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Grand Texas announces details for new attraction

Officials with Grand Texas—the future 610-acre sports and entertainment district in New Caney—have released details on a new 43-acre racing component at the park, which will be constructed on the property near the RV park and the Sportsplex.

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Tomball Marketing Director Mike Baxter stands with the multiple marketing awards the city of Tomball received at the Texas Festivals & Events Association annual conference in Austin.

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City of Tomball receives 15 marketing awards at statewide conference

For the third consecutive year the city of Tomball brought home multiple top marketing awards at the Texas Festivals & Events Association annual conference held this summer in Austin. more »

Jul 18, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

Two new direct connectors open at I-10 and Grand Parkway

The Texas Department of Transportation held a ribbon cutting to open the two newest direct connectors between I-10 eastbound and Grand Parkway. more »

Jun 17, 2014 Katy

Lane closures scheduled throughout July on Hwy. 290

Several major closures are scheduled along Hwy. 290 this weekend, with some overnight closures running through the rest of July. more »

Jul 18, 2014 Cy-Fair

New stations for Cy-Fair VFD will likely target the western part of the service area.

Shawn Arrajj

With new ESD funds, VFD plans for growth

The Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department is preparing to move forward with long-awaited expansion plans on the heels of selecting a new full-time chief June 27. more »

Jul 16, 2014 Cy-Fair

TOMAGWA hopes to have its new dental clinic open for business on Jan. 3, 2013.

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TOMAGWA facing influx of patients, tight budget

With a surge of new clients in the past year, TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries has reached a tipping point with its budget and is seeking donations to help continue funding its programs and services in the future. more »

Jul 17, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

Rita's Ice Custard Owner Samer Kadoura serves customers at his new location. Rita's Ice Custard opened to the Sugar Land community July 7.

John Rigg

IMPACT ROUNDUP: Local businesses help customers cool off

With average temperatures in the Houston area peaking between 92 and 93 degrees this summer, frozen dessert shops have become sought after by residents to keep cool. more »

Jul 17, 2014 Sugar Land | Missouri City

Luxury apartment complex opens off Hwy. 249

The complex, located at 13920 Mandolin Drive, is leasing units for occupancy with the expectation that people will be able to move in starting Aug. 15. more »

Jul 17, 2014 Cy-Fair

The Westin, The Woodlands

The Woodlands Development Company

The Westin to open new hotel in The Woodlands

The Westin will open its fifth Houston area hotel in The Woodlands, according to The Woodlands Development Company. more »

Jul 17, 2014 The Woodlands

Tomball ISD adopts balanced budget, increases employee pay

The Tomball ISD school board unanimously approved and adopted a $98.7 million balanced budget for the 2014-15 academic year, which grants a 3 percent raise to employees across the board and maintains the current tax rate. more »

Jul 16, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia (1 Comments)

Tuition on the rise for statewide and local colleges, universities

Tuition continues to increase for colleges and universities statewide as enrollment grows at higher education institutions across Texas. more »

Jul 16, 2014 , Cy-Fair

Klein ISD approves 5 percent raise for employees for 2014-15 school year

The Klein ISD board of trustees approved a compensation plan July 14 that included a 5 percent raise for all employees at the control point of the salary, or a point between the minimum and maximum salary offered by the district. more »

Jul 15, 2014 Spring | Klein

Montgomery County appraiser proposes facility expansion, remodeling

The Montgomery Central Appraisal District is in the process of soliciting approval from entities within its taxing jurisdiction to fund a remodel and expansion of its facility by June 2015. more »

Jul 14, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

Klein ISD seeks to fill 8 police vacancies, implement additional training programs

Klein ISD saw several safety and security improvements in 2013-14. However, with eight of the 44 Klein ISD officer positions vacant, the department has some work to do this school year. more »

Jul 15, 2014 Spring | Klein

Mosquito borne Chikungunya virus makes first appearance in Harris County

The first Harris County case of Chikungunya, a virus transmitted by mosquitoes, has been confirmed by the Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services. more »

Jul 14, 2014 Houston Metro

Councilman Harry Beckwith III addresses a crowd of residents at the Community Roundtable in Jersey Village July 10.

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Jersey Village residents fill city hall for planning session

Jersey Village City Hall was filled July 10 as residents gathered to learn more about and share thoughts on the city’s comprehensive plan efforts. more »

Jul 11, 2014 Cy-Fair

Spring residents help raise more than $150,000 for Stay family, planning fundraising event

Less than two days after the murder of six of the seven members of the Stay Family, people across the globe have reached out to help 15-year-old Klein High School student Cassidy Stay and her extended family. more »

Jul 11, 2014 Spring | Klein (1 Comments)

Local water rates continue to rise

Water rates in south Montgomery County are increasing as local efforts to reduce reliance on groundwater sources by 2016 press forward. more »

Jul 9, 2014 The Woodlands

METRO’s proposed plan could alter area routes

System sets framework for future of transit more »

Jul 9, 2014 Spring | Klein

Major retailers adding to local job market

Several major retailers are planning to open stores in The Woodlands in the next 12 months, adding hundreds of new jobs to an already robust retail employment market. more »

Jul 9, 2014 The Woodlands

Tom Jackson will assume his new role as CEO of Tomball Regional Medical Center later this summer.

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Tomball Regional Medical Center names new CEO

Tomball Regional Medical Center has named a new chief executive officer to replace Bud Wethington, who is leaving Tomball to accept a job as CEO of College Station Medical Center. more »

Jul 7, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

Magnolia daytime, nighttime curfew ordinance no longer in effect

After almost two hours of deliberation, residents burst into applause when Magnolia City Council members decided not to make a motion to re-establish a curfew for minors during school hours and from midnight to 6 a.m. more »

Jul 9, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

At-Large Position 2 councilman Chris Preston (left), At–Large Position 1 councilman Jerry Wyatt, councilman Floyd Emery, Chief of Police Mike Berezin, councilwoman Yolanda Ford, Mayor Pro Tem Robin Elackatt, councilman Don Smith and Mayor Allen Owen gathered July 7 to announce Berezin’s new position with Missouri City.

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Missouri City names Mike Berezin as new Chief of Police

Mike Berezin, the Missouri City Police Department’s former assistant chief of operations, was named as the city’s new Chief of Police by City Council July 7. more »

Jul 8, 2014 Sugar Land | Missouri City

Humana CEO donates 14 acres of land to Tomball for new park

The Tomball City Council confirmed the donation of 14 acres of land to be used for a city park at its July 7 meeting and has instructed city staff to move forward with legal processes to accept the donation. more »

Jul 8, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

New retail and office center planned at Westheimer and Greenbusch

A new 58,500 retail and office center is underway at Westheimer Parkway and Greenbusch Road. more »

Jul 7, 2014 Katy

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers opened July 1 at 32910 FM 2978, Magnolia.

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Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers opens location in Magnolia

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, a fast-casual restaurant chain, opened its newest Houston area franchise location July 1 in Magnolia. more »

Jul 3, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

South Montgomery County to inherit 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials pool

The Woodlands Master Swim Team and The Woodlands Swim Team have signed a deal with Myrtha Pools, a high-end pool manufacturer, to purchase the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Pool. more »

Jul 3, 2014

The Walnut Caterpillar feeds off pecans, hickories and walnuts with the population stemming from female moths laying between 300 to 900 eggs within the foliage. Eggs will mature in about 10 to 12 days with larval feeding lasting 23 days before seeking other tree sites.

Courtesy Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Caterpillar outbreak attacks pecan trees in Fort Bend County

An outbreak of Walnut Caterpillars has invaded Fort Bend County and is targeting the local pecan tree foliage. more »

Jul 3, 2014 Sugar Land | Missouri City (1 Comments)

Many of the vacant land parcels along the Hwy. 249 corridor north of Spring Cypress Road are for sale and expected to be future retail or commercial developments.

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Retail, commercial growth on horizon for Hwy. 249 corridor

What was once a highway corridor lined with farmland and cattle pastures will transform dramatically over the next two years. About 500 acres of rural landscape is for sale along Hwy. 249 and is expected to be replaced with commercial developments. more »

Jul 2, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

Local restaurateurs feed growth

More options on the menu for Sugar Land and Missouri City more »

Jul 2, 2014 Sugar Land | Missouri City

Texas DMV prepares for transition to single sticker system

Next March, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles will begin transitioning over to a new vehicle inspection and registration system that will require motorists to display only one windshield sticker. more »

Jul 2, 2014 Cy-Fair (3 Comments)

Nalco Champion—a special chemistry program that assists with oil and gas operations—plans to build its new 133,500-square-foot headquarters on the west side of its existing facility at 7701 Hwy. 90, Sugar Land, on a portion of an 18.5-acre swath of land purchased from Johnson Development in the Imperial development in 2013. The project is slated for completion in early 2016.

Rendering courtesy Nalco Champion

City Council approves incentive package for Nalco Champion headquarters

Nalco Champion, an Ecolab Company, is expanding its presence in Sugar Land after approval of a tax incentive agreement Tuesday by City Council and the Sugar Land Development Corporation. more »

Jul 2, 2014 Sugar Land | Missouri City

LSCS accepts nominees for Small Business of the Year

Community members are now invited to submit nominations for the 28th annual Small Business of the Year awards banquet hosted by the Lone Star College System in November. more »

Jul 2, 2014 Cy-Fair

Low inventory of housing leads to a seller’s market, new starts

Local real estate agents are classifying the housing market in the Tomball and Magnolia area as a seller’s market, which is a result of the depleted monthly inventory of available homes in the region. more »

Jul 2, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

Sukin leaves St. Luke’s post to head new Houston Methodist hospital in The Woodlands

After 10 years serving as the CEO at St. Luke’s Woodlands Hospital, Debbie Sukin has been named as the Regional Senior Vice President and CEO of the upcoming Houston Methodist Hospital in The Woodlands. more »

Jun 30, 2014 The Woodlands

Tom Eustace wins Jersey Village City Council seat in runoff election

With all votes tallied, Tom Eustace has defeated Christie Exner-Crawford in the runoff race for Jersey Village City Council Position 5 with 68 percent of the vote. more »

Jun 28, 2014 Cy-Fair

New Weatherford facility pumps jobs into Katy area

Weatherford, an oil and gas services company, is now operating from its newest manufacturing and office facility in the Katy area. The 354,000 square foot facility is located on 174 acres in Waller County, off Highway 90. more »

Jun 27, 2014 Katy

Officials from the Friendswood Development Company and the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce gathered for the groundbreaking of Woodtrace.

Liza Winkler

Groundbreaking ceremony held for new master-planned community Woodtrace

The Friendswood Development Company and the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated the groundbreaking and ribbon cutting of Woodtrace—a new 488-acre, 840-home master-planned community under construction northwest of Tomball. more »

Jun 27, 2014 Tomball | Magnolia

Courtesy CFVFD

Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department selects new chief

The CFVFD board of directors chose Amy Ramon out of a pool of more than 50 applicants. more »

Jun 27, 2014 Cy-Fair

Summer swimming season returns to The Woodlands

The Woodlands families can cool off at the Rob Fleming Aquatic Center now that the facility has opened all water features for the summer season. more »

Jun 26, 2014

The Club at Riverstone’s fitness center and pool opened to Riverstone residents June 11. The resort-style pool features two water slides and a shallow lagoon for young children. Construction of a full water park, eight tennis courts, a nature-themed playground and a covered pavilion is expected to continue through the summer.

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The Club at Riverstone opens to residents

The master-planned community of Riverstone added to its array of amenities this summer with the opening of The Club at Riverstone—a 17-acre facility that offers swimming, tennis and other family-friendly activities. more »

Jun 25, 2014 Sugar Land | Missouri City

Attention to retail

Contrary to what locals call it, the word “mall” is not actually part of the formal title for that collection of retailers, restaurants, and entertainment venues named Katy Mills. more »

Jun 25, 2014 Katy (1 Comments)

Neighborhoods in the 800-acre Hidden Creek will have access to various parks and amenities, including trails along 140-acre Josey Lake.

Courtesy Howard Hughes Corporation

Builders announced for Bridgeland’s Hidden Creek

Construction is underway at Bridgeland’s Hidden Creek, with developer Howard Hughes announcing the site plan and builders at a June 26 event. more »

Jun 27, 2014 Cy-Fair

The Woodlands Joint Powers Agency to test integrity of sanitary sewer system

The Woodlands Joint Powers Agency will be testing the integrity of the sanitary sewer system over the next few weeks, and residents may notice nontoxic smoke being emitted from the system in certain areas in The Woodlands. more »

Jun 26, 2014

Watson officially named new Spring ISD superintendent

After three weeks of waiting, Houston ISD administrator Rodney Watson was named the new superintendent of schools for Spring ISD June 23. more »

Jun 24, 2014 Spring | Klein

Torchy's Tacos is set to open its fifth location in the Greater Houston area this fall in The Vintage.

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Torchy's Tacos to open in The Vintage

Austin-based restaurant Torchy’s Tacos will open a new location in mid-September inside the upcoming Vintage Marketplace shopping center at Louetta and Cutten roads. more »

Jun 23, 2014 Cy-Fair

Jersey Village starts planning, sets community roundtable

With a consultant on board and its advisory committee in place, Jersey Village has begun the process of drafting a new comprehensive plan. more »

Jun 20, 2014 Cy-Fair

The Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital broke ground on a new orthopedics facility to be built within the Sugar Land campus at Hwy. 59 and Sweetwater Boulevard.

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New orthopedic facility slated for Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital

Houston Methodist broke ground June 20 on a new orthopedics facility to be built on the Sugar Land campus at the Hwy. 59 and Sweetwater Boulevard interchange. more »

Jun 20, 2014 Sugar Land | Missouri City

Billboard height restriction change under consideration

The Texas Transportation Commission has proposed an amendment to highway and road sign regulations, which, if passed, could allow billboards to reach new heights. more »

Jun 19, 2014 (4 Comments)

Woodlands Parkway expansion hits another snag

The Woodlands Parkway expansion has hit delays again, pushing completion back from June 17 to the end of July or the beginning of August, about eight months after it was supposed to be finished. more »

Jun 18, 2014 The Woodlands (1 Comments)

Cy-Fair ISD to offer free summer lunches

Free meals will be provided to children in Cy-Fair ISD schools this summer. The district is offering breakfasts and lunches to children 18 years or younger with no hassle and no cost. more »

Jun 20, 2014 Cy-Fair (1 Comments)

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