texas Renaissance Festival. more »

Sep 8, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

Montgomery County seeks to alleviate jail population

Montgomery County Jail is at risk of overcrowding and needs additional space to house its ever-increasing population—bringing to the forefront jail expansion options to address the strain of a surging inmate populace. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

Photo provided by Mike Baxter

Tomball Farmers Market finds new home in city

Tomball City Council unanimously approved a long-term use agreement Sept. 2, permitting the Tomball Farmers Market to relocate to a new downtown location. more »

Sep 4, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

Completion of FM 1774 widening in Magnolia delayed until spring 2015

The completion date for the project to widen FM 1774 through Magnolia—originally set for September 2014—has been delayed until early 2015 as a result of a number of subterranean utility and environmental conflicts. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia (1 Comments)

TISD, MISD explore avenues to manage accelerated growth

Tomball and Magnolia are among a group of 85 school districts across the state classified as “fast growth,” facing challenges related to a rise in student enrollment and maintaining competitive salaries. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

Voters to decide future of FBISD’s $484.2 million bond in November

At its Aug. 18 meeting, the Fort Bend ISD board of trustees called a bond election to be included on the ballot in November. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Sugar Land | Missouri City

The Richard and Meg Weekley Community Center sits at the northeast corner of Greenhouse Road and Longenbaugh Road.

Shawn Arrajj

New community center expected to open in October

Expected to open the first week of October, the Richard & Meg Weekley Community Center will be located in the growing residential area of Yaupon Ranch off Greenhouse Road. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Cy-Fair

The Fort Bend ISD board of trustees unanimously approved a balanced budget of $561.7 million for the 2014-15 school year on June 9.

Sources: Fort Bend ISD, Texas Education Agency

FBISD faculty and staff to see salary increases

The Fort Bend ISD board of trustees unanimously approved a balanced budget of $561.7 million for the 2014-15 school year on June 9. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Sugar Land | Missouri City

Union Pacific began work on its double-track expansion through Sugar Land in August. The project is in response to growing demand throughout the Gulf Coast.

John Rigg

Union Pacific Railroad gains steam through Sugar Land

In an effort to increase railroad traffic efficiency, Union Pacific Corp. has begun construction on its Glidden Subdivision line that runs from Houston to San Antonio. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Sugar Land | Missouri City

Livable Center Study examines redevelopment, connectivity options in Spring

Several recommendations have been developed as part of the Houston Galveston Area Council’s Livable Center Study in Spring, including commercial and mixed-use redevelopment, trails and the creation of possible design guidelines for future developers. more »

Aug 29, 2014 Spring | Klein

Magnolia poised for significant expansion

The city of Magnolia is setting the stage for significant future development and population growth with the annexation of several new land tracts in recent months. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia (2 Comments)

Steering committee considers $690 million in possible projects, improvements for 2015 Klein ISD bond referendum

The steering committee for Klein ISD’s upcoming 2015 bond referendum is considering up to $690.6 million worth of new construction, campus additions and other expenses that could be placed on the bond referendum next May. more »

Aug 26, 2014 Spring | Klein

Lane closures scheduled as Barker Cypress bridge construction nears end

The following lane closures related to construction on Hwy. 290 and the Grand Parkway have been scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 22. more »

Aug 22, 2014 Cy-Fair

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 (1 Comments)

Spring resident named finalist in charity contest

Connie Assiff was raised by her grandmother from an early age. Now, she is fighting for research and awareness of the very disease that claimed her grandmother’s life: Alzheimer’s. more »

Aug 21, 2014 Spring | Klein

Job market thrives as companies expand

The Katy Area Economic Development Council projects Katy’s working population to increase from 136,000 to more than 164,000 by 2018. The EDC projects that median household incomes will rise as well, from an average $111,657 to $127,188 by 2018. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Katy

New HCTRA director discusses projects, organization’s future

Gary Trietsch, who took over as director of the Harris County Toll Road Authority in early August, spoke to the crowd gathered at the Aug. 20 meeting of the Society of American Military Engineers about the future of the organization. more »

Aug 22, 2014 Cy-Fair

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)

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 (7 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 »

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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 (1 Comments)

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